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Five ways holiday travelers annoy business travelers

Five ways holiday travelers annoy business travelers Dec 24th, 2010 at 3:00PM: On December 23, 1999, I was trying to get from Madison, Wisconsin to Boston Massachusetts. On paper, it didn't look hard. I had to catch a short fight from Madison to Chicago and another flight from Chicago to Boston. Unsurprisingly, it was snowing in Madison. It was also snowing in Chicago. Flights were canceled quickly and routinely, and crowds backed up in the gate areas. I was starting to...

Top 10 farmers markets in U.S.

Top 10 farmers markets in U.S. Jul 26th, 2010 at 11:30AM: There's an innate pleasure to eating seasonally, especially this time of year, when berries, stonefruit, peppers, corn, and tomatoes are at their peak. Farmers markets are one of the best ways to enjoy these ingredients, not only because they afford the chance to connect with growers, ranchers, fishermen, and food artisans, but also because they're a window into the soul of a community. I'll be...

16 great farmers' markets

16 great farmers' markets Apr 15th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Farmers' markets are not only a great way to sample a community's natural bounty, they're also a unique setting to experience its culture. While each farmers' market is different, a really good farmers' market brings a sense of community to the cities and municipalities where they operate. Wondering where you can experience some of the freshest produce, tastiest snacks and friendliest people...

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer Feb 26th, 2010 at 4:20PM: Deciding on a top ten list of anything is usually pretty difficult. Unless you're talking about, say, the top ten numbers one through ten... narrowing down and choosing only ten of whatever often takes a great deal of effort. When it comes to the world of beer, with the vast array of choices out there, things become extremely problematic. Luckily, choosing ten of the best cities in which to...

Winter festivals in the Midwest

Winter festivals in the Midwest Dec 28th, 2009 at 11:30AM: What is it about snow that just makes us want to play in it? A fresh, fluffy layer of snow means snow angels and snowmen, building forts and having snowball fights. And for some people, it also means making really, really big snow sculptures like these found on To see some smaller, but no less impressive, snow sculptures in the Midwest, check out one of the area's many winter...

New York City package deal from Carlton Hotel

New York City package deal from Carlton Hotel Nov 4th, 2008 at 12:00PM: Want to have a classy winter rendezvous in New York City? Between December 21st, 2008, and March 15th, 2009, The Carlton on Madison Avenue has a droolworthy "Winter in the City" package deal. "The Carlton on Madison Avenue has a cozy 'Winter in the City' package, which combines comfy delights, including a 'Comfort Foods' menu featuring dishes such as truffled mac & cheese, poached lobster,...

Liberal Housemate Wanted (Madison, WI)

Liberal Housemate Wanted (Madison, WI) Dec 6th, 2007 at 12:30PM: I just saw this sign at Just Coffee (fair trade coffee shop) in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend and it made me laugh. It also made me realize it's been a while since I looked for a roommate. Apparently, people no longer look for housemates based on their inherent sense of cleanliness and ability to pay rent on time. Today, what one seeks in a roommate is a "liberal" way of life. Republicans need...

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