Rob and I hit the road at 6:45AM in Redmond, WA, en route to TechEd Orlando. Around 8:00AM, we traded in our direct flight on Alaskan Airlines for a fistful of food vouchers, day passes to the Alaskan “Board Room” (which has free WiFi), round trip tickets to anywhere Alaskan flies in the next calendar year, and a pair of tickets to Orlando on a Continental Airlines flight with a connection in Houston.
So here we sit, temporarily marooned at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston at 9:20PM local time. Our flight to Orlando has been delayed due to thunderstorms in the southeastern US. Thus, we won’t arrive in Orlando until at least 2AM tomorrow. Such is the life of the opportunistic geek traveler.
Upon learning that our flight out of Houston was delayed, we embarked on a quintessentially Texan mission: we went hunting. We hunted not for big game deer or pheasant but for WiFi. We weren’t hunting for not just any WiFi. Nope, we were birdogging for FREE WiFi. Somewhere between gates E11 and E12 we hit the jackpot. And here we sit, accidental geeks basking in the glow of 802.11b rays on our way to the end of the rainbow. Ain’t Texas great! Orlando, here we come.