To my dismay, United 72 first landed in San Francisco:
I'm always intrigued by the formations as you approach the runway at SFO:
I used the United Club to work on my computer, and basically lost track of time. I looked at clock on my computer, and it said 2:10. But the plane arrived at around that time so it then occurred to me that the real San Francisco time was 4:10...and my plane was to depart at 4:20. I calculated that packing my computer and getting to Gate 87 would take 10 minutes, so I probably would miss the flight. I ran, walked quickly on two really long moving walkways and got to the the plane in 3 minutes. The check-in attendant said, "Takahashi?" Two minutes later, five minutes before the official departure time, the plane locked up and left.
So, goodbye SFO:
Turned out that the food on the flight was great. The best cheeseburger I've had on a plane, with tomato basil soup and a beer. Ate too much. After baggage pick-up, had to wait 20 minutes outside in the cold until my Aloft shuttle arrived. The temperature at the Denver International Airport was 25 F at 8PM. I still have tomorrow to Reagan Airport, but I know I will never again use this itinerary to get to D.C.