June 4th, 2008

Keep Walking

Day Trip!! YOU are invited!

The Boston Bears
 Invade the Long Island Ravens' Leather BBQ
 this Sunday, 8th June 2008.

I've rented a Ford Escape ZipCar at Quincy Centre MBTA Station.  The Escape can hold up to five people.  Rental, including gasoline is roughly $144.06. The ferry from New London to Orient Point is $101.66 +$15.47 per person.
Splitting costs, the complete cost per person is:
Myself and one person ............   $138.33
Myself plus two people ...........     97.38
Myself plus three people .........     76.90
Myself plus four people ..........     64.62
If you live anywhere between Boston and New London, you're welcome to join me!
Schedule of events
• Gather and depart from Quincy Centre MBTA Station at 12:15pm on Sunday
• Cross the Long Island Sound on the Cross Sound Ferry at 3:00pm and arrive at the Long Island Eagle at 4:45pm
• Enjoy the free LI Ravens' Leather BBQ and the post-Long Island Pride festivities!
• We'll depart the L.I. Eagle at 6:45pm and re-cross the sound at 8:45pm
• We'll arrive back at the MBTA Quincy Centre MBTA Station at approximately 11:30pm 
If you want to go, reserve your space today!  E-mail me at ChazAntonelli@yahoo.com or call me NOW!
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Keep Walking

Your in-flight entertainment: Crying babies and stinky nappies!

One of the travel advice websites I belong to is really asking for it... they asked the following question to their readers (you can comment if you like as well!):
A Pot-Stirring Pilot and Crying Babies

Was just checking out the informative “Ask the Pilot” column on Salon.com, and found an amusing nugget.

Pilot/author Patrick Smith, with tongue-in-cheek, was writing about airline marketing ideas, and proposed this one:

“Here’s a challenge to any airline daring enough: a rule that requires the medicating, muzzling or sequestering of all children under 4 years old — below deck would be nice, or out on the wing.”

No doubt he was simply stirring things up, to get a lively reaction (and to judge by the comments, that’s exactly what he’s getting!) — but what do YOU think?

DO we need a “kids-only” section on airplanes?

Of course, I decided to be a bit crass with my reply to this question, as well as a quick ribbing to John who said in his reply: "There’s nothing more annoying than short people who lean their chairs back into someone like me (6′1″ with long legs)." I can't wait to see who replys to my venomous reply:
When I was young and going to church with my family, there was a separate sound-proof room in the back of our church called the “cry booth”. It had about 8 rows of pew seating, a glass window and a speaker system so they could see and hear the minister/priest, but at the same time the patrons couldn’t hear their screaming offspring!!

Perhaps something like this should be considered? Crying baby? To the back of the plane with you and the demon seed!

From the loud, non-stop screaming I hear on flights at times, I swear they’re circumcising the poor things in flight with the dull plastic knife from what the airline calls ‘dinner’.

In this day and age, why haven’t they created a lolly with a mild neural toxin that can temporarily paralyse the vocal cords in children?

I would pay extra for an “adults only” flight, no one under 21 allowed. (Yes, teenagers can be just as bad, if not worse than crying children when they’re excited about flying to ’spring break’ with their mates!)

As to our 6′1″ friend, John, who’s complaining about ’short people’ reclining in their seats: the seats go back for a reason — comfort. I’m sure you recline yours as well. Everyone gets the same amount of potential personal space irrespective of height. Short or tall, reclining your seat allows you to relax and (sometimes) sleep. If you don’t want to deal with a ’short person’ reclining all of FIVE DEGREES, pay for an upgrade to an exit row or front row of the class you’re flying in. If you’re flying United, go to “Economy Plus” — US Airways just introduced similar ‘enhanced leg room’ seating also. Sorry you were born so tall, it can be a handicap, can’t it.

What REALLY BUGS me are obscenely obese persons in the centre seat with their blubber flowing over both arm-rests onto my arms or legs. There’s a standard 150% fare for a person that needs two seats — why don’t airlines cash in on this? Personal space is already at a minimum when flying. I don’t need someone’s “love handles” cramming me into the window to escape! The rule should be: If you need a ’seatbelt extender’ to get your seatbelt to close, you must purchase two seats. And only diet Coke! No pretzels or peanuts for you!!

Don’t even get me started with the wheelchair people… (just joking!!)

Now sit back and watch the sparks fly... ;-)

You too can put your two cents into the discussion. The website is here. Enjoy!