Last Friday I was one of the many people who parked near the Orlando
International Airport to see the President's plane, Air
Force One, take off back to Washington.
President Bush was in Orlando, Florida just for the day assisting
his brother, Jeb campaigning for re-election of Florida Governer.
My family and I parked up by the airport and watched Air Force One
approach the runway and accumulate speed necessary for takeoff.
We all watched in awe as the same plane that President Clinton and
President Kennedy flew in soared directly above us. Everyone who
was there for that brief moment will never forget that experience.
Airlines is now making it mandatory that "plus size"
people who occupy more than one seat must pay double fare.
Gadzooks! Originally, if an extra seat was available and the plane
wasn't full, then a "plus size" passenger could be put
into 2 two seats comfortably and pay only for one seat. Obviously
this is going to be surrounded by a lot of controversy.
think that it is kinda wrong.. but then you have to look at it from
the airline industry. They have lost lots of money and are trying
to figure out ways to survive. Southwest is being real bold but
they might be setting a trend. If I was a "plus size"
person, I'd be offended. There's no way I should be paying for 2
seats. I'm paying for me to be on the plane. And that's it. However,
planes do have weight restrictions. They can't fly overloaded. (re:
Singer Aaliyah's tragedy) So airlines have always been making you
pay extra if your luggage exceeds their limits. Maybe people should
do the same. You see, commercial airliners are designed to carry
the most people in a confined space. Just like transit buses and
subway trains. The people they designed for in creating these vehicles
are about 6 foot and with a 32 inch waist I guess. Have you ever
sat in a transit bus seat? The person next to you's arms are pretty
much on top of you!
So if airlines
start making "plus size" passengers pay more, then would
transit buses and trains do the same? One person is occupying the
same space 2 people could fit in. They might as well, right? Here's
an interesting scenario to make you understand the situation better:
Say you are
trying to find the next flight to Hawaii leaving tomorrow. You call
your travel agent and they say that there are some standby seats
left, its first come, first serve. So you have all your luggage,
get to the airport the next day. When arrive at the airport, you
see that you are not alone in waiting for standby as a "plus
size" person is also waiting. The ticket agent says there are
2 available seats left. You sigh with relief and relax because you
know you are going to be on this flight. Just then, the plus size
person is taken on first because they were there before you and
just as you are about to get on, the ticket agent stops you in your
track and says, "I'm sorry, we're all full." Now.. if
this were the case, would you just brush that off knowing that person
paid for ONE seat and took yours too?
Well, I don't
think so. I mean, there's got to be some sort of circumstance where
if a person is really big, then they shouldn't have to pay double
fare on the plane, maybe the price and a half.. or some sort of
special "plus size" fee. That seems like a feasable solution.
What do you
think? Vote for yourself in the CK Web Poll!
Do you know about
this girl above? That's Vanessa Carleton. The current song
of hers that I'm groovin' to right now is called "A Thousand
Miles". What is it about her that I like? She's no Britney
Spears or Beyonce Knowles.. she just seems like the girl that is
really next door. I like that, and that appeals to me to buy her
like my big appreciation for the NBC TV show cast of CITY GUYS,
I have this big fan following for the cast of the Steve Harvey
Show. The writing and the characters are too funny. I have only
been watching the syndicated reruns, but that's enough for me. I
think it was originally on the WB Network, and was one of the top
rated shows in that timeslot. I went to the website
and it seems that it hasn't been updated
since the very first season. There were more characters that came
along and haven't been credited. Anyways, the show pretty much revolves
around 3 students and 3 school staff. My fav are the students who
are just crazy. Romeo, Bullethead and Lydia. Nuff jokes. Just like
a Saved By The Bell scenario, these kids have the same homeroom
with Steve Harvey for like 5 seasons. There is no consistency, but
that's okay.. that keeps the show timeless.
lastly for all you classic car fans that remember that one of the
most memorable and baddest muscle cars to ever hit the streets was
the Pontiac GTO, then you'll be glad to hear that it is being
revived in 2003. General Motors and their Australian division, Holden
will be building the cars in Australia. With a V8 engine producing
around 350 horsepower, it will be rear wheel drive...like it should
be! According to the drawing below, it looks to me like a hyped
up Grand Prix. We'll see when it comes out next year if it lives
up to the hype.
Pontiac GTO (1970's)
Next GTO (2003)