Sunday, June 19, 2005

Baby, If You've Ever Wondered

I spent last Friday in Cincinnati. It had all the trappings of a city--but without the crowds. A couple of examples:

1) I arrived early for my meeting. I went to a Starbucks downtown around one o'clock. Plenty of open tables.

2) I went to park my rental car in a downtown garage. Plenty of spots in the early afternoon. Plenty of spots in the late afternoon, even as the first pitch of a Reds game was drawing closer.

3) Most amazingly, I've got an early evening flight out of CVG. I am expecting the usual Friday zoo, like LaGuardia or Baltimore. Not even close. Not much traffic on the outside, and no chaos on the inside. Minimal lines going through security. Easy to get a table to catch a quick dinner. Yes, the ticket on Delta was about twice what it would have been on a Southwest flight of the same distance. But imagine spending more and actually getting more. That's a rarity.

I tip my hat to the Queen City.

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