Cattle Call

The National Western Stock Show is in town here in Denver, so I deem these observations quite relevant. People really, really like to complain about airplanes, boarding planes, airplane seats, the TSA, the staff on those planes and everything else having to do with air travel. One regular comment that appears regularly after airport and…

Travelocity Follow Up

Last week I documented my experience getting “stuck” after purchasing a package from Travelocity. In short:  My airline ticket name was incorrectly entered by an agent.  The agent could not correct the name, OR refund the $1,300 price. He only offered to “exchange” it for another package. I requested a far cheaper $65 hotel “package”…

Travelocity Last Minute Packages

I refrain from writing too many negative reviews.  In my opinion most consumer complaint posts tend to read the same and ramble on about tiny details – this one included despite repeated editing.  But when a large and well known company’s process borders on fraud, it’s an issue that can be detrimental to the wallets of other consumers and put their hard earned vacations in jeopardy.…

How Northwest 253 Affects You

Does anyone remember that BEFORE the Christmas Day incident of Northwest 253 people were told not to congregate in any one area of a plane? Now that people are told they have to be seated for the final hour, (of a two or three hour flight,) there’s suddenly no problem with 20 people lining up…

Mass Rep Ed Markey’s Travel Protection

I found this article buried in the weekend news, and I’m unable to find much more on this obscure proposed bill.  Even though I doubt anything will come of it I still find interesting and somewhat bizarre. Massachusett’s representative Ed Markey is proposing a bill to establish the “International Travelers Bill of Rights Act,” which would…

Newspapers are Dying

The plummet of newspaper sales and readers isn’t news, but I’m not sure if the front page of today’s Denver Post is the REASON for their demise, or a finally hail mary hand reaching out of the quicksand hoping somebody will latch on as their head slips lower and lower under the muck. Read for…

The Life of a Phone Book

Remember last week when I saw this truck piled high with the yellow pages? – and lamented yet another dumping of these wasteful dinosaurs? I’m sure my regular readers are sick of weekly posts bitching about phone books, so here’s something more exciting: Another installment of Future Gringo TV. Many of my favorite bloggers are…