The plane lifted off the tarmac through the rain and into the clouds, as it shuddered to shake itself free of the gloom. Minutes later we broke into sun splashed cloud tops. The flight was mostly smooth except for a patch of moderate rough when we crossed a jet stream boundary. We arrive early in Seattle (great tail wind) to deplane onto brilliant sunlight and blue skies. We managed to get home with our bags in time for me to suit up and bicycle in to the office. The evening ride home was also great - in daylight!
I'm reading two books: Meditations on Middle-Earth edited by Karen Haber. I get to read what Card, Feist, Le Guin, de Lint, Martin, etc. think about grandaddy Tolkien; and A Distant Mirror - The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman, to learn how the struggles and doom of that century led to the birth of our modern world.