This photo is from my first trip to China, back in December 2005. It was the closest I've flown over the North Pole, although many of my subsequent flights have also made their way somewhere over the top of the earth. Tomorrow I fly Cedar Rapids - Detroit - Beijing. It will be the ninth time I have flown to or from China.
Here's to flirting with the 50-pound weight limit, drooling through naps in coach, plucking my eyebrows in airport bathrooms, and sipping ginger ale over Siberia. China, here I come!