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DC to Boston: Delta Comair flights 6652 & 6653

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WASHINGTON, D.C. to BOSTON — When searching for a flight to take me to Boston and back, I was kind of surprised that the best deal I could get for National to Logan Airports was on Delta Connection, but economy being a major factor in my decision, I went with it.

Both flights were aboard Bombardier Aerospace CRJ planes. Unfortunately, I do not recall the specific type of CRJ. I sat on the right side of the plane by the wing both times. The view up to Boston included the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, lower Delaware, South Jersey, Long Island and Rhode Island — oops. If I fly this route again, I’ll be a on the left side so that I can see the cities of the Northeast Corridor. On the ride back, I saw Hartford and that was about it, again sitting on the wrong side.

The CRJ is a small jet and the thought “Greyhound of the sky” came to mind. Headed to Boston we also had to deal with poor air conditioning and very limited drink service — nothing more than water and maybe Coke which meant I did not have my customary whiskey on the plane. I missed giving my usual toast — “to happy landings.” In retrospect, I should have complained to the airline in hopes of a drink voucher for the ride back. It would have turned out to be a moot point though, because the flight home was also dry, though it was air conditioned and had more soda options.

Though I am being critical of the flights, I would fly them again. Both flights took off on time and landed considerably early. I’ve had longer rides to work than these flights, so they exceeded my expectations and met the most important deliverable — getting me there on-time and safe.

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The State of Affairs in Beantown

The Ombudsman, who works in Harvard Square, filed a dispatch on what is going on in New England:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It was a bit rough getting to work this morning, what with the swarms of locusts and the smell from the Mystic, which had turned to blood overnight. Then there was the delay on the T because yet another mother had thrown her child in front of the train rather than have him live in a world where the Patriots are 18-1. I stumbled into a man on the sidewalk who had gouged his eyed out right before the last knee so that a still undefeated Patriots team would be the last thing he ever saw. As I write this it’s a bit hard to concentrate with the constant wailing and intermittent gunfire. Other than that, people are taking it rather well. It’s just a shame they don’t have a decent baseball, basketball, or soccer team to fall back on. I feel sorry for them.

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Big Dig officially done next Monday

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An old Central Artery ramp, circa 2006 (PHOTO BY WILLIAM F. YURASKO)

On Dec. 31, It’s Official: Boston’s Big Dig Will Be DoneAP/The Post
The $2.6 million $14.8 billion Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project will be declared complete on Dec. 31. I’m glad Boston is no longer bisected by an ugly highway, but to all involved, you blew it for the rest of us with all of the massive overruns and shoddy workmanship. It will be a generation before this sort of urban reclamation gets attempted again.

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