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Travel in December

Posted in Taz, Travels with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2008 by tazspaz

Well here I am again, on the road.  This time I’m traveling between Burbank, Mission Hills, and L.A. 

Yesterday morning started well.  I arrived at the airport with plenty of time.  Please remember, if TSA says to arrive “at least two hours early” perhaps, you want to arrive at least two and a half hours early.  Please keep in mind that it’s “more of a guide line than a rule” and you’ll start your travel day off right!  Not only that, if you are travelling between Friday and Monday these are some of the busiest travel days.  Don’t show up at the airport an hour or so before your flight and think things will go smoothly for you.  Even if your are seated in first class you need more time.  The reason I bring this part of my journey up is the unlucky soul that sat next to me in first class complaining about how everything was messed up for them this morning.   How the lines at the desk were to long, that the staff didn’t seem to have things in control (perhaps they were overworked, ya think?), how TSA was to slow, there were to many kids going through security with strollers and on and on and on.  When I asked what time they got to the airport they said they arrive just over an hour before the flight was due to take off.  My answer; “I see.”

I had no pity for them.  I’d have no pity for you either.  Yes, sometimes you can cut the time short but pay attention to when your traveling, where your traveling, and any possible events that might be occurring at your destination.

So there I am, happy on the flight reading a good book, “Midnight” by Dean Koontz, thinking that this trip has started off so well.

Then I land and pick up the rental car.  Um, why did I get charged double?  So they fix it; or did they?  My card is charged for almost double the price of the rental.  *sigh*  Okay, I can fix this.  I’m over the intended budget for the trip and worried that I have now cut into my food budget for the trip.  However, I’m sure I can use some of my hotel points and get a free night or two and that is rectified.  Right, right? 

So I get to the hotel, I talk to the front desk and manager and they tell me it should be no problem.  Then my phone vibrates on my hip; a text message from the credit card company that another charge has gone through.  I actually *sigh* and ask if they just confirmed I arrived before checking about the day.  The manager says no, the front desk clerk visibly turns red and apologizes; “I just hit enter” she says.  Ugh.

I think to myself at this point “Really?!?!?” *heavy sarcasm there* *sigh* “No worries, I’ll just use the points some other time.” I trudge upstairs to the room to think things over and figure it out.

However, this trip is turning out okay thanks to Sharon and the 75 degree weather here.  Lot’s of work to keep my mind busy. 

Just remember, OVER budget every trip, plan your time accordingly, and be prepared for the unexpected.  Your trip will go smoothly, and most “surprises” will be covered.  🙂


Martini Park, Plano TX – CLOSED

Posted in Taz, Travels with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2008 by tazspaz

Bah!  Figures.  It was an okay kind of place.  Never really was much for Martini Park at the Shops at Legacy in Plano.  For some odd reason I have no problem driving to uptown but anytime people want me to drive just a few miles north “It’s to much of a hassle.”  My very own words there.  🙂

Seems the scuttle over at Pegasus News is that they lost their liquor license due to the ratio of liquor verse food sales.  Welcome to a “Dry” county folks.

So, in the hopes we don’t have another “Metro” mistake for any of you out there … I post this post for you.

(lol … you know who you are when it comes to the “Metro” comment.)   🙂

Travel at DFW

Posted in Taz, Travels with tags , , , , , , , on August 4, 2008 by tazspaz


Here’s an insider’s tip to traveling at DFW.  Specifically for American.  If you have an early morning flight and you think you’ll have fun “queuing up” like the British in a government line be my guest and go check in for your A19 and lower gate flight at the regular desk.  If you could use a walk or at least don’t mind the walk ask to be dropped off at gate A29.  Why you might ask.

Watch everyone queue up at the lower number gate.  It’s fun to watch the frustration and see the long wrapped around lines.  Walk your happy butt down to A29, see maybe 1 person in front of you and next to no one in line for TSA check-in.  You sail through.   Not only that, I have (in order to ensure I’m doing the right thing) in the past marked (spotted) a person at the lower gate and after walking to A29, getting through TSA and walking back to A19, sat and watched as the other person was still in line.  I have done this several times.

Typically I travel a minimum of 3 weeks out of every month during my travel season.  Hope this tip helps someone in a rush.  Those of you with a short “fuse” should always listen to the recommendation; “arrive 2-3 hours before your flight” and err on the long side.  3 hours is a small price to pay verse you losing your anger and having TSA play “footsie” with your travel plans.  :-p

I-75 Central Expressway

Posted in Rants, Taz, Travels with tags , , , , on February 8, 2008 by tazspaz

How many of you like the new HOV lanes on I75 (Central Expressway)? Seriously, what the heck is up with those rubber posts? 

I understand wanting to keep people in/out of the lane other than where you want them to enter and exit.  However, does it make sense? 

What about once you do find an entrance, do you know where it is going to allow you to get out?? 

Who designed these lanes? 

Seriously, I’ve been all around this country and I can tell you this is the screwiest HOV setup I have ever seen! 

First, when the lanes were opened you couldn’t find where you could enter!  Second, this is actually the old left hand breakdown lane that means when someone breaks down in the HOV (watch this morning’s news there are already 2 break downs and one accident in HOV) the only way out is to hit the poles and listen as they scrape below your undercarriage.  Finally, when you do find entrances (a few more have been created since first complaints) you don’t know where you can get out.  So when you enter you are at the will of the HOV until you find an exit. 

So, especially for those from out of town, these HOV lanes are confusing.  Let’s not even talk about the local’s that are confused!

United Charging for Second Bag Check-In

Posted in Taz, Travels with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2008 by tazspaz

Okay, I have to admit, I understand where United is coming from. 

United Airlines wants to keep their airfare prices low.  They think that charging for the second checked-in bag is going to get them the revenue they desire.  Here are the problems I see with this strategy:

  1. Customers are going to be very upset with the fact they are paying more than their ticketed price to fly.  Face it many of them show up and are in disarray as it is.
  2. Many people on a trip for a full week or more will pack two bags.  Either you do or you pay a $50 fee for being 1lb. Over the 50lb. limit. 
  3. Less business people (those with less than the 25,000 miles) will travel United because of such things as I mentioned in #2.  Thus reducing the amount of people who will book on United.
  4. Other airlines will not follow suit anytime soon and as the article points out it will make United look bad.  In so doing the other airlines will see some of these clients coming to them for their business flights.

Now some pointed out that me blogging about this would be bias.  I think I proved them wrong!  Just because I have the 25,000 miles on United already and won’t have to pay doesn’t mean I still don’t think it’s fair!

Go see this article from UPI for more information.


Posted in Rants, Reviews, Taz, Travels with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2007 by tazspaz

Well here is the latest Rant from Taz! 

I celebrated my 34 birthday in odd fashion.  The day started with my neighbor’s and I hanging out and them congratulating me to having to take care of an inebriated younger sibling who caused no end of drama for most of the remainder of the day.  However, the evening of that day salvaged an otherwise (yet once again) horrible birthday.  Due to someone planning a great night with dinner and Cirque Eloize: Rain tickets, 4 of us went out and had a great time.  Many called to have me come out for my birthday and celebrate like we did last year however; I didn’t feel the need to involve TABC in my birthday this year. 😉 

My Daughter’s birthday was by far more fun!  I brought her to Build-A-Bear Workshop and watched as she ran through picking everything out.  She already knew exactly what she wanted and where it was at so the stint in the crowd was short lived.  Thankfully!  The longest part was getting the bear stuffed and paying at the counter.  Then she picked to watch Alvin and the Chipmunks and have “dinner” in the theater.  Who knew you could spend over $100 on snacks for 4 people!  SHEESH!  

Cirque Eloize: Rain
This was one of the most amazing shows ever.  I hear that it is better in Las Vegas but the encore showing here in Dallas was great!  So many people seem to forget that it is a tale of life and not just a subset of enactments.  If you have yet to see it I would encourage you to go.  Even if it is a long weekend trip, flight to a different city, or a long drive I say it is well worth it!

On the travel front, personally, I have been to many places as you all can see from earlier posts.  The one place I seem to find myself a lot lately has been in L.A.  I do have to say I really enjoy the Hilton Garden Inn Suites in Montebello.  The adjacent golf course is grand and has spectacular views while you play the course.  Might I once again add that you should do your best to stay away from Chuey’s?!?!? 

I’m off to L.A. again in the morning!  

On the movie front let’s see what have I seen with the kids recently: 

Bee movie: 
In my opinion is a “B” movie.  It was funny and cute in the beginning and the kids loved it to death.  However, if I wanted to watch Seinfeld again I’d go rent a season series of DVDs.  Half way through the movie it seems to descend into the old format until near the end of the movie once more.

Pleasantly surprised.  I loved English Literature as a kid and even remember having to do an essay on Beowulf (was suppose to be 10 pages I submitted 250) in which you continued the story.  I didn’t know until the movie started that it was suppose to be animated.  I was going to see it because Angelina Jolie was in it.  : ) 

Alvin and the Chipmunks: 
By far one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a really long time.  Reminded me of the days when we would put on 45’s and listen to the Christmas songs (yes I dated myself there but if you were paying attention earlier I already said my age) as they made your ears bleed from the high pitch that had kids giggling uncontrollably.  Same goes for the movie; kids and adults alike were laughing and enjoying.  It was fun to see my kids so happy that day.


This is like all the Disney favorites rolled into one, moved from animated to “real world” and blended all together to make for an interesting family fun filled time!  If you have kids I encourage you to bring them and watch this movie.  You won’t be disappointed! 

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium: 
How to describe this movie?  It is full of magical wonder, with great actors and a story line that grabs even those of us that are no longer “young” at heart.  It gave me a new respect for Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman!

Well I hope today’s Rant gave you something to laugh about and think of and I wish you a wondrous Christmas this year! 

Update on “The Infection”

Posted in Rants, Taz, Travels with tags , , , , , , on December 10, 2007 by tazspaz

Well, I have to admit, the prescriptions are nice.  I have a couple antibiotics, hydrocodone (750mg), and while working I take three [*shrugs*, suppose to only be two however, won’t work with just two) Motrin (800mg).  So I feel loopy with the antibiotics, the hydrocodone puts me to sleep [luckily], and the Motrin and antibiotic mix makes my stomach upset.  This has been a fun several days.  Just remember the following:

a)     Don’t flick a cigarette out the window as a truck drives by.  It WILL come back in the window.  If you figure it will then you won’t run the risk!
b)     If a cigarette lodges anywhere in your skin and you have to dig to get it out, chances are you may run the risk of infection, seek medical attention!
c)     If after a couple days you look at your neck and you remember the Twilight Zone episode of an eye growing out of your neck … Don’t rip the scab away, puncture the wound and do self treatment!  Seek medical attention!
d)     When you do arrive at the doctor’s office and he has to cut you open to start digging the infection out remember … … … It’s your fault for not using your BRAIN and  … … … SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION!!!  Anywho … Tomorrow is my birthday.  Wonderful thoughts to look back on a little sarcasm there if you don’t know me   I am thankful for the recent almost month now though!  Has been a wonderful time.  Well okay, if we’re counting the new job it’s been a great three months now!  Only one more state in the country to visit and I have hit all 50 states in the course of my life.  Have to come up now with a new challenge.  Oh and for those of you that count just driving to the boarder of a state and stepping over that doesn’t count!  You have to spend at least two nights in a state to count it!   I’m looking forward to tomorrow though.  Going with a friend to see “Cirque Eloize: Rain” and surprising her family with dinner at Stephan Pyles Restaurant.  Figure it’s a nice place and only about half a mile from The Majestic Theatre where we are to be for the night.  Really looking forward to the evening!