About years ago an Eastern Airlines L1011 circling the Miami airport preparing to land just before midnight crashed into the sawgrass, mud and swamps of the Everglades. This week, only a few miles from the crash site, many of the survivors came together for the first time and met the airboaters and rescue personnel who help save their lives. Each survivor had a story of rescue, survival, struggle and death.
Iceland was just selected by the United Nations as the best place in the world to live. When all the factors in their statistical data, such as life expectancy, standard of living, average income, school enrolments, are taken into consideration, Iceland wins. It unseats Norway, which had been at the top of the U.N. list for six years. The United States sits at number 12 on the list behind France and Finland. However, do studies like this make a difference?
I just spent an evening in jail — captivated in the 19th century Charles Street Jail in Boston that has been turned into the luxury Liberty Hotel. From a hotel standpoint the establishment is excellent, with expansive views that are the best available over the city and down the Charles River, however, I can’t shake the uneasiness of the old jail atmosphere.
Last week I had a chance to get a close look at the new Airbus 380 when it landed to fanfare at Orlando. I was expecting an airplane that would change the experience of flying. What I discovered when the plane landed at Orlando and the doors swung open was an aircraft that will not be changing the flying experience, but will certainly change the logistics and problems of flight for everyone.
On the south bank of the Ohio River in northern Kentucky is a town where time stands still. Riverboats dock beside the bridge. Cabaret plays in the restored opera house. Locals talk politics over ham and eggs at the diner. Maysville and its neighboring town Washington (a living museum) offer a wonderful and fast-disappearing peek into the world of early America.