United: The gang that can’t shoot straight

To say that Jeff Smisek’s tenure as CEO of the combined United/Continental airlines has been dismal is probably something of an understatement at this point. In so many ways, he’s taken two airlines that were better separately and made the combined entity worse. Much worse. So the reporting of ongoing failures is hardly surprising. But […]

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Some nights, one just is not meant to get to Tulsa

Several weeks ago, I had a flight to Tulsa cancel on me about an hour before departure, due to an odd combination of weather and runway construction at the Tulsa airport. I tried to get on a later flight (full, unfortunately), and ultimately wound up not going (flights with available seats the next day would […]

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Travel Obsession: Mental Illness or Great Return On Investment?

BACKGROUND: Spokane to Seattle; The Long Way (Stephan Segraves, BadIce.com) As the air miles add up, so do the benefits (Eric Anderson, Albany Times-Union) Flying in extreme comfort (Sarah Staples, The Globe and Mail) Callie and I returned a little earlier from a same-day trip from Houston to Seattle (or, IAH-SEA, to use the airport […]

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Home

We stumbled in and crashed close to midnight last night after a LONG day of travel (nearly a full day). The islands of Samos and Patmos (especially Patmos) were a lovely escape. I’ll post lots of photos to flickr at some point. It’s definitely nice to be home, although I have to admit wondering if […]

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How to pack for travel (and not break the bank doing so)

Web Worker Daily put up a GREAT post couple of weeks ago entitled “How Travel Veterans Pack For a Trip.” I’m not going to excerpt from it, because every single bullet point is good advice worth following. But I will elaborate on some of their points (so go read, then come back)…. First of all, […]

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A few Prague photos posted

In mid-December, Callie and I spent a few days in Prague with our friend Ethan. I’ve finally posted some of the photos here. Prague was well worth visiting, and surprisingly affordable for Europe. Highlights included: A visit to the Orthodox Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, where the assassins of Reinhard Heydrich hid out and […]

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Wanna go to Hawaii? (UPDATE: Or Belize?)

FareCompare sent out a notice on a GREAT fare from IAH to HNL earlier. About $430 all in will get you to Hawaii and back on Continental (about 7,800 miles or so), and there is decent availability (use this tool‘s month search feature). I don’t really have much interest in Hawaii, but I am always […]

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Texans converge on…. Barnsdall?

After a LONG day in Tulsa yesterday, my parents and I decided to stop on the way back home for takeout burgers from Andy’s Hamburger’s in Barnsdall. My parents went in the tiny cafe, and I plopped down at an outside picnic table to watch the goings on. (Andy’s Hamburgers, in Barnsdall, OK) A pickup […]

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