Monday, October 31, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
(Laughing riotously) No, not hardly. I am fortunate, however, to have friends around the United States, and that includes many of my layover cities. It's always fun to meet up with them, go to local places, and to meet new friends through them. I'm just as comfortable being alone and on my own, though, as I am in a group.
Do you have to share your hotel room? Do you pay for it yourself?
No, we don't share hotel rooms. The company pays for single rooms for every crew members. Of course, what people do on their layover time, and whose hotel room it is in, is their own business.
I'd like to be a Fly Girl like you. Is anyone hiring?
While it's a tough time in the industry, many of the smaller, regional carriers are hiring. Only a few of the major airlines are, as they already have many people on furlough (laid off) status. There are a variety of online site where you can get updated information about flight attendant hiring. Or, for specific information, just drop me a private email and tell me what you're looking for. I'll try to connect you with someone who can help.
Did you ever want to be a pilot?
Where are you going on your next vacation?
Somewhere warm. The exact destination is still up in the air. (No pun intended.)
Do you want to meet up on a layover? Where are you flying? Have you met anyone from online?
I have met in person people who I originally got to know through online interaction. This is not something that I do lightly, as it involves huge issues concerning my personal safety and security, as well as coming clean with my real name. There are lots of hurdles to get over, and back ups to put in place, before I'd consider meeting up with anyone that I didn't know. I'm not out trolling for dates, so for me it's only about expanding my network of friends.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Sunday, October 23, 2005
He's going to be traveling to my city next week and asked me if he could take me to dinner. I said yes, because, just like in The Godfather, "he made me an offer I couldn't refuse."
I'm not about to fall in love with him, but it probably qualifies as like.
|How You Are In Love|
You fall in love quickly and easily. And very often.
You tend to give more than take in relationships.
You tend to get very attached when you're with someone. You want to see your love all the time.
You love your partner unconditionally and don't try to make them change.
You stay in love for a long time, even if you aren't loved back. When you fall, you fall hard.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
One of the comments came from Luke Mellors of the Dorchester Hotel in London. He was one of the individuals interviewed in the original NYT article, and I thank him for weighing in on the other side of this debate, and appreciate his willingness to explain his position. While I agree with him on some concepts, there is still much to respectfully disagree on.
First of all, Mr. Mellors is dead-on right when he says that it's all about value. Whatever it is we are purchasing, for whatever price, we expect value for our expenditure. Our expectations are different when we spend $100 than when we spend $500, but regardless of our price point we still expect value.
I have never been to the Dorchester, but understand that it is quite a lovely hotel. Mr. Mellor's is correct in that there is a cost in providing and maintaining internet access, and that it is reasonable to pass that cost on to your clientele. I do, however, take issue with Mr. Mellor's assertion that it is unfair to pass that cost on to the majority of hotel guests who he claims neither want nor need that service. The concept of choosing amenities and then passing the cost onto the hotel guest is a long established principle in the hospitality business. I don't want, nor need, the hotel mini-bar in my room. In fact, I know very few people who actually use it. Yet, the hotel has determined that it is an amenity that they wish to provide, and pass the attendant costs on to its guest. I feel the same way about the swimming pool, and quite frequently the television as well.
It's not a matter of unfairness at all. It's a matter of the hotel determining which amenities are important to provide and then amortizing the cost of that amenity into its rate structure. In this instance, it's a mattering of deciding that providing internet access to hotel guests at no additional fee important. The Dorchester says that this is not an important fee-free amenity to provide to guests. Which would be fine, except that this determination is based on the opinion that less than 50% of hotel guests use the internet service. This cannot be viewed as supporting the position that less that 50% of guests wish that this service was provided. On the contrary, it merely establishes that less than 50% of the Dorchester's guests are willing to pay the approximately $33 (U.S.) daily fee for internet access.
Mr. Mellors next brags about the hotel's E-Butler service, which, I might add, sounds mighty fine. He says that while the hotel has chosen to charge for internet service, they provide this free E-Butler service to ensure that guest technology needs are met. FREE? This is not a free service. I thought that we had already established that there are no free services. It's all passed on to the consumer in some way, shape or form, either in the daily cost of internet services, or in an increased room charge. So please don't insult me by bragging about this free service. And while we're at it, why is it fair for me to pay an increased room charge for idiots who don't know how to configure their laptop. Especially, and this is using the hotel's logic, less than 50% of guests want internet services, and one cannot only imagine an even smaller percentage of guests need the services of an E-Butler. (NOTE: It sounds like a great idea for a conference or event, but I find it strains credibility for the hotel to pass on the cost for a service such as this to all guests.)
I think what we are seeing, on an increasing basis, is business travelers who want to know what the bottom line will be for their hotel stay. They don't want to be hit with all sorts of add-on charges. I think everyone realizes that their is no such thing as a free lunch, but is it to much to ask for a hotel that markets itself as a business hotel, to include business amenities as part of the standard room rate. I don't think that's to much to ask, and from what occupancies rates are showing, there are a whole lot of people staying at hotels that agree with the concept.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Looking at the calendar, along with the advertisements in the Sunday paper, I realize that Halloween is the end of the month. Where did the year go? (And why am I asking questions like that when I used to laugh at my mom and dad for asking the same thing when I was a kid?)
In the Halloween spirit, I ask: What kind of candy are you? Please leave the answers in a comment or email me directly.
You may be smooshie and taste unnatural, but you're so darn cute.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Sure, we've had writers. A lot of writers. One minister. A few nut jobs. And some more writers. But have we had a flight attendant? I think not. Today, we're flying the friendly skies with Yu Hu Stewardess. Sometimes, this blogging thing is so much fun. Because she's got a sense of humor about her job. And there are sweet perks, the most obvious of which is the great traveling experience. But this fly girl doesn't just hit the highlights; she immerses herself in a place: "I walked the main streets, poking my head into the shops and galleries. I wandered up and down the side streets, doing some people watching and stopping to check out information on some residential vacancies. Although by myself, I felt neither fear, nor reluctance, in immersing myself in the tastes, smells, and feel of the place. I didnt want to be a visitor to the neighborhood; I wanted to be a part of it."
Any questions? Just ask.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Gridskipper posts about this luxury travel auction site. Not many flight attendants can afford this type of luxury on a regular basis, but it's worth considering for a special occasion.
When I last looked, no one had yet bid for this particular package. Maybe it was because of all the restrictions. Travel auctions could be so much fun if not for those pesky little restrictions.
Luxury Link is an upscale travel broker that happens to specialize in high-priced auctions as well. For example, here's an auction for two nights in an "Urban Suite" at the W New York Court. The retail value is listed at $1,600, which is actually pretty accurate (the W currently offers that suite for $699 per night). Minimum bid is $825, so you could get it for much, much less than otherwise; the auction expires October 13, and only good for stays January 2 to March 31, 2006. Offerings in individual cities are relatively slim outside of major markets like New York (only one auction in Las Vegas?), but if you're flexible enough to hunt around and have the cash to play, your holiday could go from merely grand to super-posh. The fixed-price listings on Luxury Link are also pretty choice, though somehow not as tingly as the auctions.
Flights: Airfare Backups
American Airlines is now offering an innaresting new sideline service. For a $25 fee, you may reserve another seat within three hours of any fare you've already purchased. This gives you the flexibility to depart earlier or later than originally planned without having to pay the higher change fees, and it also gives you leverage in case of flight cancellations or overbookings during high-traffic periods. Seems like a no-brainer in retrospect, and should provide a tidy little extra revenue stream for the airline.
I’m really trying to figure out who thought this was a good idea, and how it’s going to help travelers. Can it be that I’m the only one thinking this is going to exacerbate an already difficult situation?
The number of available fares on any one particular flight is already cumbersome and difficult to understand. Are you ever able to book that super low fare when you really want to travel? It seems like every person pays a different price for their ticket.
The information about the program said that the service is available on all fares, if there are eligible seats on the flight. So I guest the first question is just how many of these sideline fares are going to be available on any given flight?
And what is this going to do to the practice of overbooking? If you are reserving a seat on three different flights (the one you want to travel on, one three hours earlier, and one three hours later), you are taking at least two seats out of inventory that are never going to be used. Those are two seats that someone else could be purchasing at a reasonable cost. Now that the limited inventory is all that is available, the pricing goes up. The basic laws of supply and demand at work in the airline industry, but in this case, it’s an artificial inventory level.
And isn’t overbooking what leads to all the problems with getting on your originally scheduled flight during peak travel times anyway? So the airlines will charge you a little extra so that they can continue to cause problems for you anyway.
I know that airlines are looking at creative ways to increase their revenue without raising ticket prices. While being upfront and raising fares $5 or $10 may be difficult, at least it’s honest. This backdoor way of increasing ticket prices (by artificially decreasing inventory of low-priced seats) just seems dishonest.
I was up having coffee, reading the paper, and organizing my day. It was early, but not terribly early. I read a very funny article and just had to call a friend to talk about it.
Oooooooops. I’m currently in the Eastern time zone. She isn’t. I was wide awake and ready to chat. She was sound asleep and wanted to stay that way.
I need to think about my time zones more often. It's not difficult here in the continental U.S., but when I travel out of the country, or call friends who are out of the country, I need to be sure to check my time zones.
But this morning, I really did have something important to talk about!
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
From the New York Times
October 11, 2005
Resentment Flares Over Fees for Internet Access at Hotels
By JOE SHARKEY
A COUPLE of weekends ago, I stayed at a Hyatt Regency in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., while attending a trade show. Cost for the room for two nights: $411.26. Added cost for high-speed Internet service: $12.95 a day.
O.K., a friendly "customer satisfaction" person at the front desk removed the Internet charge after I called down to complain about that and a few other things. But $12.95, when most of us resent paying even the usual $9.95?
Out in Wisconsin, Tom Hill sympathized with me about being hit for Internet service at four-star hotels when you can get it free at lower-priced competitors, not to mention a growing number of public places and, for that matter - as I noticed on my way home from the trade show - the entire Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
"I just won't pay for it," Mr. Hill said in a phone conversation. Mr. Hill, a former real estate investor, is an author and motivational speaker who spends at least 150 nights a year in a hotel. But he was not in his room when I called, even though he was on the road. Instead, he was ensconced with his laptop at a Panera Bread bakery-cafe in Milwaukee. "You get free Wi-Fi at Panera," he said. "In some cities, it's my office away from home. Hotels charging 10 bucks for the Internet? We need to make this an issue."
Evidently, it is one, judging from the heavy e-mail response to a column on the subject two weeks ago. The backlash against charging for Internet access, whether hard-wired or Wi-Fi, has been building for years, especially among younger business travelers who have been accustomed to free high-speed Internet access since college.
"Hotels do not charge guests for electricity and light bulbs," Jonathan B. Spira, the chief executive of the research company Basex, wrote last year in a survey titled "Romancing the Road Warrior: The Case for Free Internet Access." Most business travelers, he said, "consider high-speed connectivity a basic necessity. Shouldn't that necessity be included in the cost of the room?"
Some readers, like Tom Nobles, have found ways to avoid hotel charges and tap into free Wi-Fi. Recently, after brooding about paying Internet access in a four-star Atlanta hotel, Mr. Nobles found that he could get a free Wi-Fi signal on a trip to Chattanooga, Tenn.
"I sat in the parking lot of the Wingate Inn and did my work on my laptop; also in the parking lot of a Panera Bread," he wrote.
Wingate Inns, a unit of the Cendant Hotel Group, was among the earliest budget chains to promote free Internet service. Rich Roberts, a Cendant spokesman, noted that Wingate also offers a menu of other services that business travelers look for, like free local phone calls and 24-hour business centers that do not charge for a printout or a photocopy.
"If we can bundle these services into the rate of a midpriced chain, you would think the upscale and luxury chains could do the same," he said.
Typically, you can log on free in midlevel brands like Hilton's Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites, and Marriott's Courtyard, Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn properties. Internet charges are most prevalent at four-star and five-star luxury hotels, here and abroad.
"My son, who is en route home from Europe as we speak, said they charged $29 at some place for his Internet connection," said Sally Traidman, who admits to having occasionally "walked over to a Marriott Courtyard lobby" for free Wi-Fi use when faced with a hotel charge.
"The international hotels are awful at times," said Phillip H. Stevens Jr., who recently paid more than $30 a night for access at a major hotel in Cairo. On the other hand, some international hotels actually get it, he added. "The Hyatt Regency in Amman, Jordan: beautiful hotel, terrific service - and free high-speed Internet."
Luke Mellors, the technology director at one of the world's most stylish hotels, the Dorchester in London, said there was another side to this. The Dorchester, he said, charges £18.50 (about $33) a day for high-speed Internet service. Providing it free would entail a rise in room rates, he said, but only 35 percent of the guests use the Internet. "We don't want to penalize the majority for the needs of the minority," he said.
Eric D. Horodas, the president of Greystone Hospitality, a San Francisco hotel company, was not buying that. "I am very annoyed when I check into a high-end hotel and find I have to pay extra to connect to the Internet," he said. Business travelers, he said, should "demand complimentary Internet access."
Mr. Horodas's company owns and operates five hotels in California. Four are independent boutique hotels and the other is a Best Western franchise. And yes, the Wi-Fi is free and has been for years.
By KEITH L. ALEXANDER
October 9, 2005
Margot Romary will never argue with a flight attendant again.
When she boarded her US Airways Express flight from Portland, Maine, to Philadelphia on Sept. 6, a flight attendant asked her to store a small bag containing her jewelry and other valuables in the overhead bin or under her seat. Romary refused. She normally kept the bag strapped across her chest, even on other flights, she insisted. But the flight attendant was adamant: Store the bag, Romary was told. Finally, a US Airways gate agent and the plane's captain appeared in the cabin to intervene.
Romary lost the argument: Federal Aviation Administration rules require that all carry-on bags be stowed in the overhead bin or under the seat. Romary agreed to store the bag under her seat.
But it was too late.
The flight attendant informed the plane's captain that she felt "threatened" by Romary and wanted her off the flight. So Romary was escorted off and was offered a seat on the next available flight, which was the following morning.
"This was so unjust. No one said that, 'If you don't comply, I'm going to eject you from the flight,'" Romary, an Oakton, Va., information technologist, said. "There was no warning. Nothing."
Beware: Follow the requests of your flight attendants or be prepared to suffer the consequences. And don't expect a warning. Airlines side with their flight attendants in any dispute.
The repercussions for getting the boot can be severe. Some airlines, such as American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, keep their own lists of ejected passengers, who are in some cases barred from future flights. Most of the prohibited passengers were kicked off a flight because of verbal or physical abuse of a crew member or another passenger. How long they're not permitted aboard depends on the severity of the offense, said American spokesman Tim Smith. He added that a passenger can be permanently barred from flying on the carrier.
US Airways spokesman Carlo Bertolini says Romary was not barred from future flights, adding she was welcome to fly on the carrier again. Bertolini declined to comment on the specifics of Romary's case.
The stress level among flight attendants has only increased in the past four years, after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and waves of job, benefit and pension cuts. Many flight attendants work for financially struggling carriers and must perform tasks that used to be handled by two or three workers.
"Every flight attendant in this country is more on edge than they were before 9/11," said Patricia Friend, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, the nation's largest flight attendant union.
That means some flight attendants are less willing to engage in verbal sparring matches with passengers.
Friend said flight attendants were more inclined to weed out the noncompliant passenger before a flight takes off for fear that the traveler would become a problem during flight. "If a passenger demonstrates an unwillingness to comply with our request for them to obey the rules before we even take off, then we know that we are potentially going to have difficulty with that person through the entire flight," Friend said.
The best advice for passengers who have to argue their point is keep it civil and wait until you arrive at your destination.
Romary, who is scheduled to fly on US Airways to New Zealand in coming months, said she will no longer fly with a carry-on bag to avoid another incident. "I'm just going to carry my handbag; that's it," she said.
Monday, October 10, 2005
At first I thought that it would be a piece of cake, but I was wrong. There are no aids to assist you in the placement of the states, just a giant outline of the U.S. My first state was Kansas. Now, I know where Kansas is, but placing it into a completely blank outline was a bit more daunting that might have been expected. I was 47 miles off. I didn't think that was all that bad (the mid-west is pretty expansive), but it wasn't a good way to start off my stats.
I only tried the game once, and here's my score, so you can try it yourself and then compare. Not too bad for a first effort, but I will have to make a return visit to see if I can improve. If you really want to show off, leave your score in the comments.
Test your geography skills with "Place the State"
Being the geography buff that I am, I couldn't resist testing my skills with the Place the State game. The concept is simple, you are randomly given a U.S. state which you must place in it's exact location on the map. Your score is calculated by the percentage of states correctly placed. In the event you misplace a state, the average distance you are off will be displayed on the screen. The game ends when all 50 states have been correctly placed.
Death, Taxes & Nailpolish Remover
Did you know that nailpolish remover lasts forever but that bottle of bleach in your laundry room expires after 3-6 months? Getyourlifeon.com has a nice list of household item life expectancies. The site, aimed at recent college grads, has a range of other useful information from 401Ks to losing weight. For a more detailed reference of when to toss your ketchup, this list of expiration dates for 77 household goods from Real Simple magazine even has a print button for easy filing.
To all my friends here in the United States: a very happy Columbus Day. I know the holiday has come under much criticism of late, but, for many of you, it’s still a three-day weekend. And that’s always something to celebrate.
I’m back flying tomorrow, and looking forward to it after a week and a half off. Adventure lies ahead.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Who are you?
You are Franklin!
Which Peanuts Character are You?
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I decided to take advantage of my weekend time to not only stay out of the rain, but to revamp some of the layout on this site as well. It’s nothing dramatic, just an attempt to do some clean up to make navigation easier.
I’m now listing in the sidebar information about what I’m reading, listening to, and watching. It will be much easier to keep this current without having to do a new post each time I finish a book or movie. I’ve also eliminated the large ads from Amazon, leaving only the search box.
I've gotten better about linking, and finally – I figured out how to list some of the blogs that I follow regularly. I haven’t gotten every one of them entered yet, but as I read them, I’ll add them to the list. They represent a variety of interests, because. . . , well. . . , because I have an eclectic list of interests. If you come across something that I might like, send me the info. If I follow it for a few weeks, and still love it, I’ll add it to the list.
Thanks to all of you who have emailed to tell me what you like, and don’t like, about my blog. I really appreciate those comment coming as an email, rather than clogging up the comments.
I hope more of you will take a moment to sign the guest book. It's amazing to discover where everyone is in this big world of ours.
Please continue to keep my on my toes. I enjoy what I do, and am glad that you do, too.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Today’s edition provided this humorous look at travel lexicon.
Hey -- I have a sense of humor and can laugh at these jokes, if they’re funny that is. I’m not offended by blonde jokes either, even though I’m blonde. I don’t take myself that seriously, and neither should you.
Here are a couple of my current favorites:
FLIGHT ATTENDANT JOKE:
It was mealtime on a small airline and the stewardess asked the passenger if he would like dinner. "What are my choices?" he asked. She replied, "Yes or No."
A blonde was speeding in a 35 mile per hour zone when a local police officer pulled her over and walked up to the car. The officer also happened to be a blonde and she asked for the blonde's driver's license.
The driver searched frantically in her purse for a while and finally said to the blonde policewoman, "What does a driver's license look like?" Irritated, the blonde cop said, "You dummy, it's got your picture on it!"
The blonde driver frantically searched her purse again and found a small, rectangular mirror down at the bottom. She held it up to her face and said, "Aha! This must be my driver's license" and handed it to the blonde policewoman.
The blonde cop looked in the mirror, handed it back to the driver and said, "You're free to go. And, if I had known you were a police officer too, we could have avoided all of this."
BLONDE FLIGHT ATTENDANT JOKE:
An airline captain was breaking in a very pretty new blonde stewardess. The trip they were flying had a layover in another city, so upon their arrival, the captain showed the stewardess the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop and work out.
The next morning as the crew gathered to leave for the airport, the captain noticed the new stewardess was missing. He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up wondering what happened to her. She answered the phone, sobbing, and said she couldn't get out of her room."You can't get out of your room?" the captain asked, "Why not?"
The stewardess replied, "There are only three doors in here,” she cried, “one is the bathroom, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it that says "Do Not Disturb!”
Friday, October 07, 2005
What I’m Reading: The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd. Real chick-lit, heavy on the lit. Loved her debut novel, The Secret Life of Bees.
What I’m Listening to: Afterglow by Sarah McLachlan.
What I’m Watching: Maze, a romantic comedy starring Rob Morrow and Laura Linney. You’ve just got to know that it will have a happy ending.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
You can tell a lot about a person by how they travel. Mr. Amazingly Gorgeous is fairly easy going about travel matters. Of course, it helps that he has enough money to make sure things happen on his schedule. However, even when a few things went askew (getting temporary lost and a delay in getting the rental car), he was cheerful and easy going, never taking it out on the people around him.
You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat those in the service industry. In this area, Mr. Amazingly Gorgeous scores a perfect 10. He is polite to waitstaff, hotel maids, taxi drivers, and pool attendants. And I already knew that he was polite to flight attendants.
You can tell a lot about a person by how they relax. Unfortunately, this is where we hit a few snags. Mr. Amazingly Gorgeous had his phone headset on nearly the whole time, and seemed unable to separate from his Blackberry. Bad. Very bad. Sometimes you just have to leave the office at home and RELAX.
You can tell a lot about a person by their friends. This quickly became the most troubling aspect of a burgeoning relationship. While I readily accept that I was the newcomer to the group, there was some behavior that was simply intolerable. And Mr. Amazingly Gorgeous’ reaction to it, and how he did (or actually didn’t handle it), makes me realize that there is more flash than substance to him. While the departures were being organized this morning, I had an opportunity to spend some quiet time talking with Charlie. Charlie and Mr. Amazingly Gorgeous have been friends for a number of years, and to hear them talk, they’d take a bullet for one another. During our conversation, Charlie made a pass at me. Now, in my lifetime this has happened on an occasion or two, but this morning it was more of a “take off your clothes and I’ll do you right here” kind of moment. Once rebuffed, he didn’t back off and forced the issue until I had to walk away, causing a tiny bit of a scene. When I told Mr. Amazingly Gorgeous about it (I hadn’t want to say anything, but someone else brought it up first), he merely shrugged and implied that I had either been the cause of it or misunderstood. I didn’t expect him to take my side over Charlie’s (those battles never resolve anything), but I did expect a little more support. I guess he’s right: I just don’t fit in very well with his friends.
You can tell a lot about a person by how they handle a good situation gone bad. I’d like to think that while traveling home Mr. Amazingly Gorgeous will realize what a jerk he’s been and call me to straighten things out. But, that’s not going to happen. So, this is one girl who’ll be moving on from this bad situation.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Spent most of today looking at this view: blue sky and palm trees. Back to reality tomorrow.
Vacations are good tests of relationships, whether friends or love interests. You learn a lot about someone when you see how they handle the ups and downs of travel. Some people roll with the punches, while others get spun out over the littlest change in plans.
This time away has given me ample opportunity to see both types. I do much better with those who can live with a little flexibility.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Some of the group spent most of the time in the pool playing Marco Polo. You remember that hide and seek game where one person closes his eyes and calls “Marco” and everyone else responds “Polo.”
I watched from my lounge chair, where I spent most of the day reading my book and looking up at the palm trees.
Monday, October 03, 2005
There seems to be a couple of different personality types emerging:
The Control Freak - Loves to experience the most out of every travel experience, as long as he’s calling the shots. He will organize every detail, brook no argument or difference of opinion, and everyone will have a great time -- as long as they are doing exactly what he wants to do. Since I frequently just like to go off by myself and have some alone time, the Control Freak and I do not get along. Alone time is not on his schedule.
The Cruise Director - Every minute of every day is scheduled with an activity that everyone must participate in, or experience the pout of her hurt feelings. While it’s always nice to have someone in your group who will step up and organize some of the details, it’s also nice to allow people some flexibility to take advantage of options that come up on the fly. In my job I live on a schedule, and during my time off, I really enjoy just being able to go with the flow.
The Naysayer - No matter what suggestion is made, her response is always the same: “Do you really want to do that?” I’d be perfectly comfortable answering, “Yes, I really want to do that, and if you don’t I’m okay with that, we’ll catch up later.” But the Naysayer would just as soon be a martyr to her cause, making everyone miserable during the course of an outing. Different people can like doing different things; just go do it.
The Jellyfish - Has no spine, no opinion, and generally speaking, has no fun. Ask her what she’s like to do and she answers, “whatever you want to do.” Puhleeze! Don’t you have an opinion on something???
The Cheapskate - No matter what it costs, it’s too much for him. He never picks up a round of drinks, which would be okay except that he doesn’t pay for his own drinks either. When you are with a group of people who are all gainfully employed and making decent money, it’s hard to understand how people continue to make excuses for this type of behavior.
I’m going to go have an icy, cold beer (Corona) by the pool and spend some time thinking about what my travel personality is like. Hopefully no one will join me -- I’m in need of my alone time.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Mr. Amazingly Gorgeous and I had drinks and dinner at this place, and I finally, yes FINALLY, got to meet a few of his friends and their wives and/or girlfriends. I’m not sure where I fit in with all these people, but you know, after two drinks it just doesn’t matter.
I wisely decided to make no phone calls to friends back home (drunk dialing is so unattractive), and was fairly quiet throughout the evening. But, as Scarlett O’Hara said, tomorrow is another day.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
I had to run out to the bookstore and make sure I had lots of material to keep me occupied for the flight and for our beach time. Now, I’m all packed and ready to head out to the airport.
WHAT I’M READING: Rage by Jonathan Kellerman. I love his stuff, and this is his latest. Just started it, but so far it shows all the promise and suspense of his previous novels.
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: The Very Best of Tommy James and the Shondells. I had them on a flight earlier this summer when they were on tour.
WHAT I’M WATCHING: Angels in America. I missed it when it was on television, and just finished up the first of two disks. WOW – this is powerful stuff.
As you see it proceeding down the aisle, it shouldn’t take long to figure out that we will soon be getting to your row to take your beverage order. This is a cue to start thinking about what it is you want to drink, so that when we do ask you, you will be prepared to answer this question.
It’s an easy process. I ask you what you would like to drink. You answer. That should be the end of it, although a please, thank you, and you’re welcome are always a nice addition.
Here are some examples of how it usually goes, though:
Me: Would you like something to drink?
You: No. Just water. (Here’s a hint, water is something to drink, so say yes. When you say no, I’ve already moved on.)
Me: Would you like something to drink?
YOU: Soda. (If you don’t specify a flavor, I’ll assume that you want club soda. If you want a flavored soda, say so.)
Me: Would you like something to drink?
You: Tonic. (See above notes. Specify a flavor if you want one.)
Me: Would you like something to drink?
You: Coffee. (I move on to the next row, only to feel you tugging on my skirt.)
You: I want cream and sugar. (Then say so when you ordered your coffee; there’s not a little self-serve container on your tray table.)
Me: Would you like something to drink?
You: What do you have? (I list off the beverages available.)
You: Oh, well do you have root beer?
Me: No. (It wasn’t on the list that I just went through for you.)
Me: Would you like something to drink?
You: Tea, herbal, preferably caffeine-free peppermint.
Me: I’m sorry, ma’am, we only have black tea. Will that be okay?
You: What kind of airlines is this that doesn’t serve peppermint tea? (The kind that is trying to make a profit, and isn’t raising your ticket price thereby allowing you to travel for less than cost.)
Me: Would you like something to drink?
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Me: Excuse me, I wasn’t able to hear you.
Me: I’m sorry, you’ll have to speak up, it’s very noisy on the plane and I can’t hear you.
You: I SAID I WANT WATER!!!! (Well, why didn’t you take your fingers out of your mouth and speak clearly the first time?)
Me: Would you like something to drink?
Me: Sir, would you like something to drink.
You: (Continued silence. I move on to the next passenger.)
You: (sarcastically) I’d like a drink, too, you know.
Me: Of course, sir, what would you like? (And next time, if you take off your damn head phones when you see me serving everyone else in your row, you will be able to quickly figure out that I’ve been trying to take your order for a couple minutes now!)
Do you see yourself in these examples?