Lobby Bar – August 23: Canada Pulls Through, Mrs. Robinson, Lawyers Make Jokes, and An Infinite Course Meal

By Jeremy Del Nero on 23 August 2013
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The never-ending meal.  Jonathan Spira dines at Le Ciel restaurant in Berchtesgaden, Germany.  Shortly after the conclusion of the eight course meal, a waiter brought over a fresh pair of trousers, two sizes larger.

Plastics.  Introducing the Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec, the automaker wants to say one word to you. Just one word….  Diesel.  There’s a great future in diesel.

A magical land.  Ramsey Qubein finds himself staying at the James Hotel in Saskatoon, Canada.  Canada: A land where free breakfast means omelets and pancakes, not cereal and toast.

Not the time for jokes.  While the Department of Justice wanted their anti-trust court date to be in six months, American and US Airways insisted that they’d rather do it in less than three, in November.  “We wish you’d be a nice driver and just let us merge into the fast lane,” deadpanned a lawyer for American parent AMR Corp.

Beautiful pavement.  Christian Stampfer stays at the InterContinental Resort in Berchtesgaden, Germany.  The room’s description, “amazing views of the mountains” was accurate; I wonder if there’s any way for them to spin “amazing views of a Brooklyn parking lot” when describing my apartment.

How about Swirl Air?  AirAsia will rebrand itself as Vanilla Air starting in September.  It wanted to start a sister airline, Chocolate Air, and codeshare routes through yet another one, Oreo Air, but Nabisco has firm trademark rights on the cookie.

Groovy lines, dude. Cory Healy takes a look at ArtRage’s newest art software.  After looking at one of Cory’s creations, I had to double check that they were portabella mushrooms I ate earlier and not some other kind.

Thanks… I had almost forgotten.  Westin is partnering with Afar to offer authentic travel guides to its guests.  They even tell you what to do when you’re traveling alone, not that you need the reminder.

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