This is my third time in Boston, but first at Harvard. I am surprised
how European Cambridge looks. I guess that's why it's called New
England. As much as I complain about the generic similarities in the
appearances of young American cities (hello Phoenix), Boston, New
York, New Orlean, Chicago, and San Francisco do look strikingly
different and each beautiful in their own ways.
It's a BEAUTIFUL day out here. So nice to just hang out and people
watch after the uncomfortable transcontinenral JetBlue flight. Note to
self: never spend the extra $30 for the seats with more leg room on
JetBlue. If the seat doesn't lean back any further, a football field
length of leg room ain't gonna make a redeye any less miserable.
Nothing like an order of Swedish meatballs with the sweet and tart lingenberry sauce to punctuate a day of hard shopping at IKEA. The considerate folks at the Schamburg IKEA (which sits on the edge of the a huge area with the most big box stores I have ever seen) offers these adorable part shopping cart/part walker tray dolly so you don't strain your back carrying the 15 meatballs on a plate. IKEA meatballs...Hm hm good (not being sarcastic here)!
Big shocker. The 25-year-old #1 tennis player of the world quits suddenly. What's up with these Belgian tennis player? First Kim Clijsters quits at 23 to get married and play with her dogs and have babies, now Justine quits at 25 ranked at #1 (not to mention Xavier Malisse, but that's a whole different tennis conversation all together).
It's hard to feel sorry for someone in their mid-20's who has already made a bizillion dollars doing something that she obviously loves and is very good at, but the poor girl has had a tough and messy life. Estrangement from her family. Divorce from her husband (at 24!!). Mononucleosis (what's up with mono and pro tennis? I thought mono, like hair scrungy, went out of fashion in the early 90's). I'm still predicting that Justine will come out of the closet as a lesbian in the next 5 years, after that she will be much less uptight and maybe get a better sense of humor. Yes, my crystal ball tells me so.
Interesting bit of travel news from Budget Travel: The TSA is changing airport security lanes.
Today, the TSA is set to expand its Black Diamond security checkpoint program to Milwaukee, making it the 13th airport so far to offer self-select lanes based on ski icons (green for beginners, blue for intermediate, and black for expert).
After debuting in Salt Lake City in mid-February, the program has rolled out—in order of appearance—to Denver, Spokane, Boston, Orlando, Cincinnati, Raleigh-Durham, Portland, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Houston-Hobby, and Oakland airports, according to a TSA spokesperson.
Here's how editor Erik Torkells recently described it:
When you reach the security checkpoint, you can choose which line to enter--expert (travel frequently, know the rules), intermediate (not quite an expert, but it's not your first time at the rodeo), and beginner/people who need more time (families, special needs). In a cute touch, they're using traditional ski iconography—black diamond for expert, blue square for intermediate, green circle for beginner.
Hadn't heard anything about this at all until now. Curious to see how it has been working for these airports. I just can't believe this will make any real difference in speed except for travelers to feel less anxious about 1) getting stuck behind someone who is clueless; 2) being clueless and having someone stuck behind you. People are gonna go for the shortest line or overestimate their "expertise". Or this is gonna be like one of those things when the line you pick is always the slowest.
I don't see Miami International on that list. The security lines at that airport needs some serious help.