After a winter hiatus the call of the cache became too strong to ignore. Even an early March injury and illness could not stop me from picking up some easy caches. This time I even had my wife (@dimplsandcurls) on the trail for the first time in years along with lulu crew as usual. It was nice to knock out a few local caches first. One was practically in someone's front yard - a container location which previously had bothered me but now has me thinking about placing a cache near my home too. Don't know if I want to be bugged that much though. After two homestead caches like that, I had to consider it. Ill keep ya posted on that update.
The next week our trio hit the trail again in Kaysville and Layton. Having dimplsandcurls on the hunt has been so much fun - not only is she great company, but she has a good eye too and two heads are indeed better than one.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Relief From Airlines Is Spelled P.B.O.R. - My manifesto on economics, business culture and the free market
Airlines just don't get it. I've seen reports that airlines at JFK are rallying against the new 3 hour rule in the "Passengers Bill Of Rights" and that Continental's CEO is threatening to cancel flights that might subject them to penalties under the 3 hour rule. I am aghast. The bottom line of what these airlines are saying is that they WANT me to sit on the runway for 3 hours. Airlines WANT a 5 hour cross country flight to take up to 8 hours?! If Mr. Smisek is threatening to cancel a flight that might sit on the ground with me in the cabin for 3 hours - guess what? THAT FLIGHT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CANCELED ANYWAY! Or at least delayed. The responsibility for failure of airlines and municipalities to invest in infrastructure or schedule changes should not be thrust upon the people airlines wish to retain as loyal customers.
I'm a pilot and used to be a frequent flyer (albeit a non-rev) so I should say that I'm not surprised about the airlines reactions. I have found through experience that almost all airlines are greedy, bloated businesses that do not care about their customers - on paper anyway. It's not that individuals in these companies don't care, because most do - or are at least forced into apathy by the fiscal-centric logic of their companies. Sadly when companies reach the enormous size of many airlines the tangible link between consumer to the executives (who have power to quickly react to customer needs) is dissolved by the multiple tiers of management. Those who do have that interaction have almost no power to satisfy the customer or communicate those needs with the executive. As a result the companies become stagnant and increasingly willing to indulge in bullying and stubborn self-serving behavior because the machine they have created tells them it is necessary in order to stay in the black.
Sadly in this market and with these circumstances legislation like the Passengers Bill Of Rights (P.B.O.R.) becomes necessary. If there were a satisfactory free market solution I would gladly take it, but typically in these cases, the people need a way to unite and need statute to reinforce their voice. I believe this is the point we have arrived at. I would hope that airlines would take this whack on the head as a reality check that they have been abusing their customers and travel consumers on the whole for too long. However it appears they will not take the hint, and in fact, it seems that the side effect of airlines fighting the P.B.O.R. will bring about the very relief customers have been searching for.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Shortly before I left Indiana I found an institute library on the campus at Purdue that was selling off part of its catalog. Among the treasures there were several books by Dale Carnegie, including his famous "How to Win Friends and Influence People." I had intended to read it for years so I plopped down my three bucks and took home my Dale Carnegie collection. It was half a year before I could dive into "How to win friends..." but it soon became apparent that time absorbing this book was time well spent. You see, this is more than a motivational work and more than a business guide. This is, in my opinion, the quintessential guide to common sense thinking for interactions with other human beings. Here, outlined for you, are the bullet points: