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Transit Day.

Posted February 6, 2009 by John Birmingham
Spent most of yesterday traveling after a rushed start before sun up. Got to the airport too late to do my upgrade trick so got to have the economy class experience on American Airlines. A pity I didn't swap the United and AA upgrade/econ thing around because AA's business class looked fine, whereas United, as someone pointed out, looked like a Greyhound bus.

Anyway, I sat next to Marcie, soon to be retired New York realtor, who was very pleasant in that chatty American way, and I watched another five episodes of 24 (series one) on the 'pod.

Didn't eat or drink on the plane, so got into NYC very hungry, having had only an apple and banana at SD airport. Random had sent a limo to pick me up, which was much appreciated as it was way below freezing and coming on for peak hour. There was a welcoming fruit and cheese basket and a bottle of Oregon pinot waiting in my room, for which I was pathetically grateful.

CraigWA, who'd arrived an hour or so earlier, texted me and we organised to have a quick dinner. He was on London time so it was about 1Am on his body clock. Had the scarifying experience of stepping out into the night time freeze and we quickly settled on a nearby restaurant where Craig had a beer (bwaaaahahahahahahaha!) and some sort of meat loafy thing. I went for what I thought was a meat ball and salad sandwhich , but which was really an experiment in stress testing a garbage bin lid sized plate by overloading it with staggering tonnages of fries, fist sized lumps of meat, a few leaves of wilted lettuce, and a gallon of melted cheese.

I think I ate about 15% of the meal and still felt bloated.

Back to the hotel for some arsing about trying to get a net connection, filed a Geek, watched another ep of 24, then off to sleepy bo bo land.

Tomorrow I have meetings, and Murph arrives in town.

31 Responses to ‘Transit Day.’

Lobes is gonna tell you...

Posted February 6, 2009
So if Craig is on Perth/London/New York Time and you're on Brisbane/San Fran/New York time. Then between you you've been through more time zones than the USS Hillary Clinton (zing!)

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gtrof reckons...

Posted February 7, 2009
Glad you made it to NYC with no trouble Birmo. Next time your in the states you need to stop by the Second City, Chicago.

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jennicki reckons...

Posted February 7, 2009
Wow you're really getting the American Experience full throtte--freezing cold temps and ginormous servings. Restaurants and movie theaters should really just be honest about their serving sizes--

"Would you like a bucket of popcorn or, for $1 more, you can upgrade to a trough?"

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lostatlunch has opinions thus...

Posted February 7, 2009
everyone's your friend in new york city,

relax and go with the flow,

explain you are a tourist and ask a local to show you around.

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Matthew K is gonna tell you...

Posted February 7, 2009
Is the "cheese" that is allegedly poured over everything in America really as bad as Jeremy Clarkson says?

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Paul Nicholas Boylan mutters...

Posted February 7, 2009
John, a real man could have finished that meal.

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Lobes is gonna tell you...

Posted February 7, 2009
Beware of the NYC wallet inspectors

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted February 7, 2009
Yes, poured cheese. I don't think I even need to answer.

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BrianC puts forth...

Posted February 7, 2009
Hmmmm cold weather... its 39c here in canberra JB and believe it or not its only 30 in brisy. Enjoy the cold while you can, cause the sky is falling... well melting.

Id love a good cold snap right about now.

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Abe puts forth...

Posted February 7, 2009
Eeeew cheese that you pour! No wonder the cheese platter doesn't happen in the US - it would flow off the end of the tray.

You need to find the Brazilian quarter. It's somewhere between 46th and 49th and maybe only a block or two from Broadway. So maybe 5th or 6th? Or would it be 8th/9th? Anyway ask a local.

I've said it before, but you need to try the Feijoada.

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Matthew K ducks in to say...

Posted February 7, 2009
Nigh on 40c down there I hear, I can't think straight at that temp. Not a problem though as it's all over slushy snow outside.

Is that squeezy "cheese" cheese whizz? I looked at a bottle in the american deli and it didn't seem to have cheese in the list of ingredients at all! WTF?

I bought Skippy peanut butter instead. (Is it made by or from Skippy?)

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sibeen would have you know...

Posted February 7, 2009
A lovely and invigorating 45.5 degrees in Essendon at the moment. At this temperature all cheese is of the poured variety.

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Lobes has opinions thus...

Posted February 7, 2009
45 degrees in Melbourne and climbing. I just did a 15 km paddle from St Kilda to Sandringham. Pretty toasty out there.

Can someone pour me a glass of cheddar?

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puma is gonna tell you...

Posted February 7, 2009
cheese poured on things?...strange. Never seen it..or heard of it.

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Sweet Jane Says has opinions thus...

Posted February 7, 2009
Don't eat. Avoid all places that use cheese, and return to your country that prefers blocks of yeast infection. Australia isn't exactly known for its cuisine or tolerance.

J.

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BrianC reckons...

Posted February 7, 2009
SJS said

"Australia isn’t exactly known for its cuisine or tolerance."

I know im going to regret this, but what pray tell SJS is Australia known for?

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sibeen is gonna tell you...

Posted February 7, 2009
"I know im going to regret this,"

Oh, no, no, no, Brian. I expect we'll all come to regret it :)

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Matthew K is gonna tell you...

Posted February 7, 2009
Don't dis the vegemite yo.

45.4c in Essendon! Not in our Essendon it isn't.

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Brian asserts...

Posted February 7, 2009
Reading a Melbourne thread asking what things melted. So far clothes pegs and washing baskets are up there.

Wooden front door panel cracked in my place.

Watched a few roads start to get tacky. ie transports leaving ruts in bitumen surfaces.

Queensland is starting to look like a nice temperate place to go to.

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JKBrooks85 reckons...

Posted February 7, 2009
Out of curiosity, are there any Alaska book-signing stops planned? Just wrapped up reading WW and loved the Begich cameo. I imagine it's too much to hope for but figured I'd ask.

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CraigWA mumbles...

Posted February 7, 2009
At least the Mexican place we went for dinner last night had something that resembled real beer. I presume it was from Mexico.

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savo has opinions thus...

Posted February 7, 2009
Geez freezing weather NY. 14 dead poss. up to 40 in Victoria in the bush fires down there. Tragedy.

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yankeedog puts forth...

Posted February 7, 2009
"Got to the airport too late to do my upgrade trick so got to have the economy class experience on American Airlines"

Well, lucky you!

You wacky Australian types-insist on traveling in your summer-which ain't summer up here! Much like you guys like to tease us Yanks with Dropbears, we like to tell you folks 'Come on up! You can handle this-it's a dry kind of cold'!

And good luck on finding 'light' fare for meals here.

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Matthew K has opinions thus...

Posted February 7, 2009
Actually that "dry kind of cold" looks pretty appealing here where it barely gets below freezing, so sleet falls from the sky and now slush covers the land.

The dry cold is actually warmer.

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Sweet Jane Says puts forth...

Posted February 8, 2009
http://www.hreoc.gov.au / about / media / speeches / sex_discrim / women_and_racism_forum.html

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Website

Dec 1, 2001 ... In addition, racism and sexism do not affect all women equally or in the same way. .... predisposes them to high unemployment and hazardous employment; .... Work out your rights. Voices of Australia - Education module ...

New York has Ethiopian, Thai, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Turkish, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, and countless other foods that do not use cheese or use very little cheese. That's the funny thing about the US. We have choice and freedom.

J.

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John Birmingham reckons...

Posted February 8, 2009
Sorry, JK, not this tour.

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John Birmingham asserts...

Posted February 8, 2009
Does anyone have any idea what she's talking about?

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Matthew K swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 8, 2009
Uh uh. Back to irrelevant randomness.

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Lobes puts forth...

Posted February 8, 2009
The freedom to not eat cheese. Apparently its the difference between Australians and Americans.

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Monster Yuppy reckons...

Posted February 8, 2009
SJS: I think the Scots may have taken the lead on the American/Anglo cheese freedom issue.

Of course, that well known American/Australian/Scotsman Mel Gibson had the right answer for cheese freedom.

"You have come to fight as cheese men, and cheese men you are. What will you do with that cheddar? Will you fight? Aye, fight and you may die, run and you'll live. At least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our camembert! "

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BrianC reckons...

Posted February 8, 2009
Ummm. Wow! Ok then i guess i did ask for... that what ever that was.

JB that link goes to human right commission australia and when you follow her drill downs it takes you to an article talking about enshrined racist-sexism in australia.

SJS australia by and large isnt a racist or sexist society, certainly not sexist, our women folk just wouldnt stand for that shit. We do have our share of blockheads. And while out rights arnt enshrined in some holy bill, they are written down in our constition and our laws.

The Australian of the Year this year was a black fella, the minister for my department is woman. Were not perfect but we are far from institutionaly racist.

Ok so i just deleted my further argurments here because it doesnt matter. You wont agree, you cant. You havent been to my Country. I have been to yours, i know where the balance of freedom lies. Besides this blog is about JB not you or me.

JB you lucky bastard. It going to be even hotter today. Im thinking of wasting $30 bucks and catching some back to back movies in the cinema.

BrianC

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