Sunday, August 12, 2012

Thoughts and Observations from an Airport

Well, here I sit in the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, observing things around me, working on my blog a bit, and then my dissertation.  It's been an interesting day.

This airport is busy and a bit crowded, but I don't mind either of those things.  I like being in Florida.  I lived here (18) years and I miss it more times than not.  My new state is nice enough.  The trees are pretty, the seasons are nice, and I really like our home and backyard, but after seven years there, it still doesn't hold the appeal to me that Florida did.  No worries though, I'm happy enough in Michigan (and as MSU Alumni, I really like the Michigan State Spartans), it's just different.  So any slice of Florida I can have, I'll take.

I love the ethnicity here.  So many different people from different places, both working at the airport and entering/leaving it.  What a huge blessing to have so many races and different types of people in one spot, all with a shared travel objective.  I know it sounds cheesy, but it makes me happy to live in America.

And then there's the people watching you get in whether you want to or not.  I've seen every personality type you can conjure up today, some endearing, some not so much so, but it's all a part of the airport culture, I know.

One of the things that I LOVE here is that there are several, yes I said several, Dunkin' Donuts restaurants, woot! woot!  The city closest to my own has a DD, but for some reason (and it's the only city I've ever come across such a thing), it just doesn't have good food/coffee.  Such a tragedy because it's one of my all-time favorite places.  I'm easy to please, I know.  But today, here and now in the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport...there will be coffee.  :)

Definitely a thing of beauty!

After a little break, I'm going to take the unintended advice of Robyn from Robyn's Online World.  She recently did a write-up on her blog about an experience resulting from her trip to BlogHer 2012, and told her readers how at one point, in the airport, she went to a restaurant and asked for an out-of-the-way table, noting she'd need it because she wanted to kill a good block of time while there.  Why haven't I thought of that before??  What a perfect solution (no more bouncing from outlet to outlet looking for an out-of-the-way spot).  There's a Chili's here, and it and I will be getting quite cozy in a few, as I use it for a bit of nourishment, a great view (they have a wall of windows overlooking the runway), and a spot to take advantage of for some much needed time to work on my dissertation proposal.

In the meantime, I wanted to swing by to update my blog a bit, catch up on e-mail, and upload my pics to Shutterfly.  Done, done, and done. 

My flight doesn't leave until later this evening, so I'm going to go try and get some school work done now. 

Until next time...  :)


Robyn Wright of said...

Great post! Thanks for the shout out. That is one thing about the airport delays, usually it gives you time to get work done undisturbed. Wifi at an airport is a must - if you are lucky it is free in the airport. Other options are personal wifi (I like Verizon's Jetpack) or Boingo service is very good also.

I hope you find a nice spot in Chili's with a plug and enjoy your down time!

The Detox Diva said...

Wow, I don't think I would like travelling domestic in the US anymore. It's been years since I have done it but it sounds like it has changed for the worst and it never was that good!

Carla Karam said...

Rosie... It's amazing how much air travel has changed in the last 40 years. When I was a little girl my dad worked for Pan Am... I remember everyone (us included) always dressed up to travel. We ate on china and had real silverware too. It was definitely a different era back in the 60s... and now to have to pay luggage fees! DOn't get me started. LOL! Grace, peace and blessings. Carla

mail4rosey said...

You're a gem to stop by, Robyn. I'm falling asleep, lol. Too much quiet time, & too little sleep. Think I'll take a walk outside to get an energy burst.

WiFi IS a must at the airport...and the people scrambling to grab the scarce plugs available makes me laugh. Thx for the tips on the other WiFi options.

mail4rosey said...

I don't mind it really. I especially like coming here. International flights are a bazillion times better though, I think.

mail4rosey said...


That must have made for an interesting/exciting childhood. Did you get to fly a lot?

Luggage fees are atrocious to me, I guess because I remember them being free not too very long ago.

JamericanSpice said...

I like your take on it. Of course just because they are cheaper doesn't mean they can't offer good service all around. Maybe then they'd have more customers than they can handle eh?

Best thing is that you get to your destination safely.

The airport culture is definitely interesting and that's a great tip from Robin. I'll need to remember it when I travel.

Happy Sunday!

Pepper Tan said...

Air travel has come a long way, indeed... You have incredible patience, I must say. Oh, but DD makes it all worth it :)

Flawed Mommy said...

Dunkin Donuts coffee, always makes everything so worth it! :)

Shannon Milholland said...

I am definitely a budget airline kind of girl myself but flying from Memphis we don't seem to have any budget options. :(

April - My Bizarre Family said...

Yep, I'm right there with you! Whenever I travel, it's on a tight budget. I always look for the cheapest flights. I am willing to be inconvenienced a little if I am saving money.

mail4rosey said...

They do get you there safely when they get up and running. I never feel apprehensive while in-flight. I agree though, why ditch the good service? I flew Spirit from time-to-time years ago, before they became "The first low cost carrier of the Americas," (I think I got their slogan right), and I don't remember ever having a problem.

Happy Monday. :)

Kathy Radigan said...

I always marvel at how my mind can just wander when I have a minute to myself! Love the idea of asking for a out of the way table, great tip! I hope you had a pleasant and safe trip home! Thanks for a fun post!

Courtney G said...

I always notice that about America with all of our different people together, when we travel to Europe. We really are so unlike other places, and seeing all of those same people together to me is so strange.

Kristine Gavilano said...

Your amazing doing some school work while waiting for your flight! :) Love Dunkin Donuts, too! I used to make it as a "library" back in my college days.