Who flies LA-to-NY with five bulky suitcases plus a carry-on? It’s surely the height of plebianism to load yourself down like the Joad family in The Grapes of Wrath. Big-weight packers are apparently upset by travel and trying to take as much of their lives with them so as to minimize the trauma of being someplace new. If you’re moving to another town or city you load your stuff into a U-Haul or send it by train. Nobody needs to haul this much weight on a flight.

Taken at LAX Virgin America terminal — Friday, 4.27, 9:25 am.
  • DiscoNap

    I think I finally get why you don’t like the Grapes of Wrath.

  • moviesquad

    Are you sure that isn’t a Kardashian?

  • JLC

    ‘Round these parts, it’s not uncommon for overseas tourists to buy luggage, load it up with their purchases, and then take it all back with them. Some stuff is a lot cheaper here than it is in Europe. Once met a British family that combined their vacation with back-to-school shopping and said even with the flight, they came out ahead.

  • Zach

    If you’re right, then I’d agree, but maybe she was traveling with her family and they went on ahead? Just one of literally thousands of alternate circumstances that you seem to intentionally shut out.

  • Krillian

    Maybe she’s moving to New York for the summer?

  • DavidF

    I guess I agree…but on the other hand I also imagine that somewhere on the Internet is a quirky literary critic who just posted a blog article in which he has a picture of Jeff taking a picture of a woman with five suitcases, in which he riffs on people who take people of other weird people with their cell phones for their own amusement.

  • Jeffrey Wells

    No, she wasn’t travelling with anyone. You can float all kinds sof excuses for this level of indulgence. It only requires the will to do so.

  • JLC

    At least she could afford new luggage….

  • Sams

    She may be a personal assistant / travel rep for people who went ahead * are already resting in the Lounge.

  • George Prager

    Was she Nordic? All kidding aside, I don’t think that there was much reading material in those suitcases, probably a lot of crap and about 30 pairs of shoes.

  • jujuju

    you take a picture of a common sight so you can use it to support your dictate such things should never happen (supported by simple-minded explanation) and the notion this lady could have gotten by with one or two bags (you just know she’s not off on a six-month trip) and you think this lady is the one with the compulsion?

    you took a picture… of a person with lots of baggage… at an airport… so you could bitch about it on your movie blog…

  • Sridhar Prasad

    So I’ll confess — I’ve totally done that. When I moved from NY to SF. And I had a crap ton of stuff — with zero patience to use movers, esp. because Virgin charges $50 per bag but they let you take up to 10 bags. So clothes, DVDs, books, shoes, everything went in the suitcases. For a cross-country move, going via flight with the stuff was easier / cheaper / faster/ better.

    Will likely do the same thing when I move back to the east coast — although most of those suitcases will be filled with wine I’d rather not let go of, i’d imagine.

  • hollywoodtease

    Yep, I’m with jujuju on this one.

  • arispil

    It’s obvious she’s moving somewhere.

  • Ira Parks



    I landed at Kennedy and first thing my cell went splat!, right into the toilet after a quick pit stop. Fabulous. Now AT&T are telling me they can offer a “rice soaking service” to try and salvage it – for two bills, of course. Not having it. After using a pally’s cell to inquire about options from the bulls at AT&T, I bit the bullet, reached in to grab the phone with five or six paper towels, and dropped it right into the trash.

    Right after this I chatted with Armond White for a quick second outside the terminal. He recommended HICK, and especially Redmayne’s performance. As we were going our separate ways, a nine or ten year old hyper kid stepped out into the street in the path of an oncoming hotel shuttle. He would’ve slept with the fishes if White hadn’t grabbed him and yanked him back onto the curb.

    The parents offered White a reward, but he only muttered a coldish ‘no thank you’ and went on his way. He didn’t seem the slightest bit fazed. An odd bird, to be sure, but his stock just went up in my book.

    Fair warning: Anyone using “sitdown action” in response to this post will go the way of the dodo.

  • Ira Parks


    Umm, Jeff, you did remove the SIM card, yes?

  • Ira Parks


    Yeah, I was just going to say, you probably want to get that out, Jeff.

  • Ira Parks


    Wells has been in Gotham for a matter of minutes and already on nothing less than a CANDIDE worthy adventure. I weep for the city.

  • Ira Parks


    [WELLS TO FATTYHADAPARTY: You were warned. Consider FATTY a distant memory.]

  • Ira Parks


    The fuck, Wells? Maybe you’re getting me confused with BADHATHARRY, because I haven’t posted, before this, in weeks.

  • Ira Parks


    If my phone went into an airport toilet I can guarantee they’d have to take me out on a stretcher, after loading me up on a triple dose of thorazine.

  • Ira Parks


    (Eating a leg of lamb dipped in pistachio butter flown in from Swaziland.)

    Just buy em’ in bulk. I drop a cell into the toilet at least once a week.

  • Ira Parks


    Alas, weary traveller, one must give back to the Wheat and Thyme Gods by shaking this one off. There are cimematic waves of glory awaiting you on the golden surfboard of life within that juicy big apple. Godspeed, brother Wells.

  • DuluozGray

    Lex, enough with the Ira Parks shit.

  • Ira Parks

    For the third or fourth time: I’m not Lex, he’s not me. Kitlatura is his other handle, as he has admitted. Believe what you want, if it helps.

  • MDOC

    Huge fan of the Ira Parks act. Rock on brother, I’m still giggling out loud over the Nick Nunziata quip about chud’s Avengers coverage

  • DuluozGray

    Ira, you’re really not fooling anyone.

  • Ira Parks

    MDOC: Thanks!

    Duluoz: (Ira starts to say something, sighs, makes a ‘what can you do?’ hand gesture.)

  • Ira Parks


    WELLS TO DISCONAP AND SUPER SOUL: What are you guys like…worrywarts? If some undesirable at the trash heap finds the phone and starts using it, I’ll deal with that when it happens…okay?

  • Gussie Finknottle

    Duluoz, if you think Ira is Lex then you’re a complete moron. Although tobe fair, you long since qualified for that label without the help of this wrongheaded assumption.

    Lex is gone and you’re still banging on about him. That makes you seem sad, and just a little obsessed.

  • DuluozGray

    Okay, Lex, I mean….Gussie.

  • Gideon

    No idea what that specific woman’s deal is… maybe she is just packing 5 suitcases for a short vacation, which does seem rather silly. I’m sure some people do that.

    However, I moved recently (almost cross-country), and simply used suitcases/duffelbags. As somebody mentioned, it’s $50 each extra suitcase… and I only had 2 extra (plus a few things packed in boxes and mailed ahead of time to my new place). Using any sort of U-Haul or a train would have been both pointless and vastly more expensive.

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