LaGuardia Airport Vultures

Annoying sales people in LaGuardia Airport, New York City.

Just look at those sneaky bastards, over there in their red shirts, with their kiosk set up along the only way to the departure gates.  You just can’t get to your gate, or to the baggage claim, without going past these guys.  As you walk past, they try to rope you in by calling out, “Hi!  Are you flying on Delta today!?”  I took one quick glance and then kept moving, the preferred method of dealing with people trying to sell something.

Later, as I sat at departure gate 1, I saw a few people stop momentarily, probably confused about why they were being asked about their flight carrier.  They quickly moved on, though, once they found out what it was all about.  As you can see from the picture, they were trying to get people to sign up for credit cards with Sky Mile bonuses, but who the hell needs another credit card these days?

What I really want to know is what Delta was thinking.  Flying is stressful enough without being bothered by people who are trying to solicit credit card sign ups.

My overall trip to Georgia on Delta was fairly pleasant.  We got the standard drink and snack, which is all I expected.  There was something on the TV, but we weren’t given headphones, unless they were passed out while I was asleep.  That’s how I spent most of the flight.  Hell, I even slept through take-off.  I didn’t get much sleep the night before.

This trip to Georgia has been interesting so far.  It’s nice to see wide open spaces, blue skies and giant Wal Marts.

The PATH train to Newport / Pavonia, New Jersey, for Cheap(er) Cigarettes

The sign for the PATH train to New Jersey at 14th Street and 6th Avenue.

Yesterday I went out to New Jersey with my mom.  She clued me in on something that I’ll have to keep in mind if I plan to keep up my bad smoking habit here in New York City.  The clue?  It’s damned expensive!  If you want to buy a carton of smokes here, you’re going to pay somewhere around 100 USD, average.  New York City taxes the hell out of a pack of cigarettes.  They’ve always been expensive and in the past when I’ve come to visit I brought cigarettes with me, but nowadays it’s just insane.  You either have to quit, or you have to get creative.  One way of getting creative is to leave the city, and the state entirely, to get your cigarette fix.

A mural on the wall at the Newport / Pavonia station. Click through for super large size viewing pleasure.

Sorry for the cheap stitch job, but it wouldn’t have lined up right anyway.

If you hop on the PATH (Port Authority) train at 6th Avenue and 14th Street, you can head out to New Jersey where the shopping is cheaper.  The PATH train is 3.50 one way, so 7 dollars for a round trip, but it’s worth it, because that same carton that would cost you about 100+ in the city will only cost you around 65 to 75 in New Jersey, depending on your brand.  So, even with the transit cost thrown in, you’ll still save money.

The area just outside the Newport / Pavonia PATH station.

Besides being cheaper for cigarettes, the Newport / Pavonia area of New Jersey is actually pretty nice looking.  It has a real southern city feel to it that reminds me of Columbus, GA or Atlanta.

The area just outside the Newport / Pavonia PATH station.

Even the skies there were clearer than in Manhattan.  When we left Manhattan the sky was gray and overcast.  In New Jersey the sky was blue with just a few scattered, puffy white clouds.

Hudson River Waterfront Walkway metal plaque set into the sidewalk.

Apparently there’s a river walk in the area.  I’m going to have to go back on another trip to check it out and get some shots of the Manhattan skyline.

The Light Rail in New Jersey, Newport / Pavonia area.

This is a shot of the Light Rail from a bridge that goes into the Newport Mall.

An angry bird that was unhappy with us sitting on 'his' bench.

And this is just some angry bird that got pissed when we sat on ‘his’ bench.  He didn’t let up in his show of indignation until we got up and took a few steps away.

There’s a lot of city to explore, but tomorrow I’m taking another flight, this time down to Georgia to visit family for two weeks.  Wish me well on the flight.