Gigi Goes To New York
LAX airport terminal, about 8:30PM, a healthy amount of people waiting to use the self-check in terminals and drop bags. GIGI, an attractive 40ish woman arrives with three bags. She is carrying a stuffed Tumi carry on, a roller backpack (mac book pro, ipad, nikon d7000) and her black Marc Jacobs Stam bag. She needs to check in the carry on but realizes if she waits in the line she will not make the flight, she has less than 30 minutes to get to the gate. She decides to go for it and forgo checking in her carry on bag. She is greeted by a TSA agent who is not happy.
TSA agent # 1
You have 3 items. You have to check one in.
No, not really I’m going to put my purse in my backback, just getting out my ID and boarding pass, sir.
TSA agent #1
(rolls his eyes) and reluctantly lets her through
(struggling with the roller backpack, now on her back, Tumi carry on, purse, wearing a coat and a scarf now breaking out in a sweat–not cute. She is greeted by a long line of frustrated travelers waiting to be screened. She checks the time and realizes she is going to have to cut the line in order to make her flight.
Hi, excuse me, my flight is departing in 15 minutes. excuse me, thank you so much, excuse me, oh so sorry, excuse me.
TSA agent #2
(blank look on her face-it has been a long night)
Hi, my flight is departing in 15 minutes, is there a way I could go to the front of the line? Please? My daughter is alone in New York and I have to get there so I can help her. I can’t miss this flight. PLEASE?
TSA agent #2
(motions to other TSA agent to let Gigi to the front of the line)
Frantically takes out her plastic bag, mac book, removes coat, scarf and shoes, loads up the plastic bins, gets x-rayed, retrieves her items, puts shoes in backpack and runs barefoot to the gate which of course is at the end of the terminal. She is the last person to board the flight. The flight is smooth and on time. She arrives and is transported to the hotel where she is dropped off, and is pleasantly surprised by this beautiful arched entry way .
In the evening the tunnel was lit with white lights. The hotel has a vibrant blue decor.
The restaurant was my favorite space. I love the greenhouse concept combined with the pretty chandeliers.
Happy for an early check in.
The blue theme was throughout the hotel. I wondered if I could do my own space in one color…
I will share more about my New York state of mind this week. Overall it was a nice trip, and I see why my daughter is happy to live in this fabulous city.