October 30, 2012

Trip Notes

*** I should have called this the "Hurricane Sandy" edition, but I forgot.

Because it gives me something to do at airports, it's time for trip notes. Thank heaven for Evernote or I'd never remember a thing!

I was sitting next to a guy (on the flight home) who was headed to Boston to do some work this week.  I hope he didn't end up sitting in a hotel room with no electricity.  Talk about timing... hitting town just before the hurricane.  Wow!  It's exactly the kind of thing that would happen to me. 

Okay on to the notes: 

Flight out:

Sorry ladies, being in your late 60's does not give you an excuse to barge into the middle of the security line. Then saying "Oh sorry we didn't know!" when called on it is really really lame.  You are old enough to know what a line is and how it works, therefore you are idiots.

In security line behind every non-traveler today. Figuring out at the bins they have liquids in their luggage. Digging through bags and purses to pull it all out. What part of "all liquids must be in a 1 quart ziplock bag" was unclear to you?

Logan has the slowest security lines of any airport I've ever been in. Six people ahead of me, over 15 minutes to get through security… no one was stopped.

They are still using the stripper x-ray machine even though I read a story a few days ago saying those were not in use at Logan anymore. 

Plumber's crack, so not attractive girls, really it's not.  Please stop wearing low rise jeans that don't cover your ass. I don't want to see it!

People with small children boarding late. Not happy people.

People don't know how to stow suitcases. Sideways in the bin when the plane is full is not an option.

Of course the guy in front of me MUST recline.

Forgot my kindle!  ARG! Of course I have 3 books on it I want to read and now I won't get to any of them... oh well.

There are endless announcements on every flight, from trying to sell stuff to don't do that. Flight attendant still yacking away at least 15 minutes into the flight. When she stops the flight deck takes over.   

Would like to listen to an audible book… please just SHUT UP ALREADY!

Hate when they say free wifi but really you can only go to a couple of sponsored sites. To do anything else costs $10.  No I don't consider it free wifi if I can only go to ebay or delta.com.

In the car rental line:

Cisco router in a large box?  Was that a carry-on item?

Person behind me in line, opening her suitcase to search for items. Resting the top against my leg... Three times? 

Is there some reason an entire family of 5 (all over the age of 12) needs to stand in the rental car line?  Why not just the people who will be driving?

Flight back:

Awesome. Getting a blow by blow of a woman's car accident earlier in the day. She's not talking to me. She's on the phone babbling away.  And now I get the story a second time since someone else called her. Geeze lady get a Facebook page. And for the love of heaven everyone, stop calling this woman!

Another woman has started a call about getting a drug addicted kid into a treatment center.  First call to the center, next call to the family.  Wonder if the family knew they were part of our waiting lounge entertainment.

Older Southern gentleman in a suit. Wearing crocs. In a tasteful dark blue...

Touch screens suck on airplanes. Mine is stuck.

Bumpy bumpy ride but, so far, on time. They aren't serving anything but water because of the turbulence. First time I've seen that.

Nice landing by the pilot, very smooth with one herky-jerky bit once we were on the ground.  Parked at the gate, the plane is being slammed by wind gusts and rocking back and forth.

Boy on the plane (about age 10) air sick.  Everyone being very nice about it and trying to help him.

Shuttle bus:

Weirdly the shuttle bus came as soon as I walked out the terminal door. This has never ever happened to me before. Generally I see it driving away and have to wait 45 minutes for the next one.

Guy on the bus talking to a friend about the storm. Tells friend "it's coming up from what we call the south".

I also know he's going grocery shopping when he gets to Framingham.  He didn't give me a list of what he would be buying… feeling like I should tag along with him because now I'm curious.

Arrival at the parking lot.

Car is in the lot and starts.  Life is good.

Posted by: Teresa in FUN at 03:22 PM | Comments (16) | Add Comment
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1 I love these travelogues.  Makes me feel like I'm right there with you.  You have my profoundest sympathy...

Posted by: Elisson at October 30, 2012 03:26 PM (cP2TN)

2 LOL it was actually one of my better trips.  Plus, if people didn't do weird things, there'd be nothing to blog and that would be dull.  At least the plane wasn't delayed.

Posted by: Teresa at October 30, 2012 03:28 PM (YwdwH)

3 Your trips (and the informative travelogue you provide) are always so entertaining.  But I'm not sure I'm brave enough to actually travel WITH you...  ::blink blink::

Posted by: Mirmie at October 30, 2012 03:52 PM (TwHPu)

4 I am just glad you made it home safely!!  And that you had a good time... 

Posted by: Richmond at October 30, 2012 03:58 PM (yBGZs)

5 Mirmie - you are a wise woman. LOL

Rich - wish you could have been there! 

Posted by: Teresa at October 30, 2012 04:01 PM (YwdwH)

6 I've already started to rant on your FB post. Sigh.   I love traveling! But other travelers can certainly make the experience more...interesting than it needs to be.

Posted by: Da Goddess at October 30, 2012 05:49 PM (XowB7)

7 Like I said Joanie - it's all blog fodder.  As soon as I see it, I think of exactly how I'll write about it.  I almost wish I traveled more often since it would be great for my blogging.

Posted by: Teresa at October 30, 2012 06:34 PM (YwdwH)

8 Yup, yup, and ... yup. Your trip, my trip, they all sound the same. Annoying the travelers, it's all pretty lame. The sights, sounds, and smells ... the lines where we stand, it takes quite a lot to cross this great land.

A lot of patience, a lot of tranquilizers, fill in the blank,
This kind of air travel has gone in the tank.

Posted by: Rev. Paul at October 30, 2012 06:48 PM (b/GbH)

9 Rev Paul - I watch old movies and air travel used to be far far nicer.   Oh well, guess we can't go back can we. 

Posted by: Teresa at October 30, 2012 09:18 PM (YwdwH)

10

I'm glad it went so smoothly this time!

I never understand how people can feel completely comfortable having a cell conversation in public like that.  If I get a call I feel like I need to take while I'm in public, I find a quiet spot somewhere and softly have the conversation.  I've been in bathrooms when women have come in, talking on the phone, going to the bathroom still talking.  It just blows me away. 

I was in the kitchen at work the other day, a group of us were in there, and a woman came in talking big as day into her phone, fixed her lunch, poured it into that bullet blender, blended it up which was loud as hell, cleaned up and walked out like it was nothing.  We all stood looking at each other and laughing.  I was the first to say, "How in the heck could she hear anyone over that blender?"  Crazy.

Posted by: Bou at October 30, 2012 09:44 PM (SJrJ4)

11  Glad you seem to have made it through that storm. Welcome home. Glad you had fun.

Posted by: Peter at October 31, 2012 12:36 AM (6ADC5)

12 I love loud, share-with-everyone cellphone calls.  My favorite move is to whip out a pen and bit of paper and take very obvious notes.
I have yet to say "Excuse me, could you say that last part again?", but I'm sure it's coming.

Happy you didn't get eaten by Sandy.

Posted by: LeeAnn at November 01, 2012 05:21 AM (8SAdD)

13 Thought of you and your travels when I saw this video at How-to Geek. I'm glad you were able to travel safely before the storm hit.

Air New Zealand - using Hobbits for the pre-flight safety brief:
http://youtu.be/cBlRbrB_Gnc

Enjoy!

also located at the airline's site
www.airnzcode.com/hobbitmovie/video/

Posted by: cin at November 01, 2012 11:37 AM (DBAeF)

14 Paper and pen!!! D'oh that's where I made my mistake!  I was typing on my phone using Evernote.  I think I need to buy the evernote Moleskine pad and start doing hand written notes.  

Posted by: Teresa at November 01, 2012 12:10 PM (YwdwH)

15 I freaking hate Logan.  I've told my husband if he ever ever routes me through Logan for an international flight again I will consider it grounds for divorce!  mumble mumble logan grrrr

Posted by: patti at November 02, 2012 11:37 AM (C6H6T)

16 Cin - your comment got marked as spam and I didn't realize it!!!  Will go watch this as soon as I can.  LOL.  

Posted by: Teresa at November 05, 2012 01:19 PM (YwdwH)

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