Wife: Costa Rica: Weekend

The Wife is in Costa Rica this weekend. Her flight was delayed leaving, and it was a good thing she was supposed to have a long layover in Miami, because she barely made her connection.
Then last night, at about nine in the evening, I saw a plane go over, way high, and I am sure it was her plane from Miami to San Jose, Costa Rica. I know it.As you can see from the above picture, you have to go right past Cayman to get to Costa Rica from Miami. In fact, several years ago, I took the pic below on a plane from Costa Rica to Miami. (If I hold my GPS to the window, I can get a signal). Although this pic was taken 70 miles away, it is still on course for a plane to pass over Cayman on it’s way to Costa Rica, and I know that it was her plane that I saw.
CLICK PICTURES TO ENLARGE THEM!She’ll be back Monday. Till then I’ll be trying to keep hanging on.

Pinky Pants

I have this pair of pants that were off-white. When I wore them they looked dirty. So I dyed them brown.
They didn’t get very dark, I guess I didn’t use enough dye, or didn’t leave the pants in there long enough.
They came out kind of wine colored.

my wife is calling me Pinky Pants.. I never even tried them on!! And they’re not pink! I swear!!

Life Can be Sooo cruel!

Goodbye to the Sony Walkman

Sony has announced it has finally retired the Walkman cassette tape player, marking the end of one of the most successful consumer gadgets of all time.
Above is a picture of a Sony Walkman like I had in the early 1980’s. (except mine was black, not blue) I will never forget listening to music in my bunk on my ship in the Navy. Before that, if you wanted to crank some tunes, you needed a gigantic stereo.
This Sony was all metal and well built. It was a great device. It was the beginning of the portable music era.

American Airlines settles up (not really)

In July American Airlines lost our bag of dive gear. The fairly accurate original cost of the lost goods is 1166 US Dollars.

Last week we got a check for $634.90, and a letter saying this was the maximum amount payable for international travel. To me, this isn’t acceptable. To me this makes it profitable for airlines to actually steal baggage.

If they lose peoples baggage, harass them, make it as difficult as they can to get service, they should pay considerably more than the original cost of the items lost.

This would considerably reduce the amount of lost baggage.

The Airlines actually try to disqualify people from compensation, they loose your bag, you make several very expensive long distance calls and you have to aggressively interrogate their representative to find out you need to submit a form. They don’t offer this information freely.

They then reluctantly mail you the form regular slow mail (plus it takes a day or two for them to even get it in the mail). It will probably take 3 weeks to get the form. When you finally receive it, you find it must be returned to the airlines within 30 days of the date they lost the luggage!,and the information they want on the form is not info you have. Date of purchase, city and store where purchased. Complete description, of the item, including composition and construction details, AND A COPY OF THE RECEIPT! Ridiculous. (What is the model number of your tooth brush? What is it made of? What date did you purchase it? Do you still have the receipt?) Most people at this point probably just give up, there is too much research, an not enough time to do it in.

So in order to get any compensation for the airlines screwup, I have to jump though hoops they purposely make too small to jump through.

The check they sent doesn’t even cover the cost of my underwater camera. Not to mention the pics that I never got to take off of it. Plus, an item bought in Mexico for $10 US may cost $80 CI here. So the airline gives me $5US (half the value, in our case) and I’m supposed to go buy a new one for $80 CI, $100US? The Airlines really get a good deal when they lose your luggage.

I couldn’t replace the goods we paid $1200 for for twice that amount, the airlines gave us less than half. If they have our stuff, and sold it in pawn shops or at yard sales, they’d definitely be making a profit.

I know the airlines don’t steal luggage, but it doesn’t just disappear. Our stuff still exists, somewhere. The airlines need to be the ones cracking down on the staff, who steal or misplace luggage. The airlines shouldn’t be getting a good deal when they lose luggage.