Monday, September 29, 2014

American vs Delta

     Since 9/11 less people have been flying. I don 't know that its because they are afraid of terrorists. I think it is more that they have less money due to the economy . In any event there are fewer flights and smaller planes flying to many cities.  Less than a year ago American airlines has sent the smaller jets onto flights to the Midwest city that I often visit. When they first did this unsuspecting me booked a flight with a window seat. Big mistake. A window seat on  a small plane is an invitation for claustrophobia. I think the aisle seats were more money. Now I know why. Unless you don't have a tendency to get claustrophobic  you should shell out the extra shekels for the aisle seat. When I sat in that ill fated window seat I looked so uncomfortable that the flight attendant let me sit up front in an empty aisle seat which also happened to be a preferred seat.
         Though since my claustrophobic interlude last year I have been sure to book an aisle seat on the left side of the plane I have decided to try another airline. This time it was Delta. It has a smaller  space in the airport than American but their planes have plusher seats that are the same measurements as American's.  Unfortunately on either airline some people should be required to pay for two seats since they are so big that they are sitting in their seat and halfway in mine. On Delta there was only one restroom instead of two which was sufficient. No one over five foot five can maneuver in AA's   restrooms on their smaller planes.
            Both airlines have top notch flight attendants. Both airlines have small seats, but Delta's are more comfortable. American has two dinky restrooms and Delta has one roomy restroom. The prices are somewhat equivalent on either airline.  Delta still gives out a tiny bag of pretzels with soft drinks, American just has soft drinks on board.I think that I will stick to Delta for now, but I will still consider American depending on  price and schedule . Its good to have options.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


       The badge of honor these days is running on empty. The less hours one sleeps nightly the better. I try not to get caught up in all of that. It can be so tempting but I know deep down that running on empty is not really most efficient . One really can accomplish more if one factors in a good night's sleep and a little down time.
        I guess it really depends on what your tendencies are. I tend to want to do everything at the same time and find it hard to slow down. There are others who are lazy and don't care that they waste time. For the lazies a big dose of I gotta do it all yesterday would be in order.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


       Going away for holidays is optimal. It helps give perspective that I would not have had if I had stayed home . I like staying home but its easy to get stuck in a rut when one stays home too much. Hopefully I will be able to hold on to this positivity and energy when I go home and get back into regular life.
           Shana Tova for a new year and a fresh beginning of 5775.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Machmir at all Cost

      I am a bit disturbed by an article I read in tablet magazine about a charedi man who made a hullabaloo about switching his airplane seat because he was seated next to a woman. Aside from the fact that if this was so important  him he should have flown with enough men to fill a row if that was so important to him I believe their are bigger issues at stake here. Why is it that this seems to be the most important issue to observance? Does this scenario happen really THAT often or is it  so juicy that it gets a lot of air time?  I really would hope the major focus of torah Jews would be to promote ahavas yisroel . Do not poo-poo me. Sinas chinam is why the bais hamikdash was destroyed. Even though some chumrahs seem really important to some more than others I think that being machmir for one's self is ok but when it hurts or bothers others is it really making the mitzvah more mehudar?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rosh Hashanah

     It is so hard to believe that Rosh Hashanah is right around the corner . I don't feel like I have accomplished all that I wished I would have  this year and now its ending. Oy. I guess I will have more to do next year.
     Wishing everybody a happy, healthy and sweet new year.

Monday, September 22, 2014


      It has been a crazy 5774. With all the tragedy I think that it is equally important to revel in what is  magical and enjoyable in life. We have a new year upon us and we need to take stock of all of the good we have been blessed with and how fortunate we are to be alive. Life can be rough and life can be sweet and as long as we have life we have a chance to perfect our lot.

       Wishing everyone a sweet new year.

The Maccabeats - Home (Medley) - Israel

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