It also amuses me thaat I can make lunch plans with someone 6000 miles away as easily as I can with someone on the other side of the room.
On the way to work I stopped and bought myself a birthday present-- a new pair of noise-canceling headphones. For the flights I'll have 280+ hours of This American Life on my iPod, plus four books. That ought to do it.
I'm pissed, though. I bought a quad-band GSM phone on Ebay just for the trip, and the assholes dicked on shipping long enough that it won't be here in time.