A frequent flier's views on flying and travel

Alligators, Petrified wood, and Sandstone…

Three easy-drive trip ideas, ideal for the fall. I travel a lot and occasionally I get myself involved in some great driving and touring trips inside the USA. In 2018 … Continue reading

August 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Antelope canyons, Arizona

Taking a walk thru the Antelope canyons, Page Arizona, with my friend Julie. The Antelope canyons (Lower and Upper) are natural geologic wonders, where rushing flood waters have etched away … Continue reading

May 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

7 days in Bali

Seven Days in Bali – a Photo odyssey. This trip originated as a spontaneous idea suggested by my friend Jessica after a dinner we had in Malibu, and it ended … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · 4 Comments

Alps, beer, and scenery = 11 days in Europe

In July I took a break from the heat/humidity of Houston (ie: The Swamp) for an 11 day photographic odyssey & road trip through what I think is the most … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Cajun Corridor Rt-14 Louisiana Avery Island and New Iberia to Lake Charles

Exploring the Cajun Corridor Like many of us living in the USA, I have a notion about what Louisiana is like, and that notion is based on too many TV … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Airplane Mode (flying cartoons)

Every once in a while I read something that (literally) gets me laughing out loud. This is one of those times… From the bright mind and pastel colored pen of Flight … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Flight for Sanity (a novel)

“Flight for Sanity” is the 4th novel in a series (Flight for Control, Safety, Survival, Sanity) using the same core group of characters whose lives in Seattle revolve around aviation … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

US Airways 1549 and the Miracle on the Hudson

By now millions of people have seen the new movie “Sully” about the flight that became known as the Miracle on the Hudson, in which the crew of US Airways … Continue reading

September 15, 2016 · 6 Comments

Walking in Amsterdam

I got lucky at the end of May and was sent on a business trip to Amsterdam. OK, I admit that I did not complain or try to avoid this … Continue reading

June 18, 2016 · 4 Comments

Pins and Unions

Here are some things about flight attendants (FAs), their work rules, their union(s), and the pins that they wear that maybe you don’t know enough about… The first and most … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

2 Days walking in London

In August I had a brief holiday in England, including 2 days spent semi-randomly walking around the center of London. Of course blogs about London are a dime a dozen, … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

A day in Greenwich

I recently took advantage of a day in London to do something that I have been meaning to do for 40 years, but have never quite managed to accomplish. And … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · 12 Comments

Stone Age Travel

Sometimes looking in the rear view mirror is interesting. These are some of the rules and regulations about flying and about Flight Attendants (FAs) that were common in the airline … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Seat Pitch Seat Pinch

Originally this post was going to be titled “I can’t fly like Cathy Rigby”, but I did not mean that in the Peter Pan sense, with wires and a harness. … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 5 Comments

Flight To Success – Review

The newest book by Karlene Petitt “Flight To Success” (FTS) is a significant departure from her previous works of fiction. FTS is based on a real life story, her story, … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Million-Mile smile

On a flight to Manila with United, I passed a passenger (pax) milestone. 600 miles into flight UA1224 LAX/HNL, I crossed the UAL 1,000,000 mile frequent flier threshold. Of course … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 9 Comments

2 girls, and 4 dollars

No. This is not a post about an evening in Bangkok… But sometimes, you just have to shake your head and wonder about the future of the World. I was … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bumpy Ride

It’s really bumpy back here. Or is it? One of the more common suggestions given to people who are worried about flying is to select a seat near the middle … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 10 Comments

FA Paxview Humor

Recently on Twitter I got involved in a conversation with someone who was sending out some pretty funny passenger observations from the flight attendant perspective. I said we need some … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Last Bush Pilots

In 1876 Mark Twain published the ultimate story about youth, the wilderness, and the unbridled exuberance of adventure that we know as “Tom Sawyer”. Jump ahead 100 years to a … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · 6 Comments

Flight For Safety

A few months ago I was lucky enough to read the novel “Flight for Control” by Karlene Petitt about the fictional fight for control of a major US airline, and … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 5 Comments

Those amazing Rays

After having so much fun swimming with sharks in Bora-Bora, my wife and I decided to try another local sea-life adventure; Swimming with sting rays. For those of you familiar … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 5 Comments

Swimming with Sharks

Swimming with sharks in Bora Bora. First of all I need to be clear, this is not about free swimming with a really dangerous shark, like a Great White, a … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Tower of Babble

One of my habits when I travel is that I do not like to be easily ‘pegged’ as an American. I am not the least bit ashamed about being a … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 · 6 Comments

Not In Japan

Do’s and Don’ts in Japan… Every country of course is unique, and has social customs and habits that visitors and people doing business there may not be aware of. Japan … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

All that Jazz

My wife has a great description of really good jazz, “It’s sexy”. I love that definition, and it really describes the feelings that some of the best music can create. … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Strange Food

What is/are the strangest thing(s) I’ve ever eaten? Actually, that is not an easy question to answer, and I also admit that my threshold for “strange” or “odd” is probably … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 5 Comments

Sue’s Surprise

It was about 3:30 in the afternoon on Feb 16 when Sue dropped the bomb. We were seated in the first row of business class on a Boeing 777, about … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · 5 Comments

Travel Safely

When I am traveling, I don’t get concerned about the typical issues you might think of. I figure that driving to the airport is actually the most dangerous portion of … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

Sorry about that

If you are one of the several thousand people who were delayed on arrival in Shanghai airport a few weeks before the Olympics in 2008, that was my fault. And … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Stalker

Travel for men can at times be a bit risky, but for women (ie; my wife) the world can be an even less safe place. I wish that it was … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Flying with Frank

Although I enjoy being light hearted, there are also times to be serious. And there are times when something serious turns into something light hearted. Maybe those are the best … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · Leave a comment


Ever been on a flight with a bad landing gear? It’s the end of a business trip with a week in Taiwan and another week in Singapore. Now it’s Saturday … Continue reading

September 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

A blog about a Book?

I have to set the stage for this book review. You might want to know that I have been questioned (or “interrogated”) twice by officials of the PRC SorryAboutThat . … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

A 9/11 Reflection

A favorite long time flying friend sent me a copy of a picture today, 9/11/13, that had been taken in August of 2001. 3 FA’s and a friend are together … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Poetry of flight

In my opinion, this is the best poetry ever written about flying. The author flew for the RAF during the Battle of Britain. He did not survive the war, but … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

Photos from Around the World

A very small sample of some favorites from 30 years of going ‘everywhere’. More photos, and also how to order prints and framed versions, are at RoehrPhoto website. Entering Appenzell … Continue reading

September 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Does your FA like you ?

How can you tell if a flight attendant likes you? I have been asked this question more than once, and the person asking has invariably been a much more junior … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · 5 Comments

Does it have an “Off” switch?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the different kinds/types of personal electronic devices carried by passengers on airplanes, and if they really need to be turned off … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · 3 Comments

Being the Perfect (?) Passenger

I am a frequent flier. Actually I am a very frequent flier with close to 3 million actual air miles, mostly in Coach. And yes, it is true, the service … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · 15 Comments
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