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November 30, 2005

Don't Skip Acapulco

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Most travellers we have met along the way who have been to Mexico advised us to skip Acapulco... but I'm glad we didn't listen to them. The place has a real kitch appeal that could only be achieved after years of exploitation by a money hungry tourism industry. Now, in the aftermath of Acapulco's hey-day, stands a town built on mosaic tiles and impractical 1980's playboy architecture.
 

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Posted on November 30, 2005 08:06 AM by mexico136.
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November 26, 2005

A Culinary Trip To Sardinia

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A trip to Sardinia in Italy, however, would expose you to a different food culture. So different that some of you may even swear never to eat Italian food ever again.
 

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Posted on November 26, 2005 12:39 AM by airlin124.
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November 23, 2005

Flying To Stockholm

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‘Ok! Here is the first posting as i promised. As you can tell i made it to Sweden. My flight (Air France) was pretty smooth for the most part to Paris. I was not too impressed by Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris. It looked old and confusing. No one really there to help passengers get to their connecting flights. But i liked the French clothing style even at 5am. Stockholm is small with 1 mil population only but historic and cute. So far everyone is friendly. Here are some of the photos i took today. To enlarge the photos just click on them. Enjoy! Feel free to post comments.

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Posted on November 23, 2005 06:40 PM by Air Fr115.
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Amtrak Ticket Prices Up

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I took the train out of Washington today to visit family in New Jersey. Amtrak ran on time, which was a blessing. At times in the past the Northeast Corridor has been rife with delays; in recent years this improved a lot. But the Amtrak management gave its customers a holiday present: price-gouging. A one-way ticket on the route I travel usually costs $76; this morning it cost $101. That's one-way, folks. And that is not the worst of it. An afternoon ticket cost $120.

 

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Posted on November 23, 2005 06:40 PM by amtrak126.
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Mom, Entrepreneur Podcasts, and Motivation

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I read about a great example of inspiring motivation at a (speaking of good people) Corporate Alliance function the other day. The following text is taken from a full-page ad published on Boss's Day 1994. The ad was paid for by the employees of Southwest Airlines and it was addresses to Herb Keller, the company's CEO:

 

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Posted on November 23, 2005 01:40 PM by southw138.
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November 19, 2005

Outlawed Train

travel amtrak locomotive I've found just-released convicts on buses more than trains, but it sure makes the ride uncomfortable.

I rode the Amtrak home for Thanksgiving break. There are always just-released convicts on the train, taking it from a prison somewhere in the southern Illinois to Chicago. One of the hispanic guys spent the entire trip practicing his tagging skills on the windows with his finger.

 

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Posted on November 19, 2005 06:40 PM by amtrak126.
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Subsidized Outsourcing

travel northwest airlines As in most large-scale industries, the airline industry is full of complicated subsidies.

America subsidizes Northwest Airlines. Northwest Airlines wants to outsource the airlines attendants jobs to a foreign company with low paid foreign help. If you connect the dots then it is easy to see that indirectly your tax dollars, the very tax dollars these airline attendants pay into federal taxes, and income taxes, will subsidize the outsourced salaries. Indirectly these same faithful taxpaying Americans will be effectively paying their replacements salaries, how can this be?

 

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Posted on November 19, 2005 09:45 AM by northw137.
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November 11, 2005

Baby Luggage

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A woman has 14-month-old twin boys. They had a flight recently (I believe out of Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Hair Care Salon, and Quick Lube Station). The boys — remember, 14 months old — were each classified by security as “single male, no baggage” and treated accordingly — i.e. they were searched and “wanded”.
 

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Posted on November 11, 2005 01:30 AM by airlin124.
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November 10, 2005

Too Fat To Fly?

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My company is sending everyone to Reno, NV in January for a fun-filled three day trip of doing whatever you want to do in Reno, for three days as part of a gift for doing so well this year. I’d really like to go, however, there’s one thing stopping me: Southwest Airlines. Like most airline carriers, they have a policy that basically states if you encroach on the person’s seat that is next to you, you must pay for an extra seat. I’m not one of those fat person fanatics that think whoah, whoah! Discrimination! I mean, really, if you’re too large to fit into the space, maybe you should consider getting an extra seat. Is it really fair for the person next to you to have to suffer through your fat rolls because you’re gushing over the armrest? Now when I illustrate this, I’m talking someone pretty extreme.

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Posted on November 10, 2005 12:45 PM by southw138.
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Red Eye

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I’m taking a bird west later today for a wedding in Washington this weekend. I’ll be flying Jet Blue’s new non-stop service to Portland. Non-stop rocks. What does not rock is that the flight back will be a redeye. Never flown one before and I can’t sleep unless I’m horizontal. Should be interesting.

 

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November 09, 2005

Kay Bailey, Communist Or Capitalist?

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Here in Dallas, we're having a little tussle over an airport, called Love Field. It happens to be popular, well positioned, and convienent. And it's the home of the World's Best Airline (Southwest Airlines). Unfortunately, there is a larger, unpopular, and inconvienent airport called DFW Airport (Dallas-Fort Worth International). It happens to be the home of one of the least friendly, least responsive, and least competitive airlines in the world (American Airlines). Because of AA's legislative largesse, it's a classic example of our dear representatives in Government NOT representing their constituents, because, for some ungodly reason, Love Field is saddled with a restriction called the Wright Amendment. It prohibits Love from competing with DFW Airport. AA LOVES it. It keeps Southwest in a bottle AND lets AA artificially inflate prices (guess who pays that!).

 

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Posted on November 9, 2005 06:40 PM by americ125.
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Korea For Three Hours

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The flight was incredible. It was no 747 but a 777 so there was no upper deck but still Business Class on Korean seems to be better than First on Delta/Air France. A full meal was served during the less than three hours flight. I opted for a traditional korean meal named Bibimbap. Multiple bowls to mix, tasty white wine and a refreshing fruit salad. On the flight itself I did not watch a movie but took a look at Mt. Fugi and the land below me in general. Photos will follow but I checked-in my cardreader.

 

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Posted on November 9, 2005 06:40 PM by Air Fr115.
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Solidarity is Key to Win Northwest Airline Strike

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Delta and Northwest airlines filed for bankruptcy Sept. 14, after unions balked at the carriers' demands for another round of deep pay cuts, lay-offs and other concessions. While Northwest has said it will refuse to deal with the mechanics during the bankruptcy proceedings, this stance is illegal.

 

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Posted on November 9, 2005 08:41 AM by northw137.
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November 08, 2005

Zagat Airline Rankings: Continental Is The Winner!

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Coming on the heels of Michelin's rankings of New York restaurants, the annual Zagat airline survey has been released. Tops in the premium segment include Continental Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Aloha Airlines, United , and American . In the economy segment you'll find Midwest, JetBlue, Song, Frontier, and Independence Air. That's all and good, but what I really wanted to find out was who is ranked tops for food. We all love airplane food here at Mobissimo, so we were curious. Surprisingly the same airlines came up, except Midwest Airlines pushed Independence out in the economy section. More amusing than anything else on the site though are the quotes from the reviewers:

 

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Posted on November 8, 2005 10:42 PM by contin128.
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November 07, 2005

Travel By Kayak

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Kayak’s Buzz looks pretty rockin’. I wonder if the ‘Wow’ I uttered is similar to the one folks uttered 5 years ago when Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz launched?

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Posted on November 7, 2005 03:43 PM by travel139.
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November 06, 2005

Why Do WestJetters Care So Much?

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But I do hope WestJet employees are not over-invested in their company stock. The airline industry is a tough place to do business: cut-throat competition, high operating (fuel) costs, huge capital expenditures, terrorist attacks, government regulations etc. are just some of the risks facing investors. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the industry has witnessed a large number of bankruptcies (Air Canada, JetsGo, Delta, US Airways, United Airlines, NorthWest). It doesn’t make financial sense for most people to depend on a fickle industry for a pay check and also be invested heavily in it.

 

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Posted on November 6, 2005 03:44 PM by united140.
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Charleston Trip

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Gina, the twins, and I recently took our first “family” trip to Charleston, SC. Gina was attending a work related conference and so dad and sons tagged along. It was a long trip and we had to stop and play several times along the way. We stayed in the downtown Holiday Inn which was within walking distance of everywhere needed to be. During the day, dad strolled the boys around town while mom attended work functions. The boys and I had lunch at a BBQ place called Sticky Fingers. It turns out that Patrick and Thomas both love BBQ (along with dad).

 

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Posted on November 6, 2005 03:42 AM by holida131.
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