Lobby Bar – January 2: New Year’s and Old Habits, Odds and Evens, and Brown is the new Green

By Jeremy Del Nero on 2 January 2015
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The Lobby Bar – An Unabashedly Jocular Summary of FBT News and Views

Priorities. Make reading more FBT your biggest New Year’s resolution. Go ahead and start with some great moments in travel history for the month of January. After all, who needs to exercise and polish organizational skills when you can read top notch travel articles?

What’s that procedure again, Sophie m’girl? Before going out to party on New Year’s Eve, most Germans (and Austrians) watched a 1960s 18-minute TV comedy sketch in black-and-white (remember that?) performed by two British comedic actors. And they say Germans don’t have a sense of humor.

Bow chicka wow wow. What do you get when you let a BMW 5 Series, a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and a Lincoln Town Car have an intimate night in the garage? Jonathan Spira has the answer, and it’s just as sexy as you’d imagine.

Good vs. Evil. Christian Stampfer checks into the Even hotel in Norwalk, Connecticut, where fitness centers are located in every room. The Odd hotel across the street instead offers a fried food buffet in every room. We’ll let the angel and devil on your shoulders battle it out to decide where you’ll end up tonight.

Profiteering R Us. 2014 may be over, but cheap gas ain’t. FBT editors have taken up a hobby business of purchasing gas at under $2 a gallon in South Carolina and reselling it in New York City for a profit. Get ready to meet the next Warren Buffets.

Half-mast. Wreckage from AirAsia’s Flight 8501 has been found near the island of Borneo. It’s been a rough year for aircraft disasters, and the FBT staff offers its sincerest condolences to the families of passengers and crew aboard the AirAsia flight flights.

What’s your car eating? Despite the perceived notion that electric cars are super green, it really comes down to what sort of energy is generating the electricity used to charge their batteries. If your EV is running on electricity from coal, it’s time to put your auto on a diet – one of wind and sun is proven to be beneficial to the car’s health. Plus, it’s a calorie-free diet… maybe you can try it too?

Smart financing. Alaska Airlines is offering members of its frequent flyer program a free checked bag for the month of January. Maybe the fine print should specify that the free checked bag is a tartan canvas tote worth perhaps $2.75. Did you expect Gucci?

Eyes on the road. Christian Stampfer gets behind the wheel of the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe, in which a Bose premium sound system with nine loudspeakers and a 4G LTE hotspot come standard. While you’re enjoying a Game of Thrones battle sequence in HD sound, don’t forget to, you know, drive.

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