Ok, so I’m starting a new weekly feature that I hope you like. In fact, if you do like it tell me so in the comments and if you don’t, well I guess tell me in the comments. Regardless, you’re not going anywhere today without leaving a comment so you might as well resign yourself to that. I got the idea for this from a magazine, but of course all the content is mine. So, here you go: Three Things You Don’t Have to Worry About This Week
1. Hurricane Sandy (if you live anywhere that is NOT the East Coast of the United States) – As a proud Washingtonian I’m used to the odd storm or two, but even the so called FrankenStorm has me freaked out. The size of the beast is impressive but so are the reports from usually stoic weathermen. “Unprecedented”, “once in a lifetime,” and “killer storm” are just a few of the calm, cool and collected terms the experts have used so far in describing this meteorological leviathan. On the East Coast it will do huge amounts of damage, cause death and injury and wreak travel havoc the likes for which no one is prepared. BUT, if you live anywhere else in the world, you’re in luck. There’s no once in a lifetime, Megatronesque storm charging onto your front door so go enjoy the weather, take a stroll and perhaps buy someone you love a small present, because you have nothing to worry about.
2. Suffering from an embolism following a 19-hour flight – That’s because last week Singapore Airlines announced they were ending their famously long service from Newark – Singapore, the longest commercial flight in the world. Usually lasting around 18 ½ hours or so, the mega-flight is aboard an All-Business Class Airbus A340-500 configured to hold 98 business class seats. A similar service between Los Angeles and Singapore is also slated to end; saving would be fliers about $8,000 for a round-trip ticket. Singapore Airlines has never been able to make those routes profitable, especially aboard the gas-guzzling Airbus A340s. If you missed your chance to fly on what used to be the longest flight in the world, just lock yourself in a closest for a day for a near perfect approximation of the experience.
3. Getting gelato all over brand new “I Love Rome” t-shirt – The powers that be in Rome announced an end to eating in public at some of the city’s most famous landmarks and tourist sites. No longer will you be able to take a picnic or scarf down that giant pizza at the Patheon, the Colosseum or even the Spanish Steps. Showing that they mean business, fines of up to $650 will be levied against offenders. Actually, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, I mean who eats lunch inside the Pantheon? Yet, unsurprisingly, a group of Roman foodies protested City Hall hurling epithets such as ”Panini is not a crime.” Well said my sandwich-loving friends, Homer Simpson would be proud.