Terry Maxon’s Classic 3 Idle Thoughts

This is a bit of inside baseball, thus likely won’t be amusing to everyone.  Terry Maxon has covered the aviation beat for the Dallas Morning News for as long as I can recall.  He’s uber-informed on all things aviation and even got a shout-out in a recent American Airlines earnings conference call when Doug Parker tried to come up with his own 3 idle thoughts.  My favorite from Doug’s list was his #2, as reported by Ted Reed in Forbes, another airline beat guy: “This ‘idle thoughts’ thing is a […]

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Last Day To Get 40% Off Tumi At Amazon

Today is the last day of the 40% off Tumi sale on Amazon.  I generally like the styling of Tumi but I don’t like the price tag.  However, with the 40% off there are some deals to be had.  Some items that were on sale earlier in the month aren’t but there’s still items in stock at 40% off. For example, the Tumi Alpha 2 Slim Deluxe Portfolio is normally $295, but it’s $175 during the sale.  This easily fits my Macbook Air and a bunch of other gadgets. Or, the Tumi […]


Update: United Apologizes For No Air Conditioning And Rude Employee

There’s an update on the situation I reported on last week involving a United flight with broken air conditioning. In case you missed it, here’s the initial write-up on a customer who paid for Economy Plus seating, ended up with no air conditioning on a long flight from LAX to JFK and was then refused a refund of the money she paid to upgrade to Economy Plus.  The customer is a TV personality.  I saw one of her tweets and wrote about it shortly after she got the word from […]


See What’s Coming Up On The Blog

If you read my post yesterday about some of the humorous epic fails from our trip, you may have gotten the impression that some more time planning that trip would have likely removed some of the self-inflicted road blocks.  The reality is that I need a few more hours in the day to keep up with everything on my plate.  Who doesn’t? While I was on the road in Europe for the last two weeks, I did my best to keep up on blogging as well as reading all the […]

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Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Roof Fire. Lots of Damage!

There’s a ton of smoke right now and what looks like the remnants of a sizable fire at the rooftop pool of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.   The picture is from Courtney Cyr on Twitter and shows a pretty decent sized fire burning away.  She has some additional pictures of the damage as the fire appears to be under control.  There’s a rooftop nightclub in that area called Marquee that’s quite popular (though I’m decidedly way too old and go to bed too early to comprehend).  I would imagine […]


12 Days Of Hyatt & MGM in Vegas: Signature at MGM Grand

I’m trying to catch up on all the goals I set out to accomplish, one of which was staying at all 12 MGM properties in Las Vegas (in recognition of the Hyatt/MGM partnership) and reviewing them.  Catching back up now with the next review in the series. The 12 properties (with past and future reviews) are: MGM Grand THEhotel at Mandalay Bay Vdara Aria Bellagio Monte Carlo Signature at MGM Grand Excalibur Luxor New York New York Mirage Mandalay Bay The Signature at MGM Grand is essentially a timeshare property […]


Reminder For Hyatt Elites To Save Money On Vegas Hotel Rooms

Las Vegas has plenty of hotel rooms and sometimes it feels like there are as many “deals” as there are rooms.  The endless supply of deals and packages can be a bit overwhelming.  Suffice it to say if you’re paying full price for a hotel room in Vegas you’re likely leaving money on the table (that you could be spending at the tables). For those of you with Hyatt elite status (or looking for an excuse to acquire it), don’t forget that you have a pretty lucrative discount program at […]