Questions I Ask Every Time I Fly

Questions While Flying

While flying to and from Orlando last week, I had several questions run through my head — questions that always come back to me every time I am lucky enough to fly. Some of these are questions I can easily Google at anytime, but seemingly never remember to do so once the plane has touched ground.

Why don’t departure and arrival times on boarding passes or confirmation emails include designated time zones?

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The Kind of Story We Need Right Now

Last week, I watched a YouTube clip of “Late Night” host Seth Meyers as a guest on Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show.” Meyers described a new segment, “the kind of story we need right now,” that he had recently debuted on his show. The concept is to tell a story, something that may be funny or heartwarming, that temporarily distracts from the excess wave of sad and depressing stories that regularly dominate the news cycle.

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Salsa Spillage

Salsa Spillage

Had dinner at a Mexican restaurant last night with family, and came across an all too typical problem for me — the lone salsa bowl that everyone at the table shares from.

In such scenerios, the salsa bowl is usually placed in the center of the table which forces you to dip your chip and hope that while hovering the chip from the bowl to your mouth, none of the salsa drips onto the table, the menu or onto your shirt.

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When the Light at the End of the Tunnel Finally Passes By

Joe Palazzolo

My original inspiration for blogging came from Joe Palazzolo, an online friend of mine who I began corresponding with in 2002 because of our interest in pro wrestling. For much of that time, Joe has been an active blogger on a variety of subjects (much like this blog), with his personal journey on repaying his student loans having become his primary subject.

Yesterday, after seven years in the making, Joe blogged that that his entire $120, 603.31 of student loan debt is now fully paid off. Since being featured in a 2006 USA Today cover story pertaining to excessive student loan debt, Joe has chronicled his efforts to repay back such debts via his blog. He has narrated how exactly he’s been able to implement such an aggressive payback strategy while working as a full-time non-profit lender, a part-time adjunct professor, maintaining his own webdesign business, and as a regular volunteer — all while living within his means. His story is highly inspirational and uplifting.

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Enrico’s in Frankfort: One Year Later

I just Googled the Frankfort Enrico’s Italian Dining to see when exactly it closed. I would have bet two years, but to my surprise, we’re only coming on one year this week (Aug. 15).

While I wasn’t a big fan of their pizza, I did enjoy the restaurant and atmosphere. They also had great ravioli. Nevertheless, the place was an iconic institution in the Village of Frankfort.

Upon news of their closing, they had promised that they would soon be back at a new location, better than ever.

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Why I Prefer Not to Celebrate New Years

I typically don’t get excited for New Years, or New Years Eve. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have the day off, but the whole celebration that goes on the night before has never appealed to me.

If there was one night of the year where I would really like to go out and celebrate for the sake of doing so, it would be the night before Thanksgiving. That marks the beginning of the “holiday season,” a time of the year I typically enjoy.

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Ordering a Peppermint Hot Chocolate at Starbucks

One of my favorite Starbucks drinks is the Peppermint Hot Chocolate.They also have the Peppermint Mocha, which I don’t care for.

A re-occuring problem has been happening to me of late. I’ll order the Peppermint Hot Chocolate, but receive the Peppermint Mocha.

With today’s incident, I placed my order for the Peppermint Hot Chocolate, fully aware of this Mocha/Hot Chocolate problem. I added extra emphasis on Hot Chocolate when giving my order. The place was busy, so after two minutes when the second barista who was making the drinks called for a grande Peppermint Mocha, I didn’t move. I knew that was the drink that was meant for me. I knew they got it wrong. Since it was busy, I waited to see if anyone else took it. After another minute or two, the barista yells again for the Peppermint Mocha. That is when I go up and point to the drink and say that I am waiting for a Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

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Random Observations and Rants from the 2011 Christmas Season

It’s a Wonderful…
I went to a few stores this weekend hoping to pick up a DVD copy of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I couldn’t find it anywhere, so I instead opted to buy it online (which I should have just done to begin with). I do already own the VHS copy, but presently do not have a working VCR (that I know of).

Home Alone 3 and 4? I Don’t Think So…
In recent years, I’ve purchased DVD copies of Christmas movies I previously owned on VHS, such as “A Christmas Carol” and the 1985 “Santa Clause Movie” with John Lithgow, Dudley Moore and David Huddleston. Also on my list to purchase in the coming years is “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2.” When I could not find “It’s a Wonderful Life” yesterday, I did come across the all-in-one collection of all four Home Alone movies for $20. Not a bad deal considering you’re getting four movies. On the flip side, the very existence of “Home Alone 3” and “Home Alone 4” offends me as a devout Home Alone (1 and 2) movie fan and I would never bother wasting my time by watching them (I already made that mistake years ago). As a protest, I opted to not buy the all-in-one collection. I’d rather buy “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2” individually, even if it ends up costing a bit more.

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Long Receipts

Stopped to get gas tonight. After stopping the car and getting out, I realized how I conveniently chose a pump where the card slot was out of order. Rather than get back in the car and move to another pump, I decided to just pay inside. I used my Speedway gift card along with my Speedy Rewards. I got my receipt and as I turned around to walk away, the cashier called me and handed me another slip of long paper. Two pieces of paper for gas? I felt like I walked out with a bundle of paper. I’m walking back to my car thinking why so much paper just to tell me how much I paid for gas?

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Thanksgiving Eve

The night before Thanksgiving, I’m pretty sure, is my favorite night of the year. You’ve got the big day tomorrow of course, followed by the official start of the holiday season; a time I truly enjoy overall.

I have no shame in admitting that my wife and I already have our Christmas trees up (two weekends ago, actually). I’ve already begun listening to Christmas music online (in small dosages at least).

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