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    I know a guy that flew to Hong Kong, got a tatoo, turned around and flew back to IAH. Something doesn't add up to me here. This guy must love flying being cooped up or he probably wanted bragging rights to say he flew all the way there for a tatoo and back. I know everyone is different and everyone has different things to make them feel happy for themselves. I just don't see being cooped up in an elongated tin can for what? 20+ hours each way, get a tatoo and hop back on this tin can with a bunch of people to your left, to your right, to your aft to your fwd coughing up swine flu and many other kinds of flus going around in Asia..... Now this I can see. Instead of doing this long flight thing for a tatoo, say, go to Cancun, only two hours flight from IAH. Spend TWO NIGHTS THERE and get a tatoo, knock out some rum and cokes, some cervezas, some margaritas and maybe even some SENORITAS. Hop back on the plane, two hours only, and your home. What's this Hong Kong thing? CRAZY FOOL.


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    I'm with you Palms, flying to Hong Kong for a tattoo is all about the bragging rights. Now I will admit, I've flown to Chicago (several times in fact) for pizza, but that was a matter of life and death.....as any Angeleno will tell you, there is no real pizza in L.A.
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    Come on folks - you HAVE to admit that part of the fun of non reving is the thrill of the chase, and the game of 'will I/won't I?' - if we wanted to make SURE of getting there, we'd book positive space and lead boring (probably productive) lives!

    All that being said though, once you get to a place you really SHOULD do more than just get a tat - I've done a day run to MSP just because it was something to do, but I NEED to get out of the APO for a few hours!!!
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    The thrill part of the NON REVING for me is getting to the destination and checking it out. I see zero thrill in the chase of seeing if I'll make it or not. 9 times out of ten I have it pre-planned and list myself only on flights I know I have a chance on. I have cut it close many times. No thrills on that. Non rev is just a tool for me to use to get to where I need or want to go. I am very happy for it. I feel priveledged. I feel glad when I make the flight, but I feel even greater when I am checking out new destinations.

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    Flying back and forth for pizza to Chicago from LA is not a big deal. What are you talking? 4 hours each way? Well, being a pizza boy myself, I say you may have given me a reason to hop on a plane and check out a Chicago style pizza I haven't had for so long. Been about 20 years since I last seen Chi-town anyway. But if I do that, I need at least a night stay to wash it down with some OLD STYLE.

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumper @ Nov 26 2008, 06:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Come on folks - you HAVE to admit that part of the fun of non reving is the thrill of the chase, and the game of &#39;will I/won&#39;t I?&#39; - if we wanted to make SURE of getting there, we&#39;d book positive space and lead boring (probably productive) lives!

    All that being said though, once you get to a place you really SHOULD do more than just get a tat - I&#39;ve done a day run to MSP just because it was something to do, but I NEED to get out of the APO for a few hours!!![/b]
    I have to agree. It&#39;s the thrill of making it or not making it and running around airports that does it for me.

    It can come at a cost sometimes though. Such as chancing my luck coming back from STL-LAX to connect to a QF intl flight that would get me home at 0730 to report to work at 0900. STL-LAX got delayed for 2hrs, so i had to fork out $500 to AA for a walk up. But i got it refunded later That was a big thrill, not thinking i&#39;d be back to work on time. But when i look back... an amateur mistake as although my boss would be OK with it, I would never hear the end of it!

    Just a few weeks ago i flew 20hrs each way to DFW for a 3.5hr party which was crazy fun! Now i get what people mean about you should check out the city etc, but i&#39;d lived there for 4months and been back about 3 times... so i think that gives me an excuse to be a fool
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    I have done those type of quick trips but I will always stay a day and visit the city. I may not see everything but I see all I can. There are some great things to see in HKG and I would do that, besides getting the tat.
    I love to fly but the thrill is gone. I wish I could just teleport. Did they invent that yet?
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    I remember years ago, I actually enjoyed looking out the window of an airplane and look at the city below. Alot would run through my mind like were are those million cars down there with all those people with all those different lives going? Who lives in that building right there? Things like that. It was very interesting. My mind would wonder off in these flights. But now, I&#39;ve flown so many times for so long, the thrill is not the same. I&#39;ve becomed calloused. Don&#39;t get me wrong. I&#39;ll look down occassionally and view a volcano from the air as you fly over Central America, or fly over LAKE NICARAGUA, its pretty neat, or fly over Alaska, but my main mission is to get to the hotel, where I can enjoy the anemities of it, and then check out the town or country I am in. The flying part has really gotten to be a bit of a hassle mostly with security and TSA. Seats have become much tighter, more for piling on pax for the revenue and made less for comfort. Like the previous poster mentioned. "CAN WE TELEPORT"? I&#39;m with that. Give me more time on land and less in the sky.

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    I can do a 3 or 4 hour flight for lunch no problem. When you get up to 6 or 7 hours of flight time then I definitely start to consider an over night. All though 20 hours is excessive I could do it if needed. Except to Hong Kong. Haven&#39;t been there yet but plan on staying for a while when I get there.

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    Maybe some people have no problem sleeping in small seats upright. Not me, I need to get horizontal. Circulation on my rear end begins to be a problem in long flights and there is just no way I would land, have lunch and then off again. No way. JOSE. I&#39;d rather take the beating climbing volcano&#39;s like I did that one time in Nicaragua.

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