by Paul Riegler

The year 2018 is just around the corner. People start the year with a blank slate and a bright outlook for the year. However, traditions must be observed and among the many New Year’s traditions, besides watching “Dinner for One” on New Year’s Eve, is the preparation of a list of New Year’s Resolutions.
While most people resolve to attend the gym regularly, lose weight, be more spontaneous, and so on, …

Lobby Bar – January 19: Free Llamas, TSA Armor Checks, and Cars get Human Transplants

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – Where It’s Okay to Wear a Denim Vest
CarHuman. Christian Stampfer reports from the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Check out BMW’s new kidney, which has been replaced with an actual human kidney for better performance. Just remember that this means you will need to bring your BMW to a nephrologist rather than a mechanic if things go wrong.
Welcome to the future. Join Jonathan Spira …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

by Christian Stampfer

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Year by year, it kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia. The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press days on January 15 and 16. After two industry preview days and a charity day, the …

Essay: How Tech Has Changed How We Travel

by Jonathan Spira

When I first began traveling across the globe with my parents, the biggest concern they had was bringing sufficient batteries for photo flash units and also ensuring that exposed film didn’t pass through x-ray machines at security checkpoints. All I had to do was bring along my 35mm SLR, a few paperbacks and many car magazines to read, and I was all set.
Of course, I had to choose my shots …

Flight Review: American Airlines New York-London New Flagship Business – International

by Paul Riegler

Not another review of a flight to London, I hear you cry. Well, dear readers, this one is different. This time we are on a newly configured American Airlines 777-200ER sporting the carrier’s new business-class seats.
The 777-200ER originally was a three-class plane, with Flagship First, business, and coach. A few years ago, the airline decided to offer more business-class seats on these planes and offer Flagship First only on the …

Lobby Bar – January 12: The Great JFK International Rafting Depot, Automakers Sell Weed, and How to Cheat at Airporting

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – Is This Thing Still On?
Changing directions. Did you ever think “Spongebob Squarepants” would become a Broadway musical? No? Then get ready for another surprise, because next week we’ve got “Frequent Business Traveler: The Musical,” featuring an original cast of travel editors who can neither sing nor dance but have something they need to share with the world anyway.
Dangerous games. Paul Riegler is here to answer the question on …

Just Another Bikini Bottom Day at ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ at Palace Theater – Review

by Blaise Buckley

When I think of Spongebob Squarepants, the Nickelodeon cartoon dish sponge I grew up watching, the last thing that comes to mind is “this would make a great Broadway musical.” Spongebob Squarepants, a popular cartoon character since 1999, lives in a pineapple under the sea next to his best friend, a starfish named Patrick, and both are friends with a scientist/karate squirrel in a spacesuit. Spongebob has a boss who’s …

Wireless Charging and the New Apple iPhones: Is it a Game Changer?

by Paul Riegler

One of most-hyped features included with Apple’s three latest iPhones – the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X – is wireless charging. Before I came to experience wireless charging on a regular basis, I truly thought it was mostly smoke and mirrors. I was happy to find out I was mistaken as this may be one of the most underrated yet useful new features I’ve come across in …