Lobby Bar – October 18: Making Molehills Out of Mountains, Plsnt Slvkn Htls, Lifeless Computers, and Redeeming Miles for Alcohol
The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Zombie lag. We know you learned about jet lag the hard way: waking up to find your car keys in the freezer and your wallet in the toaster. Find out how our readers deal with jet lag, and read our tips on how to best avoid putting your mobile phone through the washing machine.
Vwl rmvl. Jonathan Spira has a Grand old time at the Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras in Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia. According to new Slovak language rules, which call for the removal of all vowels from the alphabet, Jnthn Spr hd vry rlxing sty t th htl.
“I can’t believe they killed off” – <bzzt> Jeremy Del Nero (hey!) puts on his noise-canceling I-Mego Walker Junior headphones. Now, when somebody starts talking about Breaking Bad spoilers, I don’t need to stick my fingers in my ears and say “la la la la,” I just can flip the noise-canceling switch.
Pretty black screens. Microsoft has a monumental announcement: Windows 8.1 features the return of (drumroll, please) the start button! Now all of those Windows users out there will be able to start doing things. We assume before the update, they just opened their computers and stared at them for a while before shutting it.
At least peanuts are free. We want to hear from you: what are your biggest frequent flyer award redemption pet peeves? We can’t speak for everyone, but we wish World Global Air’s Not Bad Miles program would stop deducting points from our accounts every time we reclined our seat.
High Tatras underpass. Join Jonathan Spira on the drive through the mountains on the way to Vienna in a 2013 Audi Q7 TDI. It’s a figure of speech; he didn’t actually drive through the mountains, although with the Audi’s 406 pound-feet of torque, we’re starting to get some ideas.
Tell us something we don’t already know. In the TSA’s own words, “terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports.” Well gee, TSA, what exactly are you doing with that $8 billion a year?
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