Articles in Journeys

Lobby Bar – July 20: Rachel and Ross, Schadenfreude, HAL, and ‘I’ll Take New Airlines for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – Making Travel News Great Again
We don’t need no stinkin’ airline. Serial airline entrepreneur David Neeleman is at it again, this time starting yet another new airline in the United States. There’s only one problem: In order to start operations, the existing carriers have to vote one of its own off the island.
Paging Gary Coleman. “Avenue Q,” the brilliant slacker musical, is celebrating 15 years by inviting original …

Theater Review: 15 Years of ‘Avenue Q’ As Original Stars Return

It’s been 15 years since “Avenue Q,” the brilliant slacker musical, opened on Broadway with the cheery and rather innocent sounding opening number
The sun is shining,
It’s a lovely day,
A perfect morning
For a kid to play…
However, as the song continues, the theatergoer starts to realize we’re not on Sesame Street anymore, but on a much darker and far more fun place.
The first time I saw “Avenue Q,” shortly after it transferred …

Review: ‘Friends! The Musical Parody’ at St. Luke’s Theatre

The television show “Friends” ran on NBC from 1994 to 2004, depicting the lives of six 20-something friends who lived in New York City.  It became one of the most popular television shows of all time, garnering a total of 62 Emmy Award nominations, and inspired an Off-Broadway show, “Friends! The Musical Parody.”
Created by Tobly and Bob McSmith, who also created “Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical” and “90210! …

Lobby Bar – July 13: Space Odysseys, Gabor Sisters Camping, and ‘I’ll Take Stolen Vehicles for $100, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – It’s the Real Thing, Maybe.
Open the pod bay doors, HAL. InterContinental is adding artificial intelligence to some rooms at its hotels in China, giving guests the ability to push the limits of what they can do in their rooms simply by speaking a command. Although unrelated to the new technology, one recent guest by the name of Dave reported on social media that the system is refusing …

Heat Wave Brings Record Temperatures Across the Globe

A large swatch of the world has seen record hot weather over the past week and more is yet to come.
From the “green and pleasant land” that are the British Isles to the typically scorching Middle East to Africa, meteorologists report record temperatures that stem from large areas of high pressure – referred to as “heat domes” – that are dotting the landscape.
New records for daily and all-time high temperatures …

Lobby Bar July 6 – Clark Kent, Joan Crawford, Let’s Get Sirius, I’ll Take SNL for $200, Alex!

Lobby Bar – If You Didn’t See It, It Didn’t Happen… Maybe
Faster than a speeding bullet. Scott Pruitt had a problem. It turns out he’s actually Superman but, given the lack of phone booths in today’s world, he found it difficult to play his true role in life. The solution: A $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office although it turned out that poor ethics were his kryptonite. Meanwhile, unsubstantiated …

Tomorrow is the 4th of July: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the Fourth of July, Independence Day, in the United States, a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence after the Continental Congress declared the thirteen American colonies to be a new and independent nation, no longer part of the British Empire.
The holiday is associated with family picnics, barbecues, fireworks, parades, and baseball games among other festivities. John Adams, the country’s first vice president …