So. After carefully mulling over my luggage options, I chose to take a standard sized carry-on rollerbag for the overhead compartment, plus a messenger bag to put under my seat. Totally within FAA guidelines. The reason? I hate waiting at baggage claim for my suitcases. I wanted to be able to get off the plane at ATL and go straight to the long-term parking shuttle bus. At least, that was the PLAN. *sigh*
My seat number (11C) meant I was one of the last to board the Dallas-Atlanta flight (no, I was not a late arrival or otherwise out of order.) When I got to the end of the extending-ramp thingy, one of the gate personnel said, "You're going to have to check that suitcase." Well. I SNAPPED. Okay, yeah, I got way too belligerent and said "fuck this!" I left the suitcase (again, one of those standard 19" carry-ons) and then started to board the plane itself. They actually called me back and had a security guy there, who told me to calm down or they'd book me on another flight. I said this was ridiculous and explained that the whole reason for my luggage choice was so that I wouldn't have to check anything, that I'd be fine once I sat down, and I was very disappointed by their idiotic customer service. The guy actually said, "We're just doing our jobs." Which, okay, fine, except I replied, "If you'd been doing your jobs, you wouldn't have let others board with so many bags, and there'd be plenty of room for mine!"
Of course, there wasn't anything I could do about it, so I "calmed down" and got on the plane. The rest of the flight was just fine, and the flight attendants were lovely. But I still had to wait an extra 45 minutes to get my stupid bag at Hartsfield, which was exactly what I did NOT want to do. Yeah, I lost my temper and was probably one of those Bad Passengers they gossip about. I do feel rather guilty about that. But GAH! Why do they allow people to bring on so much crap, thus filling up the overhead bins and forcing the hapless passengers at the front to check their bags? It's insane. I'd chosen Delta because they've had a rough time of it lately, and I figured, hey, I'd support the hometown airline. Screw that. I'm flying American to DFW next time. And Delta wonders why it's bankrupt. Morons!
But hey, I'm home now, and the good news is that I made it back just before a huge thunderstorm rolled through. Queso's fine -- thanks, biftec, for checking on him! And in other news....
-- The ending of last week's Rescue Me was already controversial, and then Peter Tolan (the exec producer) decided to go on the TWoP boards and defend it. Hilarious and idiotic wank ensued. I'll defer to nm973's great recap for all the details and links.
-- The Emmys conspiracy theories floating around are amusing (I do love a good ruckus), though I suspect they're a bit overblown. I'm sure "block voting" plays a part, but the real problem is that too many voters go with reputation instead of actually watching the front-running shows, which accounts for so many repeat nominees.
-- I love my LJ layout. I don't do e-mail comment notifications, so I prefer having as much text as possible up on my main page. Unfortunately, every time someone does a phone post, my friends-page layout is totally screwed up. Must try to figure out why, because I hate having to filter out those people until the post slips down to the next flist page.
-- I'm making another plea for Atlanta friends to help me with my move! I really only need a couple of people to help load furniture onto the truck for a few hours, since I can manage the smaller stuff on my own. I'd like to do it next Sunday or Monday (if you have a long weekend for the Fourth), but I can work around when you're available. And I would compensate you, of course. :)
-- Also, I'd love some advice! While my new kitchen is pretty damn big for a one-bedroom apartment, it doesn't have a pantry. I took some photos of the model unit, which you can see here. I've thought about getting a utility cart to go under the counter in this pic, but I fear a cart would be too big, and I'm worried I won't have enough cabinet space for foodstuffs. Any suggestions? Might just have to use the cabinets, but I'd rather not. Oh, but on the plus side, my parents bought me a posh new washer/dryer for the utility closet as a late birthday present. Yay!
Now I need a very, very long nap.