Lobby Bar – May 20: Naughty Hotels, Illegal Brewing Practices, and the Secret to Immortality
Lobby Bar – An Excellent Excerpt of FBT News and Views
Short and sweet. Jonathan Spira goes to see “Do I Hear a Waltz?” as part of the Encores Great American Musicals series at City Center. While the performance usually lasts a couple of hours, this one was roughly eight seconds long, with a lone thespian taking the stage and reciting one brief phrase, “no, you hear a Tango,” to much applause.
Beer crimes. It has been 500 years since Reinheitsgebot – Germany’s Beer Purity Law – was enacted. Those who add anything other than barley, water, or hops to their beer will be punished to the full extent of the law. May God help you if you add an orange slice to your Blue Moon.
Back to the bus. Join us for a look inside Qatar Airways’ newest Airbus A350 jet. The A350 goes back to the root meaning of the Airbus name: it has a lovely yellow paint job, plenty of windows that can be opened for some fresh air, and a cute red stop sign that flops out when the (air)bus stops to pick up passengers on international clouds.
Immortality. Jeremy Del Nero (it is I) takes a break from writing Lobby Bar to play a few hundred rounds of 1010. When he finally called it quits, he realized it that it’s been about eighty years since he started and that everything he loved and cared for is long gone. On the upside, he hasn’t aged a day, but you should see that Polaroid portrait he keeps in the attic.
Welfare state. American Airlines is hiring contract screening staff at select airports after the TSA announced it can’t actually afford to pay all the security screeners it needs. “Nobody is tipping our agents,” a dejected TSA supervisor said. “We leave out these huge tubs for donations, but not a soul leaves any gratuity.”
Uber rich. As part of a settlement in a class action suit, ride-hailing service Uber is reimbursing $1.8 million in fees it improperly collected from passengers in California. Each rider will receive a $.25 credit, so they can finally pull the trigger on the HDTV that’s been on their wish list for months.
To H*** with it. Hyatt Hotels announced the opening of the Hyatt Place ******, Patong in Thailand. Wait, are we allowed to print “Phuket”? Ohhh, we just can’t read it out loud. We’ll leave that to you.
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