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Buckle Up?

When I drive and when I’m a passenger is someone’s car, I always buckle up.  However, during a recent trip where I rode on buses I where buckling up was not an option, I began to think “why is it ok to not wear a seatbelt on buses and other transportation options like trollies?”  Is it any safer to ride in a vehicle such as a bus?  It’s one of those things in life that I take for granted.  I’ve rode on hundreds of buses in my lifetime and never gave it much thought, until now.  Occasionally, a bus will offer seat belts, but I’ll rarely use them out of habit.  Since I only ride buses or other forms of public transportation when I’m on vacation or a business trip, I don’t think about it often.  I wonder if anyone else has given much thought to this?

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Ridiculous Pic of the Week

So I was traveling from Seattle, WA back to Las Vegas yesterday when I noticed this seat near Gate B-14 at Sea-Tac International Airport.  Seriously, what the hell are they thinking?  LOL  Who is going to sit there?  Hilarious.

Who's going to sit in that last seat? Ha!

Google In Talks To Acquire Travel Software Company ITA

When I read this headline in an article in Businessweek this morning, I was amazed.  ITA is the company that created the software for Kayak.com, one of the best online travel sites for searching for the lowest fares & rates.  Additionally, they are used by other major companies such as Orbitz, Bing, Continental Airlines, and Alaska Airlines.  (click for full article)

Why is this important?  Because Google will enter the travel industry with a big bang.  Not only will they be able to track your online search tendencies, but they will also be able to track your travel preferences as well.  This means there could be more online advertising opportunities in the future from Google.  This could also mean higher advertising rates as well.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.  Hopefully, it will mean better targeted ad campaigns for the advertiser.

South By Southwest (SXSW) – Part 4 & Final Thoughts

The last day of SXSW, I decided to attend a couple of sessions and the keynote featuring Brian Ek from Spotify. The first session, held at the Hilton, was a panel that featured David Meerman Scott. The session was very interesting and insightful. I took some notes and participated in a brief discussion with the panelist from Newell Rubbermaid.
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South By Southwest (SXSW) – Part 3

We started out Monday with a visit to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin.  It was an interesting experience and we learned a lot about Texas.  The exhibits were well laid out and there were three floors worth of exhibits.  We also decided to go to one of the history shows in one of their theaters.  It was a very fun 4-D Experience, I highly recommend that you purchase that option if you visit.  The kids will enjoy it.

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South By Southwest (SXSW) – Part 2

Before we headed to SXSW, we started out Sunday by heading to South Austin to do a little shopping in the antique shops and grab a bite to eat.  The concierge at our hotel suggested we spend a little time there.  He was right.  There are a lot of small, boutique stores and restaurants there.  We were able to find a parking spot on the street and walked down the block.  The weather was awesome and the shops were fun.  We wanted to get a little fun in before the show.

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South By Southwest (SXSW) – Part 1

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this event, South By Southwest (SXSW) is an annual Film, Music, and Interactive festival that’s held in Austin, TX.  I’ve heard so much about this festival lately that I had to experience it for myself.  I decided I would make it a work vacation.  Milena wanted to come along, so I bought two passes to the Interactive festival and attempted to get a room at the Hilton across the street from the Austin Convention Center.  To my chagrin they would not offer me an employee rate.  As a matter of fact, I couldn’t secure an employee rate from any of the Hilton properties in downtown Austin.  Luckily, I have a couple of classmates from UNLV that live in Austin and work at a Marriott.  I contacted one of them through Facebook and explained my predicament.  He was able to immediately secure a Friends & Family rate through Marriott at the Renaissance Hotel.  It’s kind of funny & sad that I had to go outside the brand I work for to get a discounted room rate.
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