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I Have A Few Days Off. Why Not Travel?

Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:58 pm

I am going to try a concept, that I have previously attempted. And failed miserably. Well, I wouldn't call it a big failure. I just never got around to completing the task.

You know, actually finishing a trip report.

For those that don't know, I fly a widget covered airline. Based in the South. That serve those really great cookies. Well, from what I hear from those in coach.

I tried my best at a DYKWIA (don't you know who I am) there, but I fear I failed miserably.

Anyways, trying to fly from BOI to anywhere is usually somewhat pricey, especially since I like mileage running. So I have to find a way to get out of BOI to a city that has a decent fare. Ironically, the fares are usually equal on the long "haul" segments as they are just getting out of the famous potato state. And since its the holidays, fares are through the roof.

As a side note, as I get this question asked a ton, no I haven't tasted potatoes (or is it potatos?).

Anyways, I couldn't find anything to PHX for under $400 on the widget, so I get to fly on US Airways. Paid a princely sum of $75 extra to sit in the pointy end. All in all $202. Not too horrible, but nowhere near what i would have liked.

It is the holidays, kettles are everywhere. I have my loaded potato slingshot (since TSA seems to think my potato gun is a "weapon"). See, I guess living in the potato state does have its perks.

Heading on AWE224. See you all in PHX.

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RE: I Have A Few Days Off. Why Not Travel?

Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:47 pm

I guess there is a reason why I usually tend to avoid the airline known well as "Cactus".

Don't get me wrong, the lack of PDBs and the really uncomfortable seats (even in F) don't really bother me. The way I look at it is that this is the way it is on any US carrier. It will be cramped, uncomfortable, and usually mediocre service at best.

For me to complain about this would fall on deaf ears. Or copious amounts of ridicule. However, US takes this to a whole new level. When plastic cups are used in F, the F/A doesn't bother pouring your drinks, nor do any of them look into your eye when talking to you, it just makes me shake my head.

We had two UMs on board who were nothing but a pain in the ass, and yet the F/As seemed to be having too much fun with them. As we were starting our decent into PHX, you know the credit card pitch most US based carriers use?

Yeah. The male F/A decided to let the UMs make that announcement. The problem is that the F/A decided to hold the Mic about 2 inches from this kids face. So, not only could we hear the kid breathing, it was taking forever. And then all of a sudden one of the brats were in the aisle with a trash bag collecting everything he could get his grubby hands on. And all of a sudden, the other brat appears handing out the CC applications. Like actually shoving it in front of everyone's face. My seat mate wasn't thrilled with this at all.

Two drinks later and a fairly bumpy approach into PHX, we are on the ground and I am running over to T3 to try and SDC to an earlier flight. Wish me luck.
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RE: I Have A Few Days Off. Why Not Travel?

Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:35 am

Jeez...non revving was better when I was employed in the pax world then now I think. Too many RJ's capacity is cut to the max good luck getting a seat. Well good luck flying by yourself helps for sure.
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RE: I Have A Few Days Off. Why Not Travel?

Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:22 am

No luck on the whole SDC thing. Currently flying on my original flight aboard SKW4808 with service to LAX. Definitely a LAX based crew as they welcomed us aboard United express  

Oh. Btw. I am posting this aboard a CR7. I love that delta has wifi aboard the RJ flights.

On decent into LAX. Stay tuned....

Ps. I'm paying for this ticket.  
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RE: I Have A Few Days Off. Why Not Travel?

Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:14 am

Its really funny.

People watching, that is. Listen, I get it. I find myself in new airports constantly. But, never have I ever (no not the drinking game), looked in complete loss of direction. Circa 2003, I had just started with Comair. Our class instructor in the CVG training center, took us on a tour of the CVG airport. You know, when it was still a hub for Delta. Anyways, as we approached the C concourse, he made a joke about how people who are lost in airports, look directly upwards hoping for a sign from god to tell them what direction to head. 10 years in the airline industry later, he wasn't making a joke per se, but rather where to look and try to help out the poor lost soul...erm..passenger.

If you are ever bored and need to kill some time, I recommend websites such as epicsnaps.com, damnyouautocorrect.com, and dearblankpleaseblank.com. Not only do I want to pass on some procrastinating websites, but I want to share with you a common picture that appears frequently on epicsnaps.com. For those who are fans of the show, most of you know the professor from Futureama. Take for instance this picture:

Below this, he would appear and say "I don't want to live on this planet anymore".

Because, face it. People are stupid. Not individually, but as a whole. Think: mob mentality. You get people going, its hard to stop it. In fact, Ron White (comedian) once said "there is not a pill you can take, there isn't a surgery you can have. You just can't fix stupid". I paraphrase, but it makes complete sense.

Which takes you, the reader, back to when I was departing PHX. I was in queue for the TSA out of Terminal 3, and this gentleman about 3 or 4 people in front of me notices that a passenger in front of him takes his shoes off. The first gent looks very quizzically at the person in front and turns around to make a joke about this guy taking his shoes off and notices that the four of us have already removed our shoes.

"Wait." he says, "why are you taking your shoes off?"
"because you have to" this lady in front of me replies.
"since when???"

* tactical facepalm*

As I am boarding the plane, I take my seat in 3A (thanks to my buddy who had SDCd to an earlier flight out of PHX). Even though we are late departing, our wonderful F/A comes to each of us to hand out PDBs. Woodford and coke, is freshly squeezed and in my hand within minutes. Now, mind you, I just stepped off an aircraft, that by all intent and purposes is a mainline aircraft from BOI to PHX on another carrier. No wifi, no service so to speak, and certainly no PDBs. So, considering I am on a Skywest CR7 from PHX-LAX, I finish up my last couple of e-mails and texts and as I am shutting down my phone, I see that delightful little wifi symbol. But in my brain, it doesn't register that this CR7 is wifi-equipped. Or the F/A distracted me by welcoming us aboard a United Expre...oops...she meant Delta Connection flight to Los Angeles.

I had forgotten to turn off my wifi on my phone, so when I powered up my phone after we were above 10k feet, I noticed the wifi had reception on my phone. Strange. Lets have a look-see. Gogo Inflight. Now I am uber-confused. But, low and behold, there it was. The beautiful Delta blue Wifi On-Board sticker on the side bulkhead.

Its an epidemic. I swear. People not giving two clicks about who and whats going on around them. At least if im not paying attention, I at least will apologize while quickly getting out of the way. Sadly, I am not most people. These folk tend to congregate in the hallway with at least 25-30 other people and make walking down the only corridor an extremely difficult task.

So now, I am sitting here watching people just stand in the way and watch people in a rush weave their way through the crowds.

The popcorn is almost ready. The upgrade from LAX-RDU has cleared already. I think I am going to enjoy this trip.

Talk to you all soon!
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