We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Steyn just wrote about our "neo-Soviet transportation system". I liked what he wrote because I can relate.
Flying is fine, especially flying in nice weather. Notice that I said that flying is fine. The non-flying part, i.e. the part on the ground at the airport is not. It can include this often repeated scenario; get up at 4 am, get to the airport by 5:45, find out the flight is cancelled and you are rebooked on another flight that you cannot possibly make now, then an hour to rebook for the following day, all the while hauling 120 lbs of luggage around because no bags can ever be left unattended. What are ya gonna do? Got to go with the flow and be a good sheeple. Everyone is stressed and it is not fun. Now go home and do the whole thing over again the next day.
I spent Sept 10th, 2001 reserving and confirming some complicated flights with United Airlines for several people, travelling on different days to three different cities. When the WTC was hit on Sept 11th, I was online at United to complete the purchase. The site went down so I clicked over to read the morning newspapers, saw the headlines and then I watched that days horrific events unfold on tv. I flew very shortly after that and seeing the airports teeming with armed soldiers was not a happy sight but not unwelcome after what had happened.
Flying has become a real challenge since then in regards to comfort and/or reliability. The situation does not appear good but that Dreamliner is a really great looking plane and the new materials are very exciting too. If it means more direct flights, that would be especially helpful. I am really hoping that Boeing and me, the customer, find some success with this new plane.
Here is Steyns' column.
Steyn on America
Tuesday, 03 July 2007
from National Review