Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt

How I Love The 21st Century

Dan and I leave for Argentina in about seven weeks. I'm tidying up all of the remaining details, e.g. the bus ticket we need to get from Buenos Aires to Mendoza.

Now, this being the age of the Internet, that's incredibly easy. Just go to the right Web site, enter personal details and a credit card number, and boom, Robert's your father's brother. It's just that easy.

I mean, I'm old enough to remember the virtual impossibility of booking a hotel room in somewhere as exotic as Prague just twenty years ago. Back then, phone lines were unreliable, no one returned paper mail, and although you may have had an E-mail address at the time, the chance of a Soviet bloc hotel having it was practically nil.

Just after I paid for our bus tickets online, I received a lovely personalized E-mail from the bus company's reservations agent:

She's asking if I'd like the beef, chicken, or vegetarian menu for the executive class dinner [it's a 14 hour bus ride to Mendoza - you spend the night on lie-flat seats].

How awesome is that?

Best of all, the tickets only cost $40 per person. The flight would've been $110.
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