My customary airport rant has been canceled for lack of outrage

This is the point in my travels where I usually go on a rant about the TSA. Today, I can't. Every TSA agent I interacted with today was pleasant, courteous, and professional. I've heard and read a number of horror stories about checking in firearms at the airport, concerning both the airlines and TSA. This… Continue reading My customary airport rant has been canceled for lack of outrage

The long journey home from Montpellier is underway

After fifteen days in Montpellier, France, our long journey home to Phoenix is underway. The upside of getting an early start is not having to rush. The downside is a lot of time spent waiting. We unwittingly arrived at the airport an hour before check-in was scheduled to begin for our flight to Paris. We… Continue reading The long journey home from Montpellier is underway

Waiting in Montevideo for a flight to Miami

We're in the departure area of the airport in Montevideo, Uruguay, waiting for our flight to Miami, which should board within the hour. The security checkpoint seems to have been handled by the Air Force. It was mostly young men who appeared to have a sense of humor. The woman at the immigration desk gave… Continue reading Waiting in Montevideo for a flight to Miami

Install Signal on your smartphone now!

Are you using an iPhone or an Android-based smartphone? Have you installed Signal yet? If not, please stop what you're doing and install it now! iPhone Android Why Signal? I owe a debt of gratitude to my good friend Dan for bringing Signal to my attention last year. Actually, he told me about its predecessors… Continue reading Install Signal on your smartphone now!

Puerto Vallarta: Running the gauntlet at the airport

Immediately upon leaving the customs area, we were forced to walk through a narrow corridor, maybe 50 feet long, with white desks and video screens on both sides. I now refer to this as the gauntlet. In the gauntlet, roughly a dozen men and women with official-looking badges work over the fresh arrivals, trying to convince us they are our ride to our hotel. They're not.