Some Lessons from Myrtle Beach

  1. Golf is not an easy sport: it requires A LOT of patience to fully understand the basic fundamentals.
  2. A trip to the South requires an obligatory visit to one of the following: Chick Fil’A and/or Waffle House.
  3. Raccoon squirrels are deadly: not only do they like to eat food scraps, but they also enjoy chewing up Longchamp bags.  Ask my Mom…
  4. The TSA agents [and airport personnel for that matter] at Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) were some of the friendliest I have ever encountered, something that corroborates my experience with TSA agents and airport staff at Raleigh-Durham (RDU) in North Carolina.  I suppose it partially has to do with the Southern Hospitality [and not being in a New York City area airport too].
  5. While the experience did not totally stink, Spirit Airlines still leaves a lot to be desired [like no complementary snacks and beverages].  Oh, and all those fees…
    1. As my Dad pointed out, it would have been a better idea to fly out from Islip-MacArthur to Charleston via Southwest.
  6. As much as I hate LaGuardia Airport (LGA), this trip reminded me how the views of New York City proper you can get leaving and/or approaching the airport are untouchable.
  7. I need to take more pictures…
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Off to Pittsburgh, and Myrtle Beach

My Mom and Dad are attending the wedding of a friend’s daughter in Pittsburgh PA next month; I might add this is the same friend that encouraged my Mom to come to the US back in the day.

While booking their travel itinerary, I learned a few things:

  • Southwest has an awesome website and Hilton has great customer service.  I say this because I somehow managed to book their plane tickets and hotel the week AFTER the wedding is to occur, and yet was able to resolve my reservation errors promptly with the help of Southwest’s intuitive booking system and a courteous customer rep from Hilton.
  • There is a reason why Southwest’s unusual routing and stopover methods are the punch line for so many cheap shots.  While it was easy to book a direct flight out of Pittsburgh back to LI-MacArthur, getting to Pittsburgh with the routes Southwest asked you to take left me scratching my head:
    • No direct flights at all?
    • And must you insist on a Baltimore-Washington stopover?
  • Trying to maintain three separate frequent flier mile accounts for my Mom, Dad, and I is much more tedious than I thought, especially registering our [government issued] names.

Additionally, my Mom, Dad, and I are planning to go on a golf vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina not too long after the wedding in Pittsburgh.  Initially, I resisted the idea because to be honest, my golf game absolutely sucks and lacks consistency.  It really does not matter how good your equipment is: if you suck and do not practice on a regular basis, not even Taylor Made drivers and Pro V1’s can save your game.  In the end though, I committed myself to try and get good enough to at least attempt to play on some of the more advanced courses down in Myrtle Beach, even if that means losing more than 100 balls from water hazards.

It helped that planning for this trip to Myrtle Beach made me all the more excited to go, although I do wish that Spirit Airlines would stop trying to make Ryanair look like Emirates.

To be fair, their flights are round-trip direct from LaGuardia to Myrtle Beach; the other option was to either take Continental Connection from Newark-Liberty direct [and most likely pay more], or stopover in Atlanta or Charlotte.

So in short, February 2012 is looking to be an active month for all of us, which I hope is a good thing.