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Driving on ice and tips on how not to wreck

Driving on ice and tips on how not to wreck Dec 24th, 2008 at 12:00PM: A few nights ago, I drove one of my daughter's friends home after a day of cookie baking and watching a movie. It had started to sleet in Columbus before we headed out. We didn't venture far onto I-71 South when I started to think, big mistake. There were flashing lights on both I-71 and I-70 from car wrecks in each direction. When I pulled off on our exit ramp and onto the road, there were...

A handy guide to help you wade through airline rules and restrictions

A handy guide to help you wade through airline rules and restrictions Dec 2nd, 2008 at 9:30AM: While I was packing yesterday for my daughter's and my trip to Denmark, I asked her if she wanted to take a lightweight shawl to use as a blanket on the airplane. "Don't they give you blankets?" she asked. Maybe. Some airlines charge extra for a blanket and pillow. Jet Blue already does. U.S. Airways is going to start soon. In another conversation yesterday, this one on the phone, my father...

Obscure Holiday in the US is a Big Deal in Spain

Obscure Holiday in the US is a Big Deal in Spain Oct 7th, 2008 at 1:30PM: Try to keep your excitement under control: Columbus Day is coming. While post office employees and history buffs have been waiting, this holiday will pass unnoticed for most people. That is, unless they try to go to the post office or local library, most of which will be closed in memory of Christopher Columbus, first white guy to set foot in the Americas (sorry Leif Ericson, but you didn't write...

The essence of travel (and life) in simple lines

Sep 18th, 2008 at 10:30AM: Here is a most charming, animated video from LInebuster that reminds me of what travel can feel like when you're heading out into the unknown. There is the excitement, the thrill, and the unexpected dips and turns. The song seems perfect, particularly since my travels through life this week has involved the hurricane caliber winds on Sunday that left much of Columbus, Ohio (and a wide-sweeping...

AirTran Airways to come to Columbus. It's not Skybus, thankfully.

AirTran Airways to come to Columbus. It's not Skybus, thankfully. Aug 21st, 2008 at 3:30PM: Yesterday's news brought the welcome breath of new life to Columbus ever since Skybus did us wrong, jilting us like an uncaring, unfeeling lover. I heard in a radio news broadcast that AirTran Airways will begin flights between Columbus and Atlanta, Fort Myers and Orlando starting November 6. As the news commentator noted, this does not mean there will be a rush on low cost airlines to Columbus....

Ohio's cinematic spots: An Intelligent Travel report

Ohio's cinematic spots: An Intelligent Travel report Jul 14th, 2008 at 2:30PM: Every time John Ur covers a state via its cinematic hot spots in his series "Cinematic Road Trip" for Intelligent Travel, I look to see which movies I've seen and what spots I know. It's always a pleasure. This week Ur hit Ohio. Ohio, as he found, is diverse. He did skip over Columbus. I'll have to think about a movie that may have been filmed there. Columbus is not dull, but can slide under...

Canceled flight equals missed meeting after hours of waiting

Canceled flight equals missed meeting after hours of waiting Jun 8th, 2008 at 12:00PM: Checking a flight schedule the night before a flight and finding out it's a go doesn't mean it's a go--not if you happen to be going on United Airlines from Columbus to Chicago. At least, not if you are the person I met yesterday at the Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio. I was able to meet him because he was not at the business meeting that he was scheduled to attend. Friday night, he...

Ohio's not too happy, but here's a travel video [sort of ] with Buckeye spirit

Ohio's not too happy, but here's a travel video [sort of ] with Buckeye spirit Jan 8th, 2008 at 3:10PM: First of all, if you were watching David Letterman last night, was it interrupted for a press conference about the results of last National Championship football game? Just checking. You can bet that people are feeling down in the mouth in Ohio because of OSU's loss to LSU yesterday. Still, a loss doesn't get in the way of Buckeye pride. I didn't quite get football culture until I moved...

Greyhound bus line expands its priority boarding system

Greyhound bus line expands its priority boarding system Jan 7th, 2008 at 5:30PM: Back in November, Catherine wrote a post about Greyhound's $5 extra per ticket priority boarding, seat assignment system. After a month of trying it out, the system must be working well because it was expanded in December to include a large portion of Greyhound's departure cities. (see news release) Not all trips from the departure cities are elibible for priority boarding, however. The main...

TSA at Newark receives praise

TSA at Newark receives praise Dec 27th, 2007 at 10:30AM: On December 24th, when I was at the airport in Columbus to send my mother off on Continental Airlines for a trip to see my brother in Manhattan, I heard a few announcements over the loud speaker. One was from an airline about an article of clothing left on the plane. Would the person who left it please return to the gate? Then there was an announcement about a cell phone left in the bin at...

Pay phone--Cell phone: Guess which one is winning?

Pay phone--Cell phone: Guess which one is winning? Dec 8th, 2007 at 11:00AM: The news is AT&T is going to dump pay phones by 2009. It's already started. Being that I'm a bit of a Luddite, I find this alarming. Sure, as the article states, more and more people have cell phones, "even nine year-olds have a CrackBerry and Bluetooth headset attached to the dome," but I think pay phones serve a function--perhaps not in every location, but I know people who can't afford a...

Halloween boos at zoos

Halloween boos at zoos Oct 20th, 2007 at 10:50AM: Here's another mega round-up of Halloweeny things to do--some of them mentioned in other posts. But when I saw our beloved Leif Pettersen's name as the writer for Minneapolis: Zoo Boo at the Como Zoo & Conservatory, I wanted to give this list a shout out. [Check out Leif's very witty, I can't say it enough, WITTY Gadling series, My Bloody Romania] Leif's zoo mention can be multiplied to take...

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