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Contents January 2014
To-Do List Ten Action Items in This Issue 1 Do detective
work Page 29
2 Blend bourbon and bitters Page 33
3 Munch on
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in Rosemary Beach Page 36
with confidence Page 39
6 Put a stop to
stalling Page 42
12 Gary’s Greeting 14 Gary’s Greeting
16 18 20 22 26 29 33 39 45 51
en Español Star of the Month Freedom Story From the Editor Your Words Your Pictures Media Center Eat Drink Sleep Wise Guide The Numbers Business
66 Get in the Games 72 The Long Run 90 Your Adventure
101 Promotional Series:
New Year, New You 117 Calendar 122 Fun! 136 Spotlight 139 Community Outreach 140 Products & Services 143 Flight Service 144 Terminal Maps 146 Information 148 Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards Partners 150 Route Map 152 The “If” List
7 Make or break
a beauty habit Page 46
8 Keep a secret Page 48
9 Plan a day in Providence Page 54
10 Secure a career coach Page 56
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY BETH KOETH (RAVEN RUN), JUSTIN CLEMONS (WICHITA), JOSHUA SCOTT (RABBIT PHONE); ILLUSTRATION BY JAMES BAMFORD (2014)
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I LUV this time of year—looking forward to what’s on the horizon and planning to accomplish the goals and resolutions that we set for ourselves. At Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways, this new year promises to be both monumental and historic. Of course, we have not changed our mission, which is to excel in our airline operation and to provide the highest quality Customer Service— all with the low fares and convenient flight schedules you’ve come to expect
from us. We began that journey almost 43 years ago, determined to give America the Freedom to Fly. In 2014, we’re setting our sights on the international horizon as we look to bring that Freedom to other parts of North America. This year marks the homestretch of the integration of AirTran into Southwest. What does that mean? At this time next year, AirTran will be fully converted into our Company, and we’ll be flying as one Brand—a stronger and better
Customer Service in Action One of our Phoenix Customer Service Agents was at the gate podium recently when a young boy and his mother walked up. The boy was getting ready to travel alone for the first time, and our Agent noticed that he was visibly upset. It turns out he’d had to throw away his juice at the security checkpoint. Our Agent took him to the nearest airport store and bought him another juice and a box of Mike and Ike candy. The boy’s mother reports that when he came back to the gate he had the biggest smile on his face. Our superhero Employee had made his day!
Southwest Airlines. We’ll have one flight schedule, one set of Customer policies, and one Purpose: to connect you to the important moments in your lives with friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. AirTran has successfully served international markets for years, and as we inherit that footprint, Southwest will, for the very first time, plant our flag outside of the United States. We’re completing the necessary work that will enable us to do so, including the installation of a new international reservation system. A year from now, you could be reading Spirit magazine on your way to any number of warm, sunny destinations south of the border. Another milestone in 2014 will be the lifting of the federal Wright Amendment restrictions in October, which will enable us to offer nonstop domestic flights to anywhere on our route map from our home base of Dallas Love Field. We’re putting the final touches on a total renovation of the airport, essentially giving our Customers a brand new Dallas Love Field just in time for the October celebration. I hope many of you have already experienced the first phase of this fantastic renovation. We have many more big initiatives on our plate—far too many to list here. Needless to say, these are exciting times for our Company, for our Customers, and for our Employees. But above all, our perennial New Year’s resolution is to become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.
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Me encanta esta época del año, esperamos con ansias lo que nos traerá el futuro y planificamos cumplir las metas y resoluciones que nos propusimos. Southwest Airlines y AirTran Airways prometen que este año nuevo sea tanto monumental como histórico. Por supuesto, no hemos cambiado la misión de hacer que nuestra aerolínea sobresalga y proporcione el mejor Servicio al Cliente, siempre con tarifas bajas y vuelos convenientes, como esperas de nosotros. Emprendimos este viaje hace casi
43 años, determinados a ofrecerles a los Estados Unidos la Libertad de Volar. En 2014, nos enfocamos en el horizonte internacional y en brindar esa Libertad a otras partes de América del Norte. Este año finaliza la integración de AirTran y Southwest. ¿Qué significa esto? En un año, AirTran se habrá integrado completamente a nuestra Compañía, y volaremos bajo una sola Marca: una mejor y más fuerte Southwest Airlines. Tendremos un horario de vuelos, un solo grupo de políticas para los Clientes, y un
Servicio al Cliente en Acción Recientemente en Phoenix, uno de nuestros Agentes de Servicio estaba en el podio de la puerta de embarque cuando un niño y su madre llegaron. El niño estaba a punto de viajar solo por primera vez y nuestro Agente se dio cuenta de que estaba molesto. Resulta que en el control de seguridad había tenido que tirar su jugo a la basura. Nuestro Agente lo llevó a una tienda del aeropuerto y le compró un jugo y dulces. La madre nos informa que cuando regresó a la puerta, el niño tenía una sonrisa de oreja a oreja. Nuestro Empleado superhéroe le alegró el día.
solo Propósito: conectarte con los momentos importantes de tu vida mediante viajes aéreos amistosos, confiables y de bajo costo. Desde hace años, AirTran sirve los mercados internacionales con éxito y como heredero, Southwest lleva nuestra bandera al exterior de los Estados Unidos por primera vez. Estamos haciendo el trabajo necesario para completarlo, incluyendo la instalación de un nuevo sistema de reservaciones internacionales. En un año, podrás leer la revista Spirit en camino a una gran cantidad de destinos calurosos al sur de la frontera. Otro logro para el 2014 será en octubre, la eliminación de las restricciones federales de la Enmienda Wright, lo cual nos permitirá ofrecer vuelos domésticos sin escala a todos nuestros destinos desde nuestra sede en Dallas Love Field. Estamos haciéndole los toques finales para una renovación total en el aeropuerto, en esencia dando a nuestros Clientes un Dallas Love Field totalmente nuevo justo a tiempo para la celebración en octubre. Espero que muchos de ustedes ya hayan disfrutado de la primera fase de esta renovación fantástica. Nos quedan muchas iniciativas grandes, y son tantas que resulta imposible enumerarlas aquí. Está de más decir que ésta es una época emocionante para nuestra Compañía, nuestros Clientes y nuestros Empleados. Pero sobre todo, nuestra eterna resolución de Año Nuevo es hacernos la aerolínea más querida, más volada y más rentable.
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The word “star” has a wide variety of definitions. You may think of people who shine on the silver screen, sing the latest Top 40 hits, dance the cha-cha, or all three. But at Southwest Airlines, people like Diana Barth are the ones who truly shine. After more than 23 years as an Employee with the LUV airline, Diana’s Fun-LUVing Attitude, Warrior Spirit, and Servant’s Heart make her our favorite kind of triple threat. Diana began her Southwest career as a Reservations Agent in Phoenix, assisting Customers over the phone. Several years later, she shifted her star power to the ticket counter as a Customer Service Agent. Not long after that move, Southwest began service to Spokane, Washington, where Diana has been a Customer Service Supervisor since day one. The relocation was not a tough one, as Spokane is where Diana was born and raised. Living there gives her the opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including bike riding in the spring and snowshoeing in the winter. She also LUVs spending time with her adult children, Whitney and Dillon, and is still a member of the booster club at the high school they attended. At the airport, “no two days are ever the same,” Diana says. There are occasionally irregular operations that require an extra level of attention, but she notes that the most challenging times can also be the most rewarding. “We are put in a position where we really need to react quickly and think outside of the box. “As Southwest Employees, we are encouraged to color outside the lines,” Diana adds. “It’s not only OK to have a sense of humor, it’s absolutely encouraged.” This perspective is invaluable in her role supervising the Customer Service Agents in Spokane every day. Diana, we consider Employees like you our greatest asset. When it comes to “stars,” you’re the kind we LUV to look up to. —Adam Rucker
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Dear Reader, Boy, are you lucky. You get to read a story, starting on page 72, that contains some profound wisdom if you read it right. The story has to do with a man who, for years, has been a member of the United States Running Streak Association, an organization that is not about dashing around naked but running at least a mile every single day. Words like “obsessive” and “guaranteed injury” come to mind. But the moral of the story, it seems to me, can inspire us to accomplish amazing feats. For instance, a person who writes just 300 words—more or less the length of this note—every day could complete 50 novels over the course of a career. (They might all be unreadable, but your bookshelf would inspire awe.) While obsessive-compulsive disorder is a real and sometimes debilitating disease, a single-minded daily pursuit can make for the healthiest kind of obsession. My son, George, is the obsessive type. When he was 8 years old, I reported a story about a crazy bunch of
people called “peak baggers” who try to climb the 48 highest mountains in our home state of New Hampshire. I thought these people were funny; George thought it was the coolest thing ever, and he talked the rest of us into becoming peak baggers. I spent more than half my time traveling back then, but I came home over the weekends to hike with my family. George achieved “Forty-eighter” status when he was still 10, climbing Owl’s Head in a snowstorm. He and his sister, Dorothy Jr., grew up to become avid outdoorspeople. My wife, Dorothy Sr., continued the obsession by climbing a nearby mountain more than 100 times a year, two years in a row. Obsessive? To her it was a healthy habit and a continuing joy. What’s your daily obsession, and where do you hope it leads? Write in to let me know at email@example.com. —Jay Heinrichs Editorial Director
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I have been a Southwest customer for a very long time and have enjoyed your in-flight magazine many times over, but I must say this is the first time I have written a response to an article. Alex Sheen’s movement [“The Every Day Action Hero,” November 2013] couldn’t have come at a better time. His simple message of commitment honors his late father as well as the integrity within each of us. Spirit could continue to help spread that message by inserting a perforated sheet of 10 Because I Said I Would cards in the next few months’ worth of issues. Imagine the impact it would have. Thanks for capturing Sheen’s quest to change lives. It has definitely changed mine. BY GABBI CHEE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS LANGER LETTERING BY WILL BRYANT
His inspirational message has changed the lives of people across the globe. How does Alex Sheen make a difference? Simple: by keeping his word.
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—CHARLES JENKINS SAN ANTONIO
Brilliant idea! Anyone who wants to fund the effort should get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. SEND ’EM IN Write to us at 2811 McKinney Ave., Suite 360, Dallas, TX 75204 or email email@example.com. For comments or questions directed at Southwest Airlines that don’t pertain to Spirit, please visit the “Contact Us” page at southwest.com.
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After reading “The Every Day Action Hero” in your November 2013 issue, I ordered Because I Said I Would T-shirts as Christmas presents for all of my family and friends. That simple idea is so powerful. I’m still contemplating what I will put on my card. Alex Sheen, your beauty lifts off the page in your quotes and in your smile. Your father is surely proud. Thanks for having such a positive impact on people.
The article on Alex Sheen and his Because I Said I Would organization touched me deeply in a few different ways. First, I pride myself on doing what I say I will do, and it felt wonderful to have the virtue of that acknowledged. Second, I realized I need to examine my own tendency to become irritated when I encounter people who don’t do what they say they will do. This is something I hope to work on. The long-range impact that Alex Sheen’s organization has had, is having, and will certainly continue to have is extraordinary. For this, I want Alex to know that I bow to him and to his steadfast willingness to keep his
— C AT H Y H O WA R D DALL AS
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Your Words word. I wanted him to know this “because I said I would.” —MICHAEL DOUD SAN FRANCISCO
We’ll make sure Alex reads your letter and hears your sentiment, Michael. We promise. POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT
I have many family members and friends who frequently fly South-
west. Recently, they brought your latest issue with Alex Sheen on the cover to my attention. It was very inspiring indeed. Thank you for meaningful articles that encourage all of us to do better. —DENICE MILLER COLUMBUS, OHIO
Thank you, Denice. We pride ourselves on our stories with heart, and we’re glad you noticed.
SAID AND DONE
As the founder of Because I Said I Would, I want to express my deepest appreciation for the article you ran about us in Spirit. The response has been incredible. I can’t thank your readers enough for the generosity and kindness they have shown. With their help, we have been able to hire Amanda, previously our Chief Volunteer, as our first full-time employee. I have even received requests to share our message at events around the country. Additionally, our inbox is full of hundreds of messages from folks who have read the article. Many of these messages include stories about how the person read it while flying across the country to fulfill a promise. At this very moment, I find myself in the same place. I am typing this while aboard a Southwest flight to Sacramento, where my grandma is in intensive care. I will be there for her in her time of need. Too often we rush to buy plane tickets to see someone die, but not to see them live. It’s days like today that make you think about how you spend your life. Thank you for all you have done for Because I Said I Would. We will never forget the time we were on the cover of Spirit. —ALE X SHEEN L A K E W O O D, O H I O
Your letter means a lot to us, Alex. We’ll be thinking about your grandmother—and about how we spend our own lives. Thanks for being such a profound inspiration to us and to so many of our readers. CORRECTIONS
In an online version of “The Every Day Action Hero” [November 2013], we incorrectly stated that Matthew Cordle had been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison on October 10, 2013. Cordle was actually sentenced to six and a half years on October 23, 2013. We neglected to credit illustrator Jason Schneider for his work on page 52 of the December issue [“Helping Hands,” Wise Guide]. We regret these errors.
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Little Failure: A Memoir
The Nut Job
How Russian Igor became American Gary
An intelligent rom-com geared toward adults
Animated animal aims to redeem himself
(Boy + spaceship) + (girl + monster) = adventure game
Acclaimed novelist Gary Shteyngart
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini
Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser
Mind of Tim Schafer, voice of Elijah Wood
After emigrating from the USSR in the ’70s, young Shteyngart goes through growing pains in NYC.
Single mom Eva faces a dilemma when she discovers her boyfriend is her new friend’s ex.
Surly the purple squirrel plots to rob a local nut store after he torches his park’s winter food supply.
This buzzy computer game (available only as a download) follows the quests of two teenaged heroes.
Literary darling and scribe of the hilarious Super Sad True Love Story takes that same self-deprecating eye to his own life.
Director Nicole Holofcener’s critically acclaimed film stars the red-hot Louis-Dreyfus, on a roll with Veep Veep.
Kids will likely enjoy Surly’s fast-talking ways and gang of furry friends (not to mention the occasional fart joke).
Game designer Schafer raised more than $3.3 mil on Kickstarter, from a record-breaking 87,000+ backers.
DATE IN SIX WORDS
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1¾ ounces Eagle Rare bourbon 1 ounce Becherovka liqueur ¼ ounce maple syrup 1 tiny pinch salt Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with cracked ice. Stir until cold, then strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with a wide orange peel, expressing oils over the drink.
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“Lindsey is a friend of mine, and her favorite drinks are what she calls ‘brown, bitter, and stirred.’ I wanted to make her something she'd like, so I started with bourbon and Becherovka, which is an herbal bitters that has a lot of baking-spice notes to it. Then I remembered reading an article that suggested adding salt to make cinnamon pop. When I did that, the drink just came alive. All I needed was something to
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bridge those flavors, and I landed on maple syrup. The drink has all those sitby-a-fire-on-a-cold-night components to it. We get so few truly cold nights in Austin that, when we do have one, it’s a real treat to drink a cocktail like this.” WHO Bill Norris, beverage director WHERE Midnight Cowboy WEB midnightcowboymodeling.com
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1 1 2 1 1 ½ ½
4-ounce buffalo mozzarella ball cup flour eggs, whisked cup panko breadcrumbs ounce olive oil cup marinara sauce cup roasted, julienned red and green peppers
1. Dry mozzarella, and slice in half.
Place flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs in three separate shallow dishes. Dredge each cheese half in flour, eggs, then breadcrumbs, and set aside.
2. Warm oil over medium heat. Panfry
mozzarella until soft and golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Serve with marinara sauce and roasted peppers.
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“At the restaurant, which opened last summer, we embrace Italian dishes that are familiar and authentic. I’m Sicilian, so that kind of cooking is very close to my heart. Growing up, my family shared many memories around the dinner table, and I hope to recreate that kind of interaction for our guests. My style is ‘less is more.’ I keep it simple, try to stay seasonal, and concentrate on getting high-quality ingredients and using proper techniques. This is a good example of that. I get beautiful mozzarella, bread and fry it, make a simple caponata, and serve it with a nice tomato sauce. It’s a great way to start a meal at your home, and it’s a real crowd-pleaser. Who doesn’t like fried mozzarella?” WHO David Viviano, executive chef WHERE Trecento Quindici Decano, at The St. Regis Aspen Resort WEB stregisaspen.com
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RENT WHEELS from Bamboo Bicycle Company. The shop offers bikes, tandems, and trikes—all ideal for cruising Highway 30A’s scenic pedestrian pathways. bamboobicyclecompany.com
OPEN A BOOK at The Hidden Lantern, a shop whose titles run 10,000 deep. If you’re a methodical planner, send the store the name of your beach read, and a reserved copy will be waiting for you when you arrive. hiddenlantern.com
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Situated a block from the Gulf of Mexico, in the Northwest Florida community of Rosemary Beach, this 5-month-old hotel exudes a modern beach-house vibe. Each of the 55 rooms comes with a private balcony, an Apple TV, and an iPad equipped with the Intelity ICE app, which you can use to make a restaurant reservation, order room service, or request housekeeping. Four spa treatment rooms front the hotel’s heated pool. On a breezy deck above it are four couch-equipped cabanas plus a bar, Sol Luna, where you can slice into a wood-fired pizza or sip on a Death in the Afternoon— a cocktail rumored to have been created by Hemingway himself. Sick of sitting around? Pick up a match at the esteemed Rosemary Beach Fitness Center & Racquet Club; guests get free access.
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Choice Words Master negotiator Ron Shapiro offers a crash course in effective communication. What about when proposing budget changes? Be clear about the funds you seek and what they’ll be used for. While communicating your request, show that you’ve done your research by noting precedents and comparable situations. Know that it’s OK to ask for a little more than you need, but stay within reason. If you’re denied, try not to take it personally. Remember, it’s the idea being rejected, not you.
Ronald M. Shapiro is the author of Perfecting Your Pitch: How to Succeed in Business and in Life by Finding Words That Work.
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What can you do to prepare for a pitch? I use a simple, systematic approach that I call the three Ds: draft, devil’s advocate, and deliver. Start by writing out every point you want to make or feeling you want to express. Next, find a friend or associate who can objectively suggest revisions. Finally, practice—preferably with another person.
By doing so, you’ll not only prepare yourself for questions that might arise, but you’ll increase your comfort level, allowing you to communicate with confidence. Any tips on asking for a raise? Craft a message that outlines your accomplishments, your compensation history, and, if known, comparable salaries. You should
have a number in mind. Once you’re in your boss’s office, express appreciation for opportunities, yet be firm in discussing your contributions. Anticipate questions that might arise, and have answers ready. Speak with selfassurance, and remember that it’s what you say and how you say it that counts.
What types of language should you avoid altogether? In any scenario, keep from using words that attack or show anger. You should also steer clear of generalizations and overstatements—things like always, never, and all. And avoid unreasonable demands. Trust and credibility take time to build and can be easily lost if you fall into these communication traps. JANUARY 2014 SPIRIT
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S U RV E Y S AYS
Staying Power What’s the best way to keep a New Year’s resolution? Allow yourself to keep your resolutions 80 percent of the time and fail to keep them 20 percent of the time. Many resolutions are abandoned due to the fact that “perfect is the enemy of the good.” It’s not necessarily realistic to be 100 percent compliant. So forgive yourself for the one meal that didn’t meet the diet, the day you missed working out, or the lapse in your resolve at the shoe store because that’s what will help you stay motivated. Ellen Meier SAN DIEGO
Make a bet you’re afraid to lose. My brother-in-law, Paul, and I wanted to lose weight, so we challenged each other to drop a certain number of pounds by a set date. Whoever lost the bet had to buy 40 SPIRIT JANUARY 2014
the winner a bottle of wine of his or her choosing—with no dollar limit. Paul has expensive taste in wine, so it was a good motivator! Lorraine Farrell HOOKSETT, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Pull up your list of resolutions once a month, and go over them. It’s hard to keep big-picture goals constantly in mind with all of the little day-to-day distractions that occur. I find that the monthly review helps remind me both of what I’ve (hopefully) already accomplished and what I had intended to strive for in the first place. Mary Donatelli PHILADELPHIA
Don’t choose a resolution you know you can’t keep. Being realistic and starting small will help you actually achieve some success, which should lead to setting greater goals. Also, be sure to celebrate your progress along the way. Charlie Riley
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If you could bring back any fad, which one would it be? Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “We Asked.”
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T OP F I V E
Don’t Delay Efficiency pro Timothy Pychyl helps you end the cycle of procrastination.
Be Specific “Vague intentions, like ‘I’ll do it this weekend,’ lack the power to move us to act,” Pychyl says. “Instead, be precise when setting goals. Research has shown that connecting tasks to actions is most effective. For example, tell yourself: ‘As soon as I finish my coffee Saturday morning, I’m going to....’”
Think Long-Term “Procrastination is similar to other forms of self-regulation failure like gambling or overeating. In each case, we seek shortterm, feel-good strategies that ultimately subvert our future goals. We need to remind ourselves that the true reward comes from getting the job done. Even making 42 SPIRIT JANUARY 2014
progress on a goal will spur further motivation and action.”
Use Willpower Wisely “We often fail to start on a project at the intended time because our get-up-and-go has gotten up and gone. Avoid burnout by tackling dreaded duties first thing. If you’re still having trouble getting started, remind yourself of the value of the task at hand and why you’re doing it.”
Curb Cop-Outs “Avoid statements like ‘I’ll feel like doing this tomorrow’ or ‘I work better under pressure.’ The truth of the matter is usually ‘I only work under pressure,’ and research has demonstrated that we actually make more errors when doing so. When you challenge such thoughts, you’re able to see how irrational they really are.”
Pinpoint Emotions “The less we identify our emotions, the more we
procrastinate. By being mindful of our feelings, we can recognize what’s making us want to run away from a task—whether it’s fear, frustration, or boredom—and use it to move forward. Negative emotions do not define us. But if we let them, they will undermine us.” Timothy A. Pychyl is the author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change.
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Ski Santa Fe Rarely is the journey up the mountain as breathtaking as the journey down.
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There are now more than
7,1oo,ooo,ooo mobile devices on Earth. In other words, humans are outnumbered by pinging smartphones and glowing tablets, at least according to a report from computer networking company Cisco. In 2013, mobile Web traffic from phones alone accounted for more than 17 percent of all Internet usage, and Cisco is predicting quite the boom in years to come. “By 2017, there will be more than 10 billion mobile-connected devices. That’s an average of 1.4 devices for every man, woman, and child on the planet,” says vice president Doug Webster. Oh, and forget 4G— network speeds are expected to be up to seven times faster within four years. Unrivaled speed and ballooning numbers? The rise of the machines is upon us! This sounds like a job for Schwarzenegger.
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Women keep the same makeup routine for years.
Been swearing by Rum Raisin lipstick forever? You’re not alone. A survey by CouponCodes4u.com found that on average a woman keeps her beauty regimen for more than a decade, with 56 percent saying they’d only ditch an adored product if it was discontinued. A signature style isn’t a bad thing, says makeup artist Amy Nadine, who works with stars like Susan Sarandon. “If [a woman] has found a look that works, but her hair and clothes evolve with the trends, it’s fine.” But if Clinton was president when you last updated your look, why not try something new? The trick is starting small. Rather than going for a total makeover, “pick one feature at a time,” Nadine says. Change—it can be a beautiful thing.
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of IT professionals keep their job a secret.
And no, “IT” is not a new code name for the NSA. According to a survey by TEKsystems, an IT staffing and services company, more than onefourth of tech workers hide their day job to avoid endless service requests from friends and family. Otherwise “someone finds out they work in IT, and the questions range from ‘How can I get my wireless router to work?’ to ‘What software should I be using?’” says Jason Hayman, a TEKsystems research manager. The poll also revealed that 57 percent of senior-level employees are expected to be available 24/7—further fueling the desire to separate their home lives from work. Despite such nuisances, more than 80 percent wouldn’t change careers. Now that’s what we call tech support.
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UC San Diego Defining the Future of the Public Research University
We are committed to being a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university that provides opportunity for all. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla UC San Diego
In just ten years the Rady School of Management has emerged as a leader in faculty research and entrepreneurship.
At the University of California, San Diego, our culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. An outstanding faculty is the hallmark of any great university – and UC San Diego students learn from the best, including Nobel laureates, MacArthur fellows and National Academy members. We are one campus with multiple pillars of excellence, a top ten public university that is transforming lives, shaping new disciplines and advancing the frontiers of knowledge.
Social Sciences graduate programs and specialties are among the top 20 in the nation. U.S. News & World Report
LEADING MINDS, UNCOMMON SCHOLARS WALTER MUNK
At age 96, Kyoto Prize recipient Walter Munk is still an active researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Meteorologists who forecasted Hurricane Sandy were building on Munk’s waveforecasting work from 50 years ago.
Best Neurosciences and Neurobiology graduate program in the nation U.S. News & World Report
Neuroscientist Jacopo Annese has received worldwide recognition for establishing an innovative brain bank, preserving human brains together with the individual’s medical and life history to create ‘blueprints’ of human cognition.
JAMES FOWLER JACOPO ANNESE
James Fowler is a professor of medical genetics and political science. National media have featured Fowler’s studies regarding social networks, real-world connections and behavior, placing him in the pop culture limelight.
ADAH ALMUTAIRI Adah Almutairi directs the Center for Excellence in Nanomedicine, creating nanoparticles that deliver drugs when triggered by light and other tools that push the frontiers of how disease is treated.
For doctoral programs in Biological Sciences, Biogengineering and Scripps Oceanography in the nation National Research Council
TODD COLEMAN Todd Coleman is a young and innovative faculty member in bioengineering. His research focuses on wireless tattoo technology to transmit vital medical data, bringing yesterday’s science fiction into today’s reality.
Learn more at ucsd.edu.
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Blake Mycoskie FOUNDER OF TOMS SHOES
Why is giving back good for business? “Giving back feels good, and that alone is a reason to make it part of your life and part of your business—but it has a positive ROI as well. When you incorporate giving into your business model, your customers become your marketers. We’ve certainly seen that with TOMS. People don’t just wear the shoes or the sunglasses; they’re evangelists for our ‘One for One’ mission. It also translates to attracting equally passionate employees who have a desire to be part of something bigger than themselves. Any business can do this, and you don’t have to be offering a percentage of your profits. It can be as simple as encouraging your employees to be engaged with their local community a number of days out of the year and allowing them the time to do so.” Blake Mycoskie is the author of Start Something That Matters. He recently launched TOMS Marketplace, an e-commerce platform featuring a curated selection of goods from other philanthropy-minded companies.
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Stress Test Keep tabs on your wellness wherever you are.
Heading into a high-stakes meeting but feeling a little off ? Gearing up for a big day but wondering why your energy is a no-show? Put your finger on it with Tinké. Just one touch on this mobile monitoring device will measure your heart and respiratory rates, blood oxygen saturation, and heart rate variability. If your reading points to rising stress, Tinké will guide you through a controlled breathing exercise to get you back to your happy place before entering the boardroom. The pocket-size square is compatible with iGadgets (iOS 5.0 or higher) and employs two healthsummarizing scales: the “Vita Index” indicates fitness and the “Zen Index” denotes wellness. Repeat after us: Ohmmmmmmm. $119; zensorium.com
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\ fəb-iŋ\ noun As coined by Australian advertising agency McCann Melbourne: the act of snubbing someone by deliberately looking at your cell phone instead of paying attention to them. U S AG E: When her boyfriend’s head remained buried in his Blackberry for the duration of dinner, she finally snapped, “What’s with the phubbing, Romeo? Is it something I said?”
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THIS IS PHOENIX. Somewhere, winter comes in shades of gray. Somewhere, a trip to the mountains takes hours. Somewhere, surfing requires an ocean and the only place youâ€™ll see a wild horse is on the grille of a sports car. But not here. Not in Phoenix. Here, winter is just another season for sunshine. Here, lobbies and trailheads are separated by mere minutes. Here, any resort guest can hang ten, and wild horses still roam free on public lands.
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Downcity This historic pocket of Providence is only looking up. 1 Home Base Hotel Providence touts marble-clad bathrooms, art by RISD grads, and a pet-friendly policy—all behind an exquisite 1897 façade. Sixteen of its 80 rooms are “author suites” inspired by New England scribes. Choose among Poe, Alcott, and others, then scan the bookshelf for a scintillating read. From $109; hotel providence.com
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2 Pick-Me-Up Coffee snobs salute Tazza, where you can specify how you’d like your joe prepared: drip, siphon, pour-over, or pressed. Grab a muffin or scone from the coffee bar, or, if you’ve got time, take a table in the main dining room, where you can feast on brunch fare that ranges from smokedsalmon eggs Benedict to lemon ricotta pancakes. tazzacaffe.com
3 One-Stop Shop Built in 1828, The Arcade is North America’s oldest indoor mall. It reopened in October after an 18-month restoration and now houses small businesses like Dash, a bike shop; and Sugar Coated Heaven, a sweets emporium by Johnson & Wales student Jennifer LaSala. arcade providence.com
4 Evening Eats After earning acclaim at other Providence eateries, chef Ben Sukle set up his own shop, Birch, this summer. The tasting menu is a tour de force of coastal New England cuisine: Think grilled quahog clams and crispy Vermont quail. Rather than tables, the intimate space sports 18 bar seats, making it especially inviting to solo travelers. birchrestaurant.com
5 Nightcap Star barman Jay Carr takes the stage at The Eddy Eddy, Downcity’s first craft cocktail spot. Opt for the Oude of Silence, an herbal tipple made with Scotch, Genever, Chartreuse, and Benedictine. At the U-shaped bar, you can watch your drink being made and quickly get Carr’s attention should your glass runneth empty. eddybar.com
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Young’uns who ask questions with get great things out of a mentorship.
AY YOU’VE JUST graduated from school and don’t know where to start. Or perhaps, as a professional, you’ve been hanging onto the ladder’s middle rung so long your fingertips are primed for a climb up El Capitan. What you need is a sage consigliere, a guru for getting it done. Lucky for you, it’s National Mentoring Month. “Mentors are essential because we’re all victims of living in our own heads, and it’s critical to have a third party give outside perspective on things we struggle with,” says organizational psychologist and executive coach Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward. Without that honest and informed feedback, he says, it’s easy to “get wrapped up in your self-talk and for beliefs to get in the way.” As Shakespeare’s selftalking characters have taught us, it’s not always wise to soliloquize, and airing thoughts to a menCONTINUED ON PAGE 62
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A workplace guru can be anyone who helps you assess whether your routine is on a roll or in a rut. tor can help us uncover strategies and ideas we may never have considered. And while Macbeth might have benefited from a fair and knowledgeable sounding board on a murderously different level, there’s something in it for both sides of a professional mentoring relationship. THOSE WHO CAN, DO. AND TEACH. When D’Wayne Edwards started out in footwear design more than 20 years ago, he had a lot of talent but little formal education. One of six kids growing up in a single-parent home in Inglewood, California, Edwards was fascinated with drawing sneakers. In high school, he won a Reebok design competition, fueling his dream to become a footwear designer. Design school was not in the budget upon graduation, but he balked at advice to forget footwear and focus on a career in the military or fast-food restaurant management. Instead, he attended night school and lucked into a life-changing job as a temp at shoe company LA Gear. Fully aware of his good fortune in landing the gig, Edwards made himself known as the kid who put shoe sketches in the suggestion box. Six months and 180 drawings later, company founder Robert Greenberg rewarded Edwards’ determination by hiring the 19-year-old and taking him under his wing. Today, Edwards credits his mentor with paving his way in the business. “He was running a major company and gave me a start. I asked a lot of questions, and he always had an open door.” Edwards still feels Greenberg’s influence every day. There are the little things—like getting an idea recorded the moment he has it and reading industry news each morning. And the big ones—like valuing
hard work. Edwards says Greenberg’s crazy work ethic “taught me that no matter how important you become, there’s another level of effort required to stay there.” Eventually, Greenberg left LA Gear to start Skechers. Edwards followed him there and, by age 28, had launched his own brand. In 2000, Edwards was lured to Oregon by Nike, where, in 2007, he achieved high-top immortality when he became one of only six people ever to design an Air Jordan. In 2011, he gave it all up to open Portland-based Pensole Footwear Design Academy and become a fulltime mentor. Edwards says, “I had reached the peak in my industry, and my calling was to provide the pathway I didn’t have and to open the door for the next generation of talent.” That calling to help people achieve their dreams is another thing Edwards learned from Greenberg. “I want him to know the opportunity he gave me in 1989 is living on today through the students I’m reaching.” That legacy of mentorship is definitely alive at Pensole. Edwards describes the four-week program as “a farm system” for the footwear design industry. So far, the system is more Boston Red Sox than Bad News Bears, sending up more than 60 former students to work professionally for brands like Nike, The North Face, Under Armour, and Adidas. Win-win-win. MENTEE, KNOW THYSELF As the more than 600 kids who apply for every 20 slots at Pensole can attest, securing a quality mentor is no easy feat. In fact, some experts say mentorship is on the decline. In their book Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of
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Entrepreneurship, Maynard Webb and Carlye Adler suggest that ever-shrinking employee tenure, increasingly burdensome workloads, and a fiercely competitive job market are making traditional mentorships a scarce commodity. That doesn’t mean finding one is impossible, though, as long as you know where you want to go and have the gumption to find the Cynthia Downs Apodaca
person to help you get there. Depending on your circumstance, Woodward says, the right player might be within your own company if they can “help you understand the politics, history, culture, and traditions of the place.” While some of that can come from your boss, “it’s important to find someone who can give you off-therecord perspective,” he says.
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“You need to demonstrate your potential, make a good impression, and [show] that you’re worth getting behind,” Woodward says. “They have to look at you as someone who is going to listen, take feedback, and do something with it.” In choosing who to mentor, Edwards says he’s most interested in those who prove they are willing to work. He tells his students,
“There will always be people who are more talented than me, but no one will outwork me.’” His best tip, though, is the most fundamental one. “Early on, I saw the value in asking and receiving. Some people don’t even ask.” WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? Of course, you can’t have the Karate Kid without Mr. Miyagi, which means those with enviable skills must find worth in sharing their hard-earned wisdom. As it turns out, there are reasons aplenty. For those in senior positions, Woodward says, “It’s a good way to get perspective. It’s a way to be reminded of what it’s like to start out. It’s also a way to give back.” But there’s more to it than fulfilling some karmic professional obligation; you may just learn something. Edwards says his students often remind him he doesn’t know everything. “This industry is young and current. When I’m mentoring, I’m learning from them as well, so I see it as a trade.” Don’t take on a protégé just to say you have one, Edwards advises. “Not everyone is cut out to be a mentor. It’s something people like to say they are,” but it can be counterproductive if handled poorly. SO MAYBE IT’S TIME to consider whether a mentor can help you launch or make it to the next rung. If you do find yourself in a symbiotic relationship with a knowledgeable colleague, remember to keep a good thing going. As Edwards relates to each of his students, “I wouldn’t have achieved all of this without guidance, so I challenge them to mentor not one, but two, so it keeps multiplying. That’s what it’s about. If it stops with you, the chain ends.” Jill Coody Smits is an Austin, Texas– based journalist. Find her online at blueseedcommunications.com.
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TIPS FROM IJL DATING EXPERT
elieve it or not, your computer screen may be getting in the way of your dating life. While we may use technology to stay “connected” to friends and family, when it comes to meeting potential partners, the digital world obscures the thing that matters most: chemistry.
To get a pulse on today’s dating scene, we talked to Cindy Herington, one of the many dating experts at It’s Just Lunch, the world’s largest personalized matchmaking service. Here she explains why you should ditch the laptop for the tabletop.
Ditch the Laptop
The premise of It’s Just Lunch is simple: a lunch date or drink after work is the ideal first date. It’s a no pressure, relaxed setting where you can actually talk face-to-face. “Real chemistry happens in person,” Herington says. “You may be having a great online relationship, but when you finally meet, you discover that the person you’ve spent so much time
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5 TIPS FOR MODERN DATING with in cyberspace is nothing like what you imagined.” Replace those digital emoticons with a no pressure, casual lunch date and you’ll know immediately if you should take it to the next level.
Get a Wingman (or Wingwoman)
It’s Just Lunch’s clients often refer to their matchmakers as their “dating wingmen” (or wingwomen) because they handle all of the dating logistics. Herington describes her role, saying, “We’re genuinely interested in understanding our clients. We listen. We really get to know your personality and what you’re looking for in that significant other.” Every IJL match is hand-selected. There’s no online profile for the world to see and it’s all confidential. After the date, It’s Just Lunch matchmakers receive feedback from each client in order to fine-tune their next match. “We offer something online services don’t: someone to talk to,” Herington says. Imagine having a full-time dating wingwoman who really understands you, working for you while you’re focusing on your career and personal obligations.
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Who wants to spend hours sifting through online profiles and trying to connect via email, pokes and winks? You don’t have time to waste playing digital guessing games and meeting the wrong people. When you’re investing your time and energy in something important, you deserve a strong return. With IJL’s personalized match selection
and date coordination, clients are able to save valuable time and energy. “After we select your match, we’ll describe the person to you and confirm a convenient time and place for you to meet. All you have to do is show up and have fun meeting someone new,” Herington says. Less time searching equals more time dating. That’s realized ROI.
Herington reminds singles who contact her that they can have a career and a relationship. They just have to “date smarter.” “If finding someone to share your life with is important to you, you can make time and have it all,” she says. “If you don’t have time to do your taxes, you hire a CPA. If you don’t have time to manage your investments, you hire a financial planner. It’s Just Lunch helps you make time for the things that matter. IJL helps you date smarter.” Since It’s Just Lunch matchmakers take care of all the matching and logistics, you can focus on finding that elusive chemistry in the offline world. IJL is a better, smarter way to date and increase your odds of finding that someone special.
MIXING BUSINESS AND DATING? Does the time that a potential partner travels for business affect your willingness to pursue a relationship? Yes, I prefer potential partners
16% to be more accessible.
No, a partner on frequent business
27% related trips does not bother me.
busy myself, so if a partner is gone 32% Iforama week at a time, I am okay with that! busy, but expect a potential partner 25% Itoam be local more often than traveling.
Do you prefer to date someone in the same industry as you or in a different profession altogether? Similar line of work and position Same industry 10%
Similar line of work but different position
Would you date one of your company’s clients or potential clients? No. It’s unprofessional. Yes. But I would keep work and play separate.
Herington says that her clients often wished they had contacted her sooner. “Most of them didn’t realize how easy and enjoyable It’s Just Lunch dating can be,” she says. All it takes is a simple phone call and a conversation with an IJL Dating Specialist to jump start your dating life. Over the past 21 years, It’s Just Lunch has been creating exciting connections (arranging more than two million first dates) in over 150 cities around the world. What are you waiting for? Get in touch with It’s Just Lunch at 1-800-858-6526 or visit www. ItsJustLunch.com.
30.9% 38.9% 26.1% 18.5% Men
Yes. And I would 1.6% give them add’l business if helped seal the deal. 0.3% Yes. I would consider if the situation felt appropriate, but not exchange for any business favors.
Women 41.4% 42.3%
10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
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Since 1893, the frog jockeys of Calaveras County, California, have egged on their leggy charges at the Jumping Frog Jubilee.
WHEN IT COMES TO AMERICA’S ODDEST SPORTS, ANYONE CAN JOIN IN, AS LONG AS YOU’RE READY FOR FUN (AND NOT HOPING TO GET YOUR FACE ON A CEREAL BOX).
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S SHAUN WHITE, America’s most famous flame-haired athlete, attempts to Double McTwist his way to a third gold medal at next month’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia, it grows harder to remember the days when snowboarding was considered weird. Only a few decades ago, snowboarding was seen as a fringe sport, one best left to grungy teens and reckless lunatics. In fact, in the ’80s, few ski resorts even allowed snowboarders on their slopes. How things change. It raises the question: What will be the next weird sport to morph into a gold medal– worthy sensation? Ice golf? Lightsaber fencing? Extreme pencil fighting? Okay, probably none of those. But that doesn’t matter to the weekend warriors who participate in the countless odd competitions played out across America each year, from Big Wheel races in the streets of San Francisco and chuck wagon dashes in dusty Clinton, Arkansas, to the mud football championships in North Conway, New Hampshire. Sol Neelman would know. For more than eight years, the Portland, Oregon– based photographer has traveled the country documenting our affinity for off beat athletics. “Most of these events have a similar sensibility and humor, a lightheartedness,” Neelman says. “People are doing it because they want to have fun, and that’s what I come across almost all the time. The common denominator is usually costumes, cheap beer, and lots of laughter.” “So many of our organized sports are too organized,” says Lloyd Bradley, author of The Rough Guide to Cult Sport 68 SPIRIT JANUARY 2014
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For photographer Sol Neelman, this snap of San Francisco’s annual Big Wheel race so captures the spirit of these oddball adventures— the costumes, joy, community, and fun— that he used it as the cover of his aptly titled book, Weird Sports. DIRT DEVIL S
The dudes who get down at North Conway, New Hampshire’s Mud Bowl do it for a good cause: The annual fall event has raised more than $800,000 since 1976. PAN HANDLE RS
Each year on Fat Tuesday (aka Pancake Day), the ladies of Liberal, Kansas, go apron-to-apron with their counterparts in Olney, England, for a shot at griddle cake– flipping immortality.
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and a former fitness editor at British GQ. “They’re just not mad enough.” Contrarily, the diverse world of wacky sports, he says, “appeals to our sense of individuality. People don’t want to conform, go along with the rules, or buy all this equipment. They’d rather make something up as they went along.” Compared to traditionally strenuous sports, these bizarro endeavors tend to be blessedly easy. “These are sports that anyone can do,” says Neelman, who estimates that he has photographed almost 200 of these madcap competitions. “Some are a little more nuanced than others, and some are definitely more athletic, but if you want to try the Santa Speedo Run, anyone can do that.” Plus, the majority of these alternative sports don’t require fancy gear. All you need for Liberal, Kansas’ International Pancake Day race are a few basic pantry supplies, an apron, and a skillet. The frog jumping competition in Northern California’s Calaveras County requires only the frog. There’s just something about all that weirdness—the frogs, the tiny trikes, the mud—that brings people together. These unconventional sports offer an opportunity for those with quirkier (dare we say, geekier?) interests to emerge from the shadows and embrace their passions. “I think these sports are a chance for people to say, ‘You know what? I love surfing, I love my dog. Now I want to hang out with people who love dog surfing,’” Neelman says. There’s no real glory to be won in, say, a beard-growing contest, no medals or magazine covers to be had. And that’s the point. “These are people doing things because nobody is watching.” 70 SPIRIT JANUARY 2014
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The Dirty Dash—a filthy fun-run organized across North America—gets so grimy that participants are asked to ditch their shoes (for charity) when it’s done. ROUGH RIDE RS
Humps aren’t the only thing you’ll find at Virginia City, Nevada’s annual International Camel Races—the post–Labor Day event also features ostriches and zebras, oh my! TRE E H UGGE RS
Arborists from 17 countries and kids of all ages harnessed up in Portland, Oregon, for the 2012 ISA International Tree Climbing Championship.
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LONG ON O NG NG
Every day for the past 39 years, a man nicknamed the Raven has tackled an 8-mile run along Miami’s South Beach. It’s an incredible streak— and as inspiring as it is exhausting. BY LAURA LEE HUTTENBACH PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY BETH KOETH
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Dark aviator sunglasses cover the top half of his face, filtering the mid-October daylight and leaving open to the elements a pair of chapped lips that, at the moment, are curling into a smile. Raven is pleased that so many of his disciples have turned out for his 63rd birthday. We are celebrating the only way we know how—by joining Raven for his eight-mile run in the South Beach sands. The first person in the group to spot me is Lorenzo, aka Butcher. It is 5:40 p.m., and I’m running late. “Hurry up, White Lightning,” he shouts. “Get in the picture.” Picking up my pace, I slip into the shot before the shutter clicks. Butcher extends a closed fist, and I return the customary greeting by pounding
his knuckles. Dave “Saltshaker” offers another fist bump. A financier in his early 60s, Saltshaker has just come back today from his summer home in Rhode Island. “I guess it’s time for roll call,” Raven announces, commanding our attention. And with that, as he has done every day for the past 39 years, Raven takes his first steps away from the lifeguard stand. His upper back, hunched over a deeply tanned torso, turns his body into a 5-foot-10 apostrophe. After so many years, tight ligaments have shortened his stride. His right foot lands heavier than his left, giving Raven the gait of a graceful pirate with a peg leg. Falling in behind our leader, the flock heads south to Government Cut, the southernmost point of Miami Beach. From there, Raven’s eightmile birthday course will take us north to 47th Street and back to the Fifth Street lifeguard stand. There are so many runners in attendance that today’s roll call—the ritual reciting of nicknames bestowed upon each runner by our affectionate host— will occupy at least the first mile. “Right here, on my left,” Raven begins. “He’s had many a near-death experience—he’s Close Call!” The group claps as Close Call, a middleaged Mensa member from Finland, ducks his chin into his chest and smiles shyly. “In front of us, wearing pink, she’s hot, she’s spicy, and she’s from Chile—she’s the Chili Pepper!” Her long, curly hair bouncing beneath a white visor, the bubbly real estate agent waves with the poise of a beauty pageant contestant. In the thick of today’s pack is Chocolate Chip— “He eats chocolate four or more times a day”—a retired endodontist who always brightens the beach with a joke at the four-mile mark. Then there’s a 77-year-old former mechanic wearing two knee braces—“If you have a boss you don’t like, have him hire Chapter 11!”—whose resume lists five airlines, two boatyards, and a restaurant as places of employment that went belly-up. Runners from 12 different countries and four generations join us on this day. Even the thing we have in common divides us. Breaking away from the pack early, Issie “Dizzy,” a Cuban-American middle school principal, is training for a 75-mile ultramarathon. And though he isn’t present on Raven’s birthday run, Ed “Hurricane,” at 82, regularly power walks the
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IN FRONT OF A BLUEAND-YELLOW LIFEGUARD STAND ON MIAMI BEACH, 32 SWEATY RUNNERS ARE GATHERED IN THE SAND AROUND A BARE-CHESTED, BLACK-HAIRED MAN KNOWN AS THE RAVEN RAVEN.
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eight miles while blasting classical music out of padded headphones. I used to run cross-country and can finish a mile in under seven minutes, but with Raven I slow down in order to hear his stories, delivered at a 14-minute-mile pace. Running with Raven is like listening to a live podcast. He has the crystalline voice of a radio announcer. To Raven’s right, I spot Zane “Giggler,” who has just retired after 30 years as a Miami Beach lifeguard. “Good to see you, Giggler!” I shout. Raven nods. “You know, Giggler’s run at least once a year for the last 24 years. I’m not supposed to have favorites, but he’s one of them.” An avid flute player, Giggler doesn’t leave home without his plastic recorder, which bounces against the beads that drape his neck. The instrument adds to his eclectic apparel of hiking boots, black socks, khaki shorts, and a button-down, topped off with a wool chauffeur’s cap. “When did you meet Raven?” I ask. “My first day on the job back in 1982,” he says. “But I’d already heard about him. Other lifeguards told me you could set your watch by the Raven.” It took Raven eight years to convince him to attempt the eight miles. “It was all soft sand back then,” Giggler recalls. “And it would just grab your every step, pulling you into the ground.” Before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished its Miami Beach oceanfront reclamation project in 1981, Raven ran close to the water on a narrow beach, his feet sinking into deep, thick sand. But even on a firmer surface, Giggler says he struggles: “My body, at the six-mile mark, will just say, ‘What are you thinking?’ Then tomorrow I guarantee you I’m not waking up and thinking about running another eight.”
HE RAVEN FITNESS plan probably isn’t for everyone. It goes something like this: Wake up. Run eight miles. Repeat every day for 39 years. And there’s more to it. Two hours before the run, Raven bikes six blocks from his Ocean Drive apartment to the outdoor gym at Ninth Street. There, with young bodybuilders and gymnasts swinging from the monkey bars in the background, Raven drops to the sand in push-up position. He completes one set of his age, plus one rep, then moves to the pull-up bar. He grunts through three sets of 20, followed by a 45-second hang with the bar resting against the back of his neck. That happens, as one might guess, every day. It turns out Raven isn’t alone in his everyday running habit. In the late-1990s, he answered a
THE USUAL SUSPECTS Although the daily Raven Run has attracted thousands of curiosity streakers, its colorful regulars include (from left) Giggler, Butcher, Chapter 11, Chili Pepper, Extra, Molder, Chocolate Chip, and Close Call.
call from a reporter named George A. Hancock, who was putting together a list of American streak runners. At the time, Raven’s streak of 8,000-plus days didn’t even make the top 10. The longest-running streak—16,437 days—started in 1968, seven years before Raven’s. The owner of that streak, Mark Covert, just “pulled a Cal Ripken,” according to the U.S. Running Streak Association’s president, Mark Washburne, and voluntarily ended the run this past July. Ranked No. 8 in America today, Raven is among more than 400 runners on USRSA’s active streak
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list. Association by-laws define a streak as “running at least one continuous mile within each calendar day under one’s own body power (without the utilization of any type of health or mechanical aid other than prosthetic devices).” All running surfaces—roads, tracks, and treadmills—meet the criteria. “I’ve run every day, but I’ve done it in various states and countries,” says Washburne, whose own streak is about to turn 24 years old. “The fact that Raven runs the same course every day—that really separates him from the list. I don’t know
anybody else who’s done that.” Two years ago, when HBO’s Real Sports producers called Washburne looking for someone to feature in a segment on obsessive runners, he suggested Raven. “A lot of reporters say we’re obsessed, but we like to say we’re dedicated. We prefer a positive spin,” explains Washburne, on the phone from his home in New Jersey. “I mean, he’s doing something healthy, like brushing your teeth every day.” Raven’s personal rules for the streak are of his own making, and they often leave him at the mercy of the environment. One day in April 1994, he JANUARY 2014 SPIRIT
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RAVEN RISING His daily routine includes three sets of 20 on a South Beach pull-up bar, and the notation of his soaring mileage.
was shuttling back and forth from the bathroom with an exhausting bout of food poisoning when his internal clock struck “eight miles.” He walked to the beach, taunting Mother Nature with the thought, At least it can’t get any worse. Just then, he recalls, “The sky turned black. There was a coldness in the air, with lightning everywhere. I knew it was going to be bad.” After three-tenths of a mile, golf ball–size hail hammered his shoulders and face. Pulling his glasses off so they wouldn’t break, he felt lumps rising on his scalp. “The surfers had their boards covering their heads. You could hear the pounding—boom, boom, boom.” During that same storm, Giggler took refuge in his lifeguard stand. “I remember the captain pulled up in the truck and told me to get in, and I was like, ‘Uh-uh, no way. I’m not stepping one foot out there,’” Giggler recalls. “All of a sudden, I see Raven coming towards us with blood running down his face. He was getting bludgeoned— like, stoned by God. All I could do was laugh.” One lifeguard stand later, Raven ducked under an awning to take refuge. “If I had run two or three more minutes, I could’ve died. So I stopped and ran in place for 10 minutes,” he says. “That was a hairy one. But the fear at least made my food poisoning go away.” A story like that should finish with, “That was the worst weather I’ve ever run through.” But it doesn’t. On October 15, 1999, Hurricane Irene
blew 86-mph winds in Raven’s face. “It wasn’t the strongest hurricane we got,” Raven says. “Andrew was stronger, Wilma was stronger, but those came in the morning. Irene came at 5 p.m., just as we got to the beach.” Three runners— Gringo, Springman, and Raven’s girlfriend, Miracle—joined him. While his companions wore hooded windbreakers and goggles, Raven, as always, went shirtless. “Gringo was having a blast, doing airplanes,” recalls Raven. “But for me it was extremely painful. In those winds, the sand feels like needles. And it stuck to me for two weeks.”
VEN ON A RAINY Friday evening South Beach is astir. Louboutin stilettos click against the pavement. Couples hug under umbrellas, and valets park Maseratis. Waiting on the sidewalk for a sit-down interview, Raven is wearing his street uniform of black pants and a shoelace belt. Up top, chest hair pours out of his unbuttoned black Levi’s jacket. “I’m sorry I’m late,” I say, wiggling out of my raincoat. “I tried to call, but you’d already left.” Without a cellphone or a computer, Raven can only be reached in person or on his landline. As we take our seats at a busy Starbucks, customers stare, making Raven uncommonly self-conscious. “I think they’re trying to figure us out,” he says, pointing to a family of four whose eyes are fixed on our table. The background music steals his focus. When “What Becomes
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of the Brokenhearted” fills the air, Raven sings along. “This was a hit when I was in high school,” he says. Almost everyone here looks like someone who has crossed his path, and he points out the resemblance. By the time the coffee shop closes, we haven’t covered much ground. “Would you be more comfortable if we talk at your apartment?” I ask. “I think so, White Lightning,” he says. “But I have to warn you, it’s a little messy.” The following night, relaxing on the torn cushion of his black leather sofa, Raven is articulate and methodical. Next to him, stacked higher than his head, red and blue plastic crates overflow with LPs, cassettes, and old newspapers. Shoeboxes stuffed with letters teeter above them. A cut-out photograph of Johnny Cash, wearing his trademark black button-down shirt, is taped to the wall above Raven’s first record player. Below that, he has pinned a Nixon bumper sticker saved from the 1968 campaign. “I like to collect things,” he says, putting it mildly. “Some say hoarder. Miracle says saver. I say collector. I think it came from my childhood. We didn’t have much money, so everything I got, I cherished.”
RAVEN ISN’T FAZED WHEN PEOPLE CALL HIM CRAZY. “I JUST SAY, ‘THIS IS WHAT I DO. IT’S WHAT WORKS FOR ME.’” FAITH HEALING “Nobody sees what I see,” says Raven’s girlfriend, Priscilla “Miracle.” “The pain he’s in is awful.”
Looking around at the fortress of clutter that wreathes his private life, it’s hard to connect this Raven with the spirited raconteur who, every day, assembles a diverse bunch of individuals in the name of community and exercise. His followers would be surprised to discover that, as a boy, their talkative leader was painfully shy. “If I had to describe my childhood in one word, it would be lonely,” he says. An only child of divorced parents growing up in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood, Raven— né Robert Kraft—had little interaction with kids his own age. Now a gleaming mecca for the rich and famous, South Beach, circa the 1950s, was wall-to-wall with retirement homes. “We used to call it God’s Waiting Room,” Raven says. “Old people would just be out on the porch, waiting to die.” When he was made to repeat first grade, his teacher wrote on his report card: Robert has trouble socializing. When he’s spoken to, he just nods. A single mom, Mary Cooper Kraft worked the graveyard shift at a 24-hour drugstore store while her son spent nights alone. In the morning, he would lie awake, frozen in bed, until he heard his mother’s high heels scale the wooden steps of their apartment. “I’d breathe and think, Phew, I can live another day. She’s here. I’m going to get fed. I was terrified of being an orphan.” Robert was excited when his mom started dating an older man with a car, but the happiness wore off quickly when “the Eagle” (as he’d nicknamed him) returned to his drinking, gambling, and womanizing ways. After learning the goodfor-nothing was going to become his stepfather, Robert, age 14, put on a black shirt. “I looked in the mirror and said, ‘That’s me. Other people can wear colors, but I’m only wearing black.’” His dark wardrobe drew attention from classmates, who taunted him with lyrics to the popular Rolling Stones song “Paint It Black.” Irked by their teasing, and apathetic to his studies, Robert dropped out of high school at age 16, with dreams of becoming a Dylanesque songwriter. He bought a Greyhound bus ticket to Nashville, Tennessee, where The Johnny Cash Show was filming its first season. Robert waited around back at the Ryman Auditorium to shake Cash’s hand and slip him a lyrics sheet. “Security back then wasn’t as tight,” he recalls. “You could actually talk to people.” For songwriting inspiration, Robert visited the post office to study Most Wanted posters. “Fugitive on the Run” was one of the songs he penned
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in Music City. But the pressures of self-promotion in such a bustling industry town ate at Robert’s soul, and he missed South Beach. “I had to be someone I wasn’t,” he remembers. “My stomach was always growling and churning. I think I had ulcers. I didn’t feel right.” In one last effort, Robert pressed a new song into Cash’s palm after another broadcast at the Ryman. Cash told Robert, “I’m writing all my own stuff now, buddy, but maybe this guy can help you out. He’s a songwriter.” Cash nodded to the man on his left, whom Robert already knew. “I’ll never forget it,” he says. “Johnny turned and gave him my lyric sheet. The guy seemed a little high or stoned or something. But he didn’t say a word. He just took my song and stuck it in his right pocket.” The lyric was untitled and without a copyright. “I just figured if he liked it, he would call me.” Six months later, back in South Beach, Robert was listening to his
WHAT STARTED AS A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION HAS COVERED OVER 100,000 MILES. THAT’S A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD—TIMES FOUR. transistor radio when from out of its speaker came a brand-new Waylon Jennings record. It took Robert two lines before he recognized the words. Wait a minute, he thought. I know those lyrics. I wrote those lyrics. He sprinted back to his mother’s apartment and, fingers shaking, dialed the radio station, thinking, This is it. I’ve finally made it. The radio DJ picked up, and, before he could even say hello, Robert interrupted him. “Who wrote that Waylon Jennings song you just played?” he asked. “Who’s the songwriter?” The DJ told him the name, and it was not Robert Kraft.
Without proof, Robert had no recourse—and his downward spiral began. “I became very angry, with a hair-trigger temper,” he recalls. “I felt like everybody was against me. My father had left, my mom married the Eagle, my song was stolen—everything. Life was against me. I couldn’t trust anybody.” He started drinking and hanging out with unsavory characters. As Robert tumbled into depression, his song climbed higher and higher up the charts. Two years after his aspirational journey to Nashville, Robert was slumming it at the old pier in South Beach when “Bulldog,” a Vietnam
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All-new airport Travelers familiar with Birmingham’s airport may not recognize it when they land. Here’s what to expect at BHM: • New dining options including popular Birmingham eatery Jim ‘N Nicks Community Barbecue, local craft brewery Good People Brewing Co., and national favorites such as Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks.
Food scene: Birmingham was recently named one of Zagat’s “7 Up-and-Coming Food Cities Around the U.S.” Locals have long known food was one of the city’s greatest strengths, with local favorites Chef Frank Stitt’s Bottega and Chez Fon Fon, as well as Iron Chef Chris Hasting’s Hot and Hot Fish Club. Newer options include the hip and delicious El Barrio Restaurante Y Bar Downtown and Todd English P.U.B. in the city’s developing Uptown entertainment district.
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Events: In April and May alone the region will host NASCAR at the Talladega SuperSpeedway, Indy Racing at Barber Motorsports Park, the Magic City Art Connection fine arts festival, the Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil food and music festival and the Regions Tradition PGA Champions Tour tournament. Fall brings filmakers in for Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.
The all-new Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport attracts travelers from across central Alabama and beyond looking to travel non-stop to top destinations for leisure and business. The airport offers more than 100 daily flights.
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veteran and fighter at Miami’s famed Fifth Street Gym, struck up a conversation with him. “Come on, Johnny,” Bulldog said in a thick Brooklyn accent, referring to Robert by an all-purpose nickname. “I’m about to do my roadwork.” Roadwork—jogging and throwing punches—didn’t really appeal to Robert, but with nowhere else to go he followed
Bulldog. After a mile, the fighter was still chatting casually as Robert gasped for air. “You can do it, Johnny,” Bulldog said. Robert decided that, even if he dropped dead, he wasn’t going to stop. Fortunately, roadwork was only two miles that day. Panting but still jogging, Robert finished just steps behind Bulldog. And for the first time in a long time, he felt good.
He joined Bulldog a couple of times a week, and by the end of 1974—a few years into the routine—Robert was running almost every day in the soft sand. The run and regimentation eased his anger. He gained confidence. He became friends with the lifeguards, gym rats, and free spirits of South Beach, one of whom landed Robert a job as a nighttime security guard, a gig that paid the bills and didn’t interfere with his running schedule. Along with the new persona came a new name. Inspired by the mysterious black attire, nocturnal tendencies, and deep interest in songs and songwriting, Bulldog dubbed his friend “the Raven.” January 1, 1975, was a clear, crisp, and sunny day in South Beach. With Bulldog running by his side, Raven made a New Year’s resolution: “I’m going to run a whole year straight—every day, eight miles.” Eight miles because, he says, “nine was too much, and seven wasn’t challenging.” Bulldog laughed. “Come on, Johnny. What are you thinking?” But Raven was determined. Watch me, he thought. After three miles, Bulldog broke off, and Raven kept running. “I had never gone through with a goal in my life, except to get to Nashville,” he remembers. “And with that, everything fell apart. This was going to be my thing. I built my whole world, my whole life, around that run. I had no idea what I was getting into.”
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pushes an involuntary growl from his lips as he stands back up. “It’s like someone’s taking my nerves and twisting them. I’ve never been shot, but I imagine this is what it feels like.” Grimacing, he pushes his thumbs into his tailbone. “If the pain would just go away, I’d be in such good shape.” Raven has been diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column around the spinal cord, which compresses nerve roots. He also lives with arthritis, sciatica, and scoliosis. Most people in his condition would have already had surgery, but recovery would keep Raven off the sand, and without health insurance Raven can’t afford an operation. “Whether he can continue for another three months, or six months, or a year—it’s really up to his pain tolerance,” says Vivian Hernandez-Popp, his physician. “Sometimes,” Raven says, “I can’t even stand up to brush my teeth.” What does a person do when the thing he loves is both killing him and keeping him alive? Without giving his body time to heal, Raven reinjures himself every day. Little wounds nag for weeks. In the HBO Real Sports segment, which aired in 2011, the reporter suggested that on his next hospital visit Raven should maybe run “over to the psychiatric ward.” Raven isn’t fazed when someone calls him crazy. “People tell me that all the time,” he says. “I just say, ‘This is what I do. It works for me.’” Though he has been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he’d prefer not to take medication for it. “It’s a part of me,” he says. “I don’t want to take pills that make me not be myself. People depend on me to be out there, and I don’t want to let them down.” And what about when people tell him to take a day off ? “I say, ‘You’re probably right. I probably would be better if I took a day off.’ Most people need days off,
or else everybody would be a streak runner. Maybe I’m just cut from a different cloth.”
AVEN, A DESPERATE outsider as a kid, hasn’t run alone since 2005. In 2007, Miami Beach Mayor David Dermer proclaimed October 17— Raven’s birthday—“Robert Raven Kraft Day,” referring to the daily Raven Run as a “bona fide Miami Beach institution.” More than 1,900 people between ages 6 and 82, from every state in the nation and more than 75 countries, have completed an eight-mile run with him. Relationships developed during the eight miles span the globe. Through the Raven network, people have found jobs, friends, and spouses. What he has facilitated for runners has eluded him; Raven has never married, and doesn’t have children. “Sometimes I think it could’ve been interesting to have a family,” he reflects. “But now this run is like my family.” After getting ordained online, Raven has even officiated two weddings of his runners: During a run in 2009, he married Hollywood Flasher and Creve Coeur; then, in 2013, he did the same for Extra and Molder. What started as a New Year’s Resolution has outlasted seven American presidencies and covered more than 100,000 miles. That’s more than 18 round-trips between Miami and Los Angeles. That’s a trip around the world—times four. Back in October, on Raven’s birthday run, Giggler exhaled a whistle at the six-mile mark, signaling it was that time when his body questions his judgment. He turned to me and said, “The thing about Raven is he can make anyone into a runner. People who never thought they could run one mile now run eight with him all the time. He makes people feel special.” Raven’s physical decline worries Giggler, but he is comforted by the belief that “Raven’s spirit will still be running in the sand long after
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The creative juices are flowing at Wichita Center for the Arts. Need proof? Look no further than their 14,000 square feet of gallery space, filled with grand oil paintings like Clyde Aspevig’s Victoria Falls Canada/2012. Or how about the 484-seat theater, which hosts plays like Bruce Norris’ racially charged, 2011 Pulitzer Prize–winning Clybourne Park? But the inspiration doesn’t stop there. During monthly workshops, this artistic hub gives anyone with an inkling to design the chance to create their own keepsake. Young van Goghs will have a ball painting animal portraits, while adults can try their hand at photography and jewelry-making. And just when you thought it couldn’t get better, wine classes covering the basics of the beverage have been added to the lineup to give you one more reason to raise your glass. wcfta.com Your adventure continues…
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The salt of the earth hang out 650 feet underground at Strataca, located about fifty miles northwest of Wichita in Hutchinson. This subterranean attraction was built within a 27,000-square-mile bedded salt deposit that stretches across central Kansas and was formed when the Permian Sea dried up some 275 million years ago. Though guests aren’t allowed to travel to the active mining site (salt has been mined here since 1923), you’ll still have a blast riding the double-decker shaft below ground; exploring the Stratadome, a 100-foot-long room made entirely out of salt; and eyeing one of the first diesel-powered mining vehicles. Itching for more? Armed only with a lighted hard hat, have a go at the new Salt Safari, a three-hour hike through rugged areas of the mine. Now that’s going against the grain. underkansas.org Your adventure continues…
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GETTING AROUND For downtown exploring, hop aboard the city’s free trolley, Q-Line. Going farther? Check out the Convention & Visitors Bureau website for rental car options. downtownwichita.org, gowichita.com
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Got stars in your eyes? If so, you’ll feel right at home at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, which boasts one of the largest collections of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world. You’ll be blown away by treasures like the Russian Vostok I, which carried the first human into space in April 1961; the Apollo 13 command module Odyssey, which housed the famed crew on their attempted trip to the moon in 1970; and Liberty Bell 7, the space capsule recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in 1999 after a flawed mission sank the vessel nearly 40 years earlier. If that doesn’t leave you feeling on top of the world, check out the moon rock collected by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during their monumental Apollo 11 lunar mission. Looks like if you ask for the moon, you just might get it. cosmo.org
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Mort’s Martini and Cigar Bar This rousing hangout serves more than 160 martinis, including the Fallen Angel, made with Irish cream, hazelnut liqueur, white chocolate, and dark crème de cacao.
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Oh, give me a home where the buffalo once roamed. Located along the Arkansas River, the 23-acre Old Cowtown Museum is modeled after an 1870s Midwestern cattle town. Saddle up to the log cabin of Darius Munger, one of Wichita’s founders, or watch a man of steel bang away at his trade at the blacksmith shop. In need of a cure for what ails you? Drop in to Fritz Snitzler’s Saloon for a sarsaparilla, a soft drink believed to have healed skin problems, or stop by the drugstore to eye peculiar herbal remedies. (Did you know dog fennel boiled with lard was used to soothe sore throats?) Though it’s open year-round for self-guided tours, be sure to visit when costumed reenactors set the scene every Saturday of the year and every Tuesday through Saturday from April to October—if you can hold your horses. oldcowtown.org CLASS ACT
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New Year, New You BY BRIAN KEAGY
It’s a time-honored tradition that comes down like clockwork at the dawn of each new year: resolving to grab hold of the opportunity to remake yourself with a commitment to meaningful changes in your life. Nothing can have a larger impact than taking charge of your own health, but the promises you make can rapidly fade without a genuine plan to transform your well-being. Read on for the empowering information you need to be lighter, fitter, healthier and happier in 2014—the tools are out there to create a NEW YOU. JANUARY 2014 SPIRIT
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eart failure is a condition that affects nearly 6 million Americans, with four identifiable stages that the American Heart Association labels A through D. Fortunately, it is manageable in its early stages with a healthy lifestyle and medication, but according to Dr. Wissam Khalife, director of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston heart failure treatment program, progressing beyond stage A also means your heart failure symptoms will only worsen. At that point, medical interventions can just slow down their progress. The key which may reverse your chances of developing heart failure is to adopt healthy habits before you progress to stage B. For those people in stage A who are at high risk but have not yet developed heart failure, Khalife recommends the following: • Aerobic exercise three to five times a week for at least 30 minutes each time.
• A vegetarian or Mediterranean diet while limiting salt. Khalife’s easy diet plan is two days a week fish, two days a week vegetarian, two days a week chicken and one day a week red meat (with as much fat removed as possible). • Quitting smoking. • Limiting alcohol, as too much over a long period can cause car-
MOVING YOUR FEET MAY BOOST YOUR BRAINPOWER Taking a walk each day can produce a number of measurable benefits to your health. But did you know that walking could actually help you grow your brain and protect your memory? Supported by the National Institute on Aging, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh conducted a study that showed some surprising results—a simple activity such as walking slows down the effects of aging on cognitive ability. In the study, 299 dementiafree subjects recorded the number of miles they walked over a 13-year period and underwent brain scans to measure the sizes of their brains. Testing to determine potential cognitive damage revealed that people who covered roughly six to nine miles a week had increased gray matter volume—in other words, bigger brains— which is linked with fewer memory problems as the years pass.
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As women and men age, it is common for them to experience a variety of symptoms including fatigue and difficulty sleeping.
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While cancer affects millions of Americans each year, researchers from a number of organizations worldwide have encouraging news for those of you that enjoy cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, turnips, cauliflower and bok choy: They may help lower your risk of getting cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, fiber-rich cruciferous vegetables contain large amounts of nutrients that include carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin); folate; vitamins C, E, and K; and minerals. They also contain a category of substances known as glucosinolates, which not only provide the pungent aroma and flavor in these vegetables, but, when cooked, eaten and digested, break down to compounds that have been shown to combat the spread of cancer during testing of mice and rats. While the result of studies on humans is inconclusive, this research has found links that provide hope for future breakthroughs.
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ith the holidays in the past and the New Year upon us, what better time is there than now to focus on yourself, set some fitness goals and go to work? Nutritional supplement pioneer DreamBrands was founded by CEO Gary Kehoe to help fortysomething men gain an edge, and his main message is simple—clock in. “The toughest hurdle is always showing up, getting started and staying motivated,” says Kehoe. “I tell friends it can start with small steps: a short walk around the neighborhood with the dog, a slow jog, a scenic hike or a long overdue ride on a bicycle. The great thing about getting started is it leads to bigger and better things.” Initiating a program and seeing results is the ultimate motivator. Pairing a fitness regimen with a sound nutritional plan will only speed results, along with a natural dietary supplement such as Mdrive, DreamBrands’ energizing blend of herbal extracts. Kehoe doesn’t view age as an excuse for not staying fit, which leads us to another favorite credo, this one credited to George Bernard Shaw: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow
old because we stop playing.” Retired BMX champion Kevin Robinson is living proof of that maxim. A 10-time X Games BMX medalist and BMX world height record-holder, the television analyst, husband and father of three recently underwent a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing—the 45th orthopedic surgery on his elbows, ankles and knees. An alternative to hip replacement that caps the femoral head, the BHR leaves more bone and flexibility for younger, more active recipients who want to return to rigorous physical activity. After opting for the BHR, Robinson chose Dr. Robert Marchand of South County Hospital (schospital. com)—an orthopedic surgeon who shares Robinson’s focus on staying active and fit—to perform the procedure. “Kevin is very young at 41, really
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From the Military to Senior Care, George Brinegar Continues to Serve
My decision to open a Right at Home franchise has truly changed the second half of my life. It has given me a true sense of purpose and fulfillment.
George Brinegar is driven by a sense of service. After spending 28 years proudly serving in the military and sharpening his skills as a great leader, Brinegar retired and spent two years searching for the right business opportunity to complement his knowledge of great systems, service and results. In 2012, Brinegar and his brother-in-law, Jon Searles, found Right at Home and joined the brand as franchisees in Central Texas.
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“I knew that whatever career decision I made, I had to be doing something that helped others and gave back to my community,” he said. “Right at Home gave me the ability to fully exercise my passion for service.”
“With Right at Home, I am able to provide a much-needed service to seniors in Central Texas, many of whom are veterans,” he said. “Additionally, the brand’s core values perfectly align with both Jon’s and mine.
During his research, Brinegar considered working for someone else, becoming an independent business owner, and owning a franchise. He ultimately decided on owning a franchise, saying that the proven business model and defined processes sold him.
Beyond the brand’s dedication to their clients, Brinegar added that Right at Home’s business model is structured for growth and long-term success, something he wasn’t entirely sure he’d find after his long tenure serving our country.
“When you spend three decades of your life in the military, and then you wake up one day and are no longer serving, it’s a big change you have to adjust to,” he said. “My decision to open a Right at Home franchise has truly changed the second half of my life. It has given me a true sense of purpose and fulfillment.” From a business perspective, Right at Home’s 300+ franchises in six countries have provided over 50 million hours of care to more than 75,000 families, while also creating employment opportunities for over 15,000 caregivers. The investment range for a Right at Home franchise is $72,000 to $126,000, and franchisees in 2012 averaged $1,065,593 in topline revenue with a gross margin of 37%. 1‡ 2‡ If you want to make a remarkable difference in other people’s lives as well as your own, now is the right time to explore becoming a Right at Home franchisee.
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active, and his hip was destroyed,” notes Marchand (scortho.com/ team/physicians/robertmarchand/). “He could have had a total hip replacement, but with his age and level of activity, the hip resurfacing helps him retain his activity. The hardest part is to slow him down!” Four weeks after his latest surgery, Robinson is working out again. And he attributes much of
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The Knee Diaries: SJ is a 60-year-old male with the chief complaint of knee pain who visited The Center for Regenerative Medicine over a year ago. He was diagnosed with bone-on-bone osteoarthritis of the left knee, causing much pain and discomfort; at that point he was told only a total knee replacement could help him. He is otherwise healthy. On exam he had point tenderness to the medial side of the left knee (medical lingo: inner side). An X-ray showed severe arthritis of the knee (X-ray on the left). Patient started receiving treatments at The Center for Regenerative Medicine. Today he is feeling better (X-ray on the right). This is how it works: The physician introduces Cell Therapy into damaged, arthritic cells by means of a precise injection. This process is followed by several other modalities, including Collateral Artery Flow Exercises (C.A.F.E.), in order to accelerate the process. Depending on tissue damage, severity of the condition and the size of the joint that needs to be injected, people usually need a series of 1 to 6 treatments to improve. There is usually no downtime, and people can go back to their usual activities or work immediately. The treatments can help most musculoskeletal problems such as low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, whiplash, sciatica, tendinitis, sprain, strains, torn ligaments and cartilage damage. Located in Miami, Florida, The Center for Regenerative Medicine includes a team of professionals that are dedicated to improve your quality of life, paving the way to enhance the science of non-surgical orthopedic medicine. World champions, sports legends, professional and amateur athletes, dancers, and people with just plain pain and arthritis go to The Center for Regenerative Medicine for nonsurgical orthopedic care. Using the facility to improve their condition, thousands of successful cases have been treated over the past nine years.
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he says. “I’ve had a long career and I’ve sacrificed my body—I’ll keep doing anything I can do now to keep moving forward, working out and playing with my kids. Play Again got me through the rough times, through my last year as a competitor. It’s a part of my daily regimen—right along with going to the gym and eating healthy. I can move, work out, compete and play with my kids. I can play again.” Nutritional science tells us that reaching optimum health and fitness levels depends not only on the work you put in to change your body, but also on the building blocks that you put into it. Advancements in superfood formulations and supplements such as the innovative products available from SAN Nutrition can help maximize the effectiveness of your exercise regimen, promote healing and wellness through proper nutrients and efficiently deliver the results you’re striving to achieve. A plant-based, complex protein formulation with a superior amino acid profile, RawFusion is designed to fuel and energize your muscles, repair and support lean muscle, enhance your recovery time and promote body weight management. Also vegan-approved and glutenfree, it features an easily digestible composition without compromising good taste. Green Supreme Fusion delivers a balanced blend of 26 nutrient-dense antioxidant superfoods, sea algae blends, galvanizing herbal extracts, probiotics and food digesting enzymes. Containing more essential vitamins, organic minerals, amino acids (protein), omega-3s and antioxidants than five servings of fruits and veggies, this nutrient-rich “healthy meal” in a glass helps your body maintain its edge. For more information on these supplements and other cutting-edge health and wellness updates, visit vibrantlife.net or call (888) 519-9300.
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A Louisiana tradition since French settlers formed celebratory krewes in 1830, Mardi Gras—français for “Fat Tuesday”—may be most famously feted each year in decadent New Orleans, but Baton Rouge also knows a thing or two about revelry and jubilation. According to Mark Twain, “the soul of [Mardi Gras] is the romantic, not the funny and the grotesque,” so Capital City’s festive but more traditional celebration is probably truer in spirit than the Big Easy’s famously over-the-top indulgences. The decidedly family-friendlier Baton Rouge Mardi Gras goes big with huge floats, fancy balls, abundant live music, good regional eats, and flamboyant pageantry until March 4. More than a half-dozen parades will wind through the Pelican State’s capital, boasting costumes, happy canines, fancy footwork, marching bands, and eye-popping floats, while a variety of fundraising opportunities serving local organizations will abound. Free; visitbatonrouge.com
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Mississippi Blues Marathon & Half Marathon
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Art Deco Weekend
The colorful Art Deco aesthetic—geometric, lavish, exuberant, and modernist—rules the Miami Beach landscape, so it makes perfect sense that Magic City hosts an annual Art Deco Weekend, now in its 37th year. The famous three-day Ocean Drive event celebrates art, antiques, and architecture from the ’20s and ’30s with a generous display of films, fashion, live music, lectures, and parades, bedazzling some 300,000 browsers and serious collectors alike. This year’s event offers up two specialty happenings: The Antique Experience, held in oceanfront tents and featuring vintage furniture, lectures on the Art Deco period, and (by night) a six-piece, live dance band for the casual visitor and connoisseur; and a kids’ section filled with vintage board games, paper dolls, toy cars and planes, sandboxes, and Legos from nearly a century ago. Outdoor screenings like the Art Deco–inspired film Chicago and kiddie flicks starring Shirley Temple and The Little Rascals round out this family-friendly affair. Free; artdecoweekend.com
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MLK Grande Parade
than 350,000 20 More spectators and 36,000 participants will dream a dream in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at the 20th annual MLK Grande Parade in H-Town. This year’s event, one of the largest in the country, honors the theme “Achieving Equality Through Education” with more than 300 culturally d iverse performing groups and 36 nationally acclaimed and award-winning marching bands from across the nation. Space City’s own Spirit of Houston Marching Band from the University of Houston leads the two-hour charge starting at 10 a.m. from the intersection of San Jacinto and Elgin streets along the 2-mile route in Midtown. If you, too, have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” today’s your day to shine. Free; mlkgrandeparade.org NORTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA
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24th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest
A form of potent, traditional creative expression that combines storytelling dance with dynamic athleticism, Native American hoop dancing is truly astonishing, as dancers weave, spin, flip, and hurl between one and 50 colorful metal hoops to create such eye-popping shapes as butterflies, eagles, snakes, and coyotes. The best of the best will be on hand at the Heard Museum’s 24th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest, running over two days. Last year, Derrick Suwaima Davis claimed his record sixth title, and he’ll be back to defend it this year. After enjoying what’s been dubbed “Indian country’s most unique sport,” explore the Heard’s extensive collection of more than 40,000 American Indian fine artworks and cultural artifacts, with an emphasis on tribes of the Southwest. $18, $8 for children 4–12; heard.org
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OFFICIAL RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE AN ENTRANT’S CHANCE OF WINNING. To enter, go to spiritmag.com and click on “Sweepstakes.” Entries must be received no later than midnight, January 31, 2014. Entrants must be at least 21 years of age. Employees of Pace Communications, Inc., Southwest Airlines, all contest sponsors and their immediate families are not eligible. The winner will be selected in a random drawing by Pace Communications, 1301 Carolina Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, on or about March 15, 2014. Only one entry per person is allowed. Odds of winning are dependent upon number of entries received. For a list of winners, send self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope to SOUTHWEST AIRLINES SPIRIT SWEEPS/BLUE MAN GROUP, Pace Communications, 1301 Carolina Street, Greensboro, NC 27401. The winner will be notified (by email or telephone). If the winner does not agree with the rules of the contest, or does not meet the requirements to be eligible to enter this contest, winner will be excluded as a possible prize winner. Federal, state and local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Void where prohibited by law, and all federal, state and local laws apply. The winner will receive a 1099 IRS tax form. Promotional value $492. Prizes are non-refundable, non-transferable, are not redeemable in cash, and may not be substituted. Selected blackout dates may apply. Restrictions may apply. No Southwest Airlines tickets are included in this contest.
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SWABIZ Meetings can help make corporate group travel a breeze.
Your Official Airline for Meetings & Convention Travel Let SWABIZ Meetings do the work for you! Planning a large meeting or convention? At Southwest Airlines, we know how much work it takes to pull off a polished and professional corporate event, and we’re here to offer our assistance. Check “travel arrangements” off that neverending to-do list, and let us help you manage your company or association’s next meeting through SWABIZ® Meetings. This program equips event planners with a range of benefits, including free travel reports, discounted airfare through SWABIZ, and bonus Rapid Rewards Frequent Flyer program points for travelers. We also provide sample messaging to help you communicate travel details, so you can make sure your attendees arrive where you want, when you need them. SWABIZ, Southwest’s free, online corporate booking tool, guides your travelers through the easy reservation process with access to our full inventory of fares. With two free checked bags per Customer, no
change fees, and free reporting capabilities, our SWABIZ Meetings program will make your job easier and help you save money along the way. You can rest easy knowing that, once onboard, your travelers will be taken care of with Southwest’s legendary Customer Service. What’s not to LUV about that? Make Southwest your meeting’s official airline today. If you have 150 travelers or more for your corporate event, submit a Meetings Agreement Request at swabiz.com to find out if you are eligible to receive a discount on select fare categories*. —Lauren Spring *Minimum of 150 travelers. Requests must be submitted at least 60 days in advance. All Meetings program travel must be booked via swabiz.com. Discounts subject to blackout dates and may exclude certain markets.
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IF A SEAT’S AVAILABLE, IT’S YOURS! Travel over the holidays, ﬂy with a big group of friends, or take a last-minute getaway! With Rapid Rewards®, every seat is a reward seat. Unlimited reward seats means you can ﬂy where you want, when you want. Rapid Rewards lets you enjoy reward travel without the hassles. It’s free and easy to enroll! Join now by visiting southwest.com/spirit, or text SPIRIT and your e-mail address to 72743.
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Boarding with ease matters to you, so it matters to us. Percentage of Southwest Flights Available for EarlyBird Check-In
Hours Before Your Flight You Will be Automatically Checked In
Price Per Flight of EarlyBird Check-In for Peace of Mind While You Travel 1
Price per one-way. The EarlyBird Check-In® product is only available on itineraries marketed through Southwest Airlines channels and will only apply to the segments operated by Southwest. EarlyBird Check-In will not apply to segments operated by AirTran Airways. ©2013 Southwest Airlines Co. All information is based solely on Southwest Airlines operational data, and excludes AirTran Airways.
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The Rink at Skyline Park is the perfect place to chill.
A Denver Wonderland
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF EVAN SEMON PHOTOGRAPHY/DOWNTOWN DENVER PARTNERSHIP
A Mile High City local shares his LUV for a frosty hot spot. When I walk by the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park in Denver, I’m immediately drawn in by the great music that’s always playing, the sound of children laughing, and the sight of people of all ages and backgrounds enjoying their day together. You might see a skating party, downtown workers at lunch, students, or other members of the community out and about. (We’ve even seen the mayor take a spin on ice skates!) The rink draws a diverse crowd because of its great outdoor location, and even those who don’t want to try their luck on ice skates can enjoy the ambiance. To me, there’s nothing else in the city that’s quite like the rink. The best part of the Southwest Rink is that it’s free for everybody to enjoy. The skate rentals are usually a nominal $2, but, just like last winter, if you bring mittens, gloves,
or stocking caps for the Volunteers of America’s homeless mission, Southwest Airlines will waive the fee. Additionally, Southwest will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from broomball games played at the rink to the VOA. Last year, the VOA served 250,000 individuals in 30 programs—from 3- and 4-year-olds in our Head Start program to community members in their 90s who receive Meals on Wheels. In order to make this kind of a difference in our communities, we count on wonderful volunteers to help us achieve our mission. This year, Southwest donated funds that the VOA used for holiday and winter relief programs. And we were lucky enough to win a basketball-shooting contest that Southwest hosted, where the winning charity received a $5,000 check from the airline. That money has helped us feed thousands of people and provide hundreds of nights of
shelter for homeless women and their children. Our staff and volunteers enjoy time together at the rink and not just the scenery and skating. Knowing also that our charity is being helped makes the rink a spot that really works for us. When the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park first opened four years ago, I knew it was a place I would LUV. Thank you, Southwest Airlines and the Downtown Denver Partnership, for making a positive difference in Denver and for creating a place where our community can gather. —Jim White, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Volunteers of America, Colorado Branch
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Products & Services
A Look Inside: Southwest
Make the most of your travel experience with these great products and services from Southwest Airlines. BUSINESS SELECT® Our most rewarding fare guarantees priority boarding in the A1-15 group, maximum Rapid Rewards® Points, Fly By® lane access in select cities, and a free premium drink on day of travel. southwest.com/ getbusinessselect
Our recently installed “Evolve” interiors show our commitment to sustainability and Passenger comfort. And those traveling on our -800s will enjoy Boeing’s Sky Interior, featuring LED lighting, enhanced ceilings, and pivoting overhead bins.
The Cargo Team provides Relentlessly Reliable® service to destinations across the map. When overnight is overdue®, depend on SWA Cargo to help. swacargo.com®
CLICK ’N SAVE®
Get onboard with cool, new Southwest Airlines gear. Visit swafreedom shop.com today.
Never miss another big sale! Get our latest deals on flights, hotels, packages, and more delivered straight to your inbox each week. Planning your next vacation just got easier! Sign up today at southwest. com/email.
WIFI & ENTERTAINMENT
Score a better boarding position. With EarlyBird Check-In, get an automatic check-in, a better boarding position, and earlier access to overhead bins. southwest. com/earlybird
If you’re traveling with ten or more, our Group Travel Program is here to help, with discounted fares, flexible payment options, and unlimited name changes up to 72 hours before departure. southwest. com/groups
SNACKS & DRINKS
Flight Attendants will pass out complimentary snacks. Thirsty? You’ll find our drink menu on page 147.
SWABIZ® BUSINESS TRAVEL PROGRAM Our corporate online booking tool covers travel tracking to cost management and now includes SWABIZ® Meetings with additional benefits for qualified meetings. It’s time you put the LUV airline to work for you. southwest.com/ corporatetravel
Our -700s and -800s feature a wireless, satellite-based network that allows you to go online and watch live TV and video on demand on your device. With our new gate-to-gate capability, you will never lose a connection!
Give the gift of travel. You pick the amount, they pick the place. No matter the occasion, it’s sure to please and never expires. Easy to redeem online, by phone, or at the airport. southwest.com/ giftcard
Rapid Rewards® A-List and A-List Preferred Members and Customers who purchase Business Select® fares can speed to the front of the ticket counter and security checkpoint lines in select cities. southwest.com/flyby
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Small dogs and cats are welcome to fly in the cabin with you. Bring Fluffy along for your next trip—your pet deserves a vacation too! southwest.com/pets
Any trip, any day. Get unlimited reward seats and no blackout dates*. Real rewards you can really use. Sign up at southwest.com/jet. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply. *Applies to Points transactions.
We can provide charter service for corporate meetings, conventions, or special events. We customize travel for your company, team, or group, on your schedule, to most commercial airports in the continental U.S. southwest.com/ charter
We’ve got 14 car companies to choose from and the same low rates as the other guys. Plus, earn Rapid Rewards® Points with our seven Rapid Rewards Partners. southwest.com/car
Download our newly redesigned app today! If you’re on a trip or have one coming up, our new mobile site and app make it easier to fly Southwest Airlines. Check-in, check the status of your next flight, or book additional trips all from the palm of your hand. mobile. southwest.com
Whether you’re planning a beach trip to Mexico or the Caribbean or a weekend getaway in Vegas, we’ve got the best package deals on air, car, hotel, and attractions so you can build the vacation that’s just right for you. southwest vacations.com
With our Hotel Best Rate Guarantee program, you can feel confident that you’ve secured the best deal on your hotel stay. Terms and conditions apply. Plus, earn Rapid Rewards® Points, and, with many of our hotels, enjoy the flexibility to pay at hotel checkout. southwest.com/hotel
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Products & Services
A Look Inside: AirTran
Make the most of your travel experience with these great products and services from AirTran Airways. PETS
It’s the world’s most affordable Business Class. Stretch out in our two-by-two seats, which offer more seat, leg, and elbow room. You’ll also enjoy priority boarding, fee-waived first and second checked bags*, and complimentary cocktails. airtran.com *Weight and size limits apply.
Customers can ship on select AirTran flights using Southwest Airlines Cargo®. swacargo.com®
SNACKS & DRINKS
Flight Attendants will pass out complimentary snacks. Thirsty? You’ll find our drink menu on page 147.
A2B BUSINESS TRAVEL PROGRAM Take advantage of the AirTran business program. Benefits include fewer rules and restrictions, priority seating, and priority boarding. a2bcorporate.com
Surf at 30,000 feet. Look for the “gogoinflight” signal on your WiFi device, connect, launch your browser, and sign up. air.gogoair.com
A+ Rewards. The simple, quick, and easy rewards program. aplusrewards.com
CLICK ’N SAVE®
When planning your next beach trip to Mexico or the Caribbean, remember that we’ve got the best package deals on air, car, hotel, and attractions so you can build the vacation that’s just right for you. south westvacations.com
Small dogs and cats are welcome to fly in the cabin with you to domestic destinations. Bring Fluffy along for your next trip—your pet deserves a vacation too! airtran.com/pets
Get all the latest AirTran and Southwest sale fares and travel deals sent straight to your inbox each week. Sign up for Click ’n Save today at southwest. com/email.
We can provide charter service for corporate meetings, conventions, or special events. We customize travel for your company, team, or group, on your schedule, to most commercial airports in the continental U.S. southwest.com/ charter
Make sure you protect yourself from unexpected situations on your vacation. Benefits include trip interruption coverage, emergency medical assistance, and more. airtran. com/tripprotection
Groups of ten or more can reserve block seating, change passenger names up to two days in advance, and enjoy flexible payment schedules. airtran.com/groups
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Please abide by public announcements from Flight Attendants concerning electronic devices. En todos los casos, por favor rígete por los anuncios públicos y las solicitudes de los Sobrecargos con respecto a todos los aparatos electrónicos. Always Permitted Pueden usarse en todo momento dentro del avión
Hearing Aids Aparatos para sordos
Electronic Watches Relojes electrónicos
Noise-canceling Headphones Auriculares que aislan el ruido
Digital Cameras Cámaras digitales
Audio Players Aparatos de audio
Video Camcorders Videocámaras
GPS Receivers GPS
DVD/CD Players Reproductores de DVD/CD
Hand-held Electronic Games and Electronic Books Juegos electrónicos portátiles y libros electrónicos
Cellphones (in GAME or AIRPLANE mode) Teléfonos celulares (en Modo GAME o Avión)
Tablets or E-readers (in AIRPLANE mode) Tabletas o Lectores Electrónicos (en Modo Avión)
Satellite Radio Radio por satélite
Laptop Computers Computadoras portátiles
Remote-controlled Toys Juguetes de control remoto
Two-way Radios (Walkie-talkies) or Scanners Radios emisores/receptores (walkie-talkies)
Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices Cigarrillos Electrónicos y Dispositivos para Fumar
Also Permitted: Electronic nerve stimulators and other implanted medical devices También son permitidos: dispositivos de estimulación eléctrica de los nervios y otros aparatos médicos implantados
Permitted Pueden usarse dentro del avión Small portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones weighing less than 2 pounds may be used in airplane mode at all times on domestic flights, unless a Crew Member indicates otherwise. A small PED may be held in hand, attached to a person, or placed in clothing or a seatback pocket. Devices and accessories may not block access to the aisle. Large PEDs such as laptops weighing 2 pounds or more must be stowed under the seat or in an overhead bin for taxi, takeoff, and landing. On International Flights, all PEDs must be turned off during taxi, takeoff, and landing at airports outside the U.S. and its territories. WiFi is available on 717-200, 737-700, and 737-800 aircraft. Due to high bandwidth consumption, telephony applications (VoIP) are not allowed. Please use headphones for all audio or video.
Never Permitted Nunca pueden usarse dentro del avión Devices capable of transmitting data, unless otherwise noted, are never permitted. Nunca son permitidos los dispositivos con capacidad para transmitir datos, excepto que se especifique lo contrario.
Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers Televisión o Radios de AM/FM
Bluetooth and Wireless Devices Dispositivos Bluetooth e Inalámbricos
Remember Recuerda CREW INTERFERENCE
Federal law prohibits any Passenger from assaulting, threatening, or intimidating a Crew Member or interfering with a Crew Member’s duties. La ley federal prohíbe que los pasajeros asalten, amenacen o intimiden a los Miembros de la Tripulación o que interfieran con los deberes de un Miembro de la Tripulación.
Cellphones and pagers may be used at the gate and after landing. Los teléfonos y localizadores pueden ser usados en la puerta y después de aterrizar.
All pets must stay inside their carriers and under the seat for the duration of the flight. Todas las mascotas deben permanecer dentro de sus jaulas y debajo del asiento durante todo el vuelo.
DISABILITY ASSISTANCE Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways offer assistance to their Customers with disabilities upon request. Southwest Airlines y AirTran Airways siempre ofrecen asistencia para sus clientes con discapacidades que lo pidan.
CARRYON BAGGAGE Customers are limited to one (1) bag per person, plus one (1) additional personal item. El límite es de una (1) maleta por persona y un (1) artículo personal.
LOST AN ITEM ONBOARD A FLIGHT? Visit the Customer Service page on southwest.com to report a lost item. Visita la página de Servicio al Cliente en southwest.com para reportar un objeto perdido.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages not purchased onboard. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to anyone under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Se prohíbe que los Clientes consuman bebidas alcohólicas si no fueron compradas a bordo. No serviremos bebidas alcohólicas a las personas menores de 21 años de edad. Nos reservamos el derecho de negar la venta de bebidas alcohólicas a cualquier persona.
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International Connections Terminal Maps
For departure times and gate numbers, check airport monitors or ask a Gate Agent. Baltimore (BWI)
Domestic North Terminal and International Terminal
Main Terminal, between Concourses A and B
Concourses C and D
Concourses A, B, and C
Concourses A and B
Concourses A, B, and C
From Nassau and Oranjestad: Concourse C From other destinations: Concourse F
From Cancún, Montego Bay, and Punta Cana: Concourse E From other destinations: Concourse A, B, or C
International Arrivals Building
From Montego Bay: Airside 1 or 4 From other destinations: Airside 2
For arrivals from Cancún, Montego Bay, and Punta Cana: Concourse E
For arrivals from Cancún: Main Terminal
For arrivals from Montego Bay: Airsides 1 and 4
AIRTRAN ARRIVALS (FROM INTERNATIONAL)
Connecting to an International Flight • Go directly to the AirTran departure gate.
• Checked bags will be transferred automatically.
• You should not have to leave the secure part of the airport.
Connecting from an International Flight • Depending on point of departure, Customers may have to clear U.S. Immigration before collecting checked baggage from the baggage carousel. • You will then proceed through customs to clear checked and carryon baggage. • Customers traveling from some countries go through the customs process before returning to the United States.
• If you have checked baggage, proceed to the Southwest/AirTran recheck desk or ticket counter to check your bags for the final portion of your trip. • If you have purchased duty-free liquor, perfumes, or other liquids, they must be placed in your checked baggage before rechecking. Items exceeding 3 ounces that have not been placed in checked baggage will be collected at the TSA checkpoint before your domestic flight.
• Proceed to your departure gate. If you do not have a boarding pass for your connecting flight, you must obtain one at the ticket counter or at kiosks near the Southwest/AirTran recheck desk before proceeding to your gate.
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Hartsfieldâ€“Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) Lower Level
Domestic North Terminal
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Midway International Airport (MDW)
General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Southwest/AirTran Gates and Counters Security Baggage Claim Ticket Counter Concourse designation
Terminal B Level 3 Level 2
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$8 all day per device on WiFienabled aircraft* • Browse the Web, check e-mail, and stay in touch while in the air. • In order to provide a topnotch WiFi experience, we limit access to certain highbandwidth applications and websites including Netflix, HBO Go, and VoIP. TV
See Inflight Entertainment Portal for pricing • Enjoy access to our popular lineup of live channels and on-demand TV episodes. • Information about which devices are compatible can be found on the Inflight Entertainment Portal. MOVIES
$5 per movie, per device on WiFi-enabled aircraft • Choose from a wide selection of popular titles, including recent releases, classics, and children’s films. • Movies can only be viewed inflight and are not accessible on the ground.
INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PORTAL
• Our Inflight Entertainment Portal allows you to access free content, including games, a flight tracker, and all that southwest.com has to offer. • WiFi, TV, and Movies are all accessible from the homepage of the portal. HOW TO ACCESS
Every device is different, but here are the basic steps: • Once onboard a WiFienabled aircraft, turn on your approved electronic device, and set to airplane mode. WiFi is now available gate-to-gate. • View available wireless networks, select “Southwest WiFi,” and connect. • Launch your Web browser, and you will be directed to the Inflight Entertainment Portal (you might need to hit “refresh”).
Surfing is easy at 30,000 feet. With Gogo Inflight Internet on board, no matter where you’re going, you’re never more than a few clicks away from virtually everything. Work. Shop. Catch up on e-mail. It’s up to you. And logging on is easy. Just follow these simple steps: • Turn on your WiFi-enabled device (laptop or handheld). • Look for the “gogoinflight” signal, then connect. • Launch your Web browser, and sign up.
FREE ACCESS TO SKYMALL.COM
• Shop from SkyMall for free on this flight (you will not be required to pay for a WiFi session). Connect to Gogo on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device, and visit SkyMall.com/AirTran WiFi. Spend $125 or more and earn a free Gogo Pass valid on any single Internet session.
• On the ground, visit gogoair.com, or call Gogo customer service at 1-877350-0038. In the air, visit air.gogoair.com.
* Content and services are offered on WiFi-enabled aircraft only. We cannot guarantee that connecting flights will be WiFi-enabled. • Service on flights to/from Puerto Rico is currently not available for the entire flight. • Southwest takes great pride in giving you low fares and a comfortable flight, but we are unable to provide technical support. Please call 1-800-435-9792 to report any problems you may have encountered with your WiFi service.
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Customs & Immigration
Customs and immigration forms will be distributed by Flight Attendants during your flight. Prior to landing, complete all forms pertaining to you. Below are tips to help fill out the forms. You will be presenting your completed forms immediately upon entering the International Arrivals building.
• Dewar’s® Scotch • Jack Daniel’s® • Wild Turkey®
U.S. CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same address) bound for the U.S. How to complete this form: • Complete before arrival in the U.S. • Write in English, in capital letters. • Be sure to include the street name and number, city, and state of your address in the U.S. • If you are transiting through the U.S., you may write TRANSIT and your final destination country. • Lines 5 and 6 may be left blank if not using a passport. • On Line 9, enter FL for AirTran, followed by your specific flight number. • Please read both sides of the declaration. • Sign at the “X.” 1
MEXICAN CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same address) on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–6. • Once completed, sign and date the form. 2
3 MEXICAN IMMIGRATION FORM Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (including children) on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–14 on the top portion of the form and sections 1–10 on the bottom portion of the form. • Once completed, sign and date the top portion of the form. • Sections on the form titled “USO OFICIAL” are for use by Mexican Immigration officials and should not be filled out by Passengers. What to do with this form: • The form will be separated as Passengers proceed through Mexican Customs. • Make sure to retain the bottom portion of the form.
• Bacardi® Rum • Baileys® Irish Cream • Finlandia® Vodka
• Coors Light® • Heineken® • Corona Extra®
• Coastal Ridge® Chardonnay • Coastal Ridge® Merlot
BEER $5 • Michelob Ultra® • Bud Light® • Miller Lite®
PREMIUM BEVERAGES $3 • vitaminwater® XXX (Açai-Blueberry-Pomegranate) COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES • Minute Maid® • Seagram’s® • Coca-Cola® Apple Juice Seltzer Water • Coke Zero™ • LIFT® Coffee* • Tomato Juice • Diet Coke® • Decaf Coffee* • Mr & Mrs T® • Sprite® • Tea Bloody Mary Mix • Sprite Zero™ • Hot Chocolate • Minute Maid® • Dr Pepper® • Noncarbonated Cranberry • Diet Dr Pepper® Purified Drinking Apple Cocktail • Seagram’s® Water • Minute Maid® Ginger Ale Orange Juice • Seagram’s® * Creamer available Tonic Water Valid Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® drink coupons, as shown here, are printed with expiration dates and the Member’s (or issuing group’s) name. Business Select® drink coupons are valid for same-day use only. Valid Rapid Rewards and Business Select drink coupons will be accepted onboard for beer, wine, liquor, and vitaminwater®.
Southwest provides comingled, onboard recycling for all your paper, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans. Thanks for helping us do our part for the environment by handing these items to a Flight Attendant.
LIQUOR $6 • Dewar’s® Scotch • Jack Daniel’s®
• Tanqueray® Gin • Bacardi® Rum
• Baileys® Irish Cream • Finlandia® Vodka
• Beck’s® • Amstel® Light
• Coastal Ridge® Chardonnay • Coastal Ridge® Merlot
BEER $5 • Michelob Ultra® • Bud Light® • Budweiser®
COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES • Seagram’s® Seltzer Water • Mr & Mrs T® Bloody Mary Mix • Minute Maid® Cranberry Apple Cocktail • Minute Maid® Orange Juice
• Coca-Cola® • Coke Zero™ • Diet Coke® • Sprite® • Sprite Zero™ • Seagram’s® Ginger Ale • Seagram’s® Tonic Water
• Minute Maid® Apple Juice • Regular Coffee • Decaf Coffee • Tea • Noncarbonated Purified Drinking Water
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• Canadian Club® Reserve • Tanqueray® Gin
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Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards Partners +
Southwest Airlines® and AirTran® Airways have joined together to create a more rewarding network! Now you can earn flights to more destinations faster with Rapid Rewards® and A+ RewardsSM. Earning rewards has never been easier or more convenient. You can even transfer your rewards between programs for easy redemption. With over 95 combined destinations waiting to be explored, join both loyalty programs today to make the most of your travels.
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Rapid Rewards offers more ways to earn points to redeem for reward flights, and no restrictions to get between you and your favorite destinations. You’ll earn Rapid Rewards Points for every dollar you spend with Southwest Airlines. Your points spend like cash, so lower fares require fewer points to fly. Plus, as a Member, you’ll enjoy these benefits:
UNLIMITED REWARD SEATS • NO BLACKOUT DATES • POINTS THAT DON’T EXPIRE*
Member tiers offer more benefits. • Priority boarding • Fly By® Priority Check-in and Security Lane access** • 25% point-earning bonus
Receive all the benefits of A-List, plus: • Highest priority boarding • Free Inflight WiFi (only on WiFi- enabled planes) • 100% point-earning bonus
It’s free and easy to join Rapid Rewards! Sign up now at southwest.com/spirit or by texting SPIRIT to 72743 to get started.
AirTran Airways A+ Rewards A+ Rewards uses a credit system that rewards Members, based on how often they fly. Each one-way coach flight earns you one credit, with eight credits required to redeem a one-way coach ticket. Plus, each one-way Business Class flight earns you 1.5 credits, with 16 credits required to redeem a one-way Business Class ticket.
Elite status gets you more. • Two-year redemption period on all A+ Rewards Credits earned*** • Complimentary Business Class upgrades at the time of booking on select fares† • First and second bag fees waived (weight and size limits apply) • Complimentary Business Class upgrades available at the gate 40 minutes prior to departure for all Coach Fares††
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Do More With Your Points! RAPID REWARDS®
You can earn rewards faster with the Rapid Rewards Points Center. Buy points for yourself, give them as a gift, or transfer points from your Rapid Rewards account to another—all from one location! Plus, Rapid Rewards Visa Cardmembers earn two points for every dollar spent! Visit southwest.com/pointscenter to get started.
Earn Even Faster With The Rapid Rewards Credit Card! Premier Card Exclusive Benefits: Earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways purchases made directly with the airlines. Earn 2 points per $1 spent on Rapid Rewards Hotel and Rental Car Partner purchases. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. Earn 6,000 bonus points every year after your Cardmember Anniversary. Redeem points for International flights, cruises, hotel stays, rental cars, gift cards, and access to exclusive events.
Visit southwest.com/applytoday to learn more. Accounts subject to credit approval. Restrictions and limitations apply. Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa Credit Cards are issued by Chase Bank USA, N.A. Offer subject to change. See southwest.com/applytoday for pricing and rewards details.
More Partners Means More Rewards! Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards want you to get to your destination faster. By utilizing our growing list of Partners, it’s easy to earn points just by doing the things you normally would. Visit southwest.com/rr-partners to start earning even more rewards today! Hotels
Receive 600 points per qualifying stay. JW Marriott® EDITION SM Autograph Collection® Renaissance® Hotels Marriott® Hotels & Resorts Courtyard by Marriott® Gaylord Hotels® Marriott Executive Apartments®
SpringHill Suites by Marriott® Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott® Residence Inn by Marriott® TownePlace Suites by Marriott® Marriott Vacation Club®
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® Wyndham Grand Collection® Wyndham Garden® TRYP by Wyndham™ Wingate® by Wyndham Hawthorn Suites® by Wyndham Dream® Hotels Night®
Ramada® Days Inn® Super 8® Baymont Inn & Suites® Microtel Inns & Suites® by Wyndham Howard Johnson® Travelodge® (U.S. Hotels only) Knights Inn®
Bellagio® ARIA™ Vdara™ MGM Grand® The Signature at MGM Grand® Mandalay Bay® THEhotel at Mandalay Bay®
Aloft® Element® Four Points by Sheraton® Le Meridien® Luxury Collection®
Sheraton® St. Regis® W Hotels® Westin®
Park Hyatt® Andaz® Grand Hyatt® Hyatt Regency®
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