I spent most of last week on ‘planes, trains and automobiles.’ Unlike Steve Martin and John Candy in the iconic film of the same name, I suffered only minor delays in my journeys, but was constantly annoyed by one group of travelers —
Backpackers clog the aisles of both airplanes and trains and, for reasons unbeknownst to me, appear to have no idea of the additional girth their over-the-shoulder luggage adds to their body. They careen down the center aisle, bumping people on either side (and behind when they need to back up).
Apparently the backpack cushions their body from all collisions too, because they never seem to notice or feel the need to apologize.
So, if any backpackers are reading this, take note the next time you travel. You leave behind a wake of bruised body parts and bad attitudes…
And they all have your name on ’em.
Posted in Airplanes, Business, Cars, Celebrities, Humor, trains, Travel
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I passed this delivery truck in my neighborhood yesterday afternoon. The service is new to me, but the name is a classic.
Can it really be over 30 years now — 1981 in fact — since Dudley Moore burst onto the scene in the comedy classic Arthur, with Sir John Gielgud at his side as his loyal, oh-so-proper manservant Hobson?
Even he might approve of the logo’s jaunty cap and just-so tie.
The driver of the delivery van was very young. I couldn’t help but wonder — does he even understand the reference for the company name?
Perhaps he is more familiar with the cringeworthy 2011 movie version of Arthur where Helen Mirren portrayed Hobson in a bit of gender-bending casting. If so, he is probably confused by the logo. (Helen didn’t wear a hat.)
And thinks the movie was awful.
Posted in Cars, Celebrities, Design, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Movies
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File this under News of the Weird:
As I was walking Rory toward the park, I saw a car stalled in one of the lanes on Central Park West. A taxi cab was behind it, and a police car after that. As we approached, the police officers were opening the car doors.
Everyone in the car was fast asleep. The driver was slumped over the wheel. The passenger in the back was laid out flat.
The officer poked them both with his nightstick. It took awhile to wake them up, but eventually they both roused.
A million scenarios from TV and movies went through my mind. Did someone hijack their car and knock them out? Were they overcome by fumes? Were they victims of alien abduction? But it’s probably like a friend of mine said…
They just passed out drunk at the light.
Posted in Automobiles, Cars, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel
Tagged alien abduction, automobiles, cab, cars, Central Park, Central Park West, Dogs, drunk, fumes, hijack, Humor, life, New York City, news of the weird, nightstick, park, police car, sleeping driver, sleeping passenger, stalled car, taxi, traffic, traffic stop, transportation
I sold my car when I moved to Boston in 2000, and I would never want a car here in Manhattan.
But perhaps the right car could change my mind —
Only in New York City…
Posted in Automobiles, Cars, Design, Humor, Life, transportation
Tagged automobiles, Boston, cars, design, Humor, life, Manhattan, New York City, paint job
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
I hailed a cab to take me to downtown last night — nothing unusual about that. But as soon as we pulled away from the curb, there was a flash of lights and sirens behind us.
From another cab.
An undercover taxi cab police car.
I didn’t even know they existed! But my taxi driver said the police have undercover taxis, town cars — you name it — all waiting to take down unsuspecting lawbreakers.
Which filled my head with this scene:
A New York City bus pulls up to a stop. But it’s not a real bus — it’s an undercover police bus! Filled with SWAT team members. All armed and dangerous. Who run out of the bus and into the streets.
That’s all I got so far. But I like it.
To be continued…
Posted in Automobiles, Cars, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Movies, Television, transportation, Writing
Tagged automobiles, bus, bus stop, cabs, cars, city bus, entertainment, lawbreakers, lights, movie, New York City, police bus, police story, siren, SWAT, taxi cabs, taxis, Television, towncars, transportation, undercover police, writing
Do you know what these stickers mean?
My friend Karen encountered them today during her travels.
She doesn’t know what they are. Her Facebook friends (including me) don’t know. And my Google image search didn’t turn up anything either. So now I am widening her appeal —
What the what?
I have to say…I did find a lot of other interesting minivan stickers during my brief image search. Take a look!
Posted in Automobiles, Cars, Design, Family, Humor, Life, Writing
Tagged automobiles, baby on board, cars, design, Facebook, family, Google, Humor, Internet, life, minivan, search, Star Wars, stickers, windshield, writing
I love Flo, the Progressive insurance lady. And as they say on the awards show…
She can thank the writers.
They have done so much with this character. Every time I see a new commercial, they have gone a step further and given Flo more fun stuff to do other than simply hawk insurance.
Exhibit A: “Chick Flick”
The finger to the lips bit makes that spot. When I produced e-cards for Hallmark, we called that the ‘zinger.’
Can you spot the zinger in Progressive’s latest ad?
Exhibit B: “Stand by You”
“Is there a simpler way to explain the loyalty program?”
Posted in Advertising, Business, Cars, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Shopping, Television
Tagged ads, advertising, Business, cars, commentary, commercials, Flo the Progressive insurance lady, go with the flow, Hallmark e-cards, Humor, insurance, life, loyalty program, Progressive insurance, shopping, Television, TV, Youtube, zinger