Posts Tagged ‘Airport’

9
Jan

Pounds to Dollars

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

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Kyle and the Babes 2015. Day Twenty.

The hardest day of all is the day you zip shut the suitcase for the last time.

We headed out very early (we were on a bus for the airport at 7:30 a.m.) and got to Heathrow with plenty of time to get checked in and through security before our gate was even announced.   We hugged Roxy farewell (Mandi’s flight was later, so she took a separate, later bus) and sat down to our last English breakfast.  We had managed our cash usage pretty carefully, so we’d be out of British currency just before we left. But, with “ones” being coins, it is almost inevitable that you end up with pockets full of jingly coins after very few transactions. So, we solved that problem by paying for breakfast with coins!  I’m not sure if the restaurant folks loved us or hated us!

By the time we finished eating we knew what gate to head to, and by the time we traversed hallways, and people movers, and escalators and elevators and a tram, our flight was boarding when we arrived.  The giant maze of jetbridges was amusing, and of course, the seats were small and storage was at a premium, but we were on board and headed home.

At that point, I have no defense mechanism against the sad, except to focus solely on the good things on the other end of the flight:  good friends many of whom are chosen family, the cat and the dog, and high on the list–our incredibly comfortable mattress!  I had already cried during the drive south from Scotland, and leaving London isn’t quite as hard, but still … Texas is never our favorite destination.

Luggage CarouselWe watched a couple of movies on the flight, had a couple of mediocre meals, read a bit–all those things you do to attempt to make the miserable time pass.  I am most decidedly NOT a British Airways fan. All in all it was, at least, an uneventful flight (just the way you want them to be) and our pass through customs and border security was, as well. The biggest hitch was a sizeable delay in luggage showing up at the carousel, but our dear Scott waited patiently for us, and delivered us straight to our favorite Tex Mex restaurant!

A couple of margaritas and some enchiladas and suddenly Texas is a whole lot more palatable. So, here we are … back in the Lone Star State. Bring on 2016!

~MB

 

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23
Jan

SGF

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

18 January 2009
Somehow I managed to skip an entire day in my blathering. This is Sunday. The day after the Carnivale that was Chad & Laura’s wedding. They day Marita Beth & Kelly put me on a plane for a short flight home, while they made the 8 hour journey by car. The day that the Steelers and the Cardinals both secured their respective championships and the right to play each other for the title of World Champions in the Super Bowl. The day I spent an hour in one of the smallest airports I’ve ever visited.
SGF as Seen from the Lounge
This is SGF (Springfield – Branson Regional Airport) in its near entirety. I’m standing inside the lounge looking at the stairs that lead up to gates 7 – 10. Gates 1 – 6 are outside the lounge and to the left on the same level. The TSA employees outnumbered the passengers in the terminal. When you add in the airport employees, who were all bored to silliness, the ratio shifts nearer 2 1/2 to 1.
When I think back on the many, many airports I’ve been in, this one will rank very high in the friendly, clean, & small categories.

Happy Birthday, Laura!
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 22 January 2009)

Listening to:
Love Missle by Sigue Sigue Sputnik
from The 12″ Singles

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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16
Sep

Headed Home

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

10 September 2008
Headed home from Miami after a successful trip. Our contractor left earlier in the day, while the vendor and I shuttled to the airport together and discussed the business bits of the trip. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I think the trip was a success…a think I don’t always have after a station visit.
Headed Home
This is the very end of Terminal E at the Miami International Airport. And, it’s the only photo I took today despite numerous, wonderful opportunities. It is what it is.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 16 September 2008 )

Listening to:
Swear it Again by Westlife
from Westlife

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
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20
Aug

MKE Twittered

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

18 August 2008
Monday, and time to go home.
We went to the Milwaukee airport, where we were early enough that Marita Beth & I grabbed a small, quick breakfast. Then I was off to security which, in this lovely airport, is a complete breeze. From there, the day went to hell. The day’s trials and tribulations would take too long to regurgitate here. So, instead, I present my twitter feed from the day. But first, here is my photo. This is the lounge where I waited.
My Monday Companions
And now, twitter time, complete with original mispellings.
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headed home. it’s been a good vacation. Too short. 08:16 AM August 18, 2008

I’m at MILWAUKEE airport, USA (USA). 09:17 AM August 18, 2008

took a mechanical. still at MKE. 11:38 AM August 18, 2008 from TwitToday

still waiting. union rules prevent anyone else from doing the teo-minute knob-tightening job thataneeds doing. sigh. stupid unions. 12:16 PM August 18, 2008

they just announced re-accommodation efforts. lets see how, when and by what method i get home now. 12:32 PM August 18, 2008

well crap. now my 10:55 flight is leaving at 4:00. sigh. stuck in an airport that serves only Miller Lite with no internet connection… 01:14 PM August 18, 2008

two more hours to go. 02:14 PM August 18, 2008

4:00 come and gone. still here. still waiting. still wondering…will i get home?  04:04 PM August 18, 2008

flight cancelled…6 hours after scheduled departure. what now? 04:57 PM August 18, 2008

finally on a bird…going home, sadly.@ 05:44 PM August 18, 2008

I’m at DFW airport, USA (USA) 08:10 PM August 18, 2008

shuttle to rmote south. shuttle to HDQ. car to home. all in my immediate future. 08:31 PM August 18, 2008
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And by 9:50 pm, I had my dogs and I was walking into a quiet, very hot house…alone.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 20 August 2008 )

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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20
Jan

Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

16 January 2008
Up early and at work again. Had to make sure that the folks knew how to do what I had just trained them to do. They did. It was good. Now, it was time to think about going to my next stop…or not. I was supposed to head to Montreal next, but some critical equipment didn't arrive in time. So, my next stop became home. I booked a flight home and headed to the airport. The security and customs line were blessedly small, so even though I thought I was running behind, I actually arrived with an hour and a half to spare. Good. Time for lunch. An expensive Corned Beef sandwich and several chapters in my book later I headed to the plane. I'd already checked the Upgrade list and there simply was no way, so I was in no hurry to take my ERAS (Exit Row Aisle Seat). I snapped this photo as I was walking down the gangway to the plane for boarding:
The Flight Home
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I'd be home to my wife and pups in just a few short hours. Hooray.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 18 January 2008)

Listening to:
Silently Falling by Chris Squire 
from Fish out of Water

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
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20
Nov

Landing in San Francisco

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

15 November 2007
Thursday and my last full day in San Francisco. I finished up at the office a tad early and went to a local place called the Elephant Bar for dinner. Before walking in, however, I walked over to the bayside and snapped quite a few pictures of planes landing and taking off from San Francisco International Airport. The light was fading so the quality isn't quite what I'd like, and the telephoto on my little camera doesn't have quite the oomph I might like, but still the photos aren't so bad. Here's one:
Inbound Plane.
I even managed to get some of the "mountains" and a sunset. Anyway, the Elephant Bar was overpriced and the beer taps weren't working, so I left. I'd spotted earlier in the week a place called Finn McCool's so I plugged that into the handy Garmin GPS device that I got with the rental car (a sleek Pontiac G6 GT) and went there. They didn't serve food. I had a few beers, stopped at the In-and-Out (again) and went back to the hotel. I had an early flight out. Sometime in the dead of night, I started feeling uncomfortable and by about 3am or so was full-on sick. I slept fitfully the remainder of the night until my 5:30 wake-up call. I blame Paul and Laura for making me sick. :-)
Cheers.

~KR (15 November 2007)

Listening to:
Everything I Do, I Do It For You by Bryan Adams
on Billboard Top 100 of 1991

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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11
Nov

Pump #7

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

8 November 2007
The week in MIA is over and I’ve arrived safely home. Terrill had parked at the airport so he got me back to South Arlington sparing my wife the drive and me the wait. I had originally planned to fly from MIA back to IAH for another weekend at faire, but the MIA trip wrapped up early, if not completely successfully, and we headed back to DFW. On some levels I expect Marita Beth was relieved to not have to drive back to IAH on Friday night; but I suspect she’d have rather had that than me not going to TRF for the weekend. In South Arlington, I retrieved my car from Firestone and headed to get a beer with Terrill & MB at our favourite local, No Frills Grill. After that we headed home for some decompression, but made a much-needed stop at the petrol shop. Here’s the sign above the pump I was using.
#7 Pump
Brilliant, eh?
Cheers.

~KR (8 November 2007)

Watching Birmingham v Aston Villa
Current score: 1 – 2 at 93:37

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29
Oct

Early Morning at Heathrow, London

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

21 October 2007
The day I’d been looking forward to and dreading simultaneously was here. Terrill, an excellent, travel companion, rang me up to make sure I was awake at about 0445. I’m hoping he went back to sleep. I was so tired, I can’t actually recall how I got to LHR, but I think it was by taxiservice. I checked in with the ticket agent, and asked her to make sure I was on the upgrade list, dropped my single bag of luggage and stumbled on. Got into the quick-moving, but very long security queue. Interestingly, I didn’t have to mostly undress; I didn’t even have to take off my shoes. After getting through that line, it was time for the (oh my gosh!) long walk to the gate. Finally, I arrived there, stopping once along the way to divest myself of the remaining coins in my pocket by purchasing a cup of Americano Coffee. Now, for the secondary queue. Finally, I got to the gate agent who verified my passport and ticket matched. She motioned me through into the waiting area, but before I left, I asked her what my upgrade options looked like. Apparently, the ticket agent had not entered me on the upgrade list, but this kind agent did so for me now. I wasn’t in the waiting area for more than 2 minutes, before my name was called and I was issued a new seat assignment. Seat 1J was now mine, and I was suddenly very thankful and very tired. Minutes later we boarded and I took my seat in a newly-configured, beautiful 777. What a wonderful bird she was. Outside, the day was dawing pink & pretty, but I wasn’t long for the world. I had two pictures left in the life of my battery, I took them and sat back to relax.
Early Morning at Heathrow
I’m not sure we were in the air three minutes ere I was asleep. With about two hours to arrival in ORD, I woke. The wonderful flight attendant brought me a delicious (radish-topped) lunch and I watched a movie. A decent end to a trip, if only it were the end. One of the worst things about flying for work is the class of ticket available. Yes, I do get lucky sometimes and get first class, bt more often than not, there are no employee class tickets available so, I have to fly standby. That happened in ORD. I rolled across three flights, but Chicago being what it is, it’s a little easier. I bought a beer and walked to my gate. When my gate changed, I moved to another gate and, if need be, bought another beer along the way. Finally, I did board and was landing in DFW before 1700 on Sunday evening. A long day, but made better when I went and picked up my pups. The only downside was that MB wouldn’t be home until the next day. Ah, yes, the joy of the working class couple and their travel schedules.
Cheers.

~KR (21 October 2007)

Listening to:
Calling Dr. Love by Kiss
on Alive II(Disc One)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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12
Sep

Figs

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

7 September 2007
It's amazing to me how I can be in a new place and still not take a photo. Much of it is, I'm sure, down to the fact that I keep my camera in my backpack and it's not always easily accessible. It's just large enough that I can't carry it in my pockets. And, although I really do like my camera, I think perhaps I need something a little less space-hogging for my travelogues. For day-to-day use at home it's fine and I won't abandon it, but supplement it I think I must. Friday, and again, no photos taken but this one:
figs(7th)
This is a photo of the Figs metal meets window logo in Laguardia Airport. We arrived early enough that the exceptionally non-existent security line left us with time to kill. If there's one thing I know how to do well, it's kill time in an Airport (except XNA which closes at some ridiculously early hour). Thus, the Figs.
Cheers.

~KR (7 September 2007)

Listening to:
Johnny Jump Up by Amadan
on The Swallowtail

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
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10
Sep

Maggie May’s

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

5 September 2007
The day started well enough, went rapidly downhill and then levelled out. It started raining in the morning then I got a call requiring an emergency side-trip before getting on my flight to LGA. No resolution was generated by my side trip, sadly, but there’s a certain satisfaction in knowing that I’ve done everything right. Now, I just need to follow up and ensure that the parties that can fix the problem do fix the problem. The flight was uneventful, and after a quick seat-shuffle, not even too uncomfortable. We (Eric, Terrill & myself) arrived at La Guardia airport where Lou picked us up. We then high-tailed (actually not so much with the high-tailing, the traffic was horrendous!) it to Flushing Bayside for dinner & drinks.
MaggieMays
This is Maggie May’s. An unassuming, but lovely pub with one of the most delightful barmaids I’ve seen in quite some time. Dawn (that was her name) was very witty and very on-the-spot. She even knew how to draw a good pint of Guinness! Anyway, the four of us finished up some hardware tinkering we had to do while we had our drinks. Then off to Bourbon Street for dinner. Bourbon Street is a N’awlins influenced restaurant across from Margaritas. I could have spent hours and hours and hours up & down the streets here. It reminded me of Nob Hill in Portland. The business trip was just starting.
Cheers.

~KR (5 September 2007)

Listening to:
Man on the Moon by R.E.M.
on Automatic For The People

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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