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howard Feb 7th, 2001 03:17 PM

OK, folks, let's help the Fodor's editors rejuvenate their creative juices
It's obvious from reading Today's Poll that the Fodor's editors have hit the bottom. Today's question: "I use the flight attendant call button," followed by three choices--often, sometimes, never. <BR>Surely, we creative folks can come with some better suggestions that that. Let's see, how about...... Hey, this isn't so easy! Maybe, some of you out there can help them. <BR>(If you're interested, of the 375--that high a number astounds me--who responded, 1% said often, 19% sometimes and 79% never.)

Cindy Feb 7th, 2001 04:08 PM

How about the following poll questions, Howard: <BR> <BR>1. How much of your in-flight meal do you typically eat? (a) Not one bite; (b) just the sweet stuff; (c) Every morsel and scraps from my seatmate. <BR> <BR>2. What was the worst in-flight movie you watched from start to finish: (a) Ishtar; (b) Howard the Duck; (c) Ghost Dad. <BR> <BR>3. What is the single most annoying thing a flight attendant has done to you lately? (a) Lifting my blanket to check my seat belt; (b) Refusing to give me the whole can of soda; (c) Trying to sell me headphones so I can watch Ghost Dad.

Amy Feb 7th, 2001 04:21 PM

Great start, Cindy! <BR>How about <BR>1. Flying ranks right above (a)three weeks in the Swiss Alps (b) chocolate (c) root canal (d) death. (I'm somewhere between c and d, and have friends who swear that the flight is always the best part of a trip.) <BR>2. This Fodors' addiction is (a) joyful (b)alarming (c) seriously threatening my happy home. <BR>2.

Judy Feb 7th, 2001 04:38 PM

Great stuff, Cindy! I really like the full can of soda, Ha-ha, and the hungry seatmates, Funny stuff....Fodors staff: give Cindy a could use her. <BR>Judy ;-) ps. I know people who love to fly too....hmmmm... :-0

Mara Feb 8th, 2001 05:51 AM

Can anyone else help Fodors?

pam Feb 8th, 2001 09:58 AM

Do you a) take your own pillow on plane trips, b) count on getting one of the airlines' pillows, or c) lean on your neighbor? <BR> <BR>What's the worst thing you fear about sleeping on airplanes? a) drooling b) the kid in front of you putting something foreign in your hanging-open mouth c) missing a meal <BR> <BR>What's the most off-putting behavior you've witnessed aboard an airplane? a) air rage, b) drunkenness, c) physical intimacy, or d) someone clipping his toenails? <BR>(I was on a plane with a guy who was clipping his toenails one time. Can you believe it????) <BR> <BR>

elvira Feb 8th, 2001 10:03 AM

My favorite thing about flying is a) the food; b) arriving in one piece; c) no one can perform root canals on me while I'm in the air. <BR> <BR>The ideal seat companion on a plane is a) my spouse or lover; b) a chatty, upbeat nun; c) a corpse. <BR> <BR>What makes a hotel memorable? a) marble bathtubs and heated towels; b) friendly, helpful staff who goes out of their way to make my stay enjoyable; c) no "COPS" episode is filmed there during my stay.

s.fowler Feb 8th, 2001 10:07 AM

I am laughing my self silly here. I may not even need my afternoon snack of chocolate after all:)

Jack Feb 8th, 2001 10:08 AM

Elvira: did you mean to say "one's spouse or lover" or do you in fact have a spouse and a lover who are two different people? Either way, your answer made my day.

pam Feb 8th, 2001 10:31 AM

Oh, let me clarify: I OBSERVED a guy clipping his toenails on a plane once; I was not WITH him.

xx Feb 8th, 2001 10:42 AM

Oh, sure, Pam. We believe you. Are you sure it wasn't YOU clipping your toenails? :)

kk Feb 8th, 2001 10:47 AM

Howard, this is not a creative but a prosaic question, and I would really like to know the answer....How many people still carry travellers checks when they travel internationally? <BR>I used to work for a major company whose first product was travellers checks, and I would bet tons of money that their usage has plummeted in the 12 years since I left (but not of course because of my leaving, tee hee).

Danna Feb 8th, 2001 11:00 AM

Here's my offering <BR>Who annoys you more on a flight? a.)a child, b.) someone glaring at the child, or c.) the couple in the back who may be creating a child?

ilisa Feb 8th, 2001 11:27 AM

kk, my husband still insists on travellers checks as his main form of currency.

rand Feb 8th, 2001 11:37 AM

Damn, anyone who can clip their toenails in economy is some kind of contorsionist. ps. When are we going to get a spellchecker?

kk Feb 8th, 2001 11:43 AM

Right now this is my favorite thread! So funny and civil. <BR>Thanks for the info, Ilisa. And Danna, your post was SO funny. <BR>And I personally know that Pam would not be caught dead clipping her toenails, so it tweren't her, no sirree.

s.fowler Feb 8th, 2001 11:47 AM

Rand: As someone whose typing is fragile at best I feel your pain:) And you made me laugh. Thanks. I needed that!

nancy Feb 8th, 2001 11:50 AM

Thank you , Thank you, Thank you!! <BR>To all who have contributed to this site. <BR>I have just finished reading a few of the Complaining Sites, and was feeling very let down, but this was a fun few minutes. <BR>So again, thank you <BR>From the Thank You Queen <BR>(someone once got on me for my frequent thank you's to response to my post)

xx Feb 8th, 2001 11:53 AM

So Pam wouldn't be caught dead clipping her toenails? Well, if that's true, how does she get her shoes on at all, hmmm?

kk Feb 8th, 2001 11:55 AM

Oh dear, she really is not Howard Hughes in drag. She does clip her toenails, just NOT on a plane. <BR>Cute, very cute.

danna Feb 8th, 2001 12:04 PM

kk <BR>there's a queenship opening on the " elite" club! I'm giving it up cause I wasn't able to give my attention to such trivial messages! I appreciate folks who like silly as well as real!

L Feb 8th, 2001 12:10 PM

This threas is wreck. Do any of you folks actually travel ... if so, what's with the toe nail bit? Really, what a disgusting thread. Does nayone really find this humorous? Ciao.

Amy Feb 8th, 2001 12:16 PM

Hello, L, dear. <BR>Travel back to the top and read all the way through...Ok? Now do you see? <BR>I think it's kinda nice that people can have a happy time with fairly silly travel topics, myself. <BR>And as for the traveling, itself--once or twice a year to Europe, starting with the USSR in 1984, plus various other spots. Do my credentials pass?

M Feb 8th, 2001 12:19 PM

I totally agree with L. Toe nail clipping is just awful and disgusting. I can't believe you people can even bring yourselves to talk about it, let alone do it. <BR> <BR>L, have you ever witnessed anyone flossing in economy? Give it some thought and get back to us.

Galluping Feb 8th, 2001 12:21 PM

Which of the following do you wish hotels would always provide (check all that apply): 1. bath mat for the floor; 2. oversized bath sheet; 3. not one but two bath towels per person; 4. separate hand towels in addition to bath towel; 5. a face cloth (flannel/washcloth/washrag, whatever). <BR> <BR>If someone offered you a first-class ticket, would you prefer to go a)by train, b) by plane, c) by boat? <BR> <BR>Which is the worst problem to have with a seat mate? 1.heavy perfume; 2. a cough or a cold; 3. inebriation; 4. gas. <BR> <BR>

Triple-O Feb 8th, 2001 08:14 PM

Here's another candidate: <BR> <BR>Has a flight attendant ever come on to you? <BR> <BR>Yes <BR>No <BR>I think so (if asking for my phone number and plying me with drinks counts) <BR>

Mabel Feb 8th, 2001 08:15 PM

Guess what? This thread got action! See today's poll, "inpsired" by this thread. <BR> <BR>Mabs

betsy Feb 8th, 2001 08:32 PM

Way to go, Pam. You're famous!

howard Feb 9th, 2001 05:50 AM

I add my compliments to Pam. As the original poster of this thread, I want to thank you, Fodors! It sort of makes my life that much more worthwhile! <BR>Who says the Fodor editors don't list to us!!

Judy Feb 9th, 2001 05:59 AM

Wow! I am very proud of you all! I wish I was that witty! Judy :-) <BR>

pam Feb 9th, 2001 07:25 AM

Ohmigod! I'm PUBLISHED!!!! <BR> <BR>And if I AM caught dead clipping my toenails, it will be behind a closed door in my own bathroom, just so you all know. Thanks for defending my honor, kk.

pam Feb 9th, 2001 07:32 AM

Whoops, meant to add: <BR>Thanks for the compliments, and thanks to Howard for starting this thread. I haven't gotten so many laughs from a thread in a long time! <BR> <BR>And thanks, as always, to Fodor's.... and I'd like to thank the Academy, and my parents, and my second-grade teacher who really believed in me, and....

howard Feb 9th, 2001 09:56 AM

Pam, glad to help out on your road to fame. Just don't forget the ones who gave you your start as you continue up the ladder of success. But, I'm sure you wouldn't! <BR>I am certainly honored to be among the very few--your parents and second-grade teacher were the others--to be publicly thanked. I am truly humbled by your generosity!

Gary Feb 9th, 2001 05:55 PM

<BR> <BR>What standard announcement do you find most annoying: (a) Ladies and gentlemen, this flight is VERY full; (b) Please find your seats; we would like to maintain our high percentage of on-time departures; (c) Some overhead contents might have become dislogded when we hit the airpocket over Topeka and dropped 10,000 feet in twenty seconds.

cleanliness Feb 9th, 2001 06:04 PM

How do you use the bidet? <BR>1. soaking laundry <BR>2. washing feet <BR>3. keeping bouquet of flowers fresh <BR>4. extra urinal <BR>5. other... <BR> <BR>

hate smokers Feb 9th, 2001 06:09 PM

Who would you LEAST want to have sitting in your row on a plane? <BR>1. a smoker <BR>2. person with a bad cold <BR>3. screaming baby <BR>4. unbathed jogger

xxx Feb 9th, 2001 06:13 PM

Another vote for Danna's "baby" question - THE BEST.

mk Feb 9th, 2001 06:29 PM

How do you keep from getting wet in an airplane toilet? <BR>1. don't drink anything all day <BR>2. stand on the seat <BR>3. wear shorts, not long pants <BR>4. wear a skirt or a kilt, not pants

Dade Feb 9th, 2001 06:31 PM

Re: hate smokers <BR> <BR>1) "hate smokers [email protected]" <BR>2) anyone who hates other people <BR>3) everyone is is OK <BR> <BR>seriously

stacey Feb 9th, 2001 06:53 PM

I think we should all be relieved that Pam and/her seat mate (who may or may not have been Elvira's spouse/lover) was clipping his toenails and not biting them. Now that would have to have been a contortionist. <BR> <BR>Which of the following would you prefer next to you in a hotel with thin walls. <BR>A) 4 Rugby players the night after they win the finals. <BR>B) the chatty nun with a sister in Maine. <BR>C)A Honey moon couple <BR>D) Your spouse or lover

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