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May 18th 2013 3:52PM I was once on a flight to London. After boarding, during the usual pre-flight welcome, the purser welcomed everyone on board the flight to London where-upon five people jumped up. They had wanted to be on the flight to somewhere else that had been boarding next to us. Still, somehow they got through gate control. Nowadays, with planes usually flying completely full, I suspect the problem would have come to light sooner when two people thought they were assigned the same seat.
Apr 20th 2013 9:37PM Thank you for honoring your colleague who lost her life representing the United States in a dangerous place she volunteered to be. It is striking that the 4 Americans who lost their lives in the incident that took Anne's were all 25 years old or less. There is a tendency to tar Millennials as shallow and consumerist---as having been brought up "soft" by my generation of helicopter parents. These four represent the best of the United States.
Apr 16th 2013 5:02PM Um. Yes, there's a chance you will get to travel in the Navy. But, if it's the U.S. Navy (or any other U.S. service branch), there is also a very good chance that you will be in or near combat or stationed somewhere you would rather not be. This should maybe be at the bottom of your list of ways to travel if the travel is what you're seeking. On the other hand, if you selflessly want to serve your country, even in harm's way, then by all means..... (Fortunately, there are some people willing to do that).
The males in my college class were some of the last to face the Draft in 1972 (it ended officially in 1973). At that time, the spin on the official Navy slogan was:
Apr 1st 2013 4:11PM In light of the recommendations in the Republican National Committee's (RNC) recent autopsy report of its performance in the 2012 Presidential election, I believe it is also urgent that UNESCO add Republican presidential primary debates to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. This quaint ritual in which a collection of white men try to outdo each other in making outrageous statements that will haunt them in the general election is threatened with extinction by the RNC. If the RNC is successful in squelching this tradition, it will deprive millions of Americans of valuable entertainment in the comfort of the living rooms. (Speaking of extinction, these debates are also necessary so that the average American can learn that the dinosaurs became extinct 7,000 years ago.)
Mar 6th 2013 10:26AM Interesting concept---although I'd be looking for the opposite---you know, the one with the insufferable Cambridge Democrats. We once went on a Carnival cruise that left from Charleston, S.C. At least two people at our assigned table for six were convinced that Obama is a Kenyan born Muslim and we were the only people at the table who didn't own any guns. Talking about the weather is soooo boring.
Jan 22nd 2013 12:27PM When they are older -- mature tweens or teens --- take them with you -- maybe one at a time. Stay at a hotel near some attractions they might be interested in visiting on their own. Then, tack a few days onto the business trip to sightsee together. For my 15th birthday, my father took me to Washington, D.C. by myself. He and I shared an interest in history. My little sisters -- not so much. I still remember the trip as a special bonding experience.
When my husband had a conference at Disney World (a surprisingly popular destination for conferences, IMHO), he took our teenage sons. They were old enough to visit the parks without him during the day and they all enjoyed hanging out (without Mom) in the evening.
Jan 1st 2013 12:42AM I would be a non-immediate unpacker except that my husband wants to do laundry pretty much on his way in the door. Since there are two of us, it lessens my ability to use the, "But we don't have enough for a full load" excuse. However, since we have a guest room, I admit that I am likely to exist in a state somewhere between unpacked and not unpacked until a guest needs the bed. I don't consider this failing to be worthy of a New Year's resolution. I have plenty of more serious failings to address.
Dec 28th 2012 11:47PM What are your opinions of the airports in Aspen, Colorado and San Diego, California?
In 1982, my husband and I were passengers on a jet flying into Cuzco, Peru. I think he still has scars from my fingernails on his forearm.
Dec 27th 2012 12:06AM I don't want to jump in a swim with a whale shark---or any kind of shark for that matter.