Loose change, TSA, dining in the sky, and other odds and ends

A couple of items in this morning's Boston Globe caught my eye: First is this article about what happens to the loose change that people don't remember to pick up on the other side of security. It goes to pay for screeners and equipment. From the article:

    The TSA has been allowed to pocket the change since 2004 when it lobbied Congress to change the law so the money could be used within the organization instead of going to a general fund in the federal treasury. Since then, the nickels and dimes have been adding up: Between Sept. 30, 2004, and Oct. 1, 2007, the TSA accumulated more than $1 million from 450 US commercial airports - a tiny fraction of its $18 billion budget.

And then there's this one about how Dinner in the Sky, a Belgium-based company that offers the view without the room by hauling diners, table, food, and servers 180 feet in the air by crane, is coming to the U.S. Frankly, just thinking about it makes my stomach flip-flop, but I guess it might be the ultimate experience for a group with no fear-of-heights-challenged members.

And speaking of making my stomach uneasy, someone who shall remain nameless sent me a link to this video for Extended Stay Hotels. It's a little sleezy, very uncomfortable, and made me want to whoops my coffee. So of course, I have to share it with you, with a warning that you really probably don't want to watch it.

And via a Twitter tweet from Guy Kawasaki, I learned about a travel-booking site I hadn't heard of before: ESkyGuide.com. I haven't had time to play with it yet, but I plan to check it out.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.