Airlines — please let us book Premium Economy from flight aggregators!

Dear airlines:  please settle on some standard naming for seat classes.  It’d make it a whole lot easier to compare and purchase tickets online. United has Economy Plus.  Delta has recently unveiled Economy Comfort (does this suggest that the other seats in that cabin are Economy Discomfort, or is that just my take? :p).  Virgin America… Continue reading Airlines — please let us book Premium Economy from flight aggregators!

A heartwarming story about bridging the culture gap

A gaggle of giggling young teens — pre-Facebook — pesters this cranky, lonely guy, and asks him… everything. Luxembourg, 1998. On a whim and with zero preparation, I’d decided to spend a weekend there, only to face crappy weather and a lack of available nearby hostels. After much schlepping, I wearily ended up in Echternacht at a… Continue reading A heartwarming story about bridging the culture gap

Another crazy international work trip… and my thoughts on work travel

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be traveling internationally for work once again. And boy, I certainly do have a love-hate relationship with work travel! Why work travel rocks:– Get to know colleagues better.– Much easier to get collaborative projects moving when in person than over VC or e-mail!– Frequent flyer miles!– Experience little fascinating pieces of foreign… Continue reading Another crazy international work trip… and my thoughts on work travel

Two Brazil short stories – The Galloping Vendors and the Patient Kindness of Strangers

The Galloping Vendors There had just been again weeks of violent unrest in the world, but I was quite a few countries away, together in a sprawling São Paulo street market with a colleague and our big happy-but-guarded driver.  The three of us were amiably ambling amidst a big, colorful, confusing, and crowded set of… Continue reading Two Brazil short stories – The Galloping Vendors and the Patient Kindness of Strangers

Airlines charging by the pound (including your personal weight); good idea?

My friend Greg and I just had a fascinating and extensive discussion about the concept of airlines charging their customers by the weight of their bodies + luggage. The way we envisioned it, all airlines tickets would be composed of exactly two fees: a seat fee (fixed) and a weight fee (variable).  This is hardly… Continue reading Airlines charging by the pound (including your personal weight); good idea?

Where the hell is Matt? — Huge smiles guaranteed!

Today’s entry is short and wonderful.  Behold, in the video below, Matt Harding… “dancing” around the world, one city at a time.  At the 54 second mark, watch the video really come alive when he delights countless locales who join in the dancing… and, i guarantee, charms all of you watching, too :-D. For more… Continue reading Where the hell is Matt? — Huge smiles guaranteed!