Back home, and random thoughts
11 years, 2 months ago
I came home on Sunday afternoon, unpacked my luggage and already washed most of my clothes. Going back to work on Monday was easier than expected, but I still have to catch up on a lot of things. The vacation was great, we had a lot of fun and were able to see quite a lot of things in relatively short time. Almost no unplanned expenses for me, either. I wish we had spent more time in San Francisco itself instead of going shopping so many times, though.
Some random thoughts on the trip that didn't make it to the daily reports:
- Californians were concerned about the drought last year, now scared shitlessly.
- Mirror Lake doesn't and barely is.
- Turn signal tells driver on other lane to accelerate until he is next to you, apparently.
- Reducing service and selection in a recession is not a way to survive for a business.
- Decreasing the built quality of a car even further will not rescue American car makers, either.
- Credit card transaction fees at gas stations, WTF?!
- How exactly do snow chains help on pure ice?
- Levis jeans 50% more expensive, unless you buy two at Sears.
- Hotel WLANs now completely broken. All of them.
- Related: Nomadix, rot in hell. And take your broken product with you.
- Less chlorine in tap water.
- Surprisingly good coffee in some hotels.
- Rudely commanded to come back in an hour by customer service agent at the gate before even able to ask something.
- Complaining loudly in German about the rotten service in hearing range of said agent earned us re-seating to the front cabin row and boarding zone 1 on the intercontinental flight an hour later.
- Karma also earned us a 15 minute roller coaster ride, though.
- Dreaded SSSS on boarding pass for all four of us at SFO.