Well, I made it. The plane ride was quick only a little over 6 hours, the nice woman next to me chatted with me the whole way--which made time fly by even faster.
Gotta catch some zzz--get adjusted to the time difference.
Thanks for all of your send-off messages. They were a nice surprise to find when I logged in.
p.s. I won't be adjusting my time zone for Blogger, so it may look like I'm a day ahead...