Miscellany

Winning Captions Get $5 In Starbucks Cash

Since I’m still typing one-handed it’s tougher to bang out longer posts.  To keep things fun, I figured I’d give away a $5 Starbucks gift card per my ongoing Tweet A Coffee adventure.  So, tweet your caption suggestions for the picture of our puppy below to @pizzainmotion   If you don’t use Twitter, you can leave an old-fashioned comment here, but Tweeting a coffee is easier.

Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

A brief (significant) moment outside the world of travel: I got off a plane earlier this evening to the news that Nelson Mandela had died.  Certainly not specifically travel related, but this is a piece of news that crosses all walks of life.  South Africa is certainly a different place because of him.  I’ve known who Nelson Mandela is for most of my life, and I would assume that most folks my age or older know who he is.  But, that lead me to a question. My daughter is 7 […]

Some Common Sense In The Soda Wars

A brief sidestep from travel to follow up on a post I wrote last year about the proposed NYC ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. A state judge has put a restraining order in place, enjoining the city from moving forward with the ban. It’s good to see a bit of common sense here.  That same kid that couldn’t order a 20 oz. Coke could order a Caffe Vanilla Frappucino with 4 grams more sugar(oh, and a ton of saturated fat to help boost your cholesterol level).  Or, […]

Purchasing Elite Status For Only $450. For Coffee.

Okay, so it’s not as sexy as American Airlines Executive Platinum status. But, Starbucks is selling a unique $450 gift card, featured on Gilt.  It’s a 20-gram etched stainless steel card that, according to the article, actually costs more to make than what they are selling it for (the card comes with a $400 Starbucks credit, so the “card” is valued at $50). It also comes with Starbucks “Gold” status, which to the detriment of my wallet my wife has had for some time.  You normally have to buy 30 […]