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Title: travel thread
Post by: jtksu on May 17, 2011, 08:12:36 PM
IT'S THE OFFICIAL TRAVEL THREAD Y'ALL!  :excited:
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: Fake Sugar Dick (WARNING, NOT THE REAL SUGAR DICK!) on May 17, 2011, 08:51:21 PM

Portland is a certified shithole.  Prison is an excellent alternative to actually living in that city.  Sounds like the junkies are on to something.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: pissclams on May 17, 2011, 09:18:21 PM
hmm, looks like jt posted a bit too early in this repeat episode of frontline.  time to update us and come clean, jtksu.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: pike on May 17, 2011, 09:20:04 PM
watching online. Portland reminds me of Colombia, MO
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: jtksu on May 17, 2011, 09:29:39 PM
Didn't really watch the entire thing.  It was just on while I listened to the BatQatz game.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: yoga-like_abana on May 17, 2011, 09:48:02 PM
you can take the beems out of lawrentucky but you can't take the lawrentucky out of beems
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: OregonSmock on May 17, 2011, 09:56:20 PM
Portland is amazing. 


 :love:
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: OregonSmock on May 17, 2011, 10:12:10 PM
(http://idavada.com/portland-skyline.jpg)


(http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicc/cfiles19195.jpg)


(http://www.allamericanplumbinginc.net/files/QuickSiteImages/Portland_Oregon_skyline.jpg)


(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/111/294634381_e67697ba5d.jpg)


(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Mount_Hood_reflected_in_Mirror_Lake,_Oregon.jpg)


(http://www.cyburbia.org/gallery/data/525/1portland_downtown_017.jpg)


(http://www.soulfealing.com/img_march/wahclella-falls-4.jpg)



Portland's basically a cross between Denver, CO and Seattle, WA.  It's modern, progressive, and arguably the greenest city in the United States.  In other words, red neck douchebags like jtksu and SugarSnatch hate it. 
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: jtksu on May 17, 2011, 10:13:51 PM
And it apparently has a huge meth problem.  Not very green sounding to me.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: _33 on May 17, 2011, 10:16:53 PM
(http://rpmedia.ask.com/ts?u=/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2f/KSU_Hale_library.jpg/248px-KSU_Hale_library.jpg)
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: Fake Sugar Dick (WARNING, NOT THE REAL SUGAR DICK!) on May 17, 2011, 10:30:41 PM
Portland is what happened when Jeff City got high and had sex with Anchorage.  A bunch of white people in a cold city who like to talk about doing stuff outside, but who are too poor or strung out to do anything but sleep in a gutter and fight bums about who had "dibs" on that dumpster.  People that choose to live there, do so based on delusions of grandeur, just like lawrence.  It's really an awful, awful place, just like lawrence.

But hey, you can get clean needles there!  So your chance of getting HIV are about 100 times higher if you use heroin (for the idiots, a needle is only clean the first time you use it).


http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/01/in_a_changing_world_portland_r.html
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: OregonSmock on May 17, 2011, 10:33:24 PM
And it apparently has a huge meth problem.  Not very green sounding to me.



A lot of the prisoners do meth... big effing deal.  You live in Wichita, KS.


 :lol:
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: jtksu on May 17, 2011, 10:42:08 PM
I must have missed the PBS special on Wichita's meth epidemic.  Have fun hanging out in the rain with a city full of methheads!
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: jtksu on May 17, 2011, 10:42:46 PM
Portland is basically Seattle's Fake Sugar Dick (WARNING, NOT THE REAL SUGAR DICK!) step-sister.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: yoga-like_abana on May 17, 2011, 10:45:16 PM
beems go stay @ this place http://www.treehouses.com/ lifechanging
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: pissclams on May 17, 2011, 10:52:41 PM
I must have missed the PBS special on Wichita's meth epidemic.  Have fun hanging out in the rain with a city full of methheads!
the frontline episode you're referring to showed how portland overcame their problem and led the nation in legislative reform related to meth and has evolved into the model on how to beat meth. 

 :frown:
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: jtksu on May 17, 2011, 10:56:56 PM
So, Portland didn't have a meth epidemic?  Sweet.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: yoga-like_abana on May 17, 2011, 10:58:08 PM
I must have missed the PBS special on Wichita's meth epidemic.  Have fun hanging out in the rain with a city full of methheads!
the frontline episode you're referring to showed how portland overcame their problem and led the nation in legislative reform related to meth and has evolved into the model on how to beat meth. 

 :frown:
Plus they showed Beems getting his eagle scout from this project, or was it his masters? cant remember which
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: Catchacold on May 17, 2011, 10:59:15 PM
Beems, been to the new Cabelas in Springfield?  (First one in Oregon!!)  :party:
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: ew2x4 on May 17, 2011, 11:20:52 PM
Would much rather live in Portland than Wichita.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: jtksu on May 17, 2011, 11:28:47 PM
Portland Oregon Sucks A Special Damp Level of Hell

http://www.knick-knack.com/rants/places/portland-oregon-sucks.html
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: EMAWmeister on May 18, 2011, 12:08:33 AM
Would much rather live in Portland than Wichita.

would much rather live in the gaza strip as a proud jew than wichita.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: Trim on May 18, 2011, 12:12:44 AM
Would much rather live in Portland than Wichita.

would much rather live in the gaza strip as a proud jew than wichita.

None of these 3 places/situations are attractive, but one can go to [email protected] games easily from Wichita.  /wichita-portland-gaza debate
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: OregonSmock on May 18, 2011, 12:50:49 AM
Does Wichita have this:


(http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/international/slideshow/slidephotos/OregonCoast.jpg)


(http://wikitravel.org/upload/shared//thumb/6/6f/OregonCoast2.jpg/420px-OregonCoast2.jpg)


or this:


(http://grandcanyon.free.fr/images/cascade/original/Columbia%20River%20Gorge,%20Oregon.jpg)


(http://www.portlandground.com/ColumbiaGorge/ColumbiaGorge0040waterfall.jpg)


(http://www.oregonherald.com/oregon/images/105.jpg)


or this:


(http://www.fsl.orst.edu/wpg/research/mthood/mthood.jpg)


(http://dencat.net/Images/Mt%20Hood%20Lost%20Lake.JPG)


or this:


(http://thundafunda.com/5/Forests/photos-of-Cape-Lookout-State-Park-Oregon-pictures.jpg)


(http://www.rimtours.com/photos/tours/oregon.gif)


or this:


(http://citiwire.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Portland-tram.JPG)



(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/54/141645675_2c5a1d69af.jpg)



(http://www.oregonscenics.com/8-s-ci-port-br-nite_edited-.jpg)



(http://avselevator.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/portland-skyline-night.jpg)



(http://www.grumpyvoices.com/uploaded_images/03_10_rosegarden-781551.jpg)



 :thumbsup:



Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: MakeItRain on May 18, 2011, 01:04:23 AM
Does Wichita have this:


(http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/international/slideshow/slidephotos/OregonCoast.jpg)


(http://wikitravel.org/upload/shared//thumb/6/6f/OregonCoast2.jpg/420px-OregonCoast2.jpg)


or this:


(http://grandcanyon.free.fr/images/cascade/original/Columbia%20River%20Gorge,%20Oregon.jpg)


(http://www.portlandground.com/ColumbiaGorge/ColumbiaGorge0040waterfall.jpg)


(http://www.oregonherald.com/oregon/images/105.jpg)


or this:


(http://www.fsl.orst.edu/wpg/research/mthood/mthood.jpg)


(http://dencat.net/Images/Mt%20Hood%20Lost%20Lake.JPG)


or this:


(http://thundafunda.com/5/Forests/photos-of-Cape-Lookout-State-Park-Oregon-pictures.jpg)


(http://www.rimtours.com/photos/tours/oregon.gif)


or this:


(http://citiwire.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Portland-tram.JPG)



(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/54/141645675_2c5a1d69af.jpg)



(http://www.oregonscenics.com/8-s-ci-port-br-nite_edited-.jpg)



(http://avselevator.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/portland-skyline-night.jpg)



(http://dougloudenback.com/hornets/Portland.RoseGarden1.jpg)



(http://www.grumpyvoices.com/uploaded_images/03_10_rosegarden-781551.jpg)



 :thumbsup:





So Portland can claim the coastline, Mt. Hood, and Cape Lookout?  eff man why not move to McMinnville?  Linfield College is cool.  That's like Pomona claiming Malibu.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: jtksu on May 18, 2011, 01:04:44 AM
Hook, line, and sinker.  Beem's desperate attempts at validation are always fun to watch.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: Trim on May 18, 2011, 06:49:51 AM
There were 2 things in Beems' pictorial that looked enticing - the cart on a wire and the basketball game.  Rumblings of a zip line going over the river at next month's riverfest.  I'd rather go to EMAW basketball. 

I saw the waterfall thing on All-Star Sports' mini-golf course.

Can't wait for MiddleEastHawk to try to sway me with post card pictures from the Gaza Strip.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: MeatSauce on May 18, 2011, 09:19:52 AM
Portland is amazing. 


 :love:
(http://laughingsquid.com/wp-content/uploads/whiter-shades-of-pale-20101119-103708.jpg)
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: Chingon on May 18, 2011, 10:55:21 AM
It's not my style, but Portland is a very nice place to live. 
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: KITNfury on May 18, 2011, 11:12:55 AM
Looks like a complete dump from those angles.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: Trim on May 18, 2011, 11:39:42 AM
Beems, don't forget to donate to the BBBS fundraiser.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: john "teach me how to" dougie on May 18, 2011, 11:42:12 AM
Interesting tidbit  -  the term "Skid Row" originated in Portland, OR. from skid road.


(http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000SUGs8C_OhEM/s/880/880/homeless-218.JPG)
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: Winters on May 18, 2011, 11:51:25 AM
Beems can't leave the drugs alone. Isn't really his fault imo
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 05:02:00 PM
this is a thread where you can post your vacation/travel needs and the goEMAW travel experts assist you.  

actually starting it because I have an idea/options request.  family wants to vacation somewhere this holiday season from the 26th of December to the 30th or 31st.  travel party consists of two young married couples, two single males and the patriarch/matriarch of the group.  kind of late notice to hit the big spots.  a lodge in Vail will probably either be booked up by now or ridiculously priced (but please post evidence of otherwise if you have it).  I have no idea what the budget is but would describe it as moderate from the talks I have had with the benefactor which really didn't help me in nailing down a number.  i am supposed to provide numerous options with cost breakdowns.  everyone probably flying out of wichita.  
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Kat Kid on May 28, 2011, 05:12:13 PM
Puerto Vallarta.  I have a guy.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 05:31:08 PM
Puerto Vallarta.  I have a guy.

email details. tia  :driving:
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: chum1 on May 28, 2011, 06:04:13 PM
are you guys expert mountain climbers?
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: sys on May 28, 2011, 06:11:24 PM
what sort of vacation/climate?  i would go to turkey or slovenia.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 06:23:52 PM
what sort of vacation/climate?  i would go to turkey or slovenia.

yeah, have heard great things about turkey and would like to go myself.  budget of family unit would be busted on flight though.  climate doesn't really matter but would probably not want colder than KS.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 06:24:03 PM
are you guys expert mountain climbers?

no, denied
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: pike on May 28, 2011, 06:36:02 PM
Some friends and I did a trip to keystone on those exact same days a few years ago. Worked out well but we crammed 6 people into a 2 person condo thing.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 06:38:00 PM
Some friends and I did a trip to keystone on those exact same days a few years ago. Worked out well but we crammed 6 people into a 2 person condo thing.

yeah, that's not going to work for 3 married couples and two singles who prolly don't want to share a bed
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Trim on May 28, 2011, 07:36:01 PM
Get the chicken parm bagel sandwich at ICT.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 07:42:02 PM
Get the chicken parm bagel sandwich at ICT.

chicken at an airport get the steve dave thumbs down of non-approval (this-->) (http://goEMAW.com/forum/Themes/smfone_multicolour/images/post/thumbdown.gif)
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Trim on May 28, 2011, 07:43:22 PM
Do the majority of ICT drinking in the main bar near the airport entrance BEFORE going to your gate.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 07:44:30 PM
Do the majority of ICT drinking in the main bar near the airport entrance BEFORE going to your gate.

(http://goEMAW.com/forum/Themes/smfone_multicolour/images/post/thumbup.gif)
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: ew2x4 on May 28, 2011, 08:51:40 PM
Lake Tahoe.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 08:56:27 PM
Lake Tahoe.

hmmm, have never even considered going there for any reason.  describe.  any suggestions on where to stay? 

also, for the thread, a vacation house to rent would be preferable.  tia.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: ew2x4 on May 28, 2011, 08:59:37 PM
Lake Tahoe.

hmmm, have never even considered going there for any reason.  describe.  any suggestions on where to stay? 

also, for the thread, a vacation house to rent would be preferable.  tia.

Have never been. Friends went not too long ago. Not sure what your group is into, seems like a great mix of scenic driving, skiing, and casinos though. I'll ask my friends for recommendations.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 09:02:58 PM
Lake Tahoe.

hmmm, have never even considered going there for any reason.  describe.  any suggestions on where to stay?  

also, for the thread, a vacation house to rent would be preferable.  tia.

Have never been. Friends went not too long ago. Not sure what your group is into, seems like a great mix of scenic driving, skiing, and casinos though. I'll ask my friends for recommendations.

gracias.  can't really even say what the group is into.  gambling probably isn't important.  non-strenuous adventure that is very group inclusive?  is that a thing?  that would be the thing if so.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 09:07:20 PM
Anyone that wants to take a huge trip to europe or somewhere and wants to use miles and and junk can post requests here or the credit card thread as well. :fatty:  I get off on helping with that stuff.  This particular trip is difficult because it is out of mileage range for me because of the amount of people and the desire to stay at a rental house and not a hotel (http://goEMAW.com/forum/Themes/smfone_multicolour/images/post/thumbdown.gif)
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Trim on May 28, 2011, 09:11:28 PM
Doesn't Hyatt, Marriott, etc. offer resort type thing (not an isolated house but more homey than hotels)?
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 28, 2011, 09:12:23 PM
Gulf Shores. PM for inside info.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 09:17:43 PM
Gulf Shores. PM for inside info.

not flying my entire family to Alabama for the holidays, pm denied
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Kat Kid on May 28, 2011, 09:41:28 PM
Stayed here for Thanksgiving.

Water Color has a bunch of nice homes for rent.  Pool, clubhouse, everyone rents bikes for the time to ride around in.  Beach close.  No idea on cost.  They have a pretty decent search function on there to find homes.

http://www.watercolorvacationhomes.com/ (http://www.watercolorvacationhomes.com/)
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: sys on May 28, 2011, 09:42:12 PM
what is the budget (for airline tix/person)?  if you hit it right, you might be able to get to uruguay via miami for something reasonable.  stay in montevideo or colonia.  you could fly into buenos aires just as easily if it was cheaper.

Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 28, 2011, 09:47:25 PM
what is the budget (for airline tix/person)?  if you hit it right, you might be able to get to uruguay via miami for something reasonable.  stay in montevideo or colonia.  you could fly into buenos aires just as easily if it was cheaper.



a) yeah, but no.
b) i don't really have a strong feel on budget but would imagine it would need to be less than $10k for flight/hotel for all 8
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on May 28, 2011, 09:47:52 PM
A couple of thoughts...

1) you guys can vacation mhk and stay at my place during that  time frame if you want. We won't be here, enough rooms etc. In favor I only ask that you...

2) ask matriarch/patriarch combo to adopt my family. Instant grandkids for them. Boom.



Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Kat Kid on May 28, 2011, 10:00:13 PM
what is the budget (for airline tix/person)?  if you hit it right, you might be able to get to uruguay via miami for something reasonable.  stay in montevideo or colonia.  you could fly into buenos aires just as easily if it was cheaper.



You are the kind of person that shops for themselves when getting others gifts.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Trim on May 28, 2011, 10:06:09 PM
what is the budget (for airline tix/person)?  if you hit it right, you might be able to get to uruguay via miami for something reasonable.  stay in montevideo or colonia.  you could fly into buenos aires just as easily if it was cheaper.



You are the kind of person that shops for themselves when getting others gifts.

sys will throw his full support behind the rick daris suggestion if it includes hoops tickets for that time period left behind on the kitchen counter for the daves to use.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Kat Kid on May 28, 2011, 10:08:00 PM
what is the budget (for airline tix/person)?  if you hit it right, you might be able to get to uruguay via miami for something reasonable.  stay in montevideo or colonia.  you could fly into buenos aires just as easily if it was cheaper.



You are the kind of person that shops for themselves when getting others gifts.

sys will throw his full support behind the rick daris suggestion if it includes hoops tickets for that time period left behind on the kitchen counter for the daves to use.

But only because sys would manipulate sd in to giving up the tix.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on May 28, 2011, 10:38:11 PM
what is the budget (for airline tix/person)?  if you hit it right, you might be able to get to uruguay via miami for something reasonable.  stay in montevideo or colonia.  you could fly into buenos aires just as easily if it was cheaper.



You are the kind of person that shops for themselves when getting others gifts.

sys will throw his full support behind the rick daris suggestion if it includes hoops tickets for that time period left behind on the kitchen counter for the daves to use.

But only because sys would manipulate sd in to giving up the tix.

Deal. I'll give SD the garage passkey pin number at flipfloppak. Mods lock thread.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Cire on May 29, 2011, 09:41:10 AM
Phoenix.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 29, 2011, 09:50:45 AM
Phoenix.

hmmmm, would be dealing with bowl crowds which we would obviously not be a part of.  what would my family do?  also, my wife may get checked for proof of citizenship which would make me kill a cop so may not be the best option. 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Trim on May 29, 2011, 09:56:31 AM
Phoenix.

hmmmm, would be dealing with bowl crowds which we would obviously not be a part of.  what would my family do?  also, my wife may get checked for proof of citizenship which would make me kill a cop so may not be the best option. 

sys now votes for phoenix.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: michigancat on May 29, 2011, 10:01:08 AM
What does your family like to do?

Last winter, my family (and families and sig. others) got a giant beach house on Lake Michigan. Was dirt cheap and a lot of fun (although there was nothing to do but hang out with a bunch of badasses (me and my family)).
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 29, 2011, 10:11:30 AM
What does your family like to do?

Last winter, my family (and families and sig. others) got a giant beach house on Lake Michigan. Was dirt cheap and a lot of fun (although there was nothing to do but hang out with a bunch of badasses (me and my family)).

pretty much that.  they are a loose group.  if there is skiing we would ski, if there was hiking we would hike, etc.  parents just want something that gets everyone together over an extended period with no outside distractions I guess. 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: hemmy on May 29, 2011, 10:14:28 AM
Go to the Heart Attack Grill in Chandler, its like 5 miles from Phoenix

Also, last time I was there I went mountain climbing and learned I am in really bad shape.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on May 29, 2011, 11:01:21 AM
China.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 29, 2011, 01:12:45 PM
Hit the gym and get yoked together.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Trim on May 29, 2011, 01:19:57 PM
Hit the gym and get yoked together.

Would be a nice boon to the weight room mottos thread.  Speaking of which...
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on May 29, 2011, 01:47:13 PM
hot or cold weather climate damnett
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: sys on May 29, 2011, 03:26:08 PM
b) i don't really have a strong feel on budget but would imagine it would need to be less than $10k for flight/hotel for all 8

i think you could do it for about that.  the house would be cheap, it'd mostly just be airfare.  quito is really cheap for some reason, somaybe you should go to quito.

but i was just kidding about all those places, mostly.  i really think you go to kansas city (plaza) or tulsa (oklahoma weather).
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: highway61 on May 30, 2011, 10:04:15 PM
Do Las Vegas deals go here, or on one of the many Las Vegas related threads?  Anyway, here is a good deal I found.  New members at the Tropicana get up to $200 in losses from slot machines reimbursed on the first day thier membership is activated.  It's on the tropicana website.  If anybody else has any good Las Vegas deals, let me know.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: WillieWatanabe on May 30, 2011, 10:45:11 PM
Anchorage Alaska, late summer. Friends only, no family.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Panjandrum on May 31, 2011, 01:17:06 AM
Do Las Vegas deals go here, or on one of the many Las Vegas related threads?  Anyway, here is a good deal I found.  New members at the Tropicana get up to $200 in losses from slot machines reimbursed on the first day thier membership is activated.  It's on the tropicana website.  If anybody else has any good Las Vegas deals, let me know.

Always go Tuesday and leave Friday.  Flights are cheaper, hotels are cheaper, and the place is less busy because the Californians usually drive in on Friday and leave on Sunday.

The shows suck (mainly because the real headliners are there Friday and Saturday), but really, if all you were going to do was watch Cirque de Soleil, you'll see it for less if you go during the week.

Anyway, my wife and I went in the middle of the week a few years back and had a really good time.  It wasn't a ghost town or anything, but we never had any problems waiting at a restaurant, waiting in line for an attraction, etc.  And because there are so few people, you can go to those 1/2 price ticket counters and save a crapload on shows.  You can pretty much see whatever you want for a lot less.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Trim on May 31, 2011, 01:28:08 AM
Do Las Vegas deals go here, or on one of the many Las Vegas related threads?  Anyway, here is a good deal I found.  New members at the Tropicana get up to $200 in losses from slot machines reimbursed on the first day thier membership is activated.  It's on the tropicana website.  If anybody else has any good Las Vegas deals, let me know.

Always go Tuesday and leave Friday.  Flights are cheaper, hotels are cheaper, and the place is less busy because the Californians usually drive in on Friday and leave on Sunday.

The shows suck (mainly because the real headliners are there Friday and Saturday), but really, if all you were going to do was watch Cirque de Soleil, you'll see it for less if you go during the week.

Anyway, my wife and I went in the middle of the week a few years back and had a really good time.  It wasn't a ghost town or anything, but we never had any problems waiting at a restaurant, waiting in line for an attraction, etc.  And because there are so few people, you can go to those 1/2 price ticket counters and save a crapload on shows.  You can pretty much see whatever you want for a lot less.

Don't go to Vegas on the cheap.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: ChiCat on May 31, 2011, 08:08:16 AM
The 200 slots deal is pretty common at properties of a certain caliber or lower.  May not be on all the websites, but you'll see it there.  On the downside, you'll be playing slots, which is really no fun for anyone.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: pissclams on May 31, 2011, 08:19:24 AM
The 200 slots deal is pretty common at properties of a certain caliber or lower.  May not be on all the websites, but you'll see it there.  On the downside, you'll be playing slots, which is really no fun for anyone.
squawk.  slots (wheel of fortune) can be a blast. 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: slucat on May 31, 2011, 08:31:38 AM
The 200 slots deal is pretty common at properties of a certain caliber or lower.  May not be on all the websites, but you'll see it there.  On the downside, you'll be playing slots, which is really no fun for anyone.
squawk.  slots (wheel of fortune) can be a blast. 

^ the only good slot game...I prefer craps or roulette...

I would second Tahoe, beautiful, great skiing, gamey type things to do.  Probably could snowshoe/hike/x-c ski if someone wasn't into downhill.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: pissclams on May 31, 2011, 08:46:27 AM
i've never been a fan of roulette.  seems dumb and impossible.

i play craps. 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 31, 2011, 09:06:52 AM
i've never been a fan of roulette.  seems dumb and impossible.

i play craps. 

oh yeah, roulette is basically a slot machine.  there is no system or way that improves your odds at all.  when very pak'd in March our entire group sat down at a roulette table and I described our elaborate betting system to some other random people at the table.  I kept making up strange percentages and reasonings for why we bet how we did.  we bounced back and forth between playing red and black based on these random reasons.  "Always play black after a prime number.  takes away .25% of the house advantage!" Then our entire group would all play black. 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: pissclams on May 31, 2011, 09:11:38 AM
lol yup.  i like the idea of making up fake strategies when faced with a game so stupid that there is no strategy. 

can't blame slu for playing it though, she's a women and they tend to like games like roulette.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: CNS on May 31, 2011, 09:20:03 AM
http://www.vrbo.com/ (http://www.vrbo.com/)

My bro uses this a lot when he travels.  Seems to get dece deals for what sound like nice places.  I am looking into a San Diego or Chicago trip for this summer with this.  Haven't really spent much time on it yet, though, FWIW.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on May 31, 2011, 09:26:46 AM
blackjack
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 31, 2011, 09:38:31 AM
blackjack

this and sports betting are the only things I take seriously
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: kitten_mittons on May 31, 2011, 10:14:07 AM
I like roulette.  I played it once.  Put $1200 on black.  Black hit.  Then I went and played a bunch of blackjack.  The people who were actually sitting down and playing roulette looked kind of mad when I bet once, doubled up, then walked away.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: slucat on May 31, 2011, 10:28:01 AM
lol at the roulette rubes...

You know nothing of splitting up bets to cover multiple numbers...also, bet the thirds (the vertical columns), the first 3rd (1-12?) never seems to hit.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: pissclams on May 31, 2011, 10:34:39 AM
man who would have thought about splitting a bet on routlette table   ././././.    i bet einstein wrote a book about it or something.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: slucat on May 31, 2011, 10:38:44 AM
man who would have thought about splitting a bet on routlette table   ././././.    i bet einstein wrote a book about it or something.

Most azin tards who pile chips on a single number... :jerk:
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 31, 2011, 11:07:11 AM
lol at the roulette rubes...

You know nothing of splitting up bets to cover multiple numbers...also, bet the thirds (the vertical columns), the first 3rd (1-12?) never seems to hit.

this is a great example of some of the made up rules we were telling everyone at the table to follow that didn't improve the odds at all
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on May 31, 2011, 11:09:51 AM
I like to not hit soft 12+ against a dealer bust card, pisses people off.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Pete on May 31, 2011, 11:55:50 AM
In lieu of previously planned Dominican Republic trip, I am going to the Ozarks next weekend for three days.  I will be doing no Ozarking, per se.  My day will be the following each day:

1.  Arise at around 10am
2.  Eat at breakfast buffet at resort
3.  Lay out at pool and read book and drink
4.  Light lunch
5.  Nap
6.  Hour long massage at resort's spa
7.  Get ready for dinner
8.  Eat the dinner (at resort)
9.  Drink in resort's bar
10.  Bed time


Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Branson Bound on May 31, 2011, 11:59:11 AM
In lieu of previously planned Dominican Republic trip, I am going to the Ozarks next weekend for three days.  I will be doing no Ozarking, per se.  My day will be the following each day:

1.  Arise at around 10am
2.  Eat at breakfast buffet at resort
3.  Lay out at pool and read book and drink
4.  Light lunch
5.  Nap
6.  Hour long massage at resort's spa
7.  Get ready for dinner
8.  Eat the dinner (at resort)
9.  Drink in resort's bar
10.  Bed time




Your telling me that your going all the way out to the Ozarks and your gonna take a nap? What is wrong with you?
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Kat Kid on May 31, 2011, 12:18:08 PM
In lieu of previously planned Dominican Republic trip, I am going to the Ozarks next weekend for three days.  I will be doing no Ozarking, per se.  My day will be the following each day:

1.  Arise at around 10am
2.  Eat at breakfast buffet at resort
3.  Lay out at pool and read book and drink
4.  Light lunch
5.  Nap
6.  Hour long massage at resort's spa
7.  Get ready for dinner
8.  Eat the dinner (at resort)
9.  Drink in resort's bar
10.  Bed time




Your telling me that your going all the way out to the Ozarks and your gonna take a nap? What is wrong with you?

I bet you have a much better suggestion for pete's daily itinerary.

 :popcorn: 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Chingon on May 31, 2011, 12:22:42 PM
Go to the Casino in Dodge City.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on May 31, 2011, 01:04:20 PM
sd, Im going to Chicago in the near future would like to use my 60k+ PC rewards will probably be there Thur-Sun. Peeps will probably want to stay on magnificent mile the rest is all on you, brotha./
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Branson Bound on May 31, 2011, 01:10:23 PM
In lieu of previously planned Dominican Republic trip, I am going to the Ozarks next weekend for three days.  I will be doing no Ozarking, per se.  My day will be the following each day:

1.  Arise at around 10am
2.  Eat at breakfast buffet at resort
3.  Lay out at pool and read book and drink
4.  Light lunch
5.  Nap
6.  Hour long massage at resort's spa
7.  Get ready for dinner
8.  Eat the dinner (at resort)
9.  Drink in resort's bar
10.  Bed time




Your telling me that your going all the way out to the Ozarks and your gonna take a nap? What is wrong with you?

I bet you have a much better suggestion for pete's daily itinerary.

 :popcorn: 

I sure do, but hes gonna have to tell us what part of the Ozarks he's headin to if he wants specifics.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 31, 2011, 01:31:47 PM
sd, Im going to Chicago in the near future would like to use my 60k+ PC rewards will probably be there Thur-Sun. Peeps will probably want to stay on magnificent mile the rest is all on you, brotha./

dates
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: pissclams on May 31, 2011, 01:36:49 PM
frontera grill.  nuff said.  i'd prob drive up n and hit hot dougs too.  nuff said.  /  (.Y.)
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 31, 2011, 01:42:26 PM
going to las vegas on june 24th to june 26 from mci. cannot take a vacation day on the 24th so will need a flight after 3 pm. flight home can be a red eye.

hotel reservos are already done. would like RT fare to be under $350.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: wetwillie on May 31, 2011, 01:55:16 PM
going to las vegas on june 24th to june 26 from mci. cannot take a vacation day on the 24th so will need a flight after 3 pm. flight home can be a red eye.

hotel reservos are already done. would like RT fare to be under $350.

Is driving to Wichita out of the question?  Allegiant Air has fantastic deals out of wichita to vegas.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 31, 2011, 02:24:03 PM
going to las vegas on june 24th to june 26 from mci. cannot take a vacation day on the 24th so will need a flight after 3 pm. flight home can be a red eye.

hotel reservos are already done. would like RT fare to be under $350.

wtf, why is it so expensive to fly to Vegas from KC?  Seems racist.  What's your airline mile situation?  Any possibilities?  Usually I shudder at the thought of using miles for a flight to Vegas since it's usually so cheap but when you are looking at $400+ that brings miles into play. 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Cire on May 31, 2011, 02:28:07 PM
Phoenix is great, weather should be great.  Lots of cool outdoorsy stuff to do.  Can visit Sedona.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 31, 2011, 02:48:32 PM
going to las vegas on june 24th to june 26 from mci. cannot take a vacation day on the 24th so will need a flight after 3 pm. flight home can be a red eye.

hotel reservos are already done. would like RT fare to be under $350.

Is driving to Wichita out of the question?  Allegiant Air has fantastic deals out of wichita to vegas.

yes, out of the question.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 31, 2011, 02:49:35 PM
going to las vegas on june 24th to june 26 from mci. cannot take a vacation day on the 24th so will need a flight after 3 pm. flight home can be a red eye.

hotel reservos are already done. would like RT fare to be under $350.

wtf, why is it so expensive to fly to Vegas from KC?  Seems racist.  What's your airline mile situation?  Any possibilities?  Usually I shudder at the thought of using miles for a flight to Vegas since it's usually so cheap but when you are looking at $400+ that brings miles into play. 

i'm white, so no, not racist.

i'm very embarassed about my miles situation. pretend that i have about 300,000 saved but don't want to use any of it.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on May 31, 2011, 03:17:07 PM
going to las vegas on june 24th to june 26 from mci. cannot take a vacation day on the 24th so will need a flight after 3 pm. flight home can be a red eye.

hotel reservos are already done. would like RT fare to be under $350.

wtf, why is it so expensive to fly to Vegas from KC?  Seems racist.  What's your airline mile situation?  Any possibilities?  Usually I shudder at the thought of using miles for a flight to Vegas since it's usually so cheap but when you are looking at $400+ that brings miles into play.  

i'm white, so no, not racist.

i'm very embarassed about my miles situation. pretend that i have about 300,000 saved but don't want to use any of it.

well, get ready to get at least 400 more miles on whatever program youf credit card is then  :thumbs:
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 31, 2011, 03:19:24 PM
going to las vegas on june 24th to june 26 from mci. cannot take a vacation day on the 24th so will need a flight after 3 pm. flight home can be a red eye.

hotel reservos are already done. would like RT fare to be under $350.

wtf, why is it so expensive to fly to Vegas from KC?  Seems racist.  What's your airline mile situation?  Any possibilities?  Usually I shudder at the thought of using miles for a flight to Vegas since it's usually so cheap but when you are looking at $400+ that brings miles into play. 

i'm white, so no, not racist.

i'm very embarassed about my miles situation. pretend that i have about 300,000 saved but don't want to use any of it.

well, get ready to get at least 400 more miles on whatever program you credit card is then  :thumbs:

you call that assistance?  :shakesfist:
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: yat on June 01, 2011, 11:27:30 AM
Puerto Vallarta.  I have a guy.

email details. tia  :driving:

+1

Am actually looking @ getaway to PV either 11/26 through 12/02 or 12/31 through 01/06/12 (dates flexible).  Planning to use United (75K)/Starwood (30K) points (accumulated due to prompting by the CC thread - thanks!) to pay for at least part of the trip, but am intrigued your mysterious guy.  PM?   :crossfingers:
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on June 01, 2011, 12:24:32 PM
http://omnicancunmexico.com

Seems like a legitimately decent place for super cheap. Dunno. Good reviews, etc.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Panjandrum on June 01, 2011, 01:50:12 PM
going to las vegas on june 24th to june 26 from mci. cannot take a vacation day on the 24th so will need a flight after 3 pm. flight home can be a red eye.

hotel reservos are already done. would like RT fare to be under $350.

wtf, why is it so expensive to fly to Vegas from KC?  Seems racist.  What's your airline mile situation?  Any possibilities?  Usually I shudder at the thought of using miles for a flight to Vegas since it's usually so cheap but when you are looking at $400+ that brings miles into play. 

Normally use miles for this reason.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: sys on June 01, 2011, 02:28:02 PM
http://www.fly.com/deal.aspx?id=LAS060111&Origin=LAX&Destination=LAS&utm_source=tzoo&utm_medium=t20&utm_campaign=LAS060111

vegas flights thing that comes to my email.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 01, 2011, 02:37:44 PM
http://www.fly.com/deal.aspx?id=LAS060111&Origin=LAX&Destination=LAS&utm_source=tzoo&utm_medium=t20&utm_campaign=LAS060111

vegas flights thing that comes to my email.

unfortunately, ETP's dates/time restrictions seem to have screwed him
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: CNS on June 01, 2011, 05:29:54 PM
Wife found a deal for 4 nights in Kauai at the Weston with meals and stuff for two for $780 or so nic air.

Never been to Hawaii.  Looking to go for anniversary next summer. 

Is Kauai a good place to start Hawaii'ing at?

Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 01, 2011, 06:05:31 PM
Wife found a deal for 4 nights in Kauai at the Weston with meals and stuff for two for $780 or so nic air.

Never been to Hawaii.  Looking to go for anniversary next summer. 

Is Kauai a good place to start Hawaii'ing at?



kauai is amazing and is very chill.  you'll love it.  The westin is a timeshare on the non-sunny side of the island though. 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: pissclams on June 01, 2011, 06:15:16 PM
sounds ghetto
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: EllToPay on June 01, 2011, 06:46:32 PM
http://www.fly.com/deal.aspx?id=LAS060111&Origin=LAX&Destination=LAS&utm_source=tzoo&utm_medium=t20&utm_campaign=LAS060111

vegas flights thing that comes to my email.

unfortunately, ETP's dates/time restrictions seem to have screwed him

going to europe for 2 weeks in august so i cannot spare any vacay days.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 01, 2011, 07:10:46 PM
http://www.fly.com/deal.aspx?id=LAS060111&Origin=LAX&Destination=LAS&utm_source=tzoo&utm_medium=t20&utm_campaign=LAS060111

vegas flights thing that comes to my email.

unfortunately, ETP's dates/time restrictions seem to have screwed him

going to europe for 2 weeks in august so i cannot spare any vacay days.

yeah, that's understandable. 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: CrushNasty on June 01, 2011, 08:11:57 PM
Going to Chicago this Monday and Tuesday. White Sox game prob and a good restaurant. Meeting will be in Tinley Park and just would like rec's on place or two to eat.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: yat on June 02, 2011, 11:25:08 AM
http://omnicancunmexico.com

Seems like a legitimately decent place for super cheap. Dunno. Good reviews, etc.

Looked at this a little bit, don't like this part:

Quote

Congratulations! In appreciation of your acceptance to attend a 90 minute promotional tour of the resort sometime during your stay, the Omni Cancun Resort has extended this special ONE TIME ONLY promotional vacation package to you allowing you to save up to 75% off the retail price! Your All Inclusive vacation package allows you take advantage of UNLIMITED meals, room service, beverages including alcohol drinks*, and usage of all the resort amenities! Other than the 90-minute resort preview, there is absolutely no other Obligation. The resort preview is designed to be fun and informative and includes a tour of the resort property & amenities which will help you better enjoy your vacation! 

. . . or this part

Quote

In the event IMS Vacations is informed by the resort developer that your selected travel dates have become unavailable, IMS Vacations reserves the right to offer substitute accommodations of equal or greater value. If the reservation is cancelled within 5 days of arrival, you will be allowed to reschedule, however, the $75 rescheduling fee will apply.

http://omnicancunmexico.com/terms_conditions.asp (http://omnicancunmexico.com/terms_conditions.asp)



Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Lynchmobrules on June 02, 2011, 11:42:11 AM
This was on yahoo.  Don't know if anyone would be interested.  Probably not.

http://shine.yahoo.com/event/summertravel/10-best-hotel-deals-2483395/
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on June 02, 2011, 12:49:33 PM
http://omnicancunmexico.com

Seems like a legitimately decent place for super cheap. Dunno. Good reviews, etc.

Looked at this a little bit, don't like this part:

Quote

Congratulations! In appreciation of your acceptance to attend a 90 minute promotional tour of the resort sometime during your stay, the Omni Cancun Resort has extended this special ONE TIME ONLY promotional vacation package to you allowing you to save up to 75% off the retail price! Your All Inclusive vacation package allows you take advantage of UNLIMITED meals, room service, beverages including alcohol drinks*, and usage of all the resort amenities! Other than the 90-minute resort preview, there is absolutely no other Obligation. The resort preview is designed to be fun and informative and includes a tour of the resort property & amenities which will help you better enjoy your vacation! 

. . . or this part

Quote

In the event IMS Vacations is informed by the resort developer that your selected travel dates have become unavailable, IMS Vacations reserves the right to offer substitute accommodations of equal or greater value. If the reservation is cancelled within 5 days of arrival, you will be allowed to reschedule, however, the $75 rescheduling fee will apply.

http://omnicancunmexico.com/terms_conditions.asp (http://omnicancunmexico.com/terms_conditions.asp)





Oh man. Yeah, that looks horrible. Not worth it.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 03, 2011, 09:36:34 PM
going to be in denver thursday-sunday in july with my three brothers (d00ds only).  activities are needed.  please provide suggestions goEMAW, you are my only hope!
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Trim on June 03, 2011, 09:37:02 PM
going to be in denver thursday-sunday in july with my three brothers (d00ds only).  activities are needed.  please provide suggestions goEMAW, you are my only hope!

Debunk DIA.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: sys on June 03, 2011, 09:48:45 PM
Debunk DIA.

check on the rabbits.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 03, 2011, 09:56:11 PM
Debunk DIA.

check on the rabbits.

done, will be done
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on June 03, 2011, 10:10:46 PM
going to be in denver thursday-sunday in july with my three brothers (d00ds only).  activities are needed.  please provide suggestions goEMAW, you are my only hope!

Ice them back to the focking stone age. 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: EllToPay on June 03, 2011, 11:24:46 PM
ok, back to the vegas trip. ended up going southwest ( :frown: ) friday to sunday.

never been and not a huge gambler. give me and my bachelor bros things to do. : :users:
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 03, 2011, 11:37:55 PM
ok, back to the vegas trip. ended up going southwest ( :frown: ) friday to sunday.

never been and not a huge gambler. give me and my bachelor bros things to do. : :users:

where are you staying?
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: EllToPay on June 03, 2011, 11:39:29 PM
ok, back to the vegas trip. ended up going southwest ( :frown: ) friday to sunday.

never been and not a huge gambler. give me and my bachelor bros things to do. : :users:

where are you staying?

i dont know, somewhere in the center of the strip they assure me.

i'll tag along and gamble a bit. i don't want to look like a fool. plz help.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: hemmy on June 03, 2011, 11:50:59 PM
Has the roller coaster at the Sahara been torn down yet?
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 03, 2011, 11:54:30 PM
ok, back to the vegas trip. ended up going southwest ( :frown: ) friday to sunday.

never been and not a huge gambler. give me and my bachelor bros things to do. : :users:

where are you staying?

i dont know, somewhere in the center of the strip they assure me.

i'll tag along and gamble a bit. i don't want to look like a fool. plz help.

Bills huh.  Don't be ashamed, I've stayed there before.  Osheas is an amazing time late, early, in between.  Don't go to a strip club.  Don't drive or rent a car.  Don't rent a limo.  Don't ask the cab driver if he's a "muuuuslim" like Pete tends to.  

Eat here:
http://www.arialasvegas.com/dining/julian-serrano.aspx
or
http://www.mgmgrand.com/restaurants/craftsteak-steak-house.aspx

play paigow if you aren't a gambler.  the dealer will tell you what to do when you show them your cards and you will never lose or win a lot.  dress nicer than you think you need to (not that you will need to but it makes you feel like a big crap).  if you find out where you are staying I can give you exact advice on do/don't do's.  

Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 03, 2011, 11:54:49 PM
Has the roller coaster at the Sahara been torn down yet?

sahara is closed completely
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Stevesie60 on June 04, 2011, 06:25:58 AM
ok, back to the vegas trip. ended up going southwest ( :frown: ) friday to sunday.

never been and not a huge gambler. give me and my bachelor bros things to do. : :users:

where are you staying?

i dont know, somewhere in the center of the strip they assure me.

i'll tag along and gamble a bit. i don't want to look like a fool. plz help.

Bills huh.  Don't be ashamed, I've stayed there before.  Osheas is an amazing time late, early, in between.  Don't go to a strip club.  Don't drive or rent a car.  Don't rent a limo.  Don't ask the cab driver if he's a "muuuuslim" like Pete tends to.  

Eat here:
http://www.arialasvegas.com/dining/julian-serrano.aspx
or
http://www.mgmgrand.com/restaurants/craftsteak-steak-house.aspx

play paigow if you aren't a gambler.  the dealer will tell you what to do when you show them your cards and you will never lose or win a lot.  dress nicer than you think you need to (not that you will need to but it makes you feel like a big crap).  if you find out where you are staying I can give you exact advice on do/don't do's.  



This. It's hard to get the waitresses to bring you free drinks when you look like trash.

To reduce stress when I was in Vegas, I set aside some money that I planned on losing in the casinos. That way I could relax and just have fun instead of worrying about how much money I was losing. Obviously, we're all K-State fans, and therefore have thousands to spare, but if you don't like throwing unknown amounts of money away this is a great solution.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: michigancat on June 04, 2011, 08:34:52 AM
going to be in denver thursday-sunday in july with my three brothers (d00ds only).  activities are needed.  please provide suggestions goEMAW, you are my only hope!

Eat here, omg eat here:

http://www.snoozeeatery.com/
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: EllToPay on June 04, 2011, 11:51:16 AM
if you find out where you are staying I can give you exact advice on do/don't do's.  

just found out. the flamingo.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 04, 2011, 11:59:01 AM
if you find out where you are staying I can give you exact advice on do/don't do's.  

just found out. the flamingo.

yeah, pretty central.  also, I think they somehow affiliate with Hilton (or at least used to) so you may be able to get Hilton Honors for staying there.  they are supposed to have a pretty legit pool for being a shithole.  plus, you are right next door to OSheas so tell the leprechaun hi from steve dave. 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: CNS on June 06, 2011, 12:43:33 PM
Anyone ever been to Dominican Repub?  Wife looking into this rather than Hawaii now for a trip next year.  Have heard that it is silly cheap compared to Hawaii so that we could either stay much longer or in much higher rated place.

Also, shorter flight.

Anyone been.  Little bit of googling makes it look pretty fantastic. 
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Chingon on June 06, 2011, 01:04:23 PM
help me fly cheap to australia within the next few years
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: pissclams on June 06, 2011, 01:12:27 PM
i want to invent a method of traveling which allows you to instantly be somewhere else.  it would be a tube you get into.  push a button and then you're instantly at the place you wanted to go to.   this concept, if realized, would change the travel industry forever.  i plan on naming the concept, the wildcat transporation system incorporated.  


EDIT- forgot to add- if anyone can provide assistance with this concept, pls pm.  thx.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 06, 2011, 01:13:51 PM
help me fly cheap to australia within the next few years

Sign up for the current chase sapphire card (50k transferable to continental) the continental mastercard and the united visa.  you will then have over 100k united/continental miles which will get you there.  If you have time and don't want to sign up for all at once you should sign up for the sapphire card now as it has the best bonus followed by the continental card because it will not be available long and finally the united card because it will be available forever and doesn't have a current big bonus.  if you just want to pay for the flight you should set up an airfare alert via airfare watchdog to notify you if the flight cost dips below a figure you set.

http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Trim on June 06, 2011, 01:19:08 PM
help me fly cheap to australia within the next few years

if you just want to pay for the flight you should set up an airfare alert via airfare watchdog to notify you if the flight cost dips below a figure you set.

http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/

Set up the alert so that it makes a sound on your Homedics® SoundSpa Sound Machine.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Chingon on June 06, 2011, 02:48:40 PM
help me fly cheap to australia within the next few years

if you just want to pay for the flight you should set up an airfare alert via airfare watchdog to notify you if the flight cost dips below a figure you set.

http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/

Set up the alert so that it makes a sound on your Homedics® SoundSpa Sound Machine.
:gocho:
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Rage Against the McKee on June 06, 2011, 06:33:43 PM
going to be in denver thursday-sunday in july with my three brothers (d00ds only).  activities are needed.  please provide suggestions goEMAW, you are my only hope!

Start your night at the Rio Grande restaurant for margaritas.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 10, 2011, 11:25:26 PM
for anyone who has been to san diego during late december holiday bowl type dates what is the weather like?  what is the gaslamp, la jolla, etc. like?
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on June 11, 2011, 12:35:43 AM
for anyone who has been to san diego during late december holiday bowl type dates what is the weather like?  what is the gaslamp, la jolla, etc. like?

Went to san Diego in march a year ago. Stayed in la jolla five nights and SD for one. Weather should be about the same. It's nice. Not hot. Warm in day cool at night. Google it. La jolla is really nice, but if you are going with other people and want to be close to food, fun, etc. Then you should stay in gaslamp. Think kc plaza, but in san Diego and by the ocean. La jolla is north of SD and by ocean and nice but you're not walking anywhere or seeing what you prob want to see.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: 0.42 on June 11, 2011, 04:42:35 AM
I'm doing football roadies this year for laramie (for undergrad alma mater) and lubbock. What bars/restaurants in Laramie don't suck? Does anyone know what gameday is like, where good places to tailgate, and do they take the scalps of opposing fans there? i'm more familiar with lubbock but i'll still take any tips you have.

in return i can give mediocre to good recommendations for any of the following places:

austin metro area (specialty)
san antonio
west yellowstone, mt
jackson, wy
anywhere in glacier park, mt
stillwater (probs would be better if you asked OK_Cat tho)
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: steve dave on June 11, 2011, 09:39:10 AM
for anyone who has been to san diego during late december holiday bowl type dates what is the weather like?  what is the gaslamp, la jolla, etc. like?

Went to san Diego in march a year ago. Stayed in la jolla five nights and SD for one. Weather should be about the same. It's nice. Not hot. Warm in day cool at night. Google it. La jolla is really nice, but if you are going with other people and want to be close to food, fun, etc. Then you should stay in gaslamp. Think kc plaza, but in san Diego and by the ocean. La jolla is north of SD and by ocean and nice but you're not walking anywhere or seeing what you prob want to see.

yeah, I've been to la jolla and sd a lot just not that time of year.  I phrased my question poorly. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on June 13, 2011, 09:36:18 AM
Best carry on I have used.  A lot of people swear by TUMI but I really like Travelpro.  Am buying a second one for Mrs. Dave. 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003H4Q078/ref=asc_df_B003H4Q0781585014/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B003H4Q078&linkCode=asn
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yat on June 13, 2011, 12:14:30 PM
Best carry on I have used.  A lot of people swear by TUMI but I really like Travelpro.  Am buying a second one for Mrs. Dave.  

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003H4Q078/ref=asc_df_B003H4Q0781585014/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B003H4Q078&linkCode=asn

This thread = incredible subtle marketing campaign by SD/Rick Daris to market their new line of travel related products?

http://www.amazon.com/Rick-Steves-Convertible-Carry-On/dp/B003JZCQWS/ref=pd_sbs_a_2 (http://www.amazon.com/Rick-Steves-Convertible-Carry-On/dp/B003JZCQWS/ref=pd_sbs_a_2)

 :dunno:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on June 23, 2011, 10:59:25 AM
wife and i are looking at going to brazil next year. anyone been? when is the best time to go? tia.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kougar24 on June 23, 2011, 11:03:07 AM
i guess i'll redirect my euro questions here.

anyone have any hotel recommendations in Paris in the St. Germaine area? what about in Rome near the train station? those areas were recommended to me.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on June 23, 2011, 11:27:00 AM
i guess i'll redirect my euro questions here.

anyone have any hotel recommendations in Paris in the St. Germaine area? what about in Rome near the train station? those areas were recommended to me.

Park Hyatt Paris
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: sys on June 23, 2011, 11:52:21 AM
i guess i'll redirect my euro questions here.

anyone have any hotel recommendations in Paris in the St. Germaine area? what about in Rome near the train station? those areas were recommended to me.

unless you are zipping in and out of the city every day, i wouldn't stay near termini.  there are tons of cheap hotels in that area though.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kougar24 on June 23, 2011, 12:20:12 PM
i guess i'll redirect my euro questions here.

anyone have any hotel recommendations in Paris in the St. Germaine area? what about in Rome near the train station? those areas were recommended to me.

unless you are zipping in and out of the city every day, i wouldn't stay near termini.  there are tons of cheap hotels in that area though.

where would you stay in Rome? when i was there last, i was a cheap college student staying in a hostel on the outskirts of town (in other words, i have zero knowledge of nice hotels in the city).
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: sys on June 23, 2011, 12:54:07 PM
where would you stay in Rome? when i was there last, i was a cheap college student staying in a hostel on the outskirts of town (in other words, i have zero knowledge of nice hotels in the city).

i mean, it depends on what you plan on doing, and what sort of places you enjoy, and how much you walk vs use transport.  but the area around termini is kinda boring and an uncomfortable distance (too far to enjoy walking all the time, but so close that you feel stupid paying for the metro) from most stuff.

i guess i'd recommend the trastevere/vatican area if you want somewhere a little peaceful/residential with good restaurants around, but still close enough to walk to a lot of places.  or just in the general area of the pantheon/piazza navona/spanish steps zone if you want to be in the center of everything and don't mind the noise & people.

the area past campo d fiori might be good too (peacefulish), dunno.



this is a decent site for finding places, if you're looking more apartmenty than hotely.

http://cross-pollinate.com/
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: OK_Cat on June 23, 2011, 12:54:53 PM
stillwater (probs would be better if you asked OK_Cat tho)

oh man, i'm a human version of wikipedia for stillwater.
Title: Re: trip assistance request thread
Post by: sys on July 02, 2011, 02:48:40 PM
Phoenix.

hmmmm, would be dealing with bowl crowds which we would obviously not be a part of.  what would my family do?  also, my wife may get checked for proof of citizenship which would make me kill a cop so may not be the best option. 

sys now votes for phoenix.


phx announcement voice is the xtranormal voice.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on July 02, 2011, 03:02:38 PM
Phoenix.

hmmmm, would be dealing with bowl crowds which we would obviously not be a part of.  what would my family do?  also, my wife may get checked for proof of citizenship which would make me kill a cop so may not be the best option. 

sys now votes for phoenix.


phx announcement voice is the xtranormal voice.

Holy crap.  As you posted this, I'm listening to a criminal law lecture describing that in some jurisdictions, killing a cop can be bumped to 1st degree murder.  :surprised:  Proof of God?  Prayers.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: sys on July 02, 2011, 03:23:35 PM
killing a cop can be bumped to 1st degree murder.  :surprised:  Proof of God?  Prayers.

doesn't sound like proof of god.  but, if it will help, i will pray.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on July 02, 2011, 03:41:07 PM
killing a cop can be bumped to 1st degree murder.  :surprised:  Proof of God?  Prayers.

doesn't sound like proof of god.  but, if it will help, i will pray.

I meant the crazy mystical "coincidence" that happened there, but prayers never hurt (unless not properly given on a premium bbs in which case it appears God neglects or grants the opposite of the prayer).
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: sys on July 02, 2011, 03:53:52 PM
I meant the crazy mystical "coincidence" that happened there, but prayers never hurt (unless not properly given on a premium bbs in which case it appears God neglects or grants the opposite of the prayer).

would be typical of god to spend his time arranging crazy coincidences while ignoring dying children and legislative reform.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Kat Kid on July 03, 2011, 08:52:22 AM
i guess i'll redirect my euro questions here.

anyone have any hotel recommendations in Paris in the St. Germaine area? what about in Rome near the train station? those areas were recommended to me.

someone is trying to get you robbed/raped.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kougar24 on July 03, 2011, 07:03:22 PM
i guess i'll redirect my euro questions here.

anyone have any hotel recommendations in Paris in the St. Germaine area? what about in Rome near the train station? those areas were recommended to me.

someone is trying to get you robbed/raped.

meh.

settled on the Artemide Hotel. looks nice, fantastic reviews, etc. looking forward to it.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on July 05, 2011, 08:42:42 PM
SD, Honolulu: Tuesday of Thanksgiving Break probably come back the Monday after. What credit cards for flight and maybe even for hotel(this one is hazy, would be going w/ a large group) should I get?
Also I may not even be able to go but would I be able to let someone else use those miles/points(rookie ? I know)
Also don't really care about the place because I wouldn't be in the room other than to sleep but would be nice if it was in central locay.

also does this go here or cc thread I contemplated that one for a good 2 seconds.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: chum1 on July 05, 2011, 11:25:38 PM
Quote from: sys and Tortuga
i guess i'll redirect my euro questions here.

anyone have any hotel recommendations in Paris in the St. Germaine area? what about in Rome near the train station?

[useful suggestions and info]

meh.

settled on the Artemide Hotel.

FYI:  When Kougz asks where in Paris and Rome he should stay, the correct answer is, "Ooooh!!!  You're going to Paris and Rome?!?!"
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 06, 2011, 09:41:30 AM
SD, Honolulu: Tuesday of Thanksgiving Break probably come back the Monday after. What credit cards for flight and maybe even for hotel(this one is hazy, would be going w/ a large group) should I get?
Also I may not even be able to go but would I be able to let someone else use those miles/points(rookie ? I know)
Also don't really care about the place because I wouldn't be in the room other than to sleep but would be nice if it was in central locay.

also does this go here or cc thread I contemplated that one for a good 2 seconds.

You are hosed for airline travel this thanksgiving.  Most programs will black out holiday dates and it is WAY too late to try to get even normal dates for free via miles to Hawaii.  Everyone uses their miles to travel to Hawaii and other vacay spots.  Nobody uses them to travel to chicago or dallas.  If you want to use miles to travel to Hawaii you need to book 10 months out.  BUT, if you want to go the Chase Sapphire route you can get the 53k in Chase and it would net you about $650 off a flight if you book via Chase's service.  That would be your only option.  As far as hotels probably the SPG 25k card (LET ME KNOW I WILL REFER YOU!!!!!).  It would get you 2 nights in Honolulu if they aren't booked to the gills already.  sdbro just stayed 4 nights in the Sheraton Waikiki and enjoyed it.  Very central. The Chase card to get Hyatt points would also be a good idea if you didn't want the airfare.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kougar24 on July 06, 2011, 10:39:09 AM
Quote from: sys and Tortuga
i guess i'll redirect my euro questions here.

anyone have any hotel recommendations in Paris in the St. Germaine area? what about in Rome near the train station?

[useful suggestions and info]

meh.

settled on the Artemide Hotel.

FYI:  When Kougz asks where in Paris and Rome he should stay, the correct answer is, "Ooooh!!!  You're going to Paris and Rome?!?!"

:rolleyes: i'm actually waiting for SD or 'clams to tell me how much my hotel choice sucks.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on July 06, 2011, 02:05:13 PM
SD, Honolulu: Tuesday of Thanksgiving Break probably come back the Monday after. What credit cards for flight and maybe even for hotel(this one is hazy, would be going w/ a large group) should I get?
Also I may not even be able to go but would I be able to let someone else use those miles/points(rookie ? I know)
Also don't really care about the place because I wouldn't be in the room other than to sleep but would be nice if it was in central locay.

also does this go here or cc thread I contemplated that one for a good 2 seconds.

You are hosed for airline travel this thanksgiving.  Most programs will black out holiday dates and it is WAY too late to try to get even normal dates for free via miles to Hawaii.  Everyone uses their miles to travel to Hawaii and other vacay spots.  Nobody uses them to travel to chicago or dallas.  If you want to use miles to travel to Hawaii you need to book 10 months out.  BUT, if you want to go the Chase Sapphire route you can get the 53k in Chase and it would net you about $650 off a flight if you book via Chase's service.  That would be your only option.  As far as hotels probably the SPG 25k card (LET ME KNOW I WILL REFER YOU!!!!!).  It would get you 2 nights in Honolulu if they aren't booked to the gills already.  sdbro just stayed 4 nights in the Sheraton Waikiki and enjoyed it.  Very central. The Chase card to get Hyatt points would also be a good idea if you didn't want the airfare.
thanks sounds like Im sorta screwed then as far as reward programs.
I wonder how much a flight is if you book through chase with the 650 off, because I think we've found its like 750 or so rt out of MCI.
If I end up going it would be with a large group, some of who lived in Hawaii for an extended period so we might be able to stay at some peoples houses. So might not need the SPG card, the people that are "planning" this are taking there sweet ass time.

also going to san diego august2-4th and have PC points burning a whole in my wallet. any suggesto's(this is also contingent on if I don't end up staying at a friends house)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 06, 2011, 02:08:25 PM
The cost chase's program can get you should be that same 750 so you should be in good shape if you get the Sapphire card and spend $3k on it real quick.  And, worse case scenario, you don't end up going and you can still have those Chase points to transfer to Hyatt or Continental or something.  Have only stayed at the Hilton Gaslamp in San Diego.  Nice place.  PC has a lot of good deals like dollars and points or point stretcher deals and junk.  You should be good for a couple nights in SD. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on July 06, 2011, 04:32:47 PM
Please direct elite European travel questions this way. I live in the UK and travel around Europe frequently for business (i'm in sales). This weekend i was just in Malaga for a short weekend getaway  :drink:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 06, 2011, 05:15:13 PM
Please direct elite European travel questions this way. I live in the UK and travel around Europe frequently for business (i'm in sales). This weekend i was just in Malaga for a short weekend getaway  :drink:

what's the mileage situation there?  like, ryanair have a nice program?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: WillieWatanabe on July 06, 2011, 05:16:59 PM
what's the best site for cheap plane tickets??? no miles unfortunately. sorry sd.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on July 06, 2011, 08:33:04 PM
what's the best site for cheap plane tickets??? no miles unfortunately. sorry sd.
just try kayak or something like that and have them compare all sites. also thanks for the advice sd
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 0.42 on July 06, 2011, 08:37:43 PM
even better, actually kayak to your destination.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: WillieWatanabe on July 06, 2011, 08:46:57 PM
discovered kayak about an hour ago...definitely a great site.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: WillieWatanabe on July 23, 2011, 04:33:40 PM
flying n00b here. Is it better/more convenient to print tickets before hand or get them at the airport? Any other flying tips would be appreciated.

also, please don't make fun of me for being a tard. tia
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: wetwillie on July 23, 2011, 04:41:18 PM
Fellow WW print them prior, much more convenient. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 23, 2011, 05:20:39 PM
if you're truly elite you do it paperless on your phone.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: WillieWatanabe on July 23, 2011, 05:22:26 PM
Fellow WW print them prior, much more convenient. 

thanks for your input ww.

if you're truly elite you do it paperless on your phone.

i can see this. Probably not an option for me tho.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 23, 2011, 05:28:07 PM
yeah, you need to print a backup w/ paperless, though. I've had it not work at freaking JFK. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: WillieWatanabe on July 23, 2011, 05:35:13 PM
you can bring two carry ons right? Trying to avoid having checked luggage if possible. even though it's a long trip.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: wetwillie on July 23, 2011, 05:40:42 PM
I'd bring a regular carry on sized luggage and a backpack of sorts. Unless you have a murse or satchel thing.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 23, 2011, 06:56:27 PM
you can bring two carry ons right? Trying to avoid having checked luggage if possible. even though it's a long trip.


if you are carrying on definitely print them beforehand.  you can bring one up to 22" carry on and one small item like a medium sized backpack or laptop back or something.  I don't waste my time with the mobile boarding pass because, as rusty pointed out, a ton of places don't have the infrastructure to process them (even though they are listed as being able to). 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 23, 2011, 07:42:16 PM
you can bring two carry ons right? Trying to avoid having checked luggage if possible. even though it's a long trip.


where are you going and for how long

I like to print at the kiosks away from the main checkin, because printing at home/work is more of a hassle for me.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: WillieWatanabe on July 23, 2011, 07:52:42 PM
Alaska, 6 days. Will have access to free laundry.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on July 23, 2011, 08:25:05 PM
Please direct elite European travel questions this way. I live in the UK and travel around Europe frequently for business (i'm in sales). This weekend i was just in Malaga for a short weekend getaway  :drink:

what's the mileage situation there?  like, ryanair have a nice program?
Easyjet, Ryanair, etc are super cheap but they will kill you with fees for checking luggage and stuff. You can usually only carry on one item. Also, there are no rewards.

I fly British Airways a lot for work which forwards my miles to my American Airlines/One World account. if you have Platinum status with AA you can get into all the One World European lounges (BA, Iberia, etc) and you don't have to pay extra.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 24, 2011, 08:40:51 AM
nice
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 24, 2011, 08:43:15 AM
how can I get your job, cougar2k?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: sys on July 24, 2011, 10:31:39 AM
ba sucks, iberia is worse.  hate them both.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 24, 2011, 10:32:30 AM
ba sucks, iberia is worse.  hate them both.

what is your euro travel carrier of choice?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: sys on July 24, 2011, 10:44:49 AM
i didn't fly around the eurozone enough to have a valid preference.  just hated ba and iberia for transatlantics - no legroom & shitty entertainment.  any american carrier is better.  liked lufthansa and especially sas for transatlantics, when possible.

for spanish origin intracontinentals, vueling was fine, when i used it.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 24, 2011, 10:47:30 AM
i didn't fly around the eurozone enough to have a valid preference.  just hated ba and iberia for transatlantics - no legroom & shitty entertainment.  any american carrier is better.  liked lufthansa and especially sas for transatlantics, when possible.

for spanish origin intracontinentals, vueling was fine, when i used it.

good input
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on July 24, 2011, 10:52:18 AM
how can I get your job, cougar2k?
Graduate from EMAW U College of Engineering. Get laid off from you first job after graduation 3 weeks in. Profit.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on July 24, 2011, 10:55:04 AM
ba sucks, iberia is worse.  hate them both.
Never flown Iberia but their lounge in Madrid is amazing.

BA is about equivalent to your major American carriers like AA, which means they suck.

Lufthansa is absolute trash.

Alitalia is alright.

The middleastern airlines i've flown on (Qatar Airways, Etihad) are really good.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: sys on July 24, 2011, 11:00:55 AM
Lufthansa is absolute trash.

they prolly treat me better 'cause of my aryan appearance.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on July 24, 2011, 11:04:29 AM
Lufthansa is absolute trash.

they prolly treat me better 'cause of my aryan appearance.
Prolly had you confused with Dirk Nowitzki
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: chum1 on July 24, 2011, 11:18:04 AM
You mean you guys don't just drink until you pass out?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on July 24, 2011, 12:29:43 PM
You mean you guys don't just drink until you pass out?
Well, other than that.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on July 24, 2011, 02:12:26 PM
flying swiss air to zurich on friday. good airline?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: OK_Cat on July 25, 2011, 10:11:02 AM
welp, got my jorts and tanks packed, going to branson soon.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 25, 2011, 10:14:47 AM
flying swiss air to zurich on friday. good airline?

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/planereality/2011/07/25/best-seat-in-the-house-swiss-airlines-4a-zrh-jfk/
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 25, 2011, 10:16:30 AM
how can I get your job, cougar2k?
Graduate from EMAW U College of Engineering. Get laid off from you first job after graduation 3 weeks in. Profit.


well, I'm part way there. :frown:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on July 25, 2011, 10:30:17 AM
flying swiss air to zurich on friday. good airline?

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/planereality/2011/07/25/best-seat-in-the-house-swiss-airlines-4a-zrh-jfk/

:excited:

not business class, though :frown:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Rage Against the McKee on July 25, 2011, 11:50:23 AM
I flew a transatlantic flight with Canadian Airlines once. It was pretty nice. Much nicer than the return flight on SAS, anyway.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on July 25, 2011, 12:26:44 PM
please post youtubes of the most efficient way to pack a suitecase, tia
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: OK_Cat on July 25, 2011, 12:28:34 PM
please post youtubes of the most efficient way to pack a suitecase, tia

if i'm going somewhere for an extended period, i normally roll my clothes tightly.  seems to do the trick.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on July 25, 2011, 03:00:47 PM
please post youtubes of the most efficient way to pack a suitecase, tia

Once again ...

http://videogum.com/63641/the_your_business_card_is_crap/webjunk/viral-video/
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on July 25, 2011, 03:11:02 PM
I flew a transatlantic flight with Canadian Airlines once. It was pretty nice. Much nicer than the return flight on SAS, anyway.
:love: Flew with them from Montreal to London one time and it was incredible. Lots of legroom, good entertainment system, plugins in every seat for USB and 110v 60 Hz power. Amazing food too.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Rage Against the McKee on July 25, 2011, 03:14:55 PM
I flew a transatlantic flight with Canadian Airlines once. It was pretty nice. Much nicer than the return flight on SAS, anyway.
:love: Flew with them from Montreal to London one time and it was incredible. Lots of legroom, good entertainment system, plugins in every seat for USB and 110v 60 Hz power. Amazing food too.

Yeah, my transatlantic flight experience is pretty limited, so I didn't want to brag them up too much, but I was very impressed. My flight was Toronto to Frankfurt.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: CrushNasty on August 08, 2011, 10:36:49 PM
Where's that link for the forum that lists out all the priceline hotels?

Also, heading to DC, KS soon... Staying at the casino/hotel, I believe.  :kstategrad:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on August 15, 2011, 09:33:24 AM
flying swiss air to zurich on friday. good airline?

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/planereality/2011/07/25/best-seat-in-the-house-swiss-airlines-4a-zrh-jfk/

can confirm. :love:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on August 15, 2011, 04:32:02 PM
Folks, i'm headed to Istanbul and Athens on vacation next week. Will be on the lookout for great travel tips/deals. Not that we cat fans care about "deals" :kstategrad:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on January 12, 2012, 08:22:51 AM
Will be traveling with Mrs. ETP to Dublin, London and Paris in June.

goEMAW experts, assemble!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 12, 2012, 08:28:04 AM
Will be traveling with Mrs. ETP to Dublin, London and Paris in June.

goEMAW experts, assemble!

going with mrs. dave to London, myseurocountry in november
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Pete on January 12, 2012, 08:46:25 AM
Will be traveling with Mrs. ETP to Dublin, London and Paris in June.

goEMAW experts, assemble!

Very jealous about the Dublin and Paris trips.  I have never been to either and really want to go.

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on January 12, 2012, 08:48:07 AM
Will be traveling with Mrs. ETP to Dublin, London and Paris in June.

goEMAW experts, assemble!

Very jealous about the Dublin and Paris trips.  I have never been to either and really want to go.



yes, very excited.

taking the chunnel from london to paris, apparently it goes underneath the channel or something.

also, $35 one way flights from dubs to london. :surprised:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on January 12, 2012, 09:14:40 AM
enjoy heathrow.  :lol:


:lol:   

:flush:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 12, 2012, 12:00:02 PM
I will be hitting up the flagship first class arrivals lounge at LHR after spending 9 hours in this SOB:

http://www.theflagshipexperience.com/flashpage.html?en_12
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Pete on January 12, 2012, 12:09:12 PM
I will be hitting up the flagship first class arrivals lounge at LHR after spending 9 hours in this SOB:

http://www.theflagshipexperience.com/flashpage.html?en_12

Oh my.  That's a bagillion miles to get those tix.  All your credit card hard work is paying off.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 12, 2012, 12:11:44 PM
I will be hitting up the flagship first class arrivals lounge at LHR after spending 9 hours in this SOB:

http://www.theflagshipexperience.com/flashpage.html?en_12

Oh my.  That's a bagillion miles to get those tix.  All your credit card hard work is paying off.

Yeah, it was 125k for two one ways getting there.  Flying business back for 100k assuming whatever other city we choose has AA service/availability.  I priced our exact flight there and it came to $10,126 per ticket.  So $20,252 for the pair (I would never pay that and am only flying 1st because I have the points but if JayZ is on my flight that's what he paid for his seat)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on January 12, 2012, 01:22:56 PM
Paris - Anybody that talks up the flea market there is full of crap.  Do not listen to anything they have to say on Paris going forward.  I stayed close by the Moulin Rouge and the area was really walkable, some good bars.  Don't drink a french beer, even if you want to just try it.  They are all garbage.  I took a night river cruise that takes you by all the landmarks.  Went to the back and had the best views/no crowd til people figured it out later.  The river shores are crowded with young people getting hammered.  Seems like that could be a good time too
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: puniraptor on January 12, 2012, 01:34:18 PM
Jay Z probably has points too.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 12, 2012, 01:36:14 PM
Jay Z probably has points too.

yeah, but he probably doesn't plan his travel 10 months in advance.  ALL AWARD SEATS ARE SPOKEN FOR HOVA!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on January 12, 2012, 01:55:25 PM
 Going to Hilton Head
New Orleans
St. Augustine
Aspen

this summer. 

pro tips for St Augustine?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on January 12, 2012, 02:05:24 PM
Anybody ever been to Cairo or thereabouts? I'm kinda sorta moving there soon, and the crap my office provides me with is more or less only useful for their needs, not mine.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 12, 2012, 02:06:56 PM
Anybody ever been to Cairo or thereabouts? I'm kinda sorta moving there soon, and the crap my office provides me with is more or less only useful for their needs, not mine.

Seems like moving to Cairo would be a pretty definite thing. Probably worthy of it's own thread.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 12, 2012, 02:09:41 PM
you can see the pyramids from pizza hut

(http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/bazzinga.com/snapshots/103643.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: john "teach me how to" dougie on January 12, 2012, 02:10:10 PM
Will be traveling with Mrs. ETP to Dublin, London and Paris in June.

goEMAW experts, assemble!

The TGV train is pretty cool. It runs slow through horrible (sans Stonehenge - Avebury)  England and the chunnel, but once into France it gets some serious speed.  If you don't have a hotel in Paris yet, get one that is close to a Metro station.  The Metro is awesome and gets you within walking distance of anything you want to see on a first trip like The Louvre, Musee de Orsay, Montmartre Sacre Coeur and surrounding, Napoleon's tomb, Rodin's garden, train to Versailles, etc.  Climb to the top of the Arc de Triumph, good view.  Don't let the smelly Germans cut in line when you are going to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Fat Americans where jeans and tennis shoes - don't do it. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on January 12, 2012, 02:11:55 PM
Anybody ever been to Cairo or thereabouts? I'm kinda sorta moving there soon, and the crap my office provides me with is more or less only useful for their needs, not mine.

I've heard it's unbearably hot and dirty.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: econocat on January 12, 2012, 02:17:20 PM
Anybody ever been to Cairo or thereabouts? I'm kinda sorta moving there soon, and the crap my office provides me with is more or less only useful for their needs, not mine.

Cairo Illinois I Presume
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on January 12, 2012, 02:17:37 PM
Anybody ever been to Cairo or thereabouts? I'm kinda sorta moving there soon, and the crap my office provides me with is more or less only useful for their needs, not mine.

Seems like moving to Cairo would be a pretty definite thing. Probably worthy of it's own thread.

It's a federal job, so it takes forever. Was supposed to leave in February, but has since been moved back to March.

I've heard it's unbearably hot and dirty.

I've also been told not to take a car you actually care about, b/c it will get the crap beat out of it within 1 week. Although in the next sentence they offered to ship both cars over there.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 12, 2012, 02:21:27 PM
seems like buying a new car in cairo would be much easier than shipping a car.  also, you should take a camel everywhere. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: john "teach me how to" dougie on January 12, 2012, 02:25:18 PM
Anybody ever been to Cairo or thereabouts? I'm kinda sorta moving there soon, and the crap my office provides me with is more or less only useful for their needs, not mine.

Seems like moving to Cairo would be a pretty definite thing. Probably worthy of it's own thread.

It's a federal job, so it takes forever. Was supposed to leave in February, but has since been moved back to March.

I've heard it's unbearably hot and dirty.

I've also been told not to take a car you actually care about, b/c it will get the crap beat out of it within 1 week. Although in the next sentence they offered to ship both cars over there.

What happened to the person you are replacing? Hostage situation?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 12, 2012, 02:32:00 PM
seems like buying a new car in cairo would be much easier than shipping a car.  also, you should take a camel everywhere. 

yeah, ask them to pay you in cash what it would cost to ship a car. or even half of that.

Other than that, my advice would be to just move to Cairo, milk the temp housing as much as possible and figure everything else out when you get there.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on January 12, 2012, 02:40:32 PM
seems like buying a new car in cairo would be much easier than shipping a car.  also, you should take a camel everywhere. 

yeah, ask them to pay you in cash what it would cost to ship a car. or even half of that.

Other than that, my advice would be to just move to Cairo, milk the temp housing as much as possible and figure everything else out when you get there.

No way to cash it in. They basically cover the cost/insurance of a couple containers to ship our crap over there. We can cram whatever we want in there, more or less. I'm thinking to ship one car that's already pretty used up and then also buy a scooter. Scooters have gotten a hilarious amount of recommendations from other expats.

Also, really looking forward to the free housing. Amazingly enough, the free villa in downtown Cairo wasn't part of their sales pitch. They just casually mentioned it during processing.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 12, 2012, 02:42:15 PM
seems like buying a new car in cairo would be much easier than shipping a car.  also, you should take a camel everywhere. 

yeah, ask them to pay you in cash what it would cost to ship a car. or even half of that.

Other than that, my advice would be to just move to Cairo, milk the temp housing as much as possible and figure everything else out when you get there.

No way to cash it in. They basically cover the cost/insurance of a couple containers to ship our crap over there. We can cram whatever we want in there, more or less. I'm thinking to ship one car that's already pretty used up and then also buy a scooter. Scooters have gotten a hilarious amount of recommendations from other expats.

Also, really looking forward to the free housing. Amazingly enough, the free villa in downtown Cairo wasn't part of their sales pitch. They just casually mentioned it during processing.

 housing is free the whole time and it's just picked for you? Do you get a driver or something? stop asking questions and just go. GO.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on January 12, 2012, 02:47:27 PM
seems like buying a new car in cairo would be much easier than shipping a car.  also, you should take a camel everywhere. 

yeah, ask them to pay you in cash what it would cost to ship a car. or even half of that.

Other than that, my advice would be to just move to Cairo, milk the temp housing as much as possible and figure everything else out when you get there.

No way to cash it in. They basically cover the cost/insurance of a couple containers to ship our crap over there. We can cram whatever we want in there, more or less. I'm thinking to ship one car that's already pretty used up and then also buy a scooter. Scooters have gotten a hilarious amount of recommendations from other expats.

Also, really looking forward to the free housing. Amazingly enough, the free villa in downtown Cairo wasn't part of their sales pitch. They just casually mentioned it during processing.

 housing is free the whole time and it's just picked for you? Do you get a driver or something? stop asking questions and just go. GO.

Housing, tuition at American University at Cairo, a driver. There's a ridiculous amount of free crap. 2-yr commitment, option for a 3rd. And I'm not asking any questions. I'm just waiting for the paperwork and clearances and everything to finalize.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on January 12, 2012, 02:53:40 PM
Jay-Z owns a Gulfstream G450
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 12, 2012, 02:57:19 PM
seems like buying a new car in cairo would be much easier than shipping a car.  also, you should take a camel everywhere. 

yeah, ask them to pay you in cash what it would cost to ship a car. or even half of that.

Other than that, my advice would be to just move to Cairo, milk the temp housing as much as possible and figure everything else out when you get there.

No way to cash it in. They basically cover the cost/insurance of a couple containers to ship our crap over there. We can cram whatever we want in there, more or less. I'm thinking to ship one car that's already pretty used up and then also buy a scooter. Scooters have gotten a hilarious amount of recommendations from other expats.

Also, really looking forward to the free housing. Amazingly enough, the free villa in downtown Cairo wasn't part of their sales pitch. They just casually mentioned it during processing.

 housing is free the whole time and it's just picked for you? Do you get a driver or something? stop asking questions and just go. GO.

Housing, tuition at American University at Cairo, a driver. There's a ridiculous amount of free crap. 2-yr commitment, option for a 3rd. And I'm not asking any questions. I'm just waiting for the paperwork and clearances and everything to finalize.


your first post insinuated that you were not given adequate information. You can start a straight up bragging thread. You've earned it.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 12, 2012, 02:58:10 PM
lol at michigancat being pro everthing that lowers costs
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 12, 2012, 03:00:34 PM
boss:  we'll pay for your afghany tent, a mule and all the rice and opium your family can consume
michigancat:  pack up family, we're moving to Kabul
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Kat Kid on January 12, 2012, 03:02:24 PM
I was going to thank steve dave and talk about a little date night I planned for me and the wife without dinging the spg stockhold too hard, but what's the point?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on January 12, 2012, 03:04:19 PM
seems like buying a new car in cairo would be much easier than shipping a car.  also, you should take a camel everywhere. 

yeah, ask them to pay you in cash what it would cost to ship a car. or even half of that.

Other than that, my advice would be to just move to Cairo, milk the temp housing as much as possible and figure everything else out when you get there.

No way to cash it in. They basically cover the cost/insurance of a couple containers to ship our crap over there. We can cram whatever we want in there, more or less. I'm thinking to ship one car that's already pretty used up and then also buy a scooter. Scooters have gotten a hilarious amount of recommendations from other expats.

Also, really looking forward to the free housing. Amazingly enough, the free villa in downtown Cairo wasn't part of their sales pitch. They just casually mentioned it during processing.

 housing is free the whole time and it's just picked for you? Do you get a driver or something? stop asking questions and just go. GO.

Housing, tuition at American University at Cairo, a driver. There's a ridiculous amount of free crap. 2-yr commitment, option for a 3rd. And I'm not asking any questions. I'm just waiting for the paperwork and clearances and everything to finalize.


your first post insinuated that you were not given adequate information. You can start a straight up bragging thread. You've earned it.


I meant not given adequate info about actually living there (other than a map with red lines drawn around the neighborhoods I can't go to without permission and an official driver). Will def start a bragging thread once everything is finalized.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 12, 2012, 03:05:14 PM
I was going to thank steve dave and talk about a little date night I planned for me and the wife without dinging the spg stockhold too hard, but what's the point?

do it. put it in the credit card thread.  it shows all of those out there that haven't started what can be done with minimal work.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 12, 2012, 03:10:13 PM
boss:  we'll pay for your afghany tent, a mule and all the rice and opium your family can consume
michigancat:  pack up family, we're moving to Kabul

cairo is a world city - I would guess there's 100k expats there at least. although the opium is intriguing.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on January 12, 2012, 03:32:52 PM
boss:  we'll pay for your afghany tent, a mule and all the rice and opium your family can consume
michigancat:  pack up family, we're moving to Kabul

cairo is a world city - I would guess there's 100k expats there at least. although the opium is intriguing.

I'm curious the effect that a lot of opium would have on our music thread.  Chicat's guess: a lot more string cheese incident
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on January 12, 2012, 04:05:53 PM
seems like buying a new car in cairo would be much easier than shipping a car.  also, you should take a camel everywhere. 

yeah, ask them to pay you in cash what it would cost to ship a car. or even half of that.

Other than that, my advice would be to just move to Cairo, milk the temp housing as much as possible and figure everything else out when you get there.

No way to cash it in. They basically cover the cost/insurance of a couple containers to ship our crap over there. We can cram whatever we want in there, more or less. I'm thinking to ship one car that's already pretty used up and then also buy a scooter. Scooters have gotten a hilarious amount of recommendations from other expats.

Also, really looking forward to the free housing. Amazingly enough, the free villa in downtown Cairo wasn't part of their sales pitch. They just casually mentioned it during processing.

 housing is free the whole time and it's just picked for you? Do you get a driver or something? stop asking questions and just go. GO.

Housing, tuition at American University at Cairo, a driver. There's a ridiculous amount of free crap. 2-yr commitment, option for a 3rd. And I'm not asking any questions. I'm just waiting for the paperwork and clearances and everything to finalize.


your first post insinuated that you were not given adequate information. You can start a straight up bragging thread. You've earned it.


I meant not given adequate info about actually living there (other than a map with red lines drawn around the neighborhoods I can't go to without permission and an official driver). Will def start a bragging thread once everything is finalized.

How big of an area are you allowed to travel in without permission? I'm guessing its a little bigger than the green zone in baghdad but I'm curious to see how much of the city the gov considers "safe"
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 12, 2012, 04:09:31 PM
http://www.qatarliving.com/node/60553
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Cire on January 12, 2012, 06:04:11 PM
headed to denver tomorrow.  Don't want to go.  What should i do there?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: chum1 on January 12, 2012, 06:06:43 PM
headed to denver tomorrow.  Don't want to go.  What should i do there?

ski?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Cire on January 12, 2012, 06:07:47 PM
nope
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on January 12, 2012, 06:20:47 PM
headed to denver tomorrow.  Don't want to go.  What should i do there?

I was only there for a night, but enjoyed the LoDo district.  A bar/restaurant called Euclid Hall was great.  Get the Pad Thai Pigs Ears.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Cire on January 12, 2012, 06:23:21 PM
headed to denver tomorrow.  Don't want to go.  What should i do there?

I was only there for a night, but enjoyed the LoDo district.  A bar/restaurant called Euclid Hall was great.  Get the Pad Thai Pigs Ears.

will try
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 12, 2012, 07:19:25 PM
pancake flight at Snooze

http://www.snoozeeatery.com/
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: OK_Cat on January 24, 2012, 04:01:16 PM
little late to the party in this thread, but paris is a piece of crap. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 24, 2012, 04:07:38 PM
headed to denver tomorrow.  Don't want to go.  What should i do there?
Next time do casa bonitas cire. Barts cave and the divers are a must see.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on January 24, 2012, 04:19:52 PM
Considering doing that trip into space that Richard Branson is selling.  Anyone done this?  How should I dress?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 24, 2012, 04:27:37 PM
little late to the party in this thread, but paris is a piece of crap. 

explain
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on January 24, 2012, 04:28:22 PM
(http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/news-images/GETTY_W_011812_CruiseShipCosta.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1326888234104)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 24, 2012, 05:02:56 PM
little late to the party in this thread, but paris is a piece of crap. 
My god. Mods - start a "crap Hayseeds Say" thread and move this post there.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 24, 2012, 06:00:29 PM
little late to the party in this thread, but paris is a piece of crap. 
My god. Mods - start a "crap Hayseeds Say" thread and move this post there.

I feel much better now.  thanks eurocat.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 25, 2012, 01:51:15 PM
say you have 10 nights in europe.  you don't speak a lick of any language other than english.  you are travelling Nov/Dec with the wife.  you are flying into london and out of paris.  where do you go/what do you do?  We were originally going to do 5 nights in London and 5 in Paris.  Thinking this may be too many and we should split it into 3 stops.  EuroCat? 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: K-S-U-Wildcats! on January 25, 2012, 02:04:08 PM
say you have 10 nights in europe.  you don't speak a lick of any language other than english.  you are travelling Nov/Dec with the wife.  you are flying into london and out of paris.  where do you go/what do you do?  We were originally going to do 5 nights in London and 5 in Paris.  Thinking this may be too many and we should split it into 3 stops.  EuroCat? 

Get a cheap flight to Rome or Athens, and do that in between. Arrive London, depart same day for Rome/Athens (try not to leave airport), have an awesome time, depart Rome/Athens for Paris, depart Paris the same day.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on January 25, 2012, 02:08:33 PM
so i'm about ready to be cheese avalanched with a bunch of AA miles. was bored over lunch and decided to look up all of the directs out of dfw. there is one to tokyo. punched it in for award travel and was absolutely dumbfounded to see that they have some off peak rewards that i could get for 50k roundtrip out of manhattan. i mean yeah they are coach and whatever but i mean jesus.

"hey daris, where were you last week? you missed the iowa state game pak at houlihans."
"oh, me? just decided to hop on a jet out of mhk and go to tokyo for a few days. no big deal".
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on January 25, 2012, 02:16:42 PM
say you have 10 nights in europe.  you don't speak a lick of any language other than english.  you are travelling Nov/Dec with the wife.  you are flying into london and out of paris.  where do you go/what do you do?  We were originally going to do 5 nights in London and 5 in Paris.  Thinking this may be too many and we should split it into 3 stops.  EuroCat? 

Will be traveling with Mrs. ETP to Dublin, London and Paris in June.

goEMAW experts, assemble!

EuroCat, kill two birds with one stone.

Mrs. ETP and I are planning on staying right off Hyde Park in London. Good call?

Where to stay in Paris?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: OK_Cat on January 25, 2012, 02:17:45 PM
little late to the party in this thread, but paris is a piece of crap. 

explain

paris smells like trim's feet.  eiffel tower looks like a big oil well.  nothing special at all.  i spent 3 days there and would have been good leaving after 1.  london much better.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Rage Against the McKee on January 25, 2012, 02:23:18 PM
say you have 10 nights in europe.  you don't speak a lick of any language other than english.  you are travelling Nov/Dec with the wife.  you are flying into london and out of paris.  where do you go/what do you do?  We were originally going to do 5 nights in London and 5 in Paris.  Thinking this may be too many and we should split it into 3 stops.  EuroCat? 

Barcelona is fun and not too out of the way, but I'm not sure about Nov/Dec. You would have to refer to EuroCat on that one.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on January 25, 2012, 02:38:13 PM
Considering doing that trip into space that Richard Branson is selling.  Anyone done this?  How should I dress?

No one?  Alphacentauri2Cat?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: _33 on January 25, 2012, 02:42:18 PM
Go to Rome.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: raquetcat on January 25, 2012, 02:51:19 PM
Barcelona is fun, Scandinavia will be cold and cloudy that time of year so don't go there, Amsterdam is a really cool city and there is a so much more than the weed reputation it gets from American college kids
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on January 25, 2012, 02:53:57 PM
Barcelona is fun, Scandinavia will be cold and cloudy that time of year so don't go there, Amsterdam is a really cool city and there is a so much more than the weed reputation it gets from American college kids

But it still has tons of good weed though, right?   :ohno:
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: raquetcat on January 25, 2012, 05:32:31 PM
Barcelona is fun, Scandinavia will be cold and cloudy that time of year so don't go there, Amsterdam is a really cool city and there is a so much more than the weed reputation it gets from American college kids

But it still has tons of good weed though, right?   :ohno:

 :peek:  :bong:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 25, 2012, 06:11:56 PM
I would guess you can't go wrong either way, steve. the question is how soon would you get back to Europe? If you think you'll get back in a couple years, stick w/ the original 5/5 plan. If it will be like 5 years, I would maybe do 3 Paris/3 London/4 in random cities in Europe. (I've heard great things about Budapest relative to the other cities, FWIW, never been myself though).
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 25, 2012, 06:19:38 PM
say you have 10 nights in europe.  you don't speak a lick of any language other than english.  you are travelling Nov/Dec with the wife.  you are flying into london and out of paris.  where do you go/what do you do?  We were originally going to do 5 nights in London and 5 in Paris.  Thinking this may be too many and we should split it into 3 stops.  EuroCat? 

Will be traveling with Mrs. ETP to Dublin, London and Paris in June.

goEMAW experts, assemble!

EuroCat, kill two birds with one stone.

Mrs. ETP and I are planning on staying right off Hyde Park in London. Good call?

Where to stay in Paris?
Good place to stay. Hyde Park area is really good. The south border of the park (Kensington) is a really upscale area where a lot of diplomats and Sheikhs own property. Lots of good restaurants (Bar Boulud) and upscale type places (Mclaren dealership at 1 Hyde Park).The park itself is nice to walk around in and there's always something going on. On Sundays you can walk to the Northeast corner and see a bunch of crazies on a soapbox at Speaker's Corner, right next to Marble Arch. From there you can walk right down Oxford Street for the best shopping in London (since you're an EMAW you'll want to get rid of that cash you're carrying around). For the rest of the typical London stuff it's just a few stops away on the tube.

For SD, i would say 5 days in each place is a bit long but you can definitely fill it in. I don't know that it's enough time to go somewhere completely different and enjoy though. What i would do is stay in London for a few days and maybe take a train to Brighton (45 minutes) or go to Stonehenge (never been but people seem to like it?).

If you're taking the Eurostar train to Paris you can stop off in Lile (never been so i can't vouch for it) or just take a quick train from Paris to Versailes. The Eurostar also goes to Brussels, so you could take the train there, spend a couple days and then take a high speed the rest of the way to Paris for the remaining time. Belgium is easy to get to from Paris due to really good high speed train service.

If you still want to go elsewhere Lisbon is amazing as is Sicily. Both also have amazing weather and are along the water. If you want to go inland Munich is really nice during the summer with the alps only about 100 km away. (EDIT: Just saw that you're visiting Nov/Dec. Munich is nice, but cold. Lots of great skiing not too far away though. Weather might not be great for a European coastal destination other than Sicily or Greece. I would personally stick to Northern Europe and go where you want as long as it's not a logistical nightmare)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on January 25, 2012, 06:31:46 PM
can't imagine a european trip without visiting spain, but that's just me and i love spanish food.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: john "teach me how to" dougie on January 25, 2012, 08:54:37 PM
little late to the party in this thread, but paris is a piece of crap. 

explain

paris smells like trim's feet.  eiffel tower looks like a big oil well.  nothing special at all.  i spent 3 days there and would have been good leaving after 1.  london much better.

I bet you wore tennis shoes and jeans.   :facepalm:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 26, 2012, 01:58:36 AM
can't imagine a european trip without visiting spain, but that's just me and i love spanish food.
Agreed, but you can get great Spanish food in London as well. I recommend Tierra Brindisa in Soho
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 26, 2012, 06:58:20 AM
We are currently booked the first 5 nights at a hotel in Kinnsington.  Is it a pain to get to that area from LHR on the tube with luggage?  Would we be better off paying for car service?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: jmlynch1 on January 26, 2012, 10:18:31 AM
Do the 5/5 split. Or spend a whole week in Paris and only 3 days in London.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 26, 2012, 10:20:49 AM
are parisians going to respect my in your face attitute and demands that they speak American whenever addressing me?  because if not  :shakesfist:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on January 26, 2012, 10:22:36 AM
are parisians going to respect my in your face attitute and demands that they speak American whenever addressing me?  because if not  :shakesfist:

Yes.  Don't be afraid to get physical if you have to.  Sometimes that's the only thing they really understand.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on January 26, 2012, 10:25:53 AM
One night in paris. I mean how awful was that amirite
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: jmlynch1 on January 26, 2012, 10:27:26 AM
One night in paris. I mean how awful was that amirite
Midnight in Paris...perfect combination of aloofness and smugness.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Cire on January 26, 2012, 10:29:09 AM
was the tips on traveling to Europe thread on this board or ksufans?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on January 26, 2012, 10:31:25 AM
was the tips on traveling to Europe thread on this board or ksufans?

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=90
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 26, 2012, 10:32:44 AM
was the tips on traveling to Europe thread on this board or ksufans?

Had to be ksufans.  I couldn't dig it up here.  These were the closest I came up with:

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=12889.0

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=15894.0

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=13380.0
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 26, 2012, 12:58:08 PM
We are currently booked the first 5 nights at a hotel in Kinnsington.  Is it a pain to get to that area from LHR on the tube with luggage?  Would we be better off paying for car service?
Good god no. It takes like an hour to get from Terminal 3 to King's Cross and it's full of smelly people. Buy a ticket on the Heathrow Express train in advance online. 15 minutes from LHR to Victoria Station with no stops in a nice train with plenty of room. Then just hop on the tube (District Line) and you're just a few stops from South Kensington where you can walk from or change if you need to.

A black cab will cost you upwards of £30-40 from LHR so i don't reccomend that route.

PROTIP: Buy a week or 3 day oyster travelcard. Unlimited travel on the tube or the bus, and you don't have to mess with buying tickets all the time.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 26, 2012, 01:06:00 PM
as a follow up, which of these properties should I stay at?  They are going to cost me roughly the same amount of points:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g186338-d195198-Reviews-Crowne_Plaza_Kensington-London_England.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g186338-d1139866-Reviews-Hotel_Indigo_London_Paddington-London_England.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g186338-d293286-Reviews-Crowne_Plaza_London_The_City-London_England.html
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 26, 2012, 04:01:25 PM
as a follow up, which of these properties should I stay at?  They are going to cost me roughly the same amount of points:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g186338-d195198-Reviews-Crowne_Plaza_Kensington-London_England.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g186338-d1139866-Reviews-Hotel_Indigo_London_Paddington-London_England.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g186338-d293286-Reviews-Crowne_Plaza_London_The_City-London_England.html
First one is a really nice area, i have a friend that lives about a 5 minute walk from there. Not a ton of the typical tourist places within walking distance but a really cool area with quick access to the tube. Stay here if you want to get a feel for what it's like being a banker in London.

Don't stay near Paddington Station. That area is a shithole.

The third one is a really good location for sightseeing. Walking distance from St Pauls, Millenium Bridge, Tate Modern, Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Pretty touristy, but great location for those sights and others.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 26, 2012, 04:11:44 PM
Thanks, the first one is where we are currently booked. Wanted to make sure.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on January 26, 2012, 04:23:40 PM
EuroCat, we're taking the Eurostar from London to Paris. Where in Paris should we stay? We're only in Paris for a couple days, so preferably an area that's close to the dropoff point.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 26, 2012, 04:49:35 PM
EuroCat, we're taking the Eurostar from London to Paris. Where in Paris should we stay? We're only in Paris for a couple days, so preferably an area that's close to the dropoff point.
Super elite. I  :love: the Eurostar. One time the train broke and had to stop at Lile for about 1.5 hours. Got a free roundtrip voucher to Paris lying around :ksugrad: .

I don't really have a good go to spot in Paris. Once i stayed at a Mercure right outside of Gare du Nord (station where you arrive) which was pretty nice and quite cheap. Very convenient but a horrible, horrible area.

One time i stayed at a place in Champs du Mars that was pretty cool and not too far from the Eiffel tower. Place was called Hotel du Cadran i believe. Would stay again but there are probably better places. About €150 a night if i recall.

Last time i was in Paris i was hanging out with one of my Parisian friends right off the Metro stop Riquet. Pretty cool bar/cafe area and definitely not touristy. There was a Holiday Inn Express right there that might be a decent option. Holiday Inns in Europe are actually genrally pretty nice.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 26, 2012, 04:52:01 PM
EC, we are currently booked here in Paris.  Sorry for all the questions, please comment on location, tia.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187147-d291544-Reviews-Hilton_Arc_de_Triomphe-Paris_Ile_de_France.html
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 26, 2012, 04:56:20 PM
EC, we are currently booked here in Paris.  Sorry for all the questions, please comment on location, tia.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187147-d291544-Reviews-Hilton_Arc_de_Triomphe-Paris_Ile_de_France.html
Looks good to me. :dunno: I've never been in that neighborhood. Close to Arc de Triomphe and in the neighborhood of the Louvre and all of that business.

I'm off to bed.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Cire on January 29, 2012, 07:52:04 PM
was the tips on traveling to Europe thread on this board or ksufans?

Had to be ksufans.  I couldn't dig it up here.  These were the closest I came up with:

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=12889.0

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=15894.0

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=13380.0

damn one of my favorite of all time
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on February 02, 2012, 12:29:46 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on February 02, 2012, 12:30:26 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?

I bet sys has
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on February 02, 2012, 01:41:52 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?
Amazing :love:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on February 02, 2012, 01:53:04 PM
I'm thinking about doing the game in West Virgina next year for football. I heard the airport is 2 hours from the stadium. What's the best moon shine disitiller around that area?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on February 02, 2012, 01:55:39 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?
Amazing :love:

That's what I've heard. I'd like to go in the fall or spring, along with London and Berlin. Which of the 3 is the best to fly home from?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on February 02, 2012, 01:57:51 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?
Amazing :love:

That's what I've heard. I'd like to go in the fall or spring, along with London and Berlin. Which of the 3 is the best to fly home from?

are you using points?  you can get to LHR RT on AA for 40k in coach
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on February 02, 2012, 02:04:04 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?
Amazing :love:

That's what I've heard. I'd like to go in the fall or spring, along with London and Berlin. Which of the 3 is the best to fly home from?

heathrow is the worst airport in the entire world.  start with that data point and go from there.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on February 02, 2012, 02:35:52 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?
Amazing :love:

That's what I've heard. I'd like to go in the fall or spring, along with London and Berlin. Which of the 3 is the best to fly home from?

for price, its usually always LHR.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: sys on February 02, 2012, 02:40:23 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?

I bet sys has

lisbon is fantastic.  one of the most enjoyable cities i've ever visited.  i loved everything about it.  i've heard porto is even better, but i've never been.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kougar24 on February 02, 2012, 02:45:52 PM
EuroCat, we're taking the Eurostar from London to Paris. Where in Paris should we stay? We're only in Paris for a couple days, so preferably an area that's close to the dropoff point.
Super elite. I  :love: the Eurostar. One time the train broke and had to stop at Lile for about 1.5 hours. Got a free roundtrip voucher to Paris lying around :ksugrad: .

I don't really have a good go to spot in Paris. Once i stayed at a Mercure right outside of Gare du Nord (station where you arrive) which was pretty nice and quite cheap. Very convenient but a horrible, horrible area.

One time i stayed at a place in Champs du Mars that was pretty cool and not too far from the Eiffel tower. Place was called Hotel du Cadran i believe. Would stay again but there are probably better places. About €150 a night if i recall.

Last time i was in Paris i was hanging out with one of my Parisian friends right off the Metro stop Riquet. Pretty cool bar/cafe area and definitely not touristy. There was a Holiday Inn Express right there that might be a decent option. Holiday Inns in Europe are actually genrally pretty nice.

We stayed at Villa Des Artistes in the St. Germain district. It turned out to be a Best Western affiliate, and it was fine. Certainly didn't look like an American hotel chain.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on February 02, 2012, 03:34:31 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?
Amazing :love:

That's what I've heard. I'd like to go in the fall or spring, along with London and Berlin. Which of the 3 is the best to fly home from?
Well London will definitely have the most flights.

Also, LHR is the worst airport in the world maybe if you fly into losery terminals like 1-4. PROTIP: Book an American flight operated by British Airways and fly into Terminal 5 :love:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on February 02, 2012, 03:48:25 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?
Amazing :love:

That's what I've heard. I'd like to go in the fall or spring, along with London and Berlin. Which of the 3 is the best to fly home from?
Well London will definitely have the most flights.

Also, LHR is the worst airport in the world maybe if you fly into losery terminals like 1-4. PROTIP: Book an American flight operated by British Airways and fly into Terminal 5 :love:

Thanks for the tip. I'm thinking. Arrive LHR, easyjet to Berlin, easyjet to Lisbon, Lisbon to MCI via EWR or whatever
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on February 02, 2012, 04:10:04 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?
Amazing :love:

That's what I've heard. I'd like to go in the fall or spring, along with London and Berlin. Which of the 3 is the best to fly home from?
Well London will definitely have the most flights.

Also, LHR is the worst airport in the world maybe if you fly into losery terminals like 1-4. PROTIP: Book an American flight operated by British Airways and fly into Terminal 5 :love:

Thanks for the tip. I'm thinking. Arrive LHR, easyjet to Berlin, easyjet to Lisbon, Lisbon to MCI via EWR or whatever
Easyjet doesn't fly into LHR. It's either Luton, Stanstead, Gatwick or London City. You can connect by bus service or train (most likely via central London) but it's going to be a pain in the ass. If you're staying in London it's not such a big deal but be careful with Easyjet.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on February 02, 2012, 04:41:49 PM
Has anyone been to Lisbon?
Amazing :love:

That's what I've heard. I'd like to go in the fall or spring, along with London and Berlin. Which of the 3 is the best to fly home from?
Well London will definitely have the most flights.

Also, LHR is the worst airport in the world maybe if you fly into losery terminals like 1-4. PROTIP: Book an American flight operated by British Airways and fly into Terminal 5 :love:

Thanks for the tip. I'm thinking. Arrive LHR, easyjet to Berlin, easyjet to Lisbon, Lisbon to MCI via EWR or whatever
Easyjet doesn't fly into LHR. It's either Luton, Stanstead, Gatwick or London City. You can connect by bus service or train (most likely via central London) but it's going to be a pain in the ass. If you're staying in London it's not such a big deal but be careful with Easyjet.

Yeah, sorry, i would be in London for a few days. I've had good luck with Easyjet in the past
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: O-town Kat on February 02, 2012, 07:23:53 PM
Have flown to and from Gatwick before.  Not bad.  Drove straight down to Brighton for the day after landing so made the drive that much shorter.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: O-town Kat on February 02, 2012, 07:37:56 PM
Also consider Cologne for a day/night.  Cool city without having to traverse too much of Germany coming from the west. And the Christmas market thing will be on in Dec so :drink: :drink: :barf: the Gluhwein.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on February 14, 2012, 08:11:33 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/13/3427293/frontier-airlines-to-cut-eight.html#storylink=cpy

Have heard rumblings of this for some time. :frown:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on February 14, 2012, 08:22:49 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/13/3427293/frontier-airlines-to-cut-eight.html#storylink=cpy

Have heard rumblings of this for some time. :frown:

damn, that sucks.  Frontier is Omaha's only nonstop to Orlando and DC.  Would be super pissed if they cut back here.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on February 14, 2012, 08:39:57 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/13/3427293/frontier-airlines-to-cut-eight.html#storylink=cpy

Have heard rumblings of this for some time. :frown:

damn, that sucks.  Frontier is Omaha's only nonstop to Orlando and DC.  Would be super pissed if they cut back here.

yes, now kc'ers are being held hostage by southwest if you want to fly nonstop to la or bay area. :frown:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on February 14, 2012, 09:02:40 AM
that sucks major ass.  i loved the midwest express/frontier direct from kc to lax.

i'm never flying on frontier again.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on February 19, 2012, 01:00:11 PM
Has anyone ever been to the Turks & Caicos?  What did you think?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: wetwillie on February 19, 2012, 01:17:33 PM
Hit DFW on tuesday and saturday, never stepped foot in termy D. Feels like I just ran over my dog :frown:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on April 18, 2012, 12:11:23 PM
Has anyone been to Guatemala? Girlfriend is considering a trip this summer with the school she teaches at, but her parents are concerned with safety issues. There's plenty of info online but I was wondering if anyone here could offer any first-hand info. tia
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 18, 2012, 12:15:54 PM
Has anyone been to Guatemala? Girlfriend is considering a trip this summer with the school she teaches at, but her parents are concerned with safety issues. There's plenty of info online but I was wondering if anyone here could offer any first-hand info. tia

a kid who I went to grade school with lived there two years while his dad was one of those over seas preacher guys.  kid wouldn't shut up about it.  no matter what the subject in school the kids hand went up and when called on you knew that "In Guatamalla they...." was coming.  Just awful.  You should break up with her now to avoid the pain. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on April 18, 2012, 12:17:09 PM
Just read the last few pages of this thread... how long have SD and EuroCat had the same avatar and caption?  When I'm reading a thread a lot of the time I won't look at the name of the poster unless I don't recognize the avi out of the corner of my eye.  How many of EuroCat's posts did I attribute to SD?!?!  :runaway:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 18, 2012, 12:20:34 PM
3 weeks until ETP's Eurotrip begins.  :excited:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 18, 2012, 12:21:12 PM
3 weeks until ETP's Eurotrip begins.  :excited:

 :thumbs:

2 1/2 until sd's Kauai trip begins.   :excited:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 18, 2012, 12:23:37 PM
3 weeks until ETP's Eurotrip begins.  :excited:

 :thumbs:

2 1/2 until sd's Kauai trip begins.   :excited:

MCI-ORD-DUB-LHR for the etp's
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Bloodfart on April 18, 2012, 12:24:27 PM
Has anyone been to Guatemala? Girlfriend is considering a trip this summer with the school she teaches at, but her parents are concerned with safety issues. There's plenty of info online but I was wondering if anyone here could offer any first-hand info. tia

My sister lives in Guatemala.  She has had no problems with kidnappers.  She says the beer is very strong.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 18, 2012, 12:25:40 PM
3 weeks until ETP's Eurotrip begins.  :excited:

 :thumbs:

2 1/2 until sd's Kauai trip begins.   :excited:

MCI-ORD-DUB-LHR for the etp's

OMA-ORD-LAX-LIH
LIH-PHX-OMA
for the sd's
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 18, 2012, 12:26:46 PM
3 weeks until ETP's Eurotrip begins.  :excited:

 :thumbs:

2 1/2 until sd's Kauai trip begins.   :excited:

MCI-ORD-DUB-LHR for the etp's

OMA-ORD-LAX-LIH
LIH-PHX-OMA
for the sd's

 :thumbs:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on April 18, 2012, 01:15:46 PM
Has anyone been to Guatemala? Girlfriend is considering a trip this summer with the school she teaches at, but her parents are concerned with safety issues. There's plenty of info online but I was wondering if anyone here could offer any first-hand info. tia

My sister lives in Guatemala.  She has had no problems with kidnappers.  She says the beer is very strong.

thx bloodfart
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: _33 on April 18, 2012, 01:52:49 PM
I might be going to Fort Wayne IN this summer. Tips?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 18, 2012, 01:54:16 PM
I might be going to Fort Wayne IN this summer. Tips?

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 18, 2012, 02:12:39 PM
New Orleans, tomorrow.  Meeting elite east coast private school boys at Old Absinthe then eating at Luke's.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on April 18, 2012, 02:19:42 PM
Has anyone been to Guatemala? Girlfriend is considering a trip this summer with the school she teaches at, but her parents are concerned with safety issues. There's plenty of info online but I was wondering if anyone here could offer any first-hand info. tia

It's easy to find trouble in Central America, but it's also easy to avoid it if you're not a dumbass (<--i.e. high school girls who "thought they could trust that Caribbean night club bouncer). Bad neighborhoods are easy to spot. Other than that, just avoid poaching xate in the Chiquibul forest and she should be fine. Tell her xenophobic parents not to freak out and just imagine the maras are rednecks and the coke is meth, and they should feel just as comfortable sending her to some armpit co-op/post-office rural KS town.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 18, 2012, 02:21:41 PM
imagine the maras are rednecks and the coke is meth, and they should feel just as comfortable sending her to some armpit co-op/post-office rural KS town.

:horrorsurprise:

:thumbs:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on April 18, 2012, 03:15:34 PM
imagine the maras are rednecks and the coke is meth, and they should feel just as comfortable sending her to some armpit co-op/post-office rural KS town.

:horrorsurprise:

:thumbs:

My god, that was fantastic. Thanks f-r.
Title: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on April 18, 2012, 09:50:22 PM
imagine the maras are rednecks and the coke is meth, and they should feel just as comfortable sending her to some armpit co-op/post-office rural KS town.

:horrorsurprise:

:thumbs:

My god, that was fantastic. Thanks f-r.

Always glad to defend Latin America by indirectly disparaging Mound Valley. I mean, if a place doesn't inspire you to caustic comparisons about places near your hometown, it's not worth visiting.

Edit: there are a couple places I would only recommend to people looking to lose their old identity.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on April 19, 2012, 08:54:34 AM
imagine the maras are rednecks and the coke is meth, and they should feel just as comfortable sending her to some armpit co-op/post-office rural KS town.

:horrorsurprise:

:thumbs:

My god, that was fantastic. Thanks f-r.

Always glad to defend Latin America by indirectly disparaging Mound Valley. I mean, if a place doesn't inspire you to caustic comparisons about places near your hometown, it's not worth visiting.

Edit: there are a couple places I would only recommend to people looking to lose their old identity.

 :thumbs: Yo tambien. My parents used to live in Ecuador; pretty sure I was conceived there. :surprised:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 20, 2012, 06:28:10 AM
Is there some EMAW event in NO this weekend?  SWA  1791 is bumping with purp.  Or do emaws just spend their off season weekends jetting to elite American cities?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 20, 2012, 06:35:26 AM
How funny is it when adjacent gates are boarding at the same time but one is going to a fun city and the other is going some garbage place?

My gate is new Orleans the next one is Cleve.

 :excited:   :combofan: < my gate

 :bawl:  < Cleveland
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 20, 2012, 06:45:53 AM
I think fake clams is on my flight.  :horrorsurprise:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 20, 2012, 08:54:29 AM
SWA

 :flush:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 20, 2012, 09:54:56 AM
SWA

 :flush:

Yah.  But biz select and free drinks
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on April 20, 2012, 10:11:20 AM
gross
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 20, 2012, 10:18:55 AM
SWA

 :flush:

Yah.  But biz select and free drinks

If you're going MCI to MSY there is no better way to travel. These KC'ians need to remember where they are and where they're going.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on April 20, 2012, 10:20:21 AM
SWA

 :flush:

Yah.  But biz select and free drinks

If you're going MCI to MSY there is no better way to travel. These KC'ians need to remember where they are and where they're going.

I took ExpressJet from MCI to MSY back when they did the route.  Direct, satellite radio and $1 beers.  I wonder how they didn't make it?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on April 20, 2012, 10:37:41 AM
SWA is also the best direct to LAX- since Midwest cut their LAX-MCI flight. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 20, 2012, 10:39:37 AM
SWA

 :flush:

Yah.  But biz select and free drinks

If you're going MCI to MSY there is no better way to travel. These KC'ians need to remember where they are and where they're going.

wow, now the SF guy chimes in with his airport thoughts.   :jerk:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 10:44:27 AM
SWA is the only direct to Vegas from Omaha.  United and Delta are the only directs to NYC.  We have no directs to LA  :frown:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on April 20, 2012, 10:54:27 AM
yeah, but, you have no assigned seat, is the main thing
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 20, 2012, 10:56:24 AM
yeah, but, you have no assigned seat, is the main thing

oh wow the rough ridin' horror
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on April 20, 2012, 11:22:08 AM
SWA is the only direct to Vegas from Omaha.  United and Delta are the only directs to NYC.  We have no directs to LA  :frown:

Sounds terrible not living close to a hub.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Rams on April 20, 2012, 11:27:02 AM
what is there not to like about SWA?  free checked bags, usually one of the cheapest and pretty great customer service.  pay the extra $20/round trip for early-bird and pick anywhere you want to sit.  jesus.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 20, 2012, 11:29:02 AM
SWA is the only direct to Vegas from Omaha.  United and Delta are the only directs to NYC.  We have no directs to LA  :frown:

those directs to NYC are kind of surprising. Are they townie regional birds or widebodies?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 'taterblast on April 20, 2012, 11:30:54 AM
i like frontier airlines, mainly because of the personal tv screens and funny jokes they say about the animals that are painted on the planes.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 11:33:32 AM
SWA is the only direct to Vegas from Omaha.  United and Delta are the only directs to NYC.  We have no directs to LA  :frown:

those directs to NYC are kind of surprising. Are they townie regional birds or widebodies?

townie commuter jets.  2 x 1 Bombardiers.  I kind of like it for work because I don't have to sit next to anyone.  on the Delta flight you have to park way out in the corner of Laguardia and they bus you to the terminal  :lol:  The two daily United flights are via Newark. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 11:34:35 AM
i like frontier airlines, mainly because of the personal tv screens and funny jokes they say about the animals that are painted on the planes.

Frontier is pretty great.  Omaha has a ton of Frontier service.  If I'm travelling west there's about a 50% chance I'm flying Frontier out of Omaha. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on April 20, 2012, 11:34:51 AM
Glad I don't have to use small timey airports anymore
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 11:37:58 AM
Glad I don't have to use small timey airports anymore

you have to drive an hour and half to get to an airport  :lol:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 20, 2012, 11:41:27 AM
.  on the Delta flight you have to park way out in the corner of Laguardia and they bus you to the terminal  :lol: 

at least the bus is at laguardia and there aren't any elites there to look down on you. If you had to get bussed in at JFK oh man that would just be humiliating.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on April 20, 2012, 11:42:06 AM
Glad I don't have to use small timey airports anymore

you have to drive an hour and half to get to an airport  :lol:

I dont have to drive crap.  Travel industry connections can get me a free shuttle.  Who is paying $50 for parking? SD and other rubes who are not in MHK or don't have mediocre travel connections
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 11:43:05 AM
Interestingly, I booked the afternoon United direct to NYC about 20 minutes ago. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 11:44:29 AM
.  on the Delta flight you have to park way out in the corner of Laguardia and they bus you to the terminal  :lol: 

at least the bus is at laguardia and there aren't any elites there to look down on you. If you had to get bussed in at JFK oh man that would just be humiliating.

Humiliating sd travel admission:  I've never flown through JFK. 

Proud sd travel brag:  I've never flown through Midway.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 20, 2012, 11:47:55 AM
Who wants a hurricane?   :gocho:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on April 20, 2012, 11:48:20 AM
.  on the Delta flight you have to park way out in the corner of Laguardia and they bus you to the terminal  :lol: 

at least the bus is at laguardia and there aren't any elites there to look down on you. If you had to get bussed in at JFK oh man that would just be humiliating.

Humiliating sd travel admission:  I've never flown through JFK. 

Proud sd travel brag:  I've never flown through Midway.
EuroCat once flew through Midway. But it was on a private jet.


What does this mean?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 11:48:46 AM
that's pretty boss eurocat. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 11:50:40 AM
During the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders convention I like to watch all the private jets flying in and try to guess which one is Jay-Z's. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 20, 2012, 12:22:34 PM
During the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders convention I like to watch all the private jets flying in and try to guess which one is Jay-Z's.

None
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 12:24:31 PM
During the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders convention I like to watch all the private jets flying in and try to guess which one is Jay-Z's.

None

He's here every year for it. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on April 20, 2012, 01:37:06 PM
Was looking for United miles, is the 40k as good as it gets? And in this case, am I just better off getting the sapphire or ink? TIA

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Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 01:43:04 PM
Was looking for United miles, is the 40k as good as it gets? And in this case, am I just better off getting the sapphire or ink? TIA

Sent from my PC36100 using Tapatalk

No, mrs. dave and I each just got the 65k (50k after first purchase, 5k for adding another user, 10k after spending 15k or something that I'm not going to do) plus $50 statement credit, no first year fee.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 01:43:51 PM
Also, TAKE IT TO THE CREDIT CARD THREAD  :shakesfist:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: wetwillie on April 20, 2012, 01:46:33 PM
Anyone been to Lopez Island?  I have a wedding to go to in august, it has been described as breathtaking by my relatives but I'm :dubious:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 20, 2012, 01:48:02 PM
Anyone been to Lopez Island?  I have a wedding to go to in august, it has been described as breathtaking by my relatives but I'm :dubious:

I imagine that place would be absolutely gorgeous in August. I am planning on going to Doe Bay Fest on Orca Island around the same time if I can get tickets.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 20, 2012, 01:48:12 PM
Anyone been to Lopez Island?  I have a wedding to go to in august, it has been described as breathtaking by my relatives but I'm :dubious:

I have not but everyone talks up the Victoria area.  Bet it's elite.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 21, 2012, 05:49:21 PM
New Orleans is rocking today boys
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 21, 2012, 06:00:31 PM
New Orleans is rocking today boys

I would like to go.  Have never been.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 21, 2012, 06:07:58 PM
New Orleans is rocking today boys

I would like to go.  Have never been.

next summer, katpak
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: hemmy on April 21, 2012, 06:24:41 PM
Me, on Thursday

(http://i41.tinypic.com/aorj14.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 21, 2012, 06:40:50 PM
New Orleans is rocking today boys

I would like to go.  Have never been.

Just high fived 2 emaws on bourbon and gave them a  :eye:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 21, 2012, 08:50:54 PM
Oh hai Rob Cordrry, let's have a drink together at the fancy bar in the Intercontinental in new Orleans.
Title: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on April 21, 2012, 09:17:53 PM
I'm driving back to Kansas on Tuesday. Only planned stops are st Louis and Lawrence. Any recomendo for the stop the first night? We're probably thinking Colombus, OH.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 21, 2012, 10:50:59 PM
Oh hello Lafitte's Blacksmith shop, should I have an Abita with Matt Leblanc?  I guess, just for a bit.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 21, 2012, 10:55:27 PM
New Orleans is rocking today boys

I would like to go.  Have never been.

next summer, katpak

that sounds delightful michigancat
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on April 22, 2012, 10:58:31 AM
I'm driving back to Kansas on Tuesday. Only planned stops are st Louis and Lawrence. Any recomendo for the stop the first night? We're probably thinking Colombus, OH.

dayton
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 22, 2012, 12:59:46 PM
felix, try to eat at a tudor's biscuit world.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: CNS on April 22, 2012, 05:00:48 PM
Just booked a NO trip for the end of June.  Can't wait. 

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Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on April 22, 2012, 06:04:03 PM
felix, try to eat at a tudor's biscuit world.

I googled this to see if you were serious. I was treated to this extremely odd review:

Quote
These biscuits totally rock. They are the size of your (husband's) fist
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 22, 2012, 07:07:58 PM
felix, try to eat at a tudor's biscuit world.

I googled this to see if you were serious. I was treated to this extremely odd review:

Quote
These biscuits totally rock. They are the size of your (husband's) fist

I stopped there last time I drove through west Virginia and really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on April 22, 2012, 07:33:06 PM
felix, try to eat at a tudor's biscuit world.

I googled this to see if you were serious. I was treated to this extremely odd review:

Quote
These biscuits totally rock. They are the size of your (husband's) fist

I stopped there last time I drove through west Virginia and really enjoyed it.

All the other reviews were high. I just enjoyed the "greasy (husband's) fist" analogy.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 24, 2012, 09:54:52 AM
Booked our London->Paris Eurostar tickets today.  They are, like, $60 each.  I assume I will pay that in cab fare to get to the station. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 24, 2012, 10:09:48 AM
Booked our London->Paris Eurostar tickets today.  They are, like, $60 each.  I assume I will pay that in cab fare to get to the station.

Where are you staying and leaving from in London? We're staying in Hyde Park area and leaving out of St. Pancras. I think we can hop on the tube from hotel to St Pancras. Eurocat, confirm?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 24, 2012, 10:50:02 AM
Booked our London->Paris Eurostar tickets today.  They are, like, $60 each.  I assume I will pay that in cab fare to get to the station.

Where are you staying and leaving from in London? We're staying in Hyde Park area and leaving out of St. Pancras. I think we can hop on the tube from hotel to St Pancras. Eurocat, confirm?

Yeah, probably.  But I don't want to haul a bunch of luggage onto the tube.  We are staying in the Kennsington/Knightsbridge area just south of Hyde Park.  Planning on just cabbing it to the station in London and from the station in Paris. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on April 24, 2012, 10:54:26 AM
Paging SD, paging SD. I will be in New York Saturday (first time there). Top 3 things I must do, go...
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 24, 2012, 10:59:29 AM
Booked our London->Paris Eurostar tickets today.  They are, like, $60 each.  I assume I will pay that in cab fare to get to the station.

Where are you staying and leaving from in London? We're staying in Hyde Park area and leaving out of St. Pancras. I think we can hop on the tube from hotel to St Pancras. Eurocat, confirm?

Yeah, probably.  But I don't want to haul a bunch of luggage onto the tube.  We are staying in the Kennsington/Knightsbridge area just south of Hyde Park.  Planning on just cabbing it to the station in London and from the station in Paris.

Yeah, after looking at it again I think we'll just cab it. I'm pretty demanding on the amount of luggage we bring (one bag each that can carry-on), but we have to walk about 10 minutes to get to the tube and then another 10 or so from our stop to St Pancras.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 24, 2012, 11:03:32 AM
Paging SD, paging SD. I will be in New York Saturday (first time there). Top 3 things I must do, go...

where are you staying and who will you be traveling with? I mean honestly the best thing I could suggest is just go walking around in different neighborhoods. Pull up yelp and go to a place with 4.5+ stars, even if it's just for an appetizer. Repeat w/ a different neighborhood.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on April 24, 2012, 11:07:31 AM
Leaving today-
RDU-PHL-BCN 5 days
BCN-LYS 5 days
Too bad it is for work, The 30th and the 1st are banking holidays, so I do get that time...anybody in Lyon want to pak?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 24, 2012, 11:09:55 AM
Leaving today-
RDU-PHL-BCN 5 days
BCN-LYS 5 days
Too bad it is for work, The 30th and the 1st are banking holidays, so I do get that time...anybody in Lyon want to pak?

If you stay until the 20th I'll meet you in Bourges for some elite wine tasting.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on April 24, 2012, 11:10:49 AM
Paging SD, paging SD. I will be in New York Saturday (first time there). Top 3 things I must do, go...

where are you staying and who will you be traveling with? I mean honestly the best thing I could suggest is just go walking around in different neighborhoods. Pull up yelp and go to a place with 4.5+ stars, even if it's just for an appetizer. Repeat w/ a different neighborhood.
Ya. I think that's the plan. It's a friend from college. I think they have the details on where we're staying. I'm down for walking around and getting lost in the city. That's the best.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on April 24, 2012, 11:12:51 AM
Paging SD, paging SD. I will be in New York Saturday (first time there). Top 3 things I must do, go...

where are you staying and who will you be traveling with? I mean honestly the best thing I could suggest is just go walking around in different neighborhoods. Pull up yelp and go to a place with 4.5+ stars, even if it's just for an appetizer. Repeat w/ a different neighborhood.
Ya. I think that's the plan. It's a friend from college. I think they have the details on where we're staying. I'm down for walking around and getting lost in the city. That's the best.

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=20343.0
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on April 24, 2012, 11:14:07 AM
Paging SD, paging SD. I will be in New York Saturday (first time there). Top 3 things I must do, go...

where are you staying and who will you be traveling with? I mean honestly the best thing I could suggest is just go walking around in different neighborhoods. Pull up yelp and go to a place with 4.5+ stars, even if it's just for an appetizer. Repeat w/ a different neighborhood.

yes, this is very good NYC advice
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on April 24, 2012, 11:22:13 AM
Paging SD, paging SD. I will be in New York Saturday (first time there). Top 3 things I must do, go...

where are you staying and who will you be traveling with? I mean honestly the best thing I could suggest is just go walking around in different neighborhoods. Pull up yelp and go to a place with 4.5+ stars, even if it's just for an appetizer. Repeat w/ a different neighborhood.
Ya. I think that's the plan. It's a friend from college. I think they have the details on where we're staying. I'm down for walking around and getting lost in the city. That's the best.

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=20343.0
  :peek:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 24, 2012, 12:34:48 PM
yeah, what rusty said is a pretty great option fanning
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 24, 2012, 12:35:05 PM
also Gramercy Tavern.  get the tavern tasting menu with beer pairings.  as good a meal as you can have for less than $100. 

EDIT:  Here is the current Tavern Menu.  Fantastic deal for NYC.

TODAY
Bar Jack
Grilled Ramps, Mezcal and Foraged Greens
Schlenkerla Helles Lager, Germany

Octopus Cappelletti
Grilled Radicchio, Fennel and Lobster Sauce
Victory HopDevil IPA, Pennsylvania

Grilled Flat Iron
Fingerling Potatoes, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms and Salsa Verde
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Germany

Banana Cream Tart
Rum Caramel and Salted Cashew Ice Cream
Brooklyn Monster Ale, 2010, New York

Menu 48
with Beer Pairings 68
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on April 24, 2012, 12:35:42 PM
 :thumbs:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on April 24, 2012, 03:53:57 PM
Booked our London->Paris Eurostar tickets today.  They are, like, $60 each.  I assume I will pay that in cab fare to get to the station.

Where are you staying and leaving from in London? We're staying in Hyde Park area and leaving out of St. Pancras. I think we can hop on the tube from hotel to St Pancras. Eurocat, confirm?
Yeah, probably.  But I don't want to haul a bunch of luggage onto the tube.  We are staying in the Kennsington/Knightsbridge area just south of Hyde Park.  Planning on just cabbing it to the station in London and from the station in Paris.

Yeah, after looking at it again I think we'll just cab it. I'm pretty demanding on the amount of luggage we bring (one bag each that can carry-on), but we have to walk about 10 minutes to get to the tube and then another 10 or so from our stop to St Pancras.

St Pancras is literally next door to King's Cross station. The Picadilly line runes through Kensington (Hyde Park Corner & South Kensington???) you can take the tube direct to Kings Cross and just walk through the underground walkways to St Pancras when you get off the tube.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 24, 2012, 03:59:19 PM
Booked our London->Paris Eurostar tickets today.  They are, like, $60 each.  I assume I will pay that in cab fare to get to the station.

Where are you staying and leaving from in London? We're staying in Hyde Park area and leaving out of St. Pancras. I think we can hop on the tube from hotel to St Pancras. Eurocat, confirm?

Yeah, probably.  But I don't want to haul a bunch of luggage onto the tube.  We are staying in the Kennsington/Knightsbridge area just south of Hyde Park.  Planning on just cabbing it to the station in London and from the station in Paris.

Yeah, after looking at it again I think we'll just cab it. I'm pretty demanding on the amount of luggage we bring (one bag each that can carry-on), but we have to walk about 10 minutes to get to the tube and then another 10 or so from our stop to St Pancras.
St Pancras is literally next door to King's Cross station. The Picadilly line runes through Kensington (Hyde Park Corner & South Kensington???) you can take the tube direct to Kings Cross and just walk through the underground walkways to St Pancras when you get off the tube.


Tube it is.

:emawkid:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 24, 2012, 07:37:49 PM
still cabbing it  :emawkid:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 24, 2012, 09:21:10 PM
still cabbing it  :emawkid:

:emawkid:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on April 25, 2012, 01:02:56 PM
still cabbing it  :emawkid:
Black cabs = incredibly elite.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 25, 2012, 01:07:31 PM
still cabbing it  :emawkid:
Black cabs = incredibly elite.

I think we may do the black cab tour guide deal.  seems pretty great.  http://www.blackcabtourslondon.com/
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: chum1 on April 25, 2012, 01:15:15 PM
i want to go to greece.  just throwing that out there for you guys.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 25, 2012, 01:47:26 PM
Euro, my wife and I are doing this (http://www.evanevanstours.co.uk/warwick-stratford-oxford.htm).

Thoughts? Good call?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 25, 2012, 01:52:16 PM
Euro, my wife and I are doing this (http://www.evanevanstours.co.uk/warwick-stratford-oxford.htm).

Thoughts? Good call?

I think you're going to be crammed into a bus with a bunch of old people all day but that's just a hunch
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on April 25, 2012, 01:58:03 PM
Euro, my wife and I are doing this (http://www.evanevanstours.co.uk/warwick-stratford-oxford.htm).

Thoughts? Good call?
Dunno, never been.

Greece is amazing. Fly into Athens, see the Parthenon and take a high speed ferry to one of the Islands.

The black cab tour thingy is different than a "black cab". The real black cabs are regulated by TFL (Transport For London) and require the drivers to know every road within a 6 mile radius of Charring Cross. It takes most drivers around 3 years to pass the test, which is why black cabs are the best and most expensive cabs in the world.

Stay thirsty my friends.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on April 25, 2012, 02:05:38 PM
Euro, my wife and I are doing this (http://www.evanevanstours.co.uk/warwick-stratford-oxford.htm).

Thoughts? Good call?

I think you're going to be crammed into a bus with a bunch of old people all day but that's just a hunch

Doubtful.

Also had free tickets, so if it is at least I didn't pay for it.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 25, 2012, 02:08:05 PM
The black cab tour thingy is different than a "black cab". The real black cabs are regulated by TFL (Transport For London) and require the drivers to know every road within a 6 mile radius of Charring Cross. It takes most drivers around 3 years to pass the test, which is why black cabs are the best and most expensive cabs in the world.

same drivers, you think I just picked this place without seeing it on Rick Steves?
Quote
It begs the question, "Who is there better than a fully qualified and highly experienced black cab driver to guide you through the streets of London?".
Surely it's beyond question that London's cab drivers make the perfect personal guides because they have "The Knowledge", that unsurpassed inside knowledge of London which is a prerequisite to them passing their exam and gaining their license.
Aspiring London cab drivers face the toughest exam in the world for any cab driver, and they are expected to know every alley, street and short cut in London, as well as all about London's historic sights, palaces, museums, galleries, shops and markets.
•your driver has passed the most stringent test before being granted a license to operate.
•your driver has an individual badge and registration number which is permanently on display in the taxi cab.
•your driver is a qualified, registered Blue Badge Guide.
All our Black Cab Tours
drivers are fully trained
BLUE BADGE GUIDES  Freeman of the
City of London 

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on April 25, 2012, 02:14:59 PM
The black cab tour thingy is different than a "black cab". The real black cabs are regulated by TFL (Transport For London) and require the drivers to know every road within a 6 mile radius of Charring Cross. It takes most drivers around 3 years to pass the test, which is why black cabs are the best and most expensive cabs in the world.

same drivers, you think I just picked this place without seeing it on Rick Steves?
Quote
It begs the question, "Who is there better than a fully qualified and highly experienced black cab driver to guide you through the streets of London?".
Surely it's beyond question that London's cab drivers make the perfect personal guides because they have "The Knowledge", that unsurpassed inside knowledge of London which is a prerequisite to them passing their exam and gaining their license.
Aspiring London cab drivers face the toughest exam in the world for any cab driver, and they are expected to know every alley, street and short cut in London, as well as all about London's historic sights, palaces, museums, galleries, shops and markets.
•your driver has passed the most stringent test before being granted a license to operate.
•your driver has an individual badge and registration number which is permanently on display in the taxi cab.
•your driver is a qualified, registered Blue Badge Guide.
All our Black Cab Tours
drivers are fully trained
BLUE BADGE GUIDES  Freeman of the
City of London 
:surprised: :cool:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: TheHamburglar on April 27, 2012, 07:30:30 PM
Mrs. Hamburglar and I have given ourselves the weekend to decide on a June vacation somewhere in Norht America. Need suggestions on where to go, just the 2 of us. No Nola and no Mexico/Carribean beach thing. Were possibly thinking Boston, but have done any research on it. We are pretty much open to anything else. Go.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: wetwillie on April 27, 2012, 07:40:53 PM
Mrs. Hamburglar and I have given ourselves the weekend to decide on a June vacation somewhere in Norht America. Need suggestions on where to go, just the 2 of us. No Nola and no Mexico/Carribean beach thing. Were possibly thinking Boston, but have done any research on it. We are pretty much open to anything else. Go.

Vancouver
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 27, 2012, 07:49:43 PM
Mrs. Hamburglar and I have given ourselves the weekend to decide on a June vacation somewhere in Norht America. Need suggestions on where to go, just the 2 of us. No Nola and no Mexico/Carribean beach thing. Were possibly thinking Boston, but have done any research on it. We are pretty much open to anything else. Go.

What do you like to do for fun?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on April 27, 2012, 07:50:49 PM
And I would suggest New York no matter what you like if you've never been.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: TheHamburglar on April 27, 2012, 07:51:09 PM
Mrs. Hamburglar and I have given ourselves the weekend to decide on a June vacation somewhere in Norht America. Need suggestions on where to go, just the 2 of us. No Nola and no Mexico/Carribean beach thing. Were possibly thinking Boston, but have done any research on it. We are pretty much open to anything else. Go.

Vancouver

I like this. What is there to do there? Can you combo it into 6 days with Seattle? 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: wetwillie on April 27, 2012, 08:00:55 PM
Mrs. Hamburglar and I have given ourselves the weekend to decide on a June vacation somewhere in Norht America. Need suggestions on where to go, just the 2 of us. No Nola and no Mexico/Carribean beach thing. Were possibly thinking Boston, but have done any research on it. We are pretty much open to anything else. Go.

Vancouver

I like this. What is there to do there? Can you combo it into 6 days with Seattle? 

Yes you could,combo the crap out of it.  Grouse mountain, Granville market, caplano, ice wine vinyards
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on April 27, 2012, 08:33:49 PM
Montreal beats Vancouver in its sleep
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Bloodfart on April 27, 2012, 11:56:25 PM
(http://fotos.fotoflexer.com/b5667dda3356be42c4d5ce87d84350be.jpg)
This little dude had a blast in Vancouver.  Pretty elite dining and tons of parks.  I recommend the drive from Vancouver to Squamish, beautiful. 

(http://fotos.fotoflexer.com/b30c42306a5dc1d02a36420427286f06.jpg)
Took this at the park near Squamish.
If you have any photography skills you will have a ball.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on April 28, 2012, 11:27:22 AM
i want to go to greece.  just throwing that out there for you guys.
Might be going in October...Athens...work related
Title: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on April 28, 2012, 12:14:29 PM
The black cab tour thingy is different than a "black cab". The real black cabs are regulated by TFL (Transport For London) and require the drivers to know every road within a 6 mile radius of Charring Cross. It takes most drivers around 3 years to pass the test, which is why black cabs are the best and most expensive cabs in the world.

same drivers, you think I just picked this place without seeing it on Rick Steves?
Quote
It begs the question, "Who is there better than a fully qualified and highly experienced black cab driver to guide you through the streets of London?".
Surely it's beyond question that London's cab drivers make the perfect personal guides because they have "The Knowledge", that unsurpassed inside knowledge of London which is a prerequisite to them passing their exam and gaining their license.
Aspiring London cab drivers face the toughest exam in the world for any cab driver, and they are expected to know every alley, street and short cut in London, as well as all about London's historic sights, palaces, museums, galleries, shops and markets.
•your driver has passed the most stringent test before being granted a license to operate.
•your driver has an individual badge and registration number which is permanently on display in the taxi cab.
•your driver is a qualified, registered Blue Badge Guide.
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The Knowledge actually changes the wiring of their brains. Not kidding. They are like a super breed of worker drones engineered only to find the most efficient routes.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Bloodfart on April 28, 2012, 01:32:12 PM
(http://fotos.fotoflexer.com/20a0f86be4db93be65f0ecbb0ad19b45.jpg)

Is this for real?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on April 30, 2012, 08:17:45 AM
Best way to go about this?

Booking a room at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale beach resort (1 night), planning on using starpoints. The starpoints room is "limited view" - not beach view. Of course I want beach view.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on April 30, 2012, 08:27:52 AM
Best way to go about this?

Booking a room at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale beach resort (1 night), planning on using starpoints. The starpoints room is "limited view" - not beach view. Of course I want beach view.

Can't wait for this to turn into a discussion about Saul's prospective trip to Ft. Lauderdale (south florida).
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 30, 2012, 08:33:13 AM
Best way to go about this?

Booking a room at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale beach resort (1 night), planning on using starpoints. The starpoints room is "limited view" - not beach view. Of course I want beach view.

Are you a Gold from getting the SPG card?  I think you should be.  You should get an upgrade to a better view unless they are booked up for that date.  Send the manager an email about a week out and tell them your trip is for a special occasion and you are a Gold and you would like a beach view if possible.  Also, tweet something to the hotel and SPG about your upcoming stay like, "Excited for a romantic weekend with my wife at the @whatevertheirnameis".  Properties will usually try to accomodate people that are active on social networks because they don't want to get bad reviews on those same networks.  Mention to the manager in the email that you chose their hotel based on tripadvisor reviews for the same reason. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on April 30, 2012, 08:33:40 AM
Best way to go about this?

Booking a room at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale beach resort (1 night), planning on using starpoints. The starpoints room is "limited view" - not beach view. Of course I want beach view.

Can't wait for this to turn into a discussion about Saul's prospective trip to Ft. Lauderdale (south florida).
Discussion will be limited to the topic at hand.

T-Y,

Saulbadguy
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 30, 2012, 08:34:54 AM
Also, check for paid availability on the date you are checking in right before you actually check in.  If they have ocean view available for purchase you should mention that you are a gold and ask for an upgrade to it.  If they say they don't have any show them the paid availability.  I've never done this but a lot of the travel bloggers always throw their weight around like assholes and get pretty much whatever they want by doing this. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on April 30, 2012, 08:35:14 AM
Best way to go about this?

Booking a room at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale beach resort (1 night), planning on using starpoints. The starpoints room is "limited view" - not beach view. Of course I want beach view.

Are you a Gold from getting the SPG card?  I think you should be.  You should get an upgrade to a better view unless they are booked up for that date.  Send the manager an email about a week out and tell them your trip is for a special occasion and you are a Gold and you would like a beach view if possible.  Also, tweet something to the hotel and SPG about your upcoming stay like, "Excited for a romantic weekend with my wife at the @whatevertheirnameis".  Properties will usually try to accomodate people that are active on social networks because they don't want to get bad reviews on those same networks.  Mention to the manager in the email that you chose their hotel based on tripadvisor reviews for the same reason. 
I'm a preferred guest plus(?)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on April 30, 2012, 08:35:46 AM
Best way to go about this?

Booking a room at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale beach resort (1 night), planning on using starpoints. The starpoints room is "limited view" - not beach view. Of course I want beach view.

Can't wait for this to turn into a discussion about Saul's prospective trip to Ft. Lauderdale (south florida).
Discussion will be limited to the topic at hand.

T-Y,

Saulbadguy

Well, Daris and I will just have to speculate.  You can "no comment."
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 30, 2012, 08:37:20 AM
Best way to go about this?

Booking a room at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale beach resort (1 night), planning on using starpoints. The starpoints room is "limited view" - not beach view. Of course I want beach view.

Are you a Gold from getting the SPG card?  I think you should be.  You should get an upgrade to a better view unless they are booked up for that date.  Send the manager an email about a week out and tell them your trip is for a special occasion and you are a Gold and you would like a beach view if possible.  Also, tweet something to the hotel and SPG about your upcoming stay like, "Excited for a romantic weekend with my wife at the @whatevertheirnameis".  Properties will usually try to accomodate people that are active on social networks because they don't want to get bad reviews on those same networks.  Mention to the manager in the email that you chose their hotel based on tripadvisor reviews for the same reason. 
I'm a preferred guest plus(?)

crap, it is the Hilton Surpass that gives you gold.  my bad.  well, do the manager email mentioning tripadvisor thing anyway. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on April 30, 2012, 08:44:22 AM
Best way to go about this?

Booking a room at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale beach resort (1 night), planning on using starpoints. The starpoints room is "limited view" - not beach view. Of course I want beach view.

Are you a Gold from getting the SPG card?  I think you should be.  You should get an upgrade to a better view unless they are booked up for that date.  Send the manager an email about a week out and tell them your trip is for a special occasion and you are a Gold and you would like a beach view if possible.  Also, tweet something to the hotel and SPG about your upcoming stay like, "Excited for a romantic weekend with my wife at the @whatevertheirnameis".  Properties will usually try to accomodate people that are active on social networks because they don't want to get bad reviews on those same networks. Mention to the manager in the email that you chose their hotel based on tripadvisor reviews for the same reason. 
Reading negative reviews of hotels on tripadvisor has become a brand new "thing" (hobby) for me.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on April 30, 2012, 08:48:32 AM
bed bugs saul, bed bugs
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on April 30, 2012, 08:51:44 AM
Best way to go about this?

Booking a room at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale beach resort (1 night), planning on using starpoints. The starpoints room is "limited view" - not beach view. Of course I want beach view.

I've had lunch at that hotel, back when it was the "Sheraton Yankee Clipper."
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on April 30, 2012, 09:11:16 AM
Yea, say something about reading Trip Advisor reviews/yelp reviews.  Also, check and make sure they are active responding to them, as this shows they give a crap
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on April 30, 2012, 09:13:48 AM
Yea, say something about reading Trip Advisor reviews/yelp reviews.  Also, check and make sure they are active responding to them, as this shows they give a crap

checked for him, their manager has responded to some of them.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on April 30, 2012, 09:24:31 AM
Yea, say something about reading Trip Advisor reviews/yelp reviews.  Also, check and make sure they are active responding to them, as this shows they give a crap

checked for him, their manager has responded to some of them.

Whichever manager that is, thats the one to email
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on May 01, 2012, 10:55:54 AM
just booked 7 days in Puerto Vallarta for December.      :excited:    Is it November yet?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on May 01, 2012, 11:03:42 AM
A special thanks to those that helped out with the NYC intenaray. During my time in philly/NYC I housed 2 philly cheesesteaks, 2 Nathans hotdogs w/ the works, and saw all of Manhattan in 12 hours of work, while pak'ing my lil heart out. Also, random, there's a chiefs bar in philly, and they have an emmy from a NFL documentary. I took pics with it of course. I also saw donald trumps daughter while walking the streets w/ emawgeddon.  :excited:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 01, 2012, 11:08:23 AM
zip
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 02, 2012, 02:21:43 PM
EuroCat, recommendos on which Tube pass to get? Mrs. etp and I will be there from Sun - Wednesday night. Should we just get the 7 day pass, or just pay as we go? We'll be wandering around pretty much every day and will hop on and off at will.

What's the main diff b/w Oyster and Travelcard?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 02, 2012, 02:33:51 PM
zip

our first goEMAW match.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on May 02, 2012, 05:06:49 PM
EuroCat, recommendos on which Tube pass to get? Mrs. etp and I will be there from Sun - Wednesday night. Should we just get the 7 day pass, or just pay as we go? We'll be wandering around pretty much every day and will hop on and off at will.

What's the main diff b/w Oyster and Travelcard?
Not 100% on this but i believe a travelcard just refers to you paying for an unlimited pass for X days on TFL (tube, buses, whatever). I just use my oyster card pay as you go and keep £10-£15 in it. If it gets low i top it up.

You can either go to a ticket machine and buy a 3 or 7 day travel card or buy an oyster card with a £5 deposit and top it up when you buy it. You may also be able to buy an oyster card an buy a "travel card" to put on it but not 100%.

Felt super elite taking the tube and then the DLR this morning during rush hour on the way to London City airport. Doesn't get more elite than the tube.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 03, 2012, 09:02:25 AM
EuroCat, recommendos on which Tube pass to get? Mrs. etp and I will be there from Sun - Wednesday night. Should we just get the 7 day pass, or just pay as we go? We'll be wandering around pretty much every day and will hop on and off at will.

What's the main diff b/w Oyster and Travelcard?
Not 100% on this but i believe a travelcard just refers to you paying for an unlimited pass for X days on TFL (tube, buses, whatever). I just use my oyster card pay as you go and keep £10-£15 in it. If it gets low i top it up.

You can either go to a ticket machine and buy a 3 or 7 day travel card or buy an oyster card with a £5 deposit and top it up when you buy it. You may also be able to buy an oyster card an buy a "travel card" to put on it but not 100%.

Felt super elite taking the tube and then the DLR this morning during rush hour on the way to London City airport. Doesn't get more elite than the tube.

Got it, makes sense. We'll just be in Zones 1-2 the whole time, but trying to decide on the Tube or Heathrow Express to get to hotel at Bayswater stop. If we're getting an Oyster card, might as well take the Tube, right?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 03, 2012, 09:06:22 AM
taxi
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 03, 2012, 09:31:40 AM
taxi

i know i'm :kstategrad: and all, but it would be 60 euros from the airport to hotel. looks like it would be 5 euros apiece to get from LHR to hotel stop on the tube and walk 5 min to hotel.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 03, 2012, 09:34:31 AM
taxi

i know i'm :kstategrad: and all, but it would be 60 euros from the airport to hotel. looks like it would be 5 euros apiece to get from LHR to hotel stop on the tube and walk 5 min to hotel.

actually 2.90 apiece as it would be off peak.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 03, 2012, 09:36:27 AM
taxi

i know i'm :kstategrad: and all, but it would be 60 euros from the airport to hotel. looks like it would be 5 euros apiece to get from LHR to hotel stop on the tube and walk 5 min to hotel.

yeah, that sounds like a good plan for you.  I'm not hauling a wife and luggage on a 45 minute tube ride though.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on May 03, 2012, 09:42:24 AM
Best way to go about this?

Booking a room at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale beach resort (1 night), planning on using starpoints. The starpoints room is "limited view" - not beach view. Of course I want beach view.

Can't wait for this to turn into a discussion about Saul's prospective trip to Ft. Lauderdale (south florida).
Discussion will be limited to the topic at hand.

T-Y,

Saulbadguy

the westin is nicer and better location but also 3k more points. go to elbo room and have drinks. also got to pirate bar and have drinks and play with the washer on a rope game they have. ask the bartender to walk the plank.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on May 03, 2012, 01:59:40 PM
I will have an entire afternoon to myself in LA next week. Somebody point me in the direction of the best fish tacos (doesn't matter what area, but I will be in West Hollywood that evening). TIA everybody
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on May 03, 2012, 02:57:38 PM
I will have an entire afternoon to myself in LA next week. Somebody point me in the direction of the best fish tacos (doesn't matter what area, but I will be in West Hollywood that evening). TIA everybody

so jealous.

just go to Best Fish Taco In Ensenada

if you're in Santa Monica/Venice, check out M Street Kitchen or Border Grill or Tacos Por Favor

if you're a big fan of The Hills, go to Spanish Kitchen

there's a ton of great taco places in LA, check the food trucks/stands, might be easiest

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on May 03, 2012, 03:10:50 PM
I will have an entire afternoon to myself in LA next week. Somebody point me in the direction of the best fish tacos (doesn't matter what area, but I will be in West Hollywood that evening). TIA everybody

so jealous.

just go to Best Fish Taco In Ensenada

if you're in Santa Monica/Venice, check out M Street Kitchen or Border Grill or Tacos Por Favor

if you're a big fan of The Hills, go to Spanish Kitchen

there's a ton of great taco places in LA, check the food trucks/stands, might be easiest

thanks clams, you're invaluable
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on May 03, 2012, 03:26:22 PM
there's a cool sports bar in west hollywood on melrose and la brea called the parlor, if you need a good place to have some tails.  good food too. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on May 03, 2012, 05:55:00 PM
JFC don't take a black cab from LHR to central london. It will cost you about £70. Actually i did on Friday night but the immigrations line was really long and i wanted to salvage my friday night.

It depends where you're going, but i love the Heathrow Express. It just depends if your location is near Paddington or convenient to there.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 3maw on May 03, 2012, 06:45:47 PM
JFC don't take a black cab from LHR to central london. It will cost you about £70. Actually i did on Friday night but the immigrations line was really long and i wanted to salvage my friday night.

It depends where you're going, but i love the Heathrow Express. It just depends if your location is near Paddington or convenient to there.

Heathrow Express is really the only sane option into greater london. i'd say getting a oyster card would be your best bet - refundable deposit+any unused balance is refunded 100%, no worries about having to purchase any other tickets.. £1.50/journey for zones 1-2, and for "heavy use" days it will charge you a max of £6.50 per day, so if you take more than four trips that day, you're essentially riding "free". buy at any tube station, get your refund at any station... so much easier than the travelcard if you're within the city.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on May 03, 2012, 06:56:14 PM
tourists like steve dave waste a lot of money on cabs because they are afraid of public transportation.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 03, 2012, 07:34:50 PM
tourists like steve dave waste a lot of money on cabs because they are afraid of public transportation.

oh gmafb Krusty.  who has two thumbs and rough ridin' runs the NYC subway system? 

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/This_guy.jpg)

It's about the value of my time and minimizing hassle, opportunity cost.  If I'm spending that amount of points/money to get there and leaving the office for 2 weeks a half hour of my time there is worth $100 to me.  Add to that the less hassle and it's an easy decision for me.  Obviously everyone's opportunity cost is different. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on May 03, 2012, 09:17:40 PM
You won't save a half hour. But you will avoid robbers and other unsavory types. Which is nice.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: raquetcat on May 03, 2012, 09:42:01 PM
You won't save a half hour. But you will avoid robbers and other unsavory types. Which is nice.

pfffft, english robbers, "please sir may I have your wallet"

I always thought it was kind of one of the fun parts of traveling to figure out a new city's public transit system and go 'xploring  :dunno:

I spent a half day getting from CDG to one of my friend's houses near Versailles with a semester worth of luggage, was horrible, but I had a great story
Title: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 03, 2012, 10:04:17 PM
EC, we're staying right near Leinster Square just north of Hyde Park. Difficult to get to from Paddington?
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 04, 2012, 05:41:56 AM
Quote from:  Rusty
Everyone come look how frugal I am!

(http://www.dreamstime.com/emoticon-clapping-hands-largethumb8727374.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on May 04, 2012, 04:24:31 PM
EC, we're staying right near Leinster Square just north of Hyde Park. Difficult to get to from Paddington?
If you mean Leicester square it's east of Hyde Park. Should just be one change on the tube.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on May 04, 2012, 04:44:35 PM
Quote from:  Rusty
Everyone come look how frugal I am!

(http://www.dreamstime.com/emoticon-clapping-hands-largethumb8727374.jpg)

He can't help it, its what white midwesterners do.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 04, 2012, 04:49:49 PM
EC, we're staying right near Leinster Square just north of Hyde Park. Difficult to get to from Paddington?
If you mean Leicester square it's east of Hyde Park. Should just be one change on the tube.

No, Leinster Square. Staying at The Hyde Park Hotel.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 04, 2012, 04:54:50 PM
EC, we're staying right near Leinster Square just north of Hyde Park. Difficult to get to from Paddington?
If you mean Leicester square it's east of Hyde Park. Should just be one change on the tube.

No, Leinster Square. Staying at The Hyde Park Hotel.

just ran eurocat's ip.  he's in topeka. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 04, 2012, 05:34:32 PM
EC, we're staying right near Leinster Square just north of Hyde Park. Difficult to get to from Paddington?
If you mean Leicester square it's east of Hyde Park. Should just be one change on the tube.

No, Leinster Square. Staying at The Hyde Park Hotel.

just ran eurocat's ip.  he's in topeka.

 :curse:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 04, 2012, 09:18:33 PM
Hilton Head starting Wednesday, should I stay out at the HH Westin through Monday or go into Savannah on Sunday and stay there.  I fly out of Savannah on Mon.  I have never been to Savannah.

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on May 04, 2012, 09:46:06 PM
euronnamakercat
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 04, 2012, 11:01:12 PM
Hilton Head starting Wednesday, should I stay out at the HH Westin through Monday or go into Savannah on Sunday and stay there.  I fly out of Savannah on Mon.  I have never been to Savannah.
lol, not joking my retired neighbors just got back from hilton head for 3 weeks.  stayed at the Marriott.  seemed to enjoy it. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on May 04, 2012, 11:14:55 PM
well if you've never been some place (savannah) then I guess I'd probably go there just because.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on May 05, 2012, 03:29:50 AM
EC, we're staying right near Leinster Square just north of Hyde Park. Difficult to get to from Paddington?
If you mean Leicester square it's east of Hyde Park. Should just be one change on the tube.

No, Leinster Square. Staying at The Hyde Park Hotel.

just ran eurocat's ip.  he's in topeka.
:thumbs:
(http://i49.tinypic.com/205a9l4.jpg)
Seriously though, i have no idea where Leinster square is
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 3maw on May 05, 2012, 11:58:50 AM
Leinster square is just NW of hyde park, and paddington is due north of hyde park. its not far at all, like 1 mile maybe? took us 15 min walking... i think you can take the district line on the tube, or a bus, but its probably just as easy to walk.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on May 05, 2012, 12:26:52 PM
I've heard very good things about Savannah
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: john "teach me how to" dougie on May 06, 2012, 11:57:05 PM
I will have an entire afternoon to myself in LA next week. Somebody point me in the direction of the best fish tacos (doesn't matter what area, but I will be in West Hollywood that evening). TIA everybody

There are a few Rubios in the area around WeHo and they make a great fish taco. I know there is one in Westwood around UCLA and one on Wilshire in Santa Monica.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on May 07, 2012, 09:14:58 AM
Also, I know a girl who used to manage the Westin on Hilton Head and she was kind of an idiot.  Maybe its ran by idiots :dunno: Just some food for thought
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on May 07, 2012, 09:16:06 AM
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/05/business/la-fi-0506-golden-ticket-20120506

 :eek:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on May 07, 2012, 10:51:29 AM
Next year's Tokyo Pak'rs, tune in:

http://www.travelchannel.com/video/tokyos-nose-to-tail-dining
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on May 07, 2012, 11:15:55 AM
http://boingboing.net/2012/05/06/aairpass-american-airliness.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boingboing%2FiBag+%28Boing+Boing%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on May 07, 2012, 01:11:02 PM
hey guys did you hear about the people who bought the lifetime first class ticket from american airlines?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on May 07, 2012, 01:12:46 PM
hey guys did you hear about the people who bought the lifetime first class ticket from american airlines?

the one's flying on the LukePass?   Yup....
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: AppleJack on May 07, 2012, 01:15:24 PM
Anyone ever been to Lynchburg, VA? I'll be there the rest of the week.  :blank:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on May 07, 2012, 01:21:53 PM
Anyone ever been to Lynchburg, VA? I'll be there the rest of the week.  :blank:

http://bit.ly/JM3MRN
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on May 07, 2012, 01:40:52 PM
Did I luke it earlier?
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/05/business/la-fi-0506-golden-ticket-20120506

 :eek:

Or did you?
hey guys did you hear about the people who bought the lifetime first class ticket from american airlines?

8manLuke, or yoga-luke_abana?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on May 07, 2012, 02:13:57 PM
Anyone ever been to Lynchburg, VA? I'll be there the rest of the week.  :blank:

how was sf. :blank:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 07, 2012, 02:51:51 PM
Also, I know a girl who used to manage the Westin on Hilton Head and she was kind of an idiot.  Maybe its ran by idiots :dunno: Just some food for thought

ruh roh
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: AppleJack on May 07, 2012, 02:54:27 PM
Anyone ever been to Lynchburg, VA? I'll be there the rest of the week.  :blank:

how was sf. :blank:

:( was with work people at all times. I'll be in Fremont in July I think  :dunno:
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on May 07, 2012, 02:57:31 PM
Anyone ever been to Lynchburg, VA? I'll be there the rest of the week.  :blank:

how was sf. :blank:

:( was with work people at all times. I'll be in Fremont in July I think  :dunno:

Ugh. No thanks.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 07, 2012, 04:18:22 PM
HELP:

In Savannah, here:
 
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/savad-mansion-on-forsyth-park-autograph-collection/
 
or here:
 
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/savak-the-bohemian-hotel-savannah-riverfront-autograph-collection/
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 07, 2012, 04:25:51 PM
Seriously, I need someone to tell me where to stay.  The Bohemian is an extra 5k Marriott points.  I have them but is it worth it?  They are both Autographs but Bohemian is a Cat 7 and Forstyh is a 6
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on May 07, 2012, 04:29:42 PM
Bohemian.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on May 07, 2012, 04:32:30 PM
Dinking around online, I read the location of the Bohemian is much better.  Niceness wise, I would probably just keep the points
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on May 07, 2012, 04:34:26 PM
location
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 07, 2012, 04:39:47 PM
This is a family pak so I don't need to be in the hippest spot.  Still Bohemian?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on May 07, 2012, 04:43:11 PM
This is a family pak so I don't need to be in the hippest spot.  Still Bohemian?

Nope, now I'm TeamMansion.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 07, 2012, 04:50:42 PM
Booked.

 :bball:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 09, 2012, 11:21:58 PM
Posting from my ocean view balcony at the Hilton Head Westin
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on May 10, 2012, 08:22:44 AM
I will have an entire afternoon to myself in LA next week. Somebody point me in the direction of the best fish tacos (doesn't matter what area, but I will be in West Hollywood that evening). TIA everybody

so jealous.

just go to Best Fish Taco In Ensenada


This was great. I had 2 fish, 1 shrimp. Also saw John Hawkes there as I was leaving.

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Post by: pissclams on May 10, 2012, 08:30:33 AM
damn
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Post by: EuroCat on May 10, 2012, 12:57:58 PM
Anybody have any good Amsterdam recomendos? Meeting some friends over there for a long weekend next weekend. I've been once but only for a couple hours so i didn't get to see anything really.
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Post by: pissclams on May 10, 2012, 01:47:18 PM
Anybody have any good Amsterdam recomendos? Meeting some friends over there for a long weekend next weekend. I've been once but only for a couple hours so i didn't get to see anything really.

really?  i mean, if you have to ask then you prob don't want to know.
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Post by: 420seriouscat69 on May 10, 2012, 01:53:44 PM
Smoke a lot and find a good muchies spot. DUR DUR DUR
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Post by: mocat on May 10, 2012, 02:02:46 PM
Underrated thing to do in Amsterdam: play chess in a crowded hostel after a bit of :bigtoke:
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Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 10, 2012, 03:40:40 PM
Have you guys ever told someone from South Carolina to GTFOOMF?

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Post by: EuroCat on May 10, 2012, 05:17:40 PM
Hay guys, i heard you can smoke weed in Amsterdam :gocho: :gocho: :gocho: :gocho: :gocho: :gocho: :gocho:
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Post by: ChiCat on May 10, 2012, 06:13:38 PM
Hay guys, i heard you can smoke weed in Amsterdam :gocho: :gocho: :gocho: :gocho: :gocho: :gocho: :gocho:

Well, you can do that in a lot of Colorado too, which is a lot closer for most people
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Post by: mocat on May 11, 2012, 09:10:59 AM
I'm telling you, play chess.
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Post by: AppleJack on May 11, 2012, 09:14:16 AM
Going to Portland next week. Just for 1 night though :(

That is one place I would like to vaca.
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Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 11, 2012, 09:18:36 AM
Going to Portland next week. Just for 1 night though :(

That is one place I would like to vaca.

What kind of music do you like?
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Post by: AppleJack on May 11, 2012, 09:40:17 AM
Going to Portland next week. Just for 1 night though :(

That is one place I would like to vaca.

What kind of music do you like?

Basically anything but Gregorian Chant.
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Post by: mocat on May 11, 2012, 10:22:25 AM
Hey applejack. What the eff do you have against gregorian chant?  :comeatme:
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Post by: SpudCat on May 11, 2012, 03:02:25 PM
Going to San Francisco with the wife over Memorial weekend. Open to suggestions on things to do and places to eat, etc.  Obviously, we'll hit the high points on the tourism  list, but if there are other can't miss spots, let me know. Neither of us have been before.  :bwpopcorn:   :drink:
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Post by: michigancat on May 11, 2012, 03:06:10 PM
Going to San Francisco with the wife over Memorial weekend. Open to suggestions on things to do and places to eat, etc.  Obviously, we'll hit the high points on the tourism  list, but if there are other can't miss spots, let me know. Neither of us have been before.  :bwpopcorn:   :drink:

where are you staying, and will you have a car?
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Post by: EuroCat on May 11, 2012, 03:42:23 PM
Going to San Francisco with the wife over Memorial weekend. Open to suggestions on things to do and places to eat, etc.  Obviously, we'll hit the high points on the tourism  list, but if there are other can't miss spots, let me know. Neither of us have been before.  :bwpopcorn:   :drink:
Dottie's True Blue Cafe for breakfast. Get there super early because the line gets out the door fast.

Take the ferry to Sausalito if it's a nice day.

Do Golden Gate Park.

Just walk around and booze it up. That's what i do when i'm in a city i don't know and it's worked pretty well so far.
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Post by: michigancat on May 11, 2012, 03:53:34 PM
Going to San Francisco with the wife over Memorial weekend. Open to suggestions on things to do and places to eat, etc.  Obviously, we'll hit the high points on the tourism  list, but if there are other can't miss spots, let me know. Neither of us have been before.  :bwpopcorn:   :drink:

I would do this first (or something similar):

http://www.grayline.com/San_Francisco/Sky_View_Tour_-_Aboard_Open-Top_Double-Decker_Cable_Car

It's as touristy as it gets, but takes you to a lot of neighborhoods around the city and you can kill a lot off your list pretty quickly. I haven't been but my wife has and said it was great. If you see a neighborhood that looks like fun, come back later. You can really kill a day just hanging out somewhere like the Haight or Chinatown or North Beach or Golden Gate Park as Eurocat mentioned (the fly-fishing pools are cool). Yelp is your friend because every place has a shitload of reviews. SF has such a wide range of neighborhoods that appeal to different interests that it's hard to recommend something without knowing what kind of scene people are into. If you are into music I can point you to something.

The two safe bets I can recommend that should appeal to almost anyone are the Beach Chalet (a brewpub) on the...beach at the end of Golden Gate Park and Chowder's on Pier 39. For chowder and an Anchor and a toast to Kat Kid.  Also renting bikes, riding across the Golden Gate Bridge to Saulsalito and taking the Ferry back is popular. Eat here in Saulsalito: http://www.plateshop.net/
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Post by: EuroCat on May 11, 2012, 05:17:25 PM
Elite travel tip: Use www.timeout.com. Scout places out online and then pick up the print magazine when you land. :love:
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Post by: john "teach me how to" dougie on May 11, 2012, 05:47:50 PM
Going to San Francisco with the wife over Memorial weekend. Open to suggestions on things to do and places to eat, etc.  Obviously, we'll hit the high points on the tourism  list, but if there are other can't miss spots, let me know. Neither of us have been before.  :bwpopcorn:   :drink:

The Buena Vista for a couple of Irish coffees at the corner of Beach & Hyde. Sit at the bar if you can.
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Post by: michigancat on May 11, 2012, 06:29:58 PM
LMAO. the whitest midwesterner in my office just told me to go to the Buena vista for Irish Coffees like an hour ago.
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Post by: michigancat on May 11, 2012, 06:35:27 PM
also, I forgot about the cable cars. seems like an obvious choice, but they're great. Chowder at pier 39 followed by a cable car ride is probably my favorite touristy thing to do. I look forward to it when someone visits that hasn't done it. (but i dread alcatraz)
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Post by: john "teach me how to" dougie on May 11, 2012, 06:52:40 PM
LMAO. the whitest midwesterner in my office just told me to go to the Buena vista for Irish Coffees like an hour ago.

You should go.
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Post by: SpudCat on May 11, 2012, 07:11:43 PM
Going to San Francisco with the wife over Memorial weekend. Open to suggestions on things to do and places to eat, etc.  Obviously, we'll hit the high points on the tourism  list, but if there are other can't miss spots, let me know. Neither of us have been before.  :bwpopcorn:   :drink:

where are you staying, and will you have a car?

Staying at the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf (on points, duh). Don't have a car as of now, but would consider it for a day trip. Thanks for all the suggestions so far.
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Post by: p1k3 on May 11, 2012, 07:41:43 PM
I was there a couple months ago and took one of those bus things around town (not that one tho, mine was a lot more expensive). We hit every neighborhood in the city and the guide was spitting facts the whole time. Totally worth it.

The most fascinating part about San Francisco imo was China town. There's the part where all the white people go, but then there's the part when I forgot what country i was in. Was there during the Chinese new year. It was a trip.

Fishermans Wharf is mostly a tourist trap so i wouldnt hang down there too long. There are some good restaurants tho.

Really cant go wrong tho with whatever you do
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Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 12, 2012, 02:01:22 PM
Going to San Francisco with the wife over Memorial weekend. Open to suggestions on things to do and places to eat, etc.  Obviously, we'll hit the high points on the tourism  list, but if there are other can't miss spots, let me know. Neither of us have been before.  :bwpopcorn:   :drink:

where are you staying, and will you have a car?

Staying at the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf (on points, duh). Don't have a car as of now, but would consider it for a day trip. Thanks for all the suggestions so far.

Grab some brews and walk around FW.  They totally let you walk with your beer.

Also, if you will be there for Memorial day, Presidio looks pretty spectacular with the flags out.  If you are into that kind of stuff.
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Post by: Trim on May 17, 2012, 10:57:02 PM
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Stay in your hotel and leave LA as soon as you can. I ventured out, got hit up by angry panhandlers right out of the hotel, used my credit card in a restaurant or sports bar and ended up with over $3000 of fraudulent charges on my card. The place is dirty and there is a dark slim on everything. I assume it is from the smog. Cab ride from the airport to our hotel cost more than flying from Kansas City to LA. Would have to say it was easily the worst business trip experience I ever had. Can't think of any reason to go back.
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I am currently in suburban-hell LA for work and I can't get over how good looking and nonchalant everyone appears. :love:

of course I had access to a car and google maps before I came. :driving:
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Post by: Dlew12 on May 18, 2012, 01:21:00 AM
Going on a cruise (i know i know, it's with my family), out of SC next week.  Don't know what islands i'm going to.  Think I'm parasailing.
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Post by: pissclams on May 18, 2012, 07:48:56 AM
where in LA?
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Post by: steve dave on May 18, 2012, 07:50:17 AM
Had a two hour layover in LAX the other day and mrs. dave left to stroll around the airport and look for a Kardashian while I had a beer. 
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Post by: pissclams on May 18, 2012, 07:56:03 AM
what terminal?  please don't say 6.
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Post by: steve dave on May 18, 2012, 07:57:51 AM
what terminal?  please don't say 6.

7

had a cobb salad from this little local pizza joint called California Pizza Kitchen.  You should check it out if you are in LA clams. 
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Post by: pissclams on May 18, 2012, 08:02:51 AM
it's bad. isn't it? 
i've been in 1, 6 (which got so bad they had to redo it), and 7.  they all suck.

people watching is ok but i never see any celebs.  if you ever watch TMZ you'd think all of hollywood hangs out there, but no.
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Post by: steve dave on May 18, 2012, 08:10:53 AM
it's bad. isn't it? 
i've been in 1, 6 (which got so bad they had to redo it), and 7.  they all suck.

people watching is ok but i never see any celebs.  if you ever watch TMZ you'd think all of hollywood hangs out there, but no.

mrs. dave was pretty crushed she didn't see courtney kardash'
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Post by: Dr Rick Daris on May 18, 2012, 08:12:38 AM
is anybody else worried about rob? his ocd seems to be overtaking him and i think with him being the only guy and stuff he just feels the weight of the world. any thoughts here?
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Post by: slobber on May 18, 2012, 08:13:05 AM
it's bad. isn't it? 
i've been in 1, 6 (which got so bad they had to redo it), and 7.  they all suck.

people watching is ok but i never see any celebs.  if you ever watch TMZ you'd think all of hollywood hangs out there, but no.

mrs. dave was pretty crushed she didn't see courtney kardash'
I love mrs. dave. (Not the actual mrs. dave- since I don't know her- but wives like mrs. dave.)
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Post by: steve dave on May 18, 2012, 08:14:15 AM
is anybody else worried about rob? his ocd seems to be overtaking him and i think with him being the only guy and stuff he just feels the weight of the world. any thoughts here?

scott disick is enough man to cover all man bases.  not surprising that rob feels inadequate. 
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Post by: slobber on May 18, 2012, 08:25:51 AM
RDU-EWR-BOM and return. Booked yesterday. Literally will only be on the ground for less than 3 days. Crappy trip, will not be in the city at all other than to and from the airport. Would have liked to spend a couple of days in the city.
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Post by: steve dave on May 18, 2012, 08:27:54 AM
I would love to visit Mumbai and India in general.  What is the flight time on the Newark to Mumbai?  Has to be a rough ridin' monster.  Hope you are in business or better. 
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Post by: slobber on May 18, 2012, 08:39:04 AM
I would love to visit Mumbai and India in general.  What is the flight time on the Newark to Mumbai?  Has to be a rough ridin' monster.  Hope you are in business or better.
15:10 Business. Flying United on a 777. Probably the crappy configuration (I think some of them have a new configuration). At least it will be better than USAir on a 737-(300- I think). I will never fly on one of those pieces of crap again...may as well be in coach.
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Post by: michigancat on May 18, 2012, 08:42:39 AM
where in LA?

Diamond Bar. It isn't really LA.
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Post by: michigancat on May 18, 2012, 08:47:41 AM
And whose idea was a three day trip to India? What a waste.
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Post by: steve dave on May 18, 2012, 08:50:58 AM
I would love to visit Mumbai and India in general.  What is the flight time on the Newark to Mumbai?  Has to be a rough ridin' monster.  Hope you are in business or better.
15:10 Business. Flying United on a 777. Probably the crappy configuration (I think some of them have a new configuration). At least it will be better than USAir on a 737-(300- I think). I will never fly on one of those pieces of crap again...may as well be in coach.

772, it will have lie flat business seats.
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Post by: kitten_mittons on May 21, 2012, 09:20:04 AM
k_m will be traveling with a young filly to NYC sometime this later summer/early fall.  Where should we fly into, where should we stay?  First time for both parties.
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Post by: pissclams on May 21, 2012, 09:40:35 AM
fly into LaGuardia
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Post by: 420seriouscat69 on May 21, 2012, 09:44:17 AM
k_m will be traveling with a young filly to NYC sometime this later summer/early fall.  Where should we fly into, where should we stay?  First time for both parties.
What's your budget like? Hotels in Manhattan are crazy exspensive, but it's the best place to stay.
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Post by: kitten_mittons on May 21, 2012, 10:16:48 AM
k_m will be traveling with a young filly to NYC sometime this later summer/early fall.  Where should we fly into, where should we stay?  First time for both parties.
What's your budget like? Hotels in Manhattan are crazy exspensive, but it's the best place to stay.
$$ is not really a problem, but I don't like to spend money unnecessarily.  What do you mean by crazy expensive?
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Post by: 420seriouscat69 on May 21, 2012, 10:22:41 AM
k_m will be traveling with a young filly to NYC sometime this later summer/early fall.  Where should we fly into, where should we stay?  First time for both parties.
What's your budget like? Hotels in Manhattan are crazy exspensive, but it's the best place to stay.
$$ is not really a problem, but I don't like to spend money unnecessarily.  What do you mean by crazy expensive?
Lowest we found for a Saturday night, was $350 a night at the clarion. It was a great location though. Right in the middle of Manhattan.
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Post by: kitten_mittons on May 21, 2012, 10:48:06 AM
Neat, I'll find a place to stay in Manhattan.  That way we can get all the times square out of her on the first day.

fly into LaGuardia
Thank you, PC.  I will take your advice and do exactly that.
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Post by: mocat on May 22, 2012, 09:12:40 AM
Was back in LA last week/weekend. Attended the Dodgers/Cardinals game. That stadium is in the middle of a neighborhood, and you're like, ok we took a wrong turn, there is no way this is---oh there it is. Walk-off walk to end the game  :lol:

Also going out in Hollywood  :sdeek:
It's like a middle school mixer with everybody making out everywhere.  :D
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Post by: pissclams on May 22, 2012, 09:30:44 AM
the rose bowl is the same way. you're driving through this rich person neighborhood/houses and all of the sudden oh hi guise i'm rose bowl.
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Post by: michigancat on May 22, 2012, 10:11:49 AM
Hmm, that's not how I remember Dodger stadium at all.   
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Post by: mocat on May 22, 2012, 10:25:28 AM
Hmm, that's not how I remember Dodger stadium at all.

There might be more than one way to get in there, but I came from the northeast entrance, which you have to drive through a 25 mph neighborhood street or two to get to.
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Post by: slobber on May 22, 2012, 10:32:41 AM
Hmm, that's not how I remember Dodger stadium at all.

There might be more than one way to get in there, but I came from the northeast entrance, which you have to drive through a 25 mph neighborhood street or two to get to.
I think they are alot of stadiums that can make you feel like they are in a strange location depending on how you enter. Take Arrowhead, if you come off of Manchester, you drive under that little old two lane train bridge and round the corner and you're like, "oh holy crap, there it is!"
When I went to the Rose Bowl a couple of years ago, we first went in the morning and had a brunch at the restaurant. The guy that was driving grew up there and we went in the back way through the neighborhood. However, when we drove up for the game, I seem to recall being able to see the stadium from further away.
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Post by: slobber on May 22, 2012, 10:34:02 AM
Hmm, that's not how I remember Dodger stadium at all.

There might be more than one way to get in there, but I came from the northeast entrance, which you have to drive through a 25 mph neighborhood street or two to get to.
When I went to Dodger Stadium about 10 or 11 years ago, I was pakn and took a cab with a buddy of mine. I have no idea what it looked like or what the drive up was about.
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Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 22, 2012, 10:36:07 AM
St. Augustine Florida.  Staying here:

http://www.casamonica.com/

Anyone been?
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Post by: steve dave on May 22, 2012, 12:29:15 PM
Neat, I'll find a place to stay in Manhattan.  That way we can get all the times square out of her on the first day.

fly into LaGuardia
Thank you, PC.  I will take your advice and do exactly that.

fly into whichever one of Laguardia, Newark or JFK has the better flight.  It's all the same other than the view from the cab or if you have a long layover.  post the hotel you are thinking of staying at and I will review it based on various factors.
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Post by: mocat on May 22, 2012, 01:07:50 PM
Neat, I'll find a place to stay in Manhattan.  That way we can get all the times square out of her on the first day.

fly into LaGuardia
Thank you, PC.  I will take your advice and do exactly that.

fly into whichever one of Laguardia, Newark or JFK has the better flight.  It's all the same other than the view from the cab or if you have a long layover.  post the hotel you are thinking of staying at and I will review it based on various factors.

LaGuardia is a $20 cab ride to most of Manhattan, very close, however no subway access. You can take the subway from JFK to Manhattan. Newark is lol, no, don't do that.
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Post by: pissclams on May 22, 2012, 01:46:15 PM
ya they're all the same except newark is twice as far away
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Post by: michigancat on May 22, 2012, 02:11:10 PM
I took the bus from La Guardia to a subway stop in Queens to get to Manhattan once. I would do it again.
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Post by: Dr Rick Daris on May 22, 2012, 02:21:13 PM
I took the bus from La Guardia to a subway stop in Queens to get to Manhattan once. I would do it again.

i took the airport bus to a boat dock and then got on a boat and took it to my hotel in boston last month.  would also do that again.
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Post by: AbeFroman on May 22, 2012, 02:32:50 PM
Neat, I'll find a place to stay in Manhattan.  That way we can get all the times square out of her on the first day.

fly into LaGuardia
Thank you, PC.  I will take your advice and do exactly that.

fly into whichever one of Laguardia, Newark or JFK has the better flight.  It's all the same other than the view from the cab or if you have a long layover.  post the hotel you are thinking of staying at and I will review it based on various factors.

LaGuardia is a $20 cab ride to most of Manhattan, very close, however no subway access. You can take the subway from JFK to Manhattan. Newark is lol, no, don't do that.

Good to know.  :lol: @ the thought of carrying luggage on subways.
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Post by: michigancat on May 22, 2012, 02:35:52 PM
Good to know.  :lol: @ the thought of carrying luggage on subways.

I see people w/ luggage every day on BART.
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Post by: mocat on May 22, 2012, 02:40:01 PM
Neat, I'll find a place to stay in Manhattan.  That way we can get all the times square out of her on the first day.

fly into LaGuardia
Thank you, PC.  I will take your advice and do exactly that.

fly into whichever one of Laguardia, Newark or JFK has the better flight.  It's all the same other than the view from the cab or if you have a long layover.  post the hotel you are thinking of staying at and I will review it based on various factors.

LaGuardia is a $20 cab ride to most of Manhattan, very close, however no subway access. You can take the subway from JFK to Manhattan. Newark is lol, no, don't do that.

Good to know.  :lol: @ the thought of carrying luggage on subways.

There is no reason you can't bring a weekend's worth of luggage on the subway.  :dunno:
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Post by: steve dave on May 22, 2012, 03:03:07 PM
ya they're all the same except newark is twice as far away

doesn't take considerably longer to get to midtown though in my experience.  Cab fare is about double though (which is usually inconsequential if dealing with differing flight prices/times which will normally have much more variance)
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Post by: steve dave on May 22, 2012, 03:06:47 PM
Once had a NYer approach me in the cab line about splitting a gypsy cab for half the price.  We both piled in and the gypsy cab guy said he would take both of us to midtown for $20 each.  We came to a stop in traffic and the other guy just bailed out leaving me with the unregulated cab driver guy.  was hilarious.  he didn't try to make me pay the other guy's faire though.  was obviously spitting mad.  I tipped him $10 because I felt bad for him.
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Post by: pissclams on May 22, 2012, 03:26:30 PM
sd's cab ride threads are usually pretty good, this one didn't disappoint.  ivan drago episode still holds the lead as best ever.
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Post by: ChodoCat on May 22, 2012, 03:44:56 PM
Wife and I are headed to Ireland for a week, this September. With that amount of time, I've found most travel sites suggest to travel the southern/western part of Ireland with a rental car. This will give you a good introduction to the island with a variety of scenery and towns. My tentative schedule is to spend 2 nights in Dublin, 1 night in Kilkenny, 1 night in Kenmare, 1 night in Ballyvaughan, and 1 night in Shannon, in that order.

We're flying into Manchester (UK) on Friday (Sept 7th) for a friends wedding that weekend, but then taking a ferry to Dublin on Monday, then going from there. Flying back to the states from Shannon, on the west side of Ireland on Sunday.

There are a shitload of B&B's at all of these towns, most less than $100/night and nice choices (it seems). We'd like to stay in a castle one night, but most are 5* and cost more than $1,000/night, or only have weekly rates. We'd maybe spend up to $300 for a night in a castle, but it would have to be really sweet. There are tons of things to stop and see along the way between all towns; castles, caves, cliffs, parks, etc.

Anyone been to this area that could provide some guidance? Things to do and places to see in Dublin? B&B's to stay/avoid at any of these towns? Castles to see or possibly stay at? Other scenery along the way to see/avoid? Pubs to drink at, restuarants to go to, etc? We'd like to get as much as the local feel as possible and we both enjoy drinking heavily.

Any help would be appreciated. My research has been overwhelming so far.
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Post by: 'taterblast on May 22, 2012, 03:56:03 PM
sounds like a fun trip, ChodoCat.
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Post by: AbeFroman on May 22, 2012, 04:03:21 PM
Good to know.  :lol: @ the thought of carrying luggage on subways.

I see people w/ luggage every day on BART.

I'm not saying people don't do it, I'm saying  :lol: at people who do. Get a cab you cheap ass.
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Post by: Dr Rick Daris on May 22, 2012, 04:05:23 PM
Wife and I are headed to Ireland for a week, this September. With that amount of time, I've found most travel sites suggest to travel the southern/western part of Ireland with a rental car. This will give you a good introduction to the island with a variety of scenery and towns. My tentative schedule is to spend 2 nights in Dublin, 1 night in Kilkenny, 1 night in Kenmare, 1 night in Ballyvaughan, and 1 night in Shannon, in that order.

We're flying into Manchester (UK) on Friday (Sept 7th) for a friends wedding that weekend, but then taking a ferry to Dublin on Monday, then going from there. Flying back to the states from Shannon, on the west side of Ireland on Sunday.

There are a shitload of B&B's at all of these towns, most less than $100/night and nice choices (it seems). We'd like to stay in a castle one night, but most are 5* and cost more than $1,000/night, or only have weekly rates. We'd maybe spend up to $300 for a night in a castle, but it would have to be really sweet. There are tons of things to stop and see along the way between all towns; castles, caves, cliffs, parks, etc.

Anyone been to this area that could provide some guidance? Things to do and places to see in Dublin? B&B's to stay/avoid at any of these towns? Castles to see or possibly stay at? Other scenery along the way to see/avoid? Pubs to drink at, restuarants to go to, etc? We'd like to get as much as the local feel as possible and we both enjoy drinking heavily.

Any help would be appreciated. My research has been overwhelming so far.

keep doing the research and then make very detailed notes during your trip and then come back and pm me everything you learned.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on May 22, 2012, 04:12:49 PM
Wife and I are headed to Ireland for a week, this September. With that amount of time, I've found most travel sites suggest to travel the southern/western part of Ireland with a rental car. This will give you a good introduction to the island with a variety of scenery and towns. My tentative schedule is to spend 2 nights in Dublin, 1 night in Kilkenny, 1 night in Kenmare, 1 night in Ballyvaughan, and 1 night in Shannon, in that order.

We're flying into Manchester (UK) on Friday (Sept 7th) for a friends wedding that weekend, but then taking a ferry to Dublin on Monday, then going from there. Flying back to the states from Shannon, on the west side of Ireland on Sunday.

There are a shitload of B&B's at all of these towns, most less than $100/night and nice choices (it seems). We'd like to stay in a castle one night, but most are 5* and cost more than $1,000/night, or only have weekly rates. We'd maybe spend up to $300 for a night in a castle, but it would have to be really sweet. There are tons of things to stop and see along the way between all towns; castles, caves, cliffs, parks, etc.

Anyone been to this area that could provide some guidance? Things to do and places to see in Dublin? B&B's to stay/avoid at any of these towns? Castles to see or possibly stay at? Other scenery along the way to see/avoid? Pubs to drink at, restuarants to go to, etc? We'd like to get as much as the local feel as possible and we both enjoy drinking heavily.

Any help would be appreciated. My research has been overwhelming so far.

If you want the west coast, why are you ignoring Galway? Galway is great. Also obviously the cliffs of Moher.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on May 22, 2012, 04:38:51 PM
SD when is your next trip to Vegas? Look's like I'll be there the weekend of June 22nd-24th.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 22, 2012, 04:46:25 PM
SD when is your next trip to Vegas? Look's like I'll be there the weekend of June 22nd-24th.

November.  Weekend of the Baylor Game. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: AbeFroman on May 22, 2012, 04:53:00 PM
Good trip plan Chodo. Did the same when I was a in middle school, don't remember much details other than it being pretty, driving for hours, stopping at scenic overlooks. Bed and Breakfast's rule too.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on May 22, 2012, 05:01:32 PM
SD when is your next trip to Vegas? Look's like I'll be there the weekend of June 22nd-24th.

November.  Weekend of the Baylor Game.
I haven't been there since I was 21. So about 6 years. I might need some pro tips when the time arrives.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: jmlynch1 on May 22, 2012, 05:22:54 PM
Wife and I are headed to Ireland for a week, this September. With that amount of time, I've found most travel sites suggest to travel the southern/western part of Ireland with a rental car. This will give you a good introduction to the island with a variety of scenery and towns. My tentative schedule is to spend 2 nights in Dublin, 1 night in Kilkenny, 1 night in Kenmare, 1 night in Ballyvaughan, and 1 night in Shannon, in that order.

We're flying into Manchester (UK) on Friday (Sept 7th) for a friends wedding that weekend, but then taking a ferry to Dublin on Monday, then going from there. Flying back to the states from Shannon, on the west side of Ireland on Sunday.

There are a shitload of B&B's at all of these towns, most less than $100/night and nice choices (it seems). We'd like to stay in a castle one night, but most are 5* and cost more than $1,000/night, or only have weekly rates. We'd maybe spend up to $300 for a night in a castle, but it would have to be really sweet. There are tons of things to stop and see along the way between all towns; castles, caves, cliffs, parks, etc.

Anyone been to this area that could provide some guidance? Things to do and places to see in Dublin? B&B's to stay/avoid at any of these towns? Castles to see or possibly stay at? Other scenery along the way to see/avoid? Pubs to drink at, restuarants to go to, etc? We'd like to get as much as the local feel as possible and we both enjoy drinking heavily.

Any help would be appreciated. My research has been overwhelming so far.

If you want the west coast, why are you ignoring Galway? Galway is great. Also obviously the cliffs of Moher.
Plus my family pretty much runs that show so if you have any q's let me know.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on May 22, 2012, 05:47:43 PM
Good to know.  :lol: @ the thought of carrying luggage on subways.

I see people w/ luggage every day on BART.

I'm not saying people don't do it, I'm saying  :lol: at people who do. Get a cab you cheap ass.

If the time is comparable, (which it usually is if you're in a city where it doesn't make sense to rent a car),  I would almost always prefer transit. Cabs are smelly and gross and awkward more than they are overpriced. (Cabs in NYC are surprisingly affordable)
Title: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on May 22, 2012, 06:54:47 PM
Neat, I'll find a place to stay in Manhattan.  That way we can get all the times square out of her on the first day.

fly into LaGuardia
Thank you, PC.  I will take your advice and do exactly that.

fly into whichever one of Laguardia, Newark or JFK has the better flight.  It's all the same other than the view from the cab or if you have a long layover.  post the hotel you are thinking of staying at and I will review it based on various factors.

LaGuardia is a $20 cab ride to most of Manhattan, very close, however no subway access. You can take the subway from JFK to Manhattan. Newark is lol, no, don't do that.

Good to know.  :lol: @ the thought of carrying luggage on subways.

There is no reason you can't bring a weekend's worth of luggage on the subway.  :dunno:

There's always luggage people in dc. Just stand on the rough ridin' right and it is no big deal.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on May 23, 2012, 09:24:41 AM
SD when is your next trip to Vegas? Look's like I'll be there the weekend of June 22nd-24th.

November.  Weekend of the Baylor Game.
I haven't been there since I was 21. So about 6 years. I might need some pro tips when the time arrives.

Luckily there is an entire thread dedicated to pro tips about vegas :horrorsurprise:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChodoCat on May 23, 2012, 10:05:46 AM
If you want the west coast, why are you ignoring Galway? Galway is great. Also obviously the cliffs of Moher.

Didn't have enough days basically and we're flying out of Shannon, so we didn't want to have to go that far north then back track down to Shannon. I'm considering that we skip the dip down south to Kenmare (from Kilkenny about 3 hour drive) and go westerly from Kilkenny to Ballyvaghan (which is walking distance from the Cliffs of Moher maybe?). Maybe stay a night in Ballyvaghan or Doolin or Lisdoonvarna, a night in Galway, then head back down for a night in Shannon before we fly out, since our flight is at 7:00am.

I built the itinerary loosely around this: http://irishfireside.com/2009/10/20/a-beginners-guide-to-planning-an-ireland-itinerary/

What would you recommend in Galway specifically?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on May 23, 2012, 01:57:28 PM
Neat, I'll find a place to stay in Manhattan.  That way we can get all the times square out of her on the first day.

fly into LaGuardia
Thank you, PC.  I will take your advice and do exactly that.

fly into whichever one of Laguardia, Newark or JFK has the better flight.  It's all the same other than the view from the cab or if you have a long layover.  post the hotel you are thinking of staying at and I will review it based on various factors.

LaGuardia is a $20 cab ride to most of Manhattan, very close, however no subway access. You can take the subway from JFK to Manhattan. Newark is lol, no, don't do that.
There's a train right from Newark to Penn station that takes like 30 minutes so NBD.

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: MakeItRain on May 25, 2012, 11:08:02 AM
Happy "unofficial start to summer weekend" :excited: time to hit the beach.  Dr. Beach with his 2012 top 10 list :thumbsup: for #6
 http://www.drbeach.org/top10beaches.html  (http://www.drbeach.org/top10beaches.html)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on May 25, 2012, 11:10:24 AM
Happy "unofficial start to summer weekend" :excited: time to hit the beach.  Dr. Beach with his 2012 top 10 list :thumbsup: for #6
 http://www.drbeach.org/top10beaches.html  (http://www.drbeach.org/top10beaches.html)


I would think beaches wouldn't change so much as to there being no repeat winners.  I really question the validity of this guys PHD in beaches.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 25, 2012, 11:15:31 AM
The top 50 or so beaches in the US are in Hawaii
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 25, 2012, 11:22:07 AM
The top 50 or so beaches in the US are in Hawaii

You need to go to Puerto Rico bruh.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on May 25, 2012, 11:34:23 AM
 :drool:
The top 50 or so beaches in the US are in Hawaii

Hawaii's beaches are very meh compared to the Caribbean and Mexico.  Sorry man.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on May 25, 2012, 11:36:04 AM
The top 50 or so beaches in the US are in Hawaii

You need to go to Puerto Rico bruh.
Maybe SD has been kidnapped by a GPCer? You know, Peurto Rico is not in the US.
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 25, 2012, 11:51:33 AM
:drool:
The top 50 or so beaches in the US are in Hawaii

Hawaii's beaches are very meh compared to the Caribbean and Mexico.  Sorry man.

A lot of this board needs to take remedial geography again
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on May 25, 2012, 11:59:45 AM
never been to hawaii b/c sharks/etc but i love the so cal beaches over anything the east coast tries to present to us as decent
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on May 25, 2012, 12:03:38 PM
:drool:
The top 50 or so beaches in the US are in Hawaii

Hawaii's beaches are very meh compared to the Caribbean and Mexico.  Sorry man.

A lot of this board needs to take remedial geography again

KC has also been kidnapped by GPCer's? Conspiracy.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on May 25, 2012, 12:40:41 PM
Booking my tickets this weekend to Split, Crotia for the weekend of the 4th/5th of June (4 day weekend in the UK due to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee) :emawkid:
Title: travel thread
Post by: puniraptor on May 26, 2012, 06:23:18 PM
Last time I travel without consulting goEMAW first. Kc Sheraton crown center is a disgusting construction site filled with Klingons.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 27, 2012, 06:18:34 PM
ETP euro trip a success. Full report with Ireland, London and Paris deets forthcoming.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 27, 2012, 06:21:17 PM
ETP euro trip a success. Full report with Ireland, London and Paris deets forthcoming.

 :drool:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on May 28, 2012, 01:50:46 AM
ETP euro trip a success. Full report with Ireland, London and Paris deets forthcoming.
:thumbs:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 29, 2012, 01:49:29 PM
Ireland had elite scenery, great pubs, mediocre food. Stayed in Dublin, Galway and Dingle for six days total. Probably consumed about 30 Guinessess and 20 Smithwick's. Did all the touristy stuffs during the day and basically sat in a different pub every night listening to music, drinking and talking with the locals.

Flew to London on BMI for 39 pounds each and checked baggage for free. :gocho: London was by far my favorite city. Stayed just north of Hyde Park and did all the touristy stuff except for the Eye. Westminster Abbey was probably the coolest thing I saw there.

Took the Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Nord in Paris. Elite trip, sat first class and the trains go fast as crap. Stayed just off the Eiffel Tower and probably walked about 12 miles all around the city the first day there. Did the Louvre, Arc de Triumph, Notre Dame, etc... Eiffel Tower line was way too long.

Flew back on  :AA: and took an elite picture I'll post later of MHK just absolutely showing off.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 29, 2012, 02:53:42 PM
sounds great ETP.  post all you best tips please.  feel free to PM secret tips/pics as needed. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 29, 2012, 03:35:12 PM
sounds great ETP.  post all you best tips please.  feel free to PM secret tips/pics as needed.

Where are you going/staying again?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 29, 2012, 03:37:54 PM
sounds great ETP.  post all you best tips please.  feel free to PM secret tips/pics as needed.

Where are you going/staying again?

London for 5 nights.  Paris for 5 nights.  Crowne Plaza Kennsington (South of the park) and the Hilton Arc De Triomphe. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on May 29, 2012, 07:52:01 PM
Flew back on  :AA: and took an elite picture I'll post later of MHK just absolutely showing off.

(https://p.twimg.com/At7YvnDCIAAHPKG.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on May 29, 2012, 10:12:45 PM
Lots of abandoned hotels on the Grand Island of the Bahamas.  Probably due to Atlantis bogartin' all the tourists.

Anywho, found it surprising.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Teddy_Westside on May 29, 2012, 10:29:13 PM
ETP euro trip a success. Full report with Ireland, London and Paris deets forthcoming.
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The last two days me and my brother have been talking about planning this exact same trip.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: GoodForAnother on May 30, 2012, 09:19:11 AM
Flew back on  :AA: and took an elite picture I'll post later of MHK just absolutely showing off.

(https://p.twimg.com/At7YvnDCIAAHPKG.jpg)

this is wonderful
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 30, 2012, 09:20:38 AM
Lots of abandoned hotels on the Grand Island of the Bahamas.  Probably due to Atlantis bogartin' all the tourists.

Anywho, found it surprising.

the bahamas and all those other cruise ship super stops seem kind of gross
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 'taterblast on May 30, 2012, 09:24:56 AM
Flew back on  :AA: and took an elite picture I'll post later of MHK just absolutely showing off.

(https://p.twimg.com/At7YvnDCIAAHPKG.jpg)

congrats, guys. we've made it.  :cheers:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 30, 2012, 09:36:31 AM
Lots of abandoned hotels on the Grand Island of the Bahamas.  Probably due to Atlantis bogartin' all the tourists.

Anywho, found it surprising.

the bahamas and all those other cruise ship super stops seem kind of gross

Only if you go to those losery places.  The out islands, Eluthera in particular, are elite as hell.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on May 31, 2012, 12:35:01 AM
Flew back on  :AA: and took an elite picture I'll post later of MHK just absolutely showing off.

(https://p.twimg.com/At7YvnDCIAAHPKG.jpg)

this is wonderful
I don't see Lawrence?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: GoodForAnother on May 31, 2012, 08:32:01 AM
Flew back on  :AA: and took an elite picture I'll post later of MHK just absolutely showing off.

(https://p.twimg.com/At7YvnDCIAAHPKG.jpg)

this is wonderful
I don't see Lawrence?

I flew back from Dallas on Sunday and my girlfriend could not figure out why I was so excited to fly directly over Lawrence

"Look honey they even have a little airport"
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on May 31, 2012, 11:25:27 AM
Has anyone been to Montreal? For some reason I kind of feel like visiting it sometime this fall.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Kat Kid on May 31, 2012, 11:31:20 AM
Has anyone been to Montreal? For some reason I kind of feel like visiting it sometime this fall.

Probably a great idea.  Have not been, but have heard things from canadian friends.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 31, 2012, 11:48:58 AM
Has anyone been to Montreal? For some reason I kind of feel like visiting it sometime this fall.

It is really great.  Been 5 or so times.  DO NOT GO IN THE WINTER unless you are into ice and freezing your male genitals off.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 31, 2012, 12:08:45 PM
Has anyone been to Montreal? For some reason I kind of feel like visiting it sometime this fall.

It is really great.  Been 5 or so times.  DO NOT GO IN THE WINTER unless you are into ice and freezing your male genitals off.

I would also like to go to Montreal. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on May 31, 2012, 12:13:31 PM
Has anyone been to Montreal? For some reason I kind of feel like visiting it sometime this fall.

It is really great.  Been 5 or so times.  DO NOT GO IN THE WINTER unless you are into ice and freezing your crock off.

I would also like to go to Montreal.


what are your thoughts on going to tokyo w/ chicat and i next year? we had a good convo about it last night at maes after i pounded a bunch of la hacienda tacos.

also, did you know that those club carlson points that everybody is getting are transferrable to BA at a 1:1.25 rate. chicat told me that and that he's going to get them, transfer them and then basically fly around the world next year. i refuse to believe that they transfer at that rate. i suppose i could check.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on May 31, 2012, 12:16:49 PM
I missed all the club carlson stuff.  get me those points if still available.  tia. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on May 31, 2012, 12:52:45 PM
Has anyone been to Montreal? For some reason I kind of feel like visiting it sometime this fall.

It is really great.  Been 5 or so times.  DO NOT GO IN THE WINTER unless you are into ice and freezing your male genitals off.

How is the fall or spring? I've got a vegas trip lined up for october so I'm thinking about going in mid november or march/april next year
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on May 31, 2012, 04:09:44 PM
Had a layover in Montreal once. Very clean airport. Nice people. Everyone speaks English and Francais. Would lay over in again.
Title: Portland
Post by: Rams on June 02, 2012, 10:42:46 PM
will be there during the 4th for a wedding and we're looking for a good way to watch the fireworks on the river.  probably with a big group and preferably (basically mandatory) somewhere we're able to drink some vino. obviously all the bars/restaurants/everything with a good view has been booked up for months.  looks like you can't bring drinks into the waterfront park.  any pros on here? 
Title: Re: Portland
Post by: Pete on June 02, 2012, 10:50:37 PM
BEAMS!  :tsc:
Title: Re: Portland
Post by: kim carnes on June 02, 2012, 10:53:02 PM
BEAMS!  :tsc:

Well, he said he lives in lake oswego
Title: Re: Portland
Post by: MakeItRain on June 02, 2012, 11:12:36 PM
oh you mean the shitty Portland?  Try the other coast.
Title: Re: Portland
Post by: sys on June 02, 2012, 11:18:30 PM
oh you mean the shitty Portland?  Try the other coast.

is maine nice?  i've always wanted to go there (general area, doesn't have to be maine).
Title: Re: Portland
Post by: MakeItRain on June 03, 2012, 12:39:36 AM
oh you mean the shitty Portland?  Try the other coast.

is maine nice?  i've always wanted to go there (general area, doesn't have to be maine).

It's amazing, not the beginning of June though, rainy season in New England.  IMO Maine is the best of New England.  Best beaches and best mountains, although Mt. Washington in NH is pretty tight, but its only an hour from Portland.  Magnificent food too, and I don't even like seafood.  Clean, good shopping, amazing quality of life.  Maine is perfect in the summer and if you like snow there is plenty of skiing in the late fall, winter, and early spring.  I've spent the last 13 summers up here and I can't imagine not doing it for the rest of my life.  Not doing the winter though.  Winters in Boston were hell, I want no part of winter in Maine, skiing be damned.
Title: Re: Portland
Post by: michigancat on June 03, 2012, 01:16:30 AM
how about asking the dumbfucks that planned the wedding what to do.
Title: Re: Portland
Post by: sys on June 03, 2012, 02:41:07 AM
It's amazing, not the beginning of June though, rainy season in New England.  IMO Maine is the best of New England.  Best beaches and best mountains, although Mt. Washington in NH is pretty tight, but its only an hour from Portland.  Magnificent food too, and I don't even like seafood.  Clean, good shopping, amazing quality of life.  Maine is perfect in the summer and if you like snow there is plenty of skiing in the late fall, winter, and early spring.  I've spent the last 13 summers up here and I can't imagine not doing it for the rest of my life.  Not doing the winter though.  Winters in Boston were hell, I want no part of winter in Maine, skiing be damned.

it sounds fantastic.  i'm a big fan of the cool weather vacation.
Title: Re: Portland
Post by: Tobias on June 03, 2012, 02:50:57 AM
It's amazing, not the beginning of June though, rainy season in New England.  IMO Maine is the best of New England.  Best beaches and best mountains, although Mt. Washington in NH is pretty tight, but its only an hour from Portland.  Magnificent food too, and I don't even like seafood.  Clean, good shopping, amazing quality of life.  Maine is perfect in the summer and if you like snow there is plenty of skiing in the late fall, winter, and early spring.  I've spent the last 13 summers up here and I can't imagine not doing it for the rest of my life.  Not doing the winter though.  Winters in Boston were hell, I want no part of winter in Maine, skiing be damned.

it sounds fantastic.  i'm a big fan of the cool weather vacation.

he has hneiq, for future readers deciding what to do
Title: Re: Portland
Post by: Stevesie60 on June 03, 2012, 03:04:26 AM
It's amazing, not the beginning of June though, rainy season in New England.  IMO Maine is the best of New England.  Best beaches and best mountains, although Mt. Washington in NH is pretty tight, but its only an hour from Portland.  Magnificent food too, and I don't even like seafood.  Clean, good shopping, amazing quality of life.  Maine is perfect in the summer and if you like snow there is plenty of skiing in the late fall, winter, and early spring.  I've spent the last 13 summers up here and I can't imagine not doing it for the rest of my life.  Not doing the winter though.  Winters in Boston were hell, I want no part of winter in Maine, skiing be damned.

it sounds fantastic.  i'm a big fan of the cool weather vacation.

You guys have obviously never read a Stephen King novel. Maine is terrifying.
Title: Re: Re: Portland
Post by: Rams on June 03, 2012, 08:56:26 AM
how about asking the dumbfucks that planned the wedding what to do.

the dumbfucks that planned the wedding aren't from portland and are busy planning for the wedding on friday and other wedding crap on thursday. I'm a groomsman and told him I would help him look into crap to do for the evening of the 4th.

and you don't always have to be such a douchebag.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Portland
Post by: michigancat on June 03, 2012, 09:54:58 AM
how about asking the dumbfucks that planned the wedding what to do.

the dumbfucks that planned the wedding aren't from portland and are busy planning for the wedding on friday and other wedding crap on thursday. I'm a groomsman and told him I would help him look into crap to do for the evening of the 4th.

and you don't always have to be such a douchebag.

So they're having destination wedding in Portland 4th of July weekend? Jesus H. Christ. How can I not make fun of this a little?
Title: Re: Re: Re: Portland
Post by: Kat Kid on June 03, 2012, 10:19:06 AM
how about asking the dumbfucks that planned the wedding what to do.

the dumbfucks that planned the wedding aren't from portland and are busy planning for the wedding on friday and other wedding crap on thursday. I'm a groomsman and told him I would help him look into crap to do for the evening of the 4th.

and you don't always have to be such a douchebag.

So they're having destination wedding in Portland 4th of July weekend? Jesus H. Christ. How can I not make fun of this a little?

Portland, USA for 4th of July wedding.  BEST LAID PLANS!
Title: Re: Re: Re: Portland
Post by: Rams on June 03, 2012, 09:17:58 PM
how about asking the dumbfucks that planned the wedding what to do.

the dumbfucks that planned the wedding aren't from portland and are busy planning for the wedding on friday and other wedding crap on thursday. I'm a groomsman and told him I would help him look into crap to do for the evening of the 4th.

and you don't always have to be such a douchebag.

So they're having destination wedding in Portland 4th of July weekend? Jesus H. Christ. How can I not make fun of this a little?

yeah so we'll be touring wineries all day tuesday and experimenting with blending our own wines with the head winemaker at willamette valley, doing a microbrew tour followed by a great fireworks show over the water whilst pak'd on wednesday, having the rehearsal dinner at the rogue distillery on thursday and then the wedding on friday at willamette valley vineyards. an entire 4th of july week surrounded by great friends, great beer, great wine and great weather.  should be just miserable.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: Trim on June 03, 2012, 09:24:06 PM
Do the wire cart thing.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: michigancat on June 03, 2012, 10:02:27 PM
how about asking the dumbfucks that planned the wedding what to do.

the dumbfucks that planned the wedding aren't from portland and are busy planning for the wedding on friday and other wedding crap on thursday. I'm a groomsman and told him I would help him look into crap to do for the evening of the 4th.

and you don't always have to be such a douchebag.

So they're having destination wedding in Portland 4th of July weekend? Jesus H. Christ. How can I not make fun of this a little?

yeah so we'll be touring wineries all day tuesday and experimenting with blending our own wines with the head winemaker at willamette valley, doing a microbrew tour followed by a great fireworks show over the water whilst pak'd on wednesday, having the rehearsal dinner at the rogue distillery on thursday and then the wedding on friday at willamette valley vineyards. an entire 4th of july week surrounded by great friends, great beer, great wine and great weather.  should be just miserable.

jeez, was minneapolis booked? I hear cleveland is a great spot for a destination wedding. Oh, maybe you could do Fresno!
Title: Re: Re: Re: Portland
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on June 03, 2012, 10:46:29 PM
how about asking the dumbfucks that planned the wedding what to do.

the dumbfucks that planned the wedding aren't from portland and are busy planning for the wedding on friday and other wedding crap on thursday. I'm a groomsman and told him I would help him look into crap to do for the evening of the 4th.

and you don't always have to be such a douchebag.

So they're having destination wedding in Portland 4th of July weekend? Jesus H. Christ. How can I not make fun of this a little?

yeah so we'll be touring wineries all day tuesday and experimenting with blending our own wines with the head winemaker at willamette valley, doing a microbrew tour followed by a great fireworks show over the water whilst pak'd on wednesday, having the rehearsal dinner at the rogue distillery on thursday and then the wedding on friday at willamette valley vineyards. an entire 4th of july week surrounded by great friends, great beer, great wine and great weather.  should be just miserable.

which wineries?  :shy:
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: Dugout DickStone on June 03, 2012, 11:21:00 PM
If you go to Maine:

Kittery
Kennebunkport

Thread
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: PowercatPat on June 04, 2012, 12:13:56 AM
If you go to Maine:

Kittery
Kennebunkport

Thread

This. The Bush compound in Kennebunkport is pretty cool.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Portland
Post by: Rams on June 04, 2012, 07:20:17 AM
how about asking the dumbfucks that planned the wedding what to do.

the dumbfucks that planned the wedding aren't from portland and are busy planning for the wedding on friday and other wedding crap on thursday. I'm a groomsman and told him I would help him look into crap to do for the evening of the 4th.

and you don't always have to be such a douchebag.

So they're having destination wedding in Portland 4th of July weekend? Jesus H. Christ. How can I not make fun of this a little?

yeah so we'll be touring wineries all day tuesday and experimenting with blending our own wines with the head winemaker at willamette valley, doing a microbrew tour followed by a great fireworks show over the water whilst pak'd on wednesday, having the rehearsal dinner at the rogue distillery on thursday and then the wedding on friday at willamette valley vineyards. an entire 4th of july week surrounded by great friends, great beer, great wine and great weather.  should be just miserable.

which wineries?  :shy:

no idea at this point. we'll spend most of our time at willamette just because the head winemaker is going to let us blend wines and play around, but we'll probably hit a few other before or after that.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: pissclams on June 04, 2012, 07:53:17 AM
it's willamette, damn it
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on June 04, 2012, 08:53:53 AM
Had a layover in Montreal once. Very clean airport. Nice people. Everyone speaks English and Francais. Would lay over in again.

My sister-in-law lives in the Montreal suburbs. I've been a couple times, but they've got kids and old people living with them, so I never really got to check out the city. They do have good manoushi, though.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on June 04, 2012, 09:02:30 AM
the closest i've been to montreal was lake placid in the adirondacks.  it's beautiful up there.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on June 04, 2012, 09:03:04 AM
the closest i've been to montreal was lake placid in the adirondacks.  it's beautiful up there.

giant alligators
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on June 04, 2012, 09:22:12 AM
we crossed at Thousand Islands bridge. That was pretty cool. Probably not helpful if you're flying though.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: MakeItRain on June 04, 2012, 10:49:01 AM
If you go to Maine:

Kittery
Kennebunkport

Thread

Both places are great but I prefer Ogunquit.  Geographically in the middle of your two places and its a nice balance of touristy Kittery and more exclusive sleepier Kennebunkport.  If you do go to Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Goose Rocks Beach is the absolute best, its so peaceful.
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: steve dave on June 04, 2012, 11:08:56 AM
Planning a trip to Maine next July.  This is all appreciated information.

edit:  also merging with travel thread for obvious reasons
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on June 04, 2012, 01:11:25 PM
Planning a trip to Maine next July.  This is all appreciated information.

edit:  also merging with travel thread for obvious reasons

as in july 2013? why?
Title: Re: Portland- Meth City, USA.
Post by: EllToPay on June 04, 2012, 01:13:06 PM
edit:  also merging with travel thread for obvious reasons

oh, good. now jtksu gets credit for this thread and his phone icon shows at all times. great mod job, sd.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on June 04, 2012, 01:53:42 PM
I have to go to Grand Forks, ND next week. Anything to do there?  :lol:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on June 04, 2012, 02:01:37 PM
Confirmed again today I want to do a white trash pub crawl pak on S. Broadway.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on June 04, 2012, 02:05:46 PM
I have to go to Grand Forks, ND next week. Anything to do there?  :lol:
Go look at the river and then report back here so we can warn flood aggie of any impending floods. :ohno:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on June 04, 2012, 02:26:54 PM
I have to go to Grand Forks, ND next week. Anything to do there?  :lol:
Go look at the river and then report back here so we can warn flood aggie of any impending floods. :ohno:

I wouldn't warn flood aggie.  Let them flood, hence keeping their name of flood aggie.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on June 04, 2012, 02:40:39 PM
I have to go to Grand Forks, ND next week. Anything to do there?  :lol:
Go look at the river and then report back here so we can warn flood aggie of any impending floods. :ohno:

I wouldn't warn flood aggie.  Let them flood, hence keeping their name of flood aggie.
Warning them doesn't stop them from getting flooded. They are like, "Bring it! We got this cov..(blurble blurlbe blurble)."
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on June 04, 2012, 02:48:55 PM
Wow, flood aggie laughs about screwing tax payers, whines about some sand.

http://news.yahoo.com/feet-sand-leave-farms-wasteland-flooding-085520004.html
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on June 04, 2012, 03:08:09 PM
I have to go to Grand Forks, ND next week. Anything to do there?  :lol:
Go look at the river and then report back here so we can warn flood aggie of any impending floods. :ohno:

I wouldn't warn flood aggie.  Let them flood, hence keeping their name of flood aggie.
Warning them doesn't stop them from getting flooded. They are like, "Bring it! We got this cov..(blurble blurlbe blurble)."

 :facepalm: That river flows north
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on June 04, 2012, 03:10:17 PM
Planning a trip to Maine next July.  This is all appreciated information.

edit:  also merging with travel thread for obvious reasons

as in july 2013? why?

mrs. dave wants to go to Maine in the summer.  july is her birthday.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on June 04, 2012, 03:12:09 PM
I have to go to Grand Forks, ND next week. Anything to do there?  :lol:

brother got a grad degree from UND.  visited once.  you can play blackjack at every bar in town.  like, you walk into a basically dirt floor hole in the wall and there's some guy in the corner at a blackjack table.  they will let you order food and eat it at the blackjack table and everything.  there is nothing else to do in town.  very much nothing.  there is a place called The Blue Moose (not related to KC blue moose) that is on the river and pretty decent bar food.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on June 04, 2012, 03:16:25 PM
Planning a trip to Maine next July.  This is all appreciated information.

edit:  also merging with travel thread for obvious reasons

as in july 2013? why?

mrs. dave wants to go to Maine in the summer.  july is her birthday.

I was going to suggest Michigan as a good cool-weather summer vacation but if Mrs. Dave wants to go to Maine I think Maine is the right choice.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on June 04, 2012, 03:34:16 PM
I have to go to Grand Forks, ND next week. Anything to do there?  :lol:
Go look at the river and then report back here so we can warn flood aggie of any impending floods. :ohno:

I wouldn't warn flood aggie.  Let them flood, hence keeping their name of flood aggie.
Warning them doesn't stop them from getting flooded. They are like, "Bring it! We got this cov..(blurble blurlbe blurble)."

 :facepalm: That river flows north

Crap, that is right. I still thought the blurble blurble blurble was pretty good.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: MakeItRain on June 04, 2012, 03:43:58 PM
Planning a trip to Maine next July.  This is all appreciated information.

edit:  also merging with travel thread for obvious reasons

as in july 2013? why?

mrs. dave wants to go to Maine in the summer.  july is her birthday.

I was going to suggest Michigan

LOL, why not suggest Saskatchewan?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on June 04, 2012, 03:45:52 PM
Planning a trip to Maine next July.  This is all appreciated information.

edit:  also merging with travel thread for obvious reasons

as in july 2013? why?

mrs. dave wants to go to Maine in the summer.  july is her birthday.

I was going to suggest Michigan

LOL, why not suggest Saskatchewan?

Michigan is much closer, has better beaches, similar climate.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on June 04, 2012, 04:49:17 PM
I have to go to Grand Forks, ND next week. Anything to do there?  :lol:

brother got a grad degree from UND.  visited once.  you can play blackjack at every bar in town.  like, you walk into a basically dirt floor hole in the wall and there's some guy in the corner at a blackjack table.  they will let you order food and eat it at the blackjack table and everything.  there is nothing else to do in town.  very much nothing.  there is a place called The Blue Moose (not related to KC blue moose) that is on the river and pretty decent bar food.

 :thumbs: :woot:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: MakeItRain on June 04, 2012, 06:40:52 PM
Planning a trip to Maine next July.  This is all appreciated information.

edit:  also merging with travel thread for obvious reasons

as in july 2013? why?

mrs. dave wants to go to Maine in the summer.  july is her birthday.

I was going to suggest Michigan

LOL, why not suggest Saskatchewan?

Michigan is much closer, has better beaches, similar climate.

Oooooh let's go to the lake :excited: In addition to fantastic beaches on the ocean Maine has delicious yet inexpensive seafood, mountains, white water rafting, whale watching, incredible coastal towns and Acadia National Park.  Michigan has its place no doubt, but it isn't a credible alternative to Maine.  Michigan's beaches are for Chicagoans and Michiganders.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on June 05, 2012, 12:32:10 AM
Planning a trip to Maine next July.  This is all appreciated information.

edit:  also merging with travel thread for obvious reasons

as in july 2013? why?

mrs. dave wants to go to Maine in the summer.  july is her birthday.

I was going to suggest Michigan

LOL, why not suggest Saskatchewan?

Michigan is much closer, has better beaches, similar climate.

Oooooh let's go to the lake :excited: In addition to fantastic beaches on the ocean Maine has delicious yet inexpensive seafood, mountains, white water rafting, whale watching, incredible coastal towns and Acadia National Park.  Michigan has its place no doubt, but it isn't a credible alternative to Maine.  Michigan's beaches are for Chicagoans and Michiganders.

Don't forget Saint Louis
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on June 08, 2012, 11:33:15 AM
Have to go to Madison, WI this summer sometime.  Any pro-tips?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on June 08, 2012, 11:38:39 AM
Have to go to Madison, WI this summer sometime.  Any pro-tips?

Walk around the capitol building - it's one of the coolest settings of a capitol building in the country. Seems like lots of places to eat/drink. I imagine it's absolutely gorgeous in the summer.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on June 08, 2012, 02:21:09 PM
Have to go to Madison, WI this summer sometime.  Any pro-tips?

Go to the "Ale Asylum", best beer I have ever had in my life.
Title: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on June 08, 2012, 07:54:27 PM
Maine: pretty sure it's a topless state. Pretty sure.

Madison: spent a couple weeks there in the summer after high school. Lots of frank Lloyd wright architecture (maybe only one thing...not sure). Also, there is an REI where you can buy awesome mountain bikes with your graduation money and then there's a ramp near campus where you can peddle downhill really fast and launch yourself into the lake. Your welcome.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: eastcat on June 08, 2012, 08:12:37 PM
Just got back from Oregon. Oregon state is reminds me of Pitt state. UO is like KU with more poorly informed T-shirt fans.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: eastcat on June 08, 2012, 08:25:14 PM
Forgot to add, I saw a KSU kats hat at Dutchbros in Corvallis. Didn't see any little bro gear on the entire trip.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on June 09, 2012, 02:22:45 PM
Have to go to Madison, WI this summer sometime.  Any pro-tips?
I ate at a olive garden there, it was nice.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on June 09, 2012, 02:30:14 PM
Have to go to Madison, WI this summer sometime.  Any pro-tips?

Go to the "Ale Asylum", best beer I have ever had in my life.

State Street is fun, go to Mondays.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on June 09, 2012, 02:33:10 PM
Pro tip: in St. Augustine FL, "Trade Winds" is a huge townie bar and they don't like fratty tourists or east coast elites.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Kat Kid on June 10, 2012, 06:03:41 PM
http://www.aroniadetakazawa.com/prereservation.html (http://www.aroniadetakazawa.com/prereservation.html)

Tokyo restaurant.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: MakeItRain on June 10, 2012, 10:54:17 PM
Maine: pretty sure it's a topless state. Pretty sure.

It is.

Also Madison is awesome.  Rusty's tip about the capitol building is a good one and State Street is right there.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on June 10, 2012, 10:58:22 PM
Going to San Fran with the madre for a few days.  Any good son/mom bonding time activities?  Going to see the Rock and redwoods and stuff.  Anything else?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: p1k3 on June 10, 2012, 11:27:18 PM
Going to San Fran with the madre for a few days.  Any good son/mom bonding time activities?  Going to see the Rock and redwoods and stuff.  Anything else?

I'm assuming you mean the redwoods outside santa cruz? Otherwise the ones in Kings Canyon Park would take almost half a day to get to from San Francisco.

But if you are talking about Santa Cruz, Id suggest also heading south to the other side of the monterey bay and go explore Monterey and Carmel. I recently did this with my Mom and it was a lot of fun. The acquarium in Monterey is ridiculous and Carmel is a couple miles from Pebble Beach. 17 mile drive is pretty sweet but is dwarfed by highway 1 south of the bay. Also did some wine tasting outside Carmel. Anyway its a pretty cool area with lots of Mom things to do imo.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on June 11, 2012, 10:13:53 AM
Going to San Fran with the madre for a few days.  Any good son/mom bonding time activities?  Going to see the Rock and redwoods and stuff.  Anything else?

I'm assuming you mean the redwoods outside santa cruz? Otherwise the ones in Kings Canyon Park would take almost half a day to get to from San Francisco.

But if you are talking about Santa Cruz, Id suggest also heading south to the other side of the monterey bay and go explore Monterey and Carmel. I recently did this with my Mom and it was a lot of fun. The acquarium in Monterey is ridiculous and Carmel is a couple miles from Pebble Beach. 17 mile drive is pretty sweet but is dwarfed by highway 1 south of the bay. Also did some wine tasting outside Carmel. Anyway its a pretty cool area with lots of Mom things to do imo.

Moms love Lombard St.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on June 12, 2012, 09:56:47 AM
Taking the woman to chicago end of july. Leaving Thur night, hitting up a cubs game friday afternoon, maybe a museum on saturday.

Please critic my loose itenary and add any suggestions

Thursday-

-Will be flying in and out of midway(Southwest  :love:)
-Staying just north of downtown
-Will not be renting car, google tells me the orange line/red line goes straight to my hotel from midway
-Arrive Thur night around 8, need something to do after unpacking, will prob walk around(Hotel will be on ohio and state st)

Friday-

-Take red line to wrigley around 11am on friday, pak until game starts at 1:20
-Meet up with friends who live in chicago in wrigleyville/lincoln park area after game
- Continue paking with friends

Saturday-

-Go to the shedd aquarium or museum of science and industry, can you do both? Which one is better?
-Eat someplace nice?

Sunday-

Leave in the morning


Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: puniraptor on June 12, 2012, 10:15:42 AM
pro tip

you can pak ON THE TRAIN!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on June 12, 2012, 10:18:42 AM
pro tip

you can pak ON THE TRAIN!


 :love:

Thanks for the input Puniraptor! This is the kind of collaboration that makes goEMAW the BEST!

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Stevesie60 on June 12, 2012, 10:29:58 AM
I've alwasy assumed this is a tourist trap of some sort, but eating at the top of the John Hancock building is my favorite thing to do in Chicago. Great food and drinks, pretty damn pricey, but the view is worth the cost.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on June 12, 2012, 10:36:23 AM
I've alwasy assumed this is a tourist trap of some sort, but eating at the top of the John Hancock building is my favorite thing to do in Chicago. Great food and drinks, pretty damn pricey, but the view is worth the cost.

Thanks for the reminder! Last time I was there I had a drink at the bar on the top of that building. I will have to do that again!

Once again thank you for the great reminder!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on June 12, 2012, 11:25:08 AM
Going to San Fran with the madre for a few days.  Any good son/mom bonding time activities?  Going to see the Rock and redwoods and stuff.  Anything else?

trolley ride and double decker bus tour and slamming beers with rusty
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on June 16, 2012, 02:24:19 AM
Going to San Fran with the madre for a few days.  Any good son/mom bonding time activities?  Going to see the Rock and redwoods and stuff.  Anything else?

I'm assuming you mean the redwoods outside santa cruz? Otherwise the ones in Kings Canyon Park would take almost half a day to get to from San Francisco.

But if you are talking about Santa Cruz, Id suggest also heading south to the other side of the monterey bay and go explore Monterey and Carmel. I recently did this with my Mom and it was a lot of fun. The acquarium in Monterey is ridiculous and Carmel is a couple miles from Pebble Beach. 17 mile drive is pretty sweet but is dwarfed by highway 1 south of the bay. Also did some wine tasting outside Carmel. Anyway its a pretty cool area with lots of Mom things to do imo.
Just did that today actually.  The Carmel/Monterey was great.  No wine tasting though.  Hate wine.

SF is a great place for mom/son vacation. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: TheHamburglar on June 18, 2012, 02:54:08 PM
Kougs, I'm going to Germany next summer and thinking about going over to Prague.  Mrs.kcpowercat is big on planning ahead and we are planning the trip now.  What should we see/do?  Any tips?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on June 18, 2012, 03:29:04 PM
I have to go to Grand Forks, ND next week. Anything to do there?  :lol:

brother got a grad degree from UND.  visited once.  you can play blackjack at every bar in town.  like, you walk into a basically dirt floor hole in the wall and there's some guy in the corner at a blackjack table.  they will let you order food and eat it at the blackjack table and everything.  there is nothing else to do in town.  very much nothing.  there is a place called The Blue Moose (not related to KC blue moose) that is on the river and pretty decent bar food.

I saw a very beautiful sunset at 11 pm in Grand Forks. I would say ND is underrated in the beautiful department. At least in the summer.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on June 19, 2012, 12:34:07 PM
cool -
http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/19/yikes-hotel-platform-unlock-door-smartphone-app-ios-android/

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on June 19, 2012, 02:56:40 PM
cool -
http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/19/yikes-hotel-platform-unlock-door-smartphone-app-ios-android/

they stevedave said it couldn't be done!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on June 19, 2012, 03:20:41 PM
cool -
http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/19/yikes-hotel-platform-unlock-door-smartphone-app-ios-android/

that does look very cool.  hopefully all the big names integrate quickly.  love the automatically choosing the floor in the elevator thing.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bakerman on June 20, 2012, 09:34:20 AM
Heading to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in two weeks for work. Any tips?

Also will be in going to Jamaica in October. Suggestions on fun things to do?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on June 20, 2012, 11:53:30 AM
Heading to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in two weeks for work. Any tips?

Also will be in going to Jamaica in October. Suggestions on fun things to do?

where in jamaica?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bakerman on June 20, 2012, 12:11:08 PM

where in jamaica?


Pretty sure we're staying at the Grand Palladium all inclusive in Montego Bay
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on June 20, 2012, 12:42:29 PM
Heading to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in two weeks for work. Any tips?

Tip 1: find a job that doesn't send you to Africa.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on June 20, 2012, 12:58:59 PM

where in jamaica?


Pretty sure we're staying at the Grand Palladium all inclusive in Montego Bay


hmmm. i just googled it and it actually looks like it's in lucea which is a tiny dump of a town about halfway between montego bay and negril. that's ok though because montego bay is a dump as well and there's nothing there worth seeing. if you want to leave the resort, then there are day trips and things you can do and go to like waterfalls and river rides and things like that, but they'll all be a pretty decent drive and you'll have to hire a driver to take you to them and back from them. you could also take a taxi or bus into negril and explore the beach and cliffs area which is pretty cool, but if you're already at an all inclusive then you might not want to do that i guess. my advice is to just stay at the all inclusive that you're booked at and see how many times you can get tanked each day.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bakerman on June 20, 2012, 01:49:38 PM

where in jamaica?


Pretty sure we're staying at the Grand Palladium all inclusive in Montego Bay


hmmm. i just googled it and it actually looks like it's in lucea which is a tiny dump of a town about halfway between montego bay and negril. that's ok though because montego bay is a dump as well and there's nothing there worth seeing. if you want to leave the resort, then there are day trips and things you can do and go to like waterfalls and river rides and things like that, but they'll all be a pretty decent drive and you'll have to hire a driver to take you to them and back from them. you could also take a taxi or bus into negril and explore the beach and cliffs area which is pretty cool, but if you're already at an all inclusive then you might not want to do that i guess. my advice is to just stay at the all inclusive that you're booked at and see how many times you can get tanked each day.

 :thumbs:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on June 20, 2012, 01:55:46 PM
Heading to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in two weeks for work. Any tips?

sounds awesome. take lots of pics.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bakerman on June 20, 2012, 02:57:39 PM
Heading to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in two weeks for work. Any tips?

sounds awesome. take lots of pics.

from what we were told by the client, taking pictures is a sign of terrorism there and is strictly not allowed.  :frown:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on June 20, 2012, 07:36:48 PM

where in jamaica?


Pretty sure we're staying at the Grand Palladium all inclusive in Montego Bay


hmmm. i just googled it and it actually looks like it's in lucea which is a tiny dump of a town about halfway between montego bay and negril. that's ok though because montego bay is a dump as well and there's nothing there worth seeing. if you want to leave the resort, then there are day trips and things you can do and go to like waterfalls and river rides and things like that, but they'll all be a pretty decent drive and you'll have to hire a driver to take you to them and back from them. you could also take a taxi or bus into negril and explore the beach and cliffs area which is pretty cool, but if you're already at an all inclusive then you might not want to do that i guess. my advice is to just stay at the all inclusive that you're booked at and see how many times you can get tanked each day.
I climbed one of the waterfalls there when I was 8.  I enjoyed it a lot.  But I was 8.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 0.42 on June 20, 2012, 07:44:47 PM
Holy crap. I might be able to go from Austin to Liverpool and back and go see Everton play Liverpool for under $12-1300 in October.

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Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on June 20, 2012, 07:51:34 PM
Heading to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in two weeks for work. Any tips?

sounds awesome. take lots of pics.

from what we were told by the client, taking pictures is a sign of terrorism there and is strictly not allowed.  :frown:

your client sounds like dumbass

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1104.html

even if he's partially right
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Stevesie60 on June 20, 2012, 07:52:21 PM
Heading to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in two weeks for work. Any tips?

sounds awesome. take lots of pics.

from what we were told by the client, taking pictures is a sign of terrorism there and is strictly not allowed.  :frown:

I took pics there. Granted, that was 4 years ago. Maybe things have changed.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on June 21, 2012, 08:17:55 AM
Holy crap. I might be able to go from Austin to Liverpool and back and go see Everton play Liverpool for under $12-1300 in October.

(http://the-mainboard.com/styles/default/xenforo/smilies/parrot.gif)

 :kstategrad:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on June 21, 2012, 12:59:42 PM
so, I cruise around tripadvisor constantly.  garyraba is probably the best reviewer I've come across.  here is his review of gramercy tavern.  his others are great too:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60763-d424094-r132412847-Gramercy_Tavern-New_York_City_New_York.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

Quote
“Holy $hit--can you have a better food fare anywhere else? (NOT)”
 Reviewed June 20, 2012 we were the guests of a friend and we had a blast. Service par none. Wine selection (from whihc our host selected an Austrian Reisling and then a Prager Pinot) was really great.

Food courses run the full gammet and the portions are perfect for grazing one's way thru the menu' pork belly, carpaccio and then main course.

Id return tomorrow if i were still going to be here.

Visited June 2012
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on June 21, 2012, 01:03:52 PM
here's his review of Dovetail

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Think of a perfect restuarant- this is it”
 Reviewed June 20, 2012 NEW we had a great dinner there on NY's hottest night of the year. Kristin and Natalie took great care of us in helping pick a menu.

The food was what you'd expect of a place like this; flavor raised to the power of ten. Really. we started with a rather indulgent bottle of wine for the table and were treated with small plate after small plates of tastey treats ranging from inventive original opulent textures and tastes with incredible small surprises (lilac flower) to cucumber flavored sorbet. The scallops were incredible, the cod even more so.

Id have to say the avacado salad had the most surprise flavors that you want to lick the plate!

DO it. Go there. Great place to impress some clients or that favorite person in your life.

Visited June 2012
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on June 21, 2012, 01:17:38 PM
elwood : gpc = garyraba : tripadvisor
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on June 21, 2012, 02:17:37 PM
cucumber ice cream is so passe, oh well, you go new york, you go...   :zzz:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bakerman on June 21, 2012, 02:20:26 PM
Heading to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in two weeks for work. Any tips?

sounds awesome. take lots of pics.

from what we were told by the client, taking pictures is a sign of terrorism there and is strictly not allowed.  :frown:

your client sounds like dumbass

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1104.html

even if he's partially right

 :dunno: they probably are dumb asses, but not risking it on this. Project manager says he's had his cell phone confiscated to check for pictures and had to pay bribes.

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Photography: Travelers should note that photography is strictly forbidden in many public places in Kinshasa and around any public or government building in the DRC. Persons caught photographing such sites will likely have their photographic equipment confiscated and will risk detention and possible arrest.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on June 21, 2012, 02:27:04 PM
baker, you prob want to buy a cheap GSM phone (w/no camera) and buy a GSM chip when you get over there from a local company.  much cheaper than paying your domestic carrier.  and they don't have cdma networks in congo if that's what phone you have now.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bakerman on June 21, 2012, 02:36:50 PM
baker, you prob want to buy a cheap GSM phone (w/no camera) and buy a GSM chip when you get over there from a local company.  much cheaper than paying your domestic carrier.  and they don't have cdma networks in congo if that's what phone you have now.


Yeah, we are providing local phones for the team members. Everything is being paid for and we didn't want them to run up a $2,000.00 phone bill and be like, "you said everything was paid for..."

good tips 'lams  :thumbs:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on June 21, 2012, 03:54:54 PM
Photography: Travelers should note that photography is strictly forbidden in many public places in Kinshasa and around any public or government building in the DRC. Persons caught photographing such sites will likely have their photographic equipment confiscated and will risk detention and possible arrest.
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My Canadian friend traveled to Syria and a few places in Northern Africa recently. This is probably legit advice in the city at least. Respect that "risk" warning. Before the uprising, Syrian plainclothes would typically follow you and warn you (and follow you some more). They often don't eff around that much in Africa. Don't take pictures or loiter around buildings.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on June 21, 2012, 11:14:53 PM
You guys, Vegas tomorrow. Last second advice?
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on June 22, 2012, 06:17:51 AM
Fanning, have a blast but be safe
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on June 22, 2012, 01:04:22 PM
You guys, Vegas tomorrow. Last second advice?

My advice would be to get at least 5 hours of sleep the first night you're there so that you don't die the second night.  Don't forget to factor in that you will be drinking all day tomorrow at the pool. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on June 22, 2012, 01:16:51 PM
 Thanks guys! :thumbs:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on June 22, 2012, 02:19:23 PM
You guys, Vegas tomorrow. Last second advice?

Hook up with @theedfromvegas and buy him dinner from goEMAW.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on June 22, 2012, 05:57:08 PM
You guys, Vegas tomorrow. Last second advice?
You have a great night
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Tobias on June 22, 2012, 06:27:31 PM
deptford, nj for a week in july :dubious:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on July 09, 2012, 12:26:54 PM
Gas lamp district, is this place fun or is it san diegos version of PnL?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 09, 2012, 12:35:58 PM
Gas lamp district, is this place fun or is it san diegos version of PnL?

It's not the P&L.  It's pretty good.  Good eateries/bars.  Petco is right there if the Padres are in town.  I'm personally a bigger fan of the La Jolla area but I like both. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on July 09, 2012, 12:38:56 PM
Gas lamp district, is this place fun or is it san diegos version of PnL?

It's not the P&L.  It's pretty good.  Good eateries/bars.  Petco is right there if the Padres are in town.  I'm personally a bigger fan of the La Jolla area but I like both.

La Jolla is good for during the day and beach. Gaslamp gets going around 5ish and lasts all night.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 09, 2012, 12:40:23 PM
Gas lamp district, is this place fun or is it san diegos version of PnL?

It's not the P&L.  It's pretty good.  Good eateries/bars.  Petco is right there if the Padres are in town.  I'm personally a bigger fan of the La Jolla area but I like both.

La Jolla is good for during the day and beach. Gaslamp gets going around 5ish and lasts all night.

yeah, this is good advice.  like, stay in the gaslamp and head to Mission Beach and La Jolla areas during the day.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: AbeFroman on July 09, 2012, 12:43:37 PM
Gas lamp district, is this place fun or is it san diegos version of PnL?

No, it's not a bunch of chain restaurants/bars owned by an out of town corporation that steals tax dollars from the City.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 09, 2012, 12:45:56 PM
Gas lamp district, is this place fun or is it san diegos version of PnL?

No, it's not a bunch of chain restaurants/bars owned by an out of town corporation that steals tax dollars from the City.

well...there's a Palm and Nobu iirc.  I mean, not the type of chains that would be in KC but still kind of chains. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on July 09, 2012, 12:57:22 PM
oh man la jolla don't even get me started.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on July 09, 2012, 12:57:55 PM
oh man la jolla don't even get me started.

:confused:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on July 09, 2012, 01:05:21 PM
oh man la jolla don't even get me started.

:confused:

ok then, get me started. i love that place. that's pretty much it i guess.  :dunno:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on July 09, 2012, 01:06:23 PM
oh, also...ucsd  :love:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on July 09, 2012, 01:10:10 PM
oh man la jolla don't even get me started.

:confused:

ok then, get me started. i love that place. that's pretty much it i guess.  :dunno:

 :party:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Stevesie60 on July 09, 2012, 01:20:04 PM
oh, also...ucsd  :love:

Helped my best friend move there because he's going to grad school at UCSD. What an amazing place. Campus tours would be so great. "And if you look down this hill you can see, yes, that is the Pacific Ocean."
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 09, 2012, 01:23:37 PM
oh, also...ucsd  :love:

Helped my best friend move there because he's going to grad school at UCSD. What an amazing place. Campus tours would be so great. "And if you look down this hill you can see, yes, that is the Pacific Ocean."

what borders that side of campus?  oh, just some golf course.  rorrey pines or lorrey pines or something. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 09, 2012, 01:27:31 PM
Del Mar is kind of cool/campy.  Spent an entire afternoon/evening drinking on the beach at this place once:

http://www.poseidonrestaurant.com/
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on July 09, 2012, 02:56:53 PM
oh, also...ucsd  :love:

Helped my best friend move there because he's going to grad school at UCSD. What an amazing place. Campus tours would be so great. "And if you look down this hill you can see, yes, that is the Pacific Ocean."

yep, la jolla is basically the manhattan ks of california.

"oh yeah, those are the flint hills. yeah, yeah, i sometimes think i'm dreaming too".
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on July 09, 2012, 03:03:33 PM
My plan is to stay at the andaz hyatt in the gas lamp district from dec 28 to new years day.   Good or bad idea?   The avg high in December is 66.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kstate16 on July 09, 2012, 03:13:46 PM
I have always dreamed of living in the San Diego area, ever since my family visited there like 10 yrs ago. I have been researching jobs for when I graduate next May, and their are a lot of opportunities in my field.  However, I have a suspicion that the salary won't match the cost of living increase.  It's gotta be like twice the cost of living in KC, am I right? Any San Diegians (sp?) that can verify?


Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 09, 2012, 03:28:44 PM
My plan is to stay at the andaz hyatt in the gas lamp district from dec 28 to new years day.   Good or bad idea?   The avg high in December is 66.

yeah, sounds dreamy.  you won't be swimming sans wetsuit or anything but should be a blast.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 09, 2012, 03:30:40 PM
I have always dreamed of living in the San Diego area, ever since my family visited there like 10 yrs ago. I have been researching jobs for when I graduate next May, and their are a lot of opportunities in my field.  However, I have a suspicion that the salary won't match the cost of living increase.  It's gotta be like twice the cost of living in KC, am I right? Any San Diegians (sp?) that can verify?

yeah, it will be more expensive relative to what you would make.  kc is about as good as it is going to get on the salary/cost of living front.  you have to determine your opportunity cost for the other advanatages.  I mean, you can bike or ride a scooter to work 365 days a year. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on July 09, 2012, 03:36:54 PM
hungout in chicago this last weekend.

kayaking the chicago river is a lot of fun, but a little bit more involved than i expected.  got pretty worn out.  Also, Chicago has a ton of bars. Seems like there are a lot more bars per capita than in NYC.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 09, 2012, 03:39:44 PM
hungout in chicago this last weekend.

kayaking the chicago river is a lot of fun, but a little bit more involved than i expected.  got pretty worn out.  Also, Chicago has a ton of bars. Seems like there are a lot more bars per capita than in NYC.

well, that bodes well for the goEMAW annual meeting this year
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on July 09, 2012, 03:49:54 PM
hungout in chicago this last weekend.

kayaking the chicago river is a lot of fun, but a little bit more involved than i expected.  got pretty worn out.  Also, Chicago has a ton of bars. Seems like there are a lot more bars per capita than in NYC.

well, that bodes well for the goEMAW annual meeting this year

Don't forget, we've got a lot of important matters to discuss.  Work before fun.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Stevesie60 on July 09, 2012, 03:55:35 PM
hungout in chicago this last weekend.

kayaking the chicago river is a lot of fun, but a little bit more involved than i expected.  got pretty worn out.  Also, Chicago has a ton of bars. Seems like there are a lot more bars per capita than in NYC.

Just, hypothetically, if someone was going there in a month and a half, what were the best bars for having a great time with some buds?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on July 09, 2012, 04:39:00 PM
hungout in chicago this last weekend.

kayaking the chicago river is a lot of fun, but a little bit more involved than i expected.  got pretty worn out.  Also, Chicago has a ton of bars. Seems like there are a lot more bars per capita than in NYC.

Just, hypothetically, if someone was going there in a month and a half, what were the best bars for having a great time with some buds?


The hot place for EMAW in the Windy City is Excalibur.   They have that thing where you watch midget goths dance in cages while your buddy pees in the corner and gets hit over the head with a 4 D cell Maglite by a big bouncer.*


*true story
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Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on July 09, 2012, 04:44:14 PM
hungout in chicago this last weekend.

kayaking the chicago river is a lot of fun, but a little bit more involved than i expected.  got pretty worn out.  Also, Chicago has a ton of bars. Seems like there are a lot more bars per capita than in NYC.

Just, hypothetically, if someone was going there in a month and a half, what were the best bars for having a great time with some buds?
i don't know.  there's a k-state bar there in Lincoln Park (i think), but really, walk down any block, and choose from one of the 3 or 4 bars on it.

also, lincoln park (the neighborhood, not the band, but the band too, when they did the Jay-Z mashups) is sweet. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 09, 2012, 04:53:03 PM
I have always dreamed of living in the San Diego area, ever since my family visited there like 10 yrs ago. I have been researching jobs for when I graduate next May, and their are a lot of opportunities in my field.  However, I have a suspicion that the salary won't match the cost of living increase.  It's gotta be like twice the cost of living in KC, am I right? Any San Diegians (sp?) that can verify?

The cost of living won't double. Housing will, but nothing else will (except maybe your surfing and board short budgets). Go to San Diego.  You are 23 years old and shouldn't worry about stupid things like cost of living.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: CNS on July 09, 2012, 05:07:16 PM
I have always dreamed of living in the San Diego area, ever since my family visited there like 10 yrs ago. I have been researching jobs for when I graduate next May, and their are a lot of opportunities in my field.  However, I have a suspicion that the salary won't match the cost of living increase.  It's gotta be like twice the cost of living in KC, am I right? Any San Diegians (sp?) that can verify?

The cost of living won't double. Housing will, but nothing else will (except maybe your surfing and board short budgets). Go to San Diego.  You are 23 years old and shouldn't worry about stupid things like cost of living.

Yeah, and if you end up moving back to KC, you will feel rich as crap living in your Leawood house for the same monthly cost of your apartment/rent in SD.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 09, 2012, 05:14:20 PM
oh, also...ucsd  :love:

Helped my best friend move there because he's going to grad school at UCSD. What an amazing place. Campus tours would be so great. "And if you look down this hill you can see, yes, that is the Pacific Ocean."

yep, la jolla is basically the manhattan ks of california.

"oh yeah, those are the flint hills. yeah, yeah, i sometimes think i'm dreaming too".

My brother in laws, in laws live there.  I have an incredible UCSD Triton hoodie.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: LibDerp7BubbleBoy on July 09, 2012, 05:17:12 PM
love SD.  I want to move there eventually.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on July 09, 2012, 05:22:02 PM
Went with some friends to Chicago last summer, really enjoyed the bar district at State and Division, whatever it's called.  She Nannigans House of Beer was cool and cheap.  Pretty young crowd.  Be wary of the hustlers on the streets after the bars close at 4 though.  My extremely drunk Canadian friend unwittingly bought some really expensive baking chowder.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on July 09, 2012, 05:34:43 PM
Went with some friends to Chicago last summer, really enjoyed the bar district at State and Division, whatever it's called.  She Nannigans House of Beer was cool and cheap.  Pretty young crowd.  Be wary of the hustlers on the streets after the bars close at 4 though. My extremely drunk Canadian friend unwittingly bought some really expensive baking chowder.
:lol:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kstate16 on July 09, 2012, 05:40:20 PM
I have always dreamed of living in the San Diego area, ever since my family visited there like 10 yrs ago. I have been researching jobs for when I graduate next May, and their are a lot of opportunities in my field.  However, I have a suspicion that the salary won't match the cost of living increase.  It's gotta be like twice the cost of living in KC, am I right? Any San Diegians (sp?) that can verify?

The cost of living won't double. Housing will, but nothing else will (except maybe your surfing and board short budgets). Go to San Diego.  You are 23 years old and shouldn't worry about stupid things like cost of living.
25K in student loan debt  :sdeek:

I'm sure some of you had worse......butt eff
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 09, 2012, 06:14:20 PM
I have always dreamed of living in the San Diego area, ever since my family visited there like 10 yrs ago. I have been researching jobs for when I graduate next May, and their are a lot of opportunities in my field.  However, I have a suspicion that the salary won't match the cost of living increase.  It's gotta be like twice the cost of living in KC, am I right? Any San Diegians (sp?) that can verify?

The cost of living won't double. Housing will, but nothing else will (except maybe your surfing and board short budgets). Go to San Diego.  You are 23 years old and shouldn't worry about stupid things like cost of living.
25K in student loan debt  :sdeek:

I'm sure some of you had worse......butt eff

Yeah, just move to Fairway. I bet the Blue Moose has great happy hour deals now.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on July 09, 2012, 06:22:24 PM
Be wary of the hustlers on the streets after the bars close at 4 though. 

This is going to be great.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on July 09, 2012, 08:07:30 PM
Be wary of the hustlers on the streets after the bars close at 4 though. 

This is going to be great.

Just don't get burned...
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on July 10, 2012, 08:05:19 PM
Anyone know of anything cool to do in Marquette, KS this weekend?  :excited:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on July 10, 2012, 08:09:08 PM
I have always dreamed of living in the San Diego area, ever since my family visited there like 10 yrs ago. I have been researching jobs for when I graduate next May, and their are a lot of opportunities in my field.  However, I have a suspicion that the salary won't match the cost of living increase.  It's gotta be like twice the cost of living in KC, am I right? Any San Diegians (sp?) that can verify?

The cost of living won't double. Housing will, but nothing else will (except maybe your surfing and board short budgets). Go to San Diego.  You are 23 years old and shouldn't worry about stupid things like cost of living.
25K in student loan debt  :sdeek:

I'm sure some of you had worse......butt eff

my god. 25k is nothing. slap that thing on a thirty year repayment plan at like 3.5% and you'd be paying like eighty bucks a month for the first five years.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 10, 2012, 08:14:27 PM
agree with rd, lol at freaking out about 25k in student loan debt.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 10, 2012, 08:28:20 PM
agree with rd, lol at freaking out about 25k in student loan debt.

I don't know. He will probably pay the loan off in no time and live like a king in Lenexa. Which would be pretty sweet.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on July 10, 2012, 11:06:58 PM
Anyone know of anything cool to do in Marquette, KS this weekend?  :excited:
SOFTBALL!

 :grin:
Title: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on July 13, 2012, 04:05:51 AM
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You can find EuroCat at 1:15 :peek:


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Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on July 13, 2012, 07:31:49 AM
&feature=youtube_gdata_player

You can find EuroCat at 1:15 :peek:


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Well, maybe next year you'll have the initiative of a felix rex or emawgeddon and arrange to have a pak head with you.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on July 13, 2012, 07:52:58 AM
I'll be aboard this monstrosity in November. Biggest cruise ship in the world.

(http://media.royalcaribbean.com/content/en_US/images/misc/web_page/hero/Allure-hero.jpg)

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 13, 2012, 07:59:17 AM
"shockingly awesome"

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/mjontravel/2011/11/13/allure-of-the-seas-shockingly-awesome/
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: kstate16 on July 13, 2012, 08:07:09 AM
agree with rd, lol at freaking out about 25k in student loan debt.

I don't know. He will probably pay the loan off in no time and live like a king in Lenexa. Which would be pretty sweet.
lol at people who would choose to live in Lenexa/joco after school when they have lived there their whole life. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on July 13, 2012, 08:13:46 AM
"shockingly awesome"

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/mjontravel/2011/11/13/allure-of-the-seas-shockingly-awesome/
good to hear it will be shockingly awesome
Title: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on July 13, 2012, 02:32:14 PM
&feature=youtube_gdata_player

You can find EuroCat at 1:15 :peek:


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Well, maybe next year you'll have the initiative of a felix rex or emawgeddon and arrange to have a pak head with you.
I may also have appeared on the BBC recap of the Bryan brothers Wimbledon match Friday as well.

Olympic possibilities? Beach volleyball on the 30th...


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Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on July 17, 2012, 02:57:09 PM
Hey SD (or if anyone else has a great recommendation),

Where to stay in NYC? Planning a trip for early this fall. Want to go shopping and take in a broadway production. Probably not going to spend $500/night, but I would stay in a great place/locale.

Thank you for any help.

dobber
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 17, 2012, 03:01:30 PM
I'm staying at the Hyatt 48 Lex in March.  Gets good reviews.  :dunno:  Don't know what it would cost for your dates though.  If you are paying for your room I really won't be of any help.  Just find the hotels that are in your price range/area and pick the one that gets the best tripadvisor reviews. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on July 17, 2012, 03:28:02 PM
Going to Plattsburgh, NY in a couple weeks. Turns out it's only about an hour drive from Montreal. Any suggestions for a one day solo trip to Montreal?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 17, 2012, 03:30:05 PM
Going to Plattsburgh, NY in a couple weeks. Turns out it's only about an hour drive from Montreal. Any suggestions for a one day solo trip to Montreal?

take tons of pics and review about 20 bars/eateries for me so I can plan my 2013 visit?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on July 17, 2012, 03:36:57 PM
Going to Plattsburgh, NY in a couple weeks. Turns out it's only about an hour drive from Montreal. Any suggestions for a one day solo trip to Montreal?

that's clam's stomping grounds, montreal?  more like montreasuck. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 17, 2012, 03:44:30 PM
montreanone
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: OK_Cat on July 17, 2012, 03:45:09 PM
montreballs
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 17, 2012, 03:59:14 PM
Going to Plattsburgh, NY in a couple weeks. Turns out it's only about an hour drive from Montreal. Any suggestions for a one day solo trip to Montreal?

The Globe to eat
Club SuperContact for dancing
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on July 17, 2012, 04:01:40 PM
Maybe I'll see Childish Gambino at the Metropolis
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on July 17, 2012, 06:40:34 PM
Maybe I'll see Childish Gambino at the Metropolis

or you could see him in KC on July 25th :jerk:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 17, 2012, 06:59:03 PM
Maybe I'll see Childish Gambino at the Metropolis

or you could see him in KC on July 25th :jerk:

or you could be a total too cool for school stud and see him nowhere because he's a dork. :jerk:
Title: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on July 17, 2012, 08:51:53 PM
Mrs etp and I decided to book a weekend in Chicago in a few weeks. Will have fri night and all day Saturday and Sunday. Only thing planned is a Cubs game Sunday. Staying at the Westin on Mich ave.

Someone plan our weekend. Tia.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on July 17, 2012, 08:53:11 PM
Chicago.

Someone plan our weekend. Tia.

If anybody offers you a free flight, take it.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Stevesie60 on July 17, 2012, 11:05:54 PM
Chicago.

Someone plan our weekend. Tia.

If anybody offers you a free flight, take it.

:thumbs:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on July 17, 2012, 11:08:34 PM
Chicago.

Someone plan our weekend. Tia.

If anybody offers you a free flight, take it.

:thumbs:

You'd be surprised how some people don't get this step right.  Must be a Wichita thing.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on July 18, 2012, 07:53:43 AM
Maybe I'll see Childish Gambino at the Metropolis

or you could see him in KC on July 25th :jerk:

or you could be a total too cool for school stud and see him nowhere because he's a dork. :jerk:

this is supposed to be a nice thread you meanheads  :frown:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on July 18, 2012, 08:09:01 AM
Chicago.

Someone plan our weekend. Tia.

If anybody offers you a free flight, take it.

:confused:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 18, 2012, 02:40:53 PM
Charleston, SC info requested.  Pretty nice place?  I've never been. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on July 18, 2012, 03:01:48 PM
Charleston, SC info requested.  Pretty nice place?  I've never been.

requested for what reason? vacation or work? i have the oppy to go to charleston in october and am thinking about it. also never been.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 18, 2012, 03:07:38 PM
Charleston, SC info requested.  Pretty nice place?  I've never been.

requested for what reason? vacation or work? i have the oppy to go to charleston in october and am thinking about it. also never been.

work possibly combo'd into vacation.  have a meeting tue-thu late september.  thought about extending through the weekend and checking it out. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on July 18, 2012, 03:10:06 PM
Charleston, SC info requested.  Pretty nice place?  I've never been.

requested for what reason? vacation or work? i have the oppy to go to charleston in october and am thinking about it. also never been.

work possibly combo'd into vacation.  have a meeting tue-thu late september.  thought about extending through the weekend and checking it out.

same here but two weeks later than you it looks like. be sure to update if you end up going. my other opportunity right now is to go to san francisco in late september for the same thing. i dunno. never been to either.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 18, 2012, 03:11:59 PM
Charleston, SC info requested.  Pretty nice place?  I've never been.

requested for what reason? vacation or work? i have the oppy to go to charleston in october and am thinking about it. also never been.

work possibly combo'd into vacation.  have a meeting tue-thu late september.  thought about extending through the weekend and checking it out.

same here but two weeks later than you it looks like. be sure to update if you end up going. my other opportunity right now is to go to san francisco in late september for the same thing. i dunno. never been to either.

San Fran is great.  I think I am going for a work thing there in May (could be a different date, I can't remember).  already warned michigancat to warm up whatever they warm up. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 18, 2012, 03:21:36 PM
Headed to Colorado next week.  Broadmoor from Tues to Friday then up to Denver.  Need good downtown Denver hotel recos.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 18, 2012, 03:24:20 PM
Headed to Colorado next week.  Broadmoor from Tues to Friday then up to Denver.  Need good downtown Denver hotel recos.

I stayed at the new Embassy Suites across from the convention center the other day.  pretty nice. 

http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/colorado/embassy-suites-denver-downtown-convention-center-DENESES/index.html
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 18, 2012, 03:31:19 PM
Headed to Colorado next week.  Broadmoor from Tues to Friday then up to Denver.  Need good downtown Denver hotel recos.

I stayed at the new Embassy Suites across from the convention center the other day.  pretty nice. 

http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/colorado/embassy-suites-denver-downtown-convention-center-DENESES/index.html

That bear looks scary.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 18, 2012, 03:35:34 PM
Headed to Colorado next week.  Broadmoor from Tues to Friday then up to Denver.  Need good downtown Denver hotel recos.

I stayed at the new Embassy Suites across from the convention center the other day.  pretty nice. 

http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/colorado/embassy-suites-denver-downtown-convention-center-DENESES/index.html

That bear looks scary.

IT'S AS BIG AS A HOUSE!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on July 18, 2012, 03:51:04 PM
Headed to Colorado next week.  Broadmoor from Tues to Friday then up to Denver.  Need good downtown Denver hotel recos.

I stayed at the new Embassy Suites across from the convention center the other day.  pretty nice. 

http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/colorado/embassy-suites-denver-downtown-convention-center-DENESES/index.html

You get free entry to the gentlemans club across the street if you show them your embassy suites room key
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Kat Kid on July 18, 2012, 04:15:55 PM
In quincy, IL at in-law's house.  Pro tip: don't go to quincy unless you have to.  Tomorrow I will be in chicago and all this shame will be washed away.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on July 18, 2012, 05:03:15 PM
In quincy, IL at in-law's house.  Pro tip: don't go to quincy unless you have to.  Tomorrow I will be in chicago and all this shame will be washed away.
my brother in law's from quincy!
 :surprised:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Tobias on July 18, 2012, 05:06:07 PM
In quincy, IL at in-law's house.  Pro tip: don't go to quincy unless you have to.  Tomorrow I will be in chicago and all this shame will be washed away.

try being in a fairfield inn in deptford, new jersey for a week :dubious:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on July 18, 2012, 05:15:29 PM
Minneapolis for a bachelor party in August=  :flush:

San Diego for the Chiefs game and to see an old friend in October.

Any suggestions on either?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: AppleJack on July 18, 2012, 06:12:02 PM
Minneapolis for a bachelor party in August=  :flush:

San Diego for the Chiefs game and to see an old friend in October.

Any suggestions on either?

Minny is great. Go to Brits and play bocce ball on the roof. Great place to booze.

SD - Anywhere in the gaslamp district. Coronado is also elite.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 18, 2012, 07:44:32 PM
yeah, minneapolis is kind of underrated as a fun town.

ben ji, confirmed on the boobie bar entry.  it's called a cabaret on the outside like it's some kind of non-boobie bar.  nope, just your usual boobie bar. 
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: Kat Kid on July 18, 2012, 10:00:41 PM
In quincy, IL at in-law's house.  Pro tip: don't go to quincy unless you have to.  Tomorrow I will be in chicago and all this shame will be washed away.

try being in a fairfield inn in deptford, new jersey for a week :dubious:

Gamble :dunno:

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Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 18, 2012, 10:05:16 PM
Charleston, SC info requested.  Pretty nice place?  I've never been.

requested for what reason? vacation or work? i have the oppy to go to charleston in october and am thinking about it. also never been.

work possibly combo'd into vacation.  have a meeting tue-thu late september.  thought about extending through the weekend and checking it out.

same here but two weeks later than you it looks like. be sure to update if you end up going. my other opportunity right now is to go to san francisco in late september for the same thing. i dunno. never been to either.

San Fran is great.  I think I am going for a work thing there in May (could be a different date, I can't remember).  already warned michigancat to warm up whatever they warm up. 

cable cars or rice-a-roni

I don't know why RD would choose SC over SF in September, I really don't. (assuming company pays)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Kat Kid on July 18, 2012, 11:28:46 PM
Just found mouse crap on one of the beds in the basement where I'm sleeping.  What is that disease that is in mice crap and how will I know if I have it?
Title: travel thread
Post by: Tobias on July 18, 2012, 11:38:23 PM
Just found mouse crap on one of the beds in the basement where I'm sleeping.  What is that disease that is in mice crap and how will I know if I have it?

:horrorsurprise:

hanta virus maybe?  once you start posting in threads about shitting your pants your life expectancy drops to two weeks
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on July 18, 2012, 11:42:18 PM
Just found mouse crap on one of the beds in the basement where I'm sleeping.  What is that disease that is in mice crap and how will I know if I have it?

nice knowin ya
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Winters on July 18, 2012, 11:46:47 PM
I hope komo posts about his Ukraine trip when he gets back.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on July 19, 2012, 08:09:46 AM
Headed to Colorado next week.  Broadmoor from Tues to Friday then up to Denver.  Need good downtown Denver hotel recos.

the brown palace
bsac and i stayed there a few years ago when we were in staying in denver
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 19, 2012, 08:12:35 AM
Headed to Colorado next week.  Broadmoor from Tues to Friday then up to Denver.  Need good downtown Denver hotel recos.

the brown palace
bsac and i stayed there a few years ago when we were in staying in denver

yeah, nice old timey hotel. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on July 19, 2012, 08:15:49 AM
i really like it regardless of the carbon dating it does to mine and bsac's balls.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 19, 2012, 08:16:57 AM
i really like it regardless of the carbon dating it does to mine and bsac's balls.

yeah, it's nice.  I just meant it was an older/classic style hotel and not like an aLoft or W or something. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on July 19, 2012, 03:56:09 PM
i really like it regardless of the carbon dating it does to mine and bsac's balls.

yeah, it's nice.  I just meant it was an older/classic style hotel and not like an aLoft or W or something.

I've stayed there as well. The rooms are kind of small and shaped weirdly due to the fact that it was built a long rough ridin' time ago.

Other than that its really nice, there is a pretty cool nautical/sailer/ship themed bar on the lowest level that has a pianist iirc.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on July 19, 2012, 04:27:16 PM
Minneapolis for a bachelor party in August=  :flush:

San Diego for the Chiefs game and to see an old friend in October.

Any suggestions on either?

Minny is great. Go to Brits and play bocce ball on the roof. Great place to booze.

This struck me as incredibly elite/fun. Please take pics
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: AppleJack on July 19, 2012, 04:42:33 PM
Oh it's elite alright... this is on the roof.

(http://cbsminnesota.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/brits-pub1.jpg)

(http://adamchadderdon.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/brits1.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on July 19, 2012, 06:48:44 PM
ocean beach area of san diego?  yay or nay?  looks kind of hipstery to me, which is fine.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 19, 2012, 06:53:50 PM
ocean beach area of san diego?  yay or nay?  looks kind of hipstery to me, which is fine.

anything hipstery is half-hearted hipsterdom if it's in San Diego. It's just too sunny and magical to be a serious hipster there.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on July 19, 2012, 07:00:37 PM
san diego is amazing you'll have a great time carnes..

how about some restaurant recommendos for denver. will be me and three other doods and any protips for redrocks mich or others?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 19, 2012, 07:02:30 PM
san diego is amazing you'll have a great time carnes..

how about some restaurant recommendos for denver. will be me and three other doods and any protips for redrocks mich or others?

snooze brunch

never been to redrocks, it looks amazeballs.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on July 19, 2012, 09:15:44 PM
well, i booked in ocean beach, but i think i'm going to cancel and book in/on pacific beach.  i dunno guys, i just don't know
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on July 19, 2012, 09:35:18 PM
kim tell slo mo I said hi
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on July 20, 2012, 11:44:21 AM
well, i booked in ocean beach, but i think i'm going to cancel and book in/on pacific beach.  i dunno guys, i just don't know

steve, kind of waiting on your input here.   Or daris or any other sandiego experts
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 20, 2012, 11:49:41 AM
well, i booked in ocean beach, but i think i'm going to cancel and book in/on pacific beach.  i dunno guys, i just don't know

steve, kind of waiting on your input here.   Or daris or any other sandiego experts

didn't cross over onto Ocean Beach so I can't give any input.  Tons of cool rental houses along Mission Beach though.  Really good people watching just sitting on your patio watching the sk8rs and bicyclists and beautiful beach bb's go by on the boardwalk (actually a sidewalk but they call it a boardwalk) that follows the beach. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Kat Kid on July 20, 2012, 12:31:26 PM
san diego is amazing you'll have a great time carnes..

how about some restaurant recommendos for denver. will be me and three other doods and any protips for redrocks mich or others?

snooze brunch

never been to redrocks, it looks amazeballs.

We should start planning for a summer 2013 goEMAW concert pak there.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on July 20, 2012, 01:46:45 PM
<---------- going to pop my Red Rocks cherry at Counting Crows in august. can't freaking wait. not really for CC, just the venue. its on my bucket list so kind of a big moment for me here
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on July 20, 2012, 02:26:19 PM
counting crows?  tell mr jones i said hi.  wtf is this, the dance floor at Lucky Brew Grill?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on July 20, 2012, 02:35:39 PM
I SAID IT'S KINDA A BIG MOMENT FOR ME HERE  :curse:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on July 20, 2012, 02:53:06 PM
did you realize that omaha is some where in middle america?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Lefty on July 20, 2012, 03:26:04 PM
I'm currently in and have been in Nosara, Costa Rica for the last week. Anyone ever been here before? Legendary surfing, but I'm here on a yoga retreat. NW corner of Costa Rica.

Hotter and humider than crap here. I guess it kinda feels like Kansas does right now. Howler Monkeys and giant spiders are very common around these parts.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 20, 2012, 03:28:00 PM
I'm currently in and have been in Nosara, Costa Rica for the last week. Anyone ever been here before? Legendary surfing, but I'm here on a yoga retreat. NW corner of Costa Rica.

Hotter and humider than crap here. I guess it kinda feels like Kansas does right now. Howler Monkeys and giant spiders are very common around these parts.

that's a pretty elite stop and drop from lefty
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on July 20, 2012, 03:39:58 PM
I'm currently in and have been in Nosara, Costa Rica for the last week. Anyone ever been here before? Legendary surfing, but I'm here on a yoga retreat. NW corner of Costa Rica.

Hotter and humider than crap here. I guess it kinda feels like Kansas does right now. Howler Monkeys and giant spiders are very common around these parts.

that's a pretty elite stop and drop from lefty
especially when he threw that yoga retreat crap in there
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on July 20, 2012, 03:53:15 PM
I'm currently in and have been in Nosara, Costa Rica for the last week. Anyone ever been here before? Legendary surfing, but I'm here on a yoga retreat. NW corner of Costa Rica.

Hotter and humider than crap here. I guess it kinda feels like Kansas does right now. Howler Monkeys and giant spiders are very common around these parts.

Extremely good-looking/smelling person outed
Title: travel thread
Post by: puniraptor on July 20, 2012, 04:30:35 PM
I would like to know more about what happens at a yoga retreat.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Lefty on July 20, 2012, 05:36:00 PM
I'm blessed to have a wife who doubles as a Yoga studio owner. She put together an all inclusive trip to a resort where Yoga is the emphasis. There's a few resorts like this around the World and we chose Blue Spirit in Nosara. We brought 25 people here so the staff and locals love us. There's only about 40 people staying here all together. THe other group is a yoga teacher training group out of LA.

We do Yoga first thing in morning and another class in the evening before dinner. In between is lounge around time. I surf now. Got a 10 minute lesson from a local Tica named Nelson. Spent the last couple days on the surf board doing my thing.

The resort is on a massive beach side property, but the grounds are almost like a rain forest. Howler monkeys are walking around above you at all times. Huge ass spiders and tons of little geckos are very common.

Highly recommend Nosara for a week getaway. MHK-Dallas-Liberia Costa Rica airport= 5 hour total.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 20, 2012, 05:38:43 PM
Lefty just dropping bombs on everyone's heads.  resort looks nice lefty

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g656474-d1743077-Reviews-Blue_Spirit-Nosara_Province_of_Guanacaste.html
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 20, 2012, 06:00:15 PM
Lefty just dropping bombs on everyone's heads. 

Yeah, over the course of two posts, he went from ok poster to Elite tropical yoga retreat wife poster.

Pretty remarkable, really.
Title: travel thread
Post by: Tobias on July 20, 2012, 06:08:34 PM
wouldnt at all be surprised to find out hes the #1 mys-flyer in pocket planes at this point
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: john "teach me how to" dougie on July 20, 2012, 06:20:26 PM
well, i booked in ocean beach, but i think i'm going to cancel and book in/on pacific beach.  i dunno guys, i just don't know

Probably better off in Pacific Beach. Ocean Beach is like a 60's time warp full of Rastafarian looking hippies, which is cool for a few hours. Mostly run down hotels and strong urine odors everywhere. Pacific Beach is mostly SDSU students/tourists and lots of bars/restaurants/hotels. Beaches are nice. Short bus trip up to La Jolla if you don't have a car. If the beaches are too full in PB, go to La Jolla shores. You can walk north up the beach to Torrey Pines state beach/Blacks beach where it is much less crowded. Blacks beach is clothing optional, but most of the people there you would rather they had there clothes on.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: john "teach me how to" dougie on July 20, 2012, 06:42:05 PM
Minneapolis for a bachelor party in August=  :flush:

San Diego for the Chiefs game and to see an old friend in October.

Any suggestions on either?

Look into hotels on Hotel Circle North, like the Town & Country resort. Much cheaper than downtown hotels, but they are right on the trolly line, so you can go downtown to Gaslamp and also right to the stadium parking lot for a couple of bucks.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 24, 2012, 07:43:12 PM
My plane just landed and their is an adorable little fawn on it.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on July 25, 2012, 09:37:36 AM
Work is giving us a free day on Sunday (<--Muslim Monday), so the wife and I booked a last minute trip here for a 3-day weekend: http://sharmelsheikh.regency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-sharmelsheikh-regency/index.jsp?src=phd_ppc_google_hr&mckv=s6BRklpAU%7Cpcrid%7C12632095883%7C&hyattprop=yes (http://sharmelsheikh.regency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-sharmelsheikh-regency/index.jsp?src=phd_ppc_google_hr&mckv=s6BRklpAU%7Cpcrid%7C12632095883%7C&hyattprop=yes)

(http://hotel.asiatravel.com/hotelImg/2633facade.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on July 25, 2012, 09:38:31 AM
oh man what?  that place looks like a great place to king tut the living crap out of your fellow visitors.
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 25, 2012, 09:42:20 AM
All the eqypt hyatts are basically free on either points or cash.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on July 25, 2012, 09:46:01 AM
 :surprised: :surprised: Lefty.... I think I definitely know you and your wife
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on July 25, 2012, 09:48:38 AM
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on July 25, 2012, 09:53:22 AM
All the eqypt hyatts are basically free on either points or cash.

Now, see, I don't even know what that means. Other than that they're cheap right now? Which they are (thanks, Revolution/terrorist types :cheers: ).
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 25, 2012, 10:27:24 AM
All the eqypt hyatts are basically free on either points or cash.

Now, see, I don't even know what that means. Other than that they're cheap right now? Which they are (thanks, Revolution/terrorist types :cheers: ).

always super cheap.  they are also the lowest tier properties on hyatt points so you can booke them for like 5k-8k points a night normally. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kstate16 on July 25, 2012, 10:31:35 AM
I'm blessed to have a wife who doubles as a Yoga studio owner. She put together an all inclusive trip to a resort where Yoga is the emphasis. There's a few resorts like this around the World and we chose Blue Spirit in Nosara. We brought 25 people here so the staff and locals love us. There's only about 40 people staying here all together. THe other group is a yoga teacher training group out of LA.

We do Yoga first thing in morning and another class in the evening before dinner. In between is lounge around time. I surf now. Got a 10 minute lesson from a local Tica named Nelson. Spent the last couple days on the surf board doing my thing.

The resort is on a massive beach side property, but the grounds are almost like a rain forest. Howler monkeys are walking around above you at all times. Huge ass spiders and tons of little geckos are very common.

Highly recommend Nosara for a week getaway. MHK-Dallas-Liberia Costa Rica airport= 5 hour total.
:dubious:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on July 25, 2012, 12:37:37 PM
Work is giving us a free day on Sunday (<--Muslim Monday), so the wife and I booked a last minute trip here for a 3-day weekend: http://sharmelsheikh.regency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-sharmelsheikh-regency/index.jsp?src=phd_ppc_google_hr&mckv=s6BRklpAU%7Cpcrid%7C12632095883%7C&hyattprop=yes (http://sharmelsheikh.regency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-sharmelsheikh-regency/index.jsp?src=phd_ppc_google_hr&mckv=s6BRklpAU%7Cpcrid%7C12632095883%7C&hyattprop=yes)

(http://hotel.asiatravel.com/hotelImg/2633facade.jpg)
My boss went to Sharm El Sheikh last summer and loved it. That being said, if you venture into the peninsula you could get abducted.
Title: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on July 25, 2012, 01:24:45 PM
Work is giving us a free day on Sunday (<--Muslim Monday), so the wife and I booked a last minute trip here for a 3-day weekend: http://sharmelsheikh.regency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-sharmelsheikh-regency/index.jsp?src=phd_ppc_google_hr&mckv=s6BRklpAU%7Cpcrid%7C12632095883%7C&hyattprop=yes (http://sharmelsheikh.regency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-sharmelsheikh-regency/index.jsp?src=phd_ppc_google_hr&mckv=s6BRklpAU%7Cpcrid%7C12632095883%7C&hyattprop=yes)

(http://hotel.asiatravel.com/hotelImg/2633facade.jpg)
My boss went to Sharm El Sheikh last summer and loved it. That being said, if you venture into the peninsula you could get abducted.

Yeah. Work has a pretty strong prohibition against that. We are for scuba, though!

Also, chilling at Pub 28 in Zamalek tonight while the wife gets all saloned up and whatnot.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 25, 2012, 02:33:12 PM
oh hai Boradmoor

(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/240d8ca0.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 25, 2012, 02:33:50 PM
rain on my pool time...

 :bawl:

(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/ec16d22c.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 25, 2012, 02:34:34 PM
baby fawns on my plane and now in real person!?   :excited:

(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/802f0894.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 25, 2012, 02:35:42 PM
it was sunny when I got here...

(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/3864c011.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 25, 2012, 02:44:33 PM
man, those baby deer  :D
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 25, 2012, 03:04:09 PM
man, those baby deer  :D

Tell me about it.  Just going for a run and there they were with their mom, smiling and saying hi.  I am going to get them some marshmallows for later.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on July 25, 2012, 03:12:27 PM
did you pet them?  looks like the one on the right wants to be petted.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 25, 2012, 03:16:19 PM
did you pet them?  looks like the one on the right wants to be petted.

No.  and I have spent the whole day regretting it.  I am horrible at reading animal body language.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on July 25, 2012, 03:23:57 PM
true story alert...


i used to live in an apartment complex pretty close to the broadmoor. one night my girlfriend (now wife) and i went to the pool/hot tub. it was dark. there were a group of super weird guys there that looked really sketch and didn't look like they should really be hanging out together but somehow knew each other. we both instantly got super weirded out. made up some story and went back to our apt. it was super weird somehow and we both knew it. a few weeks later i was driving into woodland park colorado and couldn't get in because the police/fbi had highway 24 blocked off. later found out that they had just caught these guys in woodland park and that they had been hanging out in and around woodland park and south colorado springs for over a month. i'm pretty sure it was the guys that we saw in the pool/hotub.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Seven

A friend of Wade Holder, the owner of the Coachlight Motel and R.V. Park in Woodland Park, Colorado, happened to watch the television program America's Most Wanted on January 20, 2001. He believed that the Texas 7, who were being compared to Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, were in Holder's trailer park and informed Holder so. When he confirmed this, he reported the suspicious activities to local authorities the next day on January 21.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Department SWAT team found Garcia, Rodriguez, and Rivas in a Jeep Cherokee in the RV Park. Authorities followed them to a nearby gas station and arrested them. They then found Halprin and Harper in an RV; Halprin surrendered peacefully, but Harper was found dead after a standoff; he had shot himself in the chest with a pistol. The surviving four members were taken into police custody.[14]

On January 23, they received information on the whereabouts of the last two. They were hiding out in a Holiday Inn in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A deal brokered between the two, Newbury and Murphy, allowed them to make live TV appearances before they were arrested.[15] In the early hours of January 24, a local KKTV television anchorman, Eric Singer, was taken into the hotel where on camera he interviewed the two by telephone. Both of them harshly denounced the criminal justice system in Texas, with Newbury adding "the system is as corrupt as we are."

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 25, 2012, 03:53:05 PM
Sun is out, do baby fawns like the pool?

(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/f6fc8968.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on July 25, 2012, 03:55:33 PM
ha! i knew that gd sun would come back out pretty quickly. should be smooth sailing the rest of the afternoon lsoc.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 25, 2012, 03:59:10 PM
ha! i knew that gd sun would come back out pretty quickly. should be smooth sailing the rest of the afternoon lsoc.

Yup, I had faith.  I'm going to lay out like Petrino on a Harley.  Ftb
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on July 25, 2012, 04:26:07 PM
what a story rick, so glad you are safe.

and limestone let me know how that slide is
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 25, 2012, 05:28:46 PM
what a story rick, so glad you are safe.

and limestone let me know how that slide is

It's great.  I went down with the 2 fawns.  I was in the middle.  It was adorbs.

Now I am sitting on my private balcony, looking up Pike's Peak, drinking a Tito's and soda.
Title: travel thread
Post by: Pete on July 25, 2012, 07:05:58 PM
This is a great thread, I always forget to read it.  Just a treasure.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on July 25, 2012, 10:14:14 PM
hey guys, i just wanted to say that i really love traveling and really enjoy reading this thread!  C ya later!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 26, 2012, 07:20:08 AM
hey guys, i just wanted to say that i really love traveling and really enjoy reading this thread!  C ya later!

man, me too kc
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: AppleJack on July 26, 2012, 07:49:06 AM
I'll be spending a week in Tuscaloosa a week before school starts  :dunno:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on July 26, 2012, 08:56:42 AM
Bachelor Party in Cancun this October. Staying at an all inclusive

http://www.riu.com/en/Paises/mexico/cancun/hotel-riu-palace-las-americas/index.jsp

Anyone been there or to any all inclusives in Cancun?

Looking to go deep sea fishing one day if anyone has any recomendo's
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 26, 2012, 09:05:51 AM
Bachelor Party in Cancun this October. Staying at an all inclusive

http://www.riu.com/en/Paises/mexico/cancun/hotel-riu-palace-las-americas/index.jsp

Anyone been there or to any all inclusives in Cancun?

Looking to go deep sea fishing one day if anyone has any recomendo's

I've stayed at the Excellence Playa Mujeres which is basically Cancun.  It was nice.  I enjoy ordering room service and also requesting a 12 pack of iced down pacifico to come with the food just in case I feel like drinking them. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on July 26, 2012, 09:07:01 AM
hey guys, i just wanted to say that i really love traveling and really enjoy reading this thread!  C ya later!

man, me too kc

Ready for a mind-blow? just look who started this thread  :sdeek:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 26, 2012, 09:14:40 AM
hey guys, i just wanted to say that i really love traveling and really enjoy reading this thread!  C ya later!

man, me too kc

Ready for a mind-blow? just look who started this thread  :sdeek:

fwiw, I just merged a bunch of travel related threads into this one and changed the first post to "IT'S THE OFFICIAL TRAVEL THREAD Y'ALL!" that's why everyone immediately starts in on Portland. iirc jtksu said something about Portland sucking because beems just moved there.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on July 26, 2012, 09:36:23 AM
hey guys, i just wanted to say that i really love traveling and really enjoy reading this thread!  C ya later!

man, me too kc

Ready for a mind-blow? just look who started this thread  :sdeek:

fwiw, I just merged a bunch of travel related threads into this one and changed the first post to "IT'S THE OFFICIAL TRAVEL THREAD Y'ALL!" that's why everyone immediately starts in on Portland. iirc jtksu said something about Portland sucking because beems just moved there.

This scenario makes much more sense
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 26, 2012, 03:38:57 PM
Good to know.  :lol: @ the thought of carrying luggage on subways.

I see people w/ luggage every day on BART.

I'm not saying people don't do it, I'm saying  :lol: at people who do. Get a cab you cheap ass.

If the time is comparable, (which it usually is if you're in a city where it doesn't make sense to rent a car),  I would almost always prefer transit. Cabs are smelly and gross and awkward more than they are overpriced. (Cabs in NYC are surprisingly affordable)

http://boingboing.net/2012/07/26/bart-escalators-caked-in-human.html
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on July 26, 2012, 03:46:39 PM
just saw LSOC's mountain golf pics, figured I'd add mine from a week ago: (https://p.twimg.com/AyMlSIVCMAA9RPC.jpg:large)
(https://p.twimg.com/AyMliMCCQAE8uYJ.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 26, 2012, 07:16:07 PM
Good to know.  :lol: @ the thought of carrying luggage on subways.

I see people w/ luggage every day on BART.

I'm not saying people don't do it, I'm saying  :lol: at people who do. Get a cab you cheap ass.

If the time is comparable, (which it usually is if you're in a city where it doesn't make sense to rent a car),  I would almost always prefer transit. Cabs are smelly and gross and awkward more than they are overpriced. (Cabs in NYC are surprisingly affordable)

http://boingboing.net/2012/07/26/bart-escalators-caked-in-human.html

well, yeah, it's the civic center stop. :lol:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 26, 2012, 07:17:19 PM
also, taking an impromptu trip to Reno this weekend for some seedy smoke-filled old-timey gambling halls at night and tahoe during the day. should be a good time.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: OK_Cat on July 27, 2012, 02:32:44 PM
Bachelor Party in Cancun this October. Staying at an all inclusive

http://www.riu.com/en/Paises/mexico/cancun/hotel-riu-palace-las-americas/index.jsp

Anyone been there or to any all inclusives in Cancun?

Looking to go deep sea fishing one day if anyone has any recomendo's

i stayed at that place, it's pretty nice.  no complaints.

in between getting shitfaced, you and your bros should do this  http://www.cancun-discounts.com/tours/cancun/bob-tour.htm 

it was fun
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 27, 2012, 04:20:15 PM
Penrose room tonight!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 28, 2012, 11:00:17 AM
DIA, termy A.  Adorbs


(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/6f22e495.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on July 28, 2012, 11:02:06 AM
DIA, termy A.  Adorbs

Say hi to the other illEMAWnati for us.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 28, 2012, 11:17:20 AM
lol at one time trim and I were randomly there at the same time and mrs. dave and I were both violently ill
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 28, 2012, 11:18:55 AM
DIA, termy A.  Adorbs

Say hi to the other illEMAWnati for us.

(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/292b62c6.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 28, 2012, 11:19:56 AM
DIA, termy A.  Adorbs

Say hi to the other illEMAWnati for us.

(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/542f277f.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 28, 2012, 11:20:38 AM
 :lol:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on July 28, 2012, 11:21:34 AM
So blessed.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bubbles4ksu on July 28, 2012, 12:31:34 PM
yesterday i drove from kc to indianapolis and then from akron to nyc.
Title: Re: travel thread
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Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on July 28, 2012, 12:56:41 PM
yesterday i drove from kc to indianapolis and then from akron to nyc.

How did you get from Indianapolis to Akron?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on July 28, 2012, 01:05:03 PM
yesterday i drove from kc to indianapolis and then from akron to nyc.

How did you get from Indianapolis to Akron?

probably flew
Title: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on July 28, 2012, 01:06:36 PM
yesterday i drove from kc to indianapolis and then from akron to nyc.

How did you get from Indianapolis to Akron?

probably flew

Sleepwalked
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on July 28, 2012, 01:07:41 PM
yesterday i drove from kc to indianapolis and then from akron to nyc.

How did you get from Indianapolis to Akron?

Someone else was driving
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Pete on July 28, 2012, 01:08:31 PM
yesterday i drove from kc to indianapolis and then from akron to nyc.

How did you get from Indianapolis to Akron?

probably flew

Sleepwalked

So many holes in this story.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Pete on July 28, 2012, 01:09:01 PM
Answer the rough ridin' question, Ging!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bubbles4ksu on July 28, 2012, 01:19:01 PM
I was/am helping my sister move from KC to NYC. She drove from Indy to Akron.

We stopped in Columbus to take a look at The Horseshoe. The stadium is as impressive as you would imagine, but campus and the surrounding area is Topeka-esque. I had planned to stop in State College and get a photo at the JoePa statue, but it didn't work out.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on July 28, 2012, 01:37:04 PM
I was/am helping my sister move from KC to NYC. She drove from Indy to Akron.

We stopped in Columbus to take a look at The Horseshoe. The stadium is as impressive as you would imagine, but campus and the surrounding area is Topeka-esque. I had planned to stop in State College and get a photo at the JoePa statue, but it didn't work out.

 :cool:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on July 28, 2012, 01:53:24 PM
I was hoping for something more exciting
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Tobias on July 28, 2012, 03:30:43 PM
I was/am helping my sister move from KC to NYC. She drove from Indy to Akron.

We stopped in Columbus to take a look at The Horseshoe. The stadium is as impressive as you would imagine, but campus and the surrounding area is Topeka-esque. I had planned to stop in State College and get a photo at the JoePa statue, but it didn't work out.

lol, isn't that like under 1/4 of a 21+hr trip?

*f.o.e.
Title: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on July 28, 2012, 04:01:38 PM
I was/am helping my sister move from KC to NYC. She drove from Indy to Akron.

We stopped in Columbus to take a look at The Horseshoe. The stadium is as impressive as you would imagine, but campus and the surrounding area is Topeka-esque. I had planned to stop in State College and get a photo at the JoePa statue, but it didn't work out.

lol, isn't that like under 1/4 of a 21+hr trip?

*f.o.e.

Yes. As someone who has made the drive from DC to Wichita multiple times, I can confirm that Ging's sister basically drove long enough for him to eat one last sonic burger and take a 15- minute nap.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bubbles4ksu on July 28, 2012, 06:23:07 PM
I was/am helping my sister move from KC to NYC. She drove from Indy to Akron.

We stopped in Columbus to take a look at The Horseshoe. The stadium is as impressive as you would imagine, but campus and the surrounding area is Topeka-esque. I had planned to stop in State College and get a photo at the JoePa statue, but it didn't work out.

lol, isn't that like under 1/4 of a 21+hr trip?

*f.o.e.

Yes. As someone who has made the drive from DC to Wichita multiple times, I can confirm that Ging's sister basically drove long enough for him to eat one last sonic burger and take a 15- minute nap.

Close. I drank two beers then had time to sleep for three entire fun. songs. She is paying for tickets to the MoNH and NEWSIES tomorrow, so I haven't complained.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on July 28, 2012, 08:55:39 PM
Ging is a rough ridin' saint you losers.  Go fcuk yourselves. 
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 28, 2012, 09:28:58 PM
Ging is a rough ridin' saint you losers.  Go fcuk yourselves.

Weird post
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 28, 2012, 09:32:07 PM
Ging is a rough ridin' saint you losers.  Go fcuk yourselves.

Weird post

it was a fantastic kc post.  go eff yourself. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 30, 2012, 01:29:12 PM
reno was great. would return. If you like O'Sheas you would love Downtown Reno because there are about 10 city blocks of O'Sheas-esque places. Fun stuff.

Also, Tahoe is very pretty. did a little hike up to a waterfall on our way back to the Bay. NBD.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 30, 2012, 01:52:11 PM
reno was great. would return. If you like O'Sheas you would love Downtown Reno because there are about 10 city blocks of O'Sheas-esque places. Fun stuff.

Also, Tahoe is very pretty. did a little hike up to a waterfall on our way back to the Bay. NBD.

was the place young/hipsterish like o'sheas had become or old hilarous fat elvis'y?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 'taterblast on July 30, 2012, 01:59:58 PM
Door County, Wisconsin  -  pro tips please
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on July 30, 2012, 02:01:14 PM
Door County, Wisconsin  -  pro tips please

having never heard of the place I'm guessing, like, cheese curds, apples and light american beer?  that's what I'd do anyway. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Pete on July 30, 2012, 02:07:43 PM
Door County, Wisconsin  -  pro tips please

Eat at the place that has a grass roof that goats grace on.  That's always fun.

Also, this is the best Fish Fry in the state, and they make mean Whiskey Old Fashions

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/322/1321826/restaurant/Wisconsin/Fishing-Hole-Sturgeon-Bay



Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Pete on July 30, 2012, 02:09:01 PM
Door County, Wisconsin  -  pro tips please

Eat at the place that has a grass roof that goats grace on.  That's always fun.

Also, this is the best Fish Fry in the state, and they make mean Whiskey Old Fashions

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/322/1321826/restaurant/Wisconsin/Fishing-Hole-Sturgeon-Bay

and I should have mentioned that it's not really a "fish fry" meal unless it's a Friday night.  Cannot over emphasize that point. 
Title: travel thread
Post by: puniraptor on July 30, 2012, 02:10:40 PM
Fish boil
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Pete on July 30, 2012, 02:17:03 PM
Fish boil

Denied.  Not even people from Wisconsin like fish boils.  Horrible.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on July 30, 2012, 02:26:39 PM
Walleye - eat all the walleye you can get your hands on.    :lick:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on July 30, 2012, 02:33:19 PM
reno was great. would return. If you like O'Sheas you would love Downtown Reno because there are about 10 city blocks of O'Sheas-esque places. Fun stuff.

Also, Tahoe is very pretty. did a little hike up to a waterfall on our way back to the Bay. NBD.

was the place young/hipsterish like o'sheas had become or old hilarous fat elvis'y?

hilarious fat elvisy and young blue collar types. Don't know why more young SF hipsters don't make the trip.
Title: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on July 30, 2012, 02:35:33 PM
All the eqypt hyatts are basically free on either points or cash.

This place was kind of cool but def not great. Lots of fat Russians with fantastically hot wives and bad person kids. 12 restaurants that were all pretty subpar. The diving tour was awesome though. And they had a huge 4-story water slide that was embarrassingly enjoyable.

Also, my Swedish roommate my freshman year of college called me "fat Elvis" because of my sideburns.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Pete on July 30, 2012, 02:44:17 PM
Walleye - eat all the walleye you can get your hands on.    :lick:

The classic fish fry comes with fries, slaw, and buttered rye bread.  Always rye bread if you are authentic.

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a107/big12north/fishinghole.jpg)


More about the Fishing Hole
http://www.doorcounty.com/blog/?p=73

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 30, 2012, 04:45:54 PM
Can anyone tell me about the Peninsula in Beverly Hills?  Like actually a nice place or just a nice website?  TIA.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on July 30, 2012, 04:48:14 PM
Can anyone tell me about the Peninsula in Beverly Hills?  Like actually a nice place or just a nice website?  TIA.

ver nice.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 30, 2012, 04:50:21 PM
Can anyone tell me about the Peninsula in Beverly Hills?  Like actually a nice place or just a nice website?  TIA.

ver nice.

Well this is good news for both me and the Peninsula in Beverly Hills.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: KCFDcat on July 31, 2012, 10:46:27 AM
Door County, Wisconsin  -  pro tips please

Don't expect to go there and have a wild time. it's basically just farm country, Don't get me wrong, I love the place have been several times, but it's a place to relax and just do nothing.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: KCFDcat on July 31, 2012, 10:47:42 AM
Going to Portland, OR in September. anyone been there? going to be doing some brewery tours and maybe a bike rental...
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on July 31, 2012, 10:55:12 AM
Going to Portland, OR in September. anyone been there? going to be doing some brewery tours and maybe a bike rental...

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=12998.msg291519#msg291519
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: nicname on July 31, 2012, 11:01:02 AM
Can anyone tell me about the Peninsula in Beverly Hills?  Like actually a nice place or just a nice website?  TIA.

ver nice.

Well this is good news for both me and the Peninsula in Beverly Hills.

http://www.malibuseafood.com/
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: KCFDcat on July 31, 2012, 11:24:58 AM
Going to Portland, OR in September. anyone been there? going to be doing some brewery tours and maybe a bike rental...

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=12998.msg291519#msg291519
[/quote

the back and forth about whether or not portland is a shithole doesn't really help me.

although, I am looking forward to the possibility of running into beems.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on July 31, 2012, 11:29:51 AM
Going to Portland, OR in September. anyone been there? going to be doing some brewery tours and maybe a bike rental...

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=12998.msg291519#msg291519

the back and forth about whether or not portland is a shithole doesn't really help me.

although, I am looking forward to the possibility of running into beems.

Jakesie and 8mp can tell you more about the meth.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on July 31, 2012, 02:37:35 PM
Going to Portland, OR in September. anyone been there? going to be doing some brewery tours and maybe a bike rental...

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=12998.msg291519#msg291519

the back and forth about whether or not portland is a shithole doesn't really help me.

although, I am looking forward to the possibility of running into beems.

Jakesie and 8mp can tell you more about the meth.

:dubious:
Title: travel thread
Post by: puniraptor on July 31, 2012, 07:15:36 PM
San Antonio. River Walk. Right Now. Lone Wolf. Pro Tips?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on July 31, 2012, 07:54:46 PM
Going to Portland, OR in September. anyone been there? going to be doing some brewery tours and maybe a bike rental...

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=12998.msg291519#msg291519
[/quote

the back and forth about whether or not portland is a shithole doesn't really help me.

although, I am looking forward to the possibility of running into beems.

He doesn't live in Portland.  He lives in some town named after a lake, probably the equivalent of Olathe.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 3maw on August 04, 2012, 02:34:05 AM
heading down to colombia in a few days. not skank ass interstate armpit where mizzou is. but as in the largest exporter of flowers, coffee, and cocaine.  :ohno: any tips?

also, how legal is it to bring back coffee from there? prob taking a tour of some old roasteries, and don't want customs to take my juan valdez  :shakesfist:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on August 04, 2012, 09:57:33 AM
heading down to colombia in a few days. not skank ass interstate armpit where mizzou is. but as in the largest exporter of flowers, coffee, and cocaine.  :ohno: any tips?

also, how legal is it to bring back coffee from there? prob taking a tour of some old roasteries, and don't want customs to take my juan valdez  :shakesfist:

Bring back a kilo of coke for the sprint center 2012 pak, TIA.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on August 08, 2012, 08:50:44 AM
Taking recommendations for an isolated carry-onable suitcase.  The small one that's part of the cheap set I got from BB&B is in rough shape.  Needed for upcoming 3-day trip to a 10m pocket planes town.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 08, 2012, 08:55:03 AM
hands down the best-for-the-price carry on is the Travelpro crew series.  I have two of the Crew 8 22" rollaboard suiters for mrs. dave and myself.  They just came out with the Crew 9 so you may be able to get a good deal on amazon or somewhere for the Crew 8 or just get the Crew 9 because I'm sure it's elite.  It will carry on to all regular sized birds but you will have to gate check on american eagle and other commuter jets but you would have to with anything bigger than a briefcase.

http://www.travelpro.com/collection.cfm?collection=Crew%209
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 08, 2012, 08:56:26 AM
yes, confirmed ridiculous low prices for the Crew 8.  everyone should buy one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Travelpro-Expandable-Rollaboard-Suiter-Size/dp/B003H4Q06O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344434154&sr=8-1&keywords=travelpro+crew+22

amazon prices on the new Crew 9 also pretty good

http://www.amazon.com/Travelpro-Luggage-22-Inch-Expandable-Rollaboard/dp/B0089AXY7O/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1344434154&sr=8-2&keywords=travelpro+crew+22

I've not played with a Crew 9 so I don't know what upgrades they've made.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on August 08, 2012, 08:57:03 AM
hands down the best-for-the-price carry on is the Travelpro crew series.  I have two of the Crew 8 22" rollaboard suiters for mrs. dave and myself.  They just came out with the Crew 9 so you may be able to get a good deal on amazon or somewhere for the Crew 8 or just get the Crew 9 because I'm sure it's elite.  It will carry on to all regular sized birds but you will have to gate check on american eagle and other commuter jets but you would have to with anything bigger than a briefcase.

http://www.travelpro.com/collection.cfm?collection=Crew%209

Travelpro is absolutely the best in its price class. Can confirm.

Tumi best overall.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 08, 2012, 09:02:03 AM
Yeah, Tumi is elite, no doubt.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kitten_mittons on August 08, 2012, 12:02:22 PM
Going to Hawaii in January.  Bing says they are 80% sure the flight prices will be dropping like 50 bucks?  Should I care?  Or should I just buy the tickets and not have to worry about checking prices every day?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 08, 2012, 12:18:14 PM
Going to Hawaii in January.  Bing says they are 80% sure the flight prices will be dropping like 50 bucks?  Should I care?  Or should I just buy the tickets and not have to worry about checking prices every day?

what are prices currently?  why don't you have miles to go free?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kitten_mittons on August 08, 2012, 12:25:11 PM
Going to Hawaii in January.  Bing says they are 80% sure the flight prices will be dropping like 50 bucks?  Should I care?  Or should I just buy the tickets and not have to worry about checking prices every day?

what are prices currently?  why don't you have miles to go free?
Around $800.00.  Seem like pretty good prices. I don't like to use my miles on economy, and I just don't care enough about this flight for some reason to want to fly business class.  Plus for the planes I'm on, business class isn't much better than coach.  I'll probably fly like a baller when I go to London next summer, though.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on August 08, 2012, 12:26:32 PM
Man, I really hate the heavy users of the four wheel roller bags. Yeah, I know they're more practical in line or something but it usually seems like the fools pushing them along between gates are smug assholes in pleated khakis and polo shirts with logos and a Bluetooth headset.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 08, 2012, 12:27:28 PM
Going to Hawaii in January.  Bing says they are 80% sure the flight prices will be dropping like 50 bucks?  Should I care?  Or should I just buy the tickets and not have to worry about checking prices every day?

what are prices currently?  why don't you have miles to go free?
Around $800.00.  Seem like pretty good prices. I don't like to use my miles on economy, and I just don't care enough about this flight for some reason to want to fly business class.  Plus for the planes I'm on, business class isn't much better than coach.  I'll probably fly like a baller when I go to London next summer, though.

ok.  yeah, not a bad rate.  You will sometimes/rarley see a $600 RT rate but $800 is probably the average. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 08, 2012, 12:29:18 PM
Man, I really hate the heavy users of the four wheel roller bags. Yeah, I know they're more practical in line our something but it usually seems like the fools pushing them along between gates are smug assholes in pleated khakis and polo shirts with logos and a Bluetooth headset.

yeah, agree.  I have a MONSTER samsonite 4 wheel roller but it rarely gets used.  Will be pulling it out for the first time in awhile in November where I have a 70 lbs weight limit on an extended winter trip. 
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on August 08, 2012, 12:35:50 PM
Man, I really hate the heavy users of the four wheel roller bags. Yeah, I know they're more practical in line our something but it usually seems like the fools pushing them along between gates are smug assholes in pleated khakis and polo shirts with logos and a Bluetooth headset.

yeah, agree.  I have a MONSTER samsonite 4 wheel roller but it rarely gets used.  Will be pulling it out for the first time in awhile in November where I have a 70 lbs weight limit on an extended winter trip.

Can you pull them like you would a two wheel roller? I think it's the dorks just pushing them along in open space that really grind my gears.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on August 08, 2012, 12:37:54 PM
Man, I really hate the heavy users of the four wheel roller bags. Yeah, I know they're more practical in line our something but it usually seems like the fools pushing them along between gates are smug assholes in pleated khakis and polo shirts with logos and a Bluetooth headset.

yeah, agree.  I have a MONSTER samsonite 4 wheel roller but it rarely gets used.  Will be pulling it out for the first time in awhile in November where I have a 70 lbs weight limit on an extended winter trip.

Can you pull them like you would a two wheel roller? I think it's the dorks just pushing them along in open space that really grind my gears.

This is critical.  I'm fine w/getting the 4-wheeler linked above, but I want to be able to pull it like a normal dude in shorts, flip-flops and a pak head shirt.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 08, 2012, 12:39:43 PM
Man, I really hate the heavy users of the four wheel roller bags. Yeah, I know they're more practical in line our something but it usually seems like the fools pushing them along between gates are smug assholes in pleated khakis and polo shirts with logos and a Bluetooth headset.

yeah, agree.  I have a MONSTER samsonite 4 wheel roller but it rarely gets used.  Will be pulling it out for the first time in awhile in November where I have a 70 lbs weight limit on an extended winter trip.

Can you pull them like you would a two wheel roller? I think it's the dorks just pushing them along in open space that really grind my gears.

This is critical.  I'm fine w/getting the 4-wheeler linked above, but I want to be able to pull it like a normal dude in shorts, flip-flops and a pak head shirt.

that's a two wheeler linked above.  it's rough ridin' elite.  buy it already. 
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 08, 2012, 12:41:02 PM
Man, I really hate the heavy users of the four wheel roller bags. Yeah, I know they're more practical in line our something but it usually seems like the fools pushing them along between gates are smug assholes in pleated khakis and polo shirts with logos and a Bluetooth headset.

yeah, agree.  I have a MONSTER samsonite 4 wheel roller but it rarely gets used.  Will be pulling it out for the first time in awhile in November where I have a 70 lbs weight limit on an extended winter trip.

Can you pull them like you would a two wheel roller? I think it's the dorks just pushing them along in open space that really grind my gears.

the small ones you can and they do piss me off when they are hogging up space.  mine you can but it's difficult because of its massive size.  it's not really what you are talking about I don't think. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 08, 2012, 12:42:53 PM
roller board = 2 wheels, make great carry ons, linked above

spinner = 4 wheels, piss off rusty, good if you need a massive bag as they roll around with no effort or leaning over
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on August 08, 2012, 12:46:13 PM
roller board = 2 wheels, make great carry ons, linked above

spinner = 4 wheels, piss off rusty, good if you need a massive bag as they roll around with no effort or leaning over

the spinners do seem very handy in tight spaces.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on August 08, 2012, 12:58:52 PM
that's a two wheeler linked above.  it's rough ridin' elite.  buy it already. 

:lol:  Looked at it briefly on my phone while driving earlier and thought those nubs at the foreground were wheels.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on August 08, 2012, 01:11:05 PM
that's a two wheeler linked above.  it's rough ridin' elite.  buy it already. 

:lol:  Looked at it briefly on my phone while driving earlier and thought those nubs at the foreground were wheels.

Same

SD, will it do wheels out on a 737? My current roller us fine on a 757, but I have to turn it on some of the 737's.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 08, 2012, 01:12:28 PM
22" is the largest carry on according to US carriers.  Don't get a 24"
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on August 08, 2012, 09:25:37 PM
I just ordered the 9s, both the 22-inch 2-wheeler and the 21-inch 4-wheeler.  Both were prime, free shipping, free returns, so I'll see which is better or if there's use for both.
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 09, 2012, 06:18:05 AM
You won't regret it
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on August 09, 2012, 01:15:15 PM
Man, I really hate the heavy users of the four wheel roller bags. Yeah, I know they're more practical in line our something but it usually seems like the fools pushing them along between gates are smug assholes in pleated khakis and polo shirts with logos and a Bluetooth headset.

yeah, agree.  I have a MONSTER samsonite 4 wheel roller but it rarely gets used.  Will be pulling it out for the first time in awhile in November where I have a 70 lbs weight limit on an extended winter trip. 

november?  where are you going in november that would require the use of a 70lb weight limit 4 wheel roller  :confused:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on August 11, 2012, 09:25:15 AM
I just ordered the 9s, both the 22-inch 2-wheeler and the 21-inch 4-wheeler.  Both were prime, free shipping, free returns, so I'll see which is better or if there's use for both.

They arrived yesterday.  Think I'm gonna keep the 4-wheeler and exchange the 2-wheeler for the giant version of the 4-wheeler and be set for a while.  Very easy to roll the 4-wheeler 2-wheel-style when walking a  long way and not look like a pleated bad person.  The 4-wheeler's handle has a little more substance to it and the suit bag thing can be taken out when not needed but is permanently built in on the 2-wheeler.  Neither had the foam-padded front pocket to put a laptop in, but I've found a perfect bag for all my tech stuff (see dlew grad gift thread) so I don't think I'd be using it ever anyway.

EDIT: The suit bar and cover thing can be removed from the 2-wheeler, but on the 4-wheeler it's a bag that you load your suit in and drop it in the suitcase vs. a slot that the suit goes in and folds up while attached to the inside of the top part of the suitcase..
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 11, 2012, 10:01:52 AM
pretty elite though amirite
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on August 11, 2012, 07:24:33 AM
pretty elite though amirite

Looks that way.  Of course, I've done nothing other than inspect them in my living room.

Are there maximum size limits on checked bags?  They've got the same 9 spinner in 25, 26, 28 and 29 relatively cheap too.  I'll get the biggest one that won't be a hassle. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 11, 2012, 07:27:19 AM
pretty elite though amirite

Looks that way.  Of course, I've done nothing other than inspect them in my living room.

Are there maximum size limits on checked bags?  They've got the same 9 spinner in 25, 26, 28 and 29 relatively cheap too.  I'll get the biggest one that won't be a hassle.

In general 9x14x22 is the max. the 22" one is the largest size that will fit in all full size domestic jets (not using the expandable part). if the 4 wheeler is equal or less dimensions it'll be good to go.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on August 11, 2012, 11:32:46 AM
pretty elite though amirite

Looks that way.  Of course, I've done nothing other than inspect them in my living room.

Are there maximum size limits on checked bags?  They've got the same 9 spinner in 25, 26, 28 and 29 relatively cheap too.  I'll get the biggest one that won't be a hassle.

In general 9x14x22 is the max. the 22" one is the largest size that will fit in all full size domestic jets (not using the expandable part). if the 4 wheeler is equal or less dimensions it'll be good to go.

I'm keeping the 21-inch 4-wheeler for a carry-on bag.  I want to get a big 4-wheeler to check for long trips.  Any reason not to get the biggest one they make?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 11, 2012, 11:43:19 AM
pretty elite though amirite

Looks that way.  Of course, I've done nothing other than inspect them in my living room.

Are there maximum size limits on checked bags?  They've got the same 9 spinner in 25, 26, 28 and 29 relatively cheap too.  I'll get the biggest one that won't be a hassle.

In general 9x14x22 is the max. the 22" one is the largest size that will fit in all full size domestic jets (not using the expandable part). if the 4 wheeler is equal or less dimensions it'll be good to go.

I'm keeping the 21-inch 4-wheeler for a carry-on bag.  I want to get a big 4-wheeler to check for long trips.  Any reason not to get the biggest one they make?

the only reason would be that it's a pain in the ass to get it under 50 lbs to check.  I'd shoot for the next to biggest personally if doing it again. our monster bag can't be filled anywhere near full or it goes over 50 and we have to pay extra to check it.  70 lbs is the weight limit if flying first class. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: john "teach me how to" dougie on August 11, 2012, 12:24:08 PM
pretty elite though amirite

Looks that way.  Of course, I've done nothing other than inspect them in my living room.

Are there maximum size limits on checked bags?  They've got the same 9 spinner in 25, 26, 28 and 29 relatively cheap too.  I'll get the biggest one that won't be a hassle.

In general 9x14x22 is the max. the 22" one is the largest size that will fit in all full size domestic jets (not using the expandable part). if the 4 wheeler is equal or less dimensions it'll be good to go.

I'm keeping the 21-inch 4-wheeler for a carry-on bag.  I want to get a big 4-wheeler to check for long trips.  Any reason not to get the biggest one they make?

the only reason would be that it's a pain in the ass to get it under 50 lbs to check.  I'd shoot for the next to biggest personally if doing it again. our monster bag can't be filled anywhere near full or it goes over 50 and we have to pay extra to check it.  70 lbs is the weight limit if flying first class.

Flew Delta (dislike) a couple of weeks ago and the wife's bag was at 54 lbs. They only wanted $90 extra for the 4 lbs over
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: TheHamburglar on August 12, 2012, 09:04:07 PM
Going to NYC tomorrow, never been.  Flying in to LaGuardia & staying in Midtown.  Subway or Taxi to my hotel?  This is my only real question, going to wing-it the rest of the time.  I like winging-it when I go somewhere on vacation, and I figure Manhattan is probably the best winging-it location in North America.
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 12, 2012, 09:10:07 PM
Taxi
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: TheHamburglar on August 12, 2012, 09:31:33 PM
Taxi

Thanks, will do.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on August 13, 2012, 09:56:28 AM
Taxi

Thanks, will do.

no way, hop on the subway.


lol
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on August 13, 2012, 09:57:26 AM
Taxi

Thanks, will do.

no way, hop on the subway.


lol

goEMAW is like google maps except you get PI'd with your answer
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on August 13, 2012, 10:24:56 AM
Taxi

Thanks, will do.

bus
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 13, 2012, 10:25:34 AM
Taxi

Thanks, will do.

bus

have you done this?  curious how long it takes. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on August 13, 2012, 10:27:03 AM
Taxi

Thanks, will do.

bus

have you done this?  curious how long it takes.

Have done twice. First time was about 20 minutes. Second time about an hour due to waiting for next bus. Takes you to Grand Central. It's like $12
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 13, 2012, 10:31:32 AM
that's not bad but isn't going to end up saving a couple people much money at all.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on August 13, 2012, 10:34:35 AM
Taxi

Thanks, will do.

bus

have you done this?  curious how long it takes.

have done this a couple times, abotu 30 minutes for both. but depending on where you're going you'll have to take the subway from there, so i would say taxi is best unless you're going to Port Authority or GC.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on August 13, 2012, 12:48:36 PM
Taxi

Thanks, will do.

bus

have you done this?  curious how long it takes.

Have done twice. First time was about 20 minutes. Second time about an hour due to waiting for next bus. Takes you to Grand Central. It's like $12

not that bus. I'm talking about the one that takes you straight to uptown for $2 or whatever the MTA costs. I've actually done the bus/subway combo. You get off the bus and hop on a train in Queens. What's more winging it than getting off a bus in some random intersection in Queens? It doesn't take long, depending on how close you are to the next bus.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 13, 2012, 12:50:21 PM
a cab from LGA to anywhere you want to go is, like, $30.  nothing mentioned so far can really compete with it. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on August 13, 2012, 12:53:01 PM
a cab from LGA to anywhere you want to go is, like, $30.  nothing mentioned so far can really compete with it. 

except the bus/subway that takes the exact same amount of time for $2.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 13, 2012, 12:53:59 PM
a cab from LGA to anywhere you want to go is, like, $30.  nothing mentioned so far can really compete with it. 

except the bus/subway that takes the exact same amount of time for $2.

lol at the exact same amount of time  :lol:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on August 13, 2012, 12:56:39 PM
a cab from LGA to anywhere you want to go is, like, $30.  nothing mentioned so far can really compete with it. 

except the bus/subway that takes the exact same amount of time for $2.

lol at the exact same amount of time comment  :lol:

"oh, what's that, you're stuck on the queensboro bridge in a fart-absorbing taxi? oh, I'm already at the bar. :lol:"
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 13, 2012, 12:59:43 PM
midtown tunnel dipshit
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Teddy_Westside on August 13, 2012, 03:20:52 PM
a cab from LGA to anywhere you want to go is, like, $30.  nothing mentioned so far can really compete with it.

That's pretty much exactly what hamburglar and I just spent from LGA to our hotel.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: raquetcat on August 14, 2012, 05:38:28 PM
a cab from LGA to anywhere you want to go is, like, $30.  nothing mentioned so far can really compete with it.

That's pretty much exactly what hamburglar and I just spent from LGA to our hotel.
Oh man I can just imagine hamburglar, t. Westside, and other triplet bro tearing up NYC
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on August 17, 2012, 12:49:22 AM
Very pleased with the travelpro crew 9 21-inch 4-wheeler in its debut.  I found myself pushing it quite a bit rather than pulling it on 2 wheels, but in either shorts/sandals/pakhead shirt or my suit and tie, so hopefully I didn't look like a pleated bad person.  Just ordered the 25 and 29 inch'rs to round out the set.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kitten_mittons on August 23, 2012, 11:34:45 AM
I'm in saint Louis until Sunday, where are some good places to go to eat? Lunch and dinner suggestions are accepted. They already started taking about going to Texas road house some night, I need to stop this talk quickly. Tia.

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Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on August 23, 2012, 11:44:26 AM
I'm in saint Louis until Sunday, where are some good places to go to eat? Lunch and dinner suggestions are accepted. They already started taking about going to Texas road house some night, I need to stop this talk quickly. Tia.

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Ask the concierge. Even if you are at a Holiday Inn Express, they will tell you where to eat. Tell them you want to avoid the chains and don't ask when your friends are around, because they might say, "Is there a Bennigans around here!?" I have eaten at a couple of great restaurants down town, but I can't think of the names right now.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: puniraptor on August 23, 2012, 11:46:10 AM
There is a good brewpub at Laclede's Landing which is basically aggieville. St. Louis Brewery (Schafly) has a pub with food also, which is sweet. Pappy's smokehouse was on man vs food. The Hill is full of good italian places that get hyped alot.

i think maybe you can also find a few Cheesecake Factories.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on August 23, 2012, 12:08:56 PM
I'm in saint Louis until Sunday, where are some good places to go to eat? Lunch and dinner suggestions are accepted. They already started taking about going to Texas road house some night, I need to stop this talk quickly. Tia.

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Zio's on the Hill, great Italian food.

Broadway Oyster Bar - Nice little dive bar across from Cardinals stadium if you like oysters and cajun food.   

If you want upscale, Farmhaus is supposed to be great.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on August 23, 2012, 01:59:45 PM
there's a mcdonald's located ON A RIVER BOAT (river boat) right down by the arch.  yes, it's in the water LMAO.  did i say a river jeep?  did i say land spaceship?  it's an actual river boat.  huge white one.  regardless, you have to check it out.  every few hours  they untie it and head up and down the Mississippi back and forth, up and down, circles, etc.  it's a fantastic time.   every time.  i'll tell you what, i spent hours on it last time i was in the STL.  the captain let me drive it for a while.  i can email him if you ask me to in this thread.  just reply to this post and say so because i will do it.  no worries, just get me an ice cold brew sometime. 


you've got to check it out.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: kitten_mittons on August 23, 2012, 03:00:03 PM
there's a mcdonald's located ON A RIVER BOAT (river boat) right down by the arch.  yes, it's in the water LMAO.  did i say a river jeep?  did i say land spaceship?  it's an actual river boat.  huge white one.  regardless, you have to check it out.  every few hours  they untie it and head up and down the Mississippi back and forth, up and down, circles, etc.  it's a fantastic time.   every time.  i'll tell you what, i spent hours on it last time i was in the STL.  the captain let me drive it for a while.  i can email him if you ask me to in this thread.  just reply to this post and say so because i will do it.  no worries, just get me an ice cold brew sometime. 


you've got to check it out.
We had some McDonald's breakfast right before we left, then lunch at the McDonald's in Columbia (college town McDonald's :love: ) there is one at the cardinals stadium, and let's face it, who isn't going to eat at  McDonald's if they see one, IN A BASEBALL STADIUM?!!? I've never had McDonald's on a boat this week, so I might have to try that out? Is there one at the top of the arch? If not, I don't see a reason to go up there.

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Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on August 23, 2012, 03:10:09 PM
don't go up in the arch, it's not safe up there and there's nothing to eat.   period.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on August 23, 2012, 03:16:18 PM
don't go up in the arch, it's not safe up there and there's nothing to eat.   period.
Yeah, if the elevator breaks, you only have 15 minutes of oxygen. It is a major design flaw.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on August 23, 2012, 03:17:45 PM
don't go up in the arch, it's not safe up there and there's nothing to eat.   period.
Yeah, if the elevator breaks, you only have 15 minutes of oxygen. It is a major design flaw.

Well i mean you could just pop open a window
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on August 23, 2012, 03:20:49 PM
don't go up in the arch, it's not safe up there and there's nothing to eat.   period.
Yeah, if the elevator breaks, you only have 15 minutes of oxygen. It is a major design flaw.

Well i mean you could just pop open a window
At that altitude?  :horrorsurprise: Are you nuts? You'd get sucked right out of there from the pressure difference.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on August 23, 2012, 03:26:28 PM
there's a mcdonald's located ON A RIVER BOAT (river boat) right down by the arch.  yes, it's in the water LMAO.  did i say a river jeep?  did i say land spaceship?  it's an actual river boat.  huge white one.  regardless, you have to check it out.  every few hours  they untie it and head up and down the Mississippi back and forth, up and down, circles, etc.  it's a fantastic time.   every time.  i'll tell you what, i spent hours on it last time i was in the STL.  the captain let me drive it for a while.  i can email him if you ask me to in this thread.  just reply to this post and say so because i will do it.  no worries, just get me an ice cold brew sometime. 


you've got to check it out.

 :horrorsurprise: Literally just read this article

http://nation.time.com/2012/08/23/the-big-dry-up-where-the-missouri-and-the-mississippi-meet/

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Earlier this month, while inspecting Saint Louis Harbor, Lynn Muench pointed to an abandoned hulk rising out of the parched Mississippi River and asked, “What the heck is that? It almost looks like a Burger King.” Turns out she was right: Twenty years ago, the sunken barge was a Burger King restaurant that was tied up near the Saint Louis Arch. It broke loose and sank during the flood of 1993. It disappeared under the water until this month, when the Mississippi hit near all-time lows.

Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: kitten_mittons on August 23, 2012, 03:26:48 PM
don't go up in the arch, it's not safe up there and there's nothing to eat.   period.
Why is it there?

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Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: puniraptor on August 23, 2012, 03:32:46 PM
don't go up in the arch, it's not safe up there and there's nothing to eat.   period.
Why is it there?

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McDonald's was in the process of building the worlds largest mcdonalds as a sort of global tourist attraction, but the builder forged some soil tests and the city halted the project. All that's left is that half of the golden arches.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on August 23, 2012, 04:32:15 PM
don't go up in the arch, it's not safe up there and there's nothing to eat.   period.
Why is it there?

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two words:  racism
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on August 29, 2012, 02:16:51 PM
http://www.huskercruise.com

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Events with our Husker stars will include lecture sessions from players and coaches discussing the 2013 recruiting class and the Big 10 conference. Husker Idol, Belly-Flop contest, Blackjack & "Nebraska" Hold’em tournaments, Husker Bingo, Autograph Sessions, a cocktail party and much more!

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/429916_200426580059252_1044200228_n.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Cartierfor3 on August 29, 2012, 02:33:31 PM
http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Jimmy+Graham+New+Orleans+Saints+v+Cincinnati+2j4_mO0w_dLl.jpg (http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Jimmy+Graham+New+Orleans+Saints+v+Cincinnati+2j4_mO0w_dLl.jpg)

I think this can go in this thread. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on August 30, 2012, 08:48:20 AM
Lufthansa, don't you do this crap to me!  :shakesfist:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 30, 2012, 09:45:16 AM
Lufthansa, don't you do this crap to me!  :shakesfist:

are they striking? 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on August 30, 2012, 09:54:09 AM
Lufthansa, don't you do this crap to me!  :shakesfist:

that's what you get for supporting Nazis!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on August 30, 2012, 10:10:21 AM
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FRANKFURT, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Lufthansa passengers face widespread flight disruption from Friday after cabin crew representatives said they would start a series of strikes over pay and cost-cutting measures at Germany's largest airline.

The UFO union, which represents around two thirds of Lufthansa's 19,000 cabin crew, would not say on Thursday which locations would be targeted or give the exact timing of strikes, saying only it would give six hours' notice.

Financial Times Deutschland said cabin crew members were preparing to hold the strikes in Frankfurt and Munich, citing UFO sources. It said on its website the union was discussing whether the strikes would also include Berlin.

The strikes come as Lufthansa cuts jobs and implements a three-year cost-cutting programme to boost margins and finance investment in planes in the face of a weakening economy, high fuel costs and increased competition from low-cost carriers.

Germany's leading airline, which operates around 1,850 flights daily mostly from Frankfurt and Munich, needs to generate more profit to pay for 17 billion euros ($21 billion) of more fuel-efficient aircraft on order.

Lufthansa and the UFO union have been negotiating for 13 months, with the union demanding a 5 percent pay rise and guarantees that Lufthansa will not outsource jobs and use more temporary workers, as it has already done in Berlin.

Talks broke down on Tuesday, and while Lufthansa has called for further negotiations, it maintains that cabin crew must contribute to the cost-cutting programme.

"It may well be that this industrial action could continue for a very long time," UFO said on its website.

UFO said the first wave of strikes would cover certain airports, rather than nationwide action. It has previously mentioned Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich as likely candidates.

"We do not want to give Lufthansa the opportunity to prepare for the strike by getting replacement crews ready," UFO head Nicoley Baublies told Reuters.

Lufthansa has previously said it would seek to keep disruptions to a minimum by using cabin crew who were not part of the union and by drafting staff from other units.

A spokesman for the airline said it had several strategies to mitigate the impact of striking staff and would prioritise long-haul flights.

Lufthansa estimates a nationwide strike on a busy day would cost it millions of euros. Analysts have said costs could be kept to around 5 million euros a day if flight cancellations were kept to a few hundred.

($1 = 0.7982 euro) (Reporting by Marilyn Gerlach and Peter Maushagen; Editing by Mark Potter and Helen Massy-Beresford)

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 30, 2012, 10:14:23 AM
ok lufty, just work it out before December. t-y
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on August 30, 2012, 10:56:31 AM
ok lufty, just work it out before December. t-y
Don't you even care about me?  :cry:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 30, 2012, 11:00:52 AM
ok lufty, just work it out before December. t-y
Don't you even care about me?  :cry:

a little.  ask them to get you on Swiss.  hear that's pretty elite and they partner with lufty on their point program. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on August 30, 2012, 11:02:44 AM
ok lufty, just work it out before December. t-y
Don't you even care about me?  :cry:

a little.  ask them to get you on Swiss.  hear that's pretty elite and they partner with lufty on their point program.

Swiss is the most elite airline i've ever been on. Free alcohol? yes plz.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: AbeFroman on August 30, 2012, 11:03:11 AM
http://www.huskercruise.com

Quote
Events with our Husker stars will include lecture sessions from players and coaches discussing the 2013 recruiting class and the Big 10 conference. Husker Idol, Belly-Flop contest, Blackjack & "Nebraska" Hold’em tournaments, Husker Bingo, Autograph Sessions, a cocktail party and much more!


The butthurt!  :lol:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 30, 2012, 11:04:00 AM
ok lufty, just work it out before December. t-y
Don't you even care about me?  :cry:

a little.  ask them to get you on Swiss.  hear that's pretty elite and they partner with lufty on their point program.

Swiss is the most elite airline i've ever been on. Free alcohol? yes plz.

all the asian and euro carriers have free booze. american carriers are mocked by the global flying community pretty hard. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on August 30, 2012, 11:07:44 AM
ok lufty, just work it out before December. t-y
Don't you even care about me?  :cry:

a little.  ask them to get you on Swiss.  hear that's pretty elite and they partner with lufty on their point program.

Swiss is the most elite airline i've ever been on. Free alcohol? yes plz.

all the asian and euro carriers have free booze. american carriers are mocked by the global flying community pretty hard.

asian, yes. i've flown on ryan, aer lingus and some other euro carrier and swiss was the only one i received free booze on.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on August 30, 2012, 11:11:01 AM
ok lufty, just work it out before December. t-y
Don't you even care about me?  :cry:

a little.  ask them to get you on Swiss.  hear that's pretty elite and they partner with lufty on their point program.

Swiss is the most elite airline i've ever been on. Free alcohol? yes plz.

all the asian and euro carriers have free booze. american carriers are mocked by the global flying community pretty hard.

asian, yes. i've flown on ryan, aer lingus and some other euro carrier and swiss was the only one i received free booze on.

lol, k.  yes, the Southwest airlines of europe probably don't serve free booze  :lol:  actually, I bet even jet blue air lingus does on transatlantics
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on August 30, 2012, 11:18:30 AM
Fly business. Booze it up.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on August 30, 2012, 11:24:16 AM
ok lufty, just work it out before December. t-y
Don't you even care about me?  :cry:

a little.  ask them to get you on Swiss.  hear that's pretty elite and they partner with lufty on their point program.

Swiss is the most elite airline i've ever been on. Free alcohol? yes plz.

all the asian and euro carriers have free booze. american carriers are mocked by the global flying community pretty hard.

asian, yes. i've flown on ryan, aer lingus and some other euro carrier and swiss was the only one i received free booze on.

lol, k.  yes, the Southwest airlines of europe probably don't serve free booze  :lol:  actually, I bet even jet blue air lingus does on transatlantics

jfc, i guess it's a good thing i dont post on FT. :frown:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on August 31, 2012, 03:11:34 AM
Lufthansa  :shakesfist: :shakesfist: :shakesfist: European flight was cancelled.
Not that bad, rerouted on Swiss through Zurich to JFK. I'll report back on the level of service vs. Lufthansa.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on September 07, 2012, 01:05:51 PM
Hey guys, just doing a little SFO->ICN->SIN jaunt in a couple weeks, and wanted thoughts on aisle vs. window. Go with the easy access to bathrooms, or undisturbed sleep? Will I look like a rube if I bring a neck pillow? Any other long haul flight recommendos?

thanks, guys.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on September 07, 2012, 01:08:02 PM
Hey guys, just doing a little SFO->ICN->SIN jaunt in a couple weeks, and wanted thoughts on aisle vs. window. Go with the easy access to bathrooms, or undisturbed sleep? Will I look like a rube if I bring a neck pillow? Any other long haul flight recommendos?

thanks, guys.

I prefer long haul window in coach so nobody fucks with me.  will not look like a rube if you have a neck pillow imo.  forgot about your elite SIN trip.  SO JELLY. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on September 07, 2012, 01:08:35 PM
Did you seatguru your seat? 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on September 07, 2012, 01:21:08 PM
Did you seatguru your seat? 

It's two weeks from tomorrow and still not booked. :lol:


but it will probably be this:

http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Singapore_Air/Singapore_Air_Boeing_777-300ER.php?Orig=SFO&Dest=ICN&Date=
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on September 07, 2012, 01:23:46 PM
god damn, singapore air is one of the most elite carriers. do you get to sit biz class?  would you mind taking a shitload of pictures of everything including the food, entertainment system, etc? (I think we already went through this when I was PAKout drunk)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on September 07, 2012, 01:34:03 PM
god damn, singapore air is one of the most elite carriers. do you get to sit biz class?  would you mind taking a shitload of pictures of everything including the food, entertainment system, etc? (I think we already went through this when I was PAKout drunk)

no biz class, I'm out of policy. :frown:

I will still try to take lots of pics.


But I think coming back I'll be on this. shared tv. *sigh*

http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/United_Airlines/United_Airlines_Boeing_747-400_B.php?Orig=HKG&Dest=SFO&Date=
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: sys on September 07, 2012, 02:50:44 PM
Any other long haul flight recommendos?

drink early, then maintain.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on September 07, 2012, 02:54:26 PM
Any other long haul flight recommendos?

drink early, then maintain.

I have a tiny bladder and I'm scared of dehydration. Quite the pickle.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on September 07, 2012, 03:05:26 PM
If you are a sleeper, take the window and drink a few early and sleep. If you aren't going to sleep, take the isle and drink and watch movies and play games and stuff.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bakerman on September 07, 2012, 03:52:04 PM
Any other long haul flight recommendos?

drink early, then maintain.

I have a tiny bladder and I'm scared of dehydration. Quite the pickle.

Bring some sleeping pills. Flying back and forth to Africa has been a bitch, 8 hours to Paris, 8 hours to Africa/America, layovers inbetween. Even when taking a sleeping pill on the flights I only get 1 or 2 hours of sleep, except the times I've been upgraded to business class.

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: sys on September 08, 2012, 02:07:15 AM
I'm scared of dehydration.

always double order.  "red wine and water, please."  don't worry about the bladder, it'll work itself out.  why does steve dave have a snake avatar?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on September 08, 2012, 04:07:56 AM
  why does steve dave have a snake avatar?
fight thread related...sidewinder dojo
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on September 13, 2012, 08:23:49 PM
going to tulum, mexico for 8 nights on saturday.  will try and post pics in this thread   :excited:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on September 13, 2012, 08:28:41 PM
 :thumbs: what resort?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on September 13, 2012, 08:36:43 PM
:thumbs: what resort?

la zebra.  its not really a resort, i'm not into the all-inclusive thing.  my main priority on vacay is direct beach access
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Chingon on September 13, 2012, 08:37:45 PM
:thumbs: what resort?

la zebra.  its not really a resort, i'm not into the all-inclusive thing.  my main priority on vacay is direct beach access
good luck kim watch out for jellyfish
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on September 13, 2012, 08:39:56 PM
Good Tripadvisor reviews! Have fun KC
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on September 13, 2012, 08:49:08 PM
:thumbs: what resort?

la zebra.  its not really a resort, i'm not into the all-inclusive thing.  my main priority on vacay is direct beach access

we honeymooned in PDC.    We visited Coba, it was amazing.  Tallest pyramid in Mexico.   Also swam in a cenote (undergound cave).  Good times.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on September 19, 2012, 01:07:43 PM
AMERICAN AIRLINES  :shakesfist:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: wetwillie on September 19, 2012, 01:09:48 PM
AMERICAN AIRLINES  :shakesfist:

:sdeek:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on September 19, 2012, 03:39:48 PM
http://boardingarea.com/blogs/thewanderingaramean/2012/09/is-the-american-airlines-operation-really-in-shambles/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boardingarea%2Fthewanderingaramean+%28The+Wandering+Aramean%29

 :sdeek:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on September 19, 2012, 03:53:20 PM
http://boardingarea.com/blogs/thewanderingaramean/2012/09/is-the-american-airlines-operation-really-in-shambles/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boardingarea%2Fthewanderingaramean+%28The+Wandering+Aramean%29

 :sdeek:

three straight hours on the phone with AA and BA this morning/afternoon. the BA rep was talking so much trash on AA that i was just for a good fifteen minutes  :surprised:


going to send an email to our goEMAW.com inside AA source to find out what's going on.
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on September 19, 2012, 04:02:13 PM
Worried about upcoming flights
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: TheCatFanSpeaks on September 19, 2012, 04:07:05 PM
The exec plats I know are pissed.

EDIT: meant exec not elite
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on September 19, 2012, 04:24:03 PM
Worried about upcoming flights

i have 6 flights booked right now over the next 4 months. none with aa. :gocho:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Kat Kid on September 19, 2012, 04:34:45 PM
The golden years of MHK already behind us? :sdeek:
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on September 19, 2012, 05:04:59 PM
@stevedaveKSU @AmericanAir worried about upcoming travel, reading about stuff coming unravelled at AA. Reassure me please!

@AmericanAir @stevedaveKSU We look forward to seeing you next week! Thanks for flying with us!


LOLWUT!?
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on September 19, 2012, 05:09:20 PM
@stevedaveKSU Or next month? Next year? ;) Hopefully soon, Steve!

LOLWUT!?
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on September 19, 2012, 05:14:46 PM
Well, thank you for addressing my concerns anyway :flush: RT @AmericanAir @stevedaveKSU Or next month? Next year? ;) Hopefully soon, Steve!

@stevedaveKSU You're welcome, Steve! :)
HootSuite · 5:12 PM

I mean........
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on September 19, 2012, 05:27:21 PM
you would get more help from horse ebooks
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on September 19, 2012, 07:01:09 PM
@stevedaveKSU Or next month? Next year? ;) Hopefully soon, Steve!

LOLWUT!?

omg  :lol:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on September 20, 2012, 07:20:37 PM
known jackass brian kelly chimes in with his two cents on the whole american airlines fiasco...

http://thepointsguy.com/2012/09/american-airlines-operations-crisis-and-what-it-means-for-you/
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: tdaver on September 20, 2012, 07:50:17 PM
I flew AA ICT-DFW last week.  Departing flight left an hour late due to plane maintenance issues.  Return flight left 4 hours late (@1AM :sdeek:) again due to maintenance, switching planes, and then maintenance on the new plane. 

Can't wait to do it again next month.   :excited:  Or maybe I'll just :driving:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: wetwillie on September 20, 2012, 07:59:33 PM
I can't complain, got three or four good trips out of MHK in the last few years. I guess churning those US air cards might be pointless now.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on September 20, 2012, 08:23:41 PM
I can't complain, got three or four good trips out of MHK in the last few years. I guess churning those US air cards might be pointless now.

i don't think so. i'd churn like you've never churned before. jmo.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on September 21, 2012, 12:20:13 PM
Email sent to a travel blogger from AA

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At American, we always do our best to provide our customers with a smooth travel experience. You may have seen recent media reports about American’s operational challenges or even experienced a service disruption yourself. Whatever the circumstance, I am truly sorry for any inconvenience to you. I also want to let you know what’s going on and assure you that we stand ready to help.

Prior to recent issues, American has been running an extremely good operation, with reliability measures at their best levels in many years. The recent delays are due to the increase in maintenance write-ups by our pilots, many right at the time of departure. Our maintenance teams are responding appropriately to such reports, which may cause interruptions in our schedules. I know you will agree that nothing is more important than running a safe and reliable operation. Ensuring the safety of our customers is always our highest priority.

We are taking several immediate steps to improve our service during this period. We are proactively reducing the rest of our September and October schedule by approximately one to two percent. These schedule adjustments will enable us to provide our customers with more reliable service while minimizing impact to travel plans. Additionally, we are increasing staffing of maintenance, reservations and airport personnel to offer you more flexible travel options.

As always, our goal is to get you to your destination safely and on-time. Because you are a valued elite member, should you find that on your day of departure these issues will cause you to arrive more than one hour late at your final destination, all you have to do is ask and we’ll do our best to arrange an alternative. We will seek out the best available reaccommodation, whether that is on American or on another carrier — or if you prefer, we will let you cancel your reservation and receive a refund. Your needs are our primary focus.

Above all, I want to thank you for your business and your support. We do not take your loyalty for granted and are working hard on your behalf.

And stupid dumbfuck Gary Leff weighs in

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/viewfromthewing/2012/09/21/americans-commitment-to-elite-members-one-hour-delays-entitle-re-routing-even-on-other-airlines-or-refund/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boardingarea%2Fviewfromthewing+%28View+from+the+Wing%29
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on September 21, 2012, 05:20:14 PM
(http://imageshack.us/a/img266/7517/25652210100636116534331.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/266/25652210100636116534331.jpg/)

Should be relevant this week. Check out the rube in the OU sweatshirt in front of me in Pamplona
Title: travel thread
Post by: puniraptor on September 21, 2012, 05:23:44 PM
Oh man I hope you flat tired him and he got trampled when he stopped to put his euro croc back on
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: AppleJack on October 09, 2012, 04:57:40 PM
I'm about to be out of the office traveling until 11/26  :blank:

East Lansing, D.C., OKC, Melbourne, FL, Indianapolis, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta and Denver in that order. So, you know, hold the fort down  :dunno:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on October 10, 2012, 05:03:24 PM
If anyone ever needs to rent a car in Europe, I would suggest using http://www.auto-europe.co.uk (and be sure to use the UK site)

I got a Benz for the same price as an Opal would have been through Priceline/Hertz.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on October 11, 2012, 10:03:58 AM
I'm about to be out of the office traveling until 11/26  :blank:

East Lansing, D.C., OKC, Melbourne, FL, Indianapolis, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta and Denver in that order. So, you know, hold the fort down  :dunno:

Man, I can't tell if all that is a humble brag or a humble FML.  :dunno:
Bon voyage, AppleJack! :D
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Not Sure on October 20, 2012, 03:34:34 PM
Did a two week honeymoon in Iceland over the summer.  Couldn't recommend it any more.  It has everything you want in international travel, including a bizarre language as well as monopoly money currency.  Their financial collapse in '08 certainly helped to make things a lot cheaper.  Plus, from where I am, it was strangely cheaper to fly to Reykjavik than to MCI... gotta love government travel subsidies  :kstategrad:

The whole country is like a gigantic Yellowstone with glaciers and volcanic hotspots not too far away from each other.  You can be hiking along a trail and see natural hot springs and jump in.  It's an epiclly awesome place to go deep sea fishing, you'll probably see whales and other non-kansas related sea creatures.  We stayed at a family run bed and breakfast-type place in the Westfjords area for a few days that offered some horses and kayaks to rent.  The sun never actually went down when we were there.

If you get the chance, definitely check it out.  It isn't as far away as you think and it isn't that expensive.  You could go there for a week pretty reasonably. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on October 20, 2012, 03:38:33 PM
Great report, it seems like the food would be gross in Iceland. Otherwise pretty amazing.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Not Sure on October 20, 2012, 04:06:29 PM
The food can be kind of a tale of two worlds.  It can be from super-traditional fermented shark and head cheese to some really good seafood and lamb dishes.  Because they have a crap ton of geothermal power, they grow most of their own fruits and veggies in local greenhouses.  The No Reservations episode for Iceland pretty much sums it up.  We ate at this great place in a suburban area in Reykjavik and found out after we got back that Anthony Bordain filmed a segment there.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on October 24, 2012, 08:26:34 PM
Hard to follow up that amazing Iceland report.
If anybody is ever in West Palm Beach area, my god you must go to Souvlaki Grill. I try to find good local gyros everywhere I go. This is possibly the best gyro I've ever had (never been to Greece though so take it fwiw).
It's like the Best Fish Tacos of gyros
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on October 24, 2012, 08:33:19 PM
Hard to follow up that amazing Iceland report.
If anybody is ever in West Palm Beach area, my god you must go to Souvlaki Grill. I try to find good local gyros everywhere I go. This is possibly the best gyro I've ever had (never been to Greece though so take it fwiw).
It's like the Best Fish Tacos of gyros

west palm beach and palm beach as a whole though barf, right mocat? that whole area has no soul. very zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. also, i do the same but with jamaican food instead of gyros.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on November 19, 2012, 01:35:22 PM
Quote
Southwest Airlines Starts Service in Wichita June 2

The long-awaited, much-anticipated announcement has finally arrived.  At a press conference today in Wichita, Southwest Airlines announced that the airline will start service at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on June 2, 2013.  Southwest’s initial service will be with flights to three markets:
2 daily flights to Dallas Love Field
2 daily flights to Chicago Midway
1 daily flight to Las Vegas
To celebrate the service, Southwest is offering introductory fares for summer travel:
$89 to Dallas*
$109 to Chicago and Las Vegas*
*Fares are one-way; 21-day advance purchase required
This fare sale is available through November 25 for travel June 2 through August 8, 2013.

Southwest service at Wichita means more flight options to and from Kansas, and access to Southwest’s network throughout the U.S.  All three of these nonstop destinations are among Southwest’s top markets served - Chicago is the largest Southwest market with 231 daily departures, Las Vegas is the second busiest with 219 flights, and Dallas has 124 departures.

Southwest Airlines is the largest domestic carrier in the U.S.  It operates more than 3,400 flights a day, and AirTran Airways, its wholly-owned subsidiary, operates nearly 700 flights a day.  Southwest and AirTran serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries.

The Dallas and Chicago routes will be served with the 143-seat, Boeing 737-700 aircraft with New Evolve Interior. The Las Vegas route will be served with the 137-seat, B737-300 aircraft

Southwest Airlines is known for their dependable service and satisfied customers.  Southwest consistently receives the lowest ratio of passenger complaints of all Major U.S. carriers. 
Southwest is also known for its partnership with the communities it serves, with charitable giving, volunteerism, and community outreach activities.

“Attracting Southwest Airlines is a major coup for Wichita.  It means a huge economic boost not only to Wichita but to the State of Kansas.  Southwest will make it easier for visitors to come to Kansas through Wichita, which means more dollars spent on rental cars, hotels, shopping, and dining.  It also means greater opportunity to attract conventions and increase tourism, and is an attractive incentive for companies considering locating in our region,” said Mayor Carl Brewer.

Wichita has been courting Southwest Airlines for about 30 years, but federal law prevented the airline from serving Wichita out of its home airport at Dallas Love Field until 1997 when flights to Kansas were permitted.  Significant and repeated efforts to attract Southwest continued until the airline purchased AirTran Airways last year, which gave Southwest an opportunity to assimilate the existing AirTran operation in Wichita into the Southwest network.

“We’ve worked long and hard to bring Southwest to Wichita, and we are convinced that this initial service is just a start to bigger and better things in the future from Southwest,” said Victor White, Director of Airports.

Southwest does not charge bag fees on the first two bags, nor does it charge a fee if you need to change your reservation.  Start booking your flights now at www.southwest.com.

You are now free to move about the country.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on November 19, 2012, 02:22:12 PM
alright!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: XocolateThundarr on November 19, 2012, 03:47:58 PM
Quote
Southwest Airlines Starts Service in Wichita June 2

The long-awaited, much-anticipated announcement has finally arrived.  At a press conference today in Wichita, Southwest Airlines announced that the airline will start service at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on June 2, 2013.  Southwest’s initial service will be with flights to three markets:
2 daily flights to Dallas Love Field
2 daily flights to Chicago Midway
1 daily flight to Las Vegas
To celebrate the service, Southwest is offering introductory fares for summer travel:
$89 to Dallas*
$109 to Chicago and Las Vegas*
*Fares are one-way; 21-day advance purchase required
This fare sale is available through November 25 for travel June 2 through August 8, 2013.

Southwest service at Wichita means more flight options to and from Kansas, and access to Southwest’s network throughout the U.S.  All three of these nonstop destinations are among Southwest’s top markets served - Chicago is the largest Southwest market with 231 daily departures, Las Vegas is the second busiest with 219 flights, and Dallas has 124 departures.

Southwest Airlines is the largest domestic carrier in the U.S.  It operates more than 3,400 flights a day, and AirTran Airways, its wholly-owned subsidiary, operates nearly 700 flights a day.  Southwest and AirTran serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries.

The Dallas and Chicago routes will be served with the 143-seat, Boeing 737-700 aircraft with New Evolve Interior. The Las Vegas route will be served with the 137-seat, B737-300 aircraft

Southwest Airlines is known for their dependable service and satisfied customers.  Southwest consistently receives the lowest ratio of passenger complaints of all Major U.S. carriers. 
Southwest is also known for its partnership with the communities it serves, with charitable giving, volunteerism, and community outreach activities.

“Attracting Southwest Airlines is a major coup for Wichita.  It means a huge economic boost not only to Wichita but to the State of Kansas.  Southwest will make it easier for visitors to come to Kansas through Wichita, which means more dollars spent on rental cars, hotels, shopping, and dining.  It also means greater opportunity to attract conventions and increase tourism, and is an attractive incentive for companies considering locating in our region,” said Mayor Carl Brewer.

Wichita has been courting Southwest Airlines for about 30 years, but federal law prevented the airline from serving Wichita out of its home airport at Dallas Love Field until 1997 when flights to Kansas were permitted.  Significant and repeated efforts to attract Southwest continued until the airline purchased AirTran Airways last year, which gave Southwest an opportunity to assimilate the existing AirTran operation in Wichita into the Southwest network.

“We’ve worked long and hard to bring Southwest to Wichita, and we are convinced that this initial service is just a start to bigger and better things in the future from Southwest,” said Victor White, Director of Airports.

Southwest does not charge bag fees on the first two bags, nor does it charge a fee if you need to change your reservation.  Start booking your flights now at www.southwest.com.

You are now free to move about the country.

 :emawkid:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Kat Kid on November 19, 2012, 03:52:42 PM
Hopefully those vegas flights will still be cheap next T-day???
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Boom Roasted on November 21, 2012, 07:59:24 AM
I saw the iceland recommendation.  Any other cheap cool places people would recomend for a Tues/Wed-Sunday type trip?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on November 23, 2012, 02:20:24 PM
(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/BD0E26CC-79B4-4F6C-BD8E-4292541C264B-1782-000001B417A74999.jpg)
Title: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on November 23, 2012, 02:50:10 PM
Reminds me of fatty
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on November 23, 2012, 03:45:18 PM
Reminds me of fatty

Where did he watch EMAW games?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on November 23, 2012, 03:49:18 PM
(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/3DC1FD51-E9A8-4EE7-AF37-0253E49123A6-1855-000001BE82DECFA2.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on November 24, 2012, 08:39:20 PM
Philz coffee and Tiburn today.  Muir woods tomorrow.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on November 25, 2012, 04:54:37 PM
(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/C5299C79-3A5C-4084-8A1A-F914534DDACD-753-0000012B3BEC953F.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on November 25, 2012, 04:57:54 PM
(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/6CB48ADB-752C-4535-9E12-B6E40222F5E5-753-0000012B5A1FC1C6.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on November 25, 2012, 08:06:01 PM
(http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv249/thekansascitykid/C5299C79-3A5C-4084-8A1A-F914534DDACD-753-0000012B3BEC953F.jpg)

I can see my office in this one.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on November 25, 2012, 11:11:21 PM
I pooped in your building
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on November 26, 2012, 10:22:39 AM
Cosmo in Vegas has 33% off 3 nights going now.  Their promo changes every 2 hours, but since they basically never do promos its a good deal.  Booked one and will cancel/book another if things get cheaper
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kitten_mittons on December 03, 2012, 10:20:26 AM
In DFW terminal A for two hours. Anything neat in there?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on December 03, 2012, 11:46:11 AM
In DFW terminal A for two hours. Anything neat in there?

I heard the app FLYsmart will help you out
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kitten_mittons on December 03, 2012, 11:46:31 AM
Update: Nope.

Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 03, 2012, 02:16:16 PM
so how hard is it going to be to make a connection at DFW from Gate A22 to D29 tomorrow in under 60 minutes?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on December 03, 2012, 02:20:28 PM
so how hard is it going to be to make a connection at DFW from Gate A22 to D29 tomorrow in under 60 minutes?

you can go from DFW Gate A22 to DAL Gate A22 in 60 minutes

not really but the point is yeah you can
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 03, 2012, 02:24:17 PM
so how hard is it going to be to make a connection at DFW from Gate A22 to D29 tomorrow in under 60 minutes?

you can go from DFW Gate A22 to DAL Gate A22 in 60 minutes

not really but the point is yeah you can

yeah, I guess the Skylink train makes it fast and easy.   Never had to change terminals there before.   :dance: (but with a sombrero)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on December 03, 2012, 02:24:34 PM
so how hard is it going to be to make a connection at DFW from Gate A22 to D29 tomorrow in under 60 minutes?

you can go from DFW Gate A22 to DAL Gate A22 in 60 minutes

not really but the point is yeah you can

lol
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 03, 2012, 02:24:59 PM
so how hard is it going to be to make a connection at DFW from Gate A22 to D29 tomorrow in under 60 minutes?

you can go from DFW Gate A22 to DAL Gate D29 in 60 minutes

not really but the point is yeah you can
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 03, 2012, 02:25:16 PM
so how hard is it going to be to make a connection at DFW from Gate A22 to D29 tomorrow in under 60 minutes?

you can go from DFW Gate A22 to DAL Gate A22 in 60 minutes

not really but the point is yeah you can

lol

doh!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on December 03, 2012, 02:27:31 PM
there's a tram/skylink thing at dfw. take that. you'll make the connection easy. termy d though, huh? where you headed mikey4dcats? somewhere exotic i bet.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 03, 2012, 02:33:51 PM
there's a tram/skylink thing at dfw. take that. you'll make the connection easy. termy d though, huh? where you headed mikey4dcats? somewhere exotic i bet.

(http://www.extravaganzi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Casa-Velas-1.jpg)
(http://virtualvallarta.com/images/lodgingandtravel/vivapage/4737.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on December 03, 2012, 02:37:34 PM
there's a tram/skylink thing at dfw. take that. you'll make the connection easy. termy d though, huh? where you headed mikey4dcats? somewhere exotic i bet.
Tahiti? Hawaii?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: TheHamburglar on December 03, 2012, 02:37:54 PM
If I need to make a sports bet as fast as I can after landing at McCarron, what is the best book to go to?  Doesn't have to be the closest (i.e. the closest might be popular, therefore longer lines), but the fastest from landing to placing the bet. 
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on December 03, 2012, 02:39:49 PM
pv, huh? nice. have fun and enjoy beautiful dfw international termy d, which is the newest of dfw terminals and really just makes the rest of the airport and all other airports look like absolute dumps.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 03, 2012, 02:46:19 PM
If I need to make a sports bet as fast as I can after landing at McCarron, what is the best book to go to?  Doesn't have to be the closest (i.e. the closest might be popular, therefore longer lines), but the fastest from landing to placing the bet.


Hard Rock...have the cab driver park next to the east side entrance and wait.*






















*from google
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 03, 2012, 02:47:39 PM
If I need to make a sports bet as fast as I can after landing at McCarron, what is the best book to go to?  Doesn't have to be the closest (i.e. the closest might be popular, therefore longer lines), but the fastest from landing to placing the bet.

http://spaces.covers.com/blog/adnelg/Las_Vegas/09142012-What-is-the-closest-most-convenient-LV-sportsbook-to-McCarran.html
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on December 04, 2012, 02:11:16 AM
pv, huh? nice. have fun and enjoy beautiful dfw international termy d, which is the newest of dfw terminals and really just makes the rest of the airport and all other airports look like absolute dumps.
Food choices in termy D are just awful. That's one of the main reasons i fly through Chicago for internationals. Torta Frontera :popcorn: <--but tortas instead of popcorn
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: felix rex on December 04, 2012, 02:28:00 AM
pv, huh? nice. have fun and enjoy beautiful dfw international termy d, which is the newest of dfw terminals and really just makes the rest of the airport and all other airports look like absolute dumps.
Food choices in termy D are just awful. That's one of the main reasons i fly through Chicago for internationals. Torta Frontera :popcorn: <--but tortas instead of popcorn

Is that the one with the fox sports steakhouse or whatever? Just awful.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on December 04, 2012, 07:41:05 AM
pv, huh? nice. have fun and enjoy beautiful dfw international termy d, which is the newest of dfw terminals and really just makes the rest of the airport and all other airports look like absolute dumps.
Food choices in termy D are just awful. That's one of the main reasons i fly through Chicago for internationals. Torta Frontera :popcorn: <--but tortas instead of popcorn

Is that the one with the fox sports steakhouse or whatever? Just awful.

Wow, look at the expats dropping bombs on daris the leisure traveler.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on December 04, 2012, 09:02:39 AM
pv, huh? nice. have fun and enjoy beautiful dfw international termy d, which is the newest of dfw terminals and really just makes the rest of the airport and all other airports look like absolute dumps.
Food choices in termy D are just awful. That's one of the main reasons i fly through Chicago for internationals. Torta Frontera :popcorn: <--but tortas instead of popcorn

tortas frontera is fantastic. i've eaten there three times in the last four months. ord as a whole is an absolute dump though. sorry eurocat.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on December 05, 2012, 07:05:08 AM
pv, huh? nice. have fun and enjoy beautiful dfw international termy d, which is the newest of dfw terminals and really just makes the rest of the airport and all other airports look like absolute dumps.
Food choices in termy D are just awful. That's one of the main reasons i fly through Chicago for internationals. Torta Frontera :popcorn: <--but tortas instead of popcorn

Is that the one with the fox sports steakhouse or whatever? Just awful.

Wow, look at the expats dropping bombs on daris the leisure traveler.

DFW D has great options. Expats outing themselves as travel n00bs. Hi rusty.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on December 05, 2012, 07:25:48 AM
Terminal D options: http://www.dfwairport.com/shops/finder.php?terminal=13&group=%25&type=restaurants
Honestly, the Blue Mesa tequila bar is the only serviceable place i've been, and it's not brilliant. There's a couple i haven't tried. BBQ places are garbage.

ORD Terminal 3:
Torta Frontera
Wolfgang Puck
Goose Island Brewery
Macaroni Grill is ok
La Tapenade

ORD: 5 star. DFW: 5  :flush:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on December 05, 2012, 07:27:56 AM
Terminal D options: http://www.dfwairport.com/shops/finder.php?terminal=13&group=%25&type=restaurants
Honestly, the Blue Mesa tequila bar is the only serviceable place i've been, and it's not brilliant. There's a couple i haven't tried. BBQ places are garbage.

ORD Terminal 3:
Torta Frontera
Wolfgang Puck
Goose Island Brewery
Macaroni Grill is ok
La Tapenade

ORD: 5 star. DFW: 5  :flush:

 :lol: putting a macaroni grill in your top 5  :lol:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on December 05, 2012, 08:38:14 AM
Terminal D options: http://www.dfwairport.com/shops/finder.php?terminal=13&group=%25&type=restaurants
Honestly, the Blue Mesa tequila bar is the only serviceable place i've been, and it's not brilliant. There's a couple i haven't tried. BBQ places are garbage.

ORD Terminal 3:
Torta Frontera
Wolfgang Puck
Goose Island Brewery
Macaroni Grill is ok
La Tapenade

ORD: 5 star. DFW: 5  :flush:

 :lol: putting a macaroni grill in your top 5  :lol:

I was expecting a Chili's Too to pop up
Title: Re: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on December 05, 2012, 08:43:31 AM
pv, huh? nice. have fun and enjoy beautiful dfw international termy d, which is the newest of dfw terminals and really just makes the rest of the airport and all other airports look like absolute dumps.
Food choices in termy D are just awful. That's one of the main reasons i fly through Chicago for internationals. Torta Frontera :popcorn: <--but tortas instead of popcorn

Is that the one with the fox sports steakhouse or whatever? Just awful.

Wow, look at the expats dropping bombs on daris the leisure traveler.

DFW D has great options. Expats outing themselves as travel n00bs. Hi rusty.

Welcome back, Steve!

I never go to DFW. Why would an SFOian ever have to? Have fun with those domestic layovers, fellas!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on December 05, 2012, 08:45:10 AM
there's so much more than just restaurants to me. like ord term 3 is gross and smelly and full of ugly people and termy d is new and clean and wide open and everybody in there is a movie star or model.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on December 05, 2012, 08:46:21 AM
Also, a friend of mine made these:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/airportprints
 
 (No word on when he'll get to OMA)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: TheCatFanSpeaks on December 05, 2012, 08:50:10 AM
Those are cool.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on December 05, 2012, 08:52:01 AM
Also, a friend of mine made these:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/airportprints
 
 (No word on when he'll get to OMA)

man ORD with 7 runways
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on December 05, 2012, 09:11:44 AM
Ask him when he is doing DEN
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on December 05, 2012, 09:16:54 AM
Also, a friend of mine made these:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/airportprints
 
 (No word on when he'll get to OMA)

have him send me one of each (free of charge of course)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on December 05, 2012, 09:19:53 AM
can't wait for the mhk one.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on December 05, 2012, 09:21:36 AM
Also, a friend of mine made these:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/airportprints
 
 (No word on when he'll get to OMA)

have him send me one of each (free of charge of course)

michigancat, when considering whether to do this take into consideration that I ALMOST bought a FJM vinyl and had him sign it "To Michigancat, Fear The Beard. FJM." at his concert and mail it to you. I didn't, but almost. WOW.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on December 05, 2012, 10:22:59 AM
Also, a friend of mine made these:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/airportprints
 
 (No word on when he'll get to OMA)

have him send me one of each (free of charge of course)

michigancat, when considering whether to do this take into consideration that I ALMOST bought a FJM vinyl and had him sign it "To Michigancat, Fear The Beard. FJM." at his concert and mail it to you. I didn't, but almost. WOW.

That makes me feel really good! (Not almost!)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on December 06, 2012, 05:42:16 AM
Terminal D options: http://www.dfwairport.com/shops/finder.php?terminal=13&group=%25&type=restaurants
Honestly, the Blue Mesa tequila bar is the only serviceable place i've been, and it's not brilliant. There's a couple i haven't tried. BBQ places are garbage.

ORD Terminal 3:
Torta Frontera
Wolfgang Puck
Goose Island Brewery
Macaroni Grill is ok
La Tapenade

ORD: 5 star. DFW: 5  :flush:

 :lol: putting a macaroni grill in your top 5  :lol:

You could do much worse with airport food.

First thing you mentioned in your Europe trip report thread is McDonalds. Maybe that's more your speed?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on December 06, 2012, 05:45:20 AM
Terminal D options: http://www.dfwairport.com/shops/finder.php?terminal=13&group=%25&type=restaurants
Honestly, the Blue Mesa tequila bar is the only serviceable place i've been, and it's not brilliant. There's a couple i haven't tried. BBQ places are garbage.

ORD Terminal 3:
Torta Frontera
Wolfgang Puck
Goose Island Brewery
Macaroni Grill is ok
La Tapenade

ORD: 5 star. DFW: 5  :flush:

 :lol: putting a macaroni grill in your top 5  :lol:

You could do much worse with airport food.

First thing you mentioned in your Europe trip report thread is McDonalds. Maybe that's more your speed?

I don't think you have a really strong grasp on what is going on when I post.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 20, 2012, 03:35:27 PM
stuck at Pitt airport, Hyatt, may be here until the 23rd.  traveling this time of year is pretty dumb becuse everything is full and a weather bump just kills you.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on December 20, 2012, 03:35:59 PM
stuck at Pitt airport, Hyatt, may be here until the 23rd.  traveling this time of year is pretty dumb becuse everything is full and a weather bump just kills you.

sucks
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on December 20, 2012, 03:38:19 PM
stuck at Pitt airport, Hyatt, may be here until the 23rd.  traveling this time of year is pretty dumb becuse everything is full and a weather bump just kills you.

sucks
Yeah, that sucks. One extra day is bad enough, but 3!?  :frown:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 20, 2012, 04:30:18 PM
7am United, stay the hell outta Pittsburgh snow! :shakesfist:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on December 20, 2012, 04:44:02 PM
stuck at Pitt airport, Hyatt, may be here until the 23rd.  traveling this time of year is pretty dumb becuse everything is full and a weather bump just kills you.
Go get this in your life http://primantibros.com/home.html or head to the south strip.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on December 20, 2012, 04:46:57 PM
I have a question? Right now my fiesta trip is scheduled to leave wednesday morning and fly back friday morning. I want to stay till sunday with all my buds and I still have a stand by voucher I could use early Sunday. What do you think the chances are of a seat opening up that sunday back to kc? Probably not good, right? I could save my points and use the voucher though, and the voucher expires Jan. 13th. What would you do?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 20, 2012, 05:15:11 PM
stuck at Pitt airport, Hyatt, may be here until the 23rd.  traveling this time of year is pretty dumb becuse everything is full and a weather bump just kills you.
Go get this in your life http://primantibros.com/home.html or head to the south strip.

ate there yesterday in Cranberry twnship.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 20, 2012, 05:41:42 PM
oh hey, water main broke and there is no water at the hotel.  awesome!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 20, 2012, 06:06:05 PM
The bar is rocking u guys!  I'm the alpha big time
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on December 20, 2012, 06:21:35 PM
stuck at Pitt airport, Hyatt, may be here until the 23rd.  traveling this time of year is pretty dumb becuse everything is full and a weather bump just kills you.
Go get this in your life http://primantibros.com/home.html or head to the south strip.

ate there yesterday in Cranberry twnship.
Did you like it or love it? I thought it was overrated, but still good.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on December 20, 2012, 06:28:39 PM
oh hey, water main broke and there is no water at the hotel.  awesome!
I had no electricity or water my first 24 hours there. Weird. Must be a pitt thing.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 20, 2012, 06:47:33 PM
oh hey, water main broke and there is no water at the hotel.  awesome!
I had no electricity or water my first 24 hours there. Weird. Must be a pitt thing.

A fat, ugly person thing apparently
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on December 20, 2012, 07:27:31 PM
oh hey, water main broke and there is no water at the hotel.  awesome!
I had no electricity or water my first 24 hours there. Weird. Must be a pitt thing.

A fat, ugly person thing apparently
Let me guess, hockey is on everywhere at the bar. Woof!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 20, 2012, 07:31:15 PM
no, I am at the airport hyatt and it sucks crap.  I assumed it would be rocking but apparently everyone with a good travel agent didn't get stuck here.  no hockey, just the bowl and a ton of hicks, at the Hyatt.  I will never come back to this dumbass town.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: TheHamburglar on December 20, 2012, 08:07:30 PM
Flew to Philly today. Was supposed to depart KCI at 7:00am, we left at 3:00pm. USAir had 10 flights scheduled for today, we were the only one not cancelled. Everyone else trying to get somewhere said they weren't getting out until Sunday. I never thought I'd be thankful that my flight got delayed 8 hours.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 20, 2012, 09:41:35 PM
Flew to Philly today. Was supposed to depart KCI at 7:00am, we left at 3:00pm. USAir had 10 flights scheduled for today, we were the only one not cancelled. Everyone else trying to get somewhere said they weren't getting out until Sunday. I never thought I'd be thankful that my flight got delayed 8 hours.

eff off and suck my dick.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: AppleJack on December 20, 2012, 09:44:12 PM
lol
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 21, 2012, 07:55:36 AM
Termy C at ORD, I'm going to make it home!  Thanks United for your $1251 one way, non -direct flt!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 21, 2012, 08:51:18 AM
Airport terminal food choice regret is just the worst.

"eff, I could have had that?!"

Dammit
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on December 21, 2012, 09:19:54 AM
What is everyone's favorite plane? I almost got to ride in an old Dash 400.

(http://cf.alpa.org/internet/alp/1999/Q400Pic1.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on December 21, 2012, 09:28:27 AM
What is everyone's favorite plane? I almost got to ride in an old Dash 400.

(http://cf.alpa.org/internet/alp/1999/Q400Pic1.jpg)

I told you flying out of topeka would be a bad idea
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 21, 2012, 10:05:03 AM
What is everyone's favorite plane? I almost got to ride in an old Dash 400.

(http://cf.alpa.org/internet/alp/1999/Q400Pic1.jpg)

I flew a Dash400 once from Reno>Elk Horn Idaho>SLC.    We stopped to pick up 2 people in Elk Horn (like a rough ridin' taxi or soemthing) and they had to put their luggage in the aisle because the hold was full.

correction, it must have been a Dash 100, because it had a short fuselage

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/Bombardier_Dash_8-100_%28N448YV%29_United_Express.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 21, 2012, 10:08:46 AM
Took one for those from Miami to Governor's Harbor.  I got stupid bingy on it
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on December 21, 2012, 10:25:46 AM
I've flown this bad boy Omaha to Denver twice

(http://www.realaspen.com/images/community/original1/frontierairlines_3.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on December 21, 2012, 10:26:21 AM
the best part about them is looking down at the tires and watching them smoke on landing  :love:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on December 21, 2012, 10:36:06 AM
I like the sound of props
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 21, 2012, 10:42:47 AM
got a buddy that flies one of these to the Bahamas from time to time.     I would not fly in one that kind of distance.

(http://www.executivejetco.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Hawker-King-Air-C90-GTI.jpg)

My other buddy flies a Citation, got to go once to a guys trip in OKC, that was pretty fun.  Wheels up Billard to OKC in 45 minutes.

(http://www.aero-capital.com/uploads/Listing/Cessna/XLS_undisclosed_undisclosed_2008/100_3660.JPG)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on December 21, 2012, 10:44:13 AM
I've flown a plane tons of times before. It's super pud. zero training and I am just sitting there, flying or whatever.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on December 21, 2012, 11:06:13 AM
I've flown a plane tons of times before. It's super pud. zero training and I am just sitting there, flying or whatever.
#fanningbrag. Did I do that right?  :dunno:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on December 21, 2012, 11:19:49 AM
I've flown a plane tons of times before. It's super pud. zero training and I am just sitting there, flying or whatever.
#fanningbrag. Did I do that right?  :dunno:

no
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on December 21, 2012, 11:31:33 AM
last time i was in Philly i saw one of these land and nearly soiled myself

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ugWk-rnkqXM/TLM-pldqoUI/AAAAAAAAGOY/kuh4kMfQ4Qo/s1600/Volga_Dnepr_Airlines_Antonov_An_124-100_Ruslan_RA-82078_Smokin_logo.jpg)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 21, 2012, 11:48:43 AM
last time i was in Philly i saw one of these land and nearly soiled myself

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ugWk-rnkqXM/TLM-pldqoUI/AAAAAAAAGOY/kuh4kMfQ4Qo/s1600/Volga_Dnepr_Airlines_Antonov_An_124-100_Ruslan_RA-82078_Smokin_logo.jpg)
they are huge.  one flew into Topeka last summer going cross country.    they can cause a lot of damage to airfields because of weight.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on December 21, 2012, 11:51:19 AM
In Frankfurt I was in a 747 parked next to this:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7695664552_e52f2f6cdf_z.jpg)

our bird felt super pud
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 21, 2012, 11:58:03 AM
In Frankfurt I was in a 747 parked next to this:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7695664552_e52f2f6cdf_z.jpg)

our bird felt super pud

saw one of those in Emirates garb at Termy D in Dallas.     

I was just checking out the airbus site....didn't realize so many of these were flying 
Quote
An A380 takes off or lands every 10 minutes.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: kim carnes on December 21, 2012, 02:58:21 PM
i'm having second thoughts about my trip to san diego next week.  the weather looks pretty meh.  what do you guys think, am i overreacting?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on December 21, 2012, 03:18:24 PM
In Frankfurt I was in a 747 parked next to this:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7695664552_e52f2f6cdf_z.jpg)

our bird felt super pud

saw like a million of those in singapore. :zzz:

They are kind of short (length-wise) so they don't seem that big to me.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: chum1 on December 21, 2012, 03:42:54 PM
I once had a late night flight from St. Louis to Kansas City in a practically empty 747.  Felt kinda weird.  Like, "Am I on the right plane here?"

That's a boring story, but there are obviously a lot of airport nerds here.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on December 21, 2012, 05:21:04 PM
I once had a late night flight from St. Louis to Kansas City in a practically empty 747.  Felt kinda weird.  Like, "Am I on the right plane here?"

That's a boring story, but there are obviously a lot of airport nerds here.

That's pretty crazy. Maybe a maintenance thing from when that facility was there?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Matt Mckee on December 21, 2012, 05:22:40 PM
That bobcat on the tail is adorbs.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on December 21, 2012, 09:43:12 PM

My other buddy flies a Citation, got to go once to a guys trip in OKC, that was pretty fun.  Wheels up Billard to OKC in 45 minutes.

(http://www.aero-capital.com/uploads/Listing/Cessna/XLS_undisclosed_undisclosed_2008/100_3660.JPG)
This one is our work plane. No airport security :cool:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on December 21, 2012, 09:46:47 PM
Who takes a "guys trip" to okc?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 22, 2012, 10:44:49 AM
Who takes a "guys trip" to okc?

22 guys who realize the logistics of getting 22 guys to Vegas or someplace distant is too much hassle on short notice.    Instead, some of you rent vans and drive, and the elites fly down on a private jet.     Bricktown is a fun little spot to bar hop after watching some bball.

Pro-tip - indoor go karting the morning after a bender is a bad idea.   Never seen so many guys puking in helmets.    :grin:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on December 25, 2012, 11:50:02 AM
anyone else ever forget their nail clippers when they left for vacation because I did, might look around for a Christmas manicure, long nails.   :curse: #thingsyoucantstand
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on December 26, 2012, 09:16:39 AM
Planning a weekend bro trip to go skiing in the Wasatch Mountains in Feb. I've got a buddy that lives in SLC so I dont need a hotel but I do need a flight.

A quick search of southwest and priceline doesnt help much, best I have found is 297 on frontiers website. Anyone fly out to SLC before and know of any deals?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on December 26, 2012, 09:30:15 AM
That's a Delta hub  :dunno:

Lots of $217 MCI-SLC available nonstop round trip
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on December 26, 2012, 10:26:04 AM
That's a Delta hub  :dunno:

Lots of $217 MCI-SLC available nonstop round trip

Where are you seeing that? Checked out delta's website and everything was 449
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on December 26, 2012, 11:14:50 AM
That's a Delta hub  :dunno:

Lots of $217 MCI-SLC available nonstop round trip

Where are you seeing that? Checked out delta's website and everything was 449

I checked right before I posted that. Just checked again and now it's $345 for the same itinerary.  :horrorsurprise:

I was looking at the entire month of February with flexible dates. I think you had to go Wed-Sun or Sat-Tues to get that rate. Not sure how flexible your "weekend" definition was/is.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: AppleJack on December 26, 2012, 07:10:03 PM
Going to Chicago on a whim tomorrow with some miles that were going to expire at year end. Flight is at 5:55am ( :sdeek:) and I have absolutely nothing planned. Take the orange line to the loop and get weird I guess  :dunno:

Maybe the aquarium? eff, I have no idea. Gino's East? ummmmm Sears Tower? Whatever. Go cats.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: chum1 on December 26, 2012, 07:12:49 PM
Oh, God.  That will be cold as eff.  LAYERS AND LAYERS.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on December 26, 2012, 07:37:47 PM
Going to Chicago on a whim tomorrow with some miles that were going to expire at year end. Flight is at 5:55am ( :sdeek:) and I have absolutely nothing planned. Take the orange line to the loop and get weird I guess  :dunno:

Maybe the aquarium? eff, I have no idea. Gino's East? ummmmm Sears Tower? Whatever. Go cats.

I'm familiar.
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on December 26, 2012, 07:44:15 PM
Oh, God.  That will be cold as eff.  LAYERS AND LAYERS.

Yeah. Chicago was a bad choice.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on December 26, 2012, 07:54:49 PM
Going to Chicago on a whim tomorrow with some miles that were going to expire at year end. Flight is at 5:55am ( :sdeek:) and I have absolutely nothing planned. Take the orange line to the loop and get weird I guess  :dunno:

Maybe the aquarium? eff, I have no idea. Gino's East? ummmmm Sears Tower? Whatever. Go cats.

midway huh? southwest? weird. the aquarium is good for 4 hours of time killing though and gino's east is where tourists go to for chicago pizza. itk's and locals go here...

http://www.pequodspizza.com

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g35805-d430764-Reviews-Pequods_Pizza-Chicago_Illinois.html

also it's not sears tower, it's willis tower. also, purple pig...

http://www.thepurplepigchicago.com/

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g35805-d1647641-Reviews-The_Purple_Pig-Chicago_Illinois.html


also, if you think you might like improv then you really should go to second city. i've been twice and it was just great both times.
Title: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on December 26, 2012, 08:03:24 PM
purple pig meat tray
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on December 26, 2012, 08:07:19 PM
purple pig meat tray

also pig ears w/ kale.

http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-sos-pigears-20120616,0,3449292.story

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qeqM-FfqsH4/T86umEmpW0I/AAAAAAAAL8o/qYnHF5sUReM/s672/Fried+Pig+Ears.JPG)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: chum1 on December 26, 2012, 11:21:28 PM
Personally, I like the Field Museum much better than the aquarium.  Plus, it can easily keep you out of the cold for a full day if you want.  You can ride up to the restaurant at the top of the Hancock building for free.  It has a better view than the Willis Tower.  Just get a drink or something when you're up there.  Post updates plus a recap in Steve Dave's European vacation thread.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on December 26, 2012, 11:57:03 PM
Chicago in December, woof
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bones129 on December 26, 2012, 11:58:26 PM
Get to Chicago, drink, then come home. That's a solid trip.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 26, 2012, 11:59:21 PM
Get to Chicago, drink, then come home. That's a solid trip.

If you don't get snowed in.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 10, 2013, 07:49:34 AM
anyone spent any time in Savannah? going to be in the area for work and am going to tack on a few days at the Andaz Savannah on some free Hyatt nights that are getting ready to expire. pro-tips welcome. tia.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on January 10, 2013, 07:54:34 AM
My parents have been there and rave about it. It's apparently one of the most beautiful cities of the south. If you appreciate giant trees and old houses and parks and things like that you will probably like it. If not, probably not then I guess.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 10, 2013, 07:55:32 AM
My parents have been there and rave about it. It's apparently one of the most beautiful cities of the south. If you appreciate giant trees and old houses and parks and things like that you will probably like it. If not, probably not then I guess.

I LIKE THOSE THINGS OK I GUESS!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: chum1 on January 10, 2013, 08:03:58 AM
I haven't been, but I've known plenty of people who have.  Although I mostly zoned out when they talked about it, the old downtown historic area is the place to go.  (Maybe kind of obvious.) I've spent tine around those parts and I'd recommend chatting with locals and experiencing the hospitality/gentility stuff, which I can find both charming and annoying.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on January 10, 2013, 08:16:11 AM
I went there when I was a kid.

Only thing I remember was the bench where forrest gump sat is located in Savannah and that they have lots of old timey ghost tours.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on January 10, 2013, 08:24:42 AM
My parents have been there and rave about it. It's apparently one of the most beautiful cities of the south. If you appreciate giant trees and old houses and parks and things like that you will probably like it. If not, probably not then I guess.

I LIKE THOSE THINGS OK I GUESS!

How are you with overt racism?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: chum1 on January 10, 2013, 08:37:44 AM
My parents have been there and rave about it. It's apparently one of the most beautiful cities of the south. If you appreciate giant trees and old houses and parks and things like that you will probably like it. If not, probably not then I guess.

I LIKE THOSE THINGS OK I GUESS!

How are you with overt racism?

 :jerk:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on January 10, 2013, 09:15:08 AM
My parents have been there and rave about it. It's apparently one of the most beautiful cities of the south. If you appreciate giant trees and old houses and parks and things like that you will probably like it. If not, probably not then I guess.

Exact same thing with my parents.  Old people love Savannah
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on January 10, 2013, 09:15:44 AM
hopefully you're there long enough that you pick up their accent and begin to talk like you're from savannah.  a savannah speaking person would really stand out in the quad city metroplex or anywhere.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Kat Kid on January 10, 2013, 09:20:10 AM
How to go to a diner in Savannah, Georgia
 
you'll ask around a park
on main street
where
you ask the folks
who are not in a hurry
so you can find it
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: chum1 on January 10, 2013, 10:01:19 AM
Not gonna lie.  I enjoy it when women call me "sweetie" or "honey" everywhere I go.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Teddy_Westside on January 10, 2013, 03:55:00 PM
Pretty sure all of London is being completely re-done. Stood in one spot today and counted 9 cranes that I could see.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on January 11, 2013, 10:27:38 AM
Going to Chicago in May. EXCITED!!!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on January 11, 2013, 10:29:31 AM
Going to Chicago in May. EXCITED!!!
me too!

maybe i'll see you!

 :excited:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on January 11, 2013, 10:30:15 AM
Going to Chicago in May. EXCITED!!!
me too!

maybe i'll see you!

 :excited:
I saw you at the Fiesta bowl, but didn't say hi. By the time you wandered in we were already losing and I was upset. :(
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on January 11, 2013, 10:30:56 AM
Going to Chicago in May. EXCITED!!!
me too!

maybe i'll see you!

 :excited:
I saw you at the Fiesta bowl, but didn't say hi. By the time you wandered in we were already losing and I was upset. :(
You definitely should have said hi.  I was having a blast.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on January 11, 2013, 10:32:23 AM
Going to Chicago in May. EXCITED!!!
me too!

maybe i'll see you!

 :excited:
I saw you at the Fiesta bowl, but didn't say hi. By the time you wandered in we were already losing and I was upset. :(
You definitely should have said hi.  I was having a blast.
oh, I could tell.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on January 11, 2013, 10:33:00 AM
Going to Chicago in May. EXCITED!!!
me too!

maybe i'll see you!

 :excited:
I saw you at the Fiesta bowl, but didn't say hi. By the time you wandered in we were already losing and I was upset. :(
You definitely should have said hi.  I was having a blast.
oh, I could tell.
:thumbs:

next time then
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ben ji on January 11, 2013, 10:47:33 AM
Going to Nashville for a weekend in April for a Bachelor Party.

Anyone ever been and have any recomendo's?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 11, 2013, 10:48:29 AM
Going to Nashville for a weekend in April for a Bachelor Party.

Anyone ever been and have any recomendo's?

yes, here is a good itenerary

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/william-todd-crime-spree_n_1415407.html
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on January 11, 2013, 10:50:32 AM
give me a few good options for elite carry on's. I don't like hard shelled. Would be opened to spinners but don't really see the point. Want lots of compartments, pref one that I can pack a suit in w/ ease
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Boom Roasted on January 11, 2013, 10:51:13 AM
Oh man, we are planning an April Bachelor party and were down to New Orleans and Nashville. Ended up booking the NOLA flights this morning.  Pretty fired up for it already.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Matt Mckee on January 11, 2013, 10:51:42 AM
Just booked condo for Port Aransas in June.

http://www.portaransas-texas.com/custom/virtual-tours/tour/FP/Aransas%20Princess/809/index.html
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 11, 2013, 10:51:53 AM
give me a few good options for elite carry on's. I don't like hard shelled. Would be opened to spinners but don't really see the point. Want lots of compartments, pref one that I can pack a suit in w/ ease

http://www.amazon.com/Travelpro-Luggage-21-Inch-Expandable-Spinner/dp/B0089AXZJ6

Travel Pro is by far the best luggage for the money. unless you are going to spend a lot of cash and jump to Rimowa or Tumi there is no other good option.

SOURCE: I nerd out on luggage
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 11, 2013, 10:54:49 AM
Trim just got that same carry on as well.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on January 11, 2013, 10:55:32 AM
give me a few good options for elite carry on's. I don't like hard shelled. Would be opened to spinners but don't really see the point. Want lots of compartments, pref one that I can pack a suit in w/ ease

http://www.amazon.com/Travelpro-Luggage-21-Inch-Expandable-Spinner/dp/B0089AXZJ6

Travel Pro is by far the best luggage for the money. unless you are going to spend a lot of cash and jump to Rimowa or Tumi there is no other good option.

SOURCE: I nerd out on luggage
thanks, have american tourister right but they don't seem as durable. They are already getting their ass kicked even after light use.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 11, 2013, 10:57:01 AM
give me a few good options for elite carry on's. I don't like hard shelled. Would be opened to spinners but don't really see the point. Want lots of compartments, pref one that I can pack a suit in w/ ease

http://www.amazon.com/Travelpro-Luggage-21-Inch-Expandable-Spinner/dp/B0089AXZJ6

Travel Pro is by far the best luggage for the money. unless you are going to spend a lot of cash and jump to Rimowa or Tumi there is no other good option.

SOURCE: I nerd out on luggage
thanks, have american tourister right but they don't seem as durable. They are already getting their ass kicked even after light use.

yes, american tourister is super garbagey
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 11, 2013, 11:06:18 AM
the biggest studs in the airport are always towing aluminum Rimowa bags that are beat to crap. so elite. I think if I ever buy one I'm going to drag it behind my car around the block a hundred times before I use it like attorneys do when they buy a new briefcase.

http://www.rimowa.de/main#/product/920.56.00.4
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on January 11, 2013, 11:06:52 AM
Going to Nashville for a weekend in April for a Bachelor Party.

Anyone ever been and have any recomendo's?

Nashville is pretty fun. Exceeded my expectations, mostly because I had an impression that it was just a bunch of country stuff. But there's a lot going on. Ginormous hipster community also.

Hit this place up for breakfast sometime. There's like a 45 minute line every day but it's worth it imo.

http://www.thepancakepantry.com/ (http://www.thepancakepantry.com/)

Obviously the main strip (Broadway) is cool, lots of bars and shops and whatnot.

They have a giant Parthenon in a park right next to Vanderbilt. It's cool to check out. I also walked right onto the football field and goofed around with some friends, they don't even keep it locked up!

Also the state capitol building is pretty cool, there's a big park down the hill from it, and a giant map of tennessee with each county and town etched into the concrete.

I guess if you're going for a bachelor party just walk up and down Broadway and get mumped up. But the above stuff is good for daytime activities.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 11, 2013, 06:13:24 PM
Love the carry on deets. Need new bags as my current are super pud and beat to hell
Title: travel thread
Post by: puniraptor on January 11, 2013, 06:14:41 PM
JFC Rimowa costs more than 2 fieros.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on January 11, 2013, 06:24:41 PM
JFC Rimowa costs more than 2 fieros.

yeah. you've been bum, bum, bum, bum, RIMOWASTRUCK!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: raquetcat on January 12, 2013, 09:56:15 AM
Going to Nashville for a weekend in April for a Bachelor Party.

Anyone ever been and have any recomendo's?

Nashville is pretty fun. Exceeded my expectations, mostly because I had an impression that it was just a bunch of country stuff. But there's a lot going on. Ginormous hipster community also.

Hit this place up for breakfast sometime. There's like a 45 minute line every day but it's worth it imo.

http://www.thepancakepantry.com/ (http://www.thepancakepantry.com/)

Obviously the main strip (Broadway) is cool, lots of bars and shops and whatnot.

They have a giant Parthenon in a park right next to Vanderbilt. It's cool to check out. I also walked right onto the football field and goofed around with some friends, they don't even keep it locked up!

Also the state capitol building is pretty cool, there's a big park down the hill from it, and a giant map of tennessee with each county and town etched into the concrete.

I guess if you're going for a bachelor party just walk up and down Broadway and get mumped up. But the above stuff is good for daytime activities.

Mrs. raquetcat lived in Nashville for a year it's a pretty cool city, here are her recommendos:

Places to Eat:
Pancake Pantry – Sweet Potato Pancakes with Cinnamon Cream Syrup
Calypso Café
Fido
Loveless Café
Las Paletas (popsicles)
Germantown Café
Virago (Sushi)
South Street
Cabana

Things to do:
Downtown Nashville – Bar Hopping at night (live music in every venue)
Green Hills for Shopping
Bluebird Café (Sunday night – Writers night…go early to get in line…AWESOME!!)
Yazoo Brewery Tours
Lots of historical tours if you’re into that
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Trim on January 12, 2013, 10:10:22 AM
Going to Nashville for a weekend in April for a Bachelor Party.

Anyone ever been and have any recomendo's?

Haven't been, but I recommend watching Django at Hosie's house.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: 'taterblast on January 15, 2013, 10:25:12 AM
tell me where to stay in panama city beach for spring break. i want to have a rowdy wild and crazy time.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 16, 2013, 12:14:33 PM
ha ha, literally this week I was all jealous that SJC was starting to get 787 service to Narita and boom:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/01/16/_787_grounded_in_japan_boeing_s_growing_disaster.html


But I also found out Singapore Air has been flying A380's out of SFO, hoping they'll still be using them on that route in September when I go back to Asia.

http://airnation.net/2012/07/24/singapore-ads-a380-service-drops-jfk/
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 16, 2013, 12:19:56 PM
the 787s will be back in the air in no time. just cutting their teeth. the A380s had the same thing with the wing cracks and engines quitting on them
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 16, 2013, 12:23:54 PM
the 787s will be back in the air in no time. just cutting their teeth. the A380s had the same thing with the wing cracks and engines quitting on them

until that time, I will stop being jealous of those grimy fuckers down in San Jose. No international 787 flights from SFO? Can you believe that?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 16, 2013, 12:27:22 PM
the 787s will be back in the air in no time. just cutting their teeth. the A380s had the same thing with the wing cracks and engines quitting on them

until that time, I will stop being jealous of those grimy fuckers down in San Jose. No international 787 flights from SFO? Can you believe that?

they'll have them shortly. only a handful of carriers have gotten them delivered right now.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EllToPay on January 17, 2013, 09:49:32 AM
(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/media/USATODAY/todayinthesky/2013/01/17/mm44056-4_3_r536_c534.jpg?1b79b3da202957124496e3768cfb7b67cdb10c81)

 :AA:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Matt Mckee on January 17, 2013, 09:53:50 AM
They changed their logo in honor of not losing money last quarter for the first time in forever.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: WillieWatanabe on January 17, 2013, 10:00:20 AM
i like it.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 17, 2013, 11:33:41 AM
I like the new eagle, don't really care for the flags on the tails.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bubbles4ksu on January 17, 2013, 11:41:50 AM
I'm going to be in NYC for St. Patrick's Day. Where should I go?

Suggestions not related to St. Patricks Day are welcome.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 17, 2013, 12:05:38 PM
I'm going to be in NYC for St. Patrick's Day. Where should I go?

Suggestions not related to St. Patricks Day are welcome.

Gramercy Tavern
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on January 17, 2013, 12:45:31 PM
obvs you will want to make a stop at 21 Mercer St in manhattan
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bubbles4ksu on January 17, 2013, 12:49:23 PM
i'm going to do these things!
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: GoodForAnother on January 18, 2013, 01:17:31 PM
new AA logo is good, but the flag on the tail sucks imo. at least they kept it all aluminum. shiny non painted aluminum planes are pure sex.  :love:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on January 18, 2013, 01:50:59 PM
new AA logo is good, but the flag on the tail sucks imo. at least they kept it all aluminum. shiny non painted aluminum planes are pure sex.  :love:

they will be transitioning to white as most modern aircraft have so much composite skin they can't be bare metal
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: GoodForAnother on January 18, 2013, 02:07:33 PM
new AA logo is good, but the flag on the tail sucks imo. at least they kept it all aluminum. shiny non painted aluminum planes are pure sex.  :love:

they will be transitioning to white as most modern aircraft have so much composite skin they can't be bare metal

well, mike, that just ruined my day
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: mocat on January 18, 2013, 02:23:13 PM
I thought the aluminum look was kinda gross. Extremely dated, at best.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on January 18, 2013, 02:36:18 PM
I thought the aluminum look was kinda gross. Extremely dated, at best.

mostly the stripes.

I actually like the new look

(http://thepointsguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/New-AA-Livery.png)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 18, 2013, 02:41:40 PM
The flag on the empennage is super gaudy. Other than that i like it.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 18, 2013, 02:42:52 PM
looks boss, like america. these colors don't run fuckers.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: slobber on January 18, 2013, 02:44:10 PM
The flag on the empennage is super gaudy. Other than that i like it.
You can't even say that without sounding elite.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: GoodForAnother on January 18, 2013, 03:41:55 PM
I thought the aluminum look was kinda gross. Extremely dated, at best.

sounds like a personal problem.  it was awesome.

The flag on the empennage is super gaudy. Other than that i like it.

yeah, flag takes away from what is otherwise a great design.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Dlew12 on January 18, 2013, 03:43:43 PM
i'm with SD.  looks badass.

if you guys don't like it maybe you should move to China or something.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: GoodForAnother on January 18, 2013, 04:18:30 PM
AMERICA*

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5270/5601626576_f357520302_z.jpg)

*Illinois
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 18, 2013, 04:18:35 PM
looks boss, like america. these colors don't run fuckers.
but they do descend.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on January 18, 2013, 10:51:58 PM
eurocat where in and around london should I go? And best way to travel around? should be there for about 7 days.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 18, 2013, 11:12:13 PM
eurocat where in and around london should I go? And best way to travel around? should be there for about 7 days.

pro-tip: I also asked him a lot. just stick with me bro.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: LibDerp7BubbleBoy on January 18, 2013, 11:19:43 PM
i still don't forgive american for that bullshit they pulled with sterling cooper  :shakesfist:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 19, 2013, 05:31:50 AM
eurocat where in and around london should I go? And best way to travel around? should be there for about 7 days.

Typical Tourist Stuff:
Tate London
House of Parliment
London Eye
Go see a show on the West End
V&A
Tower of London
Go shopping on Oxford Street

Other Fun Stuff:
Walk around SoHo on a Saturday night and take in the drunken weirdness
Go to the Sunday Upmarket in East London around the Shoreditch area for tons of international food stalls and hipsters selling weird stuff
Walk around Hyde Park and the Kensington area. Make sure to go to Harrods and check out the Egyptian elevator (for Felix Rex)
While you're in Kensington grab a meal at Bar Boulud at 1 Hyde Park for a 5* meal.
Go to the London Transport museum
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: EuroCat on January 19, 2013, 05:32:37 AM
eurocat where in and around london should I go? And best way to travel around? should be there for about 7 days.

pro-tip: I also asked him a lot. just stick with me bro.
What thread was that? I must've missed it. My bad
Title: Re: Re: travel thread
Post by: 8manpick on January 19, 2013, 12:03:39 PM
i still don't forgive american for that bullshit they pulled with sterling cooper  :shakesfist:

Me either :curse:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: bubbles4ksu on January 19, 2013, 12:58:30 PM
eurocat where in and around london should I go? And best way to travel around? should be there for about 7 days.

Typical Tourist Stuff:
Tate London
House of Parliment
London Eye
Go see a show on the West End
V&A
Tower of London
Go shopping on Oxford Street

Other Fun Stuff:
Walk around SoHo on a Saturday night and take in the drunken weirdness
Go to the Sunday Upmarket in East London around the Shoreditch area for tons of international food stalls and hipsters selling weird stuff
Walk around Hyde Park and the Kensington area. Make sure to go to Harrods and check out the Egyptian elevator (for Felix Rex)
While you're in Kensington grab a meal at Bar Boulud at 1 Hyde Park for a 5* meal.
Go to the London Transport museum

go to trafalgar square and take sweet pictures with the lions! (seriously)
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: yoga-like_abana on January 20, 2013, 10:52:58 PM
eurocat where in and around london should I go? And best way to travel around? should be there for about 7 days.

pro-tip: I also asked him a lot. just stick with me bro.
will do, flights are booked  :excited:
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Saulbadguy on January 21, 2013, 07:52:40 AM
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Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: Boom Roasted on January 21, 2013, 08:13:27 AM
eurocat where in and around london should I go? And best way to travel around? should be there for about 7 days.

pro-tip: I also asked him a lot. just stick with me bro.
will do, flights are booked  :excited:
Most important thing to do is to drink beer at min 1 pub a day.

Sites to see by tube - Wimbeldon, pretty cool grounds and the town is pretty cool, a pretty far walk from either of the stations the tube lets you off on though. Wembley stadium, they do a tour of the stadium that isn't too bad, probably the second nicest stadium other than the Jerrydome in the world(they sellout the NFL game faster than the champions cup)

If you're there for 7 days you ought to take a day trip out to a different city at least one day(google them all to pick which would fit your style).  Bath, Brighton, Windsor, and Dover are all pretty cool.  Bath is pretty packed with tourists but for good reason.  Going to the bell tower at the church is worth it, you can oversee the roman baths.  Brighton has the pier and a pretty wild old castle/summer residence that is made to look asian.  The white cliffs of Dover are pretty cool and it isnt a crowded place, can see France, great little British town with a couple good pubs, not touristy.  Windsor castle is better than expected, great castle to check out and the Queen lives there when not at Buckingham.   
Source: was there for 2 weeks in June. Parents go 2-3 times a year so we only hit the best spots on our trip.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on January 21, 2013, 05:41:18 PM
Michigancat, I am planning my trip to San Fran/Napa.  What do I need to do in San Fran thats super elite at the end of May?  Where is a cool bar hangout I can buy you a beer at?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 21, 2013, 06:33:50 PM
Michigancat, I am planning my trip to San Fran/Napa.  What do I need to do in San Fran thats super elite at the end of May?  Where is a cool bar hangout I can buy you a beer at?

Man, that is a long time away. I have no idea what's going on then. There are cool bars all over the place. Do you know where you're staying? What kind of things do you like to do?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on January 21, 2013, 07:40:31 PM
I know I'm going to be in Napa on a Sat/Sun to eat at French Laundry.  In San Fran, I will be eating at Incanto one night.  I like to eat/drink/music.  Will take recommendos on areas to stay in as well.  Touristy may happen for a day or so, but goal would be to walk/easy public transit from places to eat/drink/music.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: michigancat on January 22, 2013, 10:47:07 AM
I know I'm going to be in Napa on a Sat/Sun to eat at French Laundry.  In San Fran, I will be eating at Incanto one night.  I like to eat/drink/music.  Will take recommendos on areas to stay in as well.  Touristy may happen for a day or so, but goal would be to walk/easy public transit from places to eat/drink/music.

do the chain/points matter? Most hotels are close to transit and places to eat drink. Union Square is really pretty good area to stay even though it's touristy. There are a lot of chain restaurants and stores, but if you pull out yelp you'll find cool places to eat/drink on side streets and alleys close by. Easy walk to Chinatown, easy bart ride to the Mission, Cable Car to the wharf. There's some cool places at Nob Hill, too, but it's not quite as easy to get everywhere via transit. (It's doable, but bus is pretty much required). Over by the Embarcadero there's some cool looking boutique hotels, but the neighborhood gets real quiet when no one's at work.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on January 22, 2013, 10:49:38 AM
Thanks.  Probably do Union Square.  Want to go by China town for a stretch.  My top thing when traveling is usually to drink and not have to worry about driving home.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on January 22, 2013, 12:36:22 PM
what wineries are you going to?  do you plan on going up to sonoma, st helena?
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: ChiCat on January 22, 2013, 01:28:43 PM
what wineries are you going to?  do you plan on going up to sonoma, st helena?

I'm open to recommendations in any of those places.  My bro and his wife are doing the trip for their 5th anniversary/his 30th birthday and celebrating at the French Laundry.  Only things I have solidly on the books are that, china town, Incanto, and probably Morimoto's.  I think he is setting up a limo winery tour.  This was going to be a quick trip but the way my vacation schedule is looking, I might as well stretch it to a week.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: steve dave on January 22, 2013, 01:30:53 PM
what wineries are you going to?  do you plan on going up to sonoma, st helena?

I'm open to recommendations in any of those places.  My bro and his wife are doing the trip for their 5th anniversary/his 30th birthday and celebrating at the French Laundry.  Only things I have solidly on the books are that, china town, Incanto, and probably Morimoto's.  I think he is setting up a limo winery tour.  This was going to be a quick trip but the way my vacation schedule is looking, I might as well stretch it to a week.

If you are staying a week do a couple nights in Napa (or Yountville). Rent bikes in Yountville and go up the Silverado Trail and visit all the wineries on your way. When you get tired or it gets late you just call them and they drive to wherever you ended up and get you. they will also pack lunches for you and drop them at whatever winery you think you will be at around that time.
Title: Re: travel thread
Post by: pissclams on January 22, 2013, 01:40:33 PM
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