UA 703 JFK LAX 1130 1445 752 5B was 9C [this was back when P.S. was P.S.] Well, for some reason I was put out of my most expansive seat and put in a slightly less good but still fine one. lili was in 9A, and I'd thought that trading 9C for 9B was going to be a snap, but 5B for 9B, not so much. In fact, I tried, but the guy smugly said that as that was the best seat on the plane, no go. The normal solution, to get 5A to trade up to 9A, didn't work, because 5A, a very nervous but otherwise agreeable Asianish woman, pled claustrophobia and didn't want to move out of the first row of the cabin. She proved to be a quiet and generally all right seatmate, and anyway the headwinds were not so bad, so it was a pretty short flight. FEATURED WINES White wine Round Hill Chardonnay 2010, California California's style of Chardonnay emphasizes the toasty character of oak barrels and rich buttery notes, as well as hints of apple and peach. Red wine Canyon Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, California A sleek, mild version of Cabernet, Canyon Road is plenty rich, but less over-the-top than some of its California colleagues. [Poor Doug Frost, having to make believe a sow's ear is a silk purse.] TO BEGIN Chilled appetizer Fresh seasonal greens - tomatoes, cucumbers and croutons with buttermilk ranch dressing Assorted dinner rolls and garlic bread MAIN COURSE Grilled pork chop - green peppercorn sauce, shiitake mushroom bread pudding, white asparagus and broccolini Osso buco-style breast of chicken - mixed mushroom ragout, garlic polenta cake and broccolini Spinach cannelloni - four-cheese sauce and roasted tomatoes with Parmesan cheese TO FINISH Dessert ice cream with your choice of toppings Light snacks are available at any time following the meal service. Please help yourself or ask a flight attendant for today's selection. The pork chop was a dry woefulness, the sauce, as you would expect, acrid and varnishy. Bread pudding is a kind of neat thing except if you put wrinkled mushrooms in it. The fancy vegetables were shreds that had seen better days. They were all green. The red wine was what you expect - $5 stuff made for people who would not be above mixing it with Coke or Sprite.