Air Force One trip to San Diego will cost $57,000/hour

October 24, 2007 at 9:17 pm | Posted in flight, travel, unwise | Leave a comment

The president will visit the Southern California fire zone on Thursday. Presidential visits to disaster zones often serve as a White House marketing events as opposed to actually helping those in need. Considering the black eye that the government suffered after its inept Katrina response you know that recovering from this disaster will receive a great deal of attention.

So, what does it cost to bring Bush to San Diego? Well, he will fly. Air Force one costs $57,000 an hour to fly. Call it a six hour trip. That’s a $684,000 round trip. By comparison, the same trip on Southwest will cost $718 if you buy your ticket today and fly tomorrow.

Of course, this figure doesn’t reflect the total cost of the trip. In March of 200o, Clinton toured three countries that required the support of 76 aircraft. The price: $50 million.

My suggestion to all presidents – stay in DC and offer your support by phone and let your actions do the talking.

Google Maps Peak Finder

March 13, 2007 at 2:29 pm | Posted in travel | Leave a comment

Have you ever stared at a horizon full of peaks and wondered, “Hey, what’s that?” Now you can figure it out (once you get home, that is).


Visit and navigate the map to the spot that you desire. Click on the “new panorama” button and fill in some blanks. Wait for a couple of minutes and you will get a full-blown 360 degree pano of surrounding peaks. Click on the red triangle and learn more about the peak. The map belows gives a birds-eye view and distance from you to the summit.

Gadget Road Trip

June 6, 2006 at 4:26 am | Posted in travel | Leave a comment

Because I take WAY too many photos when I travel my packing list includes the following:

-Canon SD 450 Digital Camera
-two SD cards
-extra batteries and charger
-laptop for photo storage
-maybe a dgital camcorder
-all those cables

Not too excessive.  Especially when you look at what the winner of Gizmodo's Summer Vacation Content carries in his car.  See the details right here.

Airlines solve legroom problem

April 26, 2006 at 1:20 am | Posted in travel | Leave a comment

The future of air travelFor those of you who have longed to escape the confines of a cramped airline seat, your wishes have been granted.  Airline manufacturer Airbus has suggested that airlines place their passengers on upright, supportive "jumpseats".  The normal capacity of 500 seatedpassengers on an A380 would jump to the maximum allowed 853 if everyone would just stand up.

 Imagine no longer having to worry about "remaining seated"-just strap in and hang on!  The Seattle P-I has the goods and a great diagram.

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