26 July 2017

Portland trifecta

Had a lucky break with relatively less cloudy sky. The plane took off from the Portland airport towards the Pacific Ocean. And then banked right to take an about turn – giving me one of those rare sights from the window seat.

Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams – all in the same frame. The picture was taken from about 20,000 feet and climbing and about a 100 linear miles away from Mt. Rainier with an iPhone…

17 June 2017

Which airport am I in? #14 in series

Well, there should not be any points for guessing this one. I cannot think of any other airport whose motto is “If the airlines did not do a good job in separating you from your money, welcome to our airport!” Which other airport has casino slot machine all over?

“You just arrived at our city to lose a lot of money in the casinos? Why not get a head start even before you can reach the baggage carousel?” Speaking of which – forget inside the airport – they have slot machines lined up AT the baggage pick up! “You got your luggage? Why bother going to the hotel? Start losing money, right now, right here!!”

The real funny part? People are actually playing at these machines!! With a beer in hand too!!!

12 June 2017

Which airport am I in? #12 in this series

As I walk from the gate where my plane had pulled up to the exit, I came across these beautiful panels of art on the walls along the corridor. The art work is by a local artist Marguerita Hagan. She has designed and created in porcelain the creatures of the deep sea. The intricate detail and the exquisite beauty of marine life has been very vividly created – as I said in porcelain.

She covers the whole ecosystem: diatoms, star colonies, corals, sea anemone, sea dragon, squid, manta ray, puffer fish and what have you!! Extremely interesting!!

Which airport am I in?

10 June 2017

What purpose can this possibly serve?

If you go to Philadelphia airport and go to Terminal D (where the Delta flights take off from), you are bound to see something seemingly strange. As you can see in the picture, as I was walking to Gate D8, I saw this sign on the column. I had glanced thru the first two lines lazily and had already passed it by a few steps when something odd struck me. So, I came back and read it fully and then took a picture.

Here is my question – What was this notice doing THERE?? I am at my gate. People who are taking off have obviously reached this point AFTER having done all the security stuff. People who just came in and are headed out need not show any form of ID at all. And people who are in transit do not need to show any id either since they are always within the secured zone.

So, why have that notice at that location??? Anybody knows?

9 June 2017

Bensalem. Who knew?

Remember, this morning I talked about running in a place that I had never heard of before – Bensalem? While driving to the meeting place after breakfast, I was stunned to see the local water tank proclaim that the city was established in 1692 !! (See the pic)

That is a looooong time back!! To put it in perspective – all the Founding Fathers of this country? Yep, they had to wait a few more decades just to be born!!

Forget our Founding Fathers. Britain had to wait for a few more decades just to get their first Prime Minister!

In France, you remember Napoleon? Yep, when this city was established, his grandparents were not born yet!!!

And if somebody had come from Bensalem, PA to India then, after an arduous journey spanning multiple months, they would have found a guy called Aurangzeb still ruling India. And the Taj Mahal, created by his dad would have been sparkling clean!!

I need to come back here and find out more about the historical spots in this city again…