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30, 2001 Travel Newsletter
Web Cam's Of The Week
ALASKA / LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ITALY, NYC
Mile Offers Of The Week
MILES ON AMERICAN AND MANY MORE....
Offers Of The Week
ATA / AIR ALLIANCE / .....
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE IN CONNECTICUT
GETTING TO THE CITY
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SINGAPORE STRAIT TIMES
OFF THE BEATEN TRACE
Dallas Morning News
GALLANTRY AND GRAVES
DESTINATION: SAN DIEGO
WHAT'S DOING IN STOCKHOLM
VISITING THE REAL PEARL HARBOR
JAL ADDS UNLIMITED SNACKS
FREQUENT FLIER MILES....
BUSINESS TRAVEL SLUMP MEANS
AA ACCEPTS ARBITRATION
GUIDE TO COOL TRIPS
PARIS NOW AND ALWAYS
CAN YOU CHANGE YOUR HOTWIRE
OR PRICELINE RESERVATION?
GET OUT OF TOWN THIS WEEKEND
DOCTORS RATE AIRPORTS ON HEALTHY
CAMS OF THE WEEK
OF THE WEEK
OFF IN OVER 65 CITIES WORLDWIDE!
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- Bonus: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of American
Airlines' frequent-flier program, AAdvantage members can earn
100 miles for every year they've been an AAdvantage member when renting
a car from Avis through Aug. 31. Restrictions apply.
- Shipping miles: Members of American
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same-day shipping service. Earn 1,000 for the first package and 500 for
others. Go to www.aatoday.com.
Offers AADVANTAGE Bonus Miles for Travel to or From Canada
Ahh Memorial Day! My favorite time of the year! I dunno why? Maybe because
my birthday sometimes falls on it (May 31). But most likely everyone begins
to get in a good mood (especially on the East coast) because it's the unofficial
first day of SUMMER! There is no place I rather be honoring our Veterans
than at home in Connecticut. The highlight of the weekend is the Memorial
Day parade in Rowayton. Yeah, most outsiders would think it's pretty lame
because there aren't any colorful floats or big balloons, but this parade
is special. It reminds me a lot of the parade that took place in the movie
Doc Hollywood, with Michael J Fox. It's a small hometown celebration,
where everybody knows everyone. It's really the one event of the year everybody
shows up for.
Leading into the weekend their were rumors that it was going to rain. Everyday,
I would log on to weather.com (through Johnny Jet.com of course) and check
out what the forecast for the weekend was going to be. The experts said
it was going to be cool and rainy. However, being the optimist I am, I decided
to put on my shorts after Church (I can't remember the last time I didn't
wear shorts to the parade).
I thought I made the wrong move when the wind started to howl on our walk
to my sister's house. At Georgette's we ate a little breakfast and fed the
leftover's to Kabuki.
Time was ticking and the sun started to come out! We walked into town for
a pre parade
bbq (Like I need more food! Did I mention I'm on a diet? And I joined
a gym this past week? No more cookies :-( ). The parade begins every
year at high noon. When you hear the horns from the firehouse blaring you
know the big
moment has arrived (or there's a fire). Waiting for the marchers
to come to us, I thought how nice it was to have some of my
family there. But I couldn't stop thinking how one
year ago, I was standing almost in the exact spot with my mom.
My brother could see I was bummed out, so he took my mind off by pushing
me out in the middle of the marching band. That's what brother's
are for, right? The parade lasted about twenty minutes and one of
the crowd favorites is the Rowayton
Fire Department. As a kid this was my highlight, especially because
they would throw candy from the trucks.
After the parade everyone headed over to the Cannon Monument for the annual
raising of the flag and placing of the wreath. This year I didn't make it
that far. I kept running into so many old
friends, that it made it impossible for me to attend. It was great
to see them all, but I almost felt like I was in the twilight zone. It's
weird to see most of them married with kids.
Since I missed the ceremony, I took a B-line over to the firehouse to get
hot dogs (What diet? :-). We stood
outside of the RFD, chatted, and stuffed our faces. After
the quick fill, we headed to the community center to play our annual
stickball game. We used to play everyday growing up, now it's down
to one game a year. Old guys (33-40) vs. the young guys (31-33). Would you
believe I was the youngest guy there? FYI: The young guns won 10-7.
Around 4pm my Dad and I hurried home to clean up, and get ready for another
This wedding was quite different from ones I have attended. For example
guess who was the best man and the ring bearer? If you said me, you're
wrong. The wedding was great, but since Amber was out of town
I didn't have anyone to dance with, so instead I hung around the buffet
table (yeah baby!). They had all kinds of food (check out my buddy Gerrit's
hand), and music. They started off with a gospel choir, then
a classical quartet, and finished off with a blues band. It was almost like
a summer concert, with all the different gigs coming in and out. My
was working the crowd
as usual, and it was nice to see him have a good time.
Monday went by quickly as did the sun. I'm here in NYC getting ready for
yet another action packed weekend. Guess where I'm going?
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TIP OF THE WEEK:
Getting to the City
o Do not take the first conveyance you see as you exit the terminal--usually
a taxicab--unless you know that is exactly what you need. Other factors
to consider: Are you on a tight budget? Do you have too much luggage for
the subway? Are you in a party of 2 or more? Do you need to recover your
mental resources in the comfort of a limousine before a big meeting? Are
you in the city for the first time?
o Travel agents can usually tell you in advance the various means of transportation
available from the airport to your destination in the city or outlying communities.
o In larger cities, the airport authority usually operates a local or ground
transportation desk near the baggage claim area to assist travelers in making
frugal, intelligent, and safe choices. Don't accept rides from anyone who
approaches you in the terminal unless you have already made prior arrangements.
OF THE WEEK: (STRAITS TIMES SINGAPORE)
LOS ANGELES TIMES
NEW YORK TIMES
Business Travel Today
THIS WEEK'S INTERNET
- Internet pay phones: Travelers can soon access the Internet
and make calls simultaneously on pay phones
being installed at major U.S. airports by AT&T. Users will pay $1
for the first 4 minutes.
- New routes: Beginning Aug. 1, United
Express will fly between Washington Dulles and Cincinnati;
and between Chicago O'Hare and these cities: Grand Rapids, Mich.; Syracuse,
N.Y.; and Cleveland.
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(SOURCE: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
Doctors Rate Airports on Healthy Food
Just in time for the summer travel season, the Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has rated the nation's ten busiest airports
on the availability of healthy food choices. San Francisco International
Airport landed the highest marks with 96 percent of all its restaurants
offering low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free meals. Detroit's airport
scored the lowest with only 33 percent of its restaurants serving nutritious
``Plane changes and layovers can be frustrating enough without being limited
to mystery-meat chili dogs and greasy hamburgers,'' says PCRM dietitian
Brie Turner-McGrievy, M.S., R.D. ``Unfortunately, less than 60 percent of
the airport restaurants we surveyed offer healthy, vegetarian meals. LAX,
for example, is home to no fewer than four McDonald's and four Burger Kings,
and Las Vegas is overrun with barbecue joints and sausage stands.''
``The good news is that healthy food is everywhere if you just know where
to look,'' says Ms. McGrievy. ``And some restaurants are getting creative
with delicious-sounding choices like portabello mushroom sandwiches and
linguine with garlic and vegetables. Even in the worst airports, you can
usually find a bean burrito or veggie burger.''
PCRM's Airport Food Ratings 2001: Availability of Healthy Food Choices
The Ten Busiest Airports
in the Country, from Best to Worst
(Airport, score, number of healthy restaurants/total number of restaurants)
- San Francisco Int'l Airport
96%; 24 out of 25
- Mpls.-St. Paul Int'l Airport
66%; 27 out of 41
- Chicago-O'Hare Int'l Airport
64%; 18 out of 28
- Denver Int'l Airport
61%; 14 out of 23
- Los Angeles Int'l Airport
60%; 21 out of 35
- Phoenix Int'l Airport
58%; 25 out of 43
- Dallas-Fort Worth Int'l Airport
50%; 28 out of 56
- Las Vegas Int'l Airport
45%; 13 out of 29
- Atlanta Int'l Airport
40%; 17 out of 42
- Detroit Metro Airport
33%; 9 out of 27
Note: A restaurant was rated ``healthy'' if it offered at least one low-fat,
high-fiber, cholesterol-free entree. To get the percentage score, PCRM divided
the number of ``healthy restaurants'' by the total number of restaurants.
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a
nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, especially
good nutrition, and higher standards in research. For a copy of the survey,
call 202-686-2210, ext. 309.
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