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  • December 14, 2009

    Did You Hear the One about the Flight Attendant and the O.J?

    Whoa! It seems a guy in first class on American Airlines asked for a glass of orange juice.

    And with that, the flight attendant began screaming at him.

    And she went on and on. Fortunately for this fellow, everyone around him saw what was happening and couldn’t believe it – and acting as a group, met with an airline rep to defend this guy, once their Sacramento to Dallas flight landed. Meanwhile, the flight attendant tried to get the O.J. fellow in big trouble, but the other passengers were having none of that.

    Funny how some of the comments I’ve seen say, oh, don’t pick on flight attendants – maybe this woman was just having a very bad day. Well, apparently. But I don’t think anyone is picking on any group – including flight attendants – it just sounds like this woman is nuts.

    Plenty of people out there are having bad days – plenty of people out there have seen their salaries chopped – their jobs disappear – plenty. But they don’t behave like this. This — this is inexcusable.

    November 3, 2009

    Model Gisele Bundchen Closer to Getting Helicopter License

    Filed under: Beauty,Celebrities,Luxury Travel,Pilots — anne @ 8:09 am
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    Gisele (that’s Mrs. Tom Brady to you) has just passed her written test for helicoptering; now she has to acquire more flight time before passing the flying part.

    Why is the supermodel doing this? Hey, just because they’re supermodels doesn’t mean they’re dumb – besides, she’s not blond. Apparently, she wants to be able to commute quickly between Boston (Brady’s football HQ) and New York (where Gisele does modeling).

    Besides, these are very rich people, and as Fitzgerald once said, the rich are different (to which Hemingway responded, yeah, they have more money!).

    June 17, 2009

    First Class “Privacy Curtain” Makes Comeback – Keeps Out Riff-Raff

    Filed under: American,Luxury Travel,Passengers,United — anne @ 12:16 pm
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    You may recall that after the September 11th terror attacks, the TSA ordered that the so-called “privacy curtain” that separates first or business class and steerage economy class be taken down. But now they’re coming back!

    Well, it’s happening on American Airlines, anyway. According to the Chicago Tribune, this is because of requests from first class passengers – and they are delighted with their new draperies.

    Same thing at United – actually that carrier started doing this a few years back, “in response to requests from our customers for additional privacy and comfort.” Gotta love the Trib’s response to that:

    “It’s not clear to us how the curtains improve privacy or exactly what passengers in first class are doing on flights that calls for the need for privacy.” -Chicago Tribune, 6-17-09

    Goodness! But personally I think the real reason for the curtains is, class warfare. First class vs. economy. However, if the first-classers want to pay 10 times what my ticket cost, I say let ‘em have curtains.

    March 26, 2009

    Woo-hoo! American to Start Using Bigger Wineglasses

    Filed under: American,Drunk,Luxury,Luxury Travel — anne @ 4:07 pm
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    Starting next month, American Airlines will start using “stemmed tulip-shaped globes” – wineglasses – on its 777 and 767-200 planes. And not only will they be all nice and tulip-y, but they will be bigger!

    Why are they doing this? So passengers can “more easily swirl the wine and enjoy its aromas”. But of course. And maybe put more of that tasty swirly stuff in the glass.

    Let’s see, what else? Oh, yes, this is only for…first class passengers. Well, that lets me out. Grrr.

    August 21, 2008

    Travel Trends — Babymoons! Well, whatever floats your boat…

    Filed under: Children,Family,Luxury Travel — anne @ 8:13 am
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    I’ve been reading about the babymoon trend for some time — a last big travel fling for expectant parents. ABC recently has this story on it.

    The whole idea is “last minute pampering” before Junior arrives — at resorts that include such things as massages and even “craving chefs”.

    Wonder if these guys have ever been pregnant? The last thing I wanted to do was “travel” — that’s just work, these days. And forget that “glow” everyone talks about — sometimes, pregnant women don’t look their best — and may not be all that keen on frolicking in public.

    Another thought — do we really want to blow Junior’s college fund on a last minute fling?

    Relax. I have an alternative:

    1.) Stay home. 2.) Sit on couch. 3.) Surround self with snacks. 4.) Watch old episodes of the Mary Tyler Moore show, to remind you what it was like to be carefree, single and childless. Or watch the Brady Bunch.

    Note: this do-it-yourself “babymoon” can be enjoyed by all. Try it today!

    February 12, 2008

    VALENTINE TIP: Enjoy a romantic evening…Enjoy having money left over…

    Filed under: Holiday Travel,Hotels,Luxury Travel — anne @ 10:25 am
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    Okay, so your girlfriend shows you that cupid-festooned ad for a Valentine’s Day hotel package which includes a gorgeous room filled with candy, flowers, and champagne, all for one heart-attack inducing price.

    You think to yourself, hahaha, never in a million years!

    That my friend, is the wrong answer. But we’re here to help. Bestir yourself to click on that little blue “more” over on the right, and you will learn how to do this for cheap.


    January 29, 2008

    Mobil’s 5-Star Hotels and Restaurants…but even better…OUR PICKS

    Filed under: Food,Hotels,Luxury Travel — anne @ 12:11 pm
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    Mike: “So who made Mobil’s 5-star hotel list?”

    Anne: “Well, anything with ‘Ritz’ or ‘Seasons’ in its name. Nothing with ‘Motel’ or ’6′ made it.”

    Mike: “Restaurants? Names?”

    Anne: “Very exciting names: ‘The Dining Room’. ‘The French Laundry’.”

    Mike: “Ah. Would you like the bearnaise with that, or the starch?”

    Anne: “And don’t get me started on ‘per se’. I had enough of e.e. cummings in junior high.”

    Mike: “We’re starting to sound like total rubes.”

    Anne: “Whatever happened to places with names like ‘Killer Shrimp’ or ‘Aunt Kizzy’s Back Porch’?”

    Mike: “Nothing. Still there. “

    Anne: “Why ‘Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles’ didn’t make the list, I’ll never understand.”

    January 16, 2008

    Take a Cruise on a Manned Cloud

    Filed under: Luxury Travel — mike @ 12:37 pm
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    It seems, the Stratocruiser isn’t the only airship in town. Or at least, it’s not the only conceptualized airship in town. Behold, the Manned Cloud!

    This French-designed luxury air cruiser will be 1640 sq. ft., contain 60 rooms, and will offer a degree of spaciousness and style that most airlines can’t compete with. Of course, it won’t even reach an airspeed of 200 mph, but that’s not what the airship is all about. Designers believe that this baby could be ready to take to the skies some time next year.

    Visit Gizmodo and Gems Sty to see what a manned cloud looks like on the inside and from below.

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    November 12, 2007

    Flying With the Big Dogs

    Filed under: Luxury Travel,Private Jet — anne @ 3:57 pm
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    Used to be, if you were rich, you flew First Class. Oh, my, my, my. How times have changed.


    October 15, 2007

    Zeppelin Returns!

    Filed under: Luxury Travel — mike @ 1:02 pm
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    Yes, Led Zeppelin will reunite to play one gig in England, and yes that is the best news many of us have heard in a long time, but I’m talking about a different zeppelin. The original zeppelin, if you will. While most people view the old airship as a thing of the past or a cheap marketing ploy (I’m talking to you MetLife/Goodyear!), there are a few designers who believe this once-great dirigible can be born anew, and revolutionize the world of luxury travel.

    Visit The Aesthetic Poetic for an in depth look at the Stratocruiser, a new generation of zeppelin that’s currently in the design phase. Those behind the Stratocruiser see it as somewhat of a cruise ship in the air, complete with a “gourmet restaurant, swimming pool, spa, resident DJ, personal trainer, yoga studio, library, climbing wall and private chambers all on board…”

    It could be many years before we see the Stratocruiser even take shape, let alone take flight. However, as all classic rock fans know, zeppelin is totally worth waiting for.