January 29, 2009
January 27, 2009
January 25, 2009
January 23, 2009
January 20, 2009
M79 - Vampire Weekend
January 17, 2009
January 16, 2009
Tonight, on the 2nd floor of 228 Bleecker Street...Penny* and Jimbo* decide to take their relationship to the next level by having a class-5 argument in our semi-public stairwell. Apparently, Penny has decided that their shared apartment was no longer a place of refuge or privacy and chose the stairwell as the next best thing. Her new best friend? The banister (which her kung-fu grip is feverishly grasping). Fantastic. It's 1:22 and I'm completely and un-wantingly involved in my neighbors' semi-abusive dysfunctional lovers' quarrel... Conversation goes as follows...
January 15, 2009
On the way to Brussels, I made a brief pit stop in Wimbledon to stay with my friend Oli. Late that night...I was in need of a snack and he happened to have a tasty spread called Marmite (very similar to Vegemite which is an Aussie snack). Because of my "salt tooth" as opposed to the typical "sweet tooth" this snack fit the bill. It's a yeast extract...so less is more.
January 12, 2009
For all the traveling that I do, you'd think I'd have it perfected, right? I arrive the suggested two hours before my departure and I typically breeze through security with ease.
However, I will go ahead and admit that I have the worst luck pertaining to travel (or any form of transportation for that matter). I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir when I say that I miss flights. I get on the wrong train. My electronics (i.e. blackberry, laptop, etc) die…a lot. My flights are always delayed. I’m frequently directed to the wrong terminal and my bags sometimes cannot be checked due to “size issues.’’ You know? The usual...
Needless to say, when I arrived to BNA this morning for my AA direct flight to LGA…was I surprised to find out that the price for three, checked bags is $140? Not in the slightest. Why wouldn’t checked baggage cost as much as a nice pair of shoes? As I watched my mother pull away from the terminal, I begrudgingly handed the skycap my wad of cash and proceeded to hand him my identification. As it turns out, my flight was not this morning (Monday, Jan 12th) but yesterday (Sunday, Jan 11th). Fantastic.
Fortunately for me, my new, skycap friend has chosen to coin himself the "guardian angel" of American Airlines and offers to “help me out.” He takes me straight to AA booth located inside and proceeds to persuade the American Airlines representative to wave the additional $150 for missing yesterday’s flight and switch me to today’s. He also has the power to make it appear in the computer that I only checked 2 bags instead of three (which is only $40...as opposed to $140). However, these two men have also underhandedly put me in their debt. Sneaky bastards.
Now, as any 2nd grader could tell you: $140 - 40 = $100. Correct? Therefore, I’m expecting my “guardian angel” to hand me $100 back from the $140 I originally gave him. Instead, he chooses to hand me $60. When I inquire about his obvious mathematical error, he gives me an “are you kidding me” smirk and says, “I’m doing you a favor, darling. You should be out $300 so I thought giving you $60 was already pretty generous.” I’m now haggling with the man to give me my OWN money back to me and he’s somehow making me feel selfish about it. I’m officially in his pocket and there is no way out.
I probably would have tipped him generously, but taking the action into his own hands is where the situation got sticky. I tell him that assuming power in this transaction and basically deciding for himself how much of MY MONEY he was going to keep had completely tainted his supposed “good deed.” Needless to say, it ruined my morning but also got me thinking…
You can’t ever expect people to act as you would. Setting expectations up for others will always lead you to disappointment. I’m thankful I have a better understanding between what is right/wrong in this world and I owe that to my parents. Although everyone’s moral gauge is a bit different, it cheered me up a bit to know how I would have handled the situation had it been reversed. Maybe he needed the money?