Road Trip!

For someone who focuses so much on the world of flying, it may seem funny to hear that I absolutely love road trips. I used to drive across the country to go back and forth between my parents’ house in the West and college out East. But these days, it’s hard to find time to actually put a road trip together. Fortunately, that’s all changing as I embark on a long road trip today.

How is this possible? Well, I didn’t announce it here, but I was actually laid off by PriceGrabber last month. Since that time I’ve been working on the blog and looking into other opportunities as well. But I’m in no hurry to jump into anything too quickly, and I’m going to take my time to figure things out.

One thing I know I want to do is focus on getting better, more unique content for the blog so I can attract more readers like all of you. So, this month I found myself invited to several different events around the country that, combined with personal commitments, make for an excellent road trip. I leave tomorrow and I’ll be making the following stops (and more):

  • I’m an official judge for the Southwest Halloween costume contest at their headquarters in Dallas

  • I’ll be visiting LiveTV (makers of the seatback TV systems you find on JetBlue and others) to see their labs and learn more about what they’re working on next.

  • I’ve been given the chance for a sneak peak at the new Indianapolis Airport terminal before it opens for business on Nov 11/12

  • I will be attending the PhoCusWright conference right after I return home.

So as you can see, I’m really working hard to bring you some unique and hopefully interesting content. While I’m on the road, I expect to continue to post regularly, though the time of day might be a bit more erratic depending upon what time zone I’m in.

As I continue to work on ways to improve Cranky, there are a few things you can do to help:

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  • Tell your friends about Cranky. The more people that come visit, the more time I’ll be able to devote to bringing you better content.

  • Advertise. If you have a business that you’d like to advertise, send me an email and let’s talk. I’m working on a redesign that will allow me to create more advertising spots at various pricepoints.

As always, let me know if you have any feedback. You know where to find me. I’ll speak with you again tomorrow from the road.

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Oliver
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Uhh, nice wedding gift from Pricegrabber, it seems :(

I love road trips, too. And I miss those days when I had time to travel around the west for two or more weeks. With work and limited vacation days, nowadays I always have to “air-drop” into a location, spend a few days, then jet back.

Good luck with your future plans. I know I’ll be enjoying the content you’ll put up; hopefully you’ll be able to find a way to make it worthwhile for you, too.

dan
Member

Man, I’m jealous! I wish I could do all that!

Paula Berg
Guest

whatever you do…do NOT stop in Lordsburg, NM.

dan
Member

By the way, sorry about PriceGrabber. :(

Axelsarkiss
Member

Ya, i agree whith oliver. great present from the folks at PriceGrabber.

Brad Geary
Guest

Sorry to hear about your layoff, but hopefully we’ll be seeing you much more around Southwest! ;-)

Nick Barnard
Member

Sucks about the PriceGrabber… But the road trip sounds like fun..

I had a great time driving across the country with two cats on my lap/randomly wandering the car when I moved out to Seattle.

Marc
Guest

Safe travels, can’t wait to hear the updates!

james
Guest

Safe travels and best wishes for future opportunities…

I love road trips. I always make a stop at the library for a couple books on tape. Makes the time go faster while watching the mile markers count up or down.

A
Guest

Yeah, I’m a road trip junkie too. With your connections think you could get into the boneyards of old planes that all over the Southwest? I’ve been told the public isn’t allowed to just go “explore” around those old 747’s and DC-10’s basking in the desert sun. That sounds like the perfect road trip stop to me. I’d be jealous.

Brian Lusk
Guest

Man, I love roadtrips, and the price of gas has come down too. Unlike some people, I would willingly drive through Lordsburg, NM. So Brett, tell us what tunes are gonna be in the changer for this trip? BTW if you drive through Arkansas, be sure and eat at the former SWA 737-200.
Brian

Mark
Member

Hey Brett:

I know you have heard this a million times, but in my experience, when a door closes a new one opens up. You are a bright guy and you have a passion even though it is..uh..well, DORKY!

Keep doing what you love and we will stay with you.

Enjoy the road trip and keep posting for your loyal family of airline / aircraft dweebs and dorks.

daren_siddall
Member

Agree with Mark, I’m sure that many positive things will come out of this. I’d better sign up. Best of luck with building up Cranky.

Nick Barnard
Member

Brian do you have a link to this 732? What I really wanna know is when I can have dinner in a SWA 722!

Eric W
Guest

I’ve got family who live near Lordsburg, N.M., and if you do have to stop there, they’ve got an awesome little Mom & Pop Mexican restaurant that’s been a favorite with the locals for 40+ years. It’s right by the train station.

Eric W
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I’ve got family who live near Lordsburg, N.M., and if you do have to stop there, they’ve got an awesome little Mom & Pop Mexican restaurant that’s been a favorite with the locals for 40+ years. It’s right by the train station. Oh, and have fun judging the Southwest costume contest! Safe travels!

yo
Guest

There was a boneyard outside of PHX but its mostly gone, DC 4’s, 6’s and 7’s all there for 20 years, rotting in the desert.

As for the Marana boneyard, no chance at all of getting in, they keep it locked tight.

jcampbellasu
Member

Go see The Thing! That is all.

Brian Lusk
Guest

Nicholas,
see CF’s comment above for the link. There was also an article in Airways about a year ago.
Brian

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