In Burbank, to be exact, looking at the mountains outside the windows at the JetBlue terminal. This airport is an absolute pleasure compared to LAX -- it's totally non-stressful, and there are some cool aviation-history display cases on the way to the gates, and there was hardly anyone in line at the security checkpoints and I breezed right through with two hours to spare before my departure time.
Still, I remember last time I flew into Burbank, and the baggage carousels had crowds around them eight deep as people from multiple arriving flights fought their way towards their luggage. It's a very small airport, and it's probably experiencing growing pains with all the spillover from overloaded LAX.
Admittedly, getting here today was costlier than I would have liked. My M.O. was to take a cab to Union Station and grab the Metrolink to Union Station, but I had just missed my train by a few minutes once my cab arrived, and there wasn't one leaving for at least three hours. There was a Metrolink to the city of Burbank that would have cost me $5, but that wasn't due to leave for another couple of hours either -- and I worried about not having enough time to check in and go through security. So I ended up taking a cab from Union Station to Bob Hope Airport, which lightened my wallet pretty significantly, but I guess I didn't have much of a choice. Next time I'll leave earlier. Oh, and I bought breakfast when I got here, and now I'm even poorer: $10 and change for a breakfast sandwich and a Diet Dr Pepper. Ouch.
I'll be in New York for the next month, by the by. I'm done with my fall semester and I'm looking forward to a nice long break. I plan to sleep a lot and watch as much of my parents' digital cable as possible. I'll check in here for sure.