As I mentioned in the last issue of the travel blog, we have stowed our stuff, strapped in and are now flying. If it is a short flight, comfort is not too big a consideration, nor is food and drink. On longer flights all these things become important.
Oh, one other thing I should mention, I did insert a very small amount of Vaseline in each nostril of my nose prior to boarding. I have covered this before, but in case you were not aware,it is to prevent catching a cold or the flu, from the recirculated air on the plane. The airlines will tell you it is not an issue, but for years I travelled on planes and within 10-12 days I would have some kind of a cold. An old pilot friend of mine clued me into this, and I have never had a cold since then! Anecdotal, to be sure, but what the hell, it works!
Leg cramps are a real consideration. I get them every time I fly, so does my wife and just about anybody I talk to has had the experience. They may come during the flight, or more likely after the flight when you are trying to sleep. You are wakened by severe cramps in the back of you calf muscles and thighs several times a night. There is not it seems much that can be done to mitigate the problem, but consider eating bananas for the high potassium content that helps preserve the electrolytes in the blood. I eat bananas like a chimpanzee, and I still get them. Good thing I like bananas. Staying hydrated also is important, drink lots off water. Water not booze.
There was a time when it was OK to get up and stretch your legs, but that became a thing of the past when some jerk tried to blow up a plane by setting fire to his shoes, or the bigger jerk who decided to ignite a bomb in his underwear while in flight. So the TSA says they do not want you to congregate at the entrance to the washrooms.
Incidentally, the captain suggests that you stay seated and buckled in for the duration of he flight. This has nothing to do with the TSA, it is for your own safety. That great big silver tube can, even when flying in very calm air, suddenly with no warning get caught in a downdraft, or updraft and you will find yourself on the floor, or on the ceiling in and instant. We have been on a couple of flights that been extremely rough, and if it were not for being strapped in, people would have been injured for sure. Once a few years ago, flying home from Hawaii, it got rough even while Diamond Head was still visible just below us. Although the pilot changed altitude several time during the flight it never smoothed out until we were about half an hour from Vancouver. The little white bags were circulating, a couple across the aisle from us were clutching each other, and it was not due to romance. The flight attendants were strapped in the entire flight. At times the plane was going 850 MPH ground speed due to the tail wind. It is a flight I’ll never forget.
Enough of that, I’m hungry. Not a lot of options, but what is there has to be purchased. Some Hero bun type sandwiches, and some other options are available. They will usually cost about 7 or 8 bucks. You pay for these with your credit card. Your cash is no good here. I suppose the airline thinks that some terrorist will steal the cash and send it to Iran or Syria to ISIS. If you are flying in Canada, it is $8.00, if you are on a US carrier over the US, it is still $8.00, but it is US funds. When you get your Visa bill at home that 8 bills will have grown to over 12, with the difference in money, and the charges the card company or bank will add on. Not too bad I suppose for a $3.00 sandwich.
Some people manage to sleep on a plane, I can never get comfortable enough to do it. I might doze but for a short time only. Some folks will take a sleeping pill before boarding, but it is not recommended. As they say on the plane, “In the unlikely event of an emergency” they want to be able to rouse you and get you safely off the plane, not to sit zonked out in your seat, unable to move quickly.I do not recommend it, I might be on the same plane as you, and I don’t want to see you sitting there as the rest of us get off.
All good things must end, and sooner or later we will start to descend to the airport where we will land. About 20 minutes out, you will be advised to raise the seat backs to the vertical position, raise and lock the tray in front of you stow all the hand baggage beneath the seat in front, turn off and stow all your electronic toys and prepare for landing.
Which brings me to the thoughts some people have about flying. They do not like it! I don’t have that fear at all. Landings are another matter. I get apprehensive as we approach touchdown, as we touch down, and as the brakes and the thrust reversers are applied, I tend to pucker up a bit. There is an expression that I have heard around aviation circles,that if after a landing the plane can be used again, it is considered to be a good landing. How’s that to enhance your warm fuzzy feeling about flying?
So, we made it to the ground, we taxi to the gate where we will deplane, saying good by to the nice young lady flight attendant, and the co-pilot, carrying the stuff we managed to stow away during he flight. Then we wend our way toward getting the rest of our stuff.
A number of things now come into play and that will be the subject of another day.
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No offence to the blond readers but we have a parking offence involved in this video: parking
Disturbing graphics. The kind of thing we can expect to see if these clowns demand and get Sharia Law in our country. Sharia Law
Pretty funny song from Down Under regarding some immigrants who seem to disregard the law of the land. immigrants
EXIT LAUGHING, but this one taint funny!
THE TAX SYSTEM EXPLAINED – IN BEER
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100…
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7..
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that’s what they decided to do..
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20". Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men ? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from every body’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.
So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.
And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.
"I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got $10!"
"Yeah, that’s right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!"
"That’s true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics.
Have a great day and be nice to everyone.