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 […]

NYC Soda Ban Upheld by Health Board

A new low for government intervention has been ratified. Mayor Bloomberg received approval from the NYC Health Board to ban sodas, sweetened teas and juices in sizes bigger than 16 oz.  A nod to Ron for sending the article along to me. As I mentioned when I wrote about this earlier, I don’t actually drink a lot of soda.  But, this is so far overreaching, it just doesn’t make any sense.  Apparently, convenience stores like 7-Eleven must have better lobbyists because the ban doesn’t cover your Big Gulp, just your […]

Storming Our Way Through Summer

I grabbed a slightly earlier flight home on Friday and was home in time to spend a little time with my daughter (never a bad thing!).  We decided to jump in the pool after it got dark for Catherine’s first night swim.  She was running around the backyard in her nightgown trying to catch fireflies! After our swim, a friend of mine called to ask if I was home.  He lives about 30 minutes West of us and said they had just experienced one of the most powerful storms he […]

Bloomberg Has Lost His Mind

Not travel-related in any way, but I saw this news last night and I really think Bloomberg has lost it. New York City plans to ban the sale of all sugary drinks over the size of 16 oz.  Where to start? First, I don’t actually consume a lot of soda.  Maybe I have one or two a month.  And, when I do, 16 oz. is just fine for me.  So, this isn’t personal.  I get the smoking ban, and support it.  I even get banning sugary drinks in schools or […]

Back from Vacation

We’re back from vacation. In the next few days, I hope to catch everyone up on: The rest of our vacation My thoughts on Duke basketball Other odds and ends Separately, preliminary information I’ve received shows that Spero died of a heart attack. I hope that if my comments about Spero made you think of friends you value, that you might take a moment to visit the American Heart Association’s website. There’s some great information that may help you save a friend’s life. And, while I’m not specifically asking anyone […]

Catching Up

It’s been a busy travel week, with the trip to Idaho, followed by stops in Orlando and New York. I missed one picture from my trip to Idaho. Here’s a sunset picture of the Grand Tetons: The Giants won a hard-fought game in Philly over the weekend, boosting us to 8-1, which is basically a 2-game lead in the division. We get Baltimore at home. Should be a tough game, but winnable. Interesting blog facts: The AeroTrain post was by far the most popular so far, with over 200 hits. […]