The flight from Phoenix to Atlanta was uneventful, except for the one hour delay due to weather in Atlanta. We arrived safely in constant rain, transferred to a new terminal, had Panda Express at the food court (big mistake), and eventually boarded the flight to London-Gatwick.
Cookie and I were across the aisle from each other. He was next to a cute girl in the window seat. That didn't last long as she was in the wrong row. She was replaced by a “much older” man who proclaimed to Cookie that he had been on a flight from South American and had some sort of trouble and lost his hearing. That was their last conversation for eight and a half hours.
The only real life saver on this flight was the fact that they had movies-on-demand. This helped greatly to pass the time. I was only able to catch a few winks early on in the flight, then I was wired after that. Cookie was on his laptop and also watching (really just listening) to a movie. When we were over the Atlantic, he heard one of the characters say, “We'll be making our descent into Los Angeles.” He looked up and wondered, “Where are we????” He soon realized the hilarity in the situation.
One final note about the flight: We are all aware that there are many scented, soaps, lotions, etc. in the world. However, I must admit that I have never heard of the soap they had in the washroom on the plane; lemon grass and wasabi. The concept escaped me.
Tomorrow morning... England!