Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009
Day before Dark Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Rainy, warm,humid

Yesterday, I was what I commonly call “a waste of food.” Not particularly productive at all. Checked the job boards, finished up a couple of client projects, did a bit of research trying to get quotes from a hire I need to make in the next couple of weeks, dealt with some unpleasant stuff, etc.

The weather dried up and the sun actually peeked out for a few minutes (although not long enough for the morning glories to open).

I actually got some writing done in the afternoon — oh joy, oh rapture. Not much, and afternoons aren’t usually my best creative times, but it felt good to get some stuff down on paper. I read the Wharton bio, and did some more research for Prague. September’s really not all that far away. Prepped a bit for both DC and the NHL draft. Figured it will take me less time next week to drive 329 miles than to fly it, with all the time it takes to GET to and from airports, get through security, etc.

And explain this to me: If I want to fly to Montreal, and the direct flights out of JFK don’t fit my schedule, so I try to go out of a smaller airport or a different airport, all of them have me change planes in either Philadelphia, Newark, or DC. Now, if I could just stay in DC on Thursday night and fly out, it wouldn’t be a problem, but I can’t, because I can’t haul the stuff I need for the weekend down to the rally with me. If I book out of Philly, I have to change planes in Newark; if I book out of Newark, I have to change planes in Philly. But I can’t ORIGINATE on a direct flight out of either airport. WTF? If there is a connection,doesn’t it mean the connecting flight is travelling DIRECTLY? So why can’t I join it for the direct portion,from, say, Newark?

And the airlines wonder why they’re losing money! Not only do they treat their customers like crap, overcharge and underfeed them, but the routes are totally illogical.

So I’m driving.

Crunching the numbers, even with gas prices back up to nearly $3/gallon here, it’s still cheaper than flying AND takes less time, which is also money,

But that means I’ll be home for maybe four hours of sleep, so my bag for the weekend has to be packed and ready by Wednesday. All I can do Friday morning is pick it up and walk out the door.

Got a little bit of writing done this morning. I hope I can clear some errands out of the way this morning, before the next major storm hits. I’ll move the car up the hill. We’re on flood watch until late tomorrow afternoon. Let’s hope it’s a precaution, and not a prediction.

Back to the page.


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  1. I dislike the airlines. Poor customer service, cramped leg room and horrific pricing all make for us choosing not to fly.
    I hope today is a better day for you!

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