UA 285 BOS IAD 0947 1131 320 21F In contrast to previous trips, when I seemed to have hit every available snow and thunderstorm, it appeared that I dodged pretty well. There was a backlog of passengers inconvenienced by previous weather, though, so my upgrade didn't even come close to clearing. I was double digits into the list. Even on the 320 this seat is decent, with enough legroom, and as my butt isn't that big, a 6-across is just fine. I leaned against the coldish exit door with its stubby armrest and slept a bit. I can't report on the quality of the service. I took a side trip to the club to get some e-mail and stuff done and then hunted down lili at her gate and convinced her to join me at the Lufthansa lounge, where Martell VSOP and some red abomination were poured freely by a pleasant but quizzical Arabic-looking staff. Is it intentional that a lot of these places have bartenders who don't drink (this is based not just on appearance, but also on inquiry)? Probably. Oh, yes, the lounge hadn't opened yet when we had first arrived so we went to Five Guys and had the usual, and it was the usual. Back to the low C concourse, where at boarding time nothing was ready, so I had my third club visit of the day. Eventually we returned to the gate and were loaded up; took off a bit late. UA 132 IAD MUC 1715 0740 764 5AB Predeparture Champagne wasn't too bad though probably not the real thing. I'd not tried the 2-1-2 business configuration on the 764 before. To achieve this arrangement, the seats are angled outward (the center ones are angled left, I think), which is slightly peculiar though not unpleasant. The seats are a little spartan for a supposedly premium product, and as usual, the mechanisms are fragile - lili's seat was broken, which a FA knew exactly how to fix, so this must not be a rare occurrence. They're okay to sleep in, though, especially if you can sleep on your side. No in-flight audio except for the movie channels. Our flight attendants just seemed to be going through the motions and were absent pretty much except at mealtime. This can partially be excused because it's a redeye, but when my water glass hasn't been filled in two hours, something can be improved. My dinner was a pork chop with green peppercorn sauce, sided with shiitake bread pudding and white asparagus and broccolini. Other than the meat being trimmed of all fat and then cooked to the consistency of floor tile, and the sauce being made with some kind of industrial solvent, the food did the job and was followed, as food often is, by ice cream (vanilla). The starter had been two kinds of salmon. bad baked wrapped in okay smoked, with a sad little salad next to it. I think lili didn't eat, having had that burger and not being an aficionada of plane food. The wines were fine for everyday. Ch. Argadens 09 Bordeaux was kind of stemmy still but softish and okay on the palate. Not a whole lot of fruit, but that was fine with me, as big fruit isn't my style; I prefer balance, and this had it. Plus I wasn't drinking it, my seatmate was. I enjoyed the Selbach Riesling kabinett 12, sweetish and tartish with a balance of apple and pineapple; sort of what a moderately optimistic child might imagine wine to be like. I slept through the deli plate that came later. Even though we came in quite late, there was time for a leisurely breakfast at the lounge before our next flight. I ate some gummi bears and licorice allsorts; lili dared to try the real breakfast offerings, I think. Unfortunately, the regular beer was out, and they just had the Franziskaner Weiss, which I don't like, so I had nothing. It was a bit of a hoof to our next gate, but as it was still in the non-Schengen area, we got there in plenty of time to find a bunch of disgruntled Turks roaming the area. After a couple calming announcements in English and German (not in Turkish) we boarded.