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Everything posted by lovecruisingtoo

  1. At least the nation now has a different political philosophy than the one that basically said "let's do nothing and see how bad things can get before we take any action".
  2. Just looked at the UAL stock. You say that the UAL stock has taken a "big drop". If you compare UAL to the DJI, you will see that over the past 30 days, the DJI is down 1.84% while UAL is UP 3.79%. Even just considering the last 5 trading days, both UAL and DJI are both down approximately the same amount. That is not what I call a "big drop". If you want to claim a "big drop" you need to only look at 2 trading days. But again, those 2 days are offset by the gains on the previous two days.
  3. Also, these laws have been on the books for many years. They have nothing to do with Trump or Sessions so why do we "need to poke a stick in Trump's and Jeff Sessions' eyes"? Why not poke a stick in Obama's eye? He did nothing to change the law!
  4. Are you saying that I am wrong about disobeying the flight crew is a federal crime? If that is what you are saying then please look at: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/49/46504 Just because the "court of public opinion" is against United does not mean that it is OK to disobey the flight crew.
  5. Do you have a mirror? If not, you need to buy yourself one (and a safety pin to go along with it).
  6. You must remember that he was violating FEDERAL law by not obeying the flight crew. Does not matter if he is a safety risk or not......it is a federal crime. Also, if the crew allowed him to stay on, what signal would it send to any other passenger, on that flight or any other flight? Is it now OK to only obey the law when you want? The flight crew needs to have authority. To me, when he said "Just kill me" it showed that he was a risk,
  7. And you think that CNN (Clinton News Network) is more realistic? Look at how much time each network spent on the Susan Rice story. Oh wait, you probably don't know what the story is because you watch CNN.
  8. I don't think, if fact I know, that we don't all think President Trump is doing things for the polls. Look at what the Obama strategy of patience has gotten us - a NK with nuclear capability, a NK that is close to having an ICBM that can deliver a nuclear weapon to the US, a NK that openly murders a relative. Yes, that strategy of patience was definitely helping to make the US a safer place to be. If you ask many people why they decided not to go to the SK Olympics, it was not because of lack of hotels (most did not even check into hotel availability), lack of transportation or lack of tickets. It was because of the tensions in the region. Many of those tensions are a direct result of the Obama strategy of patience.
  9. Trump is not a "trigger happy maniac". You need to look at the facts. Syria went against the Geneva Convention with the use of chemical weapons. The vast majority of the world agrees with what the USA did. As for Afghanistan, the only way to defeat ISIS and save our boots on the ground is to get rid of some of the tunnels. That is exactly what the MOAB was designed for. Not one civilian was killed in the action. If you are so knowledgeable, what would you do to defeat ISIS and stop the chemical killing. Have people kiss each other and promise to be friends (like some in Hollywood want)? That did not work when Syria promised to get rid of all chemical weapons. Off my high horse now.
  10. I think you and I are on the same page. Finding any accommodations in the area of the venues that have close transportation will probably be a very big problem. 3 hours plus on a bus each way to Seoul is not something that I would look forward to.
  11. From what has been reported, the capacity of the train system to / from Seoul is about 15,000 people PER DAY (excluding Olympic Officials). The Opening Ceremony ends, per the schedule, at about 10:30 PM and the venue has a capacity of 50,000 people. Many other venues have a capacity of over 10,000 people. I think that should raise major red flags for anyone that is planning on staying in Seoul and utilizing the train system to get to the venues. Even if you were willing to put up with the hours on the train each way (and the cost), you have no guarantee that there will be space available after any of the events.
  12. Also, have you noticed that the CoSport hotel packages now include transportation to and from the sporting and non-sporting venues? I believe in the past that this was not included. Just goes to show how much trouble the 2018 Olympics are in.
  13. Transport concerns, housing concerns, political concerns - they all enter into the lack of interest. We had thought about going and, in fact, had reserved a hotel in Seoul (fully refundable) but when we looked at the train situation we found that the trains will be very limited and if you went to a "late" event, there was a very real possibility that you could not get a train back to Seoul. Add to that the tensions with North Korea, you have a situation that we considered unacceptable considering the cost. On that basis, we canceled the hotel and did not pick up any of the tickets that we were offered.
  14. The hotel and transportation situation must be very dire. Look at the CoSport page and you will see that they are using the Ramada Gangwon Sokcho for many of their hotel packages. For once the package INCLUDES ground transportation. The note is as follows: " Ground Transport - Travel to/from sporting and non-sporting venues included in your CoSport itinerary via dedicated coach including airport/hotel transfers. " Previously I don't believe CoSport ever included ground transportation in their packages.
  15. Thank you for the information. This basically confirms my fears relative to transportation from Seoul. If you figure 7 cars per train, this equates to about 315 people per train. I assume the trains will run for at least 16 hours per day (probably more). This means that there will be slightly over 2 trains per hour to Seoul and 1 train per hour to Incheon. This means the total capacity will be about 1,000 people per hour. Even if they "stack" the trains and double the capacity during peak hours, you are looking at a maximum of probably 2,000 people being transported per hour. This capacity is not nearly enough to cover the people who will need to go to Seoul.
  16. I am amazed that there are so many tickets still available on CoSport. Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, just to name a few. I remember the Sochi games and tickets went like hot cakes. I suspect that tickets for most events will be very easy to come by.
  17. Results of the Expression of Interest have been mailed and are on the CoSport site. Here is the sales schedule: EOI Results Open - NOW EOI Results Close - February 8, 2017 at 18:00 (NYC Time) Live Sales Open - February 9, 2017 (Time to be announced) For Rio, we received nothing in the EOI phase. Here we received Opening and several other events. Will probably not buy any of the tickets because of the question on transportation and housing.
  18. Even if they open the railway earlier and do testing, it will not resolve the issue. There is limited capacity on the trains (about 1,200 - 1,400 passengers per hour max) so even if it is running at 100% getting to Seoul with a 90 minute train ride is problematical. Just the Ice Arena holds 12,000 people. If you assume only 25% of the people need to get from the venue to Seoul, it would take up 2 hours of train capacity alone - and I can't see anyone taking the "normal" train / bus to Seoul and spending 3-4 hours one way. Then you need to get from the train station to your hotel. I have not been able to find anything about the stations that the bullet train will use - only that it will be a "direct" train from Incheon Airport. If it does not stop in the city, that adds additional time and complexities to getting to your hotel. So basically I don't see a real solution to the hotel / transportation problem. Probably too late to add additional trains and it is obviously too late to build additional hotels near the venues. Am I missing something?
  19. Thank you for the information. It looks like they will not allow "standing room" on the trains. This is based on the fact that each train can probably make 5 or possibly 6 round trips per day. At 410 passengers, this would make 20,000 people (which is the stated daily capacity) based on 5 RT. The comment that "Accredited personnel such as media and other officials are also expected to use the connection" is also very disconcerting because that will take away from the available train seats - especially those later at night. If you look at the event schedule, even the Opening Ceremony is scheduled to end at 10:35 PM so the chances of making the 11:00 train would be very small. Can't imagine what would happen if you were at a later event and could not get on the train back to Seoul. I suspect that unless they can come up with alternate accommodations that are close to the venues, they will have a real lack of attendance. I think we will probably just avoid these Olympics and concentrate on going to Tokyo.
  20. From what I can find, each of the bullet trains will carry 410 passengers. They will also only have 10 of the train "sets". If you assume a 90 minute one way trip, this means that it takes 3 hours for a train to make a round trip. Doing a quick calculation, they will only be able to transport less than 1,500 passengers per hour in each direction. They may be able to "stack" multiple trains at one end of the line in the evening or morning which would help but not solve the problem. "Stacking" all trains at one end (which is probably impossible) would still only allow you to transport 4,000 people. Not nearly enough when you talk about an event like Opening. Just think of getting out of an event at 10:00 PM and trying to get back to Seoul! Based on this, staying in Seoul does not really seem to be an option. Here is the article that talks about the rail system: http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1035241/bullet-train-for-pyeongchang-2018-unveiled-by-hyundai-rotem
  21. I made a hotel reservation at the Westin Chosun Seoul for 2/7/18 through 2/17/18. Nice thing is that since I was using Starwood points I was able to book a refundable room. If you pay cash, almost all the rooms are prepaid. I can now put in for tickets and see what happens and what the transportation options are closer to the time. I will probably actually not go to Seoul just because of the transportation time - but this keeps my options open. To me Tokyo is much more interesting in that hotels should not be an issue and transportation is significantly easier (but very crowded).
  22. Glad I am not the only one with such feeling. For the transportation, they keep talking about the high speed rail but there are no details of where the stations will be - the only Seoul station that is talked about is the airport - which is not convenient if you are staying in the city. If you look at hotels in Seoul, some of the chains do take reservations 13 months out. Those hotels that do go out 13 months, virtually all have availability (mostly prepaid). That tells me that the IOC and corporations have not booked the Seoul hotels. Since I can book a room on points that is refundable, I may take a flyer and do that. Will not cost anything if I cancel and I would have a room if we decide to go.
  23. We are now basically 1 year away from the Olympics. Tickets will start being released in about 3-4 weeks. What does everyone think is the best bet for hotels? Will they complete the high speed train from Seoul?????? Even if they do, from what I recall, the trip will take about 2 hours. Also, after any of the "late" ceremonies or games, there may be a long wait for a train as each train will only hold about 410 people.
  24. Even if they do complete the bullet train, it will be almost impossible to get between Seoul and the venues. Think of the number of people who will need to take the trains at any specific time. I believe the reports say there will be 10 bullet trains. Each will carry about 400 passengers. So in 2 hours (1 hour each way), you will be able to only get 4,000 people between the two cities. Think of the opening ceremony. You have a venue that holds 50,000 people. Maybe half of those people will be living / staying in the local area. This still means you will have 20-25,000 people that will need to get out of the Olympic area. In addition to the bullet train you will have other high speed rails but that will not add significant capacity. I see a major transportation issue if they don't find a way to house more people near the venues.
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