The other night, some friends asked what we hated most about the airlines. I think they were surprised when I said that, outside of United's employees' ongoing penchant for lying through their teeth to their customers at every possible opportunity, I have no real issue with the airlines.
It's the clueless and self-absorbed people I must share the skies with that makes air travel so distasteful.
Most of our Air Laws Series are in response to these souls that surely were raised by wolves.
Air Law 6 banned cowboy boots...because we've all had to wait for fellow travelers holding up the lines at TSA as they wrestle with their footwear. But, ever mindful to the evolving state of travel, we officially offer this vitally important update:
AIR LAW 6 UPDATED: Cowboy Boots are not allowed to be worn on any flight, as they cause back-ups during pre-flight screening...unless you are TSA Pre (because then, you can leave those smokin' cool boots on through security).
And, with this update, I'm back to wearing my favorite footwear.
But, we were taken this week by Mayer Hawthorne's cover. You know him best for "The Walk"...and a sound that critics say draws from Detroit R&B. But, my ears hear a whole lotta Philly Sound in there too.
This has been a most interesting year...and the next 48 hours will be different, to say the least.
Here at the Zeitgeist compound, the Christmas Rush came early...and is now essentially complete. My girls celebrated with us here on Saturday. Terri's kids filled our Sunday with lots of laughs. And, now...the traditionally frenetic last few days before Christmas are more calm and laid back than I could have ever imagined.
Which gives us the time we rarely have to, as they say, reflect on the "reason for the season."
During my turn as a Rock DJ, I always enjoyed requests. Aside from the drunken pleas for "Stairway" or "Free Bird," I usually accepted the suggestions as part of an organic collective consciousness. I play A...you think B. Cool...let's go with it.
One of our dearest friends in the industry (and a fan of Music Fridays) offered a request of sorts as we began to transition to Holiday Music a few weeks back. Lighter in hand, Lee Tasseff (Mansfield OH CVB) shouted "Trans-Siberian Orchestra."
While some may call it campy and over-produced...it is quite a spectacle. And, I totally loved my experience with them a few years ago.
But, it's one you really can't find a professionally shot video of on YouTube. Lots of fan videos...but nothing that matches TSO's kick ass sound with kick ass video.
One of the biggest success stories to come out of Madison WI in the past decade has been that of Epic Software. With annual revenues of over $1 billion and over 6,800 employees, Epic is a juggernaut of the region's economy.
The worldwide adoption of their software systems has caused a bumper crop of start-up consulting firms looking to assist clients with conversion and implementation strategies. Apparently, a number of these firms believe a great way to attract new clients is to rent what seems to be half of the backlit advertising boards throughout our airport (and all of them in the TSA screening area).
One firm's message, however, always elicits a smile from my otherwise totally infuriating trip through the TSA phalanx (click image to enlarge).
I'm sure that the firm meant to convey that clients should hire them because 97% of their staff has hands-on experience with Epic Software...since they once worked there.
On the other hand, one could take it the other way...that 97% of their employees couldn't cut it at Epic and washed out.