The Friday Five
by Wendy Perrin
For your weekend reading pleasure, here are my five favorite recent posts from around the blogosphere:
1. Lost Weekend on The Unwritten Rules of In-flight Etiquette. I'm still laughing. My favorite: "If I'm in the middle seat, I own both armrests."
2. The Cranky Flier on the Playmobil Security Checkpoint -- a miniature version of those airport X-ray stations we all know and love -- and the hilarious customer reviews that the toy has elicited on Amazon. e.g., "I was a little disappointed when I first bought this item because the functionality is limited. My 5-year-old son pointed out that the passenger's shoes cannot be removed." And "There's no brown figure for little Josh to profile, taser, and detain . . . . And shouldn't someone be forcing a mother figure to drink her own breast milk?"
3. Paul Brady on Jaunted's Guide to NYC Shopping For Brits, which recommends stores for the legions of Europeans who are taking advantage of the weak dollar by going on Manhattan shopping sprees. Paul even lists prices in pounds sterling.
4. On a more serious note, Chris Elliott on 6 Secrets Car Rental Companies Don't Want You To Know. Love the fact that it's a former car rental agent who spills the beans. Hate the fact that this scoops my upcoming June Perrin Report which, thanks to print magazine lead times, I wrote back in February yet can't be read till June. Aaarrgh.
5. Politico on Congress Has History of Travel Woes. We (at least, I) tend to think that people in positions of power don't face the same air travel nightmares that we plebs are forced to suffer, so it's refreshing to read about what various senators et al. have had to contend with.
Happy weekend, everyone!