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Old 07-27-2010, 07:02 AM
 
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Both are frequent travelers around Europe, including the Communist Soviet Union and East Berlin, prior to their falls. After we talked with them about their travels of the US, they hesitantly admitted to us that what they saw in our US airports was frighteningly like both of those regimes, prior to their fall. They, too, were told the loss of freedoms were for their own protections.
Well that's very strange, what you see in US airports is no worse than any airport in the world. Certainly I've been frisked and questioned in the Amsterdam airport, and they also, in spite of that, seem to be just as inept as our TSA (i.e. - underwear bomber).
Something wrong with your analysis - someone from The Netherlands ("nanny state central") complaining about the loss of freedom imposed by the state for their own protection? The Netherlands is the poster child for that.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:51 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Wow, how do you guy do so many flights??.
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A love for travel!
....and perhaps a nice income and plenty of vacation time.

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Well that's very strange, what you see in US airports is no worse than any airport in the world. Certainly I've been frisked and questioned in the Amsterdam airport,
I was vigorously frisked at Heathrow in 1974 and again in 1979.
I was frisked, wanded and plopped down for a short interview at Schiphol in 2006.
European travelers to the USA are now experiencing more intensive scrutiny than they did in the past, but it's been going on for awhile now. We have the digital fingerprint routine, and body scanners. How universal and/or effective it is, I can't say.
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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One way to Boston (drove back after college)
One way to Myrtle Beach (then Spirit Air went on strike so I had to Greyhound back)

Have a round trip flight planned for Boston in 2 weeks for an interview.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:12 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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....and perhaps a nice income and plenty of vacation time.

It's all about priorities! While most of my friend prefer to purchase gigantic homes, luxury cars, birth humans that eat up all their income, and have tons of material possessions, we much prefer to use that money for travel experiences. Different priorities for different people! I assure you, we in no way make more than the average household in this area!
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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I'm planning on flying back to Miami on July 30th and picking up my plane and flying it out to Houston where I moved a few weeks ago. After that I plan on flying about once every two weekends in the summer, because it is so hot, and then every weekend for the rest of the year. I don't know if it will be too cold in Houston in December to fly comfortably or not though.
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: on an island
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It's all about priorities! While most of my friend prefer to purchase gigantic homes, luxury cars, birth humans that eat up all their income, and have tons of material possessions, we much prefer to use that money for travel experiences. Different priorities for different people! I assure you, we in no way make more than the average household in this area!
SoCal, right?

I don't especially think our priorities are consumerist or otherwise suspect, but finding the vacation time is not easy and we don't like to dip into our savings too much.
We did happen to birth a couple of humans, a venture we found very fulfilling (and one of them now lives in Paris). Maybe after the second one graduates from college we will travel a bit more.

We did have two great family reunions in Denver and Santa Fe this year, and we may yet get out some place else before 2010 is over.
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:43 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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SoCal, right?
Yes, SoCal. Which sadly, is nothing in terms of salary speak like the NYC area was. We've only lived here for almost 2 years now, not that long. Think a $60k paycut just to live here, and a higher cost of living. The salaries around here are pathetic, which is why most people don't last more than a few years.

I'm in my 20s, I have time to birth humans! My friends, however, felt that their biological clock was ticking at the age of 23 and started having kids then. What they spend on diapers, daycare, toys, kid furniture, birthday parties, doctor visits, etc. we spend on travel. Like I said, different priorities for different people!
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