Boeing 787 Dreamliner Launch

8 07 2007

Although it may be getting monotonous by now, I’m still not over the novelty of having good weather finally…  So for fear of repetitiveness…

“It was another awesome sunny day today”, and one that even required the application of sunscreen.  Gotta love that.

We decided early yesterday (Saturday) to go to Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner launch, which was held today.  Incidentally on July 8th 2007, or in American date format…  7/8/07, aka 787 just like their new plane.  How clever are they?  That’s advanced Marketing for you.  I guess if it’d been Australia or anywhere else where the date format is “normal” the launch wouldn’t have been until August.  But there you go.

Since we had such a late start to the day, we decided to go and get some lunch first, so we headed to a little pub in Mukilteo where they have stonegrill.  Essentially it’s a hot rock, that you cook your own meat on.  Fun the first couple of times you do it, but for me the novelty has worn off.  Not so with Mark, so he enjoyed his steak, while I had a wrap.  The venue itself was a bit ramshackle, but the food was pretty damn good.  Not only was the food good, but this place has Pub Trivia.  Not trivia as I knew it back in Australia where someone reads out questions, this is hi-tech.

You pick up an electronic keypad, enter a team name, and watch the television screens for questions and multiple choice answers, answer each one within a time limit and gain points to compete.  It was so much fun, that I was completely distracted from eating lunch.  Eating just got in the way of the trivia.

There was only one other team playing, and they were stationed not too far from where we were sitting.  They were also one question in front of us as we started a little later than them.

We soon caught up and beat them convincingly.  They laughed and said it wasn’t fair they were eating.  We pointed out that we beat them on an American History question and that we were from another country, so their excuses were negated.  It was all in good fun.

To be quite honest, I didn’t want to leave the pub.  I’d happily have stayed there and played all afternoon.  Your scores as you play are displayed on screen, you also get a ranking nationally across all the other venues that support the trivia.  I think after two games we were ranked somewhere around 3500 nationally.  I’ve no idea whether that is good or bad, but it was fun anyway.

After lunch, we finally headed over to Boeing field to see the jet launch.  As a member of the public we really didn’t get to see much more than the jet (from a distance) come out of the hanger, and move around to it’s presentation location, before going back inside to watch the actual presentation onscreen.  Only the VIP’s got to see the actual jet up close.

Craig Boeing 787 Engine - 8 July 2007 - 787 LaunchWe did however get to see an engine.  How excitement!  Or not…  We had our photos taken in front of it “to get perspective of the size” according to Mark.  No matter the location, he’s always the geek.
Here’s the photo for you, with a much slimmer me.  Long way to go still, but in comparison to the party photos from March, it’s a huge improvement.  I don’t hear whale song when I swim now.  *laugh* ๐Ÿ˜‰

The whole 787 even was pretty impressive over all.  Especially the Lego 787 jet that we bought afterwards.  *laugh*

He may be a geek, I’d claim that I’m not.  But I still love Lego, and made sure that I claimed “first play”.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s about it.  We’ve done some shopping, and now we’re home.

I promise I’ll upload some photos soon.  I’m just feeling too lazy to do it now.

Hope you all had great weekends, and Mondays if you’re in them.

Cheers!