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easytraveler May 26th, 2008 11:14 AM

Well, Neopat: as a teenager 60-year-old, I can certainly understand your recommendations. :)

You do bring up some great points.


Yes, the need to change for dinner is absolutely paramount. The top hat has to be properly repacked and the dinner jacket as well. Some evening gowns do take up an entire steamer trunk, so I've heard. That's a great consideration - the dinner clothes and then, at night, San Francisco does get cold, so she'll need to have her fur coat ready for the evening and then will have to repack that as well.

Come to think of it, with all that luggage, they need an additional hour just to pack up the car.

Of course, you're correct, they can't leave all that luggage in the car. What was I thinking!

I once saw an elderly East Indian lady returning home and she had a suitcase full of curry powder that she was taking home with her. Curry powder shouldn't be left sitting in the trunk of the car all afternoon and evening.

Just earlier this year, at SFO, I saw another lady who was taking her old SF home TV to her other home in the Philippines. I'm certain that if the OP is taking their old TV set as large as this lady's, it wouldn't fit in the trunk of a car. Certainly hope the OP has an SUV or minivan.

On yet another occasion, I had a visitor from Hong Kong and she spent half her vacation time here shopping at Costco. She must have had five of those big restaurant-size boxes of saranwrap and I don't know hwat else she had packed in her suitcases. We had to use the minivan to take her luggage to the airport - but those were in the good old days when people could check in quite a bit of luggage for free.

Nyetzy - how much curry poweder, TV sets, boxes of saranwrap and steamer trunks of clothing are you taking with you?

:)

Neopat knows I'm joking (I hope!)

AAFrequentFlyer May 26th, 2008 11:22 AM

<i>regardless of where the passenger stays the night before, <u>he/she has to be at the airport TWO HOURS before flight time</u> for an international flight.</i>

really?

I have arrived to airports an hour before international flights and did not have a problem checking in.


(btw, I would not recommend it for SFO), but I just hate it when many here think it's some kind of a rule. IT'S NOT!)

NeoPatrick May 26th, 2008 12:25 PM

very funny, easytraveler. Some of us sweat if we've spent the day walking up and down hills, and we nearly always like to SHOWER and change before going out to dinner -- others obviously not (I've sat beside enough of them to know) -- top hats -- fur coats? Hilarious. I'm sure they can take a blanket and one of them can hold it up as the other stands behind the car in the street changing clothes if they want to. No problem. Just so they don't get arrested for indecent exposure changing clothes while parked on the Embarcadero. Heck, now that I think about it, why should they even get a hotel while in SF -- they could just live out of the trunk of their car!

And there have been dozens of posts of people worried about leaving luggage in the trunks of their cars parked on public streets or in lots. Rightfully so, in my opinion. I'd much prefer to have mine still in my hotel room than in the trunk of a car, thank you. Surely you understood that was the concern, not the &quot;hours&quot; it takes to pack the car, or the case of fine Cabernet or even the Ghiradelli chocolates they packed to take home!

Yes, I know you're joking. I think.
:D

trippinkpj May 26th, 2008 12:31 PM

I don't think anyone said it was a rule, though most of us seem to like the extra time. My daughter, a 23 year old frequent flyer, only allots 50 - 60 minutes for domestic flights (makes me like Kal when I fly with her!). Yet for her international flights she decided to go with the 2 hour &quot;guideline&quot;. FYI, I made her give us 75 minutes for our SFO to NYC flight last fall. We had a good 50 minutes to twiddle our thumbs before boarding. Kal- I didn't need to breathe into a paper bag. ;)

El_Swainer May 26th, 2008 12:44 PM

My method is to stay at an airport hotel when my flight leaves EARLY in the morning.

easytraveler May 26th, 2008 03:49 PM

<i>&quot;And there have been dozens of posts of people worried about leaving luggage in the trunks of their cars parked on public streets or in lots.&quot;</i>

These are for SAN FRANCISCO?

Every year before Christmas we go shopping in San Francisco and our trunk, and sometimes part of the back seat, is filled with Christmas gifts. We usually park and have dinner somewhere before returning home. I've never had a worry about people stealing stuff out of my car trunk when in San Francisco.

However, if the OP is going to bringing her fur coat, yes, maybe they should worry about car theft.

Do you think we've scared the OP away with our wacky humor? :)

BTW, San Francisco is not the East Coast. It's less humid here and, when evening comes, the OP will probably be more in need of a sweater than a shower.

Nyetzy May 26th, 2008 11:37 PM

Whoa! hold your horses guys...no need to get so emo over this!!

No, I dont have &quot;curry powder, TV sets, boxes of saranwrap and steamer trunks of clothing to bring with me&quot; but then again, the whole of the US will be on sale, maybe I should consider hmmm...

I think the idea of leaving at 8.30am and have breakfast at SFO is not a bad idea. I cannot imagine checking out the day before before noon and move to another hotel at the airport. Better to spend my last day in SF enjoying myself!!

StuDudley May 27th, 2008 07:08 AM

If you're staying at the Wharf, the drive to SFO is really a &quot;no-brainer&quot;. You get on the Embarcadero, follow the road, and then turn into the airport complex off Hwy 101. More detailed - follow the Embarcadero as it becomes King St (past ATT park), then King becomes Hwy 280, which merges with Hwy 101. No intersections with turns till you get to the airport - you could do this in your sleep. I've never taken this route at 8:30 - but the traffic will probably be in the opposite direction.

Stu Dudley

iamq May 27th, 2008 09:56 AM

Nyetzy,

Just be grateful you didn't ask about Scoma's and/or Fisherman's Wharf.

dmlove May 27th, 2008 10:27 AM

We drive north past the airport into the city every work day. I purposely checked today -- it was about 8:30, and there was not too much traffic (plenty of cars, but they were moving at the limit) from the city to the airport (it clogs up just south of the airport because the freeway narrows). If you leave your hotel at 8:30, I would bet you will be at the car rental facility by 9:15 at the very latest, and at the terminal by 9:30.

NeoPatrick May 27th, 2008 10:32 AM

&quot;Whoa! hold your horses guys...no need to get so emo over this!!&quot;

Who's being emotional? We're just having fun.

Kal May 27th, 2008 08:29 PM

Billlaaaaaayyy.
Nobody goes to Scoma's because it's too crowded. :-&quot;

I think we have all learned never to argue about SF or Seattle with a man from FLA.
:)) .... I mean :)&gt;-


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