LONG WEEKEND: Gay Puerto Rico

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Jumping for joy on the beaches of Puerto Rico.

Leonard Bernstein begins his classic song “America” from West Side Story with Rosalia singing, “Puerto Rico, you lovely island.” (Anita has a rather guttural rebuttal, but we’ll let that be.) We feel Rosalia’s ardor: Lush, lively and lavish, sun-soaked San Juan is an exciting, gay-friendly getaway from the winter doldrums—and just a four-hour flight from chilly Philly.

The fashionable Condado district, with its pale blue water, white beaches, and easy access to nightlife, is your prime destination. Rest your head at the luxurious and welcoming San Juan Marriott, with a beachfront location and two alluring pools, one equipped with a swim-up bar. (Guess which one I parked at.) Afterward, the Condado has much to offer, including great shopping. Boutiques Monsieur and Root, both on Ashford Avenue, curate exquisite collections of menswear to drop a little change, or a whole lotta change, on.

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“Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay” Campaign Turns 10 Today

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of Visit Philadelphia‘s cleverly named “Philadelphia: Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay” campaign, a project that Director of Public Relations Bruce Yelk says took Philly from an unranked position on Community Marketing’s “Top 10 U.S. Destinations for the LGBT Traveler” list to a solid No. 10. Not so shabby, huh?

A look back at some of the first ads after the jump »

NASA Set to Launch LADEE Explorer to the Moon Tonight

Or, well, at least one of our robots will:

The robotic spacecraft LADEE, will fly to the moon by way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Liftoff is set for late Friday night from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility…

It will be the first moonshot ever from Virginia. Almost all of NASA’s previous moon missions over the past 54 years have originated from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The most recent was two years ago.

LADEE (the, ahem, Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) will make her ascent tonight, and the Minotaur rocket she’s attached to ought to be able to be seen all along the East Coast. Now, I know it’s not the same as an Apollo mission, but this is probably as close as we’re going to get for a while since NASA started to privatize space travel in 2011.

So if you’re west of Pittsburgh tonight, glance up every once in a while. There’s a LADEE out there for you, I promise. [CBS]

VIDEO: Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Crash

Amateur video of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash at San Francisco airport has surfaced, showing that, as investigators earlier revealed, pilots had tried to abort the landing some 1.5 seconds before the fatal accident. According to new evidence, a stall warning sounded about four seconds before the crash, prompting the landing abort. The crash injured more than 180 people and killed two teen Chinese students, with one possibly dying from being run over by an emergency vehicle at the scene. Watch the chilling video, filmed by plane spotter Fred Hayes about a mile from the run way, below:

[DailyMail]

An Expert’s 10 Tips for Getting Through PHL Quickly

Want to cruise through the Philly airport? Of course you do! Since January, I’ve been through our local airport more than 30 times (mostly on business travel), so you could say I’ve got a little experience. Here, 10 ways to make a stay at PHL as short as possible.

1. Fly a lot. It’s true: It really is better for the one percent. Particularly when flying. And there’s no better way to travel comfortably than to just fly a lot. Particularly with one airline. When you’re a frequent flier you get to board and depart your plane before most others. You always get a space for your luggage. You often get the use of the airline’s lounge. If you need to change a flight, you’re accommodated, oftentimes without extra charges. And if you’re on standby, you’ll find your name moved to the top of the list. Read more »

Stop Complaining About Your Last “Horrible” Flight

A client was very upset with me. We had sold him software a few weeks ago, and he called because he needed help. When I explained to him that all of our services are offered at an hourly rate, he was shocked. “You mean I have to pay you to help me with this lousy software?” he yelled. “I’ve never heard of such a thing before! This is outrageous!” I get this infrequently from “shocked” clients who’ve “never heard of this thing before.”

And each time this happens I know exactly how the airline industry feels. Read more »

New Report Shows More Americans Are Fed Up With Airlines

In the early 1970s, famed newsman Chet Huntley appeared in a series of television ads introducing American Airlines’ new “Luxury Liner” fleet. The modified aircraft featured extra leg space, wider aisles and a cocktail lounge “the size of a living room” with a piano bar where passengers could while away their flights downing sidecars and flirting with pretty stewardesses. The airline sacrificed 60 seats on its 747s to make the lounge possible. And here’s the best part: It was in coach. Read more »

Why I’ll Never Be Caught in a Cruise Ship Disaster

Over one century ago, a grand ship named the Titanic sunk in the North Atlantic Ocean, killing 1,502 of her 2,224 occupants. Since then, there have been countless cruise ship disasters of varying degrees–several in the last year alone–and yet, millions of people board these dens of death, destruction and, well, diarrhea annually. Here, some things to think about before you get on that ship. Read more »

Yo! Chinatown Buses Return To Philly

A year after the federal government shuttered most of the independent Chinatown bus lines traveling up and down the I-95 corridor, NBC 10 reports that Peter Pan Bus Lines and Greyhound have partnered to reintroduce the service: YO! Bus travels between Chinatowns in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia with fares starting as low as $12 per trip.

These buses are a little fancier than the old Chinatown buses of yore; they include wifi services and leather seats with extra legroom. NBC reports: “The monster bus companies intentionally kept YO! Bus true to its Asian roots while giving it a bit of Philly flair. The name alone has dual meaning as it’s derived from the Chinese word meaning “to protect” as well as serving as a nod to Philadelphians’ favorite “Yo” greeting, according to the company’s website.” In Philly, the YO! bus can be boarded at the Greyhound station at 1001 Filbert.

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