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Airport “Brookstone Guy” saves the day

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I had to cut out most of this photo to keep this guy, who works at a Brookstone kiosk at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, from getting in trouble with his bosses.

Even though he did a really nice thing and saved me more than $30.

I’d forgotten the cable to charge my cell phone and realized that the little gadget I’d been carrying around to serve as an emergency backup didn’t work.

The Hudson newsstand didn’t have a replacement cable, so I headed to the Brookstone kiosk, where I learned that the cable I needed only came in a kit that cost more than $30.

I was about to buy it (and visualizing how irritated I’d be when adding it to the nine other cables sitting on my desk at home) when I mentioned to the clerk that I had this gadget that I hadn’t been able to use.

“Let me see it,” he said, “maybe it does work.”

It did.

He lost the sale, but gained a fan. And when I said “let me take your picture and share this nice story,” he said company policy forbid him from having his name or picture shared in social media.

I only sort of get that policy, but don’t want to get him trouble for doing a nice thing.

So, all I can say here is: thank-you, Brookstone guy! You saved me from having to buy a needless cable.

To celebrate, I spent that $30 getting my nails done an airport spa.

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Souvenir Sunday at Hong Kong Int’l Airport

It’s Souvenir Sunday – a day to take a look at some of the fun, inexpensive and locally-themed items you can find when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week’s treats come from the Hong Kong International Airport.

Colorful bags of candy are everywhere -

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As are gift boxes of cakes and cookies of all kinds -

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All things Mickey – and Minnie – Mouse – seem quite popular -

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But I wanted to buy pretty much everything at the airport branch of the Designgallery shop, stocked with creative and innovative Hong Kong-made products.

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Greetings from Hong Kong Int’l Airport

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The duty free shops in airports often have a few bottles open for tasting. But at Hong Kong International Airport, there’s a bar with a bartender, seating, and complimentary drinks made with any of six featured liquors of the day.

You can belly up to bar and try any – or all – of the cocktails of the day or just grab a drink on the go from the hostess on duty.

One other fun feature spotted during my tour: an exhibition of toys, including this giant top (thank-you to my volunteer model) and a vintage Astro Boy!

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Greetings from Vancouver International Airport

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Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is one of the world’s top notch airports, with amenities that range from the in-airport Vancouver Fairmont Hotel (which has a fish butler), to spas, a dentist, a medical clinic, a liquor store and a 7-Eleven.

There are also, of course, plenty of shops offering everything from maple syrup to high-end handbags.

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But, with a four-hour layover in the international terminal I discovered one basic travel amenity that was missing.

Not one shop in the International Terminal sells pantyhose.

I tried leaving the international transit area to go the pre-security side so I could pick up a pair at the 7-Eleven, but no dice.

“Once you’re in the transit area, you cannot leave,” the staff person at the Information Desk told me. “But there are several stores that sell woolen socks.”

I tweeted my frustration while walking in and out of every single shop. And I received no outpouring of empathy and support.

Just this Tweet:

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Souvenir Sunday at Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport is full of special treats for shoppers who, like me, are always on the lookout for inexpensive, somewhat offbeat, small treasures.

In addition to the treats from the airport’s Kennedy Space Center Gift Shop I featured yesterday on Snack Saturday, during my recent visit at MCO I found these two Hello Kitty items in the Sanrio store.

The orange Hello Kitty key chain fulfills the “something-related-to-a-trip-to-Florida” category and the tissues are just cute and useful.

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And, of course, any time spent at Orlando International Airport offers a chance to look around at the airport’s eclectic art collection, which includes work by Jacob Lawrence and this “double-take” sculpture called “The Traveler” by Duane Hanson.

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