A few months ago, I remember hearing about a bridge that collapsed in Minnesota. The Corps of Engineers went out and said that the bridge had been overdue for an overhaul. They went further to say that only 20% of ALL the bridges in the United States had been up to date in inspections. I find that alarming. In the wake of Katrina and the levee breaking in New Orleans I ponder the degradation of our physical infrastructure. It’s a shame.
So what brought this on; what caused me to think of this…I’m currently in IAD (travelers know exactly where I am). This airport, like the majority in this country have very little (if any) AC outlets. This is frustrating. Aggravating. Infuriating. How can it be that the advent of the web and interconnectivity have not caused a rehaul of something as simple as putting in more outlets in a busy airport? You may say, "But Rick, you have no idea how much that will cost or disrupt the status quo….) HOGWASH! spend the money. If you need an operation, you don’t worry about the cost if you need it. There should be power strips along the walls looking out at the runways. Now, all airports are not bad. SLC actually has an area with AC outlets, unfortunately it’s right next to the smoking area. I expect major airports to cater to the business traveler and make it more convenient to work. the lounges are nice, but if you are flying First Class or want to pay a fee for that, then what? Restaurants are nice; everyone needs to eat, but MOST people nowadays need to stay connected and AC outlets helps them stay connected longer.
I am monopolizing the one free working outlet on the wall where I am. I have my laptop plugged in and an external hard drive. if they had power strips, I wouldn’t be such a bad citizen.