This trip was particularly mundane, despite the length and the 24 hours of awakedness it required to complete it. On the plane I was lucky enough to have an empty seat between me and the other person in the row. Sadly she was a space-hog who assumed the gap was for her personal use and filled it with computers, blankets, reading glasses, other stuff and a 1/2 full glass of water.
Did have one little traveling oddity though. When I left two Saturdays ago I sat across from a couple on the ABQ to SFO run. They were well-dressed and of an age, the kind of people I might hang out with in real life.
Sitting in the SFO waiting area and munching on a turkey-avocado sandwich on a chewy croissant, I looked up and there they were, sitting across from me. We boarded the plane and once again, they had the row opposite. This being too serendipitous, I excused myself and told the man the situation. He said he recognized me but thought perhaps I was a work acquaintence. Turns out they'd been in Thailand for exactly the same duration as my stay in Shanghai. We had a nice chat for part of the flight.
So if that's not proof that the world is small, I don't know what is. Maybe Ted can offer is erudite opinion.
Please tune back in two weeks from now - it'll once again be back around the world time.