Holidays

Traveling? Don’t watch the presidential debate alone.

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It’s a scary time of year. Halloween is coming. The days are getting darker sooner. Winds are blowing.  And tonight is the third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Now matter how big and brave you are the rest of the year, no one is going to fault you for being a bit jumpy right now.

So if you happen to be in a hotel tonight, do yourself a favor: don’t watch the debate alone in your hotel room.

Go to the bar. Or the lounge restaurant at your hotel where they’ve got TVs set up so you’ll watch in the safety of numbers.

I did that for the first debate, when I was staying at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel.

Located a short ride from SFO airport and on San Francisco Bay, this business-oriented hotel recently underwent a major update and has a new restaurant and bar, called 3SIXTY, that has a menu featuring local purveyors such as Cowgirl Creamery, Hog Island Anchor Steam, and a nice selection of healthy entrees, small and large.

To remind guests they are still near SFO, the cocktail menu has airport-inspired drinks with names such asDelayed Connecction, Aviation Martini and Turbulence.

I wanted to have dinner and watch the debate so went to the bar. TVs over the bar were tuned to both the debate AND a football game.  Captioning was on, but there was no sound.

Luckily I learned that this Hyatt offers audio for the TVs via an app called “WAD.”

All I had to do was download the app, pick which audio signal I wanted to tune to on the Hyatt TV offerings and listen with the earbuds provided by the restaurant.

This app is used in sports bars and other places where some people may want to watch and listen to news, other to sports and still others -sigh – to presidential debates sure to cause indigestion.

Offering the app – and complimentary earbuds – in their restaurant/bar was one great touch I appreciated at the business-oriented Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

Another nice touch: when I first arrived, the check-in line was bogged down by a guest trying to work out a billing issue with the front desk. Management noticed, called out back-up desk clerks and then went down the line of people waiting to check in offering bottles of cold water and a some welcoming chit chat.

 

 

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Airports celebrate Mother’s Day

 

2_Jacksonsville Internatinal Airport offers travelers carnations on Mother's Day and Valentine's Day

 

Mother’s Day weekend is being celebrated at airports around the country, starting today.

At Los Angeles International Airport, traveling mothers can get complimentary makeovers, hand massages and fragrance consultations, sample Godiva chocolates and enter raffles for prizes in front of DFS, post-security at the Tom Bradley Terminal (TBIT) on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Airport staff will also be handing out chocolate roses to moms.

(A ticket for a flight at any LAX terminal will get you past the security checkpoint at TBIT)

Friday through Sunday at Miami International Airport (from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. pre-security and from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. post-security) MIA Ambassadors will be presenting moms with chocolate roses.

Moms at MIA can also enter a raffle for a $200 American Express gift card if they take a picture with a chocolate rose or with an “I’m a Mom, what’s your super power?” t-shirt at an MIA concession and post it to a MIA social media platform with the “ShopsAtMIA” tag.

And, as they have every year since 2009, volunteers at Jacksonville International Airport will likely be on duty with 1000 red, white and pink carnations for moms.

Westjet & others celebrate April Fools’ Day

In the spirit of the April Fools’ Day holiday, yesterday Virgin America shared its “new” logo.

Today, WestJet and others join the fun with RALFH – a replacement for airplane food carts:

Cheapflights brings up Hipster Air , an airline “for those who badly want to be in the know – but who don’t want others to know it. It guarantees that no airline will try so hard to not look like it is trying so hard.”

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And Seattle’s Museum of Flight once again rolls out a unique April Fools exhibit. This year – it’s the Sopwith Camel airplane flown by World War I flying ace, Snoopy.

Museum of Flight snoopy

“The famous aircraft has never been seen in public, and until recently, historians have believed it among the thousands of fighter aircraft lost forever in combat over France nearly one hundred years ago,” the museum said in a statement that refers to the aircraft as “one of the greatest finds of the century.”

More fun to follow…