Archive for April, 2010

Level 107 Lounge


2010
04.30

I was looking for a place to get a good view of the strip, and the Stratosphere is an obvious choice.  It towers above the strip from the north end.  There are other choices (like Mix Lounge @ Mandalay Bay), but this seemed the best choice for me.  It was great!  If you want to go to the observation platform, they charge you $16.  But going to Level 107 is free, with a one drink minimum.  We went on Thursday night, when cocktails were 50% off for ladies.  So for $15 (with tip), we had a beer, a cocktail, live music, and a great view.  Score!!!


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Best Burger In Vegas


2010
04.29

On our way to see the dolphins at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret garden, we stopped for lunch at BLT Burger in the Mirage.   We had decided we’d just see what was inside the casino and stop at whatever looked good.  While the decor of the restaurant is cool (open kitchen, cool wood ceiling, etc), it was the SMELL that drew us in.   Whoa!

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Spelling Will Help


2010
04.21

I try not to laugh at other people in public.  It’s really not polite.  But yesterday I couldn’t help myself.

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Expert Flyer


2010
04.16

Have I mentioned how much I love Expert Flyer (EF)?  Probably not recently enough.  EF is a service that allows users to view airline ticket/fare inventory.  Yea, that sounds boring.  But the EXCITING part is that such information allows you to greatly improve your flight experience.

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Spirit Airlines Charging for Carry-On Luggage


2010
04.12

Spirit Airlines has announced a change in their baggage policy.  For flights on/after August 1st, they will begin charging customers to carry-on luggage that needs to go in the overhead bins.  You’re still allowed a single small bag that fits under the seat in front of you, and you’re allowed a few other small miscellaneous items.  They claim that they’ve reduced their “lowest fairs”, so customers shouldn’t pay more in the end.  The “lowest fair” comment sounds like the gotcha to me.  They may have dropped the price of the lowest fare class, but if they didn’t change other fare classes….then most folks will pay more.

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Jersey Shore


2010
04.12

I took a trip up to NJ last week, and had a few minutes after work one day to hit the beach.  I’ve spent a lot of time on southeastern beaches and have been to the coast of Maine, but had never been to the mid-Atlantic.  While I didn’t have a whole lot of time to hang-out, the time I had was PERFECT!  Nearing sunset, temps in the low 70’s, and the beach was completely empty.  Nice.  :)

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Boarding Pass


2010
04.11

Have you ever really paid attention to your boarding pass?  I have to admit that I haven’t.  As an engineer, the boarding pass (BP) is functional, necessary, and I have no control over it…so I don’t give it a lot of thought.  Tyler Thompson, though, is not an engineer.  He’s a graphical designer, and has some excellent ideas about how to improve the BP, both functionally and aesthetically.  Click on the image to see more about his design.

To offer my own humble

  • Use a wider font – There’s a lot of dead space to the right (black area), and I find the narrow font tougher to read
  • Put the Zone number before the Seat number – You need to know your zone before the seat number matters…and the number on the end is going to be quicker to read at a glance, so it’ll be easier for the tourists to find as they’re wandering aimlessly down the aisle unable to find their well-labeled seat.
  • Create more margin around the stub perforations – Many of us will print our own boarding passes.  This means no perforations, which means somebody will use the edge of a counter to tear it…if they do at all.  It’ll be an imprecise tear, so give some room.
  • Highlight the boarding timethis is far more critical than the scheduled departure time.  This is generally 30 minutes early for US domestic flights, but it can very quite a bit for international flights.

a great suggestion

Delta Sky Priority


2010
04.10

Today I saw a thread of FlyerTalk.com letting us know that a new program was coming, and it looks great!

Delta has just announced a new Sky Priority program.  They’re adding a new program to help make the at-airport experience better for “their most valuable” customers.  Passengers eligible for the program are Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Medallion members, as well as anybody that buys a First or Business Class ticket.

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Sunny San Diego


2010
04.04

I had an OUTSTANDING trip to San Diego recently.  My company has had a unique and brilliant plan for this trip for several years, and it worked perfectly again this year.  Renting space on the show floor is expensive, it’s inside, and you have to deal with lots of walk-by traffic (students, competitors, etc.).  Rather than deal with that, we save money by chartering a boat out on the bay.  Our customers come out to the dock, we meet in the boat’s salon, then if time permits, we head out for a cruise around the bay.  We keep the boat well stocked with food and drinks, so customers actually call US to schedule meetings.  Perfect!

We went out on the bay eleven times in four days.  Many were just 30-minute quickies.  But we got in a few good long rides.  We got to see the dolphin training area, sea lions hanging-out on the bait docks, a submarine in dry-dock.  Here are but a few of the photos of the week.

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