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Jan 9th 2013 9:44AM Agreed, 100%. The rudeness and nastiness of the people in Philly is mind-boggling--it was palpable the first time I got off the plane in PHL, and while I was living in Center City. The only reason I haven't gone insane yet is because the place I work is sort of an oasis, and only because the staff and students come from somewhere else to work and study here...
Jan 9th 2013 9:37AM You know, I've heard a lot of bad things about Anchorage. I was born and raised in Juneau, and my parents lived in Alaska for 30-some years (Fairbanks, Sitka, Juneau), and none of us had much interest in visiting or living in Anchorage, probably because it's the most "big city-like" of cities there (and many of us Alaskans are none too fond of that). Granted, I think Anchorage is the odd one out when it comes to Alaska, as the rest of the state is beautiful and in almost every way fabulous (yes, I have a LOT of love for Juneau and Alaska in general despite some gripes). However, my experience has been that lower-48ers, especially East Coasters (where I'm at now) don't know what life is really like up there. It can be harsh. If you make a stupid mistake, it can kill you, no second chances. And the mosquitoes are GAWD-AWFUL. But the seafood is to die for.
Jan 9th 2013 9:24AM I've only been in Salt Lake City a couple of times as a stopover, but even so I would combat its placement on this list. Yes, the surrounding area is flat, but I was struck by how large and dramatic the mountains were in the distance. We don't have anything like that on the horizon in Philly. Nothing. It's so empty I felt like I was falling up into the sky (I'm an Alaskan originally so I sorta need mountains and ocean...). Plus, I'm not much of a drinker (upsets my stomach), so I could care less about bars. Not everyone cares about them or looks for them when traveling. In fact, I rather like the sound of small shops and unchained restaurants. Perhaps I'll pay a longer visit someday.
Of course, I don't know if I can be forgiven for sleeping through Utah on our family RV trip years and years ago. Sorry!
Jul 9th 2010 9:56AM I disagree with much of this list. Warnings and advisories are well and good, but when the author starts writing severe bias, that turns me off. People have reasons for seeing the places they choose to see, and oftentimes these places are enjoyable and become personal favorites. Just because the author had a bad Disney experience doesn't mean everyone else did too--the parks would have shut down due to bankruptcy.
I'd like to see the Winchester House because I LOVE exploring any and all houses. Disneyland Paris might be a good place to visit after being overwhelmed by the new and the unfamiliar--a bit of home can be a very welcome respite. Hotel prisons are strange, but they cater to the morbid and to the curious. The experience means different things to different people (and if you're a writer, NOTHING is a waste of time because EVERYTHING is usable). A peeing statue... that doesn't interest me, but then why does any piece of artwork matter--why is any oil painting or sculpture worth seeing? The value lies with the beholder. A tap water museum seems silly to me but if it focuses more on the history of city plumbing and water filtration, it might interest someone. People are capable of deciding what might interest them and don't need someone else slapping their hands away. How about, instead of dragging your own opinions around the yard, actually analyzing the pros and cons in order to let people make their own decisions?
And did this author REALLY just insult the entire hobby of mountain climbing? People have strong reasons for climbing mountains as much as they have strong reasons for writing or painting. These are things that a bunch of other people have already done as well. Who CARES what other people have done, as long as it means something to you.
Jul 9th 2010 9:33AM I've been to the Luxor as well many years ago, and it did not smell of smoke. I thought it was awesome--they had something happening on the ground floor, and one of those things was a 3D motion ride sort of thing (like Star Tours, but a hundred times better). I LOVED it.
May 25th 2010 9:47AM Customers aren't the only victims here--the stores are as well, as evidenced by all of the people who are making fraudulent returns or using the stores as free rental establishments. Do you honestly think that people's motives and morals can be trusted anymore? When could they ever be trusted? Stiffer requirements or measures are needed because most people simply can't be trusted to have good or innocent intentions. People are trash--they will find ways to exploit the system, no matter what system is in place. I'd sure like to know why so many people are this way. Is it because of our society? Is it because parents are afraid to discipline their children, and instead let them become spoiled little brats who think they are entitled to anything they want or anything that benefits them? Or are people taught to become raging consumers and materialists? Is the economy really the only thing to blame? I don't know, but I definitely do NOT have faith in people to do the right thing anymore. People disgust me, and "return theft" is just another brick in that building.
Apr 7th 2010 11:45AM Why are people defending everyone else's bad behavior and bad habits? Kudos to the people who refuse to put up with it anymore--these behaviors and habits should be decried instead of tolerated because toleration has only allowed circumstances to devolve further! Am I the only one who thinks it's sad and repulsive that people would even consider laws to stop these behaviors? Are people so stupid and/or inconsiderate that they can't mind themselves and their children? Apparently people can't be trusted anymore to have any kind of decency! Why is that, I wonder? Upbringing? Society? Culture? Lack of discipline? Death of common sense? I really don't know.
Some of these things you just can't help. Sometimes you get a bit sweaty or icky if you're cramped in a tiny space with stale air for 6+ hours. Sometimes kids just won't behave. But some of these things ARE preventable if only people cared.
I'd like to boycott the airlines, I really, really would. I remember when customer service was important to them. But I can't drive or take a train to my landlocked hometown 3000 miles away. I simply do not have enough leave time to drive and take a ferry (which costs as much as a plane ticket anyhow). Ever. I can't move back, either, because of work. Believe me, I HATE planes. I ALWAYS get sick from them. The least people could do is be considerate since I'm already putting up with them and treating them as I'd like to be treated.
Why is that such a terrible thing to ask for?
Feb 22nd 2010 9:13AM I agree, she looks like a blimp. Why is that even attractive? All I can think about when I see women like that (women who have obviously gotten these procedures done) is driver and passenger side airbags. It's vile.
Feb 12th 2010 11:49AM Try telling a rape victim not to have sex.
Nov 20th 2009 3:24PM As a girl, I'm not about to take any patronizing BS, ever. Gaming is about skill and attitude, not gender.
A) I have favorite games from most major systems and PC, classics included. I've been playing since the early 90's.
B) I play because it's fun, not because I have anything to prove, and guys were the only ones who could offer me a challenge growing up (I've beaten many and shamed others).
C) Gore does not bother me. As an Alaskan sportsfisherman, I grew up with my hands covered in animal gore. Guns do not bother me either. I've fired a variety of real ones as part of my hunter education.
D) Femaleness has absolutely nothing to do with gaming, regardless of your "experiences." Generalizing and insulting the real female gamers only makes you look stupid.