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In O'Hare Airport

By Patrick following x   2019 Jul 4, 4:38pm 791 views   31 comments   watch   nsfw   quote     share    


I'm stuck in O'Hare Airport for a couple of hours on my way to Ireland, and was struck by a few things. I'm from Chicago, and have been through here many times.

It's quite a bit shittier and more dysfunctional than I remember. Maybe my memory is bad, but the train between the terminals used to work. Currently the train is under repair and they have a crappy bus to replace it.

The airport has a really amazing number of Muslims, some praying (for our deaths, presumably, if the more than 10,000 Islamic terror attacks since 9/11 are any guide).

It's also quite difficult to get food. Service is abysmally slow. I gave up on two places after I could not even place an order in 15 minutes from the very "diverse" wait staff. I got a seat at a bar and finally got a burger and beer from a white bartender. Name tag said Sullivan!
1   HonkpilledMaster   ignore (5)   2019 Jul 4, 4:49pm   ↑ like (6)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I was in Chicago last year, I remember it being very corporate (where I was) and the airport was like all other big airports - Diverse, (mostly) Surly, and very Slow.

The major problem is the Free Shit. People don't give a shit because worse comes to worse they go on welfare or move in with a welfare ho, be it a girlfriend or their mamma.
2   Ceffer   ignore (2)   2019 Jul 4, 8:29pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

If it goes the way of LAX, it'll become a scum bucket airport. i still shake my head that they allowed hordes of spare change muggers from the ghetto to harass people at LAX without repercussion. Couldn't go three minutes without getting hit up again.

Well, it's all on the bumpy road to patronage politics, shit eating grotesque overpopulation and third-world-i-zation.
3   FortWayneIndiana   ignore (4)   2019 Jul 4, 9:13pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

thats the problem with "diversity" hiring. you hire based not on ability to do the work, but just random people... hence horse shit results.
4   rdm   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 4, 9:46pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Haven't been in the international terminal for many years but travel frequently through the domestic ones. The food in general is shit and the airport needs a major upgrade which is planned and should be getting underway soon, think it is 6 billion or so. Typically crowded but functional, but Chicago weather is often bad for flying. SFO has far superior food.
5   BayArea   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 4, 11:24pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

FortWayneIndiana says
thats the problem with "diversity" hiring. you hire based not on ability to do the work, but just random people... hence horse shit results.


No, with diversity hiring you don’t hire random people. You hire based on race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, etc to meet a quota...
6   Patrick   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 5, 3:32am   ↑ like (5)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Maybe Ft Wayne meant that the hiring was random within the approved "diverse" groups.

Sadly, I can already see the globohomo diversity is a bigger problem now in Ireland than when I was here two years ago.

Soon the whole world will be a badly run dangerous strip mall of corporate franchises all waving the sodomy rainbow flag with "pride".

There will be no families, no countries, no sense of being anywhere but in the same strip mall everywhere on earth.
7   just_dregalicious   ignore (0)   2019 Jul 5, 9:56pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Damn, traveling on the holidays... I need to start picking more expensive flights. The riff raff are becoming much riffier and too raffy.

These used to be decent routes too not like that fucked up airport you flew into Pat. BTW, I flew into Detroit 2 years ago to interview at a company who had headquarters in Ann Arbor. I thought I flew into another effin country and it was 3rd world. Totally run down place and barely anyone worked there. Toilet paper flung out into the hallways. Took 45mins for the damn luggage to start rolling out and of course because nobody worked there there wasn't anyone around to ask about it. ISIS uber drivers both ways... I'm never going back to that part of the country. Not even for an interview.
8   rocketjoe79   ignore (0)   2019 Jul 5, 11:18pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Demolition Man: "Every restaurant is Taco Bell!!"
9   marcus   ignore (10)   2019 Jul 6, 3:32am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

It's pretty clear why you guys voted for Trump.
10   willywonka   ignore (3)   2019 Jul 6, 6:21am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I walked around in a high-priced condo building near E. Huron and N. Fairbanks looking for coffee a while back. Everybody inside looked unhappy. I would be, as well, if I lived or worked there. I guess there are enough well paid jobs in the area to afford the price. But there are so many better places one could live. And the crust on pizza must be thin!

"Let a man so much as scrape his finger pushing a truck in the pickle rooms, and he might have a sore that would put him out of the world; all the joints in his fingers might be eaten by the acid, one by one. Of the butchers and floorsmen, the beef-boners and trimmers, and all those who used knives, you could scarcely find a person who had the use of his thumb; time and time again the base of it had been slashed, till it was a mere lump of flesh against which the man pressed the knife to hold it. The hands of these men would be criss- crossed with cuts, until you could no longer pretend to count them or to trace them. They would have no nails, – they had worn them off pulling hides; their knuckles were swollen so that their fingers spread out like a fan. There were men who worked in the cooking rooms, in the midst of steam and sickening odors, by artificial light; in these rooms the germs of tuberculosis might live for two years, but the supply was renewed every hour. There were the beef-luggers, who carried two-hundred-pound quarters into the refrigerator-cars; a fearful kind of work, that began at four o'clock in the morning, and that wore out the most powerful men in a few years. There were those who worked in the chilling rooms, and whose special disease was rheumatism; the time limit that a man could work in the chilling rooms was said to be five years. There were the wool-pluckers, whose hands went to pieces even sooner than the hands of the pickle men; for the pelts of the sheep had to be painted with acid to loosen the wool, and then the pluckers had to pull out this wool with their bare hands, till the acid had eaten their fingers off. There were those who made the tins for the canned meat; and their hands, too, were a maze of cuts, and each cut represented a chance for blood poisoning. Some worked at the stamping machines, and it was very seldom that one could work long there at the pace that was set, and not give out and forget himself and have a part of his hand chopped off. There were the "hoisters," as they were called, whose task it was to press the lever which lifted the dead cattle off the floor. They ran along upon a rafter, peering down through the damp and the steam; and as old Durham's architects had not built the killing room for the convenience of the hoisters, at every few feet they would have to stoop under a beam, say four feet above the one they ran on; which got them into the habit of stooping, so that in a few years they would be walking like chimpanzees. Worst of any, however, were the fertilizer men, and those who served in the cooking rooms. These people could not be shown to the visitor, – for the odor of a fertilizer man would scare any ordinary visitor at a hundred yards, and as for the other men, who worked in tank rooms full of steam, and in some of which there were open vats near the level of the floor, their peculiar trouble was that they fell into the vats; and when they were fished out, there was never enough of them left to be worth exhibiting, – sometimes they would be overlooked for days, till all but the bones of them had gone out to the world as Durham's Pure Leaf Lard!"
11   WookieMan   ignore (3)   2019 Jul 6, 7:00am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

willywonka says
And the crust on pizza must be thin!


Ughh.. Most Chicago peeps prefer thin(ish) crust, at least from my anecdotal evidence. Pretty sure the deep dish bull shit came out of a marketing gimmick from one of the big pizza places a long time ago and it stuck. Deep dish pizza blows.

willywonka says
I walked around in a high-priced condo building near E. Huron and N. Fairbanks looking for coffee a while back. Everybody inside looked unhappy. I would be, as well, if I lived or worked there.


Depends on the time of year. Downtown, near North and the lakefront are hard to beat in the summer time. Humidity can be tough, but it's a great city in nice weather. Lots of cool neighborhood bars, patio, roof decks that are fun too. Winter can fuck itself anywhere except a mountain with chair lifts installed.
12   WookieMan   ignore (3)   2019 Jul 6, 7:38am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Also, if traveling domestically, avoid O'hare at all costs in my opinion. Especially if you're going downtown. A 17 mile trip during a weekday will likely take a fucking hour. Midway even on a bad day will be much quicker.

Plus they're updating Midway right now and it's going to be a better airport. Given runway and land constraints, Midway is only focusing on making the terminals, security, checkin, etc better and more functional. Not adding terminals and runways while neglecting the existing.

Also, don't buy airport food. Ever. Overpriced shit. I've yet to experience what I'd give an above average (4 out of 5 start) rating at an airport.
13   Booger   ignore (3)   2019 Jul 6, 10:45am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I'd have to be starving to eat airport food.
14   WookieMan   ignore (3)   2019 Jul 6, 10:50am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Booger says
I'd have to be starving to eat airport food.


And rich. $18 burgers and $8 beers are a joke. Eat and get wasted before you get to the airport. My wife had a fucking $16 mimosa recently on one trip. The bottles of both ingredients don’t come close to that price for what they’re using.
15   CBOEtrader   ignore (5)   2019 Jul 6, 11:22am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

marcus says
It's pretty clear why you guys voted for Trump.


Realistic views of the world?
16   socal2   ignore (0)   2019 Jul 6, 11:33am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

WookieMan says
Depends on the time of year. Downtown, near North and the lakefront are hard to beat in the summer time. Humidity can be tough, but it's a great city in nice weather. Lots of cool neighborhood bars, patio, roof decks that are fun too. Winter can fuck itself anywhere except a mountain with chair lifts installed.


My oldest brother lived in Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville for alot of years. I loved visiting him from Indy during the summer for Cubs games and street festivals. The Sheffield Garden Walk music festival was great. All day/evening drinking and sweating your tits off in the high humidity and body heat from a bazillion people partying around you. Remember eating some pretty good deep dish pizza from one of the street vendors. I usually don't prefer deep dish, but this was really good. Looked like they had them pre-made like a desert pie and they just put a ladle of sauce on top to serve it. Not the chunky sauce either. I lived on those things to soak up all the alcohol I was drinking.
17   BigFrank   ignore (0)   2019 Jul 6, 2:58pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Far too many blacks working at O'Hare. No wonder it's a piss stained shit hole!
18   B.A.C.A.H.   ignore (0)   2019 Jul 6, 3:24pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

There is some irony in how we can travel very long distances, across continents and over oceans, in a few hours, safely, reliably, and (all things considered) in relative comfort, for less than the price of a steer, and find things to complain about.

Imagine trying to explain all that to our ancestors a century or two ago.
19   SunnyvaleCA   ignore (0)   2019 Jul 6, 6:00pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

WookieMan says
Booger says
I'd have to be starving to eat airport food.


And rich. $18 burgers and $8 beers are a joke. Eat and get wasted before you get to the airport. My wife had a fucking $16 mimosa recently on one trip. The bottles of both ingredients don’t come close to that price for what they’re using.
Yeah, it amazes me that people who don't exactly seem rich would pay so much for such mediocre food. That goes for food at sports arenas and movie theatres as well.
20   Booger   ignore (3)   2019 Jul 6, 7:05pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

WookieMan says
And rich. $18 burgers and $8 beers are a joke.


For $18 that hamburger should include a blow job.
21   HeadSet   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 6, 7:09pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Booger says
WookieMan says
And rich. $18 burgers and $8 beers are a joke.


For $18 that hamburger should include a blow job.


It doesn't? I guess that server girl just liked me.
22   WookieMan   ignore (3)   2019 Jul 7, 5:38am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Booger says
WookieMan says
And rich. $18 burgers and $8 beers are a joke.


For $18 that hamburger should include a blow job.


A BJ is a BJ, but not sure I'd accept one from any airport employee I've seen in the past. I sometimes worry about getting an STD just from them bringing my food to me or scanning my boarding pass. I can't stand driving though, so I'll accept the risk.

B.A.C.A.H. says
There is some irony in how we can travel very long distances, across continents and over oceans, in a few hours, safely, reliably, and (all things considered) in relative comfort, for less than the price of a steer, and find things to complain about.


I hear ya. The false economy of an airport is utter shit though. The competition to get those leases is nuts. When you've got the space nearest the entry point and you got 2,000 people walking by every hour, you can shit on bread and people will buy it for $20 and wait 50 minutes for it as you watch your plane depart the gate. Then, for some antiquated reason, they'll bring you the credit card scanner/processor so you can do their job and physically pay the bill yourself.
23   BayArea   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 7, 5:56am   ↑ like (7)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

marcus says
It's pretty clear why you guys voted for Trump.


I didn’t vote for Donald. But after seeing how you people on the political left behave, I will not make that mistake again.
24   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 7, 1:17pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

WookieMan says
$18 burgers and $8 beers are a joke.


That's the pricing at the new Guinness Brewery in Baltimore!
25   6rdB   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 7, 5:07pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

BayArea says
I didn’t vote for Donald. But after seeing how you people on the political left behave, I will not make that mistake again.

Same here. The idiot left will annoy me into voting for Trump, whom I dislike (but less than hearing about being Fucking White Male, Oppressor of Womyn and Minorities)
26   HonkpilledMaster   ignore (5)   2019 Jul 7, 5:10pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Am I nuts, or getting old, or do burgers no longer taste that great at most places?
27   Jimbo in SF   ignore (0)   2019 Jul 7, 6:30pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

"Yeah, it amazes me that people who don't exactly seem rich would pay so much for such mediocre food":
Business expense accounts
28   Booger   ignore (3)   2019 Jul 7, 6:34pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

HonkpilledMaster says
Am I nuts, or getting old, or do burgers no longer taste that great at most places?


I find that a lot of things don't taste as good as it used to. Seafood quality has declined the most. Presumably that is due to all the overfishing and the falsely labeled food. For other things I blame cost cutting and some fake ingredients. For burgers in particular, you have to avoid anyplace that uses frozen patties, and they have to use high quality buns. It's otherwise very easy to make a really good burgers, but few places are bothering to make the effort. Fast food quality has gone down noticably since the 80's. McDonald's and Taco Bell seem to have gone down the least, bit probably because they couldn't get any worse. Arby's is about the same, just more expensive in relative terms.
29   HeadSet   ignore (1)   2019 Jul 7, 6:46pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Arby's is about the same, just more expensive in relative terms.

There is the key. People do not want to pay for a better burger. Open a joint that has quality beef and buns, and your higher price will be called a "rip-off" and may not get enough business.
30   CBOEtrader   ignore (5)   2019 Jul 7, 9:16pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

HeadSet says
Arby's is about the same, just more expensive in relative terms.

There is the key. People do not want to pay for a better burger. Open a joint that has quality beef and buns, and your higher price will be called a "rip-off" and may not get enough business.


Not really. 5-guys, in-n-out, and p terry's here in Austin are all $3 burgers instead of $1.50 ish like mcdonalds. Judging by the lines, these higher quality fast food burgers have more demand per store.
31   mell   ignore (2)   2019 Jul 7, 10:22pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Agreed 5 guys and in n out still make great burgers.

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