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Our flight to L.A. from New York was as easy as could be.  We knew some of the gate agents and they bumped us, which is always nice.  You gotta love having a seven course meal at 35,000 feet (or sea level, for that matter).

Speaking of food:  We tried a unique new place this week, and you all need to know about it.  It is ideal for aviation lovers.   It's right next to LAX, which makes for a fine place to go on a long layover.  It's called the Proud Bird and was founded 40 years ago by David Tallichet, an ex-WWII pilot.  You feel more like you are eating in a museum than a restaurant.   In fact, it's the eighth largest private aviation museum in the world (don't ask me how they measure things like that).  

The parking lot and back yard are filled with old planes.  Yes, planes --  everything from biplanes to fighter jets.  The plane in the picture with me is a copy of the Bell X-1 -- the first plane to go supersonic (with Chuck Yeager) to break the sound barrier.   It's amazing.   This plane is a P-38 Lightning which is a tribute to Richard Bong, the WWII ace pilot.   The picture on the plane is Marge Bong, his widow.   Pretty cool to have her picture on the plane.  Everyone is encouraged to walk around the yard.  Inside, the restaurant walls are filled with old pictures of everything from dignitaries who landed at LAX to the movies that were filmed there.  

Not only do you get to see the planes of the past, but the present as well.  Every two minutes a plane is  landing over your head!  It fascinates me to see planes from all over the world.  Literally, in the hour we were there, I saw planes landing from every continent except Antarctica.
I guess I should mention the food.  Heck, even if it was terrible I would still come back.  But don't worry: the food is GOOD.  Amber had a tasty surf 'n' turf (steak and shrimp), while I had the steak salad (I'm trying to lose my spare tire for summer). 

If that wasn't enough, while we were there they were hosting an anniversary for the Tuskegee Fighters.  I found this on the Internet: "The valiant Tuskegee Fighters 332nd Fighter Group served in North Africa and Europe, where they destroyed more than 400 enemy aircraft.  The 332nd was 450 black airmen who trained in a segregated military in the early 1940's and overcame a strong racial prejudice to earn respect as they were recognized as courageous and skillful flyers while winning 900+ awards and metals."

Next time you land at LAX on runway two-five (the far left one), look out the left window just before touching down. You will see The Proud Bird almost directly below you: The Proud Bird, 11022 Aviation Boulevard (northeast corner of 111th)  Tel. (310) 670-3093.

Back to paradise for the last time (well, hopefully NOT the last time, but you know what I mean).  As I hinted last week, Amber Airplane talked me into getting a couple's massage.   A couple's massage?  That's what I said too.  I wasn't real keen but we were in French Polynesia, it was almost Amber's birthday and it wasn't that expensive.  So what the heck!   I didn't know what to expect because I had never had a couple's massage.  I thought to myself, Is there only one masseuse?  Where would we lie?  On the same table? ... 

We strolled into the spa hut for the appointment, and sat around chatting with the French manager.  She was very nice and I was thinking, Will she be giving us the massage?  She must've read my mind because a second later, after a double clap, out from the room next door came two pretty, laid-back Polynesian women.  I looked at the manager and said, "Dang, that's better then the clapper!"  

The ladies held our umbrellas as they escorted us through the light drizzle to the  massage room.  The room and surrounding were very quiet and chic.  They shut the door and told us to strip down.  I said "Hello!"  Then Amber gave me a look only a perturbed girlfriend can, and I said, "Of course! I'm only joking."  I jumped under the sarong as they requested, and kicked my feet with excitement.  There I was, face down staring at a beautiful pink hibiscus flower directly below my head rest.  All I could do was smile and think, This is going to be great.  

Then the ladies came in and asked, "You ordered the coconut and ginger massage?"  I wondered, "Is she talking to me?" When I realized she was I said "No thank you, I just ate."   They giggled, then Amber Airplane rolled over and said, "It was either coconut or avocado, and I know you don't like avocado!" Good job, Amber Airplane, but I don't want ANYTHING on my body.  Then I felt the cold sprinkles of this concoction of  fruit and oils oozing down from my neck to my toes.  I felt like I was the dessert, and they were topping the garnish.   They rubbed and rubbed.  It was sticky, but it felt and smelled so good.  I was thinking "Dang, I can get used to this!"  

My lady had the ultimate masseuse voices.  I'm sure Amber's did too because I didn't hear her say a word.  The lady had the softest and most gentle voice I have ever heard.  She whispered in my ear when we were halfway done, "Sir, please get up and take a hot shower." I was thinking about a cold shower!  (Just kidding.)  Check this out: The showers were outside in the rain -- how sweet is that?  After the hot shower I ran back in for the second half of my rubdown.  I dove on that table like it was a pool in the middle of the desert. 

I still can hear her soft voice: "Sir, did you like? Sir, was the pressure good?"  I thought being in French Polynesia was like visiting another planet, but after this massage it felt like I was in another galaxy.

Unfortunately,  the clock ticked faster than warp speed.  It was time to say good-bye to paradise and catch the  ferry to Raitea, so we could fly to Papeete and then back to L.A.   When we checked into our flight from Papeete to LAX, the whole crew from MTV's Road Rules were behind us.  I was thinking this could be a long redeye, with all those crazy dudes on the plane.  I tried to work my magic for an upgrade, but the gate agent looked at me like I was insane.  He said, "You can buy an upgrade for $600."  I handed him my business card and said "That's not a bad deal, but my name is Johnny Jet, not Johnny Rockefeller."  He didn't laugh (neither did Amber Airplane). Hey, I thought it was pretty darn funny.

I was sitting at the  gate waiting for you know who to get out of the gift shop when I heard: "Johnny Jet, please come to the counter."  I thought, Oh gosh, Amber must've got hurt pulling stuff off the shelves in the store.  I went up to the gate, and the same guy who checked us in said, "Your tickets please."  I handed them to him, and he gave me new ones.  Our seat assignments had gone from row 41 to 3!  Yes, THREE!  That meant business class!  It almost felt like winning the lottery.  I said, "Holy cow, thank YOU, thank YOU!"   He said, "I just want you to know, we don't upgrade anyone for free.  You are probably the first and the last."  I asked why he did it.  He said, "I just looked up your website and I think it's the coolest."   Now that's cool.

We were so excited that we were the first to board the plane.   We sat down, had a cool drink, ate an awesome meal (s) and then watched movies on our 15 inch screen.  Yes, the TV was huge.  The flight was 7 1/2 hours, but it was way too short.  Business class felt better than first on most airlines.  It was so comfortable we did not want to get off.  In fact, when we landed I asked Amber, "Do you think we can go on to Paris with them?"  She said, "How about we go back to Papeete instead?"  Even better.  

What a trip!

Top 10 Websites to check out for a trip to French Polynesia:

1. Best travel agent to have plan your French Polynesian dream trip is
2. Airline to fly there Air Tahiti Nui
3. Inter Island Flights
4. Hotel: Pearl Resorts
5. For More Pictures
6. Forecast for Tahiti/Papeete, French Polynesia  
Best Guides Books:
7. Frommers
8. Lonely Planet
9. Tahiti Tourisme
10. Tahiti Guide

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  • Have you ever used Sterling Airlines out of the Scandinavian countries.  It  was mentioned in your newsletter under Applefares, and the price is great.   Please let me know.  Thank you very much - I always enjoy reading your newsletter.  Sandieski
  • We loved the orange-trunked sea monster underwater shot ! a new variety found in the waters of Taha'a. Carol
  • Try Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, a bit further on than Tahiti. It is just SOMETHING!  About one quarter the price of Tahiti as they use NZ $, whereas Tahiti is French, with prices to match. Koh Samui in Thailand is also great, but not around Dec- Jan when the surf is up. We go there around September, to Chaweng Beach. Magic too, but Aitutaki is wonderful. Rarotonga almost looks like Tahiti but not so mountainous.  I just had a great trip to USA again. Prices so good just now. In a couple of weeks we are going on Superstar Leo again as it is out here in OZ because of SARS. What a WOW ship!!! 80000 tons of luxury and no tipping!! Kath - Australia
  • Hi Johnny, I received your book today. What a great a book. Thank you very much. Joel- Orange County, CA
  • I just wanted to let you know that 'Buzz' airlines was recently bought out  by Ryanair, so it should be removed from your list of discount European  airlines.
  • One more, while you're at it, 'Go' is now part of EasyJet... the UK budgets  are in a cannibalization war! Thanks for the list though-- it's helpful when trying to figure out the cheapest way from, say, brest, brittany to faro, portugal!  Cheers, Rachel Cambridge, UK
  • There is an airline called JetsGo.  The website address is Here you can get cheaper air rates than what I have seen on your links.  Hope this is of help to you.  Marla Marcus
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  • Starting June 17, Northwest Airlines will increase its check-in time to 30 minutes for most domestic flights and to 45 minutes for passengers leaving Denver, Las Vegas and Atlanta, says the Pioneer Press. The carrier says more time is needed to clear security checkpoints, which will help them coordinate with partners KLM and Continental.
  • Bankrupt United Airlines has created a new executive position - vice president in charge of customer relations - and filled it with the former president and chief executive of the successful low-cost carrier ATA.  The hiring of John Tague has raised some eyebrows among industry observers. According to the U.S. Transportation Department, ATA, the nation's 10th-largest carrier, ranked worst among major airlines in the percentage of complaints per customer over the past two years.  In 2000, the airline, formerly known as American Trans Air, ranked second-worst.  Found on Clark Howard
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  • Frequent travelers at Detroit Metro can save on parking this summer. From now through Labor Day, the airport is offering about 4,100 long-term spaces in its Big Blue Deck parking area for $5 a day, vs. a regular rate of $10 a day. The $5 rate is not available at the new McNamara Terminal parking garage. From SkyGuide
  • You'll miss an incredible sight this summer if you are boycotting or postponing a trip to Paris, France.  To attract visitors back, the city's icon - the Eiffel Tower - will be lit by 20,000 light bulbs - a $5 million project.  The 1,060-foot tower was last lit for the Millennium celebration, but the temporary lighting was taken down in 2001.  The current weatherproof lighting is designed to last 10 years.  The lights go on in June and will twinkle for 10 minutes each hour from sunset until past midnight. Found on Clark Howard
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Some of New York City's finest museums, and some lesser known institutions that are under-discovered treasures, come with a ticket price visitors set for themselves. You can, with clear conscience, pay what you can afford. In most cases the suggested ticket price is in big letters, with information on what is called "suggested admission" is in small print. To save your eyes and help your travel planning, here's a list of museums where you can pay what you like.

  • American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West and 79th Street), including the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
  • The Brooklyn Children's Museum (145 Brooklyn Avenue at St. Marks Avenue).
  • The Brooklyn Museum of Art (200 Eastern Parkway), specializing in Egyptian art.
  • Dia Center for the Arts (548 and 545 West 22nd Street), named for the Greek word meaning "through," chosen to honor our role as the conduit or for realizing extraordinary projects.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street), including The Cloisters' collection of art and architecture from Medieval Europe (Fort Tryon Park)
  • El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street), dedicated to Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art.
  • Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue), an elegant repository of materials related to the history of the city.
  • New York City Fire Museum (278 Spring Street in SoHo).
  • New York Historical Society (2 West 77th Street).
  • Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum (36-01 43rd Avenue in Queens) with organic sculptures, landscape architecture, lighting and furniture design and dance sets.
  • P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center (22-25 Jackson Avenue in Queens), housed in an old school.
  • Pierpont Morgan Library (29 East 36th Street) with artistic, literary and historical works, plus rare books, manuscripts and drawings.
  • Queens Museum of Art (Corona Park in Queens), with a model representing 320 square miles of New York City.
  • Another set of museums have a pay what you can afford policy on specific days of the week, or during specified hours of the day or evening.
  • American Craft Museum (40 West 53rd Street). Pay what you can Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Asia Society (725 Park Avenue), dedicated to fostering understanding of Asia and communication between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific. Pay what you can Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts (1020 Grand Concourse in the Bronx). Pay what you can Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1000 Washington Avenue), with 52 acres of flowers, plants and greenspace. Pay what you can all day Tuesday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • The Brooklyn Museum of Art (200 Eastern Parkway), Egyptian art and other collections exhibited in 28 period rooms. Pay what you can the first Saturday of each month.
  • Children's Museum of the Arts (182 Lafayette Street), a hands-on museum designed for children under 10. Pay what you can Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (2 East 91st Street), part of the Smithsonian Institution that also lets you see the inside of Andrew Carnegie's mansion. Pay what you can Tuesdays from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • International Center of Photography (1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street). May what you can Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street). Pay what you can Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Museum of Modern Art (temporarily at 33rd Street 33 at Queens Boulevard in Queens during renovations), with over 100,000 paintings and other graphics, over 14,000 films, over four million film stills and over 140,000 books and periodicals. Pay what you can Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art (583 Broadway. Pay what you can Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Studio Museum in Harlem (144 West 125th Street), contemporary art museum by artists of African descent and art that has been inspired and influenced by the African-American culture. Pay what you can the first Saturday of each month.
  • Wave Hill (675 West 252th Street in northwest Bronx), exploring the interaction between human beings and nature. Pay what you can all day Tuesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street), devoted to 20th century American art. Pay what you can Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.


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