Cause or effect?
Do I tend to get chatty cab drivers…or make cab drivers more chatty?
Regardless, my conversation with George — who drove me to the train station today in Paoli, Pennsylvania — now puts me at two degrees of separation from Beyonce herself.
Put a ring on that.
George’s nephew is one of Beyonce’s dancers..and is currently featured on Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. Abby is the Abby Lee of Dance Moms fame. I’ve seen one episode of Ultimate, but of course didn’t realize I was gazing upon George’s nephew.
George himself is a DJ: he says the entire family is musical. And everyone is mighty proud of their boy for his work with Beyonce…as they should be.
Regardless of the reason, I’m glad George got chatty with me. What a fun story!
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Tagged Abby Lee, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, Beyonce, celebrities, dance, Dance Moms, dancing, DJ, entertainment, family, Humor, life, Pennsylvania, Relationships, taxi, Television, train station, transportation, Travel
As you may recall, last night’s German taxi driver was a conspiracy theorist.
He put his hands over his ears when I said hello.
Now, I know I don’t speak German, but seriously — does the very sound of an American voice offend?
I think it scared this guy.
He quickly walked back to his cab and said, “I’m old man. No English.” To which I brilliantly responded,
That was our entire conversation…until we arrived at the hotel, where he pointed to the meter, and said “Marriott.”
I considered putting my hands over my ears, but I’m pretty sure the humor wouldn’t translate.
Posted in Cars, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel
Tagged American voice, cars, conspiracy theory, Germany, hands over ears, Humor, life, part deux, taxi, taxi driver, taxi meter, taxi receipt, transportation, Travel
Remember the Seinfeld episode where Elaine gets in the cab that reeks of killer B.O.?
The smell stuck to her clothes — was even in her mouth — long after she got out of the taxi.
I can do her one better.
After being out of town all week — four cities in four days, two missed flights, and more airplane boxed meals than I care to remember — I excitedly jumped in the cab to get home to my dog. And what was there to greet me?
I say farts (plural) because it wasn’t just one that faded away as I sat there. No, the odor was constant and cloying and seemed to invade every pore of my skin.
Elaine, if you’re out there in your imaginary world, I’m pretty sure farts trump B.O. — I win!
Which means I lose. Oh yes, I lose BIG TIME.
Posted in Automobiles, Cars, Commentary, Entertainment, Friends, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged airplane food, B.O., body odor, cab, commentary, Elaine from Seinfeld, entertainment, farts, flight, friends, Humor, life, New York City, odors, Seinfeld tv show, smelly, taxi, Television, TV, TV shows
Today on Twitter, there’s a trending topic called:
This is a subject near and dear to my heart, because public transportation has been a way of life for me since I moved to Boston way back in 2000.
I took one look at the parking situation, sold my car, and vowed to walk, take the subway or hail a cab for all my transportation needs.
I’m in New York City now and haven’t regretted a day.
That being said, public transportation does put you ‘up close and personal’ with people — some you want to meet, some you don’t. It doesn’t bother me overmuch, but for the people on Twitter today, their comments have some recurring themes:
- Don’t sit next to me. Let’s face it — sometimes you don’t have a choice. But when the bus or subway is empty, and a person sits right next to you? Yeah…that’s creepy.
- Don’t play loud music. I feel this one. And we’re not talking the guy with the big boombox or the singers panhandling for change. We’re talking the folks with their iPods on and earbuds in… and it’s still too loud. Future deaf people.
- Don’t stink up the place. Uh, yeah. Washing before boarding? That would be great.
- Don’t take up two seats. Sometimes that is a simple matter of girth. But when the train is crowded and you’re using seats for your backpack. Rude.
- Don’t make eye contact. Hate to admit it, but I am a serious violator. I like to look around at people. If I catch someone’s eye — and they don’t scare me — I smile.
Perhaps I should start a new trending topic:
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Tagged boombox, Boston, comedy, commentary, earbuds, Humor, Internet, iPod, life, Manhattan, New York City, public transportation, Relationships, subway, taxi, ThingsNotToDoOnPublicTransportation, ThingsSouthernersDoOnPublicTransportation, Travel, Twitter, Twitter trending topic, walking
Sometimes, we attempt the impossible. And it’s only with the help of others that we get ‘er dun.
Today, those somebodies were the folks at Delta Airlines.
That’s right – I’m gonna say nice things about an airline. They deserve it…and probably don’t hear it very often.
I flew home from a business/personal trip in Kansas City today, giving myself a scant hour-and-a-half window to grab my bags, take a taxi home, get Rory Dog settled with the sitter – he traveled with me to KC – and then turn around and go back to the airport for another business trip to Chicago.
Whose brilliant idea was that?
Mine. But when the two trips butted heads, it was far less expensive to leave the plane tickets as they were…and several weeks ago, all the taxiing back and forth didn’t seem like such a big deal.
Today? I was sweating it.
But the Delta ticket agent kicked things off nicely by checking my bag all the way through to Chicago — even though I was switching airlines — giving me one less thing to monkey with upon arrival in New York City.
And the Delta crew landed the plane in NYC a full 35 minutes early! So I had a little extra time at home with Rory. Heck, I even ate lunch!
I’m writing this in my hotel room in the Windy City — exhausted, but exactly where I’m supposed to be…and there are a lot of Delta personnel ‘just doing their jobs’ to thank.
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Tagged airlines, airplane crew members, Business, business travel, checked baggage, Chicago, Delta Airlines, Dogs, Humor, incabin pet, Kansas City, LaGuardia Airport, life, New York City, personal travel, summer, taxi, ticket agent, Travel, vacation, Windy City