Traveling

jet-blue-plane.jpgI took a trip to Tampa this weekend for a wedding of a good friend… It was an interesting experience. A few things I always notice when traveling, which I do from time to time for business:

No matter how many times I travel, I will always have to think long and hard about the question “Do you want additional insurance on your rental car?” My inclination is to think that since I have been involved in just two fender benders in my 9 years of driving, I have no use for that insurance. But, if I get in a no-fault accident where my car is totaled, am I going to have to pay for this Kia Sephia? If so, maybe I should spring for the extra $9. Decisions, decisions.
My allegiance is with JetBlue. That airline is awesome! Between their P2P routing system and their new, modern equipment and clever marketing, they can’t be beat.
Is it just me or does everyone outside NY seem that much happier? For a city that brags about having the best of everything, we are generally a bunch of miserable pricks. NY reminds me of that girl in high school who would rip on all the other girls, but it was obvious that she was just acting on her own insecurities.
Bras are optional in Tampa. Not sure why, but it’s the case. If I had been told that before I went, I would have been excited, but Tampa women overall are not terribly attractive. Tampa chicks are just like any other group… “A few winners, a whole lotta losers!”
Every other city in the world seems to have normal roads without massive, unionized construction debacles. Don’t give me the shit about NY being cold and the snow and salt being the issue. Other northeast megacities have the same issues, but they survive. And if anyone doesn’t know what I am referring to, I have two words for you… Major Deegan.
NYC airports suck. Horrible service, horrible infrastructure, and unfriendly service. A woman who worked as a toll collector in the airport at Tampa was proudly wearing the loudest tropical shirt I have ever seen. In the mean time, A guy at the magazine store in the airport in Tampa asked me if there was anything he could do to improve my stay. I honestly almost punched him in the face. Also, the facilities are fantastic. Carpeted, clean, and well-built. Everything at Kennedy and LaGuardia looks like it was built during the Johnson administration. For two airports that are supposedly continually getting “facelifts,” they don’t show much improvement.
With all of that said, there is nothing like NY. It was great to land at JFK, get off the plane on a brisk NY Sunday, and get back to my shoebox-sized apartment. Part of the charm of NY is that everyone knows that they are truly living in the greatest city in the world.

“I Love NY” – The bags from every Chinese restaurant within a 60 mile radius of Manhattan

11 Comments so far

  1. Sean (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 7:27 am

    I thought that was the whole point about Nu York. Who has time to be happy? I loved the place and my friends there all seem happy enough. However, you are falling into the trap of self analysis. Thats a classic NY trait, is it not? Cheers from across the pond.


  2. Sean (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 7:30 am

    “Part of the charm of NY is that everyone knows that they are truly living in the greatest city in the world”. Hmmmm, I beg to differ, but we’re all friends here and will let this lie….for now ;-)


  3. Doris Night (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 8:44 am

    you’re so right about ny airports. they are really disgusting compared to those in other cities. for instance, the one in denver is gorgeous!

    also, it seems it’s only in ny airports that you have to wait a year and a half for luggage.


  4. Noah (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 9:38 am

    Sean, who can say that NY is not among the greatest cities in the world?!?! I mean, I can understand not loving it, but its greatness is unrelated to that. It has basically EVERYTHING a person could ever want within a few block walk of every door, and what is better than that?

    Angela, yes the NY airports are the worst! Baggage is always slow, and I have lost my bags few times when I got to other cities, meaning that NY didn’t put it on the right plane. They are just horrible. In order, I would say my airport preferences are:
    – LaGuardia (the best of evils, it is close and smaller so it is sometimes easier, but still a construction nightmare)
    – JFK (VERY large, and often very confusing, but it could be worse)
    – Newark (It could not be worse. This place is a bomb. Driving through it gives me a near stroke, and nothing ever goes smoothly here. And changing the name to “Liberty” was just a bullshit smokescreen. I hate this place.)


  5. Sean (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

    one of the greatest? definitely mate, of that there is no doubt. If you could only get a good fish supper with lashings of salt ‘n’ vinegar then it might just make it to the top of the pile ;-) I love d the place and oh boy was the food over there better than here. Street food that is as I’m not sure theres much in it b/w the big restaurants these days. Now bad Airports….try Heathrow. The world’s busiest international Airport and a f’king nightmare on even a good day.


  6. Noah (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

    Yea, Heathrow is bad… One thing I always wondered about London Heathrow was about the toilets. They are really deep! It is like a really deep pit. The good thing is that you don’t have that splashback prob that is common here with American toilets, but it makes a lot more noise. Is that toilet commonplace in the UK?

    Obviously, I have thought WAY too much about this subject. But I am curious. Get back to me on this.


  7. Sean (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

    Ha ha ha, I can’t say for risking sounding like I cruise toilets likea latter day George Michael. You HAVE thought way to much. Does size matter?


  8. Paul (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

    !NYC airports and luggage-We wait so long because the baggage handlers in NY must go through all of our belongings and take the very best. NYers are picky, baggage handlers are no exception.

    !Toll both dress-In Florida, they are required to wear hawaiian shirts to work, no joke, it’s their “uniform.” I suggest NYC toll collectors start wearing shirts with giant slices of pizza, rats, and the phrase “Welcome to NY, now give me your Fuc%ing money!”


  9. Noah (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

    Sean, don’t pretend you have never thought about it… The thing goes down like 11 feet.

    Paul, I can always count on you to provide an odd perspective… My favorite thing is when people put locks on their luggage. I guarantee that the locked bags get checked more often!


  10. Kathleen (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 1:14 am

    JFK T9 is the only terminal that’s totally new and shiny looking, but it’s still designed poorly. You have to go down one long escalator, walk down a corridor, and then go up another long escalator to get to most of the gates after you go through security.

    La Guardia is dingy, but serviceable. Newark is the worst airport I have been in in the past two years, hands down, and I have been in a lot of fucking airports.

    Dammit, now I’ll have to make a post about NYC air travel. Thanks a lot!


  11. Noah (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    That was my goal, Kathleen! Glad I can help.

    Newark sucks big-time! I hate that place.



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