I'm writing this from the hotel room in Redmond. All very nice, had lunch last night with friends (old and new ones), including Dwayne Lamb (mobidogs) and Jason Dunn (Pocket PC Thoughts).
The time difference is not a big problem - 19 hours behind. For example Monday 11pm (Seattle) is Tuesday 8pm (New Zealand). The problem is really the bad trip to get here.
All started when I did my check-in in the Wellington Airport. I was told by Air New Zealand that the segment from Auckland to San Francisco was delayed, and instead of leaving at 7:30pm Sunday it would leave at 0:30am Monday. No problem, they arranged to change my connecting flight, and all would be good. They even called on my mobile phone to advise me of the new flight plans!
Just after boarding the airplane in Auckland we were informed that a problem was found and we would have to wait for repairs to be completed. Short story: we had a full movie, dinner and another movie inside the plane - and it didn't leave the terminal at all! At around 5:30am we were told that we could leave the plane to stretch. New boarding started at 6am.
We then received the surprise announcement that two families decided that they didn't want to fly anymore since this would be too long time inside the plane - and a big stress for their kids. Since finding their luggage (it is a 747 with full load) would take at least one hour, the captain decided to cancel the flight, postponing it to 7pm Monday instead!
Ok, so Air New Zealand arranged buses and accomodation in Auckland, and everyone was back in the airport at 4pm, for a new check-in and boarding. Then in San Francisco I still had to catch another flight to Seattle.
Oh, where are the mobile devices on this story? During those five hours inside the plane we were authorised to use our mobile phones, so I managed to keep my e-mail up-to-date (using my Smartphone and Pocket PC), plus I had time to watch a couple of movies on my Portable Media Center. It has a great battery life - expect something like 5 to 6 hours when watching a movie with half brightness set.
Oh well, made it. Twenty four hours late, but here...