Emptying out my notebook with an odds-‘n-ends podcast. Traveling between Phoenix, Denver and Chicago this week, I manage a 50-degree temperature drop and have the TSA reject a checked chain saw. However, I haven’t had to take my shoes off for two weeks — are we seeing the end of the shoe carnival? We also talk about the fourth quarter tactics around re-up’ing frequent traveler status, clothing problems, and update the results of our Best US Airline poll. Here’s a link to the podcast file.

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Here are the show notes from TravelCommons podcast #18:


  • Intro music — Warmth by Makkina
  • Triangulating through Phoenix and Denver — crossing from sand to snow in an a day
  • Direct link to the TSA’s Permitted and Prohibited list
  • Bridge music — Soul Traveling by the Australian band Stingray from the Podsafe Music Network
  • Direct link to Gary Bembridge’s My Travel Reviews podcast
  • Bridge Music — Hotel California by the Eagles
  • Requalifying for frequent flier and frequent sleeper programs
  • Bridge Music — Flyin’ Shoes by Lyle Lovett
  • End of the TSA shoe carnival?
  • How do you test for “travelability” when buying clothes?
  • Bridge Music — Good is Good by Sheryl Crow
  • An update on our Best US Airline pol
  • Closing music — Ramblin’ Man by the Allman Brothers Band
  • Feedback at comments[at]travelcommons.com, the comment board on podcastalley.com, or right here in the comments section below
  • Here’s a link to the podcast file

4 comments on “Podcast #18 – Trouble with Chain Saws; Sprint for Status

  1. Anonymous says:

    Many thanks for reading my comments out on the podcast about our trip to Mexico on American – my family enjoyed listening in!


    David Glickman
    Welwyn (about 25 miles north of London)

  2. mark says:

    David –

    Thanks for taking the time to leave the comment. I was wondering, though — Why Little Rock?


  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the mention and comments on my Podcast (My Travel Reviews with Gary Bembridge) on this week’s show! Much appreciated. As usual I keep enjoying your show and have a plug for your podcast on my forthcoming show this week. Keep up the good work – I love the variety in your show! Gary

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have the worst time finding pants that fit. I actually like low-rise pants but I also won’t tollerate pants that make me moon people at the same time. Most of my jeans have some spandex in them so they stretch a bit and with a belt this means that even though they are low-rise, they don’t go sliding down when I bend over.

    I also hate shirts (and this is probably more of a problem in women’s clothes than in mens) that shimmy up over time. T-shirts, tank tops, and occasionally a dress shirt if it has some stretchy spandex or nylon. When I try it on at the store, it’s fine, I move around a bit, no problems and seems more than long enough, but when I get them home I find that about once an hour I’m having to pull it down so as to not expose my belly. Doesn’t matter that there’s no one around to see because I’m at home, it still bothers me.

    I really do wish that there were some way of figuring out how clothes would wear before you buy them.

    Also, I do like the new itunes links to the music used in each show.
    Also hadn’t noticed the clustermap before … that’s interesting as well. 🙂


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