stranded at the drive-in

yikes

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Having a flight cancelled might be one of the biggest dampers on your day when traveling. Let’s face it, you have few options when your flight gets cancelled. To tackle a cancelled flight, keep in mind a few key items.

Disclaimer: depending upon where you are when you hear the glorious news that your flight has been cancelled, this list will be helpful for different situations.

Regardless of where you are, the first thing you NEED to do is contact your airline. Contacting your airline will ensure that you are put on the next possible flight. Sometimes, your flight will be cancelled when you are still at home (this is ideal). Call the agent immediately and reschedule for a convenient time. Most of the time, your flight is cancelled while you are in transit, whether it is in the air or on your way to the airport. Again contact an agent immediately.

Step 2: kill some time
More than likely your flight will not be rescheduled immediately. While your are in the airport, find the closest bookstore and restaurant that will serve you a Bloody Mary, Scotch on the rocks or beer. At this point, you need to engage in one of your vices.

Step 3: relax
Sure, this is easier said than done, but it can be done. Regardless if you are on the next flight or passing the next 10 hours in the airport, you WILL be on your way soon!

Keep in mind that when you are rescheduling flights and they can’t get you on your next flight, the airline usually sends some compensation your way. Always ask for compensation.

My wish for you is that you never have to experience a flight cancellation and if you do, that it is a painless cancellation process that you go through.

window, aisle or middle seat?

window seat me!

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When flying there is nothing better than getting a window seat. I love flying. I love the window seat and when you put the two of them together, the flight is such a wonderful experience.

Having the window seat isn’t just about being comfortable during the flight and having something to lean on. Sure it is about the view, but it’s not that either. It’s about the experience. Being a window-seater is a romantic and hopeful thing.  With the window seat- the view is inspiring.  An unfortunate account which I have run into a few times is when people who grab the window seat, pull down the shade and go to sleep, depriving the rest of us of any possible view.  if you don’t want the window, let me sit there.

It’s been rumored that window seats will soon be considered premiums, therefore making them more expensive and an extra charge when choosing the window. Honestly, if that ever becomes the case, I would have no problem with paying for a window seat. I want to sit next to the window, I am passionate about it. The window hypes me for my travel and it’s one of the best places I do my thinking. When you’re 30,000 feet up in the air just flying– looking out of the window is one of the most serene places to be.

I cannot wait to get on that plane back to DC and to cozy up in my window-seat. The window seat will be the perfect ending to a wonderful trip. In the time being check out these 100 incredible in-flight photos (I would just like to note that 3 of them are Wisconsin!).

What are you? Do you prefer one seat over another?

rants & raves of a job

Almost two years ago my life changed; I met Patrick! (Dramatic entrance, I know.) I met Pat through a friend, and I knew we were going to hit it off. After a few months gap in our friendship, due to him being at grad school–he made his way back to DC. Needless to say, I was beyond tickled! Pat got a job a IBM and was joining the real world as a consultant. Now, I couldn’t be more happy for him–what an awesome job opportunity post education, but the one thing that get’s get down is his lack of availability, but that’s not going to deter me from being his friend, heck that makes our friendship stronger! Once you read this post, you will understand exactly what I mean. So, here’s to Pat and his #LifeOfAConsultant, him writing this blog, and well just to our friendship!  Sit, back, relax and enjoy the blog!

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#LifeOfAConsultant

guest blog presented by: Patrick Kotary
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In March 2013 after three colleges, two degrees, and one small bank account, I started my professional career with IBM Global Business Services. After just 7 months though I can honestly say this job is never what I had expected my first big grown up job to be growing. Until the ripe age of six I wanted to work at the mall so I could eat lunch at Sicilian Delight everyday – a pizza place at Sangertown Square Mall; my immature palate thought it was the best food ever, but I digress. Needless to say my aspirations only went up from there. I had the classic dreams – teacher, astronaut, news anchor, race car driver, the next Ward Cleaver, and POTUS were just a few (the last two are still on my list). Until about a year ago I never considered being a consultant for one of the world’s largest technology companies.

My friend Lizzie told me IBM was recruiting for consultants at our school, Clarkson University. I hadn’t given that career choice much thought, but after her persuasion and hearing that if you were hired you were sent to Orlando for a few days to celebrate, I said let’s do it! So I gave it a shot and was hired! I was one of the few extremely fortunate people who were recruited and hired during my last semester of graduate school. While I watched others hunt for jobs, I spent my last two months before the real world soaking in rays by the Gulf, baking, and watching the Barefoot Contessa. As Ina would say, “how easy is that?” All that time though I kept thinking, “I don’t know really what I’m going to be doing come March.” You see, consultants bounce from project to project in different roles – one day you could be on a project as technical resource and the next you could be running financial reports on another. You’re in a constant state of motion, meeting new challenges regularly – something I love doing. Whenever I was asked what I was going to do at IBM I would say, “I’ll be consulting. Companies hire us to come in and solve problems for them.” Now is that broad or what?

Despite that uncertainty I started my first day as a consultant on March 4th, 2013. I had a busy first two weeks in training – one in Herndon, VA and one in Baltimore, MD. Week three was when things got most interesting because I was staffed; I started my first project assignment as the Project Management Assistant at a company in Spokane, Washington. 2,080 aeronautical miles from my home in Northern VA. For about 7 months I travelled back and forth between the Washingtons – out on Mondays and home on Fridays. That’s about 5,000 miles a week (there isn’t a direct flight) – about 135,000 miles total. Like everything this unique lifestyle has its pros and cons.

The Pros:

Status.

Hi, my name is Patrick and I’m addicted to travel status. I am a Delta Platinum Medallion, a Hilton Diamond Member, United Elite Silver, and Starbucks Gold for many years to come. Status is a beautiful thing. First class is the only way to fly.

Seeing new sights.

Instead of going back to NOVA every weekend, I sometimes took alternate weekend travel. New Orleans, Los Angeles, upstate New York, and Florida to name a few.

Try new things.

As previously mentioned I like new challenges, so knowing that week to week my job changes is very exciting.

Foodie’s heaven.

Being in new cities is a dream for foodies like me. In 7 months of working I can count on one hand the times I’ve eaten at a chain restaurant. I love trying new foods.

 

The Cons:

Tired.

I was constantly changing time zones and had some difficulty putting my body on a hybrid system. Thanks to Kendal Ann et al though, I was able to stay on PST time on the weekends back east #DCNightlife

Travel numbness.

Air travel has lost its glamour for me. There was a time when I loved flying and thought it was the best experience ever. I now feel like I’m getting on a big dirty bus with smelly people. Also, hotels no longer stand for vacation. All I can think now is, “How many people have slept (and done other things) in this bed before me?”

Long workdays.

Because of travel, my office time is limited. To make up for this, I spend about 11 hours a day M-T at the office. Lunch is usually at my desk.

Relationships – lack thereof.

This job is not great for relationships. Even though I am extremely handsome and debonair, many don’t want to be with someone if he’s only around 3 of 7 days. I can respect that. I’d rather someone NOT like that than ENJOY having me gone all week.

The #LifeOfAConsultant continues. In a few hours I’m boarding a plane home to Dulles from my new project city… San Francisco, California. It’s an exciting life I lead working for IBM and I love it. I’m young, single, and free, so why not? For now, I’m not the next Ward Cleaver and I’m fine with that.

I urge you all to get out and see what this beautiful country and world has to offer.