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16, 2001 Travel Newsletter
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LUFTHANSA CANCELS MORE FLIGHTS
WHAT TRAVELERS NEED TO KNOW
ABOUT FOOT AND MOUTH
GET OUT OF TOWN THIS WEEKEND
TIPS FOR DRIVERS WITH CELL
PHONES / LETTER FROM VIEWER
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Greetings from NYC! As you know I don't watch
much tv (except sports), but last week I did tune into the Today Show to
see "Where in the world is Matt Lauer". Every morning I would roll
over in bed (with one eye open) and see where that sucker was that
day. I usually would end up saying "I can't believe how lucky he is!" In
case you missed it, (I will tell you quickly before my stomach turns) Matt
traveled to these places: Monday, PERU; Tuesday, THE NORTH SEA; Wednesday,
PARIS; Thursday, BANGKOK; and Friday; MYKONOS. Can you believe it? It's
unbelievable, he almost logged more miles than Dennis Tito did in space.
Now back to reality.
I forgot to mention last week while Amber
and I were relaxing out in L.A., that on the way back to NYC my flight got
canceled due to mechanical reasons. If this ever happens to you make
sure you ASK for meal and phone vouchers (If it's weather related you're
NOT entitled to a thing, so don't bother). I asked and received a $10 meal
voucher good for use in any LAX airport restaurant. This was the first time
I ever received one so I read the fine print carefully. Good thing I did,
because it had to be used within 24 hours (I was going to put it in my bag
and save it for a rainy day). Since, I wasn't very hungry, and I hate
to see food/money go to waste, I went right to Cinnabon counter (The smell
from there makes me CRAZY!). I bought as many as I could using the voucher,
which was four GIGANTIC ones. Walking to my gate I debated if I should
rip open the bag and devour them right then and there. But NOOOOOO!
Amber saw me licking my chops and said "don't even think about it".
Ughhhh! she had to ruin it, huh? Good thing she was there, because
she was right. Instead of being a pig, I saved them for the flight
attendants (this is one great way to get better service).
Right before I boarded the plane I went over to a
courtesy phone (as I usually do) and ask to have my good friend paged. "Johnny
Jet Dot Com please meet your party at baggage claim, Johnny Jet Dot
Com....." You got to love free advertising :-). If you ever
hear my good friend being paged, you know I'm close by.
This week I went on a ROAD TRIP! It's been while since I went on
a five hour trek in the car, and I almost forgot how much fun they can be!
We (Amber, A.J., Eve and I) left NYC at 5:30pm on Friday and headed East
so we could attend another wedding. This time it was my Cousin
Catherine's turn and it took place in Hanover, PA. It was
awesome to be with so many loved ones for a weekend. We even took a family
picture like my ancestors used to do way back when. Since, I couldn't
dance (because I injured my ankle playing hoop) I decided to play designated
catcher in a wiffle
ball game (with all the people who don't dance). One of the highlights
of the game was hearing "CRACK" and my cousin A.J. yelling "OUCH! HELP get
this kid away from me" (We all turned around and saw our little second cousin
him all over the field with a croquet club). After the wedding
and a nap we all went over to my cousin Toni's
house for post wedding party (all we did was eat more food and reminisce
about the good ole' days).
LODGING: We stayed at one of the finest hotels in Hanover.... a Hampton
Inn. I know, that's not saying much, but it actually wasn't that bad. The
best part about it was half the hotel was filled with my relatives and I
did get to "doubled dip" because Hilton owns them ( I earned airline miles
and hotel points). Be careful if you stay there: because when I checked
out I noticed they charged me $15 for three short phone calls to my local
internet provider (Good thing I wasn't online for my usual time because
I would've been making beds). I know if I put up a big enough stink
I could've gotten them waived but it was Mother's
day, and I didn't feel like being a jerk, so I sucked it up and reached
deeper into my pockets (the upside is I earned 15 more miles and points
Hanover is in a ideal location. It's 20 miles away from Gettysburg and about
30 miles from Hershey (Ahh, Chocolate). Did you know Hanover is known as
the junk food capitol of the world? This is where they make UTZ potato chips,
Snyders pretzels and whole bunch of other snack makers. We could've gone
on factory tours, but I didn't need any of that temptation, so we chose
to go to Gettysburg to see where our fore
fathers fought instead. It was a good choice because Gettysburg
is quite an amazing and relaxing place (not to mention Historic). If you
go make sure you stroll through one of the many battlefields
The lush green and rolling hills are an ideal place for a picnic or a nap.
If you like to collect souvenirs check out the town. Most of the buildings
have been restored and the city must hire folks to dress up in civil war
(or they're just a lot freaks out there, who knows). Seeing where
Lincoln made one of the most famous speeches in history (Four Scores
and .......) was definitely a highlight. Just standing there and pretending
what it must've been like back then was worth the trip.
All that sightseeing and walking (in my case hobbling) stirred up the ole'
appetite, so before heading home we stopped at a local
tavern and ate some civil war food. I had a pretty nasty "slippery
chicken pot pie" (It's called that because there was no pie shell). We split
town around 2pm and drove through four states; PA (Amish
country), NJ, NY, and CT in about four hours. Not bad for a weekend
road trip, huh? The only thing that would've made it better was having one
of those cinnabons for the ride :-).
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TIP OF THE WEEK:
It's estimated that business travelers buy about 5 million new laptop or
notebook computers each year. If you are considering buying a notebook or
upgrading to a newer model, your main consideration should be weight. Notebooks
are getting lighter and more powerful all the time. For example, many new
top-of-the-lone models pack a floppy as well as a CD-ROM disk drive, a big
12-inch color screen, a 4-hour battery, stereo speakers, a built-in AC adapter,
and a standard keyboard in a neat 6- to 7-pound notebook-sized box. But
do you really need all that? If you are willing to give up things like floppy
or CD drives and full-size keyboards, some sub-notebooks can weigh as little
as 4 pounds.
Battery life is about to reach transcontinental flight limits. Most new
units using newer lithium ion batteries last up to 4 hours. Older nickel
metal-hydride batteries can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.
The near ubiquity of public PC kiosks with Web browsers (in hotels, airports,
and convention centers) and new Web-based e-mail means that those who use
laptops as little more than communications devices may be able to leave
them at home.
OF THE WEEK: (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER)
LOS ANGELES TIMES
NEW YORK TIMES
Business Travel Today
THIS WEEK'S INTERNET
- New routes: Southwest Airlines
will introduce non-stop flights between three pairs of cities on Sept.
12. They are Los Angeles and Houston Hobby; Houston and Orlando; and Islip/Long
Island, N.Y., and West Palm Beach, Fla.
- To Far East: Cathay Pacific
Airways will fly non-stop between Hong Kong and New York beginning
GOOD TO KNOW!
Tips For Drivers With Cell Phones
(From KPIX - BCN)
Because most American holiday travelers use the nation's highway system
and not air routes to reach their loved ones, Verizon Wireless is offering
tips for safe driving.
According to American Travel Survey, Christmas and New Year's travelers
journey the farthest to celebrate -- 413 and 526 miles respectively. Between
78.9 and 83 percent of those will use a wireless phone while en route.
To use a cell phone safely while driving, says New Jersey-based Verizon
Wireless, the largest wireless communications provider in the United States,
you should begin by knowing the phone number so that emergency personnel
can call you back if there is a need. Other tips include:
Dial your phone while your car is not moving;
Use hands-free equipment when driving and talking;
Pull off the road if you must take notes or numbers. Consumers can get a
free "responsible driving" brochure at Verizon Wireless stores throughout
LETTER FROM VIEWER:
The last time we were in NYC we too booked a car from Carmel for the trip
to JFK. Although our car was not a town car either, that wasn't as
bad as the fact that we had to practically fight the guy to use our
Credit Card.....we had been assured on the phone that they took MC/VS, etc
but this guy did nothing but whine and cry about how much commision they
had to pay when they took a credit card, and it really ruined what
should have been a very enjoyable ride to the airport. If you do find
a reliable, reasonable car service in NYC, please let us know! Thanks
for everything! Art & Barbara
MY RESPONSE: Thanks for the email. They tried that tactic with me
too. I just got on my cell and called the main number and that shut the
guy up pretty quickly. I'm still looking for that car service!
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