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Contents December 2013 68 Tales of a
80 The Other
In our fifth annual guide to spirits, we celebrate a place as deeply steeped in cocktail history as it is in modern mixology. Welcome to New Orleans, America’s greatest drinking destination.
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Contents December 2013
To-Do List Ten Action Items in This Issue 1 Spice up your
drink repertoire Page 35
Your Adventure In Albuquerque
2 Cook with
chickpeas Page 36
3 Stay overnight in Nashville Page 38
4 Make a case 5 Look out for
Bigfoot Page 42
14 Gary’s Greeting 16 Gary’s Greeting
18 20 22 24 28 31 35 41 49 55
en Español Star of the Month Freedom Story From the Editor Your Words Your Pictures Media Center Eat Drink Sleep The Numbers Wise Guide Business
68 Tales of a Tippling City 80 The Other Side
of Vegas 96 Your Adventure In Albuquerque
106 Promotional Series:
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7 Co-opt criticism Page 55
8 Meet your
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productivity Page 60
10 Rediscover Sin City Page 80
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JODY HORTON (COCKTAIL), JAMES WHITE (CARRIE UNDERWOOD); ILLUSTRATION BY JASON SCHNEIDER (BRAIN)
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In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect on some amazing moments that our Employees have shared with our valued Customers this year. The holiday season always seems to provide the perfect setting for sharing stories, celebrating family, connecting with loved ones, and relishing the gift of giving—and quite frankly these stories are too good to not retell. On one occasion, an Employee saw a tweet by a Customer saying that she was flying with us into Nashville, Tennessee, and that the only thing that could make her trip better was a hot breakfast served on a silver platter. Our
Nashville-based Employee bought the Customer a breakfast of pancakes and OJ and was waiting for her when she got off the plane. While it was a small gesture, I’m sure it made a lasting impact on our Customer. Another story highlights the remarkable efforts of one of our Flight Attendants to return a lost item to a Customer—it took her four years. Back in 2009, a Customer lost her high school class ring at the TSA checkpoint in San Francisco. Our Employee found the ring and, knowing that the item had sentimental value, tirelessly attempted to track down the rightful owner. The Flight Attendant contacted the high school, talked to alumni, and eventually found the Customer’s brother, who put her in touch with the Customer. After four years and a lot of dedica-
tion and persistence, our Employee returned the ring to its owner, making yet another special connection with one of our Customers. Another Customer could not find his wallet and was in the process of telling a Flight Attendant about it when one of our Houston Captains overheard their conversation. He immediately stepped in to help. The Customer determined that he must have left it at a restaurant in the Burbank airport. Our Captain called the airport with his personal phone, tracked down the wallet, and gave the Customer $40 of his own money to help him out with the rest of his trip. Moments like these—spontaneous and heartfelt—remind us of why Southwest exists. As a Company, our Purpose is to connect people to what’s important in their lives with friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. And as you can see, our Employees make some special connections with our Customers along the way. I hope you’ve enjoyed these stories as much as I did. Happy holidays!
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Estas fiestas quiero aprovechar la oportunidad de recordar algunos momentos especiales en los cuales nuestros Empleados han compartido con nuestros preciados Clientes durante este año. Parece que la temporada de las fiestas siempre ofrece el escenario perfecto para compartir cuentos, celebrar con la familia, conectar con seres queridos y disfrutar el don de regalar. Y si soy honesto, estos cuentos son demasiado buenos como para no compartirlos: En una ocasión, un Empleado vio un tweet de una Cliente que decía que volaba con nosotros a Nashville, Tennessee, y que lo único que podría mejorar el viaje sería un desayuno caliente servido en una bandeja de
plata. Nuestro Empleado radicado en Nashville le compró a la Cliente un desayuno de pancakes y jugo de naranja y la esperó a la salida del avión. Fue un gesto pequeño, pero estoy seguro que la Cliente todavía lo recuerda. Este otro cuento muestra el esfuerzo increíble de una de nuestros Sobrecargos para regresarle un artículo perdido a una Cliente. Le tomó cuatro años: En 2009, una Cliente perdió su anillo de la preparatoria en el control de seguridad de la TSA en San Francisco. Nuestra Empleada encontró el anillo, y sabiendo que el artículo tenía cierto valor sentimental, se esforzó con mucho empeño hasta encontrar la dueña. La Sobrecargo contactó a la preparatoria, habló con los alumnos graduados, y por fin encontró al hermano de la Cliente, quien le puso en contac-
to con ella. Después de cuatro años, mucha determinación y perseverancia, nuestra Empleada le regresó el anillo a la dueña, haciendo una conexión especial con nuestra Cliente. Otro Cliente no encontraba su cartera, y mientras se lo contaba a un Sobrecargo, uno de nuestros Capitanes de Houston oyó la conversación. Se puso a ayudar inmediatamente. El Cliente se acordó que debió dejarla en un restaurante del aeropuerto de Burbank. El Capitán llamó al aeropuerto con su teléfono personal, localizó la cartera y le dio $40 de su propio dinero para ayudarle con el resto de su viaje. Momentos como estos, espontáneos y sinceros, nos recuerdan por qué Southwest existe. Como Compañía, nuestro Propósito es conectar a la Gente con lo más importante en sus vidas, a través de vuelos amigables, confiables y de bajo costo. Y como ya ves, nuestros Empleados hacen conexiones especiales con nuestros Clientes durante el camino. Espero que hayas disfrutado tanto de estos cuentos como yo. ¡Felices fiestas!
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Who do you want as your Flight Attendant on a Southwest Airlines flight? Do you want a “take charge” kind of person? Do you want someone levelheaded and compassionate? Would you like your Safety information delivered to you in a cool Scottish accent? If you said yes to any of these, then Shona Erlenmeyer is the Flight Attendant for you. Shona was just 6 years old when she decided she wanted to work for an airline. She joined the Southwest Family in November 2007 and has never looked back. Originally from the Victorian-styled city of Glasgow, Scotland, Shona now calls Baltimore home. Although she enjoys living on the East Coast (the old architecture in Charm City reminds her of Glasgow), Shona loves her Scottish hometown. “The people back home are the kindest salt-of-the-earth individuals you’ll ever meet,” she says. “Luckily, I am able to visit often!” When Shona isn’t flying for work, she’s flying for fun. She loves to travel and is always on the lookout for adventures. San Juan is her favorite Southwest destination for staying overnight while working, she says, because the beach is beautiful and “the hotel treats us like rock stars.” When she’s not on the clock, her place of choice is London, as she is drawn to the energy of the city. What’s her favorite memory of London? “Meeting the queen,” Shona says. Queen Elizabeth II personally presented her family the George Cross in honor of her late father, James Kennedy, who saved the lives of two people during a robbery. Shona, you are our hero, and we thank you for everything you do to take care of Southwest’s Customers. —Annie Hoelzel
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As part of his role in a spirits distribution company, Larry Kuhlmann is always on the go. Based in Carlsbad, California, he travels all over the country to meet with distributors and open new markets for Lucky Buddha Beer. With 35 years in the business under his belt, Larry is no stranger to travel. He chooses to fly almost exclusively on Southwest Airlines—and has done so since he was 25 years old. Larry prefers Southwest for two reasons: Customer Service and dependability. “As a business traveler, you begin to see the differences between airlines,” he says. “Southwest Crews are always LUVing, happy to be there, and almost always ontime!” In Larry’s line of work, punctuality can be a crucial factor in securing a big sale. “I know when I book a flight with Southwest, they’ll be there for me. They’ll do what it takes to get me to my destination ontime.” Additionally, Larry checks a bag almost every time he flies, so he is especially fond of Southwest’s Bags Fly Free policy, which has saved him upwards of $500 a month. As an A-List Preferred Member, Larry is very familiar with the benefits of Southwest’s Frequent Flyer program, Rapid Rewards. His favorite perk? “The Companion Pass!” he says. Being able to designate one person to fly with him has allowed Larry to include his family in his travels. He recently took them all to New York City. Larry fondly remembers it as “the best vacation ever.” Larry’s Rapid Rewards Points come in handy for more than just leisure. On one occasion, Larry’s son had booked a flight with another airline, and a cancellation left him stranded on the East Coast. Larry was able to use his points to book his son a flight on Southwest and get him back home to California. Because of positive experiences like this, Larry truly believes that Southwest is “head and shoulders” above other airlines when it comes to Customer Service. We’re happy to take care of you and your family, Larry. Thanks for continuing to be a special part of ours! —Liz Blumberg THE FIZZ BIZ
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Dear Reader, Robert Frost called a poem a “momentary stay against confusion.” So is a cocktail, I believe. My wife and I try to observe cocktail hour every Friday. Our schedules take us away from each other most of the week, and cocktails give us an excuse to just sit and make sense of things. The rest of our hours can come in big gulps; for this one, we sip. Whether it comes “up” in a stemmed glass or “down” in a rocks glass, the perfect drink should embody the good life, containing something sweet, a dash of bitterness, and generous comfort. Dorothy and I love that the cocktail’s storied roots lie in New Orleans. We spent our second honeymoon there, two weeks after our first one. We had gone directly from our wedding to Kentucky, where I had to report a story on a strip mine—one of the less romantic scenes for a honeymoon. Shortly after, I attended a conference in Baton Rouge and asked
Dorothy to join me for the weekend in New Orleans. We drank cocktails made with bourbon and the bitters invented by Antoine Amedie Peychaud in the early 19th century. This great New Orleans apothecary used an egg cup, or coquetier, to measure out his famous Sazerac, and so was born the cocktail. (Historians challenge this story, but as Winston Churchill said of Camelot, “It’s all true, or it ought to be.”) On page 68, Rien Fertel captures the spirits of the Big Easy, with all its heady sweetness and bitterness, through the ideal medium of cocktails. Consider his story an extended toast and a thing of great cheer. —Jay Heinrichs Editorial Director
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SPEAKING OF LUCK
Thanks for the October feature on public speaking [“Don’t Just Stand There”]. My first public speaking experiences were in junior high. I always count myself fortunate that I started so early. Now, I do it for a living. Some of the ways I stay comfortable? First, I remember to have faith in my message and find ways to make it fun. Second, I get there early enough to greet some of the audience members one-on-one. Third, I try to focus on how lucky I am to have the opportunity to see new places on Southwest’s route map and beyond. —S H E L H O R O W I T Z H A D L E Y, M A S S A C H U S E T T S
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I really enjoyed the article on Wally Amos [“Are You Famous Amos?” September 2013]. In 1978, when I was 20 years old, my best friend and I went to visit my older cousin in Los Angeles, and he took us to all the happening places in the city. One of those places was Famous Amos in Hollywood. At that time it was a very unique and enjoyable experience! I just looked in my scrapbook from the trip and I still have a piece of a napkin from the store. I plan on sending this article to my cousin who introduced me to Famous Amos cookies 35 years ago! —A A R O LY N M c C U L L O U G H O A K PA R K , M I C H I G A N
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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, you’re among diverse and extraordinary faculty in the social sciences, arts and humanities who are international leaders in their fields. Their honors include Guggenheim and MacArthur awards, the Kyoto Prize and Pulitzer Prizes – and we have earned Tony, Grammy, Academy and other awards for intellectual and artistic excellence. UC San Diego scientists and scholars bring new understanding and solutions to the challenges faced by our state, our nation and our world.
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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.
UC San Diego faculty are MacArthur Foundaton “genius grant” award winners.
Theatre and dance professor Judith Dolan is a Tony Award-winning costume designer. Her work has influenced today’s theater, bringing life to characters in companies throughout the U.S. and abroad.
CAROL PADDEN Communication department professor Carol Padden, a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient, is studying new sign languages throughout the world to shed light on the forces that drive the formation of language.
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Jessica Graham’s research contributes to the increasingly transnational orientation of U.S. history at UC San Diego and enhances a cluster of history department faculty who work on race and ethnicity.
Social Sciences graduate programs and specialities are among the top 20 in the nation. U.S. News & World Report
SUSAN SHIRK China expert Susan Shirk, a professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, moves easily between classroom and high-level meetings and special assignments at the U.S. State Department.
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I read the article “Chomp, Chomp” in your September issue. While I enjoyed it, you printed something misleading. The Chocolate Salted Rye Cookies from Tartine Bakery in San Francisco are not gluten-free if they contain rye flour. Rye is a member of the wheat family, and rye flour definitely has gluten. A person with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance would get sick from eating this. I hope the bakery isn’t misleading their customers about the ingredients in their products.
I took a peek at your September issue during those “non-electronic” minutes from when the door is closed to 10,000 feet. Usually I start working or doing something else when allowed to use electronic devices again, but I couldn’t put this issue down and found myself feeling like the Cookie Monster. I wanted to eat every cookie pictured or described! Then I realized that all the recipes were available online (spiritmag.com/cookies)! Upon returning home, I printed out the entire booklet and began testing. I’ve often said your magazine is the best of all the airline magazines, but it just keeps getting better and better. Thanks for giving us all something fun to do during those non-electronic minutes and throughout the flight. Spirit is just another great thing about a great airline!
—ROBIN SMITH DENVER
Thanks for the heads-up, Robin. You’re absolutely right; both wheat and rye flour contain the gluten protein. People with celiac disease, an immune response to gluten, should avoid those cookies. On the other hand, some people simply have trouble digesting wheat; they can give the cookies a try. A DASH OF HISTORY
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I savored the September article on cookies and made sure to check out the recipes online when I got home. I was particularly interested in the one for Oatmeal-Coconut Butter Cookies from Australian chef Curtis Stone since those three ingredients are found in the iconic Australian Anzac biscuit. (“Biscuit” is the term used for “cookie” in Australia.) Sure enough, the two recipes are very similar. Anzac biscuits were sent to men fighting as part of the ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) forces overseas during World War I. They are hard cookies designed to travel well through the mail and provide troops with carbohydrates for energy. This interesting history is an extra “ingredient” of Curtis Stone’s cookie recipe, which makes it that much more special. —S A R A D O W N E S ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA
Wow, that is interesting, Sara. It’s rare that a confection designed for warfare would make a great, um, biscuit.
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’Tis the Season... If a time-travel device tops your gift list this holiday season, you might consider doing your shopping at the multiplex. In December’s biggest movie releases, Tom Hanks, Ben Stiller, Evangeline Lilly, Jennifer Lawrence, and Tyler Perry span time, space, Middle-Earth, and a whole bunch of decades. In American Hustle, Bradley Cooper’s ’70s garb and goofy ’do look prehistoric. In Walking with Dinosaurs, the T. rexes look alive and new. In between this month’s feasting and the gifting, work your own time machine, and touch down at the movies.
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...To Get to the Movies And there are plenty of big ones to get wrapped up in.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
DECEMBER 13 Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and the gang return in part two of director Peter Jackson’s eyepoppingly beautiful (if a little, um, sluggish) Hobbit Trilogy.
Walking with Dinosaurs
DECEMBER 25 DECEMBER 20 If you’re prone Immerse yourself to fantasies of a in prehistoric times sword-wielding with this 3-D epic. Keanu Reeves, Rendered here in Santa has jaw-dropping delivered for CGI, brachiosaurs you. In this epic and stegosaurs slice-and-dicer, have never seemed Reeves joins a so real. But don’t band of samurai worry about them out for revenge jumping off the against a world of screen—unless, evil-doers. of course, you’re wearing your 3-D glasses.
DECEMBER 18 Set in the ’70s and ’80s, this is the ultimate conman-meets-FBImeets-the-mob drama. Director David O. Russell reunites Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, his Silver Linings Playbook stars, to tackle the story of the Abscam sting operation.
A Madea Christmas
DECEMBER 13 Tyler Perry is back with some holiday cheer. Madea’s sassiness reaches a new high as she faces the kind of family drama only the season of giving could bring. Larry the Cable Guy co-stars.
Anchorman 2: Grudge The Legend Match Continues DECEMBER 25 DECEMBER 20 This Anchorman sequel looks to be as hilarious and quote-worthy as the original. Join Ron Burgundy and your favorite news team as they try to revive their careers in the Big Apple.
It’s Rocky vs. Raging Bull in this comedy starring Stallone and De Niro. The polar-opposite acting talents play washed-up boxing rivals training for one last rematch. Our money’s on a double knockout.
Saving Mr. Banks
DECEMBER 20 Turns out there’s more to Mary Poppins than a spoonful of sugar. Discover the backstory and struggle behind one of Disney’s most enduring classics, with Tom Hanks as the great Walt Disney himself.
Inside Llewyn Davis
DECEMBER 20 From film smart alecks the Coen brothers comes a heartrending tale of a folkie trying to navigate the Greenwich Village music scene of the ’60s. The cast includes Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Oscar Isaac.
DECEMBER 18 Spike Jonze’s first movie since Where the Wild Things Are is, well, an uncommon love story. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a divorcé who falls for his computer operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty DECEMBER 25 Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) has never done much with his life. But when he and his unrequited love (Kristen Wiig) are on the brink of getting sacked, he embarks on a trip around the world to save more than just their jobs.
The Wolf of Wall Street
DECEMBER 25 Leo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese (The Departed, The Aviator Aviator) team up again for this film based on the true story of get-rich-quick stockbroker Jordan Belfort, whose life is all laughs—until the feds show up.
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9 black tea bags 2 ounces ground masala spice blend 2 ounces freshly grated ginger
1. Make masala tea syrup:
Simmer ingredients in 4 cups water for 20 minutes. Strain into a liquid measuring cup, then add an equal amount of sugar to create a 1:1 syrup. Stir until dissolved.
DR I N K I N DE T R OI T
Masala Milk Punch
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“Last year—the first year Sugar House was open—we got a lot of requests for hot cocktails, so we started riffing on the traditional ones. My wife and I love Indian food, and there’s this restaurant we go to when we’re in Chicago called Clay Oven that has the best masala chai tea. Last time we went, I thought, I’d love to use this in a cocktail. So when we got home, I made a warm version of it. The masala spice mixture is heavy on ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper. That, combined with the heartiness of the milk, is just killer. And I love how the spiciness of the rye, the sweetness of the rum, and the fruitiness of the cognac go together. At the bar, we jokingly call it the trifecta of booze.”
¾ ounce Rittenhouse rye ¾ ounce Chalfonte VSOP cognac ¾ ounce Brugal Añejo rum 2 ounces whole milk
2. Fill a 9-ounce mug with
boiling water. In a separate /2 ounce glass, combine 1/ 1/2 masala tea syrup with ingredients above. When mug is hot, discard water, pour contents of glass into mug, and top with boiling water. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg.
WHO Dave Kwiatkowski, owner/head bartender WHERE Sugar House WEB sugarhousedetroit.com
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Chickpea Bites “These are part of a section of the menu we call ‘snacks’— something to have a few bites of while we’re preparing your starters and main course. It’s a wicked-easy recipe: Chickpea flour is used to make batter, which you season with Parmesan, lemon juice, and cayenne—mainstream ingredients that go really well together. The key is to get a really nice fry on them, so they’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. When I was growing up, my mother
and grandmother were always standing over the stove pan-frying something, so to me it’s second nature. The fun part about this recipe is that you can cut the batter into whatever size and shape pieces you want.” WHO Louis DiBiccari, chef/owner WHERE Tavern Road WEB tavernroad.com
2 2 2½ 2 ½ 1
quarts vegetable stock cups whole milk cups sifted chickpea flour cups grated Parmesan cup fresh lemon juice tablespoon cayenne pepper
1. Bring stock to boil. Whisk
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2. Spread out in a baking pan,
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cool, then refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares, then fry on all sides in vegetable oil.
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Cardiovascular care at UTMB. Its about ge It’ getting y life back. your ack.
John has always enjoyed fishing with the guys and dancing with his wife. Afte Af r having coronary bypass surgery at age 42, he got back to his life. But this year, 17 years later, he knew something wasn’t right. T sts confirmed John’s suspicions. Te Because he’d already had a bypass, the only option appeared to be gett t ing on a tt heart pump and waiting for a transplant. Then the cardiovascular team at UTMB Health took another look and saw another way. They recommended an aggressive bypass graft f procedure. It was a high risk ft given John’s history, but it off f ered a greater ff chance of getti t ng his full life back. And he tti trusted the UTMB team. John benefited from the work of a team of skilled specialists, subspecialists, surgeons, nurses, and technicians. These are gifted clinicians who teach others their art, using the very latest equipment, technology and techniques. Today John is back on his boat and before long he’ll be back doing the cha-cha.
Left: Daniel Beckles, MD, PhD, FACS, FACC, FCCP Director, Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery Center Left: Michael Silva, Jr., MD, FACS Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Center Right: Shreyas Modi, MD, FACC Director, Heart Station, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Inpatient Services and CCU
Cardiovascular care at UTMB is comprehensive and state of the art, from heart rhythm studies to bypass to transplants to cardiac rehab. With more than 40 primary and specialty care locations in the Houston/Galveston Bay Area, visiting is easy and appointments are convenient. And we’re accessible 24/7 through our nurse-staf taffe taf ffed Access Center.r.r If your heart is holding you back, do what John did. Tak T e charge of your health and call us at 800-917-8906, or go to utmbhealth.com to work wonders for you.
Right: George Carayannopoulos, MD Director, Heart Rhythm Center The four clinicians featured here are representative of the whole team of specialists spanning our cardiovascular services.
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While You’re There
SALUTE A SCRIBE at the Nashville
Songwriters Hall of Fame, which celebrates legends like Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn, as well as lesser-known writers responsible for some of the greatest hits of country and pop music. nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com
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Opened just two months ago, this high-rise is downtown’s new crown jewel. Its neighbors include Music City Center, the city’s convention hotspot; Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators hockey team; and the newly expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The 21-story tower is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification and is a quick stroll from the livemusic bars on Broadway. Don’t feel like venturing out? Head to Barlines, the Omni’s own honky-tonk, where you can see a show and sample more than 25 varieties of Tennessee whiskey. And if you need some reviving in the morning, hit up the biscuit bar at Kitchen Notes restaurant: It’s stocked with gravy, country ham, and local jam, honey, and butter.
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of us still keep paper maps in our cars.
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Given the direction that navigation systems are going— most new cars and even the dumbest smartphones have some kind of GPS function, right?—you’d think drivers would ditch these paper predecessors. But according to a survey commissioned by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle, nearly half of those who hit the road have maps and atlases stashed in their vehicles. The advantages of taking the paper route? “The battery doesn’t die, it’s easy to use, and it’s easily accessible,” says Cynthia Ochterbeck, editorial director of Michelin Travel Partners. Plus, she says, armed with a physical map, you might find a faster or more picturesque drive. In other words, don’t tell these maps to get lost.
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There have been
3,313 And now we’ve mapped the mythical beast’s footsteps. Using data from reports collected in North America over the past 92 years by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, Joshua Stevens, a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State, plotted the whereabouts of the hairy, ape-like biped, who has made “appearances” in every state but Hawaii. “Most real animals occupy a known habitable zone,” Stevens says. “Sasquatch isn’t so picky, it seems.” The most likely place to stumble upon the legendary creature—if it does indeed exist—is in Washington, where there have been 414 sightings, followed by California (246), and Florida (220). Bigfoot loves warm and cool climates? We can’t really blame the guy.
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sightings of Bigfoot since 1921.
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And what did that fateful text, sent on December 3, 1992, say? A simple, seasonally appropriate “Merry Christmas.” Neil Papworth, a Newbury, England–based software developer, dispatched that maiden message to a client at a holiday party across town. It wasn’t a typical mobile-to-mobile moment, though: Papworth typed his greeting at a PC, and the phone on the receiving end wasn’t even sophisticated enough to send a response. At the time, the event’s historic weight didn’t fully register with Papworth. “I was just proud to be part of the team that spent a year working hard to develop the system,” he says. “It wasn’t until after the 10th anniversary that it dawned on me how significant that day was.” That’s right, a textbook case of delayed gratification.
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We are one. For all. Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare are now one. And the health care world will never be the same. Two of the most trusted names in health care – Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare – have become one: Baylor Scott & White Health. This new organization is the largest nonprofit health care system in Texas. Now we are one for knowledge. One for expertise. One for innovation. One for possibilities. And we share one vision: Creating healthier communities in the areas we serve. And that benefits us all.
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It takes about
There are many hazards for humans making the trek to Mars—bone loss from lack of gravity and excess radiation, among them—but one seemingly innocuous threat should not be overlooked: boredom. The journey takes an approximate 243 days to complete—and that’s just one way. Despite traveling at speeds upwards of 58,000 miles per hour, it makes sense how one could begin to feel adrift. According to the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments, which examines how people cope under high-risk circumstances, prolonged periods without stimulation cause the mind to wander, which, over time, can affect normal brain function. Surely, NASA sanctions Sudoku in space.
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sources for such games, but you can also download other apps for your phone or computer by doing a Google search for “N-back games.”
Dan Hurley is the author of Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power.
Mind Control Science writer Dan Hurley talks untapped intelligence and how to harness it.
illustration By jason schneider
Can you really make yourself smarter? For hundreds of years, psychologists insisted it was impossible to increase fluid intelligence, or your capacity to learn new concepts. But recent scientific discoveries suggest quite the opposite. Before this new research came to light, the only answer for improving our ability was “work harder,” but, as it turns out, there are specific steps we each can take to train our brains.
What are some ways to improve intelligence? One effective method is to play computerized games— sometimes called N-back games—that engage your working memory, forcing you to think on your feet. For example, if I were to read you four numbers and then ask you to repeat them backwards, you would be using your working memory. Lumosity is one of the most popular
Any other ways to boost brain function? Physical exercise has been proven to enhance cognitive ability. There’s some debate over which is better: cardiovascular training or strength training. I say try both. The important thing is to constantly push your limits and challenge yourself in new ways. If you’re a runner, add weights to your workout regimen. Another thing that seems to be good for our brains is learning to play a new musical instrument. Anything else? It’s been suggested that mindful meditation improves brain function because, in doing it, you have to stay focused. With any of these methods, though, the most important thing to remember is that you have to stick with them to reap real benefits. It’s natural to want to give up, but pushing yourself to keep going is part of the brain-boosting process. december 2013 spirit
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Love is a Battlefield 1 Psychologist Sue Johnson offers advice on quelling lovers’ quarrels. Sue Johnson is the author of Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships.
Look Deeper “The trigger that spurs an argument is rarely the root of the problem,” Johnson says. “The real questions are almost always ‘Do I matter to you?’ ‘Do you respect me?’ and ‘Will you help when I need you?’ The next time you feel yourself getting swept up in proving a point, take a breath and try to hone in on the heart of the matter.”
Verbalize Vulnerabilities “Open the door for a conversation that repairs rifts instead of deepens them. To do this, you need to first
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accept the things that make you feel vulnerable, and communicate them to your partner. Acknowledging those feelings is what helps us move forward.”
Avoid Criticism “Research tells us that our brain processes rejection from a loved one in the same way it processes physical pain. Criticism signals to your mate that he or she has lost your support and protection, and it should be avoided altogether if there is hope for reconciliation.”
Forgo a Shutdown “Pushing your partner away is a disastrous strategy. Instead, admit if there’s something you’re confused about. Confessing that you don’t know what to say is better than walking away.”
Make Needs Known “Be specific about what you need from your loved one. This will help him or her respond constructively. Research shows that couples who talk about their needs in a respectful way have a better chance of staying together long-term.”
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I’d been feeling grumpy and tired all day, and was probably showing it as I slowly climbed a big hill on my bike commute home. Another cyclist came up beside me and asked if I wanted a push. Assuming he was joking, I laughed and said, ‘Yeah!’ He was not. That Good Samaritan put his hand on my back and pushed me to the top of the hill. Then he rode away, leaving me grateful and not at all grumpy. Jennifer Corbett SAN FRANCISCO
While killing time in a consignment store one day, my husband let our 1-year-old daughter briefly play with one of those motorized Power Wheels cars. An older woman saw the two of them, went straight to the register, and bought it for us. Then she approached my husband, telling him it would be waiting for us at the front when we were ready to go. Amanda Miller RAYTOWN, MO
As I was getting gas one day, I somehow locked my keys in the car, along with my phone and wallet. A stranger offered me the use of her phone, but I couldn’t reach anyone. So, with her small children in tow, she drove me home, where I got in with a hidden spare key and grabbed my extra set of car keys. She then drove me back to the gas station, refusing anything in return. Helen Hughes
Evacuating from Hurricane Katrina, my family and I stopped at a coffee shop in Caldwell, Texas, only to see a note on the door saying it was closed. As we sat in our car bemoaning our poor luck, the shop’s owner knocked on the window and asked what he could get for us. Then he brought coffees for the grown-ups, Italian sodas for the kids, and pastries for everyone, and told us everything was on the house. We were so touched by his gesture that we sat there and cried for about 20 minutes. Matt Wells HOUSTON
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basics necessary to achieve maximum output. For example, your boss’s ongoing choice to provide employees with beepers in a smartphone world could be a hindrance. Ditto his refusal to hire enough staff, provide adequate training, or pay the electric bill. But the good news is that many factors are at least partially within your control. Things like managing time wisely, working smart, and showing up ready to perform. Easy peasy, right? It can be, if you know some proven strategies. PRODUCTIVITY, PERSONIFIED It’s a little after 11 p.m. in Austin, Texas, and Monica Maldonado Williams has just sat down at her home computer to work on her “side project,” GivingCity, a magazine about and for the philanthropic community. But this is just the beginning of the end of her day. Upon waking at 6:30 this morning, Williams made a mental to-do list, powered through the morning rush to get her two young children off to school, then recorded a rambling conversation with herself on the drive to her full-time job as marketing and communications director for the Austin Lyric Opera. While there, she raised funds, mastered the Web, sold tickets to Verdi’s Don Carlo, participated in meetings, and attracted media attention. She also had lunch. Around 5:30, she left the office, picked up a latte on the way home, drove to youth choir practice, ate the slow-cooker meal she started this morning, and read to her children. At some point between waking up nearly 17 hours ago and sitting now at her computer, eating a single Ghirardelli chocolate, she also managed to squeeze in a 30-minute run and spend a few minutes engaged in semi-meaningful conversation with her husband. Now, before you go thinking this is a script for one of those 1980s “My
A philosopherphysicist may subscribe to the notion that time is an illusion. Your manager does not. gender is just as good as your gender, and I’m smokin’ hot” advertisements, you should know that it’s been pretty well established that no one can have it all. No, this is simply a description of one day in a very real person’s very productive life—and there are lessons in it for all of us. TIME—IT JUST KEEPS ON TICKING While the philosophizing physicist in you may subscribe to the notion that time is an illusion, the manager who conducts your annual review probably does not. As a result, you must acknowledge that time actually does exist (at least in the professional world) and come to grips with the fact that it is not renewable. Nor does it give a darn whether you are on Facebook, in a meeting, or writing a report— which can be a problem in terms of productivity. “Time passes whether or not you make a conscious decision about how to use it,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. “Since there’s no chance to pause, not choosing is still a choice.” Once you’ve come to terms with the fact that the Rolling Stones were wrong and time is not, in fact, on your side, the next step is attempting to put it in its place. For Williams, as with many productive people, that means starting the day with a list. “At first I wake up in a mild panic.
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Killjoy alert: A “strategic break” is not a free pass to spend hours at a time on fantasy football or Angry Birds, or to binge-watch all six seasons of Lost. But little doses of those things might be considered “dawdling purposefully” if they lift your mood, reduce stress, and boost your will to reformat that spreadsheet. Williams’ daily download on her morning commute, grabbing an afternoon coffee, and snacking on a piece of chocolate—all of these things help her stay more productive in the long run. That’s in part because mind-wandering time can be good for creativity and problemsolving, but also because rewards are terrific behavior reinforcers (i.e., we are suckers for treats). “Sometimes you have to figure out little motivators for yourself and visualize the long-term reward,” Williams says. To that end, when she needs to stay up late working on GivingCity, she gives herself time to eat from her secret stash of chocolate and “poke around [the Internet] looking at gowns for the opera. Then I’m sitting there already, just a click away from my work.” MOVE IT, OR … JUST MOVE IT, OKAY?! Newsflash No. 1: In case you haven’t heard, exercise is good for you. Newsflash No. 2: So is eating well and getting a good night’s sleep. Newsflash No. 3: Obesity and other chronic health problems cost the U.S. more than $150 billion in lost workplace productivity every year. Newsflash No. 4: You can work exercise into your day. Really. Wellness and productivity are interconnected on so many levels it’s hard to know where to start. According to Tim Church, a professor at
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Pennington Biomedical Research Center, “There’s no doubt that wellness affects productivity. When you’re physically active, you sleep better, have more energy, are in a better mood, are less likely to be sick, and are more likely to be at work.” Exercise is also really good for clearing your head and keeping you sharp. Did you know that some scholars believe Einstein conceived of relativity while riding his bike? All of that physiological goodness can work for the rest of us, too. Williams says, “Often when I run or exercise, I have epiphanies. It’s the time when all the stuff in my brain shifts down.” But don’t be disheartened if you can’t squeeze in hours and hours of marathon training every week. Church says research shows even doing small things, like walking to lunch rather than sitting at your desk skipping a meal, can make people more productive. Unless you have a really progressive boss who invested in standing desks last year, you probably sit … a lot. While most of our work demands it, Church says there is still a lot of benefit in simply “breaking up the bouts of prolonged sitting” by walking 50 feet every half hour or so. If we just muster what it takes to move, it’s a win-win for our employers and us. “At this point, we can confidently say that a physically active person is more likely to be a productive employee,” Church says. IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS In addition to the big stuff, there are many small things you can do throughout the day to increase professional productivity. If, like Williams (who, by the way, thinks of sleep “by the week and not by the night”), you keep occasional late nights, a catnap can help you control impulses and ignore distractions— two things that are really hard when you’re sleep-deprived. Just tell your boss you’re “going George Costanza.” Maybe it will turn into a thing.
A catnap can help you control impulses, something really hard to do when you’re sleep-deprived. Just tell your boss you’re “going George Costanza.” Also, don’t forget that lunch is more than just good times down at the commissary—it’s actually energy you need to make smart decisions. Finally, be the master of your technology rather than vice versa. While it’s a good practice to stay on top of email, doing it while writing a press release, answering sales calls, or meeting with a client is stressful and distracts you from completing anything well and in a timely manner. So, what does a productive day look like? For Williams, it’s one that “hits every base—finalizing a few things at the opera, meeting deadlines, and doing the things my family needs me to do.” According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Time Use Survey, people with lives similar to Williams’ spend more than a third of each day eking out a living. When you consider those eight-plus hours, you might as well make the most of them; you might as well make the effort to hit every base. Jill Coody Smits is an Austin, Texas– based journalist. Find her online at blueseedcommunications.com.
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begins in a graveyard. It’s a sweltering Sunday morning, and, accompanied by my girlfriend, I’m dizzily weaving among the city’s famed marble and plaster aboveground crypts, armed with a shoulder bag full of liquor and lemons and sugar. A tourist couple, gasping in the 100plus degree August heat, stops me to ask the location of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau’s mausoleum. “Wrong St. Louis Cemetery,” I reply. “This is No. 3; she’s in No. 1, the older cemetery opposite the French Quarter.” Like the couple, I’m searching for a single tomb among thousands: the burial site of Joseph Santini, who, in 1852, dreamed up the world’s first fancy cocktail, the brandy crusta, a mixture of strong spirits and loads of citrus in a sugar-rimmed glass, which ushered in a world of vastly more prevalent sidecars and margaritas. For his effort, the Italian immigrant and owner of the Jewel of the South saloon became one of history’s first bartender celebrities—he’s the only one mentioned by name in the first cocktail book ever written, Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks: Or the Bon-Vivant’s Companion. I consider offering the visiting couple an invitation to join me in tracking down the once acclaimed, now largely forgotten Santini, and honoring him with a graveside drink. But unfortunately for them, I didn’t bring enough ingredients to make brandy crustas for us all. he catalyst for my inferno-hot descent into the land of spirits—in both senses of the word—was Chris Hannah, chief bartender at Arnaud’s French 75 Bar and my Virgillike guide in most matters of mixed drinks. In a city that stands by its claim as the site of the cocktail’s invention—a theory long debunked—he stands out as one of New Orleans’ most trusted and beloved barkeeps. 70 SPIRIT DECEMBER 2013
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Chris Hannah pours an original brandy crusta at Arnaudâ€™s French 75 Bar.
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At Kingfish, Chris McMillian plays the role of bartender and raconteur. Here, he prepares a Sazerac. Below: His fruit-filled take on a Pimm’s Cup.
So much so that the “Hannah” has recently become a popular costume during Mardi Gras and other local masquerades: Fans mimic his workaday uniform of white tuxedo jacket, black bow tie, thickrimmed glasses, and shaved pate. “We’re all in a play called New Orleans,” Hannah explains, offering his theory of the city. “We dress up and play the part, and I assume the role of bartender.” It’s a role he embraced after relocating from Baltimore 10 years ago, dedicating himself to the art and preservation of classic cocktail preparation. Since then, the French 75 Bar, a cozy, wood- and brick-laden domicile tucked inside the 95-year-old Arnaud’s restaurant, has been consistently recognized as one of the country’s most celebrated drinking
destinations (and certainly the choicest location to get a French 75, a bubbling beauty made with cognac, fresh lemon juice, and champagne). In less than a decade, Hannah and a host of other bartenders have reinvented New Orleans as a contemporary cocktail capital. The city has become a close-knit, yet accessible, community that uproots young spirits slingers to settle here, making it a global hot spot where history and modern mixology collide. Hannah details NOLA’s tug on budding barmen and women: “We have a unique opportunity to work where this was all invented. We can go see Harry Ramos’ grave and make his gin fizzes,” a famous New Orleans concoction that enriches the traditional gin, lemon, and carbonated water cocktail with cream, egg white, sugar, and orange-flower water. “Or we visit Joseph Santini.” I ponder this only-in–New Orleans moment—the hilarious morbidity of cemetery cocktails—while Hannah sets to creating Santini’s classic quaff. It’s so named
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because the rim of a chilled glass is rubbed with sliced lemon, then rolled in sugar to form a citrusy-sweet crust. He stirs together cognac, orange curaçao, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters with cracked ice, then pours the chilled combination over an entire lemon peel. Alongside this, he serves me his on-the-spot interpretation of the original crusta, blending pisco, lime juice, Clément Créole Shrubb (a spiced blend of rums from the island of Martinique), Cherry Heering, and orange bitters. Santini’s version is the embodiment of harmony and tension: slightly acidic, moderately bitter, and more than a little sweet. Hannah’s adaptation counterbalances the balance, using soft flavors to match the boldness of cherry and orange. The sublimely bracing contrast between the two drinks is mesmerizing, transporting. I realize that New Orleans is more than a city built on the past—it’s a place tippling
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glass, he might ritualistically hurl himself into some baroque verse written by a 19th-century imbiber: Then comes the zenith of man’s pleasure. / Then comes the julep—the mint julep … Possessing the pleasantly avuncular mien of a Southern Garrison Keillor, McMillian is a drink-stirring reference guide to New Orleans, cocktails, and just about everything in between. On my most recent visit to Kingfish, I witnessed a McMillian lesson on the Croatian origin of maraschino cherries, which suddenly zigzagged, after he spotted a customer’s summer-season cravat, into an account on the history of seersucker. Like his encyclopedic mind, McMillian’s menu reflects a passionate appreciation for timeless drinks. He preps standard cocktails, but with his own modest, always thoughtful details: His mint julep uses peach simple syrup; his Pimm’s Cup, fresh, seasonal berries. But he’d never tinker with the Sazerac— the state’s official cocktail, as proclaimed by legislative decree—an old-fashioned blend of rye, bitters, and absinthe that has remained unfussed with since its inception more than a century and a half ago. With my hands sticking to the icy cold of my julep glass, it strikes me that though the city’s cocktail first flourished in other neighborhoods throughout New Orleans, it is here within the scant 13-by-six square blocks of the French Quarter (aka the Vieux Carré), the site of so much boozy history and culture, that a truly extraordinary renaissance is occurring. f McMillian is the city’s cocktail historian, across the street at SoBou, head bar chef Abigail Gullo is its premier performer, a matchless entertainer behind the bar. She is a recent transplant from New York City, where she worked as a theater teacher and off-Broadway singer and actress. Obsessed since she was a child with drawings of fancy, old-school drinks printed on diner place mats, the grown Gullo began making increasingly elaborate drinks at home. She studied bartenders, entered and won an amateur
contest, and made a name for herself at a hip Brooklyn bar called Fort Defiance. Her trajectory mirrored that of other bartenders I met, especially in one regard: They fell hard for New Orleans and its passion for drinks during the city’s Tales of the Cocktail convention. First held in 2002, the annual summer event has grown from a few bartenders to more than 20,000 professionals and aficionados. After attending Tales for three years straight, her enthusiasm for New Orleans compelled Gullo to answer a classified ad posted online by the restaurant group behind Commander’s Palace, the champion of haute Creole cuisine. Commander’s co-proprietors, cousins Ti Martin and Lally Brennan, launched the city’s cocktail resurgence in 2004 with the Swizzle Stick Bar. They had a thing for spectacle; for years it seemed that half of New Orleans would convene
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Favored by famed Louisiana politician Huey Long, this frothy concoction, consisting of gin, egg white, cream, orange-flower water, lemon and lime juice, sugar, and seltzer, was first shaken in 1888 by jovial barman Henry Ramos. TRY IT Long’s favorite spot for sipping one, and the best place to go still today? The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel. 123 Baronne St.
The first iteration of this cocktail (a blend of rye, sugar, Peychaud’s bitters, and absinthe) appeared around 1850. TRY IT Each year, the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society bestows its Seal of the Sazerac to a handful of establishments, creating a growing archive of locations where you’re guaranteed an unadulterated version of the drink. Among this year’s inductees: Cane & Table (1113 Decatur St.), Kingfish (337 Chartres St.), and Galatoire’s 33 (215 Bourbon St.).
This fruity cooler emerged during World War II, when whiskey was rare and rum flowed freely. TRY IT The site of the drink’s creation, Pat O’Brien’s (718 St. Peter St.), is a fine place to start. (But it’s now produced using a proprietary mix.) For a taste of the original, made with fresh lemon juice and housemade passion-fruit syrup, head to Tiki Tolteca, an island escape located upstairs from Felipe’s Taqueria (301 N. Peters St.).
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in this elegant saloon to witness the bartender tenderly chipping away at a massive ice block for each drink. Gullo promptly signed on for the cousins’ latest endeavor, the playfully named SoBou, for “South of Bourbon Street.” “I blossomed when I moved here,” Gullo tells me. Literally. Each shift she wears a freshly plucked hibiscus bloom in her hair. On my most recent visit, she sported a punky necklace emblazoned with Brandy in fancy script. Her personality is as charismatically warm and sunny as her often floral- and spice-tinged cocktails. My favorite is her Charbonneau Way, made with rye, maple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon, Suze (a French aperitif with dandelion notes), a spritz of absinthe, and a healthy garnish of fresh thyme. “It’s about stories,” she reveals, “great stories.” The Charbonneau Way, named for the road to her family’s
compound and sugar shack in the Catskill Mountains, reminds her of home. The rye (her favorite spirit), the maple trees yielding their winter syrup, and the wild thyme that flourishes there add up to a memory-driven yet innovative drink that is at once very personal but can be appreciated by all. This blending of historical inspection with personal introspection also drives Nick Detrich, managing partner and chief bartender at Cane & Table, which auspiciously opened its doors during this July’s Tales of the Cocktail—just in time to see throngs of booze enthusiasts crowd the bar and its beautiful back
Abigail Gullo (left) is the beauty and the brains at SoBou (right). Above: Her Charbonneau Way cocktail.
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courtyard. You can’t blame the young native of Bloomington, Indiana, for wanting to get to work serving his friends and fans. He moved to New Orleans in 2008, when, admittedly, his cocktail knowledge covered the fact that “there are certain drinks you’re supposed to stir and certain drinks you’re supposed to shake.” He began working at Cure, a bar that, after opening in 2009, introduced many a New Orleanian to bitters and Italian spirits and soon became a forerunner in the city’s modern cocktail boom. Detrich caught on quickly, progressing from the technical side of drink-making to blindtasting spirits, while always following his nose, and affection, for rum. After two years behind the bar, he endeavored to open his own joint, a straight-up tiki bar—
one of those rum-heavy, South Pacific–themed lounges with names like Don the Beachcomber and Tonga Room that were popular in the 1930s and -40s and have been enjoying a recent revival. Detrich envisioned a one-room watering hole–in-the-wall, where a single bartender, armed with just an ice shaver and a blender, could serve “old men guzzling down Kupa Kais and scorpion bowls.” But the Cure empire expanded, opening Bellocq, a stylishly current bar that specializes in cobblers, a decidedly antiquarian mix of a base spirit (usually a fortified wine or digestif liqueur) with fruit, sugar, and a heap of crushed ice. Detrich decided to partner with his bosses and to scratch an itch to dive even deeper into the past. “I started looking at rum’s influence in the spice trade routes, and the history and development with sailors and merchant marine culture for Her Majesty’s Royal Navy—looking at what there was before there were cocktails,” he explains. The spirit at the core of these maritime yesteryears was, of course, rum.
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Rum’s the word at Cane & Table. From left: Chief bartender Nick Detrich; the open-air courtyard; the Boss Colada in its all-natural go-cup; the bar’s cloistered interior.
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Cane & Table’s mission reflects the era when punches (think alcohol, lemon, sugar, water, and tea or spices), not cocktails, ruled the world of imbibing. Finding inspiration in a host of 18th- and 19th-century recipes, Detrich concocts his own house-spiced rum, flavored with golden raisins, bay leaves, and freshly grated nutmeg. Detrich describes his specialty cocktails, such as the aquavit-tinged Danish Fly and Word to the Junglebird, made with Monkey Shoulder scotch, as “big, boozy, silly drinks” and likens himself to the city’s resident satyr of spirits. Cherubic and sincerely geeky, he looks and plays the part, and it reflects in the creativity, and creative naming, that goes into his cocktails. The Boss Colada updates the traditional beach-time drink with fresh pineapple and lime juices, silky house-made orgeat (almond) syrup, and two varieties of bitters. For a slight upcharge you can get it served in a whole, cored pineapple or coconut to take for a jaunt around the French Quarter (the city’s liberal drinking laws allow for portable drinks,
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aka go-cups, citywide). “I wanted to embrace the whole culture of New Orleans,” Detrich admits. “It’s a race to the most ridiculous cup, and no one can top a whole pineapple or coconut.” Detrich encourages me to meander over to where, until now, the last vestiges of tiki culture in New Orleans have survived: Bourbon Street. The world’s most carnivalesque thoroughfare remains the time-honored home of all those exceedingly saccharine and overly potent drinks, served in all types of garish neon and plastic drinkware and bearing labels like Hand Grenade, Shark Attack, and, most famously, hurricane. Their names send a clear message: These drinks are made to cause damage (with the usual side effect of extreme merrymaking). DECEMBER 2013 SPIRIT
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Just then, right in the middle of Bourbon Street, I’m gobsmacked to discover a bar serving genuine, freshly made cocktails. Here, at the newly remodeled Bourbon O’ Bar, Cheryl Charming—author of 14 books on drink-making—seeks to tell all sides of New Orleans’ spirit-informed story. Her menu includes the Gator Death Roll, a nod to Bourbon Street’s party drinks (except here it’s made with freshly squeezed juices, imported Italian cherries, and a topping of champagne), and seasonal cocktails like Charming’s mix of two of the city’s most popular desserts, which she calls the Bananas Foster Snow Cone: a refreshing mound of shaved ice soaked with rum, banana and butterscotch liqueurs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and condensed milk. The menu leads off with a list of historic New Orleans cocktails. You can experience the wonders of an original hurricane (made with passion-fruit syrup and fresh juices), and it’s possible to quietly sip a properly prepared Sazerac amid the crush of Bourbon Street’s ceaseless saturnalia. And there, at the bottom of the menu’s first page, next to a tiny portrait of a mustachioed Joseph Santini, one can find the brandy crusta.
“It was interesting and challenging,” Charming says, when I ask her about crafting her multifaceted menu, “but everything has its place.” Innovative concoctions and goofy, lowbrow blends; bartenders and bar chefs and mixologists; juleps and hurricanes and brandy crustas: Every drink and drink maker has its place in New Orleans. ack at St. Louis No. 3, we circle around to the cemetery’s front gates, where I finally find a nondescript, whitewashed mausoleum, plainly labeled: Santini Family. There, at the final resting place of Joseph Santini, my girlfriend and I take refuge from the sun in the tomb’s shadow, and I set to mixing a pair of brandy crustas. After shaking the brandy, orange curaçao, and maraschino liqueur in a small tumbler, I encrust the rims of two glasses (okay, plastic cups) with sliced lemon and sugar, then strain the liquid mixture over a large paring of lemon peel. The resulting concoction is bright on the palate—syrupy, tart, and remarkably potent: the most perfectly refreshing sultry-weather cocktail. Before leaving the tomb behind, I scroll through an e-copy of the brandy crusta’s original recipe on my phone, taking note of the final step in crafting the cocktail. The last line reads, simply, “Then smile.” It suffices to say that I was already doing just that, so I raise my cup to Joseph Santini, drain the final sip, and smile again. Rien Fertel is a Louisiana native with a Ph.D. in history. He is currently writing a book about whole-hog barbecue pitmasters across the South.
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Boss Colada NICK DETRICH, CANE & TABLE 11/ 1/2 1/ /2 ounces pineapple juice 1 ounce Bittermens Bäska Snaps 1/2 1/ /2 ounce Angostura 7-year-old rum 1/2 1/ /2 ounce orgeat syrup 1/2 1/ /2 ounce lime juice 21 drops Peychaud’s bitters Combine first five ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake 20 times, then fine-strain into a footed pilsner glass filled with pebbled ice. Top with bitters. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Brandy Crusta CHRIS HANNAH, ARNAUD’S FRENCH 75 BAR 11/ 1/2 1/ /2 ounces pisco 1/2 1/ /2 ounce lime juice 1/2 1/ /2 ounce Clément Créole Shrubb 1/4 1/ /4 ounce Cherry Heering 2 dashes orange bitters
Charbonneau Way ABIGAIL GULLO, SOBOU 2 ounces Willett Family Estate rye 1/2 1/ /2 ounce maple syrup 1/2 1/ /2 ounce lemon juice 1/4 1/ /4 ounce Suze absinthe (for misting glass)
Combine ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake, then strain into a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Combine first four ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Hard-shake, then strain into a cocktail glass misted with absinthe. Garnish with a thyme sprig.
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MOST MORNINGS Tony Hsieh walks to The Beat coffee shop at Sixth and Fremont in downtown Las Vegas as carefree as he strolls between his kitchen and living room. Hsieh’s here this morning in the clothes he wears so often you might call them his uniform: blue jeans, black Asics, and a T-shirt affixed with a Zappos logo. Zappos is the online retailer of shoes, apparel, and a growing array of other items that Hsieh, the company’s 40-yearold CEO, has turned into a multibillion-dollar juggernaut over the past decade. Hsieh (pronounced shay) is meeting with Brent Bushnell, whose Los Angeles fi rm, Two Bit Circus, creates high-tech amusements like “Human Asteroids,” a large-scale laser game in which the player—seated on a rolling stool and equipped with a souped-up smartphone— attempts to obliterate the barrage of asteroids being digitally projected on the floor around him. Armed with some $350 million of his own money plus that of some partners, Hsieh has vowed to boost entertainment, education, real estate, and startup tech businesses in one of the most forgotten urban zones in America. The money is already making a difference, at least for these first few blocks east of Fremont Street’s intersection with Las Vegas Boulevard. Hsieh is taking Bushnell to the site of one of his new purchases and restoration projects: the once thriving but now shuttered Western Hotel and Casino. “Only six months ago, I wouldn’t walk here at night,” Hsieh tells Bush-
nell, smiling as he talks—which is saying a lot for someone who isn’t known for sweeping emotional gestures and who was a stone-faced poker player in Vegas before he moved his company here. “We want to [create a safe environment] all the way down to Maryland Parkway.” But one company doesn’t turn around an urban core by itself. Signs of community stability and vibrant economic and cultural diversity are beginning to appear in many places around Las Vegas—as a result of Hsieh’s efforts and the town’s gutsy recovery from the devastation of the Great Recession. The story of that recovery is told, in part, by the growing number of real estate transactions in the area. In 2011, 45 properties in
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downtown Las Vegas were sold for a combined $29 million. That grew to 90 properties and $155 million in 2012. And by the midway point of 2013, private investors had already purchased 50 more properties in the downtown corridor, for a total of $114 million. Many of the buyers are out-of-staters seeking locales with a vibe that caters to Millennials—a crop of twenty- and thirtysomethings who’ve been described as identifying where they want to live before deciding what they’ll do once they get there. Dan Palmeri, a commercial real estate broker, recently told the Las Vegas Sun that companies have historically avoided the gaming capital as a business destination because they didn’t want “Las Vegas” in their
address. “It’s that sin perception,” he noted in the paper. Today, he can’t find enough commercial real estate to meet the demand. Philanthropist Patrick Duffy, president of the Las Vegas Art Museum and a member of the board of directors of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts—a $470 million entertainment complex that opened just under two years ago in downtown—sees the area as leading the way in the city’s exciting renaissance, a job formerly held by the electrifying Strip and its glittery, high-rolling hotels. “What I’ve been watching is the amount of positive energy—the ‘I can, we will’—being generated here,” Duffy says, sitting in The Beat a few weeks before Hsieh’s converDECEMBER 2013 SPIRIT
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spectacularly peculiar retail undertaking would probably be a surprise in almost any city. “Visitors love that,” Duffy says, “to be the person in the know, to go back and tell their friends they discovered this real cool part of Las Vegas.”
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sation with Bushnell. At the bar with lattes and black coffees are a handful of artists; in a corner is a Downtown Project tour director. “And it’s rippling out to the rest of the community.” Daniella Capitano sits across the tiny, round table from Duffy, nodding. She’s a relatively new Vegas transplant who’ll be opening American Vagabond, a women’s clothing boutique, in what’s known as the Downtown Container Park, just a block east of The Beat. Roughly a year under construction, the outdoor mall, which uses repurposed shipping containers for some of its storefronts, is easily identified by the 40-foot-tall, metallic-green praying mantis that stands near its main entrance, next to a geodesic dome that, among myriad other uses, will host talks, digital presentations, concerts, and movie screenings. Hsieh bought the insect, which shoots 12-foot flames from its antennae, from a Salt Lake City sculptor who created it for Burning Man, a festival held every year in the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada. (Hsieh is a regular Burning Man attendee.) Container Park is one of the places Duffy thinks will have an air of secrecy and will occupy a corner of the map that tourists will be stunned to discover in Las Vegas. For that matter, such a
ITH LEGALIZED GAMBLING, strip clubs galore, a historical tie to the mob, and its playfully winking “What happens in Vegas …” marketing campaign, Las Vegas is, in the minds of most people, ground zero for a freewheeling, bacchanalian lifestyle. But Nevada’s first settlers were Mormon, and, in many respects, it is a very conservative state. Brothels are legal and regulated in rural counties with populations under 400,000, but they aren’t legal in Las Vegas, where law enforcement spends untold tax dollars fighting prostitution. If the state, on the whole, swings to the right, it’s a different story in downtown Las Vegas. Real estate agent Steve Franklin deals only in downtown properties. From his vantage point, he sees it as home to the most diverse population in the Las Vegas Valley. “It’s just a real good mix of people,” Franklin says. “Professors, casino workers, lawyers, blacks, whites, Hispanics—and very gay-friendly.” To some, it’s no surprise that the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada opened a brand-new, $4 million facility downtown earlier this year. Its restaurant, Bronze Café, has become a hit. Gathered recently in one of the Center’s meeting rooms was a group responsible for one of the largest protests ever mounted against geneti-
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covered by an electric canopy of digital imagery—will convert one of its towers into separate residential units. Unlike other midsize American cities—such as Austin, whose South Congress Avenue is the place to get coffee, stroll among small shops, or enjoy a drink; or Madison, Wisconsin, where university students and city residents mingle on State Street, a stone’s throw from the capitol—for many decades, Las Vegas hasn’t had a core, a place for the meeting of minds or a fun destination away from the Strip. When I moved here more than a decade ago, finding people with interests that extended beyond gaming took all the ciphering of a knight in search of the Holy Grail. Gated communities governed by the strict
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they could envision putting down roots here. Much of that feeling springs from the fact that when they stumble into downtown, there are now bars, an independent coffee shop, and the palpable energy of development on just about every corner. The search for like minds is less daunting these days and is sometimes as easy as rolling into The Beat.
If coffee isn’t your thing, about a mile southwest of The Beat is the John S. Park neighborhood, one of the city’s few designated historic districts. Some 70 years ago, the area’s power brokers lived here. Local legend has it that Elvis would rest his weary head in a home on Fifth Place, one block east of Las Vegas Boulevard. Over the decades, the elite moved out, the homes plummeted in value, and the neighborhood fell into disrepair. Today it’s an enclave on the rebound, considered desirable due to its proximity to downtown. Professors, lawyers, artists, and others live there. A new class of Vegas resident is moving in, too. Within the borders of John S. Park, techies (call them computer nerds or geeks—in today’s
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of money for something as ambitious yet uncertain as renovating a 69-year-old building. It’s what strikes Swanson as so remarkable. That, and the fact that he actually lives in downtown Las Vegas. “Even when I turned 18, I never went downtown except to meet people at the Fremont Street Experience,” he says, referring to the tourist draw. “It was pretty
sketchy everywhere else.” Swanson has a theory about why “community” is becoming such a tangible force in his home city. “It’s a backlash to having gone so long without [it], that sense of knowing and enjoying your neighbors,” he says. “Now, everybody really, really wants it so bad; it’s overcompensating in a really cool way. I’d even say that the brand of community happening here is unique.” And increasingly youth-oriented. In 2011, the Electric Daisy Carnival, a pulsating music festival geared to ravers, relocated from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The threeday event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway drew 230,000 partiers in its first year; this year it drew more than 300,000. That exploding audience for electronic dance music has spilled onto the Strip, where XS, the ground-floor club at Steve Wynn’s Encore resort, draws an average of 7,000 people on a Saturday night and generates nightly grosses of up to a million dollars. Those numbers are so flattering they’ve bred imitation: Mandalay Bay has opened a club called Light, and the MGM Grand a pulsating fun palace called Hakkasan. Then there’s the Life is Beautiful Festival, which, two months ago, used several blocks of downtown Las Vegas as a sprawling venue. Ticket holders drifted from a pop-up culinary village to an art zone and had access to numerous stages where more than 65 musical acts performed over two days. The festival is expected to become an annual event. At the very least, the inaugural Life is Beautiful was unprecedented—organizers put a fence around 15 blocks of the city. Beautiful—it’s a word rarely used by visitors in the retelling of their wild attempts to live up to Sin City’s reputation. But for those of us who live here, the word
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IKE A TEENAGER seeking to break the bounds of youth, a city’s maturation isn’t without problems. As east Fremont Street has grown more popular to locals and tourists, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police literally have been trying to keep a lid on things. In the last few months, they’ve been doing what heretofore would have been unthinkable: ticketing people for walking the streets with open containers of alcohol. Dizzying change is impacting real estate, too. The purchase of all that property by Hsieh’s Downtown Project has driven up land values to the point where developers of highdensity residential units worry they’ll be priced out of the market. And that’s a problem for several reasons. The demand for urban living is on
WHAT’S INTERESTING ABOUT LAS VEGAS’ TURNABOUT IS THAT IT’S HAPPENING SO QUICKLY, ALMOST RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES. the rise in Vegas, as it is throughout the country. In September, the number of prospective residents rose dramatically when Zappos moved its 1,500 employees from the company’s headquarters in Henderson, Nevada, to Vegas’ old City Hall, which it rehabbed two blocks north of Fremont. Add to that the more than 800 employees of the soon-to-open Downtown Grand (formerly the Lady Luck casino), and you’ve got
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HAT’S INTERESTING about Las Vegas’ turnabout is that it’s happening so quickly, almost right before our eyes. It was just three years ago that Hsieh announced the move of Zappos’ HQ to the urban core. Within a year of that, he announced the formation of the Downtown Project and the planned $350 million investment in education, technology, entertainment, and small business. But why here? Why Vegas? Zappos would have been given the keys to any city in the world when it decided, in 2004, to leave its original home in San Francisco. One factor was the parallel Hsieh sensed between Nevada’s tradition of great customer service and Zappos’ aspiration to be peerless in customer care. But it’s more than that. “Las Vegas has been and always will be the city of possibilities,” Hsieh says. “If we can make downtown Las Vegas—a place probably voted Least Likely To Succeed—a
place of inspiration, entrepreneurial energy, creativity, innovation, and discovery, hopefully we can inspire other communities and cities to transform themselves as well.” Hsieh is more animated than usual as he and Bushnell make their way east on Fremont Street, past Container Park, where the looming praying mantis causes Bushnell to chuckle. Hsieh is talking excitedly about the stores that will open, the kids’ play area planned for the middle of it all, and the Bolt Barbers shop that will occupy a restored caboose and boxcar at the back of the park. Then it’s on to the Western Hotel and Casino, where Bushnell takes rough measurements of the interior, sizing up its potential to house his Two Bit Circus. Across Fremont is a large lot that will be paved for parking. Bushnell is wide-eyed with amazement. “It feels like a city is being cultivated here, and it feels like there’s this whole side of Las Vegas that most
people don’t know or have never heard of,” he says on the phone a few weeks later. “It’s exciting.” Of course, you hear that a lot when people talk about this place. Gambling, bright lights, and neon have always elicited excitement. But Bushnell’s enthusiasm is for the wide-open feel, the sense of a city still being made. There’s territory to explore and opportunity to add to the landscape. You still can’t swing a yard-long alcoholic drink on the Strip without hitting someone saying, “Vegas, baby, Vegas!” But when you do that downtown these days, you better be careful, and you better bring some energy. The person you plunk might be Hsieh himself. And, really, you don’t want to mess with a guy who’s in the business of shipping out loafers. Joe Schoenmann writes for the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Weekly. He lives in downtown Las Vegas.
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The world-famous International Balloon Fiesta attracts some 750,000 visitors each October.
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You’ll get your kicks on Route 66 when you make a trip to this scenic city. With its sunny skies, fiery food, and plethora of year-round pursuits, Albuquerque proves it’s worthy of much more than just a pit stop. Ready to ride? BY AMANDA GLE ASON
BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE HERE
Which view would you rather wake up to?
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Adventure In Albuquerque If you’d like to look out your window and see…
GETTING THERE Fly into Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). cabq.gov/airport UP IN THE AIR
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The tramway ascends 4,000 feet in about 15 minutes.
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Sandia Resort & Casino The towering Sandia Mountains make an enchanting backdrop to this relaxing spread, where outdoor fire pits provide calming warmth.
Hotel Parq Central Just east of downtown, this boutique getaway’s rooftop bar, Apothecary Lounge, crafts concoctions like the Hot Apple Jim, made with clove-infused Jim Beam, cinnamon, and apple cider.
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm Set among 25 acres of lavender fields, this cozy abode gives guests the chance to pitch in at its one-acre farm by pruning roses and milking goats.
If you’d like to elevate your experience in Albuquerque, then catch a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway. The cable car ascends above deep canyons, steep cliffs, and lofty ponderosa pines, delivering you to the top of Sandia Peak, where you can ogle Mount Taylor to the west and Cabezon, the stump of an eroded volcano, to the north. (They’re part of the 11,000-square-mile panoramic view you’ll get of the Rio Grande Valley.) What goes up must come down, and we recommend bringing your skis or snowboard and hitting the slopes for your descent. The tram serves the mountain’s ski area, scheduled to kick off its season in mid-December. It’s comprised of 35 trails suitable for snow bunnies of every age and ability; there’s even a Snow Sports School that offers lessons to ensure you rise to the top of your game. sandiapeak.com Your adventure continues…
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ABQ Trolley Co. Reserve a seat on this openair trolley for a tour of the city’s most dazzling holiday light displays, such as the 55-foottall tree that towers over Old Town.
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Clear skies, calm winds, and mild temps make Albuquerque a year-round hub for hot-air ballooning, so it’s no surprise that the city has become the world’s capital for this high-flying sport. Earn your wings with Rainbow Ryders, a 30-year-old company that offers both sunrise and sunset outings. The journey begins on the ground with the balloon rising to an upright position as the cool air inside it is heated. Once airborne, you’ll enjoy an hour of fly time high above the Rio Grande Valley. “Hot-air balloons move with the wind, which changes direction with altitude,” says president Scott Appelman. Consider that part of the fun, and also this: Upon landing, each guest is presented with a flight certificate, balloon pin, snacks, and a glass of champagne—just what every high roller deserves. rainbowryders.com Your adventure continues…
Valles Caldera National Preserve Located about 90 miles north of Albuquerque in the Jemez Mountains, this 90,000acre expanse, situated inside a collapsed crater, offers horse-drawn sleigh rides each winter.
GETTING AROUND ABQ Ride, the city’s bus system, totes travelers to popular attractions around town. If further exploring is on your agenda, a rental car is your best bet. cabq.gov/transit, itsatrip.org
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Balloons reach heights of up to 3,000 feet.
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Dig into the Past
Immerse yourself in the longest continually inhabited community in the country when you pay a visit to Acoma Pueblo, a Native American village established by the Acoma tribe in the 11th century. It’s still home to more than 250 primitive dwellings, and you can get an inside look at how residents live with a 90-minute guided tour. Knowledgeable tribe members lead guests to notable structures throughout the village, including “kivas” (houses of worship), an ancient cemetery where respected leaders and elders are buried, and San Esteban del Rey, a Spanish mission constructed in the 16th century. As you stroll along, stop to browse the homemade items—including fry bread and ornate pottery—sold by tribe members outside their homes. Now that’s ’ how we like to talk shop. acomaskycity.org ’s
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El Pinto Sink your teeth into the slowbaked red chile ribs at this city staple, which features five indoor dining rooms and a cantina serving more than 160 tequilas.
Twisters Breaking Bad fans will know this burrito and burger joint’s Isleta Boulevard location: It was portrayed as Los Pollos Hermanos in the hit TV show. The chicken logo inside makes the ideal photo op.
GETTING OUT The Vortex Theatre hosts plays, musicals, dances, and more during its holiday festival, happening on weekends from December 6– December 22. vortexabq.org
The pueblo’s oldest remaining homes were built in the 1500s.
Golden Crown Panaderia This neighborhood bakery has perfected biscochitos, the cinnamonflavored state cookie that’s especially popular during the holiday season.
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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Uncover more New Mexico history as you browse statues, murals, and other artifacts from the state’s 19 pueblos.
Breaking Bad may have wrapped up this fall, but the Emmywinning series hasn’t had its final curtain call just yet. The show goes on with the Routes Rentals & Tours “Biking Bad” ride, a wheeled jaunt to key settings seen in the AMC thriller. Tours are offered every other Saturday, year-round. Choose from five themes, ranging from The Pinkman Experience to Walt’s Descent, and prepare to pedal to a dozen locations, such as A1 Car Wash and the White residence. But television isn’t the only industry attracted to this desert locale: Films like The Avengers, Transformers, and No Country for Old Men all feature scenes shot in the area. Movie buffs can access a map of popular sites from the Convention & Visitors Bureau website for a selfguided spin. And that’s a wrap! routesrentals.com, itsatrip.org BRAKE TIME
The Rio Grande River: one stop on the “Biking Bad” tour.
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ArtBar Order a cocktail for a cause at this membersonly nonprofit bar, which raises money for the local arts through its sales. A $5 cover charge grants you access for the month.
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Marble Brewery Try the Marble Red, brewed with caramel malts, at this rousing downtown hangout, where food trucks and live music are mainstays.
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Now here’s a bright idea: Combine topnotch restaurants, stellar resorts, familyfriendly events, and nearly 825 miles of beaches, and you’ll see why some 90 million visitors flocked to Florida in 2012. We scoped out some of the area’s most superb hideaways, sure to GET YOU WARMED UP TO THE SUNSHINE STATE IN NO TIME.
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Northwest Florida Being known for your sugary-white sand and bright turquoise waters is a reputation many destinations would love to have. South Walton, located on the northwest Gulf Coast between Destin and Panama City, earned its bragging rights by showcasing its natural beauty throughout 16 distinct beach neighborhoods. When you’re dining, sightseeing, and just kicking back with backdrops like these, it’s clear that the state’s Panhandle is at the top of its game. Wine festival in South Walton.
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CHEW Here’s some food for thought: Six South Walton-area restaurants have been designated Golden Spoon Award winners, an honor bestowed by the business magazine Florida Trend each year on the state’s top restaurants. So that means you can pull up a chair at top dogs like Fish Out of Water, located in Santa Rosa Beach, and Restaurant Fire, specializing in American dishes with a South Walton twist, and be assured you’re dining at some of the state’s best eateries. SEE Get into the groove of things when you make a trip to the 5th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival held January 17 through January 19. More than
Twenty-six miles of beaches await in South Walton. 100 artists from across the country transform South Walton into a music mecca as they perform in rousing venues along Scenic Highway 30A, a nearly 30-mile corridor that runs along the Gulf of Mexico. DO When in South Walton, do as the locals do. And that means hopping atop a YOLO Board for a stand-up paddleboarding spin. This big-name company, which produces high-
We asked Julia Cunningham of Coastal Realty Group why Gulf County is the ideal place to buy a home. “More than 80 percent of people looking for a second home or investment property can fulfill their wish list in Gulf County. It’s truly Old Florida and provides a unique opportunity to coexist with nature, from the dolphins playing in the surf to the nesting sea turtles. There are no highrises, and the beaches are uncrowded and pet-friendly. After working in corporate America for more than 25 years, I realize how hard it is to actually find a place where you can get away from it all. On Cape San Blas, which is about 50 miles southeast of Panama City, you can truly unwind, read a book, go fishing, scalloping, shelling, or just enjoy long walks on the beach. To see for yourself, check out whycapesanblas. com. Paradise is just a short flight away!”
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quality paddleboards, set up one of its bicoastal headquarters in Santa Rosa Beach. You can test the waters during lessons offered at resorts throughout Northwest Florida. Just remember the company’s fun-loving motto as you’re making that first nosedive into the water. RELAX To fully experience that laid-back Florida vibe, you’ve got to allow time to just chill. And one of the best places to unwind is One Seagrove Place condos, located directly on Seagrove Beach in South Walton. When you’re not busy enjoying the comforts of your two-bedroom, two-bath getaway, complete with a sweeping balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, you’re free to take a dip in the onsite heated pool. If you’re itching for further exploring, then activities such as biking, shelling, and fishing await on Seagrove Beach, so named for the thick grove of oaks, magnolias, hickories, and sand pines that surround the mile-anda-half-long beach. But if you like to keep things a little more low-key, then you’ll appreciate that One Seagrove Place is within walking distance of Seaside, the picturesque community featured in The Truman Show.
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Jacksonville As if South Walton wasn’t impressive enough, head east and your senses will continue to be delighted when you pay a visit to Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, just 20 miles southeast of Jacksonville in the seaside town of Ponte Vedra Beach. Opened in 1928, this AAA Five Diamond resort pleases guests with its two 18-hole golf courses, each featuring a blend of steep bunkers, meandering lagoons, and elevated greens. But if practicing your swing isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty to revel in at this 300-acre beach resort. Take the 30,000-square-foot spa, which offers more than 100 calming treatments, and the various dining options catering to those looking for everything from a quick bite to a leisurely meal. Now that’s what we call having your cake and eating it too.
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Sure, theme parks may be the first thing that spring to mind when you think of Central Florida, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t dig deeper. We’re showing you another side of this region of the Sunshine State: Think outstanding eateries, rousing dinner attractions, relaxing resorts, fun-filled festivals, and nature excursions. From Orlando to St. Petersburg, the cities that comprise Central Florida prove they’re worthy of year-round fun whatever your interests may be. It looks like being stuck in the middle is a pretty sweet spot to be.
CHEW They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but with the multitude of restaurants in Central Orlando offering prime dinner delights, we may have to argue. Take Talk of the Town, a restaurant group established in 1974. Comprised of 11 eateries spread throughout the region, this palate-pleasing company caters to all types of hungry guests. Meat lovers can get their fill at Charley’s Steakhouse, where the beef is aged onsite for up to six weeks before it’s flamegrilled over a 1,200-degree pit. For those that prefer surf and turf style, head to Johnnie’s Hideaway, and snag a seat on the tiki deck with your favorite cocktail and some garlic-Parmesan oysters.
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Feeling crabby? Then there’s only one place to go: Big Fin Seafood Kitchen. Located on Orlando’s famous “Restaurant Row,” this 4-year-old company serves up the largest stone crabs in the area. And with the Florida stone crab season in full swing (October through May), you’re sure to get
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THERE’S A SIDE OF KEY WEST YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED. Set on seven lush tropical acres and featuring its own private tanning beach, this spectacular Marriott property is the perfect marriage of contemporary elegance and personalized service. With stunning accommodations, exceptional on-site dining and breathtaking waterfront views, very few properties anywhere in the world offer more upscale amenities at such affordable rates.
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the cream of the crop. Keep in mind, though, should your taste buds need a change of pace, then swing by here for the Monday night special when you’re free to dig into a one-and-a-half pound, steamed whole Maine lobster for just $17.95. Though nothing beats being able to chow down on fresh seafood while in Florida, Frenchy’s restaurant in Clearwater also operates Frenchy’s Stone Crab Company, which ships stone crab claws fresh from their boats to anywhere in the country overnight. That means if you just can’t get enough of the seafood joint’s four restaurants in Clearwater Beach (and another location 10 miles north in Dunedin), you can bring it home to you. Just make sure you pay a visit firsthand as well—you don’t want to miss the famed super grouper sandwich. What could be better than savoring a four-course meal? How about throwing in a live jousting tournament? Medieval Times is celebrating its 30th anniversary in North America in 2013 and has welcomed more than 55 million guests during that time. And if you haven’t been lately, you haven’t seen anything yet. The venue changes its show about every five years, and just last year the newest spectacle took the ring in all nine locations across the country, including Orlando. Jousting would be enough to keep
us entertained while we dine, but throw in a Royal Wedding celebration, and consider our minds blown. That’s exactly what Arabian Nights does at their nightly dinner celebrations. Based on a story of feuding tribes who come together through the marriage of their prince and princess, this elaborate show features chariot races, acrobatics, and expert horsemanship demonstrations. While taking in the scene, audience members dine on their choice of five entrees, each one fit for a king. SEE The powder in these parts comes in the form of sugary-white sand, the perfect ingredient for the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival April 4 through April 13. Held on Clearwater Beach, this event’s main attraction is the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, a 14,000-squarefoot tent housing the elaborate sand sculptures. Pro competitions, sandsculpting clinics, speed sand demos, and a children’s play area are all free of charge. For a splurge, book a Sugar Sand & Sunsets VIP Dining Experience to enjoy a four-course dinner in the specialty sugar sand tables created by master sculptors. RELAX A hotel with superb customer service is expected nowadays, but one that
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makes you feel like you’re part of the family? Now that’s raising the bar. Plaza Beach Resorts on St. Petersburg Beach has been family-owned and operated since 1988, and members of the clan are onsite daily to ensure your stay runs smoothly. Comprised of a trio of hotels—The Plaza Beach Hotel-Beachfront Resort, Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort, and Bay
St. Petersburg holds a world record for the most consecutive days of sunshine. Palms Waterfront Resort—guests can enjoy the luxuries of all three getaways by booking a room at any of them. To soak up the suite life, plan your stay at The Plaza Beach Hotel-Beachfront Resort which
was completely renovated this year. Each of the boutique hotel’s 39 suites can accommodate up to six people, making it an ideal stay for families, couples, or those just looking to live large. Plaza Beach Resorts
DO Care to see Florida au naturel? Then book an eco-tour with Wild Florida Airboats, just a short drive from Orlando. Day, sunset, and night tours take guests for a spin through the protected swamps, marshes, and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades. Keep your eyes peeled for the gators and eagles that call the wetlands home. There’s even a wildlife park, packed with zebras, water buffalo, emu, and wild boar, that you’re free to explore after your jaunt comes to a close. To see the wildlife from a different perspective, make your way to Orlando’s Gatorland. This 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve features thousands of alligators and crocodiles, as well as an aviary, petting zoo, nature trails—and the biggest attraction, the adrenalinepumping zip lines. Gear up for a ride on the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, which takes guests soaring over gators and jumping Cuban crocodiles, then take a leap of faith off a 50-foot platform dubbed “DeNile.” These daring excursions may cause you to go pale, but fear not: You’ll fit in perfectly at the White Gator Swamp, home to four of the ghost-faced creatures.
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South Florida From Fort Lauderdale to Key West, we searched high and low to uncover just what makes the state’s southern expanse so irresistible. Maybe it’s Fort Lauderdale’s eight blue-wave certified beaches, a designation reserved for only the most environmentally-conscious beaches. Or perhaps it’s the Keys’ five personalitypacked regions—ranging from laid-back Key Largo to artsy Key West—that attract the crowds. Whatever the reason, sun seekers will find plenty to tow into once they get here, whether they want to explore the outdoors or just kick back in a luxe resort. Follow us as we get to the bottom of things in South Florida. Hard Rock Cafe Key West
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CHEW Nobody knows the dining scene better than the locals, which is why the free Fork Lauderdale app is essential for anyone traveling to the area. Available for Android and iPhone, the app provides residents’ feedback on all types of restaurants, whether you’re seeking a romantic waterfront hideaway or a rousing sports bar. Though the name is familiar to many of us, Hard Rock Cafe’s southern Florida locations may not be what you expect. For example, did you know the Key West locale is housed in a three-story Victorian house smack-dab in the middle of famed Duval Street—and it’s the only one that serves Key lime pie? Or how about the newly renovated Miami location, where you can chow down on the legendary 10-ounce burger, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, an onion ring, and all the fixin’s, while soaking up views of Biscayne Bay?
The Hard Rock Cafe in Key West is housed in a threestory Victorian house smack-dab in the middle of famed Duval Street. To feast in a more fast-paced environment, the Hollywood location in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino fits the bill. SIP Key West’s year-round warm temperatures make enjoying a cold one suitable in even the dead of winter. So it’s no wonder places like Schooner
What could be better than exploring all the best restaurants, hotels, and activities a city has to offer? Finding your ideal person to share the experience with. Selective Search, one of the country’s leading matchmaking companies, has offices throughout Florida and the United States and is dedicated to bringing together high-caliber, commitmentminded men and women. When you decide to sign up with them, you’re lucky enough to have your very own recruiter focused solely on your romantic life who scouts, screens, and interviews potential mates before presenting them to you. The company uses the same vetting process used by recruiters to fill top-level executive positions. Maybe that’s why more than 5,700 couples have found their match since the company opened in 2000.
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Wharf Bar bring in the crowds. This spunky, open-air venue invites guests to kick back while live musical acts take the stage. Bonus? Dogs are also welcome, which makes sticking around for another round that much easier. SEE Now here’s the perfect reason to raise your glass: Uncorked...the Key Largo & Islamorada Food & Wine Festival is growing near. Held January 9 through January 18, this fun-filled event features wine tastings, cooking demos, live music, food- and wine-pairing classes, art shows, and more. Celebrity chefs are also scheduled to make appearances, so snag your tickets just in case you get the chance to ask the pros your burning questions. It just won’t be a proper vacation unless you have a souvenir to show for it, so make a beeline to Fort Lauderdale’s vibrant shopping locales to commemorate your trip. Looking for a rare find? Then make your way to the Swap Shop, one of the South’s largest flea markets. If fashionable frills are what you’re after, then look no further than Las Olas Boulevard, known as Greater Fort Lauderdale’s “style mile.” Here you’ll find everything from elaborate jewelry and designer duds to Cuban cigars and aged balsamic vinegars. And since the winter temperatures in these parts reach the high 70s, there’s no doubt you’ll appreciate the more than 30 al fresco dining options situated along Las Olas Boulevard, ready to serve you any time of year. Bon appétit! DO Craving some back-to-nature time? Then a trip to one of Broward County’s nearly 30 parks should top your itinerary. Everything from airboat rides through the Everglades to water-skiing and nature trails await you. The largest park, Anne Kolb Nature Center, located
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United States. More than 1 million guests each year visit this phenomenal playground, which stretches some 70 nautical square miles. Both snorkeling and scuba tours are offered, and while you’re wading around, keep a watch out for the nine-foot-tall Christ of the Abyss statue, an iconic landmark that in-the-know divers will recognize right away.
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in Hollywood, spans 1,501 acres and offers opportunities for sightseeing, fishing, and hiking. Add to it the fact that the parks are free on weekdays and just $1.50 per person on weekends (kids 5 and under are always free), and
we’re sold. To explore one of Key Largo’s main claims to fame, then pack your diving gear and make the plunge to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater preserve in the
RELAX Lazy bones are highly encouraged at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood. In June, the peaceful spread opened a new 14,000-squarefoot Heavenly Spa, complete with 10 treatment rooms, a salt steam room, a manicure and pedicure station, a two-story, 24-hour fitness studio, and a spa cafe. With views overlooking the Atlantic, this calming retreat invites solace seekers to take advantage of services like the 80-minute signature massage, hydrating wraps, body scrubs, reviving facials, and
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dozens of other well-deserved treatments. As if our senses weren’t stimulated enough, the resort’s popular steakhouse, Hollywood Prime, recently expanded its hours in order to serve its delicious dishes seven days per week, and also announced a new Chef de Cuisine. If you think a heated outdoor pool can ease your tension, how’s this: a heated outdoor pool with prime Atlantic views. And a nearby steaming Jacuzzi. And a splash bar mixing up your favorite cocktails. That’s what you’ll find at Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort. This laidback spread caters to those looking for a peaceful getaway, but fear not if you want to spice things up. Live entertainment is performed nightly at the onsite Patio Bar and Grille, where you can boogie away before retreating to your cozy room— which offers floor-to-ceiling ocean or city views, of course. It’s true there may be no place like home, but Marriott Key West Beachside Hotel sure does put the age-old adage to the test. This waterfront property features one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, along with 93 standard rooms, throughout its seven acres. And if you decide you never want to leave your suite, no one will blame you: Each one is equipped with a gourmet kitchen—complete with fine china—a spa tub, LCD flat-screen TVs, marble floors, and oversize balconies. If you’re lucky enough to score a third-floor suite, you can bask in a private sundeck above the balcony. If you do decide to venture out of your comfy confines, then a trip downstairs to Tavern N Town restaurant is well worth it. Here guests can sit directly in front of the Tapas Theater Kitchen while watching the celebrated chefs work their magic. If you prefer to be within walking distance of Key West’s vibrant nightlife scene, but maybe not smack-dab in the center of it, then
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Southernmost Hotels Collection is the ideal stay for you. Comprised of four spreads ranging from a snug B&B to a sprawling oceanfront resort, this group of hotels in historic Old Town is close—but not too close—to bustling Duval Street. And when you make the choice to stay at one of these top-notch getaways, you gain access to three pools, three bars, a spa, an oceanfront restaurant, and a private tanning beach and pier. Oh, and did we mention the beer and wine classes, bingo, yoga, water aerobics, and other onsite activities offered daily? Looks like you’ll be working on more than just your tan. Situated on the Atlantic between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach is an oceanfront jewel worthy of diving into—Delray Beach. High-end shops, stellar restaurants, and entertainment venues line this charming town’s Atlantic Avenue, not to mention the multitude of galleries contributing to its booming arts scene.
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Does perfecting your swing top your Florida must-do list? Then you’re in for a stroke of luck. The Seagate Hotel and Spa in Delray Beach debuted its newly-renovated PGA-level championship golf course in November, which means you can be among the first to go green here.
After working up an appetite, you’ll be thrilled to discover the hotel’s onsite restaurant, Atlantic Grille, which houses a 450-gallon aquarium of moon-jellyfish as well as a 2,500gallon shark tank filled with a variety of marine life. Rest assured though— we’re sure they’re kept well fed.
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As we march toward 2014, that subtle pressure you feel is the wave of optimism pushing you toward a host of resolutions in the new year. And whatâ€™s wrong with the proposition of committing to improve your life, health and happiness? Even small changes in exercise, nutrition, sleep habits and stress reduction can make a huge difference in your overall wellness, while advances in preventive medicine and surgical techniques promise a brighter future. Our comprehensive guide will help you make a plan and stick to it with a HEALTHY RESOLVE. 124 SPIRIT DECEMBER 2013
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“Triathlon training during cancer treatment. That’s the power of a second opinion.” – Melanie Cooke Uterine Cancer Patient
“My doctor said I had a rare form of uterine cancer that required immediate action. I’m a triathlete, I couldn’t stand the idea of treatment side effects making me too sick to train. I needed a second opinion fast. I went to Cancer Treatment Centers of America® and within days I had a new care plan including a type of chemo that allowed me to continue training.” If you or a loved one has complex or advanced-stage cancer, call 1-800-595-5515 or visit cancercenter.com. Appointments available now. Hospitals in: Atlanta | Chicago | Philadelphia | Phoenix | Tulsa
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or millions of people that suffer from it, chronic back pain has become a constant part of their lives. The first step in ending your back pain is to figure out what’s causing it. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, back and neck pain can be triggered by multiple factors, including 1) Mechanical issues —movements and actions, especially if the soft discs between your vertebrae have begun to deteriorate with age; 2) Injuries – sprains in the spine’s ligaments or fractures in the vertebrae; 3) Conditions or diseases—arthritis, curvature of the spine, spondylolisthesis (slippage of a vertebra onto the bone below it), and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column); 4) Infections— rarely, a painful infection can affect a vertebra or intervertebral disc; 5) Tumors—also rare, malignant or benign tumors can grow on any part of the spine; and 6) Stress—
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emotional stress can cause muscles to tighten. To diagnose the pain’s source, a doctor will likely perform a physical exam, study your medical history and order tests such as an X-ray, MRI, CT scan and blood work. For more information about diagnosing or treating neck or back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute at 1-866-203-2708, or visit Laser SpineInstitute.com.
“Are fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, difficulty concentrating, migraines, recurrent and chronic infections, joint and muscle pain, cold hands and feet, depression, mood swings and hair loss keeping you from enjoying this Christmas season? They may be doing more than that—these health symptoms may also be preventing you from participating in life. If this sounds like you, then the new year is a great opportunity to make a resolution to get your health, and your life back. After all, true wealth is found in good health, and without it, it’s difficult to enjoy your friends, family and your life. Here’s to a happier, healthier you in 2014! Don’t wait—start taking charge of your health today.” The Hotze Health & Wellness Center is located at 20214 Braidwood Drive, Suite 215, Katy, TX 77450. 877698-8698
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More than 500 patients from China to Alaska have made the trip to Outpatient Surgical Recovery Suites.
SMILE, IT’S HEALTHY Smiles are in abundance during the holidays and as we head into a new year, but did you know they can also be advantageous to your health? A University of Kansas study reported in the journal Psychological Science revealed that testing people’s behaviors in pressure-filled tasks shows that genuine smiles lower stress responses and heart rate. Individuals who smile even through tough situations are found to feel better emotionally and physically. So grin away and show off those pearly whites often—the benefits of your happiness can last a lifetime.
A resolution to stay active can be quickly derailed by serious orthopedic problems in the hip, knee and shoulder. Cutting-edge technologies in the surgical treatment of these areas has given hope to people who desire to regain their active lifestyles, and Dr. Michael Crovetti, founder of Henderson, Nev.–based Outpatient Surgical Recovery Suites, is at the forefront of this movement. More than 500 patients from China to Alaska have made the trip to this unique facilDR. MICHAEL ity, where the advanced CROVETTI outpatient recovery model includes customized benefits such as elegant private VIP suites, 24-hour nursing, catered meals and personalized on-site physical therapy highlighted by extensive education and consultation. Patient testimonials praising their experience include turning back the clock
on their ability to resume a vital lifestyle and melting away the pounds as they regain the capability to exercise every day. “We look forward to helping all those seeking the best and fastest path to getting back in their game,” Dr. Crovetti says. Regaining a new lease on life can also be achieved through non-
Based in San Diego, Calif., Scripps Health features health and wellness programs geared toward prevention and early disease detection. Their message? Overall health is not necessarily defined as the absence of pathological disease. Staying healthy and preventing illness is just as important as disease treatment; good health doesn’t just happen. How we manage our body’s systems should be a mindful, purposeful process that considers what we put into our bodies, the amount of restful sleep we get and a safe, sustainable exercise regimen. Yes, this is the same message ingrained in us from Michelle Obama to the corner drugstore during flu season, yet the incidence of preventable illness tells us that the audience is not listening. Every day we have choices. Elevator or stairs? Mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables? A 10-minute rest break or plowing through the work day? The sum of these, and other choices we face each day, contributes not just to our longevity, but our life quality. The body’s keeping score—live well for life.
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George Brinegar, Brigadier General (USA Retired)
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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surgical techniques and orthopedic medicine. For many patients who choose to rehabilitate from a diseased, arthritic or injured muscular skeletal system such as spine, knees and shoulders, facilities such as The Center for Regenerative Medicine in Miami, Fla., can help restore normal function and accelerate the healing process. Dr. A.J. Farshchian, a groundbreaking authority in
the burgeoning clinical science of regenerative medicine and medical director for the Center, touts the ability of the body to heal itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. “Stem cells are of great potential for patients who benefit from regenerative medicine,” says Dr. Farshchian. “During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the injected area
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in order to accelerate the healing process. These cells perform many functions, including release of growth factors into the diseased or arthritic and injured sites, which promotes healing.” Educating and motivating people to enact healthy lifestyle changes is the motivation behind Healthy 100, which was created by leadership and physicians in the Florida Hospital network. The foundation of this initiative is centered on eight proven principles: Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal relationships, Outlook Florida Hospital
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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and Nutrition. These fundamentals form The CREATION Health Breakthrough, providing a road map to make simple changes and live a longer, fuller life. A free, community-based program spreading its message across Central Florida, Healthy 100 is open to everyone from Florida Hospital staff and patients, to area businesses and churches, and even entire cities. Through the Healthy100.org website, members that join the movement will enjoy access to intriguing events, healthy recipes, helpful articles and exclusive discounts to local restaurants, gyms, exercise studios, spas and more. A common refrain among health-conscious people is the desire to eat more fresh fruits and
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If you have tried these types of steps and still have difficulty sleeping or suffer from associated symptoms, it could be time to order a sleep study through your primary care physician. These difficulties may indicate that your condition is not straightforward insomnia. Time is also something we never seem to have enough of during the holidays. Right at Home, an Omaha, Neb.–based in-home care organization, cites a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey breaking down the average workday of an employed person ages 25 to 54 and living in a household with children under 18. The typical breakdown for these people included an average of 8.8 hours working or engaged in work-related activities, 7.7 hours sleeping, 2.6 hours of leisure and sports and 1.2 hours taking care of others, children included. With such a glaring imbalance between time at work and caring for loved ones, Right at Home offers needed assistance to caregivers who routinely are taking on more than they can handle. Their services include inhome companionship and personal care and assistance to seniors and disabled adults, which helps fill in the gaps when obligations take you away from home. And for those that want to make their work life count, a career as a caregiver with Right at Home can be incredibly fulfilling. Caregiving can also present some
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incredible challenges for the millions of adults that care for elderly, ill or disabled loved ones. Dealing with multiple responsibilities while handling the physical and emotional demands of caregiving can lead to high levels of stress and associated health issues—commonly known as burnout. A debilitating psychological condition, burnout’s signs include decreased energy, withdrawal, irritability, increasing use of alcohol or medications to relax, and vulnerability to illness. In-home care provider Home Care Assistance advocates the following strategies to combat stress and protect your health so you can ensure the care of your loved ones: • Join a caregiver support group. • Set reasonable limits on how much time and energy you can devote to caregiving. • Visit your doctor for regular checkups. • Make time in your schedule for activities you enjoy.
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• Start a journal, as writing can be therapeutic. • Reach out for help from a friend, family member, volunteer or a reputable home care agency such as Home Care Assistance. Finally, sticking to the resolutions we make can be the ultimate challenge. “New Year’s resolutions fail because we make gigantic promises to ourselves with unrealistic timelines and goals and then decide to begin
our ‘new life’ on a specific day (i.e. New Year’s Day),” says Dr. Kathryn A. Cunningham, director of the University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Addiction Research. UTMB faculty and staff members weighed in on four common resolutions with how-tos: 1) Lose weight and keep fit. Find the motivation to get started, whether it’s a buddy system, a new gym class or a change in your routine. 2) Be less stressed. Focus on slowing down your breathing during times of stress and look for the good in situations. 3) Learn something new. Take a course on a new subject, read a book on an unfamiliar topic or relearn something old in a new way. 4) Quit smoking and drinking too much. Start small, and define a positive daily habit consistent with your new goals. Refrain from people and events that tempt you, and share your goals with a friend for reinforcement.
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“But i don’t feel normal!” Carol’s Story I always thought I had a thyroid problem. Ever since the first set of symptoms started revealing themselves, which began right after the birth of our third child, I knew something was off. Exhaustion began to slowly creep up on me until it finally consumed me. It was draining. I have never experienced anything quite like it. No matter how many naps I took or how long I slept, it was still there. At first I blamed the fact that I was raising three children and holding down a full time job…who wouldn’t be exhausted? Then the next phase of symptoms began to roll in. I was cold all the time! It would be August in Texas and I’d be wearing a jacket to work. My hair and eyebrows began to thin out. Oh, and the brain fog. I honestly thought my memory loss was the first sign that I had Alzheimer’s. Over coffee with a friend, something I was consuming way too much of, I discussed with her what was happening to me. She said that it sounded like a thyroid issue, something I had always thought. Naturally, I went to my doctor, explained my symptoms and told him that I thought I was hypothyroid. He ran some tests, took blood work and scheduled my recheck. Two weeks later he told me that my blood work was normal. “But I don’t feel normal,” I told him. “Are you sure those results are right?” His answer was “yes,” and he offered me a prescription for an antidepressant. I told him, “No way!” While online, I stumbled upon the Hotze Health & Wellness Center website. It felt like it was written for me. I discovered that they used an innovative approach in diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism. I scheduled my appointment and was blown away by their professionalism. They explained to me that my symptoms were very common in women in my age group. They discovered that I had an imbalance in my female hormones that adversely affected my body’s ability to use thyroid hormones. I was prescribed bio-identical progesterone, estrogen and natural thyroid medication.
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All Star Challenge: Cheer & Dance National Championships
The two-day All Star Challenge: Cheer & Dance National Championships is a showcase for the country’s finest young tumblers, stunters, jumpers, pom-shakers, and pyramid makers. Held at Georgia International Convention Center, this year’s show is dubbed “Battle Under the Big Top,” with many high school and college acts following a circus theme in a variety of contests, cheering toward thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Performing on a 54’ by 42’ spring floor in Jazz, Pom, and Hip Hop categories, teams of at least five will lift your spirits and cheer your soul with gravity-defying performances, judged not solely upon the sum of their parts but on overall entertainment value and superior technical athleticism. In other sports, if you miss the catch, all you drop is
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Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment
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Polar Bear Plunge
Instead of fruitlessly scouring the Net for a post-New Year’s hangover remedy that involves coffee grounds, hot sauce, and raw eggs, trust us: a freezing-cold dip at the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge is just what the doctor ordered. Go ahead and sleep in after watching the
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Celebrate San Antonio
“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in,” wrote folksy American columnist William Vaughan, “and a pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” Whichever one you are, you’ll want to make your resolutions at Celebrate San Antonio, the largest free New Year’s Eve event in Texas, drawing more than 250,000 excited revelers downtown each year. The 18th annual Alamo City bash features live music on three stages (last year’s headliner was Grammy-winning unit Los Texmaniacs), food and drink from 50 of the area’s favorite eateries, carnival rides and games, and other family-friendly adventures. The evening—which begins at 6 p.m. on South Alamo between Market and Cesar Chavez—concludes with a breathtaking 30-minute fireworks extravaganza, spotlighting the 750-foot Tower of the Americas, the second-tallest observation tower in the nation. So come on, ring out the old, ring in the new, ring out the false, ring in the true. And do it Texas-style. Free; celebratesa.org
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STEP 1 Valley-fold along the guide, bringing the corners together. Rotate as shown in Step 2.
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VALLEY-FOLD Make a crevice.
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STEP 4 Mountain-fold along the vertical guide.
STEP 6 Reverse-fold along the guide.
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THE FAST LANE
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Southwest gets onboard with a new option for security. This year has been a big one for TSA PreCheck—and Southwest is getting in on the action! Many of our Customers have asked us to join this program, and we’re happy to announce that, in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we began participating in TSA PreCheck last month. TSA PreCheck is a prescreening initiative that gives a select group of Passengers the ability to move through security checkpoints more efficiently and easily. Eligible participants, who are selected by the TSA, use dedicated screening lanes and enjoy benefits including the ability to leave on shoes, light outerwear, and belts, as well as the ability to leave laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carryon bags. Thanks to TSA PreCheck and Southwest’s existing FlyBy® Priority Security Lane, the overall wait times and experiences at security checkpoints should improve for all Passengers, whether they qualify for TSA PreCheck or not.
Customers who are eligible to participate in PreCheck will be notified via their boarding pass, which will say “TSA PRE” in the topright corner. Business Select, A-List, and A-List Preferred Customers who don’t see this indicator on their boarding passes can still utilize the FlyBy Priority Security Lane at participating airports. While TSA PreCheck is not available at all Southwest destinations yet, the TSA announced in September that it will expand TSA PreCheck lanes to additional airports, which means even more Customers will be able to benefit. We are thrilled to be able to offer this advantage to our Southwest Customers. Moving through security more quickly and efficiently definitely enhances the traveling experience, getting you to your gate—and, ultimately, your destination—a bit more quickly. You can learn more about this program, including participating airports and terms of eligibility, at southwest.com/tsaprecheck. And you can learn more about FlyBy at southwest.com/flyby. —Kevin Krone
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Home for the Holidays As the first person in my family to go to college, I am fond of saying that education helps dreams come true. That is certainly the case at The University of Texas at El Paso, where I am proud to be Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Most of our students work parttime or fulltime in order to fund their college years, and many are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Nine years ago, Southwest Airlines and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities teamed up to support Hispanic students who are pursuing a university education. They created ¡Lánzate!, a special travel award program for students in economic need who must travel away from home to attend a university. The award (up to four airline tickets generously donated by Southwest) makes it possible for recipients to travel to their university for the first time, to return home for the holidays, or to bring parents to graduation. These tickets represent “the way home” for students whose culture embodies the importance of family and time spent together. For eight years I have had the honor of serving on the ¡Lánzate! selection committee, which is composed of educators and executives and is convened by Southwest and HACU. For one day in San Antonio, the selection committee meets to read applications from students across the country. It’s one of the best days of my year. I read phenomenal stories about people whose hard work has opened opportunities for them at all types of
Southwest provides travel awards for Hispanic students.
GOING PLACES ¡Lánzate! helps students and their families travel.
colleges and universities—small and large, public and private. I read stories about the power of the human spirit, all of which are testaments to the importance these Hispanic students place on getting an education to improve their lives and the lives of their families. ¡Lánzate! gives them the opportunity to get an education and still stay connected to their families. Thank you, HACU and Southwest, for the difference you make in these students’ lives—and for the joy this program brings to mine. It’s wonderful knowing that one summer day in San Antonio has made it possible for college students across the nation to make it home to their families this holiday season. —Patricia D. Witherspoon Dean, College of Liberal Arts The University of Texas at El Paso
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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, 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®
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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
WIFI & ENTERTAINMENT
SNACKS & DRINKS
Flight Attendants will pass out complimentary snacks. Thirsty? You’ll find our drink menu on page 175.
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 No. 1 domestic airline to work for you. southwest. com/corporatetravel
Our -700s and -800s feature a wireless, satellite-based network that allows you to connect to the Internet and watch live TV and video on demand on your device.
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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Any trip, any day. Get unlimited reward seats and no blackout dates*. Real rewards you can really use. Sign up at southwest.com/jet. *Applies to Points transactions.
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
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
If you’re on a trip or have one coming up, our new mobile site and mobile app make it easier to fly Southwest Airlines. Check-in and check the status of your upcoming flights, or book additional trips all from the palm of your hand. Visit mobile.southwest. com, or download the app today.
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. 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 175.
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
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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
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 Above 10,000 Feet Permitidos al volar a una altura mayor de 10,000 pies Only devices with transmitting capabilities disabled are permitted above 10,000 feet. Note that WiFi (802.11) devices may be used on aircraft equipped with our inflight Internet service when authorized. Please use headphones when using portable electronic devices. Sólo se permiten los dispositivos con la capacidad para transmitir datos desactivados cuando se vuele a una altura mayor de 10,000 pies. Nota que los dispositivos WiFi (802.11) pueden ser usados en los aviones equipados con nuestro servicio de Internet durante el vuelo, cuando sea autorizado. Por favor, usa auriculares al usar dispositivos electrónicos portátiles.
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 AIRPLANE)
Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) or Handheld Computers Agendas electrónicas (PDAs) o computadoras de mano
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
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 may be used at the gate and after landing. Los teléfonos 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
FREE, compliments of DISHt! Enjoy unlimited access to our popular lineup of live channels and on-demand TV episodes. NFL RedZone is a premium option and is available for purchase on Sunday afternoons during regular football season. Compatible device information can be found on the Inflight Entertainment Portal. DISH is a registered trademark of DISH Network L.L.C.
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 the Flight Attendant has announced it is safe to use approved portable electronics, turn on your WiFi-enabled device, and set to airplane mode. • 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.
MORE INFORMATION 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.
* 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.
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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.
LIQUOR $5 • Dewar’s Scotch • Jack Daniel’s • Wild Turkey
• Canadian Club Reserve • Tanqueray Gin
• Bacardi Rum • Baileys Irish Cream • Finlandia Vodka
• Coors Light • Heineken • Corona Extra
WINE $5 • Coastal Ridge Chardonnay • Coastal Ridge Merlot
BEER $5 • Michelob Ultra • Bud Light • Miller Lite
PREMIUM BEVERAGES $3 • vitaminwater XXX (Açai-Blueberry-Pomegranate) COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES • • Seagram’s • Coca-Cola Seltzer Water • Coke Zero • • Tomato Juice • Diet Coke • • Mr & Mrs T • Sprite • Bloody Mary Mix • Sprite Zero • • Minute Maid • Dr Pepper • Cranberry • Diet Dr Pepper Apple Cocktail • Seagram’s • Minute Maid Ginger Ale Orange Juice • Seagram’s 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.
LIQUOR $6 • Tanqueray Gin • Finlandia Vodka
Hazelnut and regular creamer available
• Dewar’s Scotch • Baileys Irish Cream
• Jack Daniel’s • Bacardi Rum
• Becks • Amstel Light
WINE $6 • Coastal Ridge Chardonnay • Coastal Ridge Merlot
COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES • Seagram’s Ginger Ale • Seagram’s Seltzer Water • Seagram’s Tonic Water • Minute Maid Cranberry Apple Cocktail
• Coca-Cola • Diet Coke • Coke Zero • Sprite • Sprite Zero • Noncarbonated Purified Drinking Water
Minute Maid Apple Juice LIFT Coffee* Decaf Coffee* Tea Hot Chocolate Noncarbonated Purified Drinking Water
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.
BEER $5 • Budweiser • Bud Light • Michelob Ultra
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.
• Minute Maid Apple Juice • Minute Maid Orange Juice • Mr & Mrs T Bloody Mary Mix • Regular Coffee and Decaf Coffee • Tea
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Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards Partners +
Southwest Airlines® and AirTran® Airways have merged 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: • Higher priority boarding • Free Inflight WiFi (only on WiFi- enabled planes) • 100% point-earning bonus
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Want to redeem your rewards even faster for a flight? Remember, Members of both Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards can transfer rewards between programs! Learn more at rewardsfarther.com/program-updates.
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®
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Rental Cars Receive 600 points per qualifying rental.
Ground Transportation Receive up to 300 points for qualified travel to and from participating airports.
Everyday Earning Earn up to 7 points per $1 spent on workplace solutions with Regus. Visit southwest.com/regus to learn more.
Earn points for reading and responding to marketing messages. Visit e-miles.com/swapartner to get started!
Earn 12,500-50,000 points with a new mortgage from Chase. For more information, visit chase.com/swa.
Earn points for sharing your opinions with e-Rewards. Visit e-rewards.com/southwest to join now!
Earn points when you choose Energy Plus® to supply your electricity in participating states*. Learn more at southwest.com/energyplus.
Texas residents, earn up to 27,000 points with the Reliant Secure® 24 plan with Rapid Rewards. Visit reliant.com/southwestrapidrewards.
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Shopping Earn Rapid Rewards Points for shopping with many of your favorite online retailers! Visit rrshopping.southwest.com to learn more! Rapid Rewards Members can earn 1,000 points per order of $29.99 or more. Visit 1800flowers.com/rapidrewards.
Entertainment Earn 3 points per $1 spent. Join Rapid Rewards Dining for free today at rapidrewardsdining.com.
*Energy Plus services CT, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA, and TX.
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Where We Fly PACIFIC TIME MOUNTAIN TIME
MINNEAPOLIS/ ST. PAUL
GRAND RAPIDS MILWAUKEE
SALT LAKE CITY
SACRAMENTO OAKLAND SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) SAN JOSE
DENVER KANSAS CITY LAS VEGAS
BURBANK LOS ANGELES (LAX)
OKLAHOMA CITY LITTLE ROCK
BIRMINGHAM DALLAS (LOVE FIELD)
EL PASO JACKSON
The Southwest and AirTran networks are now connected, with service to more than 90 destinations. Book your next trip on southwest.com.
AUSTIN HOUSTON (HOBBY) SAN ANTONIO
PENSACOLA NEW ORLEANS
HARLINGEN/SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
CABO SAN LUCAS/LOS CABOS
We Get You There You can get to a number of other cities via Southwest destinations. Fly to Santa Fe via Albuquerque, Palm Springs via Ontario, Galveston via Houston, and more. While we fly nationwide, service between some cities/airports is not offered. Be sure to check your flight schedule. All international and some domestic service provided by AirTran Airways.
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EASTERN TIME ATLANTIC TIME PORTLAND MANCHESTER ALBANY
ROCHESTER GRAND RAPIDS
BUFFALO/ NIAGARA FALLS
LONG ISLAND NEW YORK (LAGUARDIA) NEW YORK (NEWARK)
BOSTON LOGAN PROVIDENCE HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD
AKRON/CANTON PITTSBURGH COLUMBUS
BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON (BWI) WASHINGTON, D.C. (DULLES) WASHINGTON, D.C. (REAGAN NATIONAL)
PANAMA CITY BEACH
TAMPA BAY FT. MYERS/NAPLES
WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE (MIAMI AREA) NASSAU/PARADISE ISLAND
KEY WEST SAN JUAN PUNTA CANA CANCÚN
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The “If” List
Carrie Underwood, if the hills are alive with the sound of music, what song are they singing? “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” by Wham! If you were to cook us dinner, what would you prepare? I would start with a salad. I am, after all, a salad queen. Then I would cook up a vegan lasagna. It’s so yummy! Don’t think I didn’t see you make an “ick” face at the mention of the word vegan. If you had to choose only one book to enjoy for the rest of your life, which would it be, and why? I would choose my Bible. That’s a book that you can read a hundred times and still learn something new and truthful each time. If you could take back one sentence you’ve ever spoken, what would it be? “Sure, I’ll have just one more.” No good can come from “just one more.” If you could choose one superpower, what would it be? I wish I could move at super speeds when I wanted to get stuff done. Cleaning my house would be done in a jiffy!
This month, the Grammy-winning country superstar will play Maria in NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES WHITE
If you could have coined a single phrase of wisdom, what would it be? It’s a quote from Marilyn Monroe: “We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”
What About You? If you received a surprise package in the mail, what would you like to be in it? Submit your answer at spiritmag.com/if. Our favorite responses will be published in an upcoming issue of Spirit. 180 SPIRIT DECEMBER 2013
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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
The online buzz about It’s Just Lunch:
Favorite part of air travel is reading the ad for @Its_Just_Lunch, —@ponybear, via Twitter
“I joined … because I just didn’t have enough time to go out and meet people and I wanted a fun way to meet like minded professionals in a relaxed setting on my time frame. I’m hundred percent satisfied so far...” —Justin, on consumeraffairs.com
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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.
“It’s Just Lunch heLps you make tIme for the thIngs that matter...”
Boost Your Dating ROI
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%
It’s Just Lunch dating Specialists:
Source: IJL Survey of 4400 singles
800.858.6526 · itsJustLunch.com FInd 150 cities · 21 years experience IJL
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Published on Dec 1, 2013