Tumi T-Pass

by Jonathan Spira
Tumi T-Pass

Much to the envy of relatives, friends, and those on line with me at airport security checkpoints, the U.S. government has granted me an exemption from having to remove my laptop from my bag during the screening process.
What did I do to earn such special treatment?  I simply got one of the first TSA-compliant and scannable bags, the T-Pass brief by Tumi.  The T-Pass, available in basic black ballistic nylon, …

Porsche 911 Carrera S

by Jonathan Spira
Porsche 911 Carrera S

Why does the stereo keep turning itself on, I kept asking myself.  I would start the car, turn the radio off, enjoy the beautiful music of the motor… and the next time I turned the car back on, the blasted radio was on again.
Since the first 911 appeared in 1963, Porsche has been on a singular mission, namely that of making the world’s most iconic sports car.
Porsches are also different.  …

Logitech Squeezebox Boom

by Jonathan Spira
Logitech Squeezebox Boom

This is not your father’s clock radio.  The Logitech Squeezebox Boom opens up an entire world of news and music – literally. It does not receive AM or FM broadcasts; instead, the only signal it gets is from the Internet or from your own music files.
In alarm mode, the Squeezebox Boom can wake you up to your favorite music playlist or Internet radio station.  It easily accesses thousands of broadcasters …

Four Seasons Westlake Village

by Jonathan Spira
Four Seasons Westlake Village

Driving up to the Four Seasons Westlake Village after being on the road for six hours, I thought I had made a wrong turn.  The signs did say “Four Seasons” but the severe institutional exterior made me think I was at an office park or hospital, not at a luxury hotel.
Once inside, however, I found the light and airy reception area a welcome respite from the trip.  Indeed, I …

The Accident: BMW’s Safety Systems to the Rescue

by Jonathan Spira
The Accident: BMW’s Safety Systems to the Rescue

Most people consider themselves to be good drivers, myself included.  I signal for every turn, I don’t overtake on the right, I don’t text while driving , I limit my hands-free telephone conversations, and I try to always be aware of my surroundings.
I’ve gone through multiple BMW, BMW CCA, and Skip Barber driving schools and each has given me new insights into what my car is capable of and, more …

Club Glove Train Reaction Luggage System

by Jonathan Spira
Club Glove Train Reaction Luggage System

Given the realities of travel today, many business travelers need to take more stuff – not less – on trips but they simply don’t have the right luggage to do so.  Making sure one has room for clothing, footwear, business gifts, papers, and all of one’s electronics gear (not to mention chargers and cables) for a variety of activities, is a challenge. In addition, one has to have room to …

Volkswagen CC: A Contradiction in Terms

by Jonathan Spira
Volkswagen CC: A Contradiction in Terms

Some things are a given.  For example, a coupe has two doors, and a Volkswagen is an inexpensive car.  Today, these presumptions are falling by the wayside.
The latest four-door coupe, the Volkswagen CC, continues a trend from German manufacturers, namely Mercedes with the CLS and BMW with the X6.
The CC is also a very expensive looking Volkswagen
Volkswagen tried expensive before, with the Phaeton.  Although it was a superbly crafted übersedan, …