Pumped

I know that there are about 2 people who read this.

That’s OK with me…it’s not why I created it…this is more of an outlet for the stuff that clouds my brain.

Lately, I’ve been pretty clear. Business at Alli Arnold Art is booming, much better than we both expected it to be at this point.

Look for topFIVEdesign.com to come online in the next month or so.

Summer should be good. Couple trips planned. 5-year anniversary this July. HOW Conference in June…possible trip to Wyoming in late July. Should be a great summer.

Corporate Challenge is coming up and I’m pumped. I enjoy it so much. Good times.

New Orleans: Cesspool of the South

I have to admit, I’m kind of a homer.

I love where I live, Kansas City. I think it is a terrific town with terrific people, great food, strong sports teams, and lots to do. The Country Club Plaza is one of the premier shopping attractions in the country. Kauffman Stadium (where the Royals play) and Arrowhead Stadium (where the Chiefs play) still are amazing facilities, despite being built together in the [late 60s – early ’70s] – whenever. If Question 1 (Bi-State II Tax) passes, we will cement their place in the city for 25 years to come.

I’ve spent the last few days in this toilet called New Orleans, or as many like to call it “The Big Easy”. I like to call it “The Big Smelly” because that it is exactly what it is “a giant cesspool of trash and nastiness”. Part of this is due to the fact that it sits well below sea level, protected mostly by levees from the Gulf and the Mississippi River. That’s why the city was so threatened by the hurricanes that pounded the South this summer “once the water would have come over the levees, it would have had nowhere to go, but straight into the city. That’s why all of the cemeteries in the city are above ground – they can’t dig. Same reason that there are not basements in Florida.

What’s worse…it’s been raining here since Monday, so the humidity and garbage have festered and combined together to coat everything with a thin layer of stank.

Good food, though. Excellent meal at 201. Steak something on lobster/potato somethings with wilted spinach something (much better than it sounds).

Red-eyes?

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.