Articles in Journeys

‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ at Stephen Sondheim Theatre – Review

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“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” which opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in January, is really two stories.  One is the story of a nice, Jewish girl from Brooklyn who doesn’t always listen to her mother, meets a nice Jewish boy (also from Brooklyn), and tries to keep her family together, despite the odds.  The other is the story of a woman who became the most successful female songwriter of …

Lobby Bar – February 20: Flights to Mount Doom, Roads Made of People, Gas Pains, and the Meaning of Love


Lobby Bar – A Deviously Deceptive Summary of FBT News and Views 
Technophobia.  If you were afraid Apple wasn’t controlling enough of your life, get ready for the rumored iCar, coming to a garage near you by 2020. One bug the Apple team can’t work out yet: the self-driving car will crash if it detects passengers with PC laptops or Android/Windows smartphones on board.
Sunday Night Live.  Late-night sketch show SNL has …

The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Show: Mostly Funny, Occasionally Poignant


In 1975, a new television program made its debut on late-night television and forever changed what people would watch.
Since then, for most Saturday nights throughout the year come 11:30 p.m., a sketch would appear on the small screen that would end with someone breaking character and crying out, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”
Broadcast on the Peacock Network, the show was known simply as NBC’s Saturday Night, thanks to …

Lobby Bar – February 13: Editors in Underwear, Battery-Operated Wallets, and a Hotel for Amphibians


Lobby Bar – A You-Can’t-Handle-the-Truth Summary of FBT News and Views 
Digital presents. Jonathan Spira flies in US Airways’ First Class cabin on his way to Atlanta. After alighting, he realized that he left his DSLR on his seat, but thanks to a responsive crew and friendly captain, it ended up back in Spira’s hands before long. When Spira uploaded the photos from the camera later, he found selfies from the …

Uniqlo Heattech Underwear – Review and Test Report


The recent spell of cold weather conjures up my mother’s admonitions to “Dress in layers” and “Zip it up,” but sometimes even that isn’t enough. With wind chill temperatures hitting 0° F (-18° C) on some days, it feels as if the wind is slicing right through your jeans and even your winter coat.
For frequent travelers, this presents a special challenge, as packing multiple layers of clothing takes up precious …

Lobby Bar – February 6: Cooking in Bed, Cabins in the Sky, Sharing Briefs, and the iGrow Utility


Lobby Bar – A Slightly Embellished Summary of FBT News and Views
For an awkward time, call… Follow Jonathan Spira (the guy with the pink umbrella pointed at the sky) and he’ll show you the best things to do around London’s West End.  Just remember, in UK English, “West End” means “central” and if you’re dressing up for a special occasion, don’t ask to borrow pants from a friend.
Supersonic fares.  Despite it …

Great Moments in Travel History – February 2015

A Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental in Lufthansa livery

On February 1, 1859, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas opened its doors.  By the 1870s, the property was one of the best-known hotels in the American Southwest, and has since hosted such notable personalities as Theodore Roosevelt, Robert E. Lee, Dwight Eisenhower, Babe Ruth, Oscar Wilde, and William McKinley.  The hotel is still in operation today.
The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California opened on February 19, 1888.  …