UA 560 IAD SEA 1345 1650 320 8B was 1228 1510 was 3812 IAD EWR 1443 1609 ER4 4A and 1462 EWR SEA 1735 2039 738 2F 1478 SEA ANC 2115 2351 738 2F was 6010 IAD EWR 1450 1618 ER4 4A and 1462 EWR SEA 1700 1959 738 2F and 1132 SEA ANC 2055 2325 738 2F My extra-miles-earning detour was derailed because of weather and congestion (not mine, though I did have a bad cough), and they put me on the nonstop, which was delayed - cost to me, 500 miles and a first-class seat. So the best laid plans of mice and men went awry, and I endured 6 hours in a middle seat between a pouty brunette who would have been somewhat attractive but for the bitchiness written all over her face and a jovial doctor working for the CDC. I chatted with him for an hour, slept an hour, worked on the computer for a bit over an hour, and otherwise stared at the ceiling. It wasn't a bad flight, and the Economy Plus seats on the United aircraft have as much room as the first class ones on the Continental ones. Narrower though, so both my seatmates bumped elbows with me; the aisle guy took it all in stride, whereas the woman alternated between trying to push my elbow off the rest (it was barely on, and almost all in my territory, I swear) and cowering by the window. We pulled up to the gate just shy of 2 hours late, and as I had counted on lunch on my previous itinerary and had failed to chow down, off I went to Anthony's, where Willapa Bay oysters were kind of bland; the briny Penn Coves were much more characterful. Still peckish, I ordered an appetizer plate of fried oysters, where the Willapa Bays did well as generic fried seafood. And on to the United Club, where Jim Beam white served well as cough syrup. The Anchorage flight was rather pleasant; they offered a snack of chicken breast with pasta salad. I turned that down, asking for a Courvoisier, of which there was none. The matronly but pleasant FA offered Jim Black instead, but I told her she'd broken my heart. Halfway through the flight she came over with a Courvoisier nabbed from coach, where they sell it for the equivalent of $105 a fifth. She said that she hadn't wanted to break my heart. The gesture was appreciated. My friend Bill picked me up at the airport, and we spent a couple of beer-laden days before meeting up with Lilli for a couple of wine-tinged ones.