The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lessons Learned on California Road Trip

  • If you need to rent a car in Palm Springs CA, do not rent it from Enterprise. Their idea of a standard car (seats 5, luggage for 4) is either a VW Beetle or a full sized Ford Frontier truck.
  • If you think you might be spending any significant time in the Pittsburgh airport on a Saturday evening, bring food. The only “restaurant” open after 6 pm is McDonalds.
  • Temperatures in the mid-90s with humidity around 20% is quite pleasant, especially when floating down the “lazy river” in an inner tube.
  • An Australian cork hat has little strings with little corks dangling from the rim. When you shake your head around, the corks chase away the flies. You can wear a cork hat to a party, even when the party is indoors.
  • In order to qualify for “flight pay” in the Navy, you have to be able to swim 1 mile wearing your flight suit, boots and helmet.
  • Many people blame the airlines for flight delays caused by bad weather.
  • The Pittsburgh airport has free wi-fi. The Santa Ana (John Wayne) airport does not.
  • Football games starting at 10:00 am is wrong.
  • Flight to California--$312, registration for conference--$325, hotel bill-- $458, spending an hour talking with an old friend that you haven’t seen in at least 5 years—priceless.

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