My favorite weekend of the year: The Reno Air Races

Grumman F7F-Tigercat "La Patrona" formerly known as "El Hefe" and ALWAYS "...more

Thankful for Vomiting Children (Two Days BEFORE Our Flight)

Vomiting children doesn't make for the most pleasant Saturday, but I tell ya - I am THANKFUL.  They've got the stomach bug and I am thanking our lucky stars that the kiddos are sick today (and probably tomorrow) and not two days from now when we board a full day of planes to go visit family....more

Travel Don'ts

Here’s how NOT to fly cross-country with your two young children. Consider this a parental Public Service Announcement.1. Take a flight scheduled at the end of the day, at the end of a weekend of 100-degree temps in New York City....more


Recently before flying out to San Diego for BlogHer '11 I had a dream...a dream that would have rocked my world and made me not get on the plane a few years ago...You can read all about it here.  ...more

Accidental Segregation

Southwest Airlines is doing it right. I don't even know if they know that they are. I certainly didn't. I was annoyed at the "pick your own seats." I was even more irritated when they let people who had A seats board the plane before families. As I stood in line watching 60 plus people board the airplane that has a choose your seat mandate, I quivered in fear. We'd never get a row together. We'd all be stuck in middle seats. We'd have to ask people to move. We'd bang them with all our stuff. It would be a disaster.But the plane we were on fit 125 people or so....more

Flying With Family

“Oh no,” said DorkyDad. “What a terrible start to a holiday.” We had just been treated to the sight of Alex Salmond, recently off a flight from London, strutting through Edinburgh airport. For a man in a crumpled suit, he exuded an extraordinary air of arrogance....more

I'll Have the Can, Hold the Cup

Somewhere over the Grand Canyon at 30,000 feet -- I was sipping from a plastic cup of cool water. The flight attendant swept by in short order with a plastic bag to collect the "trash." Not an hour later, along comes the metal cart (keep your knees and elbows in if you're on the aisle) with another drink service, and another hard plastic cup, including the funky-smelling, sandpaper-like logoed napkin. So what was wrong with the previous ones? I'd sipped from the cup which was completely unscathed, and never touched the napkin....more

Small Confined Spaces: Air Travel and Stress

Steve Slater, a JetBlue employee, quit by shouting out a few expletives over the Intercom system, grabbing some beers, and exiting out the plane's emergency door after a passenger's bag clocked him in the head. But it's not really take-this-job-and-shove-it insomuch as plane travel has become so stressful that it can make the most even-tempered people snap. ...more

No no no, I said "bring it on" only because I figured someone would tell me to suck it up and ...more

Control Freak: Tips for Safe and Happy Traveling with Kids

The Hesitant Step I have to admit I get a little panicky when it comes to flying, as I have mentioned in ...more