Boeing 737 MAX (Would you Fly?)


Boeing’s 737 is by a wide margin the most popular commercial plane on the planet.  The short to medium range plane dates back to the sixties.   The stubby plane uses less fuel than similar aircraft and can carry  from 130 to 190 passengers.    It is the back bone of many discount carriers like SouthwestContinue reading “Boeing 737 MAX (Would you Fly?)”

Midnight in Chowchilla or How not to drive an Electric Car


I want to thank to good people of Tulare and Visalia, California, who generously offered to help me in an emergency. I use Gig car share in Sacramento and their fleet of Electric Chevrolet Bolts. While I have driven quite a few electric vehicles (EV) I wanted to know what its like living with one.Continue reading “Midnight in Chowchilla or How not to drive an Electric Car”

Travel: The $6.00 a day rental car


There are ultra low cost airlines, economy hotel/motel chains and, super low cost rental car companies. These companies have been around for years, usually at off airport locations. Today, they can be found at airports, sharing space with Avis, Budget, Hertz and National. Getting what you pay for? The most obvious trade off with theContinue reading “Travel: The $6.00 a day rental car”

Tourist: Hey Uber, Take me to the most Dangerous place in town


Australian Tourist asked Uber driver to take him to the most dangerous place in Rio de Janiero Brazil  By: Vanessa Brown/news.com au When it comes to making stupid decisions after a few beers while on holidays, this Australian tourist may well take the cake. After travelling around Central and South America as part of aContinue reading “Tourist: Hey Uber, Take me to the most Dangerous place in town”

Bus Travel Sacramento “Its better than you think” Flixbus vs Greyhound vs Megabus


Airline Travel SUCKS!   Long lines, uncomfortable seats.  Caged Chickens are treated more humanely.  All this stress sometimes leads to  passengers turning on passengers. Train Travel is slow and expensive. In the last few years, busing has seen a resurgence in the United States, Canada and Europe.  New Bus companies offering express intercity travel These newContinue reading “Bus Travel Sacramento “Its better than you think” Flixbus vs Greyhound vs Megabus”

Wednesday Afternoon at the Cal Neva Casino


Picture: Google  The glory days of Reno as gaming city has long past. For years RENO was the destination for gambling and  by the mid 50’s  the city was surpassed by Las Vegas as the largest gaming destination in the United States. There are more closed hotels and casinos on Reno’s Virginia Street than open.Continue reading “Wednesday Afternoon at the Cal Neva Casino”

Flixbus Review: Sacramento to Oakland


Bus travel has improved and is now a viable alternative to air travel offering express service between Metro Areas in the United States.   The new buses, have free wifi, wider seats, more leg room and its less stressful than flying. Flixbus has routes between Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco. In Sacramento, there are two locationsContinue reading “Flixbus Review: Sacramento to Oakland”

These are the 15 most romantic towns to visit in Germany


  Every year millions of tourists flock to big cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. But for anyone seeking something a little more picturesque and authentic, here are 15 of the most romantic towns and small cities in Germany. By: Anja Samy/The Local Germany   1. Bamberg (nearest city – Nuremberg) Like Rome, this smallContinue reading “These are the 15 most romantic towns to visit in Germany”

Foreigners rank Italy ‘worst place in Europe’ for internet and paying without cash


Is your Wifi in Italy fast enough to let you FaceTime? Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP International residents in Italy are less satisfied with digital services than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new expat survey.   Italy ranked 57th out of 68 countries around the world when foreign residents were asked to rate the easeContinue reading “Foreigners rank Italy ‘worst place in Europe’ for internet and paying without cash”