Going international may not seem like a big deal. But for us, it has special meaning.
First, expanding our coverage outside the U.S. indicates that the site and our business model is succeeding. Back when our brainstorming for the content began, a number of cities that we wanted to cover were placed on hold for cost reasons--remember, our editorial staff travels to all destinations for personal tours of the hotel/health club recommendations.
Two nights and 3 days in Vegas--more than enough time to see the sights, check out a new hotel, get some work done, sweat, and have a little fun...not necessarily in that order.
As part of a business gig, I landed at TheHotel in the Mandalay Bay, an all-suite, swank experience. In fact, TheHotel's entrance alone is worth noting.
It is that time of year in the life of an endurance athlete. Back to the gym to work on keeping, and hopefully building, some strength before the summer rolls around. And, it?s always a good reminder of why I despise doing indoor workouts in a group setting. My goodness, in the matter of 3 or 4 workouts, I have seen some of the worst etiquette around the gym.
Isn't it common sense to:
1. Not sit on the only leg-extension machine without doing anything. Resting on a piece of equipment whilst recovering is NOT ok, particularly when another exerciser is hovering nearby.
You would think that, as the race director for Ironman Arizona, I'd be staying at our host hotel, the Tempe Mission Palms, every time I was in town. While I'd very much like it if that was the case, it's not.
The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel is THE place to stay if you have business in Tempe.
I?ve received another travel update from Caitlin, my volunteering friend. She's currently in Biloxi helping to rebuild homes devastated by Katrina. If you missed the first entry, you can click here.
Biloxi experienced about 70% loss of homes and businesses. We are working in East Biloxi--the low income area?where nearly every home was flooded to the ceiling.
So I'm driving in the neighborhood the other day and I turn the corner and notice about a block away this ENORMOUS human being straddling a bicycle with both feet on the ground, waiting for a traffic light to change. A couple hundred yards away, I notice that this cyclist, standing over his bike, is looking over the rooftop of the 6 and a half foot SUV idling next to him at the light!
I am not sure how my ?lucky thing? evolved. Throughout my life I have always seen and actually really believed that certain things were a sign of good luck:
? I always stop to pick up a ?heads up? penny lying on the ground and make a wish
? Contrary to popular belief (maybe because I grew up in the Southern Hemisphere), black cats are one of the ultimate lucky symbols.
People we talk to have a difficult time believing that all of our recommended hotels, health clubs, community centers, etc. are personally toured. Believe it or not, it's fact not fiction--we rack up thousands of flight, rental car, and walking miles across the U.S. and Canada to verify our top picks. First hand evaluations are the only way to ensure the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And, they are essential for unique and detailed reviews.
My very good friend Caitlin is a traveling fiend. She travels for pleasure, for business, and most unique, for others...
She has ventured to India, West Virginia, and other far-flung locales in order to do nothing more than be of service to others. Caitlin is now in Biloxi rebuilding homes that were devastated by Katrina.
She relayed this story today.
I have been here now 5 days and they have all been amazing - for various reasons.
Several news items caught our attention this week:
First, ten states and over 100 municipalities have now banned smoking in all public places. Kudos to: California, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Montana, Vermont and most recently Washington. Virginia?s try for a ban was defeated last year; the law is pending in New Jersey and recently put on hold in Ohio.