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Free flight ploy ends in jail

Free flight ploy ends in jail Jan 25th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Some people will do anything for a free flight. Instead of waiting for the airline to screw up, Arthur David Proskin used a bump by the beverage cart as his ticket to glory ... and hopefully anywhere in the continental United States. He used what was probably an accident to shout obscenities at the flight attendant who so egregiously wronged him (hint for the tone-deaf, this is sarcasm) and other...

Celebrate the season with an airport karaoke carol. Which is your favorite?

Celebrate the season with an airport karaoke carol. Which is your favorite? Dec 16th, 2008 at 9:30AM: Meg isn't fond of the idea of airport karaoke. I think it's the best thing since sliced bread, particularly after I heard the NPR radio story about the small karaoke stages at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. That's the very karaoke effort that Meg gave a bah humbug review. By the time I arrived where I was going and had parked my car, the story about the airport karaoke and...

Forget shoe shine benches -- now there's airport karaoke!

Forget shoe shine benches -- now there's airport karaoke! Dec 5th, 2008 at 11:30AM: When I'm waiting for a flight, I like to dive into a book or pop open my laptop and try to forget my surroundings. Other travelers tend to annoy me, and I have a better time in transit if I can just ignore everyone else. So I'll be avoiding Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston from now on. The Texas airport has recently set up karaoke booths for travelers inside the terminals. Airport...

Travel or home improvement? How about travel to a home and garden show?

Travel or home improvement? How about travel to a home and garden show? Sep 3rd, 2008 at 1:30PM: When I lived overseas some friends of mine, who also lived overseas, complained that when they were in the U.S. on vacation, they couldn't relate to what excited people. For example, one friend said that a friend of hers in the U.S. was excited about getting a new deck. My friend didn't think that getting a new deck was exciting news. Planning an adventure vacation was exciting, however--unless...

Ten top cities in the U.S. for making a living. Tourist spot in each

Ten top cities in the U.S. for making a living. Tourist spot in each Aug 27th, 2008 at 5:00PM: There is a newly published Forbes.com article on the top 10 cities for making a living in the United States. Each has something to offer travelers as well. Here are the top cities and one place to go to in each. These are the first places that immediately came to mind. It's an odd assortment. 1. Houston, Texas. I've been to the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles and found it incredibly worthwhile...

House-sized art exhibit in Texas features house

House-sized art exhibit in Texas features house Aug 20th, 2008 at 2:00PM: In the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, Texas, is a curious sight: a house being sucked into a wormhole. It's the handiwork of two artists, Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. From their press release: Havel and Ruck will create a large funnel-like vortex beginning from the west wall adjacent to Montrose Blvd. The exterior skin of the houses will be peeled off and used to create the narrowing spiral as it...

Pilot reports seeing a rocket in mid-air

Pilot reports seeing a rocket in mid-air May 27th, 2008 at 11:20AM: Some weird things can happen in the skies. At least if you are the Continental Airlines pilot who reported seeing a rocket fly past his cockpit window while he was about eight miles away from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. "We don't know for sure what the object was. But we think it might be somebody doing model rocketing," said Roland...

Missing a laptop? Baggage handlers arrested with stolen goods

Missing a laptop? Baggage handlers arrested with stolen goods Mar 31st, 2008 at 2:30PM: As far as I can tell, I haven't had anything stolen from baggage in my travels. I've had it opened with an official notice left inside that it's been searched. As we've found out by messages about baggage handlers posted on Gadling--this post has 276 comments--others have not been so fortunate. Some people, though, may get their stolen goods back--not necessarily those who have told us of their...

Locate Fast Food Restaurants with FastFoodMaps.com

Locate Fast Food Restaurants with FastFoodMaps.com Aug 13th, 2007 at 3:00PM: It may be the most superfluous website on the entire Internet, but it's done well. FastFoodMaps.com provides a Google Maps interface for locating fast food restaurants around the United States. If you're having problems locating a fast food restaurant in America, something is wrong. In fact, I'd urge you to not locate a fast food restaurant on your next road trip. Impossible. Even so,...

The Best U.S. Cities for Singles

The Best U.S. Cities for Singles Jul 11th, 2007 at 9:39AM: You may recognize this "Singles" map from the February 2007 issue of National Geographic. It ranks the number of single women versus the number of single men in metropolitan areas, and you may be surprised at some of the results. Girls, looking to travel to a bachelor-heavy area? The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metro area, for instance, has the highest population of single males, with...

Bubble Tea: So Many Flavors, so Little Time

Bubble Tea: So Many Flavors, so Little Time Mar 9th, 2007 at 9:02AM: Each country I've lived in has some food or drink item I came to crave. So, when I think of that food or drink I think of that country. Like how eating Creamsicles and pork rinds reminds me of my childhood. (Okay, I have some southern roots and I can not recall the last time either passed my lips.) Bubble tea reminds me of Taiwan. When I left there I was sure that was the end of my bubble tea...

Stolen Luggage Found in Houston Trash Bin

Stolen Luggage Found in Houston Trash Bin Dec 29th, 2006 at 12:14PM: Um, this bothers me. A LOT. According to this story found in the Seattle Times, 68 suitcases which were taken from George Bush International Airport were found outside of a pet store dumpster in Houston earlier this week. The stolen baggage apparently came from nine different airlines and from destinations such as France, UAE, and domestic locations. Investigators are trying to determine now if it...

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