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THIS WEEK'S   JOHNNY JET 10/2/2002

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INEXPENSIVE WAY TO MANHATTAN FROM NY AIRPORTS
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HAVE YOU EVER BEEN THROUGH TURBULENCE AND & BEEN INJURED WHILE WORKING?
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Greetings!  Even though I trekked all across the country this week to LAX-ORD-HPN-LGA-ORD-CLE-DEN-LAX, I don't have one great story like I did last week, instead I have a few!
After our short stint in Kona, Hawaii, we came home and my buddy, Chris, invited Amber Airplane and I to the set of Just Shoot Me .  We had a lot of work to do but we weren't going to pass up VIP tickets so we drove out to Studio City in Friday afternoon traffic (nightmare as usual).  It was my first time witnessing a live taping of a TV sitcom and I have to say, it was pretty cool!  If you are visiting LA, I highly recommend it.  I know they are always handing out free tickets at Universal City Walk, Mann's Chinese Theater, and other popular touristy locations in LA.  But you can also get them online from TvTickets , TvTix , Audiences Unlimited , and FreeTvShows .  I hear with the freebies, it's first-come, first-serve and they bus people because you can't park on the studio lot, which means you could be held prisoner until the show ends.  It really is fun to watch and learn how they do it, but after the first couple re-takes it got old real quick.   The Just Shoot Me taping took from 5pm-11pm to complete the 22 minute show.     

They rehearse all week and on Fridays they tape in front of a live audience.  The audience of about 200 sat in seats about five feet higher than the set which was divided into five different rooms.  There were microphones taped above our heads to capture the studio laughter.  They have writers right on the set so if a joke doesn't fly with the audience they will quickly rewrite the line and try again.  To keep people entertained while they move the four camera's, test the lighting, or rewrite, they have a show starter who sits in the audience and keeps everyone from falling asleep or escaping.  This comedian did a great job from keeping the people from dying of boredom and/or starvation.  He was funnier than the cast members.  It was classic, he would just sit in his chair, with the microphone pressed to his lips and whisper as he picked on a crew member or an extra who had no idea that the whole audience was watching and laughing at them.  My friend Chris really hooked us up big time because not only did we have the first four seats reserved just for us but we had wristbands which enabled us to walk on the set where ever and whenever we wanted.  Most importantly we were able to eat the great food, which they had tons of.  Oh yeah, we also got to hang out with the cast members and mess around on the set !  Not bad for a Friday evening.

Enough with LA.  The first stop on my cross-country tour was The Windy City.  I landed at 9pm at O'hare and instead of going downtown or to my cousin's house, I checked into a hotel I have seen countless times but have never been to.   The O'Hare Hilton , which is located right smack in the middle of the airport, is very easy to find.  Just follow the yellow brick road, I mean the Hilton floor signs .  They will lead you downstairs the same way as to the CTA (train).  If it's warm out you can take the Johnny Jet short-cut and walk through the arrivals pick-up area and across the street, just be careful of the impatient cabbies, (I don't want to be responsible.)  The hotel had the longest check-in line I have ever seen outside of Vegas or a cruise line.  It's a good thing I'm a Hilton Honors member so I didn't have to wait long.  I couldn't believe how busy it was.  Not only was the lobby packed, but so was the restaurant and bar.  The rooms were comfortable and had high speed internet access and plenty of tv channels to keep me busy.  The best part about the hotel , which every road warrior knows or should know about, is it's great work-out facility .  It opens early at 5am and doesn't close to 10pm Fri-Sun and 11pm Mon-Thurs.  So, if you ever have a couple hours to kill at ORD and you don't want to fill your belly up on some of their tasty airport concessions then take the 10 minute walk to the Hilton and go for a swim or pump some iron.  It costs only $10 for a walk-in day pass, $5 for Hilton Honors Silver, Gold, or Diamond Members, (should be free for Diamond Members), $7 for airline crew, and $10 for a hotel guest, (should definitely be free).  You can also get massages:  1/2 hour for $40, an hour for $70, or if fake baking is your thing, the tanning machines cost $8, ($5 for crew).  If you are a very frequent traveler to ORD, then look into memberships that begin at $50 a month to $300 a year.  Flight Attendants and Pilots get the best deal at $70 a year.

The next day my cousin, Dennis, picked me up and we went to a great soul food restaurant that is a block away from Oprah's studio .  After indulging on some potato and chive pancakes at Wishbone , Dennis and I went over to the McCormick Place Convention Center for The Motivation Show .  No, it wasn't a Tony Robbins seminar.  It was the world's largest collection of incentive merchandise, travel & meeting destinations, recognition awards, promotional products, performance improvement services, and business gifts.  More than 2,000  exhibitors from Godiva to the China Tourism bureau were on hand.  The place was so huge that my feet are still killing me from walking about 10 miles in my uncomfortable shoes.  The exhibitors don't give away a lot of free promotional stuff, (which is kind of ironic, don't you think?), but some do have elaborate booths with other gimmicks to suck people in.  The Fiji booth had entertainers.  The Mandalay Bay Hotel had this girl and these parrots .  But my favorite, (other than Mrs. Fields booth that gave away free cookies), was the Pro Bowl booth that had ex-Dallas Cowboy Randy White signing autographs and a couple of the cheerleaders :-).  The show only cost $25 to attend, so if you are in that line of business and in that part of the country, you can't afford to not go.

I spent the next night at my cousins house.  Sheridan, Dennis' wife, used my late Grandmother's recipe to make some of her amazing pasta which brought back so many of those Sunday afternoon memories.  Thanks Sheridan!  

I was scheduled to fly out to Connecticut the following day, but when I found out that Amber Airplane was going to be in O'Hare for a three hour layover I decided on leaving a day early to surprise her and take her to the Hilton gym for a work-out.  Just kidding.... We went to dinner at the airport Chili's .  Why would we want to workout when we can eat????

It was funny because out of all the gates they have at ORD, (70 total), ours were right next to each other, which made for an easy departure.  I flew the hour and forty minutes to HPN (White Plains, NY) which is only thirty minutes away from where I grew up.  My best friend from high school, Mike, picked me up since I was in town to go to a his brother's wedding, (I was surprised I was invited because we used to beat him up when we were kids:-).  The wedding was in Brookfield, Connecticut, which was another thirty minutes from where I grew up but in the other direction, (North).  It's a great drive, especially during the fall foliage, but right now it's still a bit early.  I will try to go back when they are peaking to take some good pictures.   Anthony and Tara had a marvelous wedding and their reception at the Fox Hill Inn was perfect.  The reception was fun and we danced until my foot started hurting.  

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Next week, I will tell you about how we partied all night with Amber's parents for her Mom's birthday party in Cleveland, and..........


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  JET CAPTAINS QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Yesterday I was coming back from Atlanta to Denver (my home) on a Untied 737, and the pilot was coming in for her approach. I as listing to the tower on my headset, something United has always done. About 1000 feet from the runway, she turned  up the throttle and told the tower she was going around, later she told the passengers that there was a something on the runway. The winds were calm. This is the third time this has happened to me. I fly over 25,000 miles a year. I know pilots practice this all the time, but you donít hear about it in the press.   Does it happen often? 
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Have you ever been through turbulence and have you ever been injured while working?
SKYGUY QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
It seems "service" often takes a back seat these days. I often feel like I'm imposing on flight attendants for my beverage of choice (club soda with ice--the whole can, please). Should there be more flight attendants on the plane?
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You saved the company 300 bucks, but now you've got half a day to kill between flights. How best to spend the time? Here, at five of the nation's busiest airports, are our picks for the most entertaining ways to while away the hours.  From Business2.com

Atlanta
William B. Hartsfield International Airport
An exciting terminal this is not. But a 16-minute subway ride takes you to the World of Coca-Cola (KO), an exhibit detailing the history of the planet's favorite fizzy drink. (Take the MARTA train to Five Points station, then follow the signs to the Underground Atlanta mall.) The pavilion showcases more than 1,200 company artifacts, including a replica of a 1930s Barnes Soda Fountain, where a soda jerk demonstrates how Coke was prepared in the early days. You can also sample 23 soft drinks that the company distributes only outside the United States -- everything from Beverly, an Italian carbonated grapefruit drink, to South Africa's Stoney Ginger Beer.

Chicago
O'Hare International Airport
Assuming you don't feel like riding the psychedelic moving walkway between the B and C concourses 152 times in a row, your best bet is to head downtown, 45 minutes away via the elevated Blue Line train. Get off at Clark Street, pretend you've never heard of the Sears Tower, and walk straight to the Billy Goat Tavern. (Head east along the Chicago River, cross the Michigan Avenue Bridge, and find the tavern beneath the Wrigley Building.) Made famous by the late John Belushi, who used the tavern as the basis for a classic Saturday Night Live skit ("No Coke, Pepsi"), the Billy Goat is a favorite haunt of local media types and does indeed make a tasty "cheezborger."

Dallas/Fort Worth
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
DFW has something no other airport can boast: its own winery. La Bodega Winery, in Terminal A near Gate 15, offers 50 varieties of wine from 16 Texas vintners, including 4 bottled under the La Bodega label. (If you're flying American, take the interterminal TRAAIN to Gate A13; all others, take the DFW airport train's Yellow Line to Gate A9.) Best bet for lovers of red: the Becker Reserve Cabernet vintage. Prefer white? Try Sister Creek Chardonnay. Texas wine -- who knew?

Los Angeles
Los Angeles International Airport
An acceptable option is to grab a meal at Encounter, the restaurant atop the airport's futuristic Theme Building, which offers good food and even better martinis. But we suggest that you instead take advantage of two distinctly L.A. phenomena: year-round sun and a populace that inspired the nickname La-La Land. A $20 cab ride will land you at Venice Beach in less than half an hour. Once there, try the Timothy Leary burger at the Sidewalk Café on Venice's famously quirky boardwalk, where you're likely to catch sight of anything from the star of your favorite workout video to a country-western singer clad in nothing but boots, skivvies, and hat.

New York
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Ah, the majestic plumage of the great blue heron. This must be ... New York City? Yup. Believe it or not, the 9,000-acre Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, one of the most important urban parklands in the country and home to more than 325 bird species, is just 6 miles from the congested runways of JFK. To get there, take a shuttle bus to the Howard Beach subway station. Ride one stop to the Broad Channel station, then head north on Crossbay Boulevard for about half a mile. Less than 40 minutes after walking past airport security, you'll be hearing many fine examples of the region's distinctive mating calls (and we don't mean the kind that begin "Hey, baby ...").
 


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