Posts filed under “Travel”

My Year in Cities 2009

Over at kottke, Jason looks at where her traveled to this year: Places where he spent one or more nights.

Between business and book related travel, my list for 2009 is probably bigger than any 5 prior years in my life, combined:

Boston, MA

Detroit MI

New York, NY

Los Angeles, CA

Vancouver, BC Canada

Chicago, IL (2X)

San Francisco, CA

Santa Rosa, CA

Dallas, TX (plus Austin for a day)

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Berlin, Germany

Indianapolis, IN

Grand Lake Stream, ME

If we include sleeping on a boat in a harbor, I can add these cities:

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Philipsburg, St. Marten

Turks & Caicos

Frederiksted, St. Croix

Gustavia Harbour, St. Barth

St. John’s, Antigua

Oranjestad, Aruba

My resolution for 2010: Less travel !

Category: Travel

Forbes Conference

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving weekend, with good food, family and safe travels. I am off to a Forbes conference this week with uber Bear Gary Shilling, Steve Forbes, and others. Normal posting, along with a few special guest posts, is expected.

Category: Travel

Fed Reserve Endorses “Crony Communism” for Wealthy

Here’s a candidate for the understatement of the year: The Federal Reserve is concerned that their free-wheeling, money-printing, dollar-destroying, quantitative-easing, zero-percent interest rate policy might be “fueling undue financial-market speculation.” Do ya think? The Fed is a serial bubble blower worse yet, they have refused to hold the most aggressive and damaging speculators accountable for…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Federal Reserve, Travel

Back in the USSA

Ahhh, its good to be back in the USSA (United States Socialists of America), where profits are private but all the risks are socialized! I am settling back into my routine, but a few final thoughts from Berlin (my overview from the trip is here). The general impression I got in Europe was that the…Read More

Category: Economy, Psychology, Travel

Ich bein ein Berliner

Whenever I travel, I like to do a full economic assessment of the locale, a post-trip post-mortem. Oftentimes, it is not worth writing up, but Berlin was fascinating enough to jot some thoughts down. Quite a few things were memorable from this trip. (I’ll post some photos later below) Berlin is a world class city,…Read More

Category: Economy, Travel

What To Do in Berlin?

Wholly unrelated to the prior post (US Job Hunters Look Overseas) I am leaving this evening for Berlin, to speak at a CityWire Conference . I’m flying back Friday, but over the course of 3 days, I will have one morning, one afternoon and one evening free. What’s fun to do in Berlin?

Category: Travel

Damn Annoying: Traveling the US by Air

So.

Here I am.

Winging my way back from a long business trip – I left 10 days ago, and with any luck, will finally stumble home some time in the wee hours Wednesday.

The experience was a whirlwind tour of the best and worst airports, airlines and aircraft the friendly skys have to offer. Perhaps there is something of value you can find in this. Otherwise, I just spilled ~1,300 words from seat 1A for naught.

First leg: Continental from LaGuardia: We leave November 10 – damned daylight savings day. Our early 6:35am flight becomes 5:35 am – an ungodly hour to travel, even with the bonus “fall back” hour. Paranoid I would arrive late, I get picked up extra early, and dropped off at La Guardia for Continental flight 633 to Dallas by way of Houston a little after 4am.

The Continental desk is a mess – there is a huge line, except for those who got an online boarding pass. I selected seats on the phone with an agent, but I do not recall the suggestion to print boarding passes (That might have been helpful). Because the tickets were booked via Orbitz, the upgrade to 1st class is $857. No thanks.

Without the printed boarding tickets, we must endure this l o n g line. Despite being there 90 minutes before the flight, I begin to wonder if we are going to make the plane.

If this an attempt at behavior modification, to encourage people to print e-boarding passes, it may have backfired. I make two mental notes: 1) Always print out the boarding pass; 2) Don’t fly Continental anymore.

45 minutes later, we are at the desk. We pay $20 per bag. I ask about the upgrade to 1st class (the machine says $150), but the harried agent suggests we can do it at the desk. We breeze through security, but at the gate, they tell us its $857.

Fuck Continental.

At least I reserved an emergency aisle, so the 3 hour flight has extra leg room. Reiterate the don’t fly Continental mental note. (Flight quality B+, Check in experience F)

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Category: Travel

Smart People, Big Ideas, Wild Experiences

This has been a helluva week of travel — NY to Dallas to Austin to Detroit. This post is set to launch after I takeoff for San Francisco. I will return home early next week. My mind is brimming with ideas — About asset management, travel, investing, politics, speaking engagements, food. I had many stimulating…Read More

Category: Investing, Travel, Weblogs

Off to Dallas

Lite posting today — flying into the Big D. See you at the Cowboys game. More later . . .

Category: Travel

Did Customs & Immigration Cost US 2016 Olympics?

Embarrassing reflection of our administrative incompetency as a nation being  discussed at the NYT’s In Transit blog: Chicago’s Loss: Is Passport Control to Blame?: “Among the toughest questions posed to the Chicago bid team this week in Copenhagen was one that raised the issue of what kind of welcome foreigners would get from airport officials…Read More

Category: Travel