10 People to Avoid on Planes … in other words … avoid EVERYBODY on planes. Don’t travel.


Interior of a China Southern Airlines airplane.

Interior of a China Southern Airlines airplane. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Amanda Black published a post in ShermansTravel Blog called, “10 People to Avoid on Airplanes.”

As if naming your enemies is going to cure the world of inconvenient travel partners.

 

Among the list are babies. Sorry, kids, if you were born a baby … you’re not allowed to fly with Amanda Baby-Hatin’ Black.

Also on the list … smelly people, talkers, tech fanatics, overhead bin offenders, and people who don’t wash their hands.

People who don’t wash their hands?

Next time you go to the bathroom on any flight, make sure you look over your shoulder while you are (or are not) washing up. Amanda Hand-Washing Police Black is likely in there with you determining whether or not she can judge you for being a non-hand washer.

Can you say Psycho!

 

Amanda Hug-n-Kiss Black stops just shy of recommending that if you travel, charter your own plane and fly yourself. Unless you fly with your mouth shut, your armpits clean, your rear sphincter corked, lugguge-less, perfectly quiet, and a blind sheep, she does NOT want you on her airplane.

So get off!

 

I’m not sure Amanda Black knows how to count. Her list title specifies 10 (ten!) people to avoid, but she recommends a total of 16 different types. Number 5 is the sick or smelly person. This is not always one person. You can be sick and not smell. And you can smell and certainly not be sick. Added, she ends her 11-people — I mean — 10-people list and then throws in five more types of assholes that bother her while traveling.

 

Hey, Amanda Black, I gotta recommendation for you: Don’t fucking travel.

 

In the conversation I’m having with Amanda in my mind, she’d respond, “Jeremy, it’s a jovial, hyperbolic list. It’s not to be taken seriously.”

 

And you may be right, Amanda Black.

 

But you can’t name EVERYONE as offensive and avoidable. You might as well write, “If you see me — Amanda Dumb Butt Black — rolling my oversized bag while sneezing onto your plane, wreaking of whiskey and carrying my iPad, listening to my iPod and talking on my iPhone, clear the plane, bitches … I just ate a pot of pinto beans and I’ve got stellar gas.”

 

If I wrote the article, I would post a picture of this guy I’ve traveled quite a bit with. I’m not naming any names, but I’ve been on planes with my dad, and he can handily clear an entire economy cabin with one single flatulent blow.

I’m sure I’ve been on planes that I wasn’t exactly the best candidate for travel partnership for Amanda Black.

 

The point is, if you can’t embrace that at least 8 to 12 of the people-types Amanda listed on her pathetic excuse for travel advice, then you’re not a good traveler.

Love the ones your with. 

People watching and dealing with variety of people is what life is all about.

I’m sorry that Amanda Black arrived so stinking late to the party.

 

They teach you in church that everyone is different. But we’re not. That’s why there are 16 identifiable types whom you should look for during flights. We aren’t all that different, you, me, them and us.

 

Instead of loathing EVERYONE.

Get on board. Shut up or ship out.

 

 

 

 

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Mac OS X Lion


Last night and today, I’ve been working on upgrading one of my computers to OS X Lion. I haven’t had a chance to do much with it, yet, because of all the updating I needed for other apps.

I whisked through the email update this morning and it looks cool.

I’ll be updating here more soon. But here’s a short review (of a review) that I thought a couple of you might enjoy.

From Kottke:

And as usual, the definitive review of any new version of OS X is John Siracusa’s for Ars Technica. This time around, it runs 19 pages. If that’s not to your liking, you can just download Lion right now from the Mac App Store for $30.

Two other misc Apple thoughts: 1) They appear to have discontinued the MacBook. There are Airs and Pros but no plain-old MacBooks. 2) Apple Inc, already among the largest companies in the world in terms of market cap,announced yesterday that the company’s “revenue [is] up 82 percent and profits [are] up 125 percent” over the same quarter last year. That level of growth in such a big company…that’s just astounding. And much of the revenue and profitare from products that didn’t exist even five years ago…the iPad alone was a ~$5 billion business in Q3 (for comparison, Google had $9 billion in total revenues in Q2). If that’s not unprecedented, it’s damn close.

Giggity: New iPad specs leaked


Image representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

The Wall Street Journal published leaked specs on the upcoming iPad. Apple is outdoing itself on this one.

The new iPad consists of two contact lenses and ten rubber thimble things. You put the thimbles on each finger for typing and moving around the screen which appears like Iron Man’s vision on your retina.

They’re calling it the iPad Iron Man.

Read more about it here.

What to do with your New Year’s Day


I follow DealMac for hot deals on geek gadgets, cameras and consumer-level products. They listed a hot deal that I thought you might appreciate. The movie “Inception” is available for download viewing at Amazon.com for $0.99 today.

If you have a way to set up your computer to your TV, it might be a way to pass a couple hours today in an entertaining way.

There are also some good iPhone and iPad apps available for free or heavily discounted today that might please your pumpkins:

I thought you might like to know.