There’s a significant difference . . .

. . . between Coach and First Class. I’m sure everybody knows it. I mean, beyond the obvious (the cost). Just the same, let me tell you about it . . .

In First Class, they warm your nuts.

And, get this; they serve them to you in a small hot white ceramic bowl.

Of course, that particular snack is worthless without a decent drink.

Yup! Whiskey on the rocks!

OK, OK, it’s actually ginger ale in the rocks or, more accurately, rocks on ginger ale.

For some reason, the lady who worked or section came to us first, and smiled, and would periodically check on us to see if we needed anything.

If I had to guess, it’s because we said thank you, and asked her how she was doing, and, in general, showed our genuine appreciation when she brought us stuff.

Anyway, the ticket said the price of the fare included a “snack”.

So, here’s what happened . . . The nice lady comes over and asks if we would be joining them for dinner.

That’s not a joke; that’s what she actually asked. I’m assuming they ask because it’s a late flight (meaning, it leaves on time but later in the day) and people may want to sleep.

At that point, we’d only been up 15 hours, so we opted for the meal.

The choices were a brisket or cheese-and-spinach ravioli. We opted for the ravioli. We did so with trepidation but it was pretty good.

Note the accompaniment, walnuts, dried fruit, honey, two types of cheese with crackers, and a piece of chocolate.

Note also the beverage glass . . . actual glass, not plastic. And a real nice napkin wrapped around a fork, spoon, and knife that security would have confiscated had I tried to snuggle then onboard.

The nice lady came around with an offer of either white or red wine but since I’m on an antibiotics regiment, I declined and asked for water, instead. Melisa tried a bit of the wine and it was good.

So, there we were, trying to eat, one hand securing the glasses, while trying to keep the tray from sliding off into our laps as the plane did its best impression of a bucking bronco.

. . . we managed . . .

The lady then brought out hot towels so I did a quick freshing up of my underarms. It was still most and warm when I was done but other passengers weren’t interested when I offered to share my still useful towel.

Shortly thereafter, the whole plane was asleep. Perhaps, my underarms are more powerful than I knew.

We failed at the whole sleeping thing. Not that we didn’t try, but it wasn’t meant to be.

As we neared our destination I was offered a hot blueberry and cranberry muffin and I also opted for a glass of orange juice. Melisa had a coffee and the lady apologized that it was in a paper cup but we would be landing in a bit and they don’t use actual cups within a certain time from the landing.

As far as I could tell, we were the only ones offered the muffins without asking for them. One other person asked her for one, and she threw a muffin at them. Yes, I kid about the last part.

All in all, a better experience than Coach . . . Except for the bathroom. I’m 5′ 8″, currently 171 lb. Sure, I work out and my broad shoulders can carry the weight of the world (and often, they do) but . . . dang!

Them toilets be small. I could hardly turn and I can’t imagine how some of the big guys in the plane would find it useful other than for getting a massage from the grab handles and other protrusions that we’re more a hindrance than functional or useful.

Overall, the flight was pleasant and went by relatively quickly.

I now leave you with a few flower shots . . .

These next flowers are from the yard of friends and have an unusual color giving them what I thought was a unique look.

I first thought the petals were dying, but no . . . that’s their actual color.

And with that, I’ll close this somewhat lengthy post.

Please imagine my usual disclaimers below this line.

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13 Responses to There’s a significant difference . . .

  1. I don’t think I’d appreciate them warming my nuts, especially with the War Office present,
    I’d have been interested to know the full flight details so that I could have followed the flight on Flightradar24.
    What was the flight number and airline?

    Liked by 2 people

    • disperser says:

      The airline was United, and the flight number was UA 1147. It’s the red-eye flight from Kona to L. A.

      I’ve never been very impressed with United but this flight and this crew were very good. Bumpy, but it went by fast and we got in early.

      As for letting you know . . . I seldom let people know the exact nature of my plans. “If they don’t know where you are, they can’t get to you” is my motto.


  2. sandra getgood says:

    Your flight sounds quite pleasant, and i can’t help wondering which airline still serves meals with real silverware and glasses, to say nothing of real and relatively tasty food. Sounds like fun to travel with them. Hope you are both having a pleasant holiday, and that the New Year will be a happy one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • disperser says:

      We are a bit under the weather, so it could be better but overall it’s been pretty good so far. I’ll give more updates as the days progress.

      Thank you, Sandra, for the wishes and likewise for 2019 to be an improvement over 2019.


  3. I think I would have chosen the brisket.
    I flew first class once, I won the flight in a newspaper competition.
    I am bemused by what you can’t take on board for security reasons. If I was James Bond for example I could easily dismantle an aluminium drinks can to make a knife but I am not allowed to take on a corkscrew.
    Anyway, Happy New Year to you both and I look forward to your posts in 2019!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. AnnMarie says:

    That yellow flower is probably one of the most unique ones I’ve seen yet! That browning yellow with violet is such a contrasting combo, but really beautiful to see.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Wow! That is a huge difference…nutty and good! :-D
    Sounds like THE way to fly…especially a l-o-n-g distance!
    Hope all is going well and you are having fun fun FUN!
    HUGS!!! Happy New Year!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      It certainly is, but often way too expensive to justify.

      We are relaxing and trying to shake a lingering “something”. Nothing awful, but we could do without it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sorry to hear about the lingering “something”. Hope all turns out well.

        Yes, I’ve never flown anything but coach.


      • disperser says:

        The only time we hit First Class is when we hit a deal of some kind that makes the difference in cost palatable. These tickets were tied to the next part of our current travel and hence not significantly more than coach. If one paid for luggage and a bit extra for better coach seats, the price of First Class was actually cheaper. We don’t often find those deals. Coach it is, then.


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