Actually, I should say "smooth flying". Unlike my last trip to Mexico when my flights both going and returning were a bit of a nightmare, everything went smoothly with yesterday's travel. .
As I mentioned earlier, the taxi to take me to the airport was picking me up so early in the morning, that I decided not to bother going to bed at all. I did manage to take a nap for a couple of hours earlier that day. I had ordered a taxi for 4 AM, but it showed up about fifteen minutes early. When I got to the airport, I could not believe how many people there were at that hour. Fortunately, even though I was flying economy, I have "premiere" status. I didn't have to wait in a long line to check my luggage at the United desk. The line waiting to pass through security was ridiculous long. But there was a much shorter line for the "premiere" customers. Perhaps because of the long line, TSA was not requiring anyone to take off their shoes or to take out their laptops. That made security a bit less stressful.
I was also surprised that most of the restaurants were open at that hour. I had plenty of time to before my 6:40 departure, so I went to the Michael Symon (Cleveland's most famous chef) restaurant on the concourse. I had a very good breakfast there... avocado toast... and the portion was quite large. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I had two cups of much needed eye-opener. I started reading one of my books while I nursed my coffee.
I arrived at the gate for my flight to Houston with plenty of time before they started boarding.
We would have arrived early on that flight also, but we had to circle a few minutes before we were cleared to land.