Category: Travel

Cramped | Photo by Gerrie van der Walt on Unsplash

Squeezed to Death

“On every airline flight, a crew member talks to passengers in the exit rows to see whether they can, as Federal Aviation Administration regulations specify, “pass expeditiously through the emergency exit” if needed. Given how passengers have grown in inverse proportion to the spaciousness of airliner seats, anything like “expeditious” evacuation of an entire airliner seems doubtful.”

Image of a plane crashing

Shuttling Between Failures

The story is sordid and long, but the details were made clear by Matt Viser’s excellent Globe piece. To wit: Lorenzo sold the Donald the Eastern Shuttle for an overvalued $365 million (if DT had created a brand-new shuttle from the ground up with brand-new planes, not old worn-out 727s, estimates were that he could have done it for $300 million.) Of course, the money was all borrowed. It was 1989; Eastern (and Continental) were already almost dead from Lorenzo’s sledgehammer and the economy was tanking. Pan Am 103 was bombed, the first Gulf War was about to begin. It was incredibly bad judgement to overpay a bunch of other peoples’ money for something that was guaranteed to tank.

Almost Home

I knew I was close to home when I encountered a truck carrying Brad Paisley's "Life Amplified" Tour headed for

Tennessee River Rolling On

The Tennessee River flowing out of Kentucky Lake and dam rolling on to its meeting place with the Ohio. That

MLK Bridge Structure

Structure of the MLK Bridge. Posted by Steve Pollock on Monday, August 8, 2016

Seeing Things

Frank didn't tell me he's running for governor of Missouri. I might be like Bill Clinton, First Gentleman of Missouri!

Pokemon Going

I found four Pokemons. What'll I get for 'em? They're not Pokemons? No? Shoot. Posted by Steve Pollock on Sunday, August

Choo Choo

Finally, some excitement! A train! (US 36 in northern Missouri is great and immensely less stressful thab the hellish I70


Illinois! Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, August 4, 2016


Kentucky! Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, August 4, 2016