Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Personal Hygiene....

I recognize that everyone has a different standard of personal hygiene....not everyone wears deodorant or should be required to do so. With that said....

On my 8 hour flight from Belgium on Monday, my sister and I had the pleasure of sitting next to and behind a few individuals who smelled as if they hadn't showered in days. Every movement of an arm evoked a gagging reflex on our parts. Are people who choose not to wear deodorant or antiperspirant immune to their own smells?

Consider this: Airlines provide pillows and blankets on flights for your comfort. They serve food to curb your hunger and drinks to quench your thirst. Why then, do they not deodorize the air? I am not talking about spraying some noxious scent into the air that will cause most to sneeze, but why not run the air of the airplane through a filter?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Corporate Accomodations...

On most of my projects I have lived in a corporate apartment in a gated community or something very similar.

On this project I had a choice of a "modular home" AKA a trailer or a house built in 1860. Notice the use of the word house and not apartment. I am not living on my own on this project, but with my colleagues....

We chose the 1860 house b/c it was available sooner that the "modular" home and quite honestly all of us (3) were sick of the Holiday Inn.

This house is at a perpendicular intersection of the two main roads in this "city". Every night I have 18 wheelers slamming on their brakes, bright lights and all, shining directly into my bedroom. It is pretty much a nightmare....but is it worse than hotel living, I mean MOTEL living?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Should there be a weight limit for airline seats?

I ask this question b/c two out of my last three flights I have had the pleasure of sitting next to individuals who had SEVERE issues when it came time to shimmy their bums into their seats.

Is it fair to ask people, like myself, to sit next to an individual who clearly does not fit in their seat?

Moreover, is it fair to ask passengers to "weigh in" for their particular seat purchase?

I am torn.

I am sick of sitting next to individuals who take of 50% of my seat, yet I somewhat empathize with those whose struggle with their weight and would be singled out if such an airline policy existed....

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Business Travel Essentials

  1. Ear Plugs - b/c business travelers don't want to talk or hear anyone else talking
  2. IPod - b/c business travelers don't want to talk or hear anyone else talking
  3. Magazines - b/c business travelers don't want to talk or hear anyone else talking
  4. Newspaper - b/c business travelers don't want to talk or hear anyone else talking

I forgot #1 yesterday morning....big mistake

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Other 40%

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches or Salads make up the other 40% of lunch/dinner meals......McClure's was the lunchtime dining option today. I made the mistake of ordering Ham and Cheese one week and quickly learned that grilled chicken was really the only "safe" option. What came out was Ham shavings on a pumpernickel bun with cheese wiz.

I have also learned that "Grilled Chicken" comes in many forms in SE Ohio. Last week, I ordered a Grilled Chicken Sandwich that ended up being "steamed". It was foul.

6 inch Turkey on Wheat....ugh

I think I am going to turn into a Turkey Sub. Since May 7th I estimate that I have eaten a 6 inch turkey sub from Subway on average 2 times a week. Considering I travel Monday through Wednesday and have 5 meals that are lunch/dinner in nature during that time period, 3 out of 5 (60%!) meals at Subway is just way too much. Unfortunately, my alternatives are the Golden Corral, Bob Evans, Long John Silvers, McDonald's and Burger King. Fast Food is KING down here and my arteries and waistline can't take it! When did Subway become the best of the worst?

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

BOS to CMH + 2 hour drive...

Since the beginning of May I have been traveling to Southeastern Ohio. I fly into Columbus and then rent a car a drive 2 is brutal....You might ask what is in SE Ohio...not is a whole other world complete with Double Wides....

650,000 Frequent Flier Miles, a Baby and a New Project

Once upon a time, I traveled Monday through Thursday, racking up FF miles and airline status.....then I had a baby and I stopped traveling like a MAD WOMAN for the better part of 6 months.

Fast forward to May 2007....

I used to be a Continental Airlines loyalist, well I still am but they don't fly direct to Columbus, OH so I was forced to change Delta....

While I still have hundreds of thousands airline miles, long gone are the days of more First Class with warmed cashews in ramekins, I am in the back of the bus, in what I like to call cattle class.

During Delta's Chapter 11 reorganization, they eliminated all amenities and started charging for everything. No pillows on flights, no free alcoholic beverages on international was horrible. As a spoiled Continental Business traveler, I avoided Delta like the plague. Now I have no choice but to fly them.

On April 30, 2007, Delta emerged from a 19 month restructuring plan and I have to say, for the most part I am impressed. Gone are the elitist attitudes of its employees. Each week I am greeted with the sort of customer service I expected and received when I had Platinum status AND they have brought back snacks, not just Peanuts or Pretzels but an array of fat laden goodies for my 2+ hour flight. Delta travelers now have a choice of 5 snacks:

  1. Cheese Crackers
  2. Peanuts (of course)
  3. Biscoff Cookies (excellent with coffee)
  4. Oatmeal Bars

    Some may ask, is this over doing it? I say no! Bring on the variety!

    Only 7,500 miles to go until Silver Status on Delta....