NOTE: This post covers someone that many will consider to be one of the most offensive people out there. If you’re easily offended stop reading now.
One of the things I love about the travel hobby is the variety of people it attracts. One example is Justin Ross Lee, who… actually, I’ll let his Wikipedia page speak for itself, as it might just be the most epic one ever.
JRL and I have become friends though are completely different types of people, and that’s probably why I like him so much. I mean, this is a guy that has condoms with pictures of his face on the packaging, and who sells pocket squares for a living
The one thing that unites us is our love of travel. Check out his Facebook page and look at the number of international first class products he has flown — this is where we can relate!
So I was rather surprised at JFK last Tuesday when I randomly ended up in the security line behind him. I actually caught him right as he tried to hand the TSA agent his Metrocard and claim it was a valid ID. The most shocking part of that of course was that JRL apparently rides the subway… who knew?
He was heading to Miami and I was heading to Seattle. I asked if I could guest him into the Flagship Lounge (since I was traveling on an international itinerary). He said “nah, I can sneak in there.” Hmmm. Well he had Pre-Check while I didn’t, so I made it up to the lounge about 10 minutes after he did it. I told the agent that if he shows up I’d like him to be my guest, though she said he was already inside. Sure enough as I enter I see him sitting in the back corner with a drink, and he yells “can you f&^$ing believe they’ll let anyone here?”
He proceeded to drink. And drink. And drink. And then he had us take some pictures together with the tarmac in the background. Sounded great, except for the fact that his camera loudly “meows” every time he takes a picture. I know what you’re thinking — what do you mean the camera meows? The camera literally makes a loud “meow” noise every time a picture is taken. We must have taken about 10 pictures, and each time the loud meow went off, along with a corresponding flash. My apologies to anyone else in the Flagship Lounge that day. 😉
But what fascinates me about JRL more than anything are the mechanics of how he does his “thing” while flying. This is a guy that has slept overnight in the Lufthansa First Class Lounge (mind you, it closes after the last departure), that had a passenger misconduct report filed against him on a transatlantic US Airways flight for trying to serve coach passengers champagne (and when confronted by the crew he claimed to be Robin Hood), that nearly had an Asiana 747 diverted due to his hair iron, and that has sat at the bar in the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in a bathrobe.
So that’s why I’d like to fly with JRL. I’d like to be a fly on the wall to see how JRL does his thing, how he makes his magic happen.
Which leads me to my question — am I wasting my time, or would you guys enjoy that report?
Or maybe I just need to invite JRL on an Aerolineas Argentinas flight, and I can fax updates the whole way?