This week’s podcast is recorded in the bathroom of the Marriott Courtyard in East Memphis. I talk about the autumn tree colors coming visible from airports up North and worry about catching avian flu while breathing the same air as 150 other travelers. I talk a bit about some changes in Memphis since my high school days and talk about how it remains a Southern city. Here’s a direct link to the podcast file.

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Here are the show notes from TravelCommons podcast #19:


  • Intro music — Warmth by Makkina
  • Recorded in the bathroom of the Marriott Courtyard in Memphis, TN
  • Jinxed myself by declaring “End of the TSA Carnival” in last week’s podcast
  • Listener explanation on why they voted for Midwest Airlines in the Favorite Airline poll
  • Bridge music — When the Leaves Come Falling Down by Van Morrison
  • Autumn is a great time of the year to fly in and out of airports like Chicago-O’Hare, Detroit and White Plains, NY, all of which have approaches that go over wooded areas
  • Interesting comparison of the thread colors in US and Italian sewing kits
  • Bridge Music — I’m Like a Bird by Nelly Furtado
  • The bad cold I caught on my ORD-SFO flight (mentioned in podcast #15) has me worrying about catching bird flu
  • Bridge Music — Memphis in the Meantime by John Hiatt
  • Spent time hitting the big non-Elvis tourist spots in Memphis — eating dry-rub ribs at the Rendezvous and walked down an amazingly renovated Beale Street.
  • A story about friendly Memphians at the end of a long night
  • Closing music — Ramblin’ Man by the Allman Brothers Band
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  • Direct link to the show

2 comments on “Podcast #19 – Colors in Travel; Visit to a Southern City

  1. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps you get this a lot but I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your show, you really have an eye and ear for detail. I look forward to each episode.


    Dan O’Leary

  2. mark says:

    Dan –

    I never tire of getting compliments 🙂 Seriously, I’m glad that you enjoy the podcast. Nice picture on the HotelCoffee iTunes page — I’d never have the nerve to post my own picture. Just listened to the Billings, MT podcast and enjoyed it. I look forward to hearing some good travel stories from you.


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