by Jonathan Spira

United Airlines operated its last ever Boeing 747 passenger flight last week and took passengers back to the 1970s for a memorable experience and non-stop party.
After three hours of festivities at the departure gate, the leisure-suit clad crowd boarded and the real party began. There was a once-in-a-lifetime fly-by of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco, retro menus from the 70s including delicacies from Trader Vic’s, dry ice …

United Airlines ‘Royal Hawaiian’ Friend Ship Final 747 Flight – San Francisco-Honolulu – Review

by Jonathan Spira

United Airlines’ final Boeing 747 flight was to be very much like its first. On July 23, 1970, a Boeing 747-100, the Friend Ship, left San Francisco destined for Honolulu, offering the airline’s vaunted Royal Hawaiian service on board.
Although Flight 747 was scheduled to depart at 11 a.m. local time, I had to get up early to prepare. In addition to United’s plans to recreate 1970s menus and uniforms, most …

Lobby Bar – November 17: Backyard Runways, Theater Addicts, Windowless Hotels, and Sharing Soap

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – Guaranteed to Add Ten Years to Your Life
Maturity takes flight. Take a look at some photos from United’s farewell Boeing 747 voyage to Hawaii. The cabin crew served Mai Tais to all passengers, and in the spirit of celebration, even the children on board were offered alcoholic beverages along with their toy airplanes.
Bike buddies. Are you ready for the Thanksgiving travel rush this year? There are other options …

Short Stay: The Arch London – Hotel Review

by Blaise Buckley

Finding a quiet corner in London is near impossible but in Marble Arch, a neighborhood replete with great shops and restaurants, the Arch London is a boutique property that evokes a quiet oasis a world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Madonna and the Beatles seemed to think so too, as the former’s London abode is across the street. Nearby is a home purchased by Ringo …

Theater Review: ‘People, Places & Things’ at St. Ann’s Warehouse

by Jonathan Spira

Emma, or is it Sarah, has an addictive personality. Not content with getting high from drink or recreational pharmaceuticals, she also gets her highs from performing as well, and therein lies the rub. “Acting gives me the same thing I get from drugs and alcohol,” she says matter-of-factly. “Good parts are just harder to come by.”
We first meet Emma playing the role of Nina in a performance of “The Seagull” …

The Insider’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

by Anna Breuer

Despite the much-delayed start of winter in many parts of the country, Thanksgiving is just around the corner as is one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
If that’s not enough, the number of people expected to take to the skies in the 12-day travel period is expected to increase by 3%.
Here follow some tips that should help you get where you are going and enjoy the holiday with …

Lobby Bar – November 10: Hand-Powered Cars, Camping on Hotel Roofs, and Ferry-Boating to Cuba

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – Your Connecting Flight to Never Never Land
All powerful arms. Paul Riegler explains why it may cost less to own an electric vehicle rather than a petrol-powered car, even though the up-front cost is higher. This is, of course, because electric vehicles can be charged by a hand crank that ships with the vehicles: just 10,000 turns of the crank will net the driver nearly .75 kilometers of …

Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

by Paul Riegler

While electric vehicles still look expensive, when compared to more traditional petrol-powered vehicles, their prices have come down in recent years. But that’s only half the story: their total cost of ownership is significantly lower as is the cost to power the vehicle.
More affordable EVs have come onto the market including the 220-mile (354-kilometer) range Tesla Model 3 (the MSRP is $35,000 although the average sale price is expected to …