Blizzard WWI ‘07: Games on a Plane

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When I finished reading everything that I'd brought with me (and my DS battery eventually died), at least I had this handy touchscreen for in-flight entertainment, which included blockbuster movies, TV shows, and even some games (granted it was stuff like Mine Sweeper, but a game nonetheless). Jealous that you couldn't make it to Korea? Then indulge in some schadenfreude and read some of the notes I scribbled down during the excruciating 14+ hour plane ride...

2:30pm EST

After a 30-minute delay, we get on the plane to

take off. I am sitting on the aisle directly behind my partner in

crime, Melissa, camerawoman and associate producer

extraordinaire. Meanwhile, the woman sitting next to me has apparently staked her

claim on the arm rest. Fine.

3:00pm

We get a serving of about seven honey-roasted peanuts. Yum.

4:00pm

A late lunch (or an early dinner) is served. I order some

sort of mixed vegetable and rice meal with seawood soup (I totally

forget what it's called). It comes with a tube of Korean hot pepper

paste (Gochujang), and it's actually really good for airline food.

5:00pm

My first bathroom break. You know that Aboriginal belief that a camera can steal your soul? I say the same thing about

airplane toilets. Gotta be careful around these.

6:00pm

I notice that the flight attendants look like runner-ups from the Miss South Korea

beauty pageant, wear matching

turquoise uniforms, and never ever stop smiling (even throughout the entire flight). My conclusion: these are the Stepford stewardesses of South Korea.

6:30pm

Lights out? The flight attendants turn off the in-cabin lighting and ask everyone to pull down the shades. I'm not sure what the purpose of this is, since it's 7:30am in Korea. Regardless, I fall into a deep sleep. We're only halfway over Canada at this point, and Canada is so big and boring.

9:00pm

We're over Alaska. If I had a window seat, I'd tell you about all the polar bears drinking Coca-Cola I saw. But I didn't have a window seat.

10:00pm

I wake up and realize how much my ass hurts. A lot. It feels like I'm sitting on a stack of plywood... with nails in it. I'm dehydrated and I think my muscles have atrophied. There's still five or six hours to go. Pass the Dramamine, please.

11:00pm

I am awakened to another meal. This time, I have the pasta and potato salad. I have no desire to eat, because I am delirious with pain and fatigue. But I eat anyway, shoveling pasta into my cakehole because I have nothing else to do to take my mind off my how much my ass hurts.

12:00am

I don't remember too much at this point. All it says in my notes for this time is "God help me."

4:30am

We land in Seoul. We wait so long for Melissa's luggage, we become afraid that it's not coming at all. But it does. About an hour-and-a-half later.

6:00am

After getting through customs and cashing in dollars for some Korean currency (1 USD = about 900 won), we somehow find our way to a shuttle that will transport us to our hotel, the COEX Intercontinental. It begins to rain; the long drive and the slow traffic puts Melissa and me to sleep.

7:30am

We are finally in our hotel rooms. We write a few quick e-mails to let people know we made it (can't use our phones here).

8:30am

Melissa and I meet with John from GameTrailers and Pete from Game Head. We grab a quick bite to eat and a drink to discuss the weekend. We don't know exactly what to expect, but we know it's going to be big.

Okay, now it's 1:30am in Korea. Time for bed; we've got a long weekend ahead of us...