Wednesday, December 10, 2008
as some of you know i'm a member of Delta Air Lines' airport lounge circuit, the Crown Room Club. as a member you're able to go to their lounges in various cities and sit in a much less chaotic atmosphere than the normal departures area. in addition there are Delta agents there to help you with flight information and they've been a godsend more times than i can count when weather has hit and delays/cancellations are abound. most lounges have staffed bars and i take FULL advantage of this perk. i'm a nervous flyer and a drink or six before a flight helps take the edges off. i pay a hefty sum every year to be a member of this club and enjoy all the benefits. Delta extends lounge access to traveling military personnel, without a fee. i'm all for this. no qualms whatsoever. why not extend these brave people a little comfort and relaxation? HOWEVER. i do have a problem when people wearing the uniforms members of my family have worn with pride and honor get sloshed at the bar because they got in the door for free. not classy and very disrespectful to those of us who pay for membership and pay your salaries! i understand you're defending my rights as an American and i implore you to find another person more thankful than myself for that service. but don't come in to the club and get shit-faced on my dime wearing a uniform that commands respect!
(side note: i know these guys aren't in uniform and i regret not getting a picture of the tens of others of soldiers i've seen in my various trips drinking cocktails in BDU's!)