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I wasn't in LA for more than 48 hours before I went back to LAX for another early morning flight. This time I wasn't too excited because I was flying on USAir and everybody who drives by their terminal has seen those nightmare lines. Really, overtime I have driven by, I would just shake my head and say those passengers are BUMMING! Well, this time it was my turn. I wasn't exactly sure how long the wait was going to be so like a good boy I listened to the USAir agent who told me to arrive two hours early. She was right because it was mayhem out there. I mean people didn't know if the line outside, (that ended by terminal 2), was the line for security or to check-in. To set things straight: there ARE two separate lines. The line that usually begins outside is for security and inside is for check-in. The line inside isn't much better than outside and they only had three ticket agents working, THREE! Luckily, I remembered I was Gold Preferred so my line only had five people in it and took me about 8 minutes to get through. When I told my agent that line outside for security is way too long, she looked at me like I was some kind of rocket scientist. I said in a friendly tone, "By the way, does USAir have a special security line for frequent fliers?" The lady said, " NO! But you should complain because this is the longest security line out of any of the 8 terminals at LAX by far (I second that) and that it's Southwest's fault because they share Terminal One . We ranked on Southwest, had a few early morning laughs, and then she said hold on a second. The next thing I know she had a security officer whisk me to the front of the security line. Although I had plenty of time before my flight and I really wanted to time how long the nightmare security line actually took, I decided not to turn down a free pass to the front. Instead, I just asked my seat mate how long it took her and she said, "It looks worse than it really is because all they are doing is checking for tickets and I cleared it in about 15 minutes." If it is true that the average American spends 3 years of their life waiting, then I just knocked fifteen minutes off.
The flight to PIT was only 3 hours and 45 minutes which is barely enough time to get some Johnny Jet work done. As every frequent traveler knows Pittsburgh has one of the best airports in North America to pass time in. For those of you who don't, it's a mall with all the shops and restaurants you need without the extra fees for being in an airport. I didn't have time to shop because I had to catch my connection flight to ERI. You got to love these little turbo props, they seem to make everyone uncomfortable, including me! But when flight time is only 30 minutes and the weather is clear I can deal.
We were in Erie to support my sister, Carol's, fundraiser for the Humane Society. Carol is amazing because of the amount of time and money she spends for the Humane Society. Twice a week she goes on CBS news in Erie (one is at 6:30am and the other at 5pm) for her Adopt-a-Pet spot . Since publicity isn't enough to save the hundreds of animals that get put to sleep every week, Carol organizes fundraisers as well. This past week she had a celebrity bartender party at the Paper Moon restaurant. She flew my cousin's girlfriend, Jamie Lynn Sigler, in to be the featured guest of the evening since she plays Meadow on The Soprano's. She also held a private function earlier at the exclusive Erie Club for $100 a couple which raked in some dough. Since she couldn't have cats and dogs running around she invited the head of the Erie Zoo to come and bring all kinds of animals including this cool millipede . The millipede was cool and brought an array of reactions . We were all starving when we got home and Carol surprised with this late night feast . Just looking at this food makes me hungry.
When it rains in Erie,
. So we were forced to play
around the house. It's been a dry summer so the
were loving it. When the sun came back out, we went right
to Waldameer Park. You might remember I was at this park two
weeks ago with my Dad and I don't think I could ever
of taking my niece and nephew on the
. It's so funny to see them cover up their eyes when we go
down. Since we all like to compete against each other, we had a blast
playing the carnival games
. Unfortunately, cousin AJ won by one and the highlight was
seeing my brother getting
Two fundraisers in one week weren't enough for Carol. So she threw another fundraiser a few days later and this time it was for the Erie Philharmonic. Carol went all out for this one when she brought in all sorts of entertainers that included a magician, a circus act , and an amazing juggler who juggled seven balls at once. Any dude who can juggle a golf ball, bowling ball, and a machete is awesome in my book. (And I thought my little "eating an apple while I juggled " was impressive.)
The next day Frank and I put on a little show of our own for
our niece and nephew. (That way they would tell all their friends
that their Uncles are the cooooolest!) These flips off of the
did the trick, but almost put old Uncle Johnny in the hospital.
Another highlight of the week was
around of golf with everybody. I mean
times do have a chance to
Summertime in Erie can guarantee you three things: a great sunset, a wicked thunderstorm, and a lot fun .
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Airline Food Still in Flux
Source: The New York Times, July 28, 2002 By Susan Catto
So how can you tell if you'll be fed on your next flight?
For one thing, you'll need to fly during mealtime. You're unlikely to get lunch on a three-hour flight departing at 2 p.m. or dinner on a flight after 9 p.m., but even the definition of mealtime depends on the individual airline. "Mealtime varies from market to market depending on competitive factors and how long the flight is," said Kurt Ebenhoch of Northwest Airlines. The rules are constantly in flux, but here is a general guide to economy-class policies at individual airlines as of early this month.
American: No meal service on main-cabin domestic flights under four hours, with the following exceptions. Meals are served on flights between Chicago or Dallas and the West Coast. Meals are also served on selected routes to and from Northeastern cities, including flights between Dallas and these cities: Hartford, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington.
American Trans Air: Hot snacks (breakfast pastry or pizza pocket, for example) on most flights three hours or longer and on all flights between Chicago and the West Coast.
America West: Main-cabin meals on flights over five hours out of its Phoenix hub.
Continental: A cold breakfast or snacks on flights over an hour and a half; breakfast, lunch or dinner on flights over two hours. Improvements to the trans-Atlantic meal service (better cuts of chicken and bigger portions of vegetables and pasta) have not yet been duplicated on domestic flights.
Delta: No meals on most flights under four hours. Exceptions include some Northeast routes.
Northwest: Meals only on flights from one of the airline's three hubs (Memphis, Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul) and the West Coast.
Southwest: Snacks only.
United: Cold breakfast on flights over one hour; hot breakfast on flights over two hours. Lunch or dinner on flights over three and a half hours.
USAirways: Snacks on most mealtime domestic flights over two and a half hours; meals on flights from its three hubs (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Charlotte, N.C.) to the West Coast.
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