Never in one weekend have I spent so much time, money or miles on the road. Especially in the same state. Good thing work was kinda slow on Friday because I got to leave early and miss at least some of the rush hour traffic on the way to Beth's homebase in Boca Raton. After taking an unplanned detour thanks to some spectacularly distracting lightning, we got into Tampa late that night and after greeting Bugbee, Melissa and Joey the hyper Boston Terrier, we passed out in the guestroom.
It brought back some memories to run on Bayshore the next morning and jumping in the pool afterwards was absolute perfection. That evening, we grilled out at M & M's apartment to celebrate the end of her chemo and I ate way too many delicious things. The next day I got up and started the 2 1/2 hour trek to Kate's beach house in New Smyrna Beach to celebrate her & Ben's engagement. It didn't occur to me to wear a swimsuit, like pretty much every single other person there, but that didn't stop me from playing at least 5 games of beach volleyball. And I finally got to meet the rest of Ben's brothers & sisters. I'm pretty sure some of the other guests assumed I was also one of the Whites, thanks to the blonde hair and athletic prowess.
I wish I could have stayed longer, but I had to drive back to the Bay to finally make a date with Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince. Of course the book is better but the movie wasn't bad. The next day, being part Swedish & all, Beth and I stopped at the mothership, also known as IKEA, on the way out of town. Lunch was delish, and I ended up buying a futon to accommodate all the planned and unplanned guests that I'm sure will be visiting in the next few months.
I FINALLY got home a little after dinner time, only to find a mini monsoon in my closet. I made sure maintenance came to fix it the next day and now they have to replace all the drywall on the ceiling in the walk-in closet that I once thought was so fabulous. This being my second consecutive weekend getaway/closet fiasco, I think I'm going to enjoy staying in SoBe for a while.
This is the first release from Sixx:A.M., the side project of Nikki Sixx, bassist for Motley Crue, with his buddies DJ Ashba and James Michael. Not only do I love this song, but it's got some lovely lyrics & I'm quite a fan of the grungy overlays of illustration and typography.
This link went out on the SoBe Pid (company-wide email) claiming that according to a UMiami study, "Boozers exercise More." It was kind of interesting, but even more interesting was the little bucket to the right of the article asking me how I feel, inspired by Twitter and Facebook statues, no doubt. At first I thought it was a banner ad, but when I rolled over it, I realized it was attached to the article. Never before have I seen a news source care about how the news actually makes you feel, let alone ask for emotional feedback.
This further supports my theory that the internet will eventually just converge into one neverending website, hardwired directly to your brain.
I can't believe this is my 300th post on my beloved little blog! I wanted to make it somewhat special & it just so happens to coincide with the end of my mini vacay to Colorado, but I have some footage & photos to edit and way too much to talk about before bedtime (have to go back to work tomorrow!) so this post will be about my first experience flying Frontier Airlines. (But I have a feeling it won't be my last.)
It all started a few weeks ago on Travelocity (The only way I differentiate between all those discount travel sites is by spokesperson, and I'm quite a fan of the Roaming Gnome) when I was looking to book a flight from Florida to Colorado for a much-needed four-day vacay. Most all of the options herded me to some random airport in between, subtracting a significant amount of time and enjoyability from my trip. But then I discovered a direct flight from FLL to DIA & back. It was roughly $240 roundtrip (only about $20 more than my other options) so to get the most out of my wallet & my weekend I went out on a limb and booked it.
They only had one desk at Ft. Lauderdale, but the wait wasn't long at all. It's a little annoying that they charge an extra $15 for each checked bag, but I know most of the other airlines are doing that these days. There isn't much schedule flexibility; I was on the single flight from FLL to DIA that day. I left a little after three, but since I gained two hours crossing time zones, landed in Denver a little before five (we were about 30 minutes early based on the original ETA).
The interior reminds me a lot of Jet Blue; big, comfy leather seats with lots of legroom. There are also mini LCD screens installed in the back of each seat for individual entertainment, but UNLIKE Jet Blue, you have to pay $6 to take advantage of it. That didn't really bother me since even though I was technically on vacation, I took my trusty pink notebook along to brainstorm ideas for a project I had been briefed on the day before. The staff and beverage service were typical; and you could enhance your snacking experience for a couple extra bucks. And I know this would probably happen with any airline, but I was a little disheartened to see my pretty pink Samsonite suitcase marred with black streaks and scratches when it came around the carousel. *Tear*
On the return flight back to Ft. Lauderdale today, I noticed a few more details. The brand's tagline is "A whole different animal" and according to their website,
"With the help of some advertising genius types...Each of our "spokesanimals" has a unique and entertaining personality. Today there are more than 50 different animal photographs prominently displayed on our tails."
Today, my flight's featured creature was "LJ the baby Lynx." Not only was he wrapped around the tail of the plane, but there was a picture of him at the entrance of the plane, and the flight attendant made special mention of him before her standard safety speech. I think it's an interesting differentiator from other airlines and makes me feel a little bit like I'm flying off to have some kind of wild adventure. Or possibly like I'm on an airline owned & operated by National Geographic.
Interestingly, I noticed that the average age of the other passengers (not to mention flight attendants) was pretty old. However, it was skewed by the screaming infant in the seat directly behind me. So we already have first class with their little curtain, so when are we going to get a child class complete with soundproof barrier? I was eventually able to block it out with the help of my iTunes. I slept for pretty much all of the flight back. It's weird to be unconscious for that long between two complete strangers.
It just occurred to me that this review would probably benefit more people if I posted it on Yelp...