Consulting Lifestyle

You’re stuck at Houston International Airport … what do you do?

When delayed on any flight, my mind goes a certain checklist, almost like a program. If I could write the logic for the program, it would look something like this … IF Airport = Internation then execute search routine for airport lounges IF Airport lounge > 1, then evaluate facilities for food, free alcohol, free WI-FI and newspapers Choose lounge with the …

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The Spirit of St. Louis …

After spending the weekend in St. Louis, I have to say that my opinion has changed. I no longer think that St. Louis is an “armpit of the US”. Could I live in St. Louis? Not in this lifetime, however as a place to see for a weekend or two weekends, it is definitely somewhere worth visiting.  St. Louis is not a …

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3 day weekend itinerary for St. Louis

Updated (4th August, 2010) St. Louis is not the world’s most exciting city and if I didn’t actually work here during the week, there would be no reason to visit. That being said, it’s not that St. Louis is devoid of culture, food and activities, it just that I can think of 10 more exciting cities in North America to …

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What else to do in St. Louis … Go to a Cardinals game!!!

Through some luck and a corporate hookup, I was able to organize a night out at Busch Stadium to see the Cardinals play. To clarify, I am not a baseball fan. I think Baseball is one of the most boring sports ever, which is why there are copious amounts of beer being consumed at a Baseball game. No sane person would …

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At the Bitter End …

One of the things I love about the Virgin Islands is the actual names of the individual islands and places themselves. A listing of names, definitely make you wonder what was going on, when they named the islands. Some of the island/bay names are listed below: Mosquito Island Ginger Island Beef Island Sandy spit Dog Island Handsome  Bay Dig a …

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Hey Virgin Islands … my bad!

When leaving Tortola by ferry to St Thomas, one has another number of things to be aware of. Be aware of the usual complete Island disorganization, lack of adequate signage and the general customer service skills associated with a jackass, donkey or alpaca. Customer service in the islands (any god damn island in the West Indies) only operates at three …

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Finally, my last required mileage run for Star Alliance …

Whew! I’m in San Francisco and on my back to Toronto. In the last two months, I’ve would have run myself through 35,319 miles in pursuit of Star Alliance Gold Status. I’ve done about more than that in miles for the year, but the rest count as American Airlines / OneWorld miles. Flight Distances   Flight Time   Flights In …

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More mileage run fun

Mileage running is really not a sport for your average traveler. Doing a mileage run without “status” is an even more arduous task, since you have to put up with a host of crappy things in chasing your miles, that your “status” would help you to avoid: Terrible seats or no prior seat selection : Using a site like SeatGuru …

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Rush hour delays and getting drunk in first class …

Over the last couple years, I’ve managed to waste enough hours in every type of airline lounge one can think of. I spent the first couple years rocking back my rum and cokes more than the (multiple time divorced or never married 50+ yr) Sr. Executives/Managing Partners, waiting for a delayed flights and hoping that my segment from Quincy,IL to …

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