Sorry for the delay in posting a new podcast, but I caught a nasty cold en route to San Francisco this week. This week, a couple of friends and long-time podcast listeners let me buy them beers at the Shearton Fisherman’s Wharf in exchange for their Classic Travel stories. I also talk the change in attitude at United Airlines and, as airlines continue to “de-content” their cabins, there are two things left I really care about. Here’s a direct link to the podcast file.

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Here are the show notes from TravelCommons podcast #15:

  • Intro music — Warmth by Makkina
  • Recording was a bit delayed by the cold I picked up on my flight out to SFO
  • Oracle World forces some bad hotel choices
  • A high school friend from Mobile, AL writes in with some first-hand observations on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • Links to a podcast that points to TravelCommons — The Team TnA Show
  • Begging for business — United Airlines employees providing great service
  • Wall Street Journal article (registration required) on the latest moves by legacy airlines to pull content out of their airplane cabins
  • There are two things I care about — in-seat power supplies and in-flight magazines
  • Recorded in the bar of the Shearton-Fisherman’s Wharf in SF, two friends tell their Classic Travel Stories about wanting the straight scoop about lightning
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  • Direct link to the show
  • 4 comments on “Podcast #15 – Begging for Business; Needing to Know at 35,000 ft

    1. Pekemom says:

      Really enjoyed #15, Mark. And hope you’re much recovered.

      Incorporating your friends’ “Lightning Stories” was very entertaining and created more than a few smiles at the listening end.

      Your podcasts are always interesting and full of wit and humor.

      ~Nikki in Florida

    2. mark says:

      Nikki –

      Glad you liked the podcast. I’m still hacking a bit, but seem to be on the road to recovery. I was laughing out loud when Allan described the technician with the duct tape. It’s the perfect visual — getting ready for a 7-hr flight to Paris in the newest plane in the United fleet and a guy is fixing it with duct tape. It’s priceless.


    3. chris2x says:

      You have mentioned before using your iRiver to record the podcast. What model do you use? Do you use an external microphone?

    4. mark says:

      Chris –

      I use an iRiver iFP-890, with 256MB of memory. This podcast — #15 — was the first that I’ve used an external mic. All the previous podcasts, save for #1, were made with the iRiver and the built-in mic. Somewhere around podcast #4 or #5 I started using the noise reduction feature in Adobe Audition, which significantly reduced the “white noise” that I found with the built-in mic.


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