WestJet Is The Canadian Southwest

I had my first flight on West Jet today, from Calgary to Vancouver and it reminded me of Southwest Airlines. The flight attendants were younger, up beat and friendly, and the seating was semi cattle car. When you make your reservation on West Jet you can pay a little extra for an assigned seat or you can just try for the general boarding and hope the plane is not too full. This evenings flight was only about 3/4 full so the seat selection was pretty good for those who wanted to wing it (no pun intended). I choose to get an assigned seat as I am not the best flier and I always try, very hard, to get a window seat if I can. It is not a fear thing but a motion thing and being able to see the ground as a reference point helps me keep the motion sickness in check. Even if we are in clouds I can still see the engine or wing out the window and that helps. IMG_0346

West Jet has an in-flight magazine called UP (like my favorite Disney Pixar movie) and this months issue had a very complimentary article about visiting Cuba, something we would never get to see in the US with our policies on travel there. I always like to read local periodicals to get a different countries view of the US or read about things that we don’t always have access to in our country.

On one of my trips to Calgary last year, the in room Travel magazine in my hotel had an interesting article on buying up cheap property in the US, specifically Arizona, as a second home/rental property. At the time we were being told in the states that things were turning around, the Canadians were bring told that things would be getting worse and they should pounce on our distressed property.

Looking forward to spending a few day in Vancouver with some new clients.

A Quick Five Miler

I had a long day today with a few deadlines to meet. One customer was going live with a new system we installed and I was on call remotely (they are in Calgary, AB), while another customer needed some changes to an existing system for a new group that is coming online for them. The go live went very smooth with just one frantic phone call which turned out to be an admin error (she was pointing to a test server instead of the new live production box). I assured her all was well, pointed her in the right direction and let her know that mistakes like that are normal. We sometimes get overly excited and nervous about a brand new system, even though we have done lots of testing and UAT.

The customer was on Mountain time so I was on call till about 6:00 my time and still had to package up some changes for the second customer so I could do some testing that night and Saturday. That meant I would not get my run in until almost 8, which is close to my do not run after rule. If this was Saturday night, I could break that rule as I could sleep in on Sunday, but I have class tomorrow morning so  no such luck.

I was able to get in a quick 5 miles on the treadmill and it felt very good. All the pain I had in my ankle is completely gone and I no longer feel or hear the creaking that I had following the marathon. It has taken 3 weeks to rid myself of the pain and swelling so the doctors estimate was pretty close (he estimated 4-6 weeks).

My run took place during the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics so I had that turned on with the volume off (I recorded it for later viewing as well) and was listening to my This Week in Google podcast. I did get a bit of a speed boost as I watched the US athletes enter the stadium. The look of pride and excitement on their faces made my exertion feel very minimal. I am amazed by the dedication and sacrifice many of them have to make in order to achieve that level of athletic ability. I wish them all the best of luck and I will be cheering for them during my workouts over the next 10 days.