After the NIC conference in Cleveland, I was hoping to drive Bopper out to Brooklyn, New York City to see my friend Thad in my annual pilgrimage to the big city (2005, 2007). I had grandiose plans to recruit Thad and the locals to spraypaint/tag Bopper. Alas, Bopper broke down, and my roadtrip was cut short. I called Thad in Cleveland and told him I couldn't make it.
But....never say die. It turned out I had enough frequent flyer miles on my Northwest Airlines account that I could fly in New York City for free, and first class to boot! So, a month after returning to Ann Arbor, I finally completed the vacation tour of America by getting on a plane to New York City. Due to inclement weather the night before in NYC, air traffic control had the arriving planes circling for an hour while other planes took off. I didn't mind, as the seats in first class were comfortable enough that I actually (gasp) enjoyed being in the plane (the free wine also helped).
The upshot of the circling was that when we descended, we were able to get a very nice view of Manhattan due to the direction we were coming from.