Here are a few photos I took back in November 2004 in Paris. They aren’t the greatest quality but I wanted to share them anyway.
Well my journey from NJ to Reno began pretty much without a hitch. We arrived at PHL airport in plenty of time, in spite of I-95 being shut down in one direction and a multiple car accident in the other direction. The security line was almost empty and went very quickly. I have to say PHL security has become much more efficient and organized the past few years, kudos to them. We flew Southwest , bags fly free, and were able to grab the two seat exit row.
There was this strange older woman behind me who had to put her purse under the seat next to me, because there was no seat directly in front of her. First the flight attendant had to come over twice to tell her to store it before take off and then she bugged several times to not let her forget it or let anyone take it. Who the hell is going to steal a purse in plain view at her feet in a closed aircraft? Anyway once we changed planes in Chicago I was rid of her and the flight from Chicago to Reno was quite uneventful.
We are staying at the Harrahs here because it is a block away from the National Bowling Stadium, where we are going to participate in USBC Nationals. It’s been about three years since I’ve been here and the place must have been decimated by the economy. The casino is nearly empty and there were no table games open at all. Generally we stay up in Tahoe and just drive down for the day or two that we bowl. This year is a short trip, since we did not bring our son with, so we are spending most of the time in Reno.
Hopefully the town will liven up as the week goes on but I really don’t hold out hope. I am looking forward to Tahoe on Wed and Thurs and will get to take plenty of photos and maybe do some sledding!
These are just a few photos I’ve taken and really enjoy.
I’m currently in the air on my way from PHL to RDU, after about an hour delay in Philly due to snow. Delays are to be expected with inclimate weather and as a traveler you must learn to deal with them. However, the crew must also remember to keep the passengers informed of their status and not leave them in the dark. Information goes a long way in quelling anxiety and frustration that can come with flying. The flight I am currently on was delayed for about an hour due to snow, which is no problem. The only issue was the pilot didn’t speak to the passengers for almost the entire hour and only did so after being asked to by the flight attendant. Sitting in the front row I was able to hear the gyst of the conversation and basically the pilot called because the flight crew were bored while waiting, which is a reasonable reaction, and wanted to BS with a fellow employee. Unfortunately the pilot did not have the same desire to inform the customers of the status of the delay. This may seem like a minor issue but it is endemic of the problem with the airlines, they do not look at passengers as customers. I realize they have a long list of ever changing regulations as well as having to deal with cost cuts and other real world things like the rest of us but that should not supercede giving out basic information to people.
Now as far as the people go, learn to listen. You, as a passenger are not special. Just because you drank a 40oz cup of coffee before the flight doesn’t mean you can get up when the fasten seat belt sign is on. They have these signs for a reason, man up and wait. If you have a weak bladder, don’t drink that much before flying. Also, just because one person disregards the rules does mean the rest of you lemmings need to follow. The crew has enough to do without having to deal with Mr and Mrs Peebody getting up six times to take a leak or whatever.
At the TSA check point, DO NOT get in the expert traveler line if you are a moron or a dumbass. This line is for thinking people who do not have phones in their pockets, jackets on, bottles of water in their bags and a million other things that those of us who pay attention don’t have or do. There is a simple rule to follow when flying PAY ATTENTION and know what to do ahead of time. The information is out there, people, go online and inform yourself. Doing this will make all of our travels much smoother.