Hello this Saturday night from Brooklyn, across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan. I’m at Hotel Indigo on a rate that averages out to $96 a night plus tax, one factor that weighed into my coming here for a few days. Don’t think I’ve ever stayed in New York CIty for a price that low. The other factor was a low $278RT airfare, and I used a bump voucher towards that to make the trip free. Enjoying various sound effects from the street below (honkng horns and sirens). I'm tired enough that those alone will not deter me from getting to sleep tonight. Headed out the door at 0430 to off-airport parking at SFO. Even though my boarding pass did not say TSA Pre-Check for the first time, the TSA employee at the AA checkpoint allowed me to use that line so I could keep my shoes and sweatshirt on (and not remove my laptop, tablet and liquids). My lucky day. Another passenger in line next to me, also with the same Pre-Check status that didn’t print, was sent through the normal security line where everything has to be placed on the belt (shoes, laptop, liquids). Was in the Admiral’s Club just before 0600. Boarding was at 0635 for a 0705 departure. Didn’t expect to clear the upgrade list on this trip as I only booked two weeks out. I was #4 on the upgrade list and first class only had one seat available. It had been sold out the past few days and that seat just opened this morning. Aircraft was a 767-300 with the old style overhead bins that require your bags to go in sideways. No wi-fi on this model plane. Survived the 4 hr 40 min flight in coach and slept about half the way. Landed at 1500 on the nose. Stopped by the Admirals Club for a quick check of e-mail and was set to go. Caught the Airtrain to Howard Beach ($5) and the “A” train to Jay Street Metrotech station in Brooklyn ($2.50). The subway portion was 30 mins once on board (had about a 15 min wait for a train). Was able to reload my Metrocard from last trip which still had $1.50 on it. Easy 3 block walk to my hotel. When I arrived at Hotel Indigo, which has 17 stories, I was told I could wait a few minutes for an upgraded room that housekeeping was preparing, or take a queen that was immediately available. I had read the reviews on this hotel which commented about the rooms barely having enough room to walk around the bed, so figured an upgrade would be worth it. Only had to wait about 5 minutes and was able to use wi-fi during the wait. Think the desk clerk was even surprised the room was ready so quickly.