Holiday Week Links and Pix

Just some links and pictures on the newsletter today.

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6 thoughts on “Holiday Week Links and Pix

  1. Ha. We have a family story about my cousin, who was flying from NZ to the UK with a toddler and a 6 month old baby. She was joining her husband, and his work was flying them out first class – rather than release him to fly with them.
    Unbeknown to them (she’s actually a doctor), the baby had an ear infection – which was exacerbated by the pressure differential on the flight – she whimpered and was unsettled for the first leg of the trip (NZ to LA) and *screamed* the whole time (clearly in pain, poor wee scrap) for the second leg (LA to London). They did everything they could (mum and flight attendants) – but you can’t actually stop a flight and get off – and you can’t stop a crying baby (or an increasingly unhappy toddler – picking up on the baby’s distress)
    My cousin said the atmosphere in first class could have been cut with a knife, by the time they reached London. The other passengers were definitely unhappy with their flight experience.
    She said that she fell off the plane and said she never wanted to fly anywhere ever again!

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    1. My baby once woke up in the middle of a night flight from Hawaii (which had turned into a night flight because of delays, I think) and started screaming and screaming, probably just when everyone had fallen asleep. I am pretty good at being oblivious to stink eye, so I might be wrong, but in my memory, people were reasonable sympathetic. We weren’t in first class, though, and there was more than one family flying.

      In business class (the few times we’ve flown business), my kids were delightful, slept peacefully, elder with her two stuffies tucked under her arm in a way that elicited smiles from everyone (though I’m sure there would have been a curmudgeon who feared what might happen).

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  2. I am perturbed by the 350 million spent (which is not chump change) on private providers in areas with lots of yeshiva students being wasted in possible grifting). But, I thought the article failed by not contextualizing the payments to private providers in the special needs system And, by not talking about what services were actually provided by the private institutions. There are grifts that seem possible and even probably (the 2 person firm that’s grown in to a 10s of millions of dollars firm), services provided because the schools aren’t teaching English, . . . . I do agree that the system, of SpEd in schools and in private schools and with private providers and different state rules about whether children can be placed in residential facilities by their parents is a complicated mess and the impact of the article is diminished by focusing on only one little section of it.

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  3. I think the real solution on airplanes is to ban babes in arms. Book a seat, even for the infant. Use a car seat, or whatever, to get them a comfortable place to sleep/lay down/play. Keeping a baby comfortable in your arms, for an extended period of time when you don’t have the ability to move around much is dicey.

    I don’t blame anyone for being annoyed about sitting next to an unhappy baby… but I also don’t have much time for the complaints. Airplanes are a public accommodation, you don’t get to decide who books the seat next to you.

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  4. The article, once I read it, was not as bad as it could have been. I’m Team Baby. Far as I can tell, they’re human too.

    Really, if you want to complain about babies on public transport, go ahead and get a NetJets subscription. They sell a card now you can charge up when you need it. Oh, and if someone falls asleep with a baby in her arms, wake her up! It’s really passive aggressive to not wake up someone who might drop her baby, but grouse to a journalist about the inconvenience.

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