Lobby Bar – August 1: Ultraviolet Snowstorms, Millennial Confections, Odds and Ends, and Famous Musicians’ Vehicles for $100

By Jeremy Del Nero on 1 August 2014
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The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views

Long-haul luxury.  Our editors look at the competitive New York-London market.  We firmly believe Global Air offers the most luxurious experience, even though the airline stubbornly clings to the idea of flying to London by heading over the Pacific, a decision that adds nearly 20 hours to the flight time.

The King Lives.  Christian Stampfer reports on Elvis’ BMW 507, recently unearthed and in horrendous condition.  Next week, Stampfer takes a look at 2Pac’s forgotten tricycle.

Leaky faucet.  Karin Sun travels to Warsaw to meet the mythical Polish Plumber, having seen the Polish tourism posters with model Piotr Adamsk beckoning visitors.  While she didn’t get to meet Piotr, she did discover that Warsaw is full of beautiful palaces, historic museums, and wonderful restaurants, and that plumbers are in short supply.

Odd one out.  Jonathan Spira woos the locals during his sidewalk yoga demonstration at the grand opening of the Even Hotel in Rockville, Maryland.  The Even Hotel contains no odd-numbered rooms and hotel staff has taken to giving out odd-numbered room keys to guests who utter the phrase “Do you know who I am?”, just to mess with them a little.

The important things in life.  Jesse Sokolow abandons the complicated world of 2014 to visit Augusts past.  He doesn’t last long in August 1914, however, once he learns that his favorite things are missing from his new day to day life: Macklemore and Cronuts.  People only seemed interested in some war that was going on.

Here comes the sun?  Note to self: if you set a Philips Hue to turn purple when snow is in the forecast, you may just get woken up at 4:00 a.m. before a big snowstorm.  See what’s new in our fourth article on home automation.

People are the worst.  Just because you travel a lot doesn’t mean you need to wear down your vocal chords.  Take a lesson from the winner of our Master Frequent Business Traveler Contest, who “can zoom through security, board first on a plane and pick up my car without ever having to speak to somebody.”

Carly Rae Jetter. Airbnb is expanding its scope to include more business-oriented travelers.  Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but here’s my couch.  So sleep here, maybe?

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