One thing I’m always trying to keep in mind is the internal list and monologue of how to find out information. Knowing where one can find a given piece of information when one needs it is very important.

I had to buy shoe polish and related supplies today. As I was walking through town, I thought to myself “What does one tip the Shoe Shine guy at the Airport?”, since I can see myself using his services in my travels. If I had an ettiquette book, I would look it up, but any I have ready access to are most certainly out of date, so I asked Peter, my caffeine dealer (aka, owner of Bombadill’s coffee house, and the ex cabbie)

Peter says that if the shoe shiner charges under $5, pay him $5. If it’s over $5, pay $1 or some percentage. I the guy is REALLY GOOD, and does a great job on your shoes, then all bets are off and you have to go with your gut.

Finally, if he does a great job, and is reading the New York Times as you come up, keeps you entertained with the patter and such, and actually relates something he notices about you or something you say to the New York Times, then he is really a superhero and Shoe Shine Guy is his everyday disguise, so you need to tip him even more, and suppport your local super hero.

Todays Moral: Support your local superheros. Get your shoes shined at the airport.


Say hello to the new Travel category here at Donald O’Bloggin.

I enjoy traveling, almost as much as I enjoy griping about traveling. To recap for everyone, this is My itinerary for the trip I’m now on:

  • Depart DTW (Detroit Metro, MI) @ 0605EST on Jan 4th, 2006
  • Arrive CVG (Cincinatti, OH) @ 0730EST
  • Depart CVG @ 08100EST
  • Arrive STL (St Louis, MO) @ 0836CST
  • Depart STL @ 0600CST on Jan 5th, 2006
  • Arrive ATL (Atlanta, GA) @ 0838EST
  • Depart ATL @ 0946EST
  • Arrive PDX (Portland, OR) @ 1215PST
  • Depart PDX @ 1530PST
  • Arrive SLC (Salt Lake City, UT) @ 1814MST
  • Depart SLC @ 1915MST
  • Arrive DTW @ 0050 Jan 8th, 2006

So far, I’m doing all right. I only got 1.5 hrs of sleep before getting up to leave for the Detroit airport, but I made it up in naps on planes and my hotel room yesterday.

I need to NOT get used to the sort of treatment I’m getting. The Convention bureau’s are catering to the people that make decisions about if and how events get planned, but it’s taking a while for it to sink in that I’m one of those people they are catering to. These city subsidized hotel rooms, and gift bags of goodies… it can go to a lads head after a while.

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