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Cheers from the east coast! Last week, we left off from San Juan, Puerto Rico and this week we're traveling back to L.A. before hopping on a flight to visit two great cities: New York and Toronto. If you're up for enjoying the summer weather and some fun on the east coast with my family and friends, then hop on board. Also, don't forget to check out the final installment of Juliet Pennington's three-part series on her travels through South America. This week, she's in Peru.

From San Juan, I flew five hours to Dallas, then another three hours to L.A. I fly so much that I have elite status on American Airlines and so when I checked in, the agent offered to give me a first-class seat. Well, I kindly declined; it would have cost me five American Airline upgrade units (which elite frequent fliers accrue or can purchase at a discount). Since I was already assigned to seat 9E which, in my opinion, is the best seat on American's 757 planes, I decided to stay put. Note: Each airline and airplane has different seat configurations; log on to to find which ones they rate as the best.

9E is a bulkhead exit row with plenty of legroom but there's no overhead space so you have to make sure that you board the plane early to find storage nearby. The flight to Dallas was uneventful; I passed the time working on my laptop. I also found myself watching in amazement as people of all ages tried to figure out if the bathroom was vacant or not and how to open the door. This isn't just a domestic problem either. Last month, on my flight from Cyprus to London, it was just as bad (if not worse!). This past month alone, I opened the bathroom door twice to find someone sitting on the toilet! And then they slam the door like it's my fault! What's going on around here? Do the airlines need a better system or are people just knuckleheads?

I arrived at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport (DFW) in the new, $1.4-billion Terminal D a little bit late. Terminal D is state-of-the-art and looks awesome but unfortunately, I just didn't have time to roam around and explore the many shops and restaurants. I had a tight connection and found myself rushing to make the last flight out to LAX. Another problem: I don't know if it's just me but every time I travel through DFW and take the Skylink high-speed train to travel between terminals, I can't remember which stop to get off at. Coupled with the fact that gate information is not provided on the train or in the station, it's a real problem! Therefore, you have to go all the way down the steep escalator to find out if you're in the right place, something this particular bonehead has had to do on more than one occasion!

Back in L.A., I managed to catch the Los Angeles production of the popular play Wicked. I was lucky enough to see it a couple of months ago when I was in London ... and I liked it so much, I thought that I'd take a friend to see it in L.A. The show was at the historic Pantages Theatre in the heart of Hollywood (on the corner of Hollywood and Vine.) The headliner here was Carol Kane who played Madame Morrible. She and all of the other cast members were great, but to be perfectly honest, I much preferred the London production. Maybe I'm biased but I think that London offers the best theatre in the world and it's my favorite place to catch a show I even prefer London's West End to Broadway. However, if you want to see Wicked in L.A., LA INC. has just partnered with 12 area hotels to offer special VIP package deals that guarantee VIP tickets to the show and a great place to stay. Click here for more info.

I spent the Fourth of July in Hermosa Beach, CA. It was fun as usual, playing volleyball with my friends and people-watching down on The Strand the nearby beach boardwalk. This holiday brings out all kinds of characters and drunks so it's fun to just sit back and observe. The holiday prior to this (Memorial Day), I spent in New York and Connecticut, just after returning home from my trip to Puerto Rico. I flew LAX-JFK on Delta, which, incidentally, one-upped American by giving elite frequent fliers space available FREE upgrades. I love that about Delta! It's such a welcome surprise when you're sitting in a coach seat and the agent comes down the aisle and hands you a boarding pass for seat 3A, just prior to takeoff. Though there was more legroom in my emergency exit economy seat (27D), I still made the switch because I was starving; Delta does not offer food in economy. They don't even offer a buy-on-board food service! Is that ridiculous or what? All Delta does (though keep in mind that it's more than some other carriers) is hand out a small snack box filled with cheese, crackers and junk food. Meanwhile, first-class passengers behind the curtain are dining on a hot meal (salad, chicken breast with cheese ravioli and chocolate cake). Both meals are fattening as hell so really, the best thing to do is bring your own food onboard. But remember: cold foods don't smell as strongly as hot foods do. I'm just saying: Think of your neighbors when you're thinking of your belly.

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Pictures From

The Trip


San Juan Airport


Seat 9E


DFW's Terminal D


Wicked In L.A.


4th Of July In Hermosa


First Class On Delta


Landing In NYC


CT Memorial Day Parade


Honoring Our Soldiers


Connecticut Girls


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