Greetings From The West

Tempe, Arizona to be exact — at least for a day or so. My internal clock is still on Eastern Time so I’ve decided to relax one morning and crank out a blog.

This Could Be My Last Year Of Flying
OMFG. I know that Memorial Day is ‘just around the corner’, but I figured that flying on a Wednesday afternoon would be a breeze. The “security” line was lined up through the center plaza to the other side of the building. Wow. At least the line moved more quickly then I thought it would.

Seriously though. When are we going to reverse this nonsensical business in the guise of security? Does anyone think that a bottle of shampoo is any more dangerous than the piping hot cup of coffee that they hand you in the plane?

But If It Is Not, I Could So Get Used To Flying First Class
It was exactly what I was afraid of. It was why I had never even thought of flying First Class in the past.

– Wide, comfortable seats
– A pre-flight beverage (I declined)
– A limited selection of Dish Network satellite tv (I watched the Red Sox v. Yankees on ESPN) or movies.
– A meal. Yes, I said a meal (chicken with au gratin potatoes and green beans, a salad, a roll, and a slice of cheesecake)
– As many “free” beverages as I desired (I have one glass of red wine, because I knew that I was going to have to drive a foreign car in a foreign land, and a cup of coffee)

I could get used to traveling if traveling was like this all of the time. Just wait until I blog about my back-of-the-bus coach seating flight home…

IP Flickr Pic
A generic photo.

Be Thankful That I Have No Kittens

For a generic post.

That Jill Is One Cool Chick
I dragged Jill (my Garmin Nuvi 350) with me and it has already paid dividends. I didn’t have to look at a single map in order to get from the airport to my hotel. Although Jill tried to get me to drive through the airport to get out — to which I declined and force her to recalculate her route — I got to the hotel with little difficulty.

I Almost Got It All Right
It never fails, even if I make a list of things to pack there are always a few things I forget

– point and shoot camera
– Moleskine notebooks and pen


And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – a little out of sync
Current Music – none
Website Of The Day – Most of you do not know about my love of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. This morning I will be visiting Taliesin West, his West Coast campus, and taking one of the tours.
Exercise (b)Log – none
Mode Of Transportation To Work – none because I am not at work

May Goals
1) Lose two pounds. (starting weight 200 lbs)
2) Exercise at least five days per week.
3) Read two books, specifically
3a) “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York”
3b) “The Evolution Of Useful Things…”

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Greetings From The West

  1. Barb says:

    I forgot to tell you, give your self a little extra time at the airport when you leave Phoenix, the terminal I flew out of had only 2 people scanners and a loooong line.
    How’s that dry heat so far?

  2. Terri (SW) says:

    We just flew back from Boston. Lenette was stopped by security for having a small sample size of maple syrup in her carry on. The security officer insisted she had perfume in her luggage…saying “the machine doesn’t lie.”

    When I got home, I realized I had a pair of 4″ scissors in my back pack. I wasn’t stopped. Machine may not lie, but it isn’t every thorough!

  3. Stacy says:

    Atlanta is the only airport I’ve been to recently that has these kinds of issues with waaaay too long security lines.

    Okay, granted the others were not “the biggest airport in the nation” or anything, but Milwaukee, Charlotte, Dallas Fort-Worth? All of them had about a 2-minute security line, no joke. I think it’s because they have separate security stations for each separate concourse and ours are for the whole dang airport, no matter which concourse you fly out of. The way Atlanta is set up, though, I’m not sure that can ever be changed.

    and *laugh!* never thought about that piping hot coffee before. That really could be a weapon! (or lawsuit…wait. that’s another story)

  4. Stacy says:

    Terri: I hear ya!! I actually flew with pepper spray without realizing it (attached to my keys – totally didn’t even think about it until I went to get my iPod out of my purse and there they were) whereas my travel companion got his shampoo taken away! Crazy crazy…

  5. Debbie says:

    Echoing Barb on Pheonix security being mind numbingly slow. They make Atlanta look very efficient. On the good side there are readily accessible bars inside the secure area and soon you will forget the hassles of their security and will never even notice your cramped coach quarters for the flight home!

    I’ve never felt safer than when a TSA guy asked me accusingly, “Do you have mascara in your bag?” snork yes, kill me now, I’m a threat to society…

    Can’t wait to see your pics from this trip!

  6. Oliver says:

    Stoopid Mets.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Weird…I flew out of Atlanta last Wednesday and got through security in about 3 minutes. On the other hand, I have also missed a flight before because the security line went all the way through the atrium, down the hall and all the way around baggage claim. You would think with all the sophisticated software we have in the world, the airport could find a way to predict how many people would need to go through security at any given time.

  8. Just got back to a place with internet. Damn it’s toasty here.

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