Thursday, October 18, 2012

When You Have an Idea for a Great Blog Post and Then You Forget It

Sometimes something happens to me, and I get angry and I think, "I should blog about this!" But then I don't write it down and I forget and you end up with crappy posts like this. #weaksauce

Friday, October 5, 2012

Checked Bag Fees

I hate checked bag fees. Yeah they're a rip off and annoy me for that reason, but actually, I hate them primarily because it means that everyone brings as much as they can as a carry on. This causes a huge back-up during boarding as people try to cram their too-large bags into the overhead bins. You have to wait in an excessively long and slow line in the jetway which is always either uncomfortably hot or cold, and you're lugging your heavy bag, and wishing you had just stayed seated in the waiting area. But, of course you couldn't do that because if you did, all the overhead bin space would be completely full, and like the other people who board toward the end, you'd have to check your bag at the gate despite that it is a normal size.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Waiting While on the Phone with Tech Support

I'm going on a vacation in November (yay!) and I recently noticed that the price of my flight dropped by $250. Sweeeeeet! I called the airline for a price adjustment, and they gave it to me (although they subtracted a $150 "rebooking" fee, which I was so mad about but will not go into at the moment).  In order to confirm the amount of the price difference, the airline representative had to look up the flights on her computer. I don't know what was happening but it took foreverrrrrr. And it was so awkward on the phone sitting there in silence while her computer did it's thing.  Every 30 seconds or so she would say, "I'm not sure why it's taking so long" or "Sorry the computer seems to be very slow today" or "Still waiting for it to load." And every time I had to say, "It's ok" or "Don't worry about it" or "That's fine."

Every time a similar situation occurs, I think back to a previous roommate of mine who was trying to get her new wireless router to work with my ancient laptop. The computer was so slow and old that if it wasn't plugged in while I turned it on, the battery would be completely depleted from the effort. Anyway, my roomie was on the phone with tech support when the man on the other end of the line asked her to reboot my computer.  After a few minutes, he said, "When it's back on, open the Control Panel" to which she replied, "It's not even done turning off yet." About 8 minutes of awkward chit chat ensued. When I got home several hours later my roommate let me know I should get a new laptop and that I owed her big time.