September 04, 2009


I have internet. I'm staying in this little Hyatt Place in a town called Chesapeak and they have little workstations.

From the front, I wasn't sure what I was getting into with this little place. I couldn't afford to stay beach front with the team (since I'm a Non-fundraising mentor, I pay my own way), so I had to leave the beach area for something affordable. Besides, the beach hotel had a 3 night minimum stay and I'm outta here when I'm finished running.

Anyway, I'm loving this place. It's very... cozy? I have no clue what it is... but I'm suddenly very relaxed. The staff is wonderful and the bed is big and looks comfy and there is this great couch and the TV swivels and I could watch TV from the couch or from the big huge bed.

Not that I watch it... but maybe I will the next couple days. Maybe I'll watch movies.

I actually really like Norfolk and Chesapeake. So far, so good. I think the key is... as odd as it sounds... I could live in Virginia. It's like I landed and something in me said, 'I could live here...' There are other places I've intuitively known I could not live.

Virginia is different. Hey, I had ancestors from Virginia fight in the Revolutionary War, so perhaps the whole thing is subconscious knowing I did have kin that lived here.

So I shall be off and on. I have a post brewing on cars and I don't think I like the little car I'm renting. Some Nissan something or other that is neither SUV or car... like someone squashed a SUV.

And now... for the post I wrote in the airplane today on the back of my itinerary:

As if suffering the indignities of flying had not grown enough the airlines had to compound it 100 fold by charging for luggage.

None of us are stupid. They want to be able to say their price is the same, when in reality, if you check a bag, you've just incurred another $30 round trip.

People don't want to pay it. Period. Given a choice, they'll carry a steamer trunk shoved into a bag that rolls to save that $30.

Me? I hate carry on. I'll pay to check my bags.

Overhead bins weren't created for all 200+ passengers to bring in a big rolling bag. They were created for small bags, punctuated by the occasional businessman.

Now everyone is fighting for space. Add to that, where I live in S. FL, where our motto should be "I See Old People", and you have a real mess. As my husband texted me from a business trip as the plane was loading, "Old people and heavy carry ons do not mix."

Today I carried my bag on. Duffle sized, I needed all my running gear with me in the event a bag were to get lost. So I packed light. Still finding a spot amongst what felt like steamer trunks was a sheer stroke of luck.

It matters now where you are in the boarding line. First in gets overhead space. Last in gets forced to check a bag.

Someone is going to get hurt. As heavier bags are brought on board in an effort to keep from paying for checking, bags will fall and people will get hurt.

But, hey, everyone saved $30 and the airlines can say they didn't raise fares.

It's a win-win... right?

Just not for me.

Posted by Boudicca at September 4, 2009 11:11 AM

Okay- when I was there visiting, I stayed at the Sheraton Waterside. On the boardwalk side of the Sheraton (which should only be a few blocks from where you are) there is a 'boat ferry' will take you across to Portsmouth.

I highly recommend the $2 boat ride to Portsmouth if you have any free time at all...the art galleries, little shops and churches are fantastic.

Matter of fact, there is an old church -the one I blogged about- over in Portsmouth. They gave Hippie and I slate tile from the roof (they were remodeling). The church is from the 15 or 1600's and is fantastic...complete with creepy cool graveyard!

And the people? OMG they are so friendly!

Go- do it- you will be glad you did!

Posted by: Rave at September 4, 2009 02:27 PM

Wonderful! I'm so glad you like it because that means you'll be able to relax while you're there. I'm so glad!

Yeah the luggage thing really sucks. That's why I like flying Southwest because they don't charge extra for luggage.

Posted by: Teresa at September 4, 2009 03:54 PM

I have family that live right down the street. Cept, they are here. ;) have fun. good luck . . . good run!

Posted by: oddybobo at September 4, 2009 10:02 PM

Heh. I'm a crip. I get to preboard. I never have problems finding overhead space. People love to travel with me because they have to "help" me with my stuff. Plus I get to cut the line at security.

Posted by: Denny at September 4, 2009 10:26 PM

Denny- OK, that is funny.

Posted by: Bou at September 5, 2009 12:44 PM

My dad's folks are (were...they've passed away now) from Virginia is a lovely area.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at September 5, 2009 12:50 PM

How did this "checked baggage extra" crap get started? Was that a reaction to when gas was $5 a gallon & jet fuel was proportionately high?

Posted by: Harvey at September 6, 2009 08:08 AM