Lovin The Redeye/Citizen Kane at 30,000 Feet

First class* — Ooowee! Take it from one who has suffered the indignities of steerage—er—economy class repeatedly, this is such luxury. Got it from frequent flier program but mostly Visa charge card. So this is how the 1%, or maybe 3-4% live. Mos def not shabby.

First to board, comfortable, spacious seats that fold out into a near bed, large personal monitor, wi-fi, DC plug-in, dozens of movies. My return to SFO will be economy. But to tell the truth, I’ve found economy a whole lot better than it used to be. United is on the ball these days. Their website works perfectly, flights have been on time, the crews have been great.

The new United wing at the San Francisco airport, still under construction, is really slick. Wi-fi works immediately, cool Dogpatch espresso stand, lots of chairs desks, with DC power.

I love the redeye. I get to stay up all night, writing, watching movies, writing (travel stimulates), watching the sparkling orange/yellow lights of the East Bay as we take  off, seeing the sun rise this morning as we dropped down over Long Beach heading for JFK.

I watched Citizen Kane, had never seen it in entirety, wow! The cinematography! I just read about its uniqueness: https://www.takegreatpictures.com/photo-tips/tgp-choice/artistic-photography-in-cinema-citizen-kane Seeing it filled in a big gap in my film knowledge.

I’m at a cool cafe in the Village now, having oatmeal and a latte, soon to take off exploring until I can check into my room. Not a wink of sleep and I don’t feel the least bit tired. Such is the pulse of this city.

*More luxe than “business class”

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Lovin The Redeye/Citizen Kane at 30,000 Feet

  1. It sounds like you are well on your way to a first class NYC time. We're riding along vicariously with every word and photo you share; thanks!

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