B.J. Porter

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    Mythical Front Page Upgrade

    With all that turned on, the only ad I see is this:
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    Mythical Front Page Upgrade

    I had to work hard to get the ads to show. I had to turn off Ghostery AND AdBlock Plus to get anything but the one ad across the top to come up. The new design doesn't bother me at all. It's pretty straightforward Wordpress blog content with a couple of widgets mixed in. It's what I've been using on my own blog for years. It's an easy content management tool, I understand the appeal of using it. You can get up and running for not a lot of bucks and there are a zillion customizations available and a lot of people that know how to tweak it. I can't say Disqus makes any sense to me; I've got an account but I don't see why I'd want to discuss an article on SA with random loobies on Disqus. We have our own perfectly serviceable loobies, after all. But if that's what Scot wants, it may make some sense from sight reach maybe though it seems it would draw traffic away from the forums. As my signature says...
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    Mythical Front Page Upgrade

    You may not be aware, but there is a "Front Page" on the site that has news articles and is not the Forums...
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Flying sucks. Our flight was held in DC because of crap weather in San Franscisco. We arrvived at SFO around 11:00pm and spent the next almost hour dicking around looking for a gate. We RACE through the terminal to catch the Sydney flight, which is also late and showing a departure that is close. We arrive with about ten other people for the flight a minute or three before the stated departure time. The plane is at the gate, hasn't left yet. The fuckers wouldn't let us on. This is around midnight local time. The next flight to Sydney on United with seats...6pm tonight via LA. They wouldn't put us up in spite of numerous screw ups and asshole policies on their end. I was at the gate when the Sydney flight was still on the ground, and they KNEW we were coming. I'm going to be happy when I'm done flying for a while, I've done WAY too much in the last eight months.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Yet the plane they refused to board us on had already been delayed by over an hour. At one point they even texted that reason was they were waiting for connecting passengers. Go figure.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    American likes to fuck with you know if you're traveling economy. Separate people that are traveling together JUST so they can extort a paid seat selection from you. We've seen it repeatedly, literally every time we fly American. They even screwed my wife and daughter a couple of weeks ago on a ticket that that included "Seat Choice", where we picked seats at purchase then they...lost...the assignment when they checked in and surprise, surprise, surprise, the only seats together had a $40 charge to book the CENTER seat. They've also made their seats and their bathrooms smaller. I literally wrote a paid article about this...no, my byline isn't on it. This is call coach, of course. They don't fuck with you if you're paying lots of $Free Speech$ for your tickets. I didn't know who switched what with UAE/American; we didn't find out until Will couldn't get his miles on a trip from Oz back to England credited on American after flying there intentionally on UAE.
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    Gilette wants to make men not be men

    Who could have guessed...in the national online rag of the alt-right and it's incel core!
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    Gilette wants to make men not be men

    I am not aware of this ad. It would have helped if the OP had included the ad to better make his point rather than ASSuming we all knew WTF he was talking about. That would have confused the issue somewhat, because then you would learn that Gissie's explanation of what the ad was about actually wasn't what the ad was about, which which somewhat lesson the original humor attempt. TRIGGER WARNING: Men with fragile egos and shitty attitudes about women will be offended by this and may be tempted to flush their razors down the toilet as a result. It's been happening all over the internet. Dumbfuck men discovering you can't flush a razor, I mean.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Yeah, cause it's so fun staggering around a strange city in the rain when you're bleary-eyed from trying to sleep in an airport lounge and your underwear is so nasty it's sticking to you. The frosting on that shit-cake would have been spending an hour+ in the security line getting back in the airport again. We got really excited about that when the time rolled around. My wife wasn't really into it by the time lunchtime came around, so I wasn't going to push her. I've a working theory on airport restaurants though. It's all one company, all one commissary - basically one restaurant with multiple shops with different decor unless it's a franchised chain. At least at each airport...maybe all of them. They all have variations on the same basic menu even though they try to look like different places by varying the decor and menu somewhat.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Flying ANY U.S. based airline is a shitshow from what I can tell. I thought American was the worst given all our fun experiences with them. But no, I think United wins the prize. Ordinarily I don't fly enough to justify paying extra for an airline to accumulate miles in one place. For a while we were doing that with American when my son was flying back and forth to England a couple of times a year, but they wipe your miles out if you don't fly often. And UAE switched off their cooperative program, so there's not even a civilized way to fly and get miles on them. So it's not worth it, generally, unless you fly a LOT to pay a couple of hundred bucks more to fly on United vs. American vs. Quantas, etc. So cheap tends to rule...and you get this shit as a result I suppose. This last year I've probably flown enough to have gotten an award ticket...maybe...if I'd been able to cash it in and use it AND was willing to spend a few hundred extra to stay on the same airline family. With luck though, I won't be stepping on a plane again for some time.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    My money's on the airport. You'd have won. By the time lunch rolled around we were bleary eyed and exhausted and the lines at security looked...unpleasant. Back on the boat now, finally. I slept a lot on the flight, probably because I'd only slept about one hour in the last 36 by the time we were on the plane to Sydney. We were an hour late getting out of LAX and fell asleep while we were waiting on the runway.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Me too. Since last June I've spent about 6 or 7 weeks on the boat, and no more than any 3 weeks continuously. I'm a tad bit tired of airplanes, airports and all the associated bullshit with not sleeping in my own damned bed.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Pretty sure they're not reciprocal with Musket Cove Yacht Club, which is my only current membership.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Nope. They said it was the weather. The weather was a factor, as the weather in SFO caused the delay leaving IAD. Something about air traffic control limiting landings and takeoffs because of the SFO weather. But the weather had nothing to do with the fuckery that started when we landed at SFO at 11:00pm. The hour-long trek to the gate before we could get off the plane, etc. That was pure incompetence on their end. They have radios and they knew were our plane was, they should have had an open gate. The plane blocking our gate had no crew (could be weather...but they should have known this and sent us to a new gate earlier). Then they still could have opened the door at G102 and let the ten of us on since the Syndey flight was still sitting there when the last of us arrived at the gate. They chose not to. I believe its because they gave our seats away before we got there. Can't prove it though and they wouldn't admit it. But they insisted it was the weather's fault, not their own incompetence. Hence the only thing they gave us was a toothbrush kit and a rebooking on a flight tonight. Albeit a nice kit with a cheap water bottle and some wet naps. @United and I had a fun chat on Twitter last night... I really enjoyed filling out the customer satisfaction they e-mailed me this morning while I was still sitting in the terminal, too.
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    New front page

    There are ads?
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    I googled him. You must be confusing me with my dad. I've never watched an episode of NCIS - any flavor - in my life.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    So why are we arguing? We agree that 1) they knew we were coming and 2) they screwed a bunch of us and 3) they refused to acknowledge they screwed us. We usually do carry on days stuff - outgoing always since you don't want to be stuck somewhere you don't live without clean underwear. Since we're going home we didn't worry too much about it...we have clothes there if they lose our bags. To United's credit, they did give us toothbrushes when I asked about it, though they weren't offering them to all the people they screwed. It looks easy enough to take a bus over to Millbrae for lunch. Beats the airport food. I have no idea who Gibbs is.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Again if there were other people waiting and they knew you were coming they would have held the flight.... I don't think your seats we're given up.. Umm...how could they NOT know we were coming? They have this wonderful thing they use now in business called a COMPUTER. They put us in it, they know the flight we're on, and where it is, and when it will arrive and everything. It's pretty cool. I have no doubt they were given up, since my seat changed from an assigned seat to "see agent" at some point while I was running around the airport or before it.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Actually if they lose our bags and take a day or to to catch up with us in Sydney it would be better. We could then take Sydney public transport back to the boat and wait for them to deliver the bags to us. Instead of having to take an Uber or something and schlep them ourselves.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    They would have, if they weren;t being dicks about it. They gave our seats away, clearly that's why they would;t board us. Not really interesting in pissing away $2-300 on a hotel room. I don't have a change of clothes...checked bags are still checked. So even if I wanted to work out...
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    And not to be a pain in the ass about it...but I have one set of clothes. The ones on my back. If I get them wet I'm stewing in them for the next 24 hours, or I'm overpaying for clothes I don't really want or need. So yeah, not walking around in the rain is a consideration...
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    According to weather reports it's about 115 degrees there. We've got four bags weighing near 200lbs, and we need to get out to the Pittwater area. Piece of cake. In the meantime, earthquakes are making the trains run slow.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Yeah, the first lap around the globe we did Sydney-LON-US-SYD was mostly on non-US airlines. But we've been back and forth from the US a few more times in the last couple of months, as well as doing some domestic flights while here. Completely uncivilized compared to Air Emirates, Etihad, Virgin, Qantas, etc.
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Fuck this day. Earthquakes? WTF?
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    Stuck at SFO all day

    Totally do-able. The two points of debate right now are 1) it looks shitty and rainy outside and 2) security is stacking up. Who knows what's happening there with the shutdown. IAD was quick, but this is getting thick. We may go. It's early still.