Where Do Baby Airplanes Come from?

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The Associated Press has a short video (and an accompanying story) about the California company Pacific Miniatures, which creates model airplanes for manufacturers and airlines looking to promote their products. Apparently they only do custom work and at a range of scales, including larger models for exhibits. These are not the cheaper planes you can buy at most aviation gift … [Read more...]

The Cocktail Measure for Flight Delays

Two Gin and Tonics on Alaska Airlines

I like to think I’m at my most entertaining on Twitter when my flight is delayed, probably because I’m a little tipsy. Which may mean I’m NOT entertaining and merely misremembering the facts. But please bear with today's facetious post because I have over 7,000 miles ahead of me before I get home, and I bet there will be some bumps along the way. To satisfy the teetotalers, I'll make up for it on … [Read more...]

How Political and Economic Crises Make for Cheaper Vacations

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I arrived at London-Heathrow yesterday to news that the Swiss National Bank had suddenly decided to remove a ceiling on the value of the Swiss franc, at one point appreciating over 30% against the euro. Previously fixed at CHF 1.20 per euro to protect the value of Swiss exports, the two currencies are now near parity. The dollar strengthened against the euro but still fell against the … [Read more...]

Santa’s Journey around the World Has Already Begun

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You can track Santa as he delivers presents this Christmas season using Google's Santa Tracker -- an annual event already in progress due to time zone changes. Ordinarily I'm not that interested in such things, but it has a few interesting features this year, including some educational information about the places he visits along the way and games you can play in Santa's North Pole … [Read more...]

Yahoo! Is Killing Its Directory Service

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You're probably wondering why I'm bothering to write about this in a travel blog. Well, I'm part of a special group of people. I am one of the last generations to remember a time before the Internet. For my younger readers, there was once a time when I waited for mail to arrive each afternoon and had to watch whatever show was on television. Phones had dials, not touch screens. When I first … [Read more...]

I Wish My Math Class Took Field Trips to Atlanta

LoungeBuddy shared a pretty awesome article from Wired this morning on Twitter. The question: Could you observe the curvature of the Earth in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport?  Atlanta has one of the most "efficient" terminal layouts I've ever seen, with multiple long piers connected to each other by an underground train. I use that term to describe things that make … [Read more...]

I’ll Take Care of It

I can't claim to being the World's Greatest Husband. The first thing I do when I wake up at 6 is check my email. I go to my day job until 5. I work again on the blog until 11. Megan makes most of my meals and does a fair amount of the cleaning. When we became engaged, my future mother-in-law insisted I read a hokey booked called The Five Love Languages. It was not as bad as I expected, and I … [Read more...]