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I Hate Cars

It finally happened. We came brutally close on our trip to Florida. I didn’t sleep and we left just after 4am for a 6:15am flight out of JFK. Getting to JFK via subway isn’t hard. You take the F to Jay St and transfer, literally 10 ft away, to the A train which takes you to the Airtrain which takes you to the terminal of your choosing.

Imagine our surprise when we showed up at the F station to find it closed. We quickly changed course, taking the J (originally in the wrong direction) to the A and then to Airtrain. Running late, we got confused with the directions to Terminal 2, which requires you to go outside and cross a street? We ended up checking in like 20 minutes before the flight left, but we made it.

Today, my luck wasn’t as good. Excited to take a trip on Silverjet, an all business class airline that only flies to New York, London and Dubai; I decided to leave early to check out the lounge digs. Well, to be clear, Silverjet flies not out of New York, but out of Newark. Newark ain’t so bad, except when it takes you 2 hours to get there. That’s right, a drive that normally takes a hair over 30 minutes took 2 hours today because the tunnels were completely backed up. I left at 5:20 and at 6:45 I was only a mile away from the apartment.

After finally making it to the tunnel, the traffic picked up and my driver sped up to 80-85 mph. We arrived to another traffic mess at Terminal B and Silverjet was nowhere in sight. I asked three people, finally discovering the small lounge on the bottom floor. When I arrived, they politely told me that while the flight wasn’t leaving for another 25 minutes, it was too late. They tried to get me in, but it wouldn’t work. And now I’m rebooked on the 10:30pm flight (which incidentally is running 30 minutes late).

But it could be worse. It could’ve been the last flight of the night or I might not be stuck in a lounge where the champagne flows freely, where there are little snack sandwiches or there isn’t a completely open bar. Ironically, this is the flight I actually wanted to be on. it is easier to stay awake until 10pm in London when you arrive at 11am instead of 8am, but I chose the earlier flight because of the price and they aren’t charging me for the change.

Now if I can just pick up the Boston game on mlb.tv over the wireless network…

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