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Memphis TN: Elvis Graceland Events in 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Elvis 35 yrs

This year, Graceland, the late Elvis Presley’s Memphis mansion, marks his 77th birthday and the anniversary of his death by staging new exhibits, tours and other events.

A multi-media presentation, "Elvis…Though His Daughter's Eyes," is hosted by Lisa Marie Presley. As part of the Graceland VIP tour, it features vintage home movies and her childhood memories.

Holiday air travel: Coping with long overnight flights PDF Print E-mail

Sleeping cat

Q: When I drive long distances at night, I have to fight to stay awake. However, when I fly red eye, no matter what I do, I can’t get a moment of sleep. I’ll be doing a lot of red eye flying over the holiday weeks. Any suggestions?

Jack L., Chicago IL

A: We could suggest you invest in first-class tickets, so you’ll get full-reclining seats. Of course, since they cost five times more than coach, is it worth investing many more bucks just for a couple of hours of comfort?

Fisherman's Wharf & Alcatraz Island, San Francisco CA PDF Print E-mail

Fisherman's Wharf & Alcatraz Island, San Francisco CA

Porto, Portugal: A colorfully quaint & saintly cafe PDF Print E-mail

Cafe in Portugal

Airline comfort: Personal gripe about flying sardine cans PDF Print E-mail

Cramped seat

Just completed a round-trip, six-hour flight from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale. Fortunately, it was non-stop, because the cheap seats were so close, even my shrunken old legs were squeezed up into my chest.

Making it worse, the guy in front reclined his seat and I was completely fetal. Getting in and out to use the lav required bending even a pretzel would find difficult.

Of course, mine isn’t an isolated incident. Last year, a guy tried to punch out Mitt Romney on a flight when the candidate asked him to unrecline his seat before takeoff.

I was flying Virgin, and that airline makes cheapo Southwest look like luxury with its effort to jam every passenger in as possible. The only way to avoid the sardine can flight is to buy a first-class seat.

For example, a typical round-trip economy flight between LAX and JFK is about $400, while first-class is about $1,400. Unless you’re a Wall Street speculator, drug dealer, pro athlete or politician, who can afford it?

Is it worth the steep price just for a couple of hours of relative comfort? What are your thoughts on the tight-seat situation?


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