Don’t you just hate getting the go around?
That’s right — the ‘go around.’
My flight from Chicago got one from air traffic control as we neared LaGuardia tonight.
We had just finished flying up the Hudson River and were within mere seconds of landing when the pilot suddenly accelerated upward, away from the airport.
As we appeared to leave the city, he explained that we received the ‘go around’ order because an aircraft was taking off on the same runway.
So we entered a holding pattern and landed about 20 minutes later.
Obviously we were very lucky, and I doubt anyone on the plane minded the slight delay.
But I’ll miss my stomach.
Posted in Airplanes, Business, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel
Tagged air traffic control, airplanes, airport, Business, Chicago, delay, flight, go around, holding pattern, Hudson River, Humor, LaGuardia, life, pilot, runway, transportation, Travel
Look at the nifty decal my airport taxi was sporting tonight:
While I appreciate the sentiment, based on my experience with cyclists in the city, they need the safe driving reminder.
The suckers will hit anything that moves.
And yes, I am generalizing…based on a wealth of first-hand experience.
Posted in Automobiles, Cars, Commentary, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel
Tagged airport, automobiles, bicycles, cars, cyclists, decals, Humor, life, New York City, safe driving, taxis, transportation, Travel, wheelie
Sometimes two wrongs do make a right.
Or at the very least, a laugh.
When TNT was switching between commercials tonight, the beginning of a promo for Noah Wyle’s series Falling Skies began and was then quickly covered up by another TNT promo for Hot in Cleveland.
And oddly enough, it worked.
Noah Wylie’s character — whose name I don’t know since I have never watched the sci-fi series — was giving a ‘rally the troops’ speech.
I only heard the very start of it, but he clearly said…
“We must fight.”
Then the network switched to the HIC ladies sitting in a terminal, complaining about the services available at the airport. They were talking about TV viewing, but if you’ve ever spent any time waiting in airports, Noah’s speech made a lot of sense.
We must rise up against the machines!
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Television
Tagged airport, celebrities, comedy, commercials, entertainment, Falling Skies tv drama, Hot in Cleveland tv sitcom, Humor, laugh, life, Noah Wylie, promos, rally the troops, rise up against the machines, sci-fi, speech, switcheroo, Television, terminal, TNT, two wrongs make a right
I can be chatty in airport gate areas if I’m bored — even more so if my plane is delayed by weather.
Last night at DFW I ended up commiserating with a fellow passenger as we waited for our flight. He was from Brooklyn, and sold..
He had gone to Dallas to deliver one to a corporate client and was headed home.
I found his job to be very entertaining. I don’t know exactly why.
I’m sure selling helicopters is not that different from selling cars or trucks or farm machinery. But it is just such a niche….and absolutely the last thing I expected him to say in the long list of possible occupations.
And I kept thinking, “Man, where was this guy when I was doing improv comedy back in Kansas City?“
‘Helicopter salesman’ would have been such a great suggestion.
Posted in Airplanes, Business, Comedy, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel, Weather
Tagged airplanes, airport, airport gate, Brooklyn, Business, cars, comedy, Dallas, DFW, farm machinery, helicopter, helicopter salesman, Humor, improv comedy, improv suggestion, life, niche job, occupations, passenger, transportation, Travel, trucks, weather, weather delays
When I travel for business, I often go from the airport to the hotel and back again, which doesn’t guarantee much of a view.
Of course, my hotels don’t often look like this –
This is where I’m staying today: the Chateauform Schloss Löwenstein, located 45 minutes from the center of Frankfurt, Germany.
It’s part of a chain, if you can believe it — one of a collection of properties set in a private parkland well outside the city. The castle has been fully renovated, somehow maintaining its period details while being outfitted with all the bells and whistles you need at a conference center.
It has its own winery and spa. Two serve-yourself-anytime bars. Archery. There’s even a resident chocolate lab in the lounge named Easy.
It’s all so…Downton Abbey, don’t you think?
Posted in Business, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Travel, TV
Tagged airport, business travel, Castle, Chateau Schloss Lowenstein, chocolate lab, conference center, Downton Abbey, entertainment, fitness center, Frankfurt, Germany, hotel, Humor, life, spa, spin-off, Television, Travel, TV, winery
I just attended a business meeting at an airport hotel.
Not near the airport. Not within two miles. Not conveniently offering a hotel shuttle.
In the airport itself.
I never went outside. I never saw the city. Heck, I never even saw the sun except from the meeting room windows (and we drew the shades).
Then I jumped on a plane and headed home — on an earlier flight, no less, because I was at the airport and could.
Is it wrong to want to minimize the travel in my business travel? To reduce the trip to the quickest way between points A and B and back again? To forget the city my meeting was in because I never made it to the city?
You know, I’m okay with that. ‘Cause I’m almost home.
Posted in Airplanes, Business, Commentary, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel
Tagged airplanes, airport, airport hotel, Business, business meeting, business travel, commentary, hotel shuttle, Humor, life, meeting room, points a and b, transportation, Travel
I returned to New York City today.
I couldn’t wait to get home, but was frightened of what I would see.
The aerial view of the city, half blacked out and silent, haunted me. The news cameras had focused on flood, fires, that precarious shifting crane. My airport cab driver told similar tales.
But then he dropped me off at my door. Businesses are open. People wander the street, friends gather, dogs bark. My neighborhood looks much like I left it three days ago.
And just 50 blocks south lies destruction.
Tonight I am a very, very lucky girl.
Posted in Commentary, Friends, Life, Love, News, Weather
Tagged aerial view of New York City, airport, blackout, cab driver, destruction, Dogs, fires, flood, Hurricane Sandy, life, love, neighborhood, New York City, news, news cameras, shifting crane, trick or treat, weather
Rain in Syracuse.
Rain in Philadelphia.
Class pushed back.
Rain in Boston.
Delay day becomes night.
Posted in Travel, Weather
Tagged airport, Boston, class, Humor, life, Philadephia, Syracuse, traffic, Travel, weather
I made a new friend today in the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
We had electricity.
Actually, he did. He was seated next to an electrical outlet in the gate area, the only one I was able to find. And he wasn’t using it. If I wanted to, I was going to have to sit on the floor…or ask him to move down to the next open seat.
I asked and offered some candy as a bargaining chip. He said that ‘being nice’ was reward enough.
So I took his seat and charged my phone for the next hour. And I learned that he worked in Dallas and lived in Boston — where we were both headed — making the flight home every two-to-three weeks. Today he was going home for Father’s Day. His daughter was picking him up at the airport.
And when we eventually parted company to find our respective seats on the plane, I couldn’t help but think…
She’s one lucky girl.
Posted in Airplanes, Commentary, Family, Friends, Holiday, Humor, Life, Travel
Tagged airplane seat, airplanes, airport, airport gate area, Boston, commentary, Dallas, daughter, DFW, electrical outlet, electricity, family, father, Father's Day, friends, Humor, life, phone charger, Relationships, Travel
The ceilings in the terminal at Miami International Airport are so low, I feel like I’m gonna bump my head.
I’m only 5’7″, folks.
Why would any airport, your last stop before flying off into the ‘wild blue yonder,’ be so claustrophobic? Wouldn’t it try to inspire, to remind you of the trip ahead with grand vistas and high ceilings?
This terminal is so cramped, the airplane I will soon board is gonna feel roomy.
Oh — maybe that’s the plan.
Posted in Airplanes, Commentary, Design, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel
Tagged airplanes, airport, architecture, design, flight, Miami Airport, space, terminal, Travel, vistas, wild blue yonder