No…I’m not talking about the dark circles under my eyes from my late night of Chiefs-watching and poker domination…I’m talking about the airplane flight options of the late-night variety…or lack thereof.

Yesterday afternoon, my wife and I tried to find a flight that would have left Kansas City late last night to arrive in Cleveland. Both of these cities are decent-sized cities, but for some reason, neither of them is really on the radar in the world of domestic travel. The latest flight out of Kansas City to Cleveland was on Continental and left at 7:30pm. Would have worked OK if Alli’s mom could have driven down from Iowa in time to make the flight, but that wasn’t going to work, so we tried to search for the earliest flight we could.

Midwest Airlines
(the best commercial airline I know of) had a flight that left in the 5:00 hour, but connected through Milwaukee and had a plane switch. They still would not have arrived before noon. The flight we eventually settled on was a Southwest flight that left at 6:55am and made one stop (no plane change) in St. Louise. In Cleveland by 10:30 this morning. Still not making it in time to see Grandpa prior to his 11:00am surgery, unfortunately.

They say that competition is good for the airline industry. In most economic cases, it’s very good. But the options for flying are not nearly what they used to be. And sites like Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, and Expedia really don’t give more options to the last minute traveler who is looking to get to a certain place and fast. Airlines used to offer emergency fares for things of this nature, but even those are gone. Some might attribute the struggles of the airline industry to 9/11, but I think that the problems are much deeper than that. Union control of workers and the greediness of executives have all contributed to the failure of the airline industry to serve the best interests of Joe Consumer.

I don’t have any suggestions for reform…I just think it’s unfortunate.

Mostly a Good Night

Sure, I’m tired this morning, but I have to say, overall I had a pretty good night. My Chiefs won, on the road, against a tough Baltimore defense. Hope has returned to the fans of Kansas City. Last night’s game was impressive. The Chiefs dominated both sides of the ball. The game was not as close as the 27-24 score would have you believe. Surprisingly, the last two games, our weakest aspect of the game hasn’t necessarily been our defense, but rather our lousy special teams. Dante Hall is no longer a secret and no one wants to kick to him. Our coverage on kickoffs and punts stinks. And our punter is a guy we cut at the beginning of the season, but had to re-sign because the other guy got hurt in practice (how does a punter get hurt…really?).

Not only that, but I won our weekly poker game and now sit firmly in 2nd place in the Johnson County Tournament of Champions standings. Felt good. Played well. Got decent cards. Knocked my brother out, which is always fun. 2 out of 3 weeks, my buddy Mike and I have gone head-to-head in the finals. He won the first one, I won the 2nd. Seemingly one of us gets knocked out by the other every week. Last night wasn’t the first time we’ve gone head-to-head and I doubt it will be the last.

About the “mostly a good night”…

Yesterday afternoon, my wife called me and told me that her grandfather was going to be having surgery today in Ohio to repair a valve that was keeping oxygen from his heart. So the end of the day was spent trying to find a flight for her and her mom that would get out yesterday or early today. We found a flight that left this AM and we got up at 4am to get to the airport and see them off. Just a minor contributor to the tiredness I would have felt anyway…I feel distracted and it’s not even 8 in the morning yet.

But hey…what are you going to do?


I can’t claim to have accomplished much this weekend.

It’s been a while since Alli and I have had a weekend to ourselves. It was a really busy summer and it seemed like we were always doing something. This weekend, we were fortunate enough to not have anything on the docket, so we did woke up early-ish and made some awesome french toast, complete with Vanilla Almond Special K baked into it. It was [COUSIN EDDIE] “gooooo-oooood.”

After that, we sat on the couch and watched Alias ALL DAY LONG. We had 2 discs of season 2 to finish and we had bought season 3 a while back and we were anxious to watch it. During the year, it was disappointing to watch because it was a new episode here, a rerun there, a missed week here…it felt disjointed. BUT, we got three discs into season 3, and I have to say…totally better than I remembered it. I’m holding out hope that I was disappointed with last season only because it was so disjointed, not because the story was all that bad. So far, my assessment is holding up, but time will tell.

We also saw Shark Tale on Sunday. I don’t know if I was in a bad mood or what, but the movie was really disappointing. Not really funny, not a great story. As far as animated fish movies go…Finding Nemo was exponentially better. That’s not just my opinion. Alli, my brother, Jake…we all agreed…disappointing movie.

Burritos = Good.

Today I profess my love for burritos. Those that know me (you know who you are) know my feelings on the issue, but I want to make sure that people understand the genius that is the Chipotle Burrito.

First, you start with a shell or a bowl. Lately, I’ve been eating it in a bowl…less carbs and less calories. Then you add some of the scrumptious rice that could be described as manna from heaven, a hint of lime and cilantro accents the ricey goodness. Sometimes I feel like peppers and onions, others I don’t, and other times, I’ll have a splash of their pinto beans.

Next, the good stuff…steak that has been marinated in some spicy concoction that only a true genius could have created. The secret is next…the green tomatillo sauce. It’s like the shirt says…”Shhhh…don’t tell anyone about the green tomatillo salsa…” You almost feel like you’re getting away with something…it’s that good. Top it off with some cheese and guacamole and you are good to go.

Sure, it’s about 800 calories, but it’s totally worth it for 2 reasons:

  1. You get a ton of food.
  2. It has healthy stuff in it so it can’t be that bad.

My wife and I are addicts. I only bring this up because until two nights ago, it had been about 2 weeks since my last feeding at Burrito Heaven. When you eat it once a week, your body becomes acclimated to the burrito. Mine yesterday and today….not so much.

I’m Brian Fellow!

Welcome to my blog. Lately I’ve been inspired to write. No particular reason other than I don’t do it much anymore and I need to keep my skills sharp. “Like bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills…girls like guys who have great skills…”

Seeing as this is my first post, I thought I would tell you a bit about myself.

I’m Shane. I’m from Kansas. I do not live on a farm. I live in the metropolitan Kansas City area where I am a graphic designer for a software company. My wife and I have been married for 4 years and live in a house with our dog, Dreyfuss.

I’ve lived in the Kansas City area nearly all my life, save a few years when I lived in Iowa while I went to school at the glorious Graceland College (now University) in the booming metropolis of Lamoni. While there, I engaged in the normal, college-like activities, I played volleyball, worked at a pizza place, wrote for the newspaper – The Tower – and met my wife.

Things I like:

  • hanging with my wife and dog
  • movies
  • music (I really really like my iPod + iTunes)
  • chipotle burritos
  • the TV show “Alias” – the best show EVER
  • apple computers
  • most EA Sports video games for PS2
  • poker (only recently really, but I like it a lot)
  • reading (but only sometimes)
  • cheeseburgers
  • Mountain Dew (most forms, though I have yet to try the new black kind)
  • The Chiefs

Things I dislike:

  • ignorance
  • people who drive with their lights on during the day
  • temperatures over 85 degrees
  • people who don’t vote because “one vote doesn’t make a difference”
  • pants other than jeans
  • old navy t-shirts (they are too short for my long torso)
  • the general refusal of PC users to accept the Firewire interface, favoring USB (for some god-forsaken reason) over it

I’m a generally happy guy. But I’m opinionated and when I think a certain way…I’ll tell you. Just FYI.