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Entries Tagged as 'Fail ‘o’ the Day'

Fail ‘o the Day: Seat 52F

November 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Fail 'o' the Day, Quick Post

Happily, my last few big flights have been business class (which I’ve already enthused about), but who hasn’t been in this seat at least once? See also: the Travel Annoyance-Off.

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Have Yourself a Fail-ish Little Christmas

December 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Fail 'o' the Day

Gift-giving can be a challenge. What I might want for xmas might not be your travel-gifts cup of tea.

But I was reminded of a previous fail ‘o’ the day involving backpacking in a floral onesie when I flipped through Travel + Leisure’s Best Travel Gifts of 2010. While there was one item (out of 68) that I liked, the rest seemed almost determined to avoid the actual travel aspect of this gift-giving list.

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Fail ‘o’ the Day: Body Scanner Freakouts!

November 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Fail 'o' the Day, Wary of the advice of others

I’m going to be honest–I don’t care about the methods the TSA uses. And furthermore, I think the people that are so very excited seem to be men worried about someone touching their weens, and the people who retweet them. Which is why I find this Saturday Night Live sketch so very funny, because at [...]

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Find Your Happy Place in Baltimore? Huh?

August 31st, 2010 · 2 Comments · Blog posts by Betty, Fail 'o' the Day, Wary of the advice of others

I think people who work at a city or state’s convention and visitors bureau have the hardest jobs. These are people who must tout the latest and greatest going on in their respective areas, but obviously have zero control over outside forces. Imagine working at New York’s tourism office right after 9/11. Ouch. We’ve discussed [...]

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Fail ‘o’ the Day: Budget Travel Edition

August 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Fail 'o' the Day, Wary of the advice of others

Budget Travel, I want to love you. I have subscribed to your magazine for years. I love your mission of inexpensive travel, and I do believe that you fulfill a good purpose. You’re like the scrappy cousin of the hoity-toity fancies at Travel + Leisure, the Nick Carraway to their Great Gatsby. So please take [...]

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Fail ‘o’ the Day: Backpacking “Fashion”

August 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Fail 'o' the Day, Wary of the advice of others

Granted, it can be tough to be a stylish traveler. In general, avoiding anything reversible made of lycra seems like a good place to start. I try to give travel writers a curve when it comes to clothing options. I can almost forgive a pair of blocky mandles, for example, because, let’s face it, judging [...]

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Circumventing TSA Irritations

July 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Betty, Fail 'o' the Day

Over the holidays I was going through security in Madison, Wisconsin on my way back to Seattle. My hometown is certainly not a hotbed of terrorism, but the way TSA went through my luggage I might as well have been in Tel Aviv. I was carrying powdered soap and a scented candle someone had given me as [...]

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Gehry Goes Schitzo in Vegas

June 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Betty, Fail 'o' the Day, Novelty

One trick pony Frank Gehry has flown over the cuckoo’s nest. Dezeen magazine reports on his unbelievably hideous Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health which recently opened in Las Vegas. Imagine the low man on the totem pole in Gehry’s office stuck on this project for three years. He or she would seriously have to [...]

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News Flash: Flying Isn’t Green

June 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Betty, Fail 'o' the Day, Wary of the advice of others

Lia and I do like Virgin America Airlines, despite their in-flight texting (personally not a fan) and other idiosyncrasies. They’ve taken innovative approaches to differentiating themselves in the marketplace, which I always appreciate. However, when I saw this on Virgin America’s Twitter feed, I was immediately annoyed. Look, I can appreciate attempting to green your [...]

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Fail ‘o’ the Day: Did We Say Hotel? We Meant Motel.

May 25th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Fail 'o' the Day

Recently, I figured something out that seemed significant to me. I have no hotel in L.A. that I’ve ever stayed at twice. Each and every one has had some fatal flaw. Admittedly, I’m hampered by two things: A hope for a stylish interior, and a desire for ample amounts of the single most important hotel [...]

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