Throwback Thursday: Flying Turkey 2013(Three Airports 3400 miles)


Three airports 3400 miles on  (Thanksgiving Day) 2013.  Most people want to be with their families on Turkey day.   Flying  on Thanksgiving day can save you hundreds…. AND you will avoid the traffic by flying on Turkey Day So you’ll miss the cutting of the Turkey there will be plenty of food when you arrive….   The volume on Turkey Day was typical of a Saturday usually one of the slowest days of the week.

520am San Francisco International Airport 

SFO was a flurry of traffic.  There was no waiting.  Security was 30 minutes. At 5am we sat and listen to the crew’ gossip. Breakfast was a premade Bagel with creme cheese and a Snapple $8.75.    The boarding voice gave the impression the New York bound 777 was full, the plane had 40 empty seats.  This big man had a row to himself.  When I woke up hours later I was hungry and asked for a pack of nuts.    The stewardess said nuts would be $4.25, with less than an hour left I passed.  Minutes later the stewardess gave me the nuts and said Happy Thanksgiving.

312 pm JFK New York City

The American Airlines terminal seem busy because of several delays.  The situation was so tense at gate 31, I was asked by someone at American not to take pictures in the area.   Gate 31 is actually a series of smaller gates for smaller aircraft, travelers where waiting for parts, staff, and of course the situation was tense.       One of the most curious things at the American Airlines Terminal was a vintage Ms Pac Man..  Unlike the San Francisco Terminal there was a wider variety of  foods.   The aircraft to Norfolk was small at 6.4 I couldn’t stand straight on the plane.   The forty something steward was nice but clearly hated his job. The flight was seamless.TURKEYDAY 016TURKEYDAY 015TURKEYDAY 020TURKEYDAY 018TURKEYDAY 021TURKEYDAY 026TURKEYDAY 027TURKEYDAY 015TURKEYDAY 019TURKEYDAY 017TURKEYDAY 016TURKEYDAY 0202013-11-28 15.36.592013-11-28 15.37.102013-11-28 15.42.402013-11-28 15.43.162013-11-28 15.45.132013-11-28 15.45.382013-11-28 15.46.09

610pm  Norfolk International Airport

My final destination was a shock.  Norfolk was a ghost town at 6pm.  Sections where being sealed as the passengers exited the aircraft.    Speaking of the passengers, they disappeared when I arrived at the carousal everyone was gone and my bag was standing alone.

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One Way travel on Wednesday from San Francisco to Norfolk $329.  Traveling on  Thanksgiving  $149.

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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