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(NPR)   You know when you're waiting at the bus stop and you look...nope, still not there ....and you wait...and you look again...nope... and you wait some more ....look.....nope....and then you want to strangle someone? Here's a simple solution   ( npr.org) divider line
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2012-12-07 01:36:44 PM  
3 votes:
Fred "Thickie" Holden approves.

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2012-12-07 04:08:51 PM  
1 vote:
I take it by the pictures that Italian buses travel on rails?
2012-12-07 03:03:09 PM  
1 vote:

Cheesehead_Dave: talulahgosh: that's awesome.

A few years ago, The New York Times reported that airline passengers in Houston were complaining bitterly about how long they had to wait for their bags at those rotating carousels. Airport officials quickly added baggage handlers to speed up delivery, but though they cut the time to eight minutes (well within the industry average) the complaints didn't stop. People were peeved, because it took one minute to get to baggage claim, and they had to wait around, doing nothing, for the next seven minutes. In other words, 88 percent of their post-flight time was spent waiting.

So what did the airport do? Officials moved the arrival gates farther away from baggage claim and routed bags to the farthest away carousels, making everybody walk six times longer to get to their luggage. That way, by the time people got to the carousels, the bags were already there. No wait, no stress. "Complaints," says the Times, "dropped to near zero."

This part is even more awesome.

I must admit that I like flying into larger airports for this reason.

Wait time = (Unload Time + time it takes to drive to baggage claim at 25MPH) - (time it takes me to walk from the plane at 4 MPH).

In Bozeman, MT, I'm waiting 20-30 minutes for my bag because it's 3 steps from gate to baggage.

In Detroit, at the far end of the C terminal, I'm waiting 0 minutes for my bag because it's 3 miles.

/And then in Las Vegas, I'm waiting 90 minutes for my bag because those guys are incompetent.
2012-12-07 02:34:36 PM  
1 vote:

ciberido: I've been known to carry this thing called "a book" around with me.

I use the same strategy. Unfortunately, in this situation every freak and weirdo takes it as a plea to start talking to you.
2012-12-07 01:47:19 PM  
1 vote:
Just start walking; the bus will come when you're halfway between bus stops.
2012-12-07 01:45:43 PM  
1 vote:
Just light a cigarette. Bus will come immediately.
2012-12-07 01:44:31 PM  
1 vote:

On the Side: twomutts: So if I'm understanding this article correctly, it's whiny bastards in Houston that are responsible for us having to walk two miles to pick up our luggage after a flight?

Bingo. If only there was some sort of hand held device that could provide entertainment to these people who obviously can't wait and/or entertain themselves.

I've been known to carry this thing called "a book" around with me. I've also occasionally picked one up and started reading while at a stoplight, which is bad, and I should feel bad. But I hate wasted time.
2012-12-07 01:37:05 PM  
1 vote:
And then grimy bubble wrap sheets are blowing all over the neighborhood.
2012-12-07 12:18:51 PM  
1 vote:
Popping bubble wrap is one of those things which is awesome to DO, but drives one farking batshiat crazy when someone else is doing.
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