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7.20.2008

Initial Random Vacation Thoughts: Getting There


- How can you feel that it is good to be home and sad to be home at the same time?
- I could live in Terminal D. And I could spend hours people watching at any airport.
- Ticketing is a breeze. Swipe your credit card, swipe you passport, and a boarding pass comes spitting out.
- I was randomly picked to go into the new special see-you-neekid x-ray machine. I tried to suck in my gut.
- American Airlines gets a lot of bad press, but the airline worked like a charm for me. Both flights were on time, with no last second gate changes, no-waiting-forever-on-the-tarmac, and no baggage issues.
- In fact, I've never been on a flight like this one where we taxi down to the end of the runway to do the U-Turn for takeoff and (without coming to a stop) the captain says, "We're number one for take off."
- Also a first: The jet was barreling down the runway - seconds from the wheels lifting off the ground - when the captain suddenly shuts down the engines. He tells us about a minute later that he saw a "nuisance light" (the most confusing term ever) and didn't want to take any chances. I was afraid we'd head back to the gate and spend two hours having a maintenance crew check it out. But no. We just did went back to the start of the runway and took off.
- I love the first five minutes of a flight where I look out the window try to figure out what exact part of DFW I'm over.
- The plane was full. I got my tickets about a month ago with frequent flyer miles and that saved me a fortune.
- That American Way magazine isn't that bad. (But it also has a Mensa quiz that makes me feel stupid.)
- Took the above picture with a cell phone. I always wonder how hard it would be to arrange a trip to a part of the beach that no one else goes to.
- Filling out the Custom Declaration Form promising you aren't bringing certain things into the country seems silly.
- The Cancun airport is nice. Really nice. (Or maybe I believe that just because it's air conditioned.)
- Pushing the button which lights up either a red light (your baggage gets searched) or a green light (you are free to go), makes me as nervous as that guy in Midnight Express.
- Having pre-arranged transportation to the hotel is worth every penny. But I've learned that every Mexican airport will have a ton of guys trying to lead you to their transportation company. It took me about a minute to realize the guy I was talking to had nothing to do with my designated company - but only after he took my voucher out of my hand and started to walk away to lead me to his booth. I actually had to yell, 'Hey, give that back."
- The humidity in Cancun is brutal.
- I actually stayed about 25 miles south of Cancun, I think it's an area called Riviera Maya.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Riveria Maya is beautiful. Where'd ya stay? Would you recommend it?

Anonymous said...

welcome back, you were missed

Anonymous said...

Headed out for Cancun in the morning

Anonymous said...

I spend the first 30 minutes and last 30 minutes of any flight anywhere trying to convince myself:

I'm not about to die in a fiery,burning,flaming ball of conflagratory fieriness.

Anonymous said...

Did you do any old fashioned toe licking?

Anonymous said...

what hotel?

Anonymous said...

Terminal D is so nice-it sucks when you have to fly out of the other terminals now. Hope you will post more pics from your trip. I thought my twitter had died this week :( Glad your back :)

Dpcbb said...

We stayed at the Rivera Maya just over two years ago. 5 star all inclusive (El Dorado Royale) is AWESOME!

That was our first time in the Cancun airport. I second your thoughts on the red/green light. We used a travel agent (and saved money over what we found the trip for ourselves). She made sure to tell us about the guys taking your voucher and exactly how and where to spot the legitimate people that we should be looking for.

Next time, we are spending the $40 for a personal car instead of the van. Not too bad, but 5 stops before ours. And one was a nudist resort where I accidentally saw floppy sausage through a not-supposed-to-be-open gate. Horror.

Glad you are back.

Anonymous said...

You really don't travel much, do you???

And yes, the Riviera south of Cancun is brutally, disgustingly, H-O-T.

Glad you two had fun. =)

lovelit said...

Welcome back, BG. I would like to say that I'm not jealous of all the vacationing that so many bloggers are embarking upon, but that'd be a lie. I'll get over it...again, welcome back.

Anonymous said...

Good thing you flew out before the layoffs started at AA, otherwise you would be screwed!!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Barry!.....the only blog I looked at was lovelit's whose photos surpass yours (sorry).........

Hope you had a wonderful time!

Anonymous said...

The fact that you didn't have to sit in line for take-off probably means that they knew a VIP such as yourself was onboard. For further evidence, the captain ignored the "nuisance light" (didn't those used to be called "idiot lights" in a car?) and took off anyway, because he knew what a nuisance it would be for a VIP such as yourself to wait for a maintenance crew to check it out.

Had to make do with visiting your recommended (but inferior) blogs over the past week. I say inferior because they are never as controversial as the OG BG. Although that Silicone Alley must have got her keyboard off a very salty sailor...such language!
I'm just sayin'

Anonymous said...

Did you take this picture from outer space?

Anonymous said...

You turned on your cell phone during a flight, terrorist.

Anonymous said...

8:15 hey buddy FUVM!!!!

RPM said...

I enjoyed Silicone Alley's blog, but I used to be a sailor.

Anonymous said...

Can somebody translate "FUVM" for me, please?
I can't tell if it's praise or an insult, although the tone of it leads me to believe it's the latter.

Anonymous said...

MENSA quiz make you feel stupid? I worked at a place where 40% of the IT team were members

Anonymous said...

The MENSA test gives me cramps.

Anonymous said...

11:51 i believe it means fu** you very much, at least that's what i think it means.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I knew what it meant, I just wanted the poster to respond. Maybe let me know why I was being cursed at. I figure it was either because I said other blogs are inferior (and in terms of controversy, I stand by that claim. Plus check the top of BG's blog, it says so right there). Or that thing about SA's language on her blog, which is also true. I'm not complaining, I'm just sayin'

So if you want to throw insults, go ahead. But how about specifying WHY?