Lobby Bar

Lobby Bar – June 14th: Tom Bodet, Hotel Slogans, and ‘I’ll Take Ancient Romans for 500 Aureas, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: A Coin-Operated Summary of News and Views (Please Insert Coin Now)
When in Rome…The Eternal City is taking steps to curtail rowdy tourist behavior and also rein in unscrupulous hucksters dressed as Roman Centurions who prey on tourists. In other news, the Poliziadi Stato announced it was reverting to more traditional uniforms modeled after Roman army officers who, coincidentally, were Centurions.
We’ll leave the light on. Seeking to find a place for …

Lobby Bar – May 31: Lost in Space, Cursing Crew, and ‘I’ll Take Tyrant Nurses for $250, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: Let the Good Times Roll
Paging Sheldon!  The FAA has enlisted rocket scientists from the “Big Bang Theory” to help review Boeing’s proposed software fix for the 737 Max jetliner.  At what point should we let them know these are just actors on a television program?
Non-stop to where? Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants are relishing the thought of making announcements on the airline’s new service to Fukuoka, Japan.  To prepare themselves, …

Lobby Bar – May 3: Somber Moments, Wet Bars, and ‘I’ll Take Airline Computer Crashes for $500 please, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – What Happens in Lobby Bar Stays in Lobby Bar
Achtung.  A more somber look at the new exhibit in New York, “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.,” is required.  It will open to the public on May 8, the day Germany surrendered in 1945, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.
One moment please…Another delay, we know.  But Marriott’s CEO, Arne Sorensen, was just diagnosed …

Lobby Bar – April 12: Nursery Rhymes, Mischievous Holidays, and ‘I’ll Take Falling Bridges for $500, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: An Irreverent Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Brexit as costume. Two days before the United Kingdom was scheduled to crash out of the European Union without a deal, the two parties came together and decided to stop the clock and schedule a party for Halloween.   Those coming as Brexiteers will undoubtedly tell others they must go, head towards the door, but actually never leave as the sign …

Lobby Bar – March 29: Snow White, Fake News, and ‘I’ll Take Time Zones for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: We’ll Be Right Back After This Brief Commercial Break
This time we really mean it.  After being placed on life support several times since it attempted to sell itself to competitor Icelandair last November, Wow Air “suddenly” ceased operations (as one TV news network put it), stranding thousands of passengers who had no way to get home.  Need we say more?
But there’s more. Wow Air’s pilots are blaming the media …

Lobby Bar – March 1: Brexiters Running Wild, Dead Airlines Society, and ‘I’ll Take Train Parties for $100, Alex!’

Lobby Bar Adds Life
Code violation. Jonathan Spira reviews the new off Broadway National Yiddish Theatre production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Stage 42 The show ran into a problem prior to its opening night in New York City, however, when the Building Department refused to issue a permit for the fiddler to actually be on the roof. It relented, however, when it Building Department headquarters was encircled by a …

Lobby Bar – February 22, 2019 – Bilious Pigeons, Y2K, and ‘I’ll take World Trade Center Trivia for $500, Alex!’

When All Else Fails, There’s Always the Lobby Bar
Lobby Bar Heaven. Jonathan Spira and Anna Breuer spend Friday morning in – what else – a make believe Lobby Bar set up by Hilton’s new brand of hotels, Signia Hilton, on the 68th floor of 3 World Trade Center. Hilton describes the new hotels as being “upper upper upscale” but not luxury. Uh huh. Sounds posh to us though.
Don’t forget! Paul …