Another long trip back from Dubai is complete. I have no problems or hassles to report this time; the security checkpoint at DXB flowed smoothly, the Emirates flight from DXB to JFK was not full and I had a whole row to myself (which meant that I got to stretch out a little bit and at least get some rest), the customs agents at JFK were quick and courteous, and JetBlue's in-flight DirecTV worked flawlessly this time, which meant I got to spend the leg from JFK to HOU watching the Boston College - Virginia Tech game on ESPN.
Maybe my next trip to Dubai will be a little easier. Delta apparently has plans to become the first US airline to serve Dubai via their hub at Atlanta Hartsfield, from which flights to both Houston airports are short and frequent. But I'd still prefer for either Emirates and Continental to begin non-stop service between IAH and DXB so I can avoid the transfer entirely.
But now, with business travel over, it's time for some leisure travel. In a few minutes, Lori, Kirby and I are going to accompany my mom and my dad on a drive out to the Norwegian Cruise Line terminal at Barbour's Cut (where the Houston Ship Channel empties into Galveston Bay). From there, it's a week-long cruise with scheduled stops in Progreso and Cozumel in the Mexican Yucatan and Belize City (which means I get to add another nation to my list of countries I've visited). I've never been on a cruise before, so to say I am looking forward to this trip is an understatement. The same is true for Lori; this is her big vacation of the year and she's been literally counting down the days for the past two months.
I'm not sure what kind of internet access will be available from the ship, so I might not be providing any updates until after I get back on the 21st.