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
Today the sun was shining bright in Singapore. I could see it from the windows of my classroom, where I was teaching all day.
My timing, as always, is excellent.
I could also see this beautiful patch of green.
It covered one of the underground garage entrances, and was a welcome break in the glass and cement office park.
You see the stairs leading to the grass? I wondered if people actually used them…perhaps sit in the sun on days that are a little less tropical.
So I asked.
Apparently Singapore always has weather like this. No cooler season that drops the temps below even 80 degrees. That’s when I knew — I could never live in this island paradise.
(My hair told me so.)
Posted in Business, Humor, Life, Photography, Travel, Weather
Tagged Business, classroom, frizzy hair, glass and cement, grass, green, Humor, inner voice, life, paradise, photography, Singapore, skyscrapers, teaching, Travel, tropical climate, tropical island, undeground garage, weather
Greetings from Singapore!
It took exactly 24 hours of travel time, but I’ve arrived on the other side of the world. And since we crossed several time zones, it’s already the wee hours of the morning Sunday.
(Don’t worry — I’ll get that time back on the way home.)
My room is at the very top of one the hotel’s three towers and overlooks the city. Here is a taste of what I can see:
During the drive in from the airport, I also discovered quite nearby the Singapore Flyer, a large ferris wheel similar in scope to the London Eye.
I may need to check that out in the morning.
What am I talking about it? It’s morning already! Time to get some sleep and adjust to Singapore time.
Posted in Airplanes, Business, Humor, Life, Photography, Travel
Tagged airplanes, Business, ferris wheel, Humor, life, London Eye, Marina Bay Sands, other side of the world, photography, Singapore, Singapore Flyer, tall order, time zones, Travel
The Egg is headed to Singapore today for a business trip.
My stay is regrettably short. The weather forecast is stormy. But this is my hotel.
I think I can make this work.
Posted in Business, Humor, Life, Photography, Travel, Weather
Tagged Business, business trip, Humor, life, photography, Singapore, storm, the bright side of life, Travel, weather
I flew home from Frankfurt today, and the fine folks at Delta upgraded me to Business Class — a first for me on an international flight.
I hope it’s not the last.
Sure, the attendants are friendlier, and the food is fresher and more readily available. But the real selling point?
When you have a nine hour flight, being able to stretch out your legs — and even lie down if you want — is the greatest luxury of all.
Thanks again, Delta, for showing me some love.
How ’bout we keep our relationship at this level…hmmmm?
Posted in Airplanes, Business, Furniture, Humor, Life, Travel
Tagged Travel, airplanes, Delta Airlines, transportation, Humor, life, Business, flight attendant, Germany, furniture, Frankfurt, travel upgrade, Business Class, international flight
It is a cold, incredibly windy day in New York City.
I had appointments this morning, which meant two hours walking around outside in the bitter cold. I was dressed for it, but was still feeling a bit sorry for myself.
Then I saw these guys.
Can you imagine having to do your job, hanging on the side of a Manhattan skyscraper, with the cold winds whipping you around?
I suddenly felt a whole lot warmer there on the ground.
Posted in Business, Humor, Life, Walking, Weather
Tagged bitter cold, Business, grounded, Manhattan, New York City, skyscrapers, walking, weather, wind, window washers
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’ve never watched The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Or Beverly Hills. Or Atlanta or Dallas or Miami
Thank you, no.
But I’m pretty sure we have that reality show franchise to thank for the ‘Everyday Collection’ TV ad from Target.
Gotta love that ‘tude.
Thank you, Housewives.
Posted in Advertising, Business, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Shopping, Television, TV
Tagged advertising, Atlanta, attitude, Beverly Hills, Business, commercials, Dallas, Humor, life, Miami, reality show, shopping, Target, Television, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, TV
I just read something that doesn’t stack up.
Breyers ice cream isn’t anymore.
Ice cream, that is.
In 2006, Breyers moved their facilities from Green Bay, Wisconsin to New Jersey. Then they stopped using all-natural ingredients, instead opting for food additives like Tara gum, maltodextrin and propylene glycol. As a result, their products don’t have enough milk and cream anymore to actually be considered ice cream.
And how did Breyers tell consumers about this turn of events? Well, they changed the label to ‘frozen dairy dessert.’ And they explain the difference on their website as “a whole new way to create a smoother texture.”
Wow. That’s some smooth bullsh*t there.
Posted in Business, Commentary, Foods, Humor, Life, Shopping
Tagged all-natural ingredients, Breyers, Business, dairy, dish it out, Foods, frozen dairy dessert, Humor, ice cream, life, maltodextrin, milk, propylene glycol, shopping, tara gum