Posts filed under “Travel”

European Insertion/Extraction

A quick note before I head to the airport to fly home from Belgium (which will hopefully settle down markets). I write this from the Brussels Sheraton, just before I jump int he shower, head to the airport to fly back to JFK.

I’ll write up some thoughts about Europe and what is going on here later this week.

This is the 2nd time I have done a “Seal Team Six” visit in as many years — a less than 48 hour In/Out; I learned from my last visit. A 5:15pm flight from NY — with half a Lunesta — means I caught a nap on the way here. I arrive a midnight NY time, 6 am local. Unfortunately get stuck behind a literal planeload of Chinese tourists, delaying my way through Customs by 45 minutes. I am at the hotel by 7ish, where a big bed and the other half of the Lunesta allow me to grab another few hours sleep.

Picked up at 11:30 for a lunch presentation and Q&A, I felt fairly functional. The problem with lack of sleep is the tendency towards incoherent rambling, a fate I thankfully avoided this go round.

A mild headache accompanies the time-shifting, but its nothing that an aspirin cannot take care of.

Back to the hotel to grab the MacAir, make minor changes in presentation, then off to the BMW HQ here for the evening festivities. Check out the i3 and i8 (where is mine?), a cocktail party (I drink tea) then my presentation (I’ll get that posted tomorrow).

More drinks (coffee for me) then a debate amongst myself and 4 EU economists and journalists.

Food afterwards (I allow myself half a glass of Bordeaux), then back to the hotel. A (OMG) whole Lunesta at 10pm local time –4 in the afternoon to my body clock) and a solid 7 hours later, I am typing this after breakfast, before I jump in the shower to catch my 10:30 flight home.

I actually feel pretty good, though there is a sensation of mild buzzing. Whether that is the strong expresso or the time change  (I am still on NYC time, so I doubt its jet lag) or whatever, I am aware that something is slightly amiss with my circadian rhythms. Hopefully I can grab some Zs on the plane.

The human body is surprising in its ability to adapt . . .

Category: Travel

Dear Lord, No Cell Phones on Airplanes.

There will be blood. And fights, and cell phones deservedly jammed up peoples nether regions. It is the busiest travel day of the year today. I for one am giving thanks that we are staying local with the sibs instead of flying to Chicago as we typically do. As problematic as the weather is this…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, Technology, Travel

TDS Pizza War: New York vs Chicago

I am a born and bred New Yorker who loves our pizza. But I also appreciate Chicago pizza like Eduardo’s and Malnati’s. These segments not only resonated, but were hilarious: Chicago takes exception to Jon’s rant against the Windy City’s signature deep-dish cuisine. Strife of Pie The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The…Read More

Category: Food and Drink, Humor, Television, Travel, Weekend

NY Subway Signs Experiment

Category: Humor, Travel, Weekend

One Day in New York

Source: NY Mag hat tip Mr. Digression

Category: Digital Media, Travel, Weekend

Porsche 918 Spyder Sets Speed Nurburgring Record

One week before serial production, Porsche’s 918 Spyder, a gas-electric plug-in hybrid, set a course speed record at the infamous Nurburgring motorsports complex. WSJ’s “Rumble Seat” columnist Dan Neil weighs in on the secrets to the Spyder’s success.

Category: Travel, Weekend

Bike Lanes by Casey Neistat

Hilarious:  

Category: Travel, Weekend

Easter Island Heads Have BODIES

Verified by Snopes: Click to enlarge Source: Daily Mail See also: British archaeologists solve the mystery of the Easter Island red hats (DailyMail)

Category: Travel, Weekend

Secret Life of Business Class Seats

Jad Mouawad visits B/E Aerospace to see the technology behind business class seats.
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Category: Travel, Video

Sea Ray 350 SLX Preview

THIS IS A BADASS BOAT: Click to enlarge • Seating for 18. • Available Dynamic Running Surface and Axius joystick technology deliver adaptable performance underway and simple docking. • Optional raised Manta bow shades. • 160 fuel gallon. Source: Marine Max

Category: Travel, Weekend