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    Let’s see…we left off last week in rainy Erie, PA. From there I went to rainy Ohio, then rainy Chicago, then on to rainy New York and rainy Connecticut.  The good news is: The sun and warm temperatures have finally come. Since Monday it has felt like SUMMER.  Hallelujah!  On another happy note: Thanks to my generous brother-in-law Tom, I now have a brand-spanking-new digital camera. Yeah! This thing is so tiny and so much fun, you can bet I will carry it everywhere, and take even more pictures than before.
    I will be back in Erie in a month for a book signing, so I’ll write more about it then.  For now, let me tell you about Splash, the incredible water park I went to with my nephew and niece, Johnny and Amanda.  I hadn't been on a water slide in years, and forgot how much fun they are. Holy cow -- this place is not just for kids. It was so cool, I found myself racing Johnny and Amanda up the stairs to who could go first. (Of course they always won!) There was one slide they couldn't go down, because they were too small. It's called the Cyclone, but we called it the Toilet Bowl. You start by flying down a long dark tube. It's so dark you can't see a thing, and you have no idea which way you’re going. Then you get shot into a gargantuan bowl (the Toilet), and spin around helplessly. One second I was frontward, the next backward. I was even sideways a few times. Finally you drop (flop) right into an eight-foot pool. Now I know why there’s a  lifeguard dragging people away. I felt like I just been through the ringer.  Splash Lagoon: Peach Street and I-90, Erie, PA.; tel. (866)-3-SPLASH.

    I played a lot with Johnny and Amanda.  Their new favorite game is Airplane!  (flying must run in the family). This is where I grab them by their shirts and pants, and run around the house so they feel like they’re flying. They love it. My back hates it.  
    Thanks to my crazy second experience within a few days at Greyhound, I stayed an extra day in Erie. Check this story out: At 8 p.m. my sister took me to the station for an 8:30 bus to Cleveland. As usual there were some sketchy people there (including one or two workers). The guy behind the counter was clueless, and by the sound of the conversation he was on the phone with his girlfriend. After a few minutes of me just standing there and he saying “Oh baby” over and over, I asked for a ticket. He said the computer system was down, and he was waiting for a call from headquarters. Fair enough -- just tell me sooner next time. When he got off the phone I asked if I could still get a ticket if the computer stayed down. He shrugged his shoulders, then ignored me the rest of the time. I was about to jump over the counter and break out a can of whoopa--, but I chilled. Headquarters rang, and they walked him through the process. I couldn’t believe they still use a dial-up modem.
    While the guy was on the phone a lady walked behind the counter in a Greyhound uniform. I asked her if I would be able to get a ticket. She said (with attitude), “I don't know. I don't work here.” “You don't work here?” I said. “Then why do you have Greyhound patches on your shirt?” She ignored me for a few seconds, then she said, “I drive the bus.” Just my luck, I thought.  Then I said – still without attitude – “Does the computer go down often?” She replied: "I don't know. I DON'T WORK HERE!"  I asked if I could just give her $13 cash for a ticket. If you’ve been reading her other replies, you already know her answer. I wasn't about to have these rude, incompetent people control my life. So I jumped back in the car with my sister Carol and said, “Let’s head back to your house.” It was the best move I made all week. 
    Not only did I get to play more Airplane, but I was interviewed by CBS News. They gave "You Are Here Traveling With Johnny" a great plug. (Here’s another plug: If you don't have a copy yet, shame on you. You can Buy it on Amazon it on Amazon for $14.95.

    Another good thing that came out of all this: I found a much better alternative to Cleveland airport from Erie (and vice versa) than Greyhound. Would you believe it's only $9.95 to drive 100 miles from ERI-CLE? Amazing! The Anderson Shuttle is now $9.95 thru July 31; after that it's still only $19.95. This is a brand-new route for them, and not only is it a great bargain but a great service too. The seats are comfortable, the workers are professional and they cater to the business travel market (of course, anyone can take it). Other incredible perks: Parking is free -- and so are kids if accompanied by a paying adult.  Anderson Shuttle (814) 456-0888
    BTW: You can find the Anderson shuttle only a block away from the Bicentennial Tower. It's called the Bicentennial Tower because it was built in 1995 to celebrate Erie's 200th birthday. Because I was early for the bus Carol and decided to go up the 187-foot (14-story) tower that looks out over the bayfront and Presque Isle, at the foot of State Street.  You can take an elevator or walk up; either way it costs $2. The views are well worth the money, and parking is free.  Bicentennial Tower, Dobbins Landing, Erie, PA;  tel: (814) 455-6055
    On the bus I apologized and made up with Amber Airplane for our little tiff about Cleveland (I hadn’t been very kind about her city). Therefore I changed my plane ticket to the following day and asked the driver if I could get out in Ashtublua (where the shuttle makes its lone 10-minute stop to pick up passengers). Ashtubula is halfway between Erie and Cleveland, and Amber Airplane just happened to be near there visiting her best friend Megan. Amber Airplane, Megan and her husband Sherman were kind enough to make the half-hour drive to pick me up at the bus stop. From there we went straight to dinner. 

    In this part of the country everyone loves chain restaurants. I always like to try local food -- but what if the local food is Outback, Chipotle, Bob Evans....You name the chain, they have it. I asked if we could go to a chain I had never been to, so we went to Brown Derby RoadHouse.  The BBQ chicken, sweet rolls and huge table salad was pretty darn good. Brown Derby Roadhouse: 5370 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, OH 44124-2458.
    I'm not a huge Ohio fan but I was pretty impressed with Fairport Harbor, where her friends live.  They had told me it felt like a New England town, and I foolishly chuckled, “Yeah, right.” I ate my words: It actually does feel like a New England town (but with better sunsets).  Did you know that Lake Erie is famous for its sunsets? I am told National Geographic once ranked them Number 3 in the world. I fully agree.    
    The following day I flew from Cleveland to Chicago, then on to LaGuardia. It took five hours, but at least I wasn’t on any small planes. My awesome dad picked my up at LGA, and we drove 40 minutes home to Connecticut.  We went straight to my brother's house to see his pictures from Jordan, but he said I had to wait until his Johnny Jet newsletter article is finished (he's still working on it).  He did, however, give me a gift he brought back.   I'm not exactly sure if I can wear it outside the Middle East or New York City, but at least I now have an emergency backup Halloween costume.  
    We were all starving, so Frank volunteered to barbecue some fish. He knows I hate fish!  Then he offered hot dogs. I said no thanks. He went outside anyway, cooked a dog, poured hot sauce all over and wrapped it in a flour tortilla. He took one bite and stuck the dog in my face. It actually looked pretty darn good (I love hot sauce and tortillas). I took a bite, he smiled and I said, “What the heck is this? It doesn't taste good.” Frank was laughing so hard he food coming out of his nostrils. He snorted, "It's a salmon dog!”  Don't you just love my brother?
    The big news back here is that huge amounts of rain have fallen.  In fact, all-time records have been broken for the month of June. But it’s not just one month. It has rained 17 out of 25 weekends so far this year. In addition, it has been COLD. This is why I moved to California. The good news is, the sun has finally appeared. The bad news is, it's 97 degrees. We missed spring completely this year, and moved straight into summer.
    A day later Amber Airplane flew in for our friend Gerrit's wedding. While she and I were in the grocery store buying food we played a little prank on my dad. He loves to walk around the grocery store eating cherries. I keep telling him he has to pay for them before he eats them, but he says he can have a couple. After he ate one I told him there had been an announcement about not eating cherries until you weigh them. His face turned pale, and he asked if I was serious. I shook my head yes. He said, "Okay, I’m going to the car.  Whatever you do, don't pay by credit card. Here's some cash” -- and he threw me a wad of bills. I couldn't hold my smile in any longer, and told him the truth. Then Amber Airplane took my dad's lead and popped a little Munchkin donut in her mouth. I said, “They’re  watching you.” Disclaimer: We paid for everything, and we never steal. We just like to have fun. (NOTE: If you live in California or any other liquor-lenient state you might find this picture interesting. They do things differently here.) 
    Back to my buddy Gerrit's wedding. Gerrit and his bride Libby both grew up in the Northeast, moved to California and met each other there. They live in L.A. now, but were married in Waccabuc, NY.  Waccabuc (don’t you love that name!) is a picturesque hamlet about 20 miles from where I grew up. The ceremony was supposed to be outside, but because it was pouring (see weather report above) they moved it to the nearby Mead Memorial chapel which was beautifully lit by candles. I felt like I had gone back in time. It also reminded me of the castle wedding I went to in Sweden with my Mom .  We didn’t feel bad about the rain; it only made the wedding more romantic. It was fantastic: great company, fantastic music and excellent food. (They even had a  sushi bar since they both love sushi so much).  Come to think of it, sometimes a little rain isn’t a bad thing among friends.

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    • First of all many thanks for always sending us all the latest and greatest on travel news.  We appreciate it. Rose Mary-  Pourghipsie, NY
    • Johnny, Carol just told me about your book! That is so exciting, and I am thrilled for you. Congratulations. I'll order a copy from your site! Catherine F- PA
    • An e-mail to my Co Author Eric-  I cried all through the Preface, and loved the Introduction.  My friend and I are both big fans of Johnny Jet, and his contribution reinforced why we are. On the other hand, the sites and paragraphs, and coordinating it with JJ's site, was brilliant and wonderful.  It was a great collaboration indeed. And I hope you both make tons of money from it.  Mary V  - Clearwater, FL
    • Thanks for distributing a great newsletter to us air/road warriors. Cindy -  Orange County
    •  Really enjoy your newsletter! Keep smiling. Nardi
    • In your Bonus Miles column where you referenced the new alliance between CO, DL, and NWA you said "Continental, Delta and Northwest also will open their 94 airport clubs in 49 cities to club members of the other two airlines." However, the fine print, at least to gain entry to the Delta Clubs is that you have to have a same day ticket on Delta not withstanding the fact that you may be a member in good standing of either the CO or NWA club. To me, it's another form of focused harassment; if it's a true alliance let the members in! Burt
    • I just got your current newsletter.  That's funny/interesting about "web cam" in the subject heading being blocked as spam.  I guess it happened in my case too (with, because I only received one issue.  Cute pictures of you and Amber.  It would be great if you could caption the pictures, even if you simply have a paragraph at the top or bottom (maybe in italics or parentheses) that begins "CAPTIONS FOR PHOTOS:" or something.  Or maybe you already do that and I missed it?  I frequently wonder who is in the photos and where the photos are taken!  But I always recognize the superstars Johnny Jet and Amber Airplane!!!  Mary, Florida  REPLY:  THANKS FOR THE ADVICE.  WE ARE TRYING IT OUT THIS WEEK. DO YOU LIKE?
    • You used to have a packing list for men, women, and kids. That was very useful.  Do you still have it? I can't seem to locate it within your site. Jim Roberts  REPLY: They are on the top of under JJ HIGLIGHTS.  Here's the direct link.

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  • Always try to carry your luggage. Newark, especially CO, is notorious about baggage claim times, but improving.
  • I prefer the bulkhead seats as they're normally much more roomier and one can stretch on a long trip.
  • If traveling with another person in coach (not Johnny Jet first class style) reserve the aisle and window seat. If the plane's not crowded neither the airline nor the passenger will attempt to fill. If you do get a "middler" and you want to still sit next to your other, the "middler" would be more than happy to switch.
  • If you're traveling alone and someone asks you to switch seats for whatever reason, be flexible (and nice) it may be me. Just kidding, but a good turn will hopefully come back to you. I was once given a 1st class seat because I did just that and the cabin attendant was so impressed and grateful.
  • If you're uncertain about how to get from the airport to your hotel, ask the agent when you're making reservations, check the web site, or just call the hotel for that specific reason. Many hotels run their own shuttle (especially Vegas, Reno, and some of the close in hotels in larger cities). Don't be ashamed to use a bus or shuttle, it could save you significant dinero.  Same tip for getting around town; worked especially well in Cancun and I expect to do same in Rio in the fall.
  • Always ask the hotel for an upgraded room; you can say you know Johnny Jet! Talk nice at check in, you never know. While you're at it always look for "other" rates on hotel web pages or when calling - cite AAA, commercial, AARP, almost anything to obtain a discount. They hardly ever ask for proof, just don't be young like Johnny and Amber and ask for AARP, but then again some of the clerks don't really care or are too embarrassed to ask
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    Until you've been cornered at customs in Moscow, with red-faced Russian soldiers demanding identification you can't produce, I don't think you can truly appreciate the serious repercussions of a lost passport. Trust me, it's slightly unnerving. When traveling abroad, your passport should be your bible; protect it, and it will protect you. A simple oversight could turn your otherwise flawless trip into a potential disaster.

    Pre-Trip Planning
    You should always carry a passport when traveling abroad, even if one is not required to enter the country. Before you leave home, make 2 copies of your passport identification page. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives; and carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport. If your passport is lost or stolen, this will speed up the replacement process. Also, if you plan to be abroad for more than two weeks, you may want to register with the U.S. embassy in the country you are visiting.

    Safeguard Your Passport
    Although you may not realize it, a US passport is a hot commodity. To avoid being a target of crime, don't be too conspicuous with it. Not only do you risk having the passport stolen, but your other identification, credit cards and money as well. Take it out only when you need to provide it to officials. At all other times keep it on your person. There are several travel accessories which can help keep your personal items safe. Companies like Magellan's and Travel Smith have fanny packs, waist wallets, neck wallets, and leg stashes. And for the extremely conscientious, there are even hydro-safe wallets so you can take your passport swimming with you!

    Do not leave your passport in checked luggage (but do leave a copy of it in your luggage), a handbag or an exposed pocket. If possible, leave your passport in a hotel safe, not in an empty hotel room. One person should never carry all the passports for an entire group. Never lend your passport to anyone, use it as collateral, or ask someone to hold it for you.

    How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Passport
    As soon as you realize your passport is missing, contact the nearest police authorities, US embassy, or consulate. You will be asked to fill out a DSP-11 form, which is the standard passport application form. You are not required to know the passport number or issuance date to apply for a new passport.

    If the passport is still valid, you must also complete the DSP-64 form to report the lost or stolen passport. You be asked to report how, why, where, and when you lost your current passport, what you did to recover it, and what the end result was. This form must be submitted with the DSP-11 application. Both of these forms can be downloaded and printed from the State Department web site.

    In addition, some passport providers have express services for those with immediate departures. For example, American Passport Express Services offers urgent service which processes your passport in one day. But it will cost you: $150, plus government fees of $145. They also offer three-to-five-day service, if your departure date is in more than five business days. This will cost you $100, plus government fees of $145.

    In dire emergencies, you may contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) for support. You must have a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express ready -- these calls could get very expensive. You can reach the NPIC two ways: (900) 225-5674, where you'll pay 50 cents per minute for automated service, or $1.50/minute for operator assistance; or (888) 362-8668, which is NOT a toll-free service -- you'll be charged a flat fee of $5.50. To check the status of a passport application, you must speak to an operator and cannot use the automated system.

    Passport Required?
    A valid passport is required of US citizens departing from the United States for any destination outside of North, South or Central America, and for entering the United States from outside of North, South or Central America. It is possible your trip will require more than simply a passport; check with the State Department's Foreign Entry Requirements for the country you are visiting before leaving.

    A passport is not required for travel by US Citizens to any territory or waters, continental or insular, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States (including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands).


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