Sep 9th 2010 8:03AM For the past 14 years I have flown approximatley 400,000 miles per year. Has the industry changed since 1996 when I began traveling that amount of miles? Most definitely! One thing is for certain though, from those in the ticket office, to those behind the counters, to the agents at the gate, and the crewmembers responsible for getting you to your destination, the demands on their jobs have changed as well -- much more pressure, sometimes deplorable working conditions, not to mention the stressors for regulatory compliance. Most of these people do, however, possess a professional work ethic. My advice is to be less demanding, perhaps more understanding, and to project a level of appreciation for them - it makes their jobs easier and the ride more pleasant for everybody.
Aug 20th 2010 4:31AM Dr. Sausage, I would, however, I'm currently in Sao Paulo and she's home in Nashville. By the time I get back this story will be long-forgotten but I'll be chasing my wife all over the house! signed, ages 58/63 and still Rockin' !!! RJM, USMC Vet / Ex-Pat Contractor Africa / Middle East / Southeast Asia / South America
Aug 19th 2010 6:04PM Katie, I am sure he will !!! All the best, my dear!
Aug 19th 2010 4:14PM Not bad but they should have let my 63 year-old wife model that suit -- she would fill that top up and show no cellulite with the shapliest legs I've ever seen on a mature woman!
May 9th 2010 10:04AM difficult for me to relate - orphaned at birth due to "circumstances" (guy knocked lady up, her b/f said he'd marry her but the kid had to go, etc). Having children from two different women, it seems some moms use their role as an excuse to set their own agenda while using the kids as an excuse (quitting work, demanding a certain lifestyle when it takes two incomes to support it, stealing from the husbands account...) -- so as you can probably deduce, "mother's day" is nothing more than a means and attempt to make some of us feel guilty for something we're incapable of relating to and "father's day" is no different - just a bunch of hype for nothing. If you love your mother and father, please make an attempt to show them and tell them from time to time instead of the gratuitous card, flowers, or after-shave once per year.
Apr 21st 2010 3:56AM Although I'm very sympathetic for the sacrifice military families endure (my daughter is married to a career Army officer), this article desires to gain sympathy for a couple while painting the bank and others as demons. Look, they moved, bought a house (why not rent?), she quit her job, and like "myfakename" said above, if he's deployed none of his pay is taxed and he gets a handsome housing allowance. I'm sorry but demonizing the establishment doesn't gain my sympathy in this case. You live beyond your means you eventually pay the price (kind of like what the career politicians in this country have done to us). By this fall the FED will have to pump more paper money back into a monetary system only to buy time for the impending collaspe in 2012. They're only managing a crises until our great Nation is no more...
Mar 12th 2010 5:40AM I'm a former real estate agent - fiduciary responsibility is to whomever is paying the commission unless it becomes a matter where he's working with both the buyer and seller then there are rules addressing that. As for putting my house on the market in the near future, I'll give full disclosure, insist on a home inspection by the buyer, get a good real estate attorney and title company involved, provide the buyer with a Home Shield Warranty at my cost, and sell it myself. In today's market, a 5% to 6% commission would result in a loss of net value and I'm not about to bring money to the table at closing.
Feb 23rd 2010 8:36AM Met Bobby and Alicia Brown at the Shinjuku Hilton in Tokyo while having lunch. During our visit we were invited to his concert that evening at the Broadway Live in mid-town -- GREAT show with members of the First Edition who was also kind and awesome!!! They were easy-going, non-pretentious -- they kind of folks you want as lifelong friends and neighbors. Bobby even had the courtesy to call the next morning in reference to our breakfast invitation on the Concierge Floor.
J-Lo -- total "c" -- reference the flight crews for NetJets (and Ben, we won't hold your behavior against you as it was the "c" and her goon squad who was running the show).
Travolta and Kelly Preston -- very kind and considerate people.
Shania Twain -- another loser ("b" with her "I'm better than everybody" attitude).
Feb 20th 2010 7:39AM Butch, actually Eastwood is a very nice guy. Colleagues have flown him on different occasions and I had a chance to interact with him in Austin, Texas one afternoon -- he's a polite, quiet,gifted & unpretentious gentleman.
Jan 29th 2010 1:15PM LuAnn -- nobody could have said it better and in reference to Portia's comment that Gibson is an angry man: Portia, have you ever lost a child? I have - it is something you get through but never get over so perhaps I can channel my grief and anger through the film which I will see as soon as I return stateside in three weeks! signing off from the Middle-East...