Author Topic: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy  (Read 11411 times)

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2018, 02:32:38 PM »
Is it bad that it took me a minute to figure out if that's my camera or yours?

Now that you mention it, I got confused for a moment as well ;D.
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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2018, 03:01:51 PM »
very cool!!

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2018, 04:36:01 PM »
Your "bad luck" pictures are incredible! - One man's trash is another man's treasure - great second installment to the TR.

Lol at this line - "How to lose your camera to the ocean, Exhibit A:" :)

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2018, 11:02:34 AM »
Loved this, as usual.

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2018, 03:43:18 PM »
Don't worry, I had the similar luck, except worse, as it rained the entire first day we were there, and the 2nd day was overcast and windy all day. Still a nice place to visit.

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2018, 04:57:55 PM »
Flight 2

It was not difficult to snag @whYME along for this ride.


@whYME, I haven't forgiven you for stealing my seat on this flight. (This is the real reason we didn't let you come along on our Crazy Eclipse Road Trip or our 2018 Arctic Expedition :) )
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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2018, 01:45:47 PM »
@whYME, I haven't forgiven you for stealing my seat on this flight. (This is the real reason we didn't let you come along on our Crazy Eclipse Road Trip or our 2018 Arctic Expedition :) )

So that's why none of these trips have worked out for me lately, it's the shayaj curse.

we're gonna have to do something to get this curse lifted, maybe get you on a private jet with a billy goat or something like that...

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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2018, 11:36:25 AM »

So that's why none of these trips have worked out for me lately, it's the shayaj curse.

we're gonna have to do something to get this curse lifted, maybe get you on a private jet with a billy goat or something like that...

By admitting, you just took your first step towards redemption.
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Re: Free Private Jets? Sign Me Up! A JetSmarting Summer by Something Fishy
« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2018, 06:19:56 PM »
Love Acadia! Such a shame to only spend a day, but there are worse places to be on a Summer afternoon. FWIW, there are reasonably prices commercial flights to Bangor about an hour west of Acadia, though I agree Bar Harbour is the way a mentch should arrive for a summer in Acadia.

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Flight 3

Route: White Plains, NY - Bedford, MA (HPN-BED)
Aircraft: Hawker 400XP
Operator: Travel Management Company
Flight type: JetDeal
Return: One-way car rental
Went with: My then-5-year old daughter. @EJB and his family joined us for the flight as well.

Flying on a private jet? Spending the day alone with her father at the Boston Children's Museum? A bottomless bag of nosh? Yeah, my daughter was somewhat excited.



Our aircraft today was the Hawker 400XP, aka the jet with less headroom than a Mini Cooper. @EJB, who had boarded right before me, nearly died laughing as I practically crawled into the plane on all fours.



My daughter, at least, had plenty of space for herself and her fish:





It wasn't long and we were airborne for the short, 36-minute flight to Bedford, just north of Boston:



Call me a snob, but from all the private jets I've flown the Hawker was the least comfortable (I know, what a horrible life I lead :P). While the Learjet 45 is only an inch or so taller, it somehow feels way roomier. The Hawker is just a horribly cramped affair, and I can't imagine flying it on longer flights. Quite frankly, a regular coach seat may be a better option sometimes (heresy, I know).

The pilots were happy to let my daughter check out the flight deck:



Like a million dollars:



To get an idea if how tiny this plane was, check out how my daughter is basically as tall as the door in the above picture.




After landing and a short rental car snafu we headed into Boston proper for lunch. Rami's mediocre food wasn't helped by the rude service (I mean seriously, this guy puts New Yorkers to shame), but it did the job. Next stop: Boston Children's Museum!

I found a garage a few blocks away that charged $12 for the rest of the day, which was more than reasonable. The weather was lovely, and my daughter had a fine time exploring the streets:











The museum as an absolute hoot, and my daughter loved every minute. There are a ton of exhibits here, and most of them hands-on. Everything was engaging, and she was having the time of her life. The much-hyped Please Touch Museum in Philly is worthless compared to this, IMO. This place is well thought out and much more varied.

I won't bore you with a bunch of family snapshots, but suffice it to say that this place is a hoot for young children.

When your foot is bigger than the one in the "huge foot" exhibit ;D:



We stayed in the museum until we were kicked out, and then all too soon it was time to hit the road and drive back.
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Nice installment. Agree on the cramped Hawker 400XP. Even worse when flying it on a packed JetShuttle with full load.

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