Jetlagging, still. New site launched, and Newark’s still Newark.

(8:00PM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)

Note:  I put a fresh coat of paint on the title of this piece, what with it getting promoted and everything…

. . . to visit a new website / blog:  The Airport Report.  For all of us who buzz about the skies, and have to deal with airport frustrations, The Airport Report is a new site for us.  O.K., disclosure:  I’m a co-creator of it.

It actually started last month, when I was in the Detroit Airport (for the umpteenth time) and just came to the end of my rope about Detroit’s disgusting relationship with those cretins at “Boingo” – in sum, charging outrageous, loan-sharking rates (in my opinion) for internet access at an airport.  I was (once again) livid.  It occurred to me that a website to hail, and rant about, All Things Airports would be good medicine for travelers, both domestic and international.

As for New Jersey, some of my dear Docudharma Friends gave me “what for”; they sort of (good naturedly) lit into me when, back in early April, I lamented a then-upcoming layover at Newark Airport.  Well, my experience there, indeed, ended up being all-that-and-a-bag-of-poo  That was about 4+ weeks ago.  Since then I’ve been back to Japan, and back home again.  

I invite y’all to visit The Airport Report and weigh-in on how you think this nascent site can be improved.  

From a political standpoint, I think that were I a state legislator I’d be introducing a bill to have all airports within the state provide free internet, or lose any state supplemental funding, or something like that.  Too many airports do provide internet as a basic service for me to feel the least bit sympathetic to those airports that don’t.  

As for Newark Airport, well, internet access – and the lack thereof – is the least of it’s problems, I think.

All the best and Have a Good Flight,

Mu . . .

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    • Mu on May 29, 2008 at 2:38 am
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    It’s meant for we “little people”, so, in that since, it’s very political and democratic.

    Mu . . .

    • Edger on May 29, 2008 at 3:47 am

    Don’t carry me too far away

    Oh, oh big ol’ jet airliner

    Cause its here that I’ve got to stay

    • Mu on May 29, 2008 at 3:49 am
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    Am talking with The Airport Report’s webmaster to see about linking to these brand new articles:

    How to Travel Smart

    and,

    Man Sues Delta for Botched Vacation.

    Mu . . .

  1. and, as a traveler, think it’s a great idea

    thanks Mu!

  2. Last time you posted about how Newark was the third ring of Dante’s Hell, I vociferously defended by birthplace.  I explained that it was a tough place, that its progeny (like me) were sometimes tough as cockroaches, etc.   I pointed out how it was the birthplace of davidseth, Shaquille O’Neill and Philip Roth. And now this latest horror story.

    In behalf of the City of Newark and everyone who has lived there from the dawn of time until the present, I offer you our humble apology for the treatment you received at Newark Airport.  It was mean, inexcusable, horrendous, and completely inappropriate for a paradise like Newark to abuse you. I simply cannot believe that you received such shabby treatment in Newark; it is totally uncharacteristic that anyone should receive such discomfort in the resplendent Paraiso that is Newark.  If I could do anything to make up for it– I don’t have any vouchers or free stuff and I don’t own an airline– I would.

    The next time you come through Newark, I would offer to meet you at the baggage claim area and show you how to deal with the denizens of Planet Newark, but alas, I have to remember that there is a reason why I (and millions of others who were born or raised or worked there) left there as soon as possible, and that we’ve all vowed never, never, never to return.

    • geomoo on May 30, 2008 at 4:26 am

    I wish you the best kind of success, and that you can recognize it if you have it.

    I have a vague recommendation for you.  I once heard a short report on NPR about a website that gives advice on finding places to sleep in airports should one become stranded.  It gives quiet places, places where the lights are turned off, and places with benches which allow stretching out.  I’m sorry I can’t give you a link, but that struck me as a great idea, and a really cool one.  And the idea can be expanded to provide other advice for finding the most peaceful (least jarring?) places to while one’s time at airports.

    Good luck.

    • Mu on May 30, 2008 at 9:32 am
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    . . . although I got an amazing 5 hours sleep last night, tonight, bam – up at 1:45.  Crap.  

    Almost 6 days and I still can’t get my sleep cycle right.  

    Definitely need a link (on theairportreport) to jet lag cures.  Then I need to click on it and read them.

    Mu . . .

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