Unrealistic Bike Policy at Southwest, Alaska & American Better

Ask a Southwest Airlines representative about the cost and size restrictions to check your bike on board and their first response likely will be, "I don't really know."

We know. We looked.

First is cost. $75 EACH WAY. So yes, you may have booked that non-refundable ticket and now you have another $150 add-on. In the old days, if your case met the size guidelines, it was free. BUT, the size guidelines were completely unrealistic, so you still had to pay up. 

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Breaking up is hard to do...with Whole Foods

We try to show discipline. We even avoid going too often.  But alas, we can't resist what others often don't have. 

Whole Foods Market is smart. Its 365 Brand's reasonable pricing lures cost conscious shoppers into the store. And once they are "in", they buy MORE, whole-paycheck style. We do. It's how our small basket adds up to 3 figures in a shopping nano second. BUT if one sticks to sales, Whole Foods can be VERY reasonable!

So what are some products that we love to buy there especially when on sale?

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Great First Bike For A Kid - Specialized Hotrock 16

** Editor's Update 2018: Specialized now only makes the "Riprock" in the 16" size. We are fans of this company's bicycles and while our experieince was with the "Hotrock", we trust that the 16" Riprock is equally good ($240).

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San Diego Airport was a Pioneer in offering Free WiFi

We read earlier this summer about a number of airports moving to free WiFi access for travelers, and it made us proud to remember that our hometown San Diego Airport was one of the first to "see the light" and make available wireless internet access in all terminals -- Commuter, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 -- FREE...GRATIS...COMPED...PRO BONO (pick your adjective). This was 7 years ago! 

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Maple Water vs. Gatorade, Bai5 and other Recovery Options

Nothing is more satisfying after a hard workout, especially in the hotter summer months, than grabbing an ice cold drink. Most often our team reaches for water, but sometimes we crave more.

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BoxCycles Cargo Bike for the Family

** Editor's Note: This post was modified 2024. The Solana Beach Co. mentioned is no longer in business.

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Thank you Steve Jobs

So many of us tech-entrepreneurs have Steve to thank for our jobs--pun intended.  Without him and other tech visionaries, our careers would be much different--probably a lot more conventional and less inspiring.  This cartoon by Steve Breen really sums up Steve's legacy:

 

And if you have never listened to Steve's Commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, you should.  It's riveting:

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Here is how restaurants can improve upon entree salads

Let's get something straight. If someone orders an entree salad, they are looking for something sensible to eat. The presumption is that the salad is not a calorie bomb. And they don't want to be left hungry.  It's called an "entree" for a reason.

So why do so many restaurants offer such "weak" options? Weak being defined as a salad that is:

*  Too small

*  Not filling

*  Calorie bomb 

*  Not tasty

*  Too much dressing or bland dressing

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Tired of the Energy "Bar Scene" ?

Are you like me?  Do you often tire of the "bar scene"?  I'm not referring to the hops-serving pickup joints nor bass-thumping dance clubs...no, burned out on those a LONG time ago.  It's the Clif Bars, Power Bars, Fiber One Bars, Luna Bars, etc. that I'm now bemoaning.  

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How to Find the Next Great NFL QB

The NFL Quarterback is the most important and most difficult job in sports.  A "rifle" arm hardly guarantees success, nor does a 4.0 GPA nor Heisman trophy.  Countless quarterbacks have been drafted in the NFL's first round with the hopes and Superbowl dreams of fans riding along, only to be disappointed by interceptions, injuries and football follies.  The following quarterback busts were drafted #1, #2 or #3 overall:  JaMarcus Russell (1), Alex Smith (1), David Carr (1), Tim Couch (1), Jeff George (1),

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