Monday: SFe-NYC

Left Santa Fe on Sunday evening to stay at a hotel near the Albuquerque airport, because our flight left at 6:30AM on Monday morning. Apparently La Quinta is Spanish for bad customer service as we had made a reservation for first floor rooms – so we would not have to carry luggage up and down at 4:30AM – but that had either not been communicated to the franchise or they did not care. In any case we ended up with rooms on the second floor and since the elevator was a mile away we ended up carrying cases up and down the stairs…

Woke up at 4AM on Monday morning and at 4:30AM started hauling the cases down. The flights to New York were uneventful, but it was interesting to note that Continental Airlines boards their planes much earlier than, say, United or American. I mostly fly United or American and they seem to board around 20-30 minutes prior to departure. Continental started boarding 50 minutes prior to departure. In fact the plane was already full before the food and drink carts were even delivered.

In the evening I walked 20 blocks to dinner in lovely Fall weather, much warmer than one would expect. Music from an event outside Lincoln Center wafted across the street, which was packed with people. Nice to be in Manhattan.

Round 2

Get ready for round 2
Pop quiz. Who said the following:

We have to deal with greenhouse gases….the debate is over. When 98 percent of scientists agree, who [can] say, ‘Let’s debate the science’?

Bonus question. Who said this:

If we had our druthers, we’d already have carbon legislation passed. Our viewpoint is that it’s going to happen. There’s scientific evidence of climate change.

If you guessed John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Co., and John L. Stowell, Duke Energy’s vice president for environmental policy, give yourself a big pat on the back. While certain politicians and confused segments of the public continue to fight a rearguard action against the consensus on climate change, the attitude in the energy industry is quietly coming around to one of cooperation and discussion.
(Via TerraBlog from TerraPass)

I would not have guessed that.

No Cake!

No Cake!
There are 583 ways to hurt yourself and your fellow passengers onboard an airplane. Gel (and cake) are exactly two of them. How many more are we going to protect ourselves against? If the best our bureaucracy can do is scare us with cries of ‘No Cake!’ and ‘too much gel,’ then I think we need a new bureaucracy.
(Via Seth’s Blog)

Fear is boundless and can eventually encompass everything. We can remove every sharp object from our lives or we can deal with the real problem, which is fear. What is the root of my fear? Where does my fear originate?