Sunday, September 26, 2021

It’s an Institution Sir

"It's an institution sir." Words quoted by a the best lobby boy of all time. Days after leaving the Grand Budapest Hotel, I have found myself at another first rate institution known as the Waldorf...

A View from the Top

The Park Hyatt is located in the World Financial Center, the 6th tallest building in the world. Next to it is the Jin Mao tower which ranks 15th. Obstructing my view of the Huangpu...

The Sharks Are in the Water

"Swing by if you're in the neighborhood," Michel Jeries said months ago. Mikey lived in Michigan and I lived in Arizona so I only get to rage it with him a couple times a...

Shanghai a-live

It sure does feel good to be home. I'm back in Shanghai for the first time in four years and from the initial look of things, nothing has changed. The airport is still chaotic, the...

The Seven Cities of Gold

Gold toilets, gold mirrors, gold buttons. Emirates Shower Class suites were catered for Liberace. Elegant or gaudy? That is the question that begs to be asked when it comes to both the airline and...

You Don’t Belong Here

You sip your champagne and eat your omelette while savoring the freshly squeezed orange juice. Out of the corner of your eye, you notice someone staring right at you. Emboldened by your first class...

Newark, New Jersey: The Discarded Mistress

I left my house (not my house anymore!) at 430am on the way to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. I arrived there to find the airline lounge closed, so my requisite need for a Bloody...

A-Live and Delayed

The play by play of the a-live section is working brilliantly. Since my last post I have received more news: flight delayed again.

Hit the Road Jack…That Means Get Out!

Hit the Road Jack. Words made famous by Ray Charles and made infamous by the Cadillac dealership in Phoenix, Arizona today. (Please picket the dealership of Coulter Cadillac on Camelback if you are in the...

Deserting the Complacency of the Desert

Picture a city where it is sunny 296 days out of the year, it never snows, there are no hurricanes, and no earthquakes. Add in a moderate cost of living, good looking people, and...
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