3 Idle Thoughts For Friday

Back to 3 idle thoughts, a la Terry Maxon (scroll to the bottom if you don’t know who Terry is).

  1. It was 13 degrees while I was in Denver yesterday.  The older I get, the more I really just can’t stand the cold.
  2. An agreement was announced between the US and Cuba yesterday to resume commercial flights between the two countries.  I’ve been running around the country so I didn’t have time to write extensively on it, but I marvel at how quickly the walls fell down on something that had been in place since before I was born.
  3. I flew Spirit today and survived.  Reasonably so, in fact.  I’ll say it again.  The time is coming when the US legacy carriers will further reduce the size and quality of the seat in domestic first class.  And, I think that time is sooner than later.  I’m not 100% convinced it will be the same model as Europe, where carriers generally use the same seat through the entire plane and just block the middle seat for “business class”.  But, more change is a comin’…..


One of the things Terry did each Friday was post on his “Airline Biz Blog” 3 random thoughts (“idle thoughts”, as it were).  Sometimes they were travel related, sometimes not.  I recall one about his air conditioning going out in the middle of the hot Dallas summers that kept me chuckling.  But, my favorite was when he compared airline executives to livestock without completely making it into an insult.  I’m betting even the airline execs got some chuckles out of it.

For his final column, he released 30 idle thoughts and I did my best to pick my favorite 3.

To be clear, I’m not Terry Maxon.  I enjoy discussing the aviation industry and learning more about it.  It’s fascinating to me.  But, Terry spent 20 years of his life following aviation.  The sum total of what I know about aviation might fill one of Terry’s shoes.  That being said, I figured it would be fun to try to pay respect to him by coming up with 3 idle thoughts.  On a Friday.

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My goal in life is to fill my family’s passports with stamps, creating buckets of memories along the way. You’ll find me writing about realistic ways for normal people to travel the world, whether you’re on a budget or enjoy luxury. I also enjoy taking us on the occasional detour to explore the inner workings of the travel industry.

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