Month: August 2015

Thanks to a Fellow Traveler

I flew back from Salt Lake City last night and was having trouble with the iOS Delta app on check in.  I thought I moved my seat to an exit row, but the boarding pass didn’t indicate so when I was finished.  So after getting through security (always go through security first and work it out at the gate) I went to the gate agent to make sure everything was OK.  He was super cool, and verified the change, but then had me move to a different exit row seat since the one I picked didn’t recline.  While I almost never recline my seat (seems unfair to the person behind me), I appreciated how nice he was to do this, and he pointed out the seat next to me was unoccupied.  I think of this as “low budget first class”; lots of leg room, no one next to you to spread out.

After sitting down and when the door to the plane was closing there was some commotion as the person with the exit seat was in the wrong row and I got up to let people move about.  As I was going to sit down another passenger asked if I wouldn’t mind taking his first class seat so he could sit with his son.  Not quite sure what the story was – maybe he already had the first class seat and grabbed a seat for his son at the last minute, or maybe he was hoping to upgrade two seats and only one was available.  But, he clearly knew his way around traveling and was working a deal to get the exit row to himself and his son, and who was I to not take the first class seat and ruin his plans.

The earlier flight out was unpleasant; the window seat in the very last row on a slightly turbulent flight with a fully packed cabin.  I felt like the universe was balancing out karma for the day with this good fortune.

I felt like waiting around to thank him, but I was in a hurry to get going and for all I know I was doing him more of a favor than he was doing me.  But, I do appreciate the offer and feel like I had some good luck at the end of a very long day.

Thank you fellow traveler, and may all your future travels have the fortune that I had yesterday.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Select, Bloomington MN

City: Bloomington, Minnesota
Chain: Holiday Inn
Property: Holiday Inn Select – Minneapolis Int’l Airport/Mall of America
Address: Three Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone Number: 952-854-9000

Check Out: November 20, 2003

I’ve stayed here many times. Super convenient to the airport (about a 10 minute drive – you can see it when you’re landing), close to our clients, close to the highway, close to “Mall of America” which I’ve been to so many times I’m sick of it.

Sometimes its hard to get in here because Northwest crew seem to use it a bit and other airport related activity. But its an upgrade from a normal Holiday Inn (the “select” part, I guess), nice rooms, resturant and bar inside.


  • Safety: 1 – OK — mostly a business area.
  • Dining: 1 – OK, the breakfast buffet is the best deal.
  • Bar: 1 – Happy hour pricing! Hangout for Business Travelers!
  • Internet: 0 – “Dial Up” is not “Internet”
  • Wireless in Common Areas: 0
  • Work Space, Power: 1
  • Shower: 1
  • Air Conditioning, Bed: 1
  • Common Areas: 1

Total: 7

(originally posted 11/20/2003

Hotel: Hampton Inn, Limerick PA

City: Limerick, Pennsylvania
Chain: Hilton (Hampton Inn)
Address: 430 West Linfield Trappe Rd, Limerick, PA 19468
Phone Number: 610.495.6999

Check Out: August 8, 2015

At this point there is a lot of familiarity to Hampton Inn’s; I use them a lot for work and when you don’t know the area they are a very safe bet.  They are almost universally clean, free Wi-Fi, good price point.  Free breakfast is not usually a big fancy thing, but what more do you need than coffee and some protein to start the day.  I tend to have impressions of Hampton Inns by the location and staff.

This one is right off the 422 highway within gamma ray distance of the looming Limerick nuclear generating station.  There’s not much in the neighborhood, its a somewhat rural area.  Some car dealerships, a Wawa, maybe another gas station.  But, 10-15 minutes from Pottstown, and its pretty quiet.  The staff are always friendly and helpful, and when the sign is up saying they are on a break they tend to be sitting right outside and see you walk up.