So, what did you do yesterday? I spent a good portion of my afternoon at LAX in Los Angeles, waiting for a plane to arrive. I know Whatever readers like photographs, so I shot a few for you while I waited. (Pro tip: all photos can be clicked to see a gigantified version in my Flickr stream.)
An unusual part of my airport adventure was that I was actually waiting on the runway, at the far end of the airport from the main terminals. For most of the day my view looked like this:
A pretty dull view, made even less attractive by the marine layer that has been plaguing Los Angeles for a month. It’s rolling in from the beach, about 1/2 mile from the left side of the frame above.
Activity eventually began to pick up and about 30 minutes before the plane I was waiting for arrived, three large Marine helicopters landed and staged off to the right behind the building.
“Mr. President,” I shouted. “Cake or pie? It’s too loud to hear your answer out here, so if it’s cake, just give me a wave.”
Total time the President Obama was on the ground: about 10 minutes. Still, a pretty exciting afternoon. One doesn’t often get that close to the President of the United States, and literally stand under the wing of Air Force One. 747s are a lot more impressive when you’re on the ground and they’re towering over you; particularly this one. It was nice to get a definitive declaration on that whole cake/pie issue, as well.
Of course, you know there had to be the obligatory snapshot with the plane, right?