Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thursday Theme=Limo

I have no pictures to show, even though I saw a very, very long stretch limo while I was walking in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore last Saturday on my way to the parking garage after having dinner at Phillips restaurant.

In the past when I was going on a flight I would use the area limo service.That involved slepping my luggage to my car, driving for over half an hour to the limo pickup place. I would than park the car all the time hoping it would still be there when I returned. Riding on the limo with a group of people I didn't know. This particular service after awhile switched from multi passenger cars to small mini buses. When one of these things hit a pothole you were lucky not to break your teeth. The last straw of taking that kind of Limo was the day I had flown back from Paris in November 2001. I had survived flying to Paris and back home by myself. We arrived back in NYC about 10pm. By the time the limo did pickup it was close to midnight. There were about three of us going to our part of Connecticut. We were unlucky to get a driver who didn't know exactly how to get us back to our stop. On the way up RT7 he started weaving. My thought was I have survived the flight, but I'm going to be in an accident. He eventually got us to our destination. That is the last time I used that service.

Now days when I travel, I take a private limo. I pack the luggage and leave them to the porch. The limo driver arrives, puts the luggage in the trunk of the car and he drives me to the airport. They generally arrive in a Lincoln Town Car. But one time to my shock they decided to pick me up in a stretch limo. Being the only person traveling I felt totally lost. So I have requested that they don't surprise me like that again. The nicest thing when I return the driver is there waiting at the airport. He drives me home and leaves the luggage on the porch. Since I use the same limo service for the past eight years, I have come to know most of the drivers and we have some interesting conversations. Oh my, it's time to make reservations for my next trip to the airport.

10 comments:

Brian Miller said...

when i used to travel a bit, i would use the limo service...so much cheaper than parking and what not...hard to believe. it is nice to let someone else slepp the bags every once in a while...have a great TT!

Auntie, aka Coco's Mom said...

Hello,
As I remember, you are getting ready for a trip to Egypt?? I am soooo very excited for you!
I firmly believe that a journey (or vacation) does not begin on the airplane. It begins when you get on a limo at home, to get you to the airport. Great investment!

Baino said...

Given the cost of taxis and airport parking (even if you're just dropping someone off or picking someone up) a limo is always cheaper because they charge by the hour rather than mileage. In fact, the only time I've ever been in a limo was a trip from the airport!

Dakota Bear said...

Brian-sometimes its not cheaper, but it is safer if I take a red eye home.

Auntie-Egypt is just about two and a half months away, I'm getting more and more excited as the day approaches. Hope your shoulder is healing nicely.

Baino-letting someone else do the driving is nice, especially after a flight.

Kris said...

Do they put on champers?

mark said...

I know a limousine hire company based west mids in england they do any extra's you want but not dodgey ones! They took me and my Mrs to the airport before our honeymoon!

Gran said...

Sounds like so much fun!

dreamhaven said...

it's nice that someone still enjoys limos They don't have to be stretch, after all. Happy TT
Wish I could go to Egypt.

Jaime said...

that's the way to travel. so much better than driving yourself to the airport and paying a bloody fortune to bail out your car at the end of a trip

Ruth said...

Oh you made me laugh about being in a stretch limo by yourself! I've used those town cars going to Laguardia many times from my daughter's apartment, pretty handy. But never a stretch limo!

Once on the island of Cyprus, my family and I pled for our lives as a crazy driver drove us to our hotel in his HUGE Mercedes Benz taxi at breakneck speed. It really can be frightening to put yourself in the hands of a stranger. Nice that you know the drivers there so well now.