We sampled the appetizers in the Westin Lounge, just across from our room, before returning to the airport.
The United TSA security line is putting everybody through the X-Ray scanners, so we conclude it would again be our turn to get a free pre-flight massage.
Hurray, it is not to be, at least today. About the time we're third and fourth in line, the powers-that-be close off the scanner and start putting everybody through the magnetometer instead. What a treat. Still, it's a sad day when the one travel experience we look forward to with dread is transiting the TSA security lines.
We walk into the reasonably quiet RCC and look for a place to sit. Kathy finds a spot across from a young businessman hunched over his computer. He looks up and recognizes us. It's Ivan, a young Flyertalker originally from Europe whom we met at the FlyerTalk Star Alliance MegaDO in 2009.
It turns out Ivan is now based in Seattle, working for a major firm and enjoying his job, as well as the travel associated with it.
We feel remarkably rested - even young Ivan mentioned we looked "fresh" - but we reminded him we may look and feel past our "best-before-date" when we land in Sydney across the International Date Line early on the morning of May 20.