May 02, 2001

relative airlines

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relative airlines

I was a bad, bad girl today -- didnít feel all that good, so I didnít go to rowing. (I didnít feel all that bad either; I just shouldnít have had that Frappucino late yesterday. The combination of lactose and caffeine is deadly for me -- Iíve got a minor bit of IBS, though I will probably never want to discuss that bit of personal information in detail here.) Of course, it turned out I picked the wrong day to skip; as soon as I checked my mail, I found a note from Coach DI saying that we would finally be videotaping today, as has been promised for about the last 3 weeks. In a sport as precise as rowing, seeing yourself on videotape can be an enormous aid to figuring out what youíve been doing wrong. Weíll be taping again tomorrow, so Iíll go then.

I canít really expect my package from Amazon before tomorrow at the very earliest, drat it. If I get it before Friday, the challenge will be in deciding which book to take with me this weekend.

Last night I reserved plane tickets and a hotel in Nashville for Memorial Day weekend! After reading of Mechaiehís problems with Travelocity, I booked the flight via Expedia, but just in case, Iíll doublecheck the flight booking today or tomorrow. Weíre expecting the worst anyway, as weíre reluctantly flying Northwest, an airline that has given us nothing but grief in the past. However, their flights were $65 cheaper than the other airlines (each) and were at more convenient times.

I have been flying Southwest quite a bit lately, and found them as different from Northwest in every way as their name suggests. True, they donít deliver any frills, but then they never promise to do so. They tell you straight out that they will not be serving food, and encourage you to bring your own; their web site lists exactly what size bags may be carried on, as well as what does and does not count as a carry-on; they tell you that you need to get there early because of the unassigned seating. You know what to expect, and they deliver it every time, cheerfully. In ten flights since January 2001, I have not once been more than a few minutes late. Your mileage may vary, of course.

Posted by dichroic at May 2, 2001 10:31 AM
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