UA 424 IAD BOS 1225 1354 752 2A Ch9^ Empower^ Catering was the usual snack basket, of which Popchips are the best offering these days. I drowned my sorrows in Courvoisier, which fortunately was in good supply. I will draw a discreet veil over what I did during this layover, but it involves actual (shudder) work and at least one friendly club concierge. UA 593 BOS DEN 1806 2044 752 4C Ch9^ Empower:td: Loading up pretty easy with a gate staff with whom I was not familiar (new hires? Continental people?). The door was closed pretty early, and off we went. Matronly crew who warmed up and turned out to be excellent. The meal was chicken or vegetarian ravioli. The former turned out to be herb cheese stuffed, and after I scraped off that poison everything was fine. It came with excellent pecan-cranberry couscous and not quite so excellent sugar snaps and carrots. Dessert, the standard chocolate chip cookie, was ice-cold. Courvoisier, because the wine offerings were pretty abysmal. UA 9 DEN SAN 2136 2258 752 2D Ch9^ Empower^ An uneventful flight. I slept through the snack, with the aid of another Courvoisier or three. We landed a few minutes early, which did me no good, because I was again homeless: 11 hours in this wonderful town, and the Westin and the Hilton, my usual hangouts, were pricing out at nearly 300 buckaroos, so I decided to sleep at the airport. This turned out to be not such a great idea, as they don't stop the horrid elevator music overnight, and there's noplace warm to camp out. I figure I got about 3 hours' worth. Exceedingly thankful that AA checkin started at 0430 and the Admiral's Club opened at 5. Headed up to the counter at 0420 and was dismayed to find hundreds of people, mostly military by the looks of them, waiting to check in. So I went downstairs for another half hour's snooze. Back upstairs. Same problem. But there were self-serve kiosks, of which I took advantage, despite my friend lili's warning that they were useless for an international itin. Maybe I lead a charmed life, because the oceans parted for me to get to the kiosk, and check-in took half a jiff, and off I went through priorpty security, and there was the AC, just open. You get your orange juice at the bar. You can also get wine (some Chilean muck this time, or the premium Kenwood). 0302 AA1442 SAN ORD 0940 1535 738 4F Boarding, as usual at this station, was rather chaotic. There's a good reason for zone and priority boarding. Efficient crew, uneventful flight. A breakfast quesadilla was fine, especially washed down with a Courvoisier.