Category Archive: Travel

Tipping: Not a City in China

The topic of tipping was in the news a few weeks ago, due to an incident in which a customer declined to tip a server and then compounded the offense by writing a rude note on the receipt. Another server posted a photo of the receipt online and was fired for it, producing a firestorm of protest online and an epic display of bungled PR on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

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What’s stopping you?

Sometimes when we talk to someone about something fun we’ve done, the other person will say something like “I’ve always wanted to try that.” We hear it all the time when we talk about our archery classes. Scuba divers, skydivers, dancers, actors, artists and writers all hear it over and over. Well, if you’ve always wanted to try it, why haven’t you?

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Travel for Free? Could Be!

Airplane in flight

Way back in the mid-1980s, we took a trip back to the east coast for a wedding. We were put up for the weekend by some of the bride’s relations. The next day we flew to Santa Barbara for the reception (it was a bi-coastal wedding; he was from California, she from New Jersey), at …

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Enterprise Car Rental and the Chevy Traverse

We recently rented a car. Our primary car only seats five people, and we were a group of six heading up to a wedding 75 miles away in the mountains. Taking two cars would mean paying for gas for two cars, plus, we had serious doubts that our second car would make the trip safely and return home intact.

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“Frankenweenie” White Carpet Premiere

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was invited by Disney to attend a series of screenings and behind-the-scenes previews of a number of upcoming films, At the top of the list was the red carpet premiere of Tim Burton’s new film, Frankenweenie. I have posted my review and will be posting an interview with the young voice actors from the film over at GeekDad soon, but right now I’ll tell you about the premiere and star-studded after-party.

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Loews Hollywood Hotel

This week, I was invited to take part in a press event with Disney Animation that included a three-night stay at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. I’ll give the details about the movies and backstage Disney tour in other posts, but for now, let’s focus on the hotel, shall we?

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“I Can’t Afford That!”

One of the things we hear from friends, when we talk about concerts or museums or plays, is questions about how we can afford to do these things. It’s not that difficult. There are a lot of ways to see and do things that don’t cost a lot but are fun and interesting.

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