Aunt Irene Is Coming To Dinner

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Okay, so I didn’t come up with the “Aunt” part on my own. Stewart Chiron (@cruiseguy on Twitter) is the one that told me “looks like you’re staying put! Aunt Irene coming to visit” is the funny guy behind the title of the hurricane rockin’  the North East.

Mayor Bloomberg said that this it is a big deal because it’s only the 4th time in decades that a hurricane hit the city and mandatory evacuations were set for 5:00pm today.

All bus, train and airline traffic out of various cities along the East Coast, including New York City, where I spent last night, were closed as of 12:00 noon today. One TSA employee that came in today to help on her day off said that she doesn’t even know how she will get back home to New Jersey because the George Washington Bridge that she uses to get back and forth would be closed when she got off.

Luckily for me and many other crew members, I checked my schedule this morning earlier than I normally would. Last night when I checked the computer, my line still showed me working a flight to Jacksonville, Florida from the La Guardia airport in NYC. Not sure how that was going to work, I just imagined a very bumpy ride to Florida and then going straight home from there. Instead, I would fly with others trying to escape the approximately 5 mile wide hurricane, to Cincinnati via Detroit.

Last night, I took a walk to a local grocer and then a small fish place (Redd Light Fish & Chips), I managed to catch the calm before the storm hit New York City. This shot was taken just outside of the airport there.

View of the airport this morning..okay, for someone like me I didn’t find it that news worthy so I do apologize. It simply looked like any day NYC airport. The views outside on Times Square was a bit eerie though as the normal flocks of people trying to get onto the tv sets in homes around the country just were not there. The news stations did report that some people were still out walking their dogs and drinking their coffee as if nothing were going on, while others waited in massive lines for fuel.

Of course, I checked out the live webcam of Times Square at 5:30pm and people were walking around like it was just a little rain! Am I missing something? Now at 8:34pm, there are still some people just standing on the sidewalk! This just as the ‘tweets’ are coming in as terrible, horrible and evacuate now. So, what’s the real story?

The Etiquette of Seat Backs and Elbow Room

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The Etiquette of Seat Backs and Elbow Room by Ed Hewitt at the IndependantTraveler.com.

I am writing some new passenger etiquette stories that were lost with the former godaddy hosted version of this blog and came across the link above. Since I do travel for work on the plane, occasionally not working that particular flight, I understand the issue of the seat back.

Wether I am traveling for fun or for work, I always look behind me to see who is sitting there. Is there a passenger there who’s knees are already jammed into the seat or is it a child who may even benefit from me reclining my chair? Am I the last row that reclines, which would leave the passenger behind me barely able to breath in todays airline cabins? If it’s not the first one or the last, I will recline my seat if I really feel the need. Sometimes, I don’t even notice that the seat isn’t reclined and sometimes it’s actually more comfortable to just have it upright. These are not Lazy Boy recliners here folks.

As far as the tray tables are concerned, I suppose if you had a person that was reclined, leaving you no room what so ever and they would not even consider removing it from your knee caps, then you could call the flight attendant. You could also shake the tray table. On accident. A lot. Just remember that if you cannot get along and the flight attendant does have to come back there for that reason, you may be even less happy. It is after all public transportation and I suppose you do have the right to drive or take a bus.

All I ask is that everyone use some common sense and decency toward each other! What if it were you with the seat reclined in your lap?

 

 

How Driving Adds Excitement!

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We were going to visit some friends in Switzerland that had just had a baby and didn’t really know too many people. I looked at the flights and noticed that the flights to Paris were  wide open. The only problem is that the second flight from Paris to Geneva was actually going to cost more than the flights from the US to France! I had been looking at car rentals online and remembered finding one that was really reasonable. Unfortunately for us,

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Food Around the World

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Food around the world is so different from country to country that I find it somewhat fun and other times frustrating. I am actually reading a book based on an Austrian scientist who claims that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should be the largest, with lunch being second largest and dinner small. So how can this be done while traveling abroad? With a little patience and understanding, and sometimes simply making it yourself, it can be done!

Philly Cheesesteak? No way! It’s Better…

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My latest cupcake adventures brought me to Philadelphia. Yes, I tried the cheese steak prior to finding this great bakery and it was good. I am definitely more of a sweets kind of gal than a steak and potato one though. Walking around the city, looking for a place to get my husbands hair cut of all things, I notice a bakery across the street. The Swiss Haus Bakery, located on 35 South 19th Street in Philadelphia’s City Center (West Side), beckoned us from behind the glass window. I had to wonder if I would be disappointed like in San Francisco with a dry crumb and overly sweet icing.

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Civic Center Conservatory Offers Outdoor Cafe For Denver

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While walking around Denver Colorado, my Mom and I walked right into the middle of a lunch crowd’s dream : quick, really good fast food!

Come to find out, it’s all part of Civic Center Eats. An actual portable outdoor cafe, that launched June 7th and runs through September 29th. The proceeds benefit the Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring, enhancing and activating Denver’s historic Civic Center Park and allows all to experience Denver’s growing gourmet food truck scene.

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A Flight Attendants View On Taking Your Seat

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I am sitting in my seat on the aircraft headed for Kansas City, watching passengers as they board. The seat is quite comfortable compared to the seat that I am usually forced to occupy and yet the leg room is surprisingly limited for such a large aircraft. I cannot wait until the next passenger complains about the size of “my” jet. The names and seat numbers have been changed to save total embarrassment. 

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How To Work Together. What’s Your Office?

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When I began my career as a flight attendant, I avoided the larger aircraft and chose instead to work by myself on the plane at a smaller carrier. Just me. Solo.

When the airline then employed by picked up a two flight attendant aircraft, I avoided it like it was the plague. Why? I was afraid to work with anyone else after both the office situation that I left behind and the constant bickering on the aircraft ride to my possible new career. I can barely handle my own hormones sometimes. Why add someone else’s if you can help it?

I will admit that the day I was forced to fly with someone else, I loved it! There was someone else to talk to, share stories with and learn from. Is it always easy? No! Is it possible? Yes. Continue reading