Up North

Up North PictureBlogging (and most everything else, happily) will be very slow or completely on hold this week as I am with my extended family (my parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, kids, etc.) “up north,” in a small town near Traverse City. This is the view from the back porch of this house; very peaceful.

I suppose it’s a good thing too that there isn’t any internet access out at this place—I’m sending this message now from a coffee shop in TC. It’s perhaps a good thing for me to unplug at least a little before I head into full-frontal sabbatical-fueled scholarship/ research work.

Anyway, I might post again, I might not.

And you thought YOUR flight was bad!

This makes our trip to New York and our lost luggage adventures seem like a walk in the park.

“Sewage flows down aisles of trans-Atlantic flight,” a Seattle TV station report, which includes video– not from the flight, happily. Here’s a quote from the first few paragraphs of the story:

Passengers on a Continental Airlines flight had to hold their noses for hours as sewage overflowed from toilets while they were high over the Atlantic.

“To be blatantly honest, I was more nervous than I had ever been on a flight,” said Collin Brock. The University Place man was on board Continental Airlines flight 1970 from Amsterdam to Newark, New Jersey last week when things went bad.

“I’ve never felt so offended in all my life. I felt like i had been physically abused and neglected. I was forced to sit next to human excrement for seven hours,” said Brock.

I’m curious to see what bad flight experience is gonna top this one….

Where not to stay

I am a fan of TripAdvior’s reviews for various things– hotels in particular– so I was amused to stumble across this morning their blog, specifically this entry about the worse hotels ever. Just browse through some of the descriptions of peoples’ stays; they tend to be peppered with phrases along the lines of “this must be what hell is like.” Of course, you also get these four star ratings mixed in there too, which just goes to show you that some people will be happy staying anywhere.