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Old 06-21-2008, 01:11 AM   #451
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What I'd really love is for America to restructure our rail system (and the public transport system in general) and heavily encourage people to use them.

It's a pity that for all the trains that go through my city, none of them are passenger trains. If I want to take a train to Chicago, for example, I have to first drive nearly a third of the way there. Sucks.
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But in airports I grow docile, go figure.
It's the high school dropouts acting as TSA
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I think they now give out zones, so earlier check ins get you on earlier, but no actual assignments...but I could be wrong.
you're probably right.

ugh, i couldn't stand not knowing where my seat is, or even if i'll get stuck with a middle seat. fuck no i don't want to be sandwiched in between two strangers!
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That could be it, or, it might be the random retail establishments.
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It's always worth it for takeoff and landing.

Runway 23 approach at Auckland - where when you're coming from the west it requires overflying the city, turning over my suburb and then a long final with great views of either the city or towards the Waikato.
Well, yeah, that's a bloody good point, especially when I'm lucky enough to come into Wellington from the north. But 3 hours of ocean? Snooze.

And Ian, I swear to god, you absolutely must do Wellington - Nelson one day soon. Totally worth it for passing over the Marlborough Sounds.
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Once Delta and Northwest have merged i wouldn't bet on Memphis still being a hub.....perhaps you could package yourself up and go FedEx.
yeah, when they first started talking about the delta/northwest hub, one of the things they mentioned on the news was whether or not it stays a hub. delta said their hub in atlanta (i think they said atlanta) was far enough away to where memphis could stay a hub too, but it wouldn't be the first time companies merging have lied.

like the company i work for...why yes nothing will change during the merger! or the merger we have the year after this! yeah right
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That could be it, or, it might be the random retail establishments.
Someone tried to get me to sign up to American Express last time in was in Wellington Airport.

It's hard enough avoiding people doing surveys etc in the city where i'm expecting it.
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yeah, when they first started talking about the delta/northwest hub, one of the things they mentioned on the news was whether or not it stays a hub. delta said their hub in atlanta (i think they said atlanta) was far enough away to where memphis could stay a hub too, but it wouldn't be the first time companies merging have lied.

like the company i work for...why yes nothing will change during the merger! or the merger we have the year after this! yeah right
I'll bet the CVG hub is screwed too.

And yeah, it's a hub in Atlanta. I think Memphis is destined to have a shitload of flights to Atlanta and connect on from there.
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Someone tried to get me to sign up to American Express last time in was in Wellington Airport.

It's hard enough avoiding people doing surveys etc in the city where i'm expecting it.
oh god.

i'm gonna throw this out there: worst airport i've ever been in: miami international.
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Well, yeah, that's a bloody good point, especially when I'm lucky enough to come into Wellington from the north. But 3 hours of ocean? Snooze.

And Ian, I swear to god, you absolutely must do Wellington - Nelson one day soon. Totally worth it for passing over the Marlborough Sounds.
God, i remember my last trip to Wellington. Perfect visibility, no cloud in the sky and we came into Wellington from the north.......and i had the aisle.

Wellington - Nelson is on the list.
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What I'd really love is for America to restructure our rail system (and the public transport system in general) and heavily encourage people to use them.

It's a pity that for all the trains that go through my city, none of them are passenger trains. If I want to take a train to Chicago, for example, I have to first drive nearly a third of the way there. Sucks.
You guys got seriously fucked over by the road lobby in the fifties to seventies and it's going to take a long time to recover from it - especially if free market fundamentalists remain powerful in politics. Australia and New Zealand unfortunately followed the US lead, since at the time we were fairly disenchanted with Europe and were looking for a new example. Because, of course, it'd be just too much to ask to go our own way.
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I'll bet the CVG hub is screwed too.

And yeah, it's a hub in Atlanta. I think Memphis is destined to have a shitload of flights to Atlanta and connect on from there.
probably.

edit: fuck me, i was getting atlanta and chicago confused i think.
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oh god.

i'm gonna throw this out there: worst airport i've ever been in: miami international.
O'Hare is a nightmare.
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oh god.

i'm gonna throw this out there: worst airport i've ever been in: miami international.
Coolangatta Airport on the Gold Coast for me. Now there's an airport that didn't upgrade fast enough. I can't believe you still have to walk out onto the tarmac to board any flight departing from there.

Can't say I much liked Washington Dulles either. My flight from Boston landed in a terminal that wasn't bad, but then I had to transfer to another terminal for my flight to Nashville and it seemed like some hangar that had just been converted into a terminal out of desperation. It was nasty, over-crowded, uncomfortable, shitty PA, and barely any facilities.
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