I Earned DL Miles on a BA/AA Award Ticket!

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On Sunday, I ran the Rock N Roll Raleigh Marathon.  Later that afternoon, while crowded in a car with 5 friends all heading to Raleigh Durham Airport for our respective flights home, I heard my phone ring. I feared it was about my flight to LGA, but was too squished to answer it As feared,…

A Beautiful Winery Grows in Brooklyn

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A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to a casual wine tasting and an introduction to the wines of the Finger Lake region of New York State at the Brooklyn Winery.  Until that point, I did not even know that there was a winery in Brooklyn.  Well, I can now report that the Brooklyn Winery…

One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing – An Exhibit at the Boston Public Library

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It is nearly a year since the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon.  With the anniversary and Patriots’ Day upon us, there is a new exhibit entitled “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial,” on display at the Boston Public Library from April 7th through May 11th. I will not be in Boston for the marathon, but…

Pyongyang Marathon – North Korea Will Allow International Runners

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A limited number of tourist athletes from around the world, including the United States, will this year be allowed to participate in the Pyongyang Marathon in North Korea on April 13, 2014. This was announced earlier this month. According to Wikipedia: Pyongyang (평양, Korean pronunciation: [pʰjɔŋjaŋ], literally: Flat Land or Peaceful Land is the capital of North Korea and the largest city in…

Oh Poop! Kayak’s New Bathroom Feature

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  This morning, I was doing one of the things I often do: searching for flights on Kayak.  And then I looked to the top toolbar of the page, HOTELS… FLIGHTS …. CARS… BATHROOMS.  BATHROOMS? Where did that come from? Of course I clicked on the page. It says: Compare hundreds of bathrooms at once.…

I Have a Date With Avios on Monday

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US Airways is a member of Star Alliance through March 30, 2014. On March 31, 2014 they will no longer be part of Star Alliance, but will be joining OneWorld. This, of course, is common knowledge to frequent flyers. Many travelers are lamenting the departure of US Airways from Star Alliance and are scurrying to…

Delta Announces Another Reduction of Elite Benefits

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Delta Airlines has announced another reduction of benefits for its elite medallion members – this one in connection with Alaska Airlines flights.  Specifically, effective May 1, 2014, Delta Gold, Platinum and Diamond members will no longer be entitled to priority security and baggage fee waivers when traveling on Alaska Airlines flights. I’m developing a persecution…

Cuckoo for Jogging Maps – San Diego, California

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On our continuing jog around the world, here are jogging maps from two hotels in San Diego, California.  There are two main running locations near downtown San Diego.  One is the route along the Waterfront of San Diego Bay and the second is by Balboa Park. The first jogging map (supplied by PatMikeL) is from…

Fitness Center Review: Palomar Hotel, San Diego

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As I wrote about HERE, I recently visited the Palomar Hotel in San Diego, CA, a Kimpton Hotel, and was blown away by the hotel, the service and the suite! I visited Palomar’s fitness center, but honestly, the weather was so beautiful that I just ran outdoors every day.  I’ll write about that and post…