Apr 25th 2013 5:07PM The lawyer who took the daughter's case against her father ought to hang her head in shame. OH, wait ... she's a LAWYER, and probably has no shame. Or heart. Or better cases to choose from.
Apr 15th 2013 1:41PM Well, you have hit the nail square on the head. I've been to India 17 times, and as much as I love India, you couldn't PAY me to drive there. I always hire a local driver, and if I'm anywhere near Rajasthan or Delhi, I use the same guy I've used for maybe the last 8 years or so, Suresh Sharma (listed on TripAdvisor now, I think). And even with Suresh, we're not on the road at night -- he's a careful enough driver that he doesn't put his passengers in that position. "Controlled chaos" describes it pretty well. I know that if I tried driving there, even if I didn't have an accident myself, I'd surely cause one. In India, it works for them because everybody seems to know what the other traffic is likely to do -- but we do NOT know, because they defy everything we learned in Driver Training!!
Mar 16th 2013 11:20PM Hmmm ... no easy answers on this one. The renter has a right to his guns, but the landlord also has property rights. It's legal to own a dog, too, but the landlord has every right to ban pets, and is allowed to rent only to non-pet-owners. The guy didn't help himself by falling behind on the rent, that's for sure.
Oct 30th 2012 12:22AM What on earth are you b****ing about?? When I stayed at the Aman Jiwo, it was $500 a night -- not chump change, but for three nights, a real treat. And I really don't follow your reasoning that "[b]y staying at such a ripoff resort you just preserve the absurd economic status quo of Indonesia where the rich get richer and the poor are indentured servants are ground into dust."
This hotel provides some VERY well-paying jobs to locals that they wouldn't otherwise have. Ask THEM if they'll feel better if the hotel closes.
Oct 25th 2012 4:03AM Awww -- what a good sport!! I should also have mentioned that I very much enjoyed the article, instead of just throwing out a little razzberry like that. I've been to Ubud several times, but never stayed in such luxurious digs. If you get a chance, see if you can wangle a stay at the Aman Jiwo just outside Yogyakarta, near Borobudur. You can't pass up seeing Borobudur (world's largest Buddhist monument), but the indolence at Aman Jiwo is in a class all by itself. ;-) That was a big treat from my then-husband some years ago -- we LOVED it.
Oct 24th 2012 8:33PM Mr. George should try writing for Architectural Digest sometime -- then he'd find out that the proper name of what he's lying on is a "chaise LONGUE" (long chair), not a chaise LOUNGE.
Sep 10th 2012 1:34AM I've been to India 17 times (no, I'm not Indian!), and I've only gotten "Delhi belly" ONCE, and for less than 12 hours. I frequently eat street food there, though I hadn't yet, that one time. Bottom line: use common sense, and you'll be OK:
- Seafood kept on ice until cooked to YOUR order.
- Fruit unpeeled, so you can you peel it fresh yourself.
- Cooking oil smells OK, not too dark (from being reused).
- Food not left uncovered, and protected from flies.
- No ice cubes!
Sep 10th 2012 1:22AM I think what she meant is "Don't let your inability to speak the local language stop you from going there." Sure, it's always best to learn a few polite phrases, at least -- simple greetings, please, thank you, you're welcome, I'm sorry (or pardon me; for accidental bumping or toe-stepping), etc. But she's also correct that it isn't absolutely necessary. Wing it!!
Jul 10th 2012 1:55AM I thought Moscow was officially on the Asian continent? If so, the Shard would still be the tallest building in Europe.
Jun 30th 2012 2:04PM I wish non-pilots wouldn't write about flying and/or airplanes. First of all, having an airstrip on your property isn't uncommon; you'll find such strips all over farm country. You've driven by lots of them without even knowing they were there. Second, being able to afford a $1.2 million house doesn't put you anywhere NEAR being able to afford a jet -- not even with fractional ownership. Third, you'd need to lengthen that airstrip by a MINIMUM of 2,000 feet before it could accommodate even a small jet for take-off OR landing; even more if you wanted to take off with full gas tanks and passengers; and still more if you wanted to do all this in warm weather. A 1,300-ft. airstrip isn't even enough for a fully loaded 4-seat, single-engine prop plane (e.g., Cessna 172) to take off or land safely on a standard day (59 degrees) at sea level! In other words, a 1,300-ft. strip isn't anything at all to brag about. Have fun in your ultra-light, because it won't handle much else.