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|Sunday, March 6th, 2011|
|Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011|
|Monday, November 15th, 2010|
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This is about a new community I create. It was the place to post business idea and make deals. Where people with ideas meet Investors in need of idea and negotiate.
|Thursday, August 27th, 2009|
|Friday, August 21st, 2009|
|Monday, August 10th, 2009|
|Monday, January 8th, 2007|
Blog4Bucks has been suspended. We now return you to your original silence.
(Seriously, feel free to post something here. I haven't because I haven't been on the road since last March.)
|Wednesday, October 18th, 2006|
correlation between our personal happiness and business success (crossposted)
I am conducting a research project for university studying the correlation between ones personal growth (ie- their pursuit for happiness) and growth in their business. And how adverse situations in your life can affect such pursuits.
I am looking for a broad range of people to answer a quick questionnaire, everyone from university/college students, business managers and leaders, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and basically anyone interested in business.
The questions are under the cut, and I would be ever so grateful if you could take 5 or so minutes of your time to do the questionnaire so that we can gain some insight on the correlation between personal happiness and business aspirations. Really….it’s interesting stuff.
Once the research is done I’m happy to send it around to anyone who is interested in the findings.
Please e-mail your answers back to my e-mail address at email@example.com (obviously some of these questions are better left private and not for the entire LJ community to see)
Julie ( enter the questionnaireCollapse )
|Monday, September 25th, 2006|
|Saturday, August 12th, 2006|
Liquid & Gel Travel Advisory
Here's some alternatives for travelling with confiscatable toiletries:
1. As 10021
has done, stash a set of toiletries at your destination.
2. Ask the front desk of your hotel for them. Many hotels have free sample sizes of toothpaste, mouthwash, etc. for guests that forget them.
3. Ask your boss for a temporary increase in travel allowance to cover new toiletries.
4. Ask your boss for a temporary increase in travel allowance to cover new toiletries, then
get them for free at the hotel's front desk. You deserve a break, after all.
|Thursday, August 10th, 2006|
Making travel even less convenient
How many people in this comm are currently on business travel? Hopefully not too many are stuck on UK to US routes at this time. I'm scheduled to return to the US tomorrow, and the geniuses at Corporate Travel have left me a 55 minute connection. It was 4 hours on the way down to Mexico, but only 55 minutes on the way back, when I have to recheck luggage (if I check), clear customs and immigration, be dumped back into the normal security line, and make my next flight. How much fun will that be tomorrow with the improved alert?
So, business travelers, what do I do - throw out all my liquidy lotiony squishy stuff, or check it?
|Saturday, August 5th, 2006|
I've finally gotten things straight with Avis.
After months of being ignored by my claims officer, I got her boss's number and gave him a ring. He told me that Avis had a policy that if a renter is at fault for an accident and they total out the car, Avis & Budget (Cendant) will no longer rent to them. He then paused, and admitted that he didn't know why I was dropped, since the deer was clearly at fault in my accident. We both agreed that Cendant, Inc. and its subsidiaries should no longer rent to that deer.
So that was it. It wasn't Avis being stupid with me. It was one individual within their office being stupid with me. I guess every office has one of those people.
|Tuesday, July 18th, 2006|
Funky Comfort in Hamburg
I wanted to share these pictures of the Le Royal Meridien Hamburg with somebody who would appreciate them. I guess that's you lot!
Can you see how the glasses stand at an angle?
Besides the fabulous location, I've never seen so many room amenities: A French Press with sachets of ground coffee; A towel warmer; Three
shower heads in the huge shower; An umbrella; Satellite and cable; A free
minibar consisting of two soft drinks, two waters, and two beers! (Not to mention basics like a scale, a couple of bathrobes, and a copy of The Teachings of the Buddha
.) The gym and pool are supposed to be really good, too. I'm not sure of the regular room rate, but I'd guess around 75 euro.
|Monday, July 10th, 2006|
Best experience with an airline?
What are your thoughts on best airlines and lounges these days? I'm constantly amazed by how much is being taken away (pillows, peanuts, magazines... I was on one airline that charged me for water). It was truly a pleasure, then, when I was put on a Cathay Pacific flight. I normally travel back to the US on Singapore/Northwest, but all those flights were booked so they put me on Cathay/American. Initially I was bummed because I wouldn't get my normal frequent flier miles. Turns out, it was the best flight ever. Even though I didn't have a single mile to my name on their airline, they bumped me and my friend up from business to first. Excuse me, make that "First" with a capital F. I fly business on at least a few trips every year, and definitely all the flights between US and Asia.
What a world of different Cathay's First class is compared to business. Actual lie-flat seats with privacy screens. Best pajamas ever. They tucked me in with a duvet, not one of those little rags other airlines try to foist off on you. Beautiful. Their lounge in Hong Kong was amazing. I wasn't hungry so can't speak about the food, but the shower facilities were excellent. Each shower room was about the size of my living room at home, with slate floors, walk-in shower with bench, and the hugest towels I've ever seen.
Another lounge that I really loved was the Golden Lounge (Malaysia Airlines) in Kuala Lampur. The food was really good, nice layout, all that good stuff.
Anyone else had good experiences lately?
|Saturday, June 17th, 2006|
Avis won't rent me any more cars.
This is another of those "big company continually screws up, and lets the customer take the heat for it" stories. These are the curse of the big, inefficient companies with computers age that we live in. I'll be brief in telling you my current story, because I'm sure you've heard others like it.
To start, I hit a deer in a rental car.
It wasn't my fault; the deer didn't use its turn signal. The next day, I called Avis, my boss, and American Express. The car was rented on my company's dime, and all of my company's rentals are covered by American Express Insurance. It was a bad situation, but I was at least happy to have walked away from the accident unscratched, both physically and responsibility-wise. All I had to do was fill out an Avis accident report, and it was no longer my concern.
Of course, that didn't work. Avis kept coming after me for the money, despite AMEX's attempts to pay them. There were a few iterations of me calling Avis and AMEX to straighten things out. Things would go quiet, then I'd get another notice from Avis demanding 14 thousand dollars. Finally, I sent everything I had on the accident to AMEX. They weren't really expecting it from me, but they told me that they couldn't get the necessary information from Avis to allow them to pay out. I sent a big e-mail to Avis, AMEX, and my (now former) company, explaining that the car is not, and was never my responsibility. I asked for a confirmation response from Avis. They never sent it, so I called this last Monday. The Avis-ian handling my case told me that everything was straight now, and they had the money.
I figured everything was settled. But I've just received a letter from Avis telling me that I could no longer rent their cars? What the fuck? I don't really care about the Avis-ban. Their cars suck anyway. You hit one little deer with them, and they conk right out. I'm just worried that they might be doing something funky with my credit report. Now I have to wait until Monday to call the office and find out.
|Monday, April 24th, 2006|
Another sign that you've been spending too much time away from home...
Last night, I reached behind my chair to switch on the radio. It started playing a nice mix of vintage Latin swing music. About four songs in, I realized that it was Sunday night, and the jazz station that I listen to in Washington DC has special programming on Sundays. So I turned around to see which station was playing.
It was playing a CD. The last one I loaded in - possibly months ago.
So, what do you all do for a living?...
|Sunday, March 5th, 2006|
End of the road for me
Hi! I don't know if anyone reads this anymore. This group didn't quite take off. I should have expected that; anyone who travels enough to want to be a member would be too tired by the time they get to the hotel to post anything. (Myself included) I just got another job that doesn't require travel, so I'll be posting even less now. So I thought I'd leave you with a picture of my suitcase filled with hotel pens:
|Monday, October 17th, 2005|
|Saturday, July 16th, 2005|
Checkpoint or Chokepoint?
There's a good article in Friday's USAToday about security checks. Or reather, there's a really good graph. They did a study of which airports had the longest security waits. Unfortunately, the graph isn't on their website. But I've pasted the text under the cut so you can enjoy it at your leisure:( THE CUTCollapse )