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34 Feedback 38 Contributors 88 Adventure In Orange County 110 Fun! 113 Advertiser Directory 115 The Southwest Guide 128 One Question

Play 41 The reel deal behind the state of silent films, and the best chocolate chips on Long Island.

Work 49 Podcast maestro Tim Ferriss reflects on success, and a lamp features a novel design.

Superhero Worship 59 I hoped to pass on a love of sports to my son. When he fell for comics instead, my search for common ground led me where I’d never gone before. our cover / Photography by Stephen DeVries

ILLUSTRATION BY LEVI HASTINGS, PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN LOOMIS (BROOKLYN BRIDGE), COURTESY OF LUMIO (LAMPS)

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Gary’s Greeting

During my 30-year career in the airline industry, one thing I’ve come to count on is that this business is predictably unpredictable. There are so many external factors that can affect our business, many of which are beyond our control: the economy, energy prices, world events, Mother Nature, and even political relationships between sovereign nations. Case in point—if you would have told me on January 1st that we would launch service to Cuba in 2016, with Havana marking our 100th destination, I would have thought you were nuts. However, before the end of the year, we will offer service to two Cuban destinations

(Varadero and Havana). This was made possible by the United States government lifting travel restrictions to Cuba after more than 50 years. Southwest bid on the opportunity to serve these Cuban markets, which were subsequently awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that was not considered a realistic possibility back in January. I’m proud of our Company for being nimble enough to capitalize on this new opportunity, and I’m beyond impressed with our Employees for acting quickly and diligently to make it happen on short notice.

Earlier this year, we launched service to Long Beach Airport in Southern California. Long Beach marks our fifth Greater Los Angeles area airport and 10th California market, helping us provide more low-fare service to our California Customers and anyone heading west. We’ve made tremendous progress on several other fronts this year by introducing new uniforms for our Employees and a new cabin interior (including new seats!) for our Customers. You’ll see those updates gradually phase into our fleet over the next several years. One of our biggest ongoing projects is one not visible to our Customers: implementing a new reservation system. The reservation system is the backbone of an airline and supports just about every function our Employees perform. It’s a massive undertaking that will give us more tools and capabilities to continue offering our Customers added value and convenience. It’s a game-changer! In a world of uncertainty, I hope it brings you comfort that there are some things you can always count on from your favorite airline—low fares with no hidden fees to the places you want to fly, with warm Hospitality delivered by the very best Employees in the world. Thanks for flying with us, and happy holidays!

Gary Kelly Chairman, President, and CEO Southwest Airlines

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Saludos de Gary

En mis 30 años de carrera en la industria de las aerolíneas, si hay algo que puedo dar por hecho, es que este negocio es predeciblemente impredecible. Existen diversos factores externos que pueden impactar nuestras operaciones, muchos de los cuales están fuera de nuestro control: la economía, los precios de la energía, los sucesos mundiales, la Madre Naturaleza, e incluso las relaciones políticas entre naciones soberanas. Por ejemplo, si el primero de enero alguien me hubiera dicho que lanzaríamos el servicio a Cuba en 2016, con La Habana como nuestro destino número 100, habría pensado que esa persona estaba loca de atar. Sin embargo, antes de que termine el año, ofreceremos servicio a dos destinos cubanos, Varadero y La

Habana, lo cual ha sido posible gracias a que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos levantó las restricciones de viaje a Cuba después de más de 50 años. Southwest solicitó la oportunidad de servir a estos mercados cubanos, y recibió la autorización del Departamento de Transporte de los Estados Unidos para llevarlo a cabo. Se trata de una oportunidad única en la vida, que no se consideraba como una posibilidad realista en enero. Estoy orgulloso de que nuestra Compañía haya sido lo suficientemente ágil como para tomar esta nueva oportunidad, y estoy más que impresionado por la rapidez y el esmero con que actuaron nuestros Empleados para que esto sucediera en poco tiempo. A principios de este año, lanzamos un

nuevo servicio al aeropuerto de Long Beach en el sur de California, destino que marca nuestro quinto aeropuerto del área de Los Ángeles y el décimo mercado de California, permitiéndonos ofrecer más tarifas bajas a nuestros Clientes de California y a quien desee viajar hacia el oeste. Este año hemos logrado grandes avances en otras áreas, como la introducción de nuevos uniformes para nuestros Empleados y un nuevo interior de cabina para nuestros Clientes (¡incluyendo nuevos asientos!). Dichas actualizaciones podrán verse de manera gradual en nuestra flota durante los próximos años. Uno de nuestros mayores proyectos en curso no está a la vista para nuestros Clientes: se trata de un nuevo sistema de reservaciones, el cual es la columna vertebral de una aerolínea y soporta casi todas las funciones que realizan nuestros Empleados. Es una tarea enorme que nos dará más herramientas y capacidad para seguir ofreciendo ventajas y valor añadido a nuestros Clientes. ¡Cambiaremos las reglas del juego! En un mundo imprevisible, deseo que experimenten tranquilidad al saber que hay algunas cosas que pueden dar por hecho por parte de su aerolínea predilecta: tarifas bajas sin cargos ocultos para volar a donde quieren, con la Hospitalidad y calidez que ofrecen los mejores Empleados en el mundo. ¡Gracias por volar con nosotros y felices fiestas!

Gary Kelly Presidente de la Junta Directiva, Director Ejecutivo y Presidente Southwest Airlines

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN KELLER

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Our Star

“I see my role as the conductor of a symphony. It’s my job to make sure everything comes together.” —MIKE HENKELMAN, CAPTAIN

Delivering outstanding Hospitality runs in Captain Mike Henkelman’s family. His father was a Pilot for Southwest for 23 years, and Mike always wanted to follow in his footsteps. After flying in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, Mike joined Southwest in 2004 and continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve for another 10 years. Mike’s dad was able to fly on his first Southwest flight, and Mike was able to fly on his dad’s last flight. When Mike isn’t flying planes, you’ll catch him carrying Customers’ bags and helping them feel at home. Off the clock, Mike enjoys cycling, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with his wife and three kids. —Steph Logue, Communication & Outreach VALLEY VIRTUES “Phoenix has incredible weather yearround for golf and outdoor activities. My favorite thing is spring training in March.” JOB PERKS “I try to make a difference in everyone’s Southwest experience, but the Customers end up making a difference in my life.”

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“If you’re doing something you don’t want to do, go do something else—right now.” —WILL PEMBLE, CEO, GOALBOSS.ME

Although Will Pemble doesn’t call himself a businessman, his success says otherwise. An entrepreneur for more than 25 years, Will built and sold the web hosting site web.com. But despite being an internet pioneer, he insists there’s no substitute for connecting face-to-face. Thankfully, Southwest makes it easy for Will to meet clients and, more importantly, to see his wife and kids at the end of the day. He believes life is about having fun, which explains the 180-foot roller coaster he built with his son in his San Francisco backyard. Will’s enthusiasm for combining work and play is tough to match, but our Employees are up for the challenge! —Ashley Bradstreet, Communication & Outreach AIM HIGH “As an executive coach, I help people achieve goals. I’m launching Goal Boss, a web and mobile app that helps organizations—not just execs—develop their goals.”

FAIR SHARE “Only do what only you can do, and learn to delegate. Get help from the people on your team to get the results you need.” ONE OF A KIND “Every person who works for Southwest is a member of a team. They bring their individual sense of play, personality, talents, and skill to the experience.”

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Spotlight GIVING BACK

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Southwest supports children’s charities through LUV Classic golf tournament. Southwest Airlines has always been passionate about making a positive difference in the communities we serve, and this October we hit a hole in one with the 31st Annual LUV Classic and Party. Thanks to the spirited participation of our Employees and sponsors, Southwest donated $625,000 to children’s charities. For three decades, LUV Classic has been dedicated to giving back to our Customers and communities by supporting charities that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Funds donated from the 2016 golf tournament, held in Farmers Branch, Texas, benefited Children’s Hospital Colorado, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Knights of Heroes Foundation, and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

A national and international leader in pediatric health, Children’s Hospital Colorado has been a partner of Southwest’s Medical Grant Transportation Program since 2010. Likewise, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which serves 111,000 patients annually, has been a partner of Southwest’s MGTP since 2011. A Southwest military partner since 2008, the Knights of Heroes Foundation empowers children who have lost a parent during military service by organizing an annual wilderness adventure camp. Since 1974, Ronald McDonald House Charities has created programs that provide vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by hospitals worldwide. Since the first LUV Classic, Southwest has donated more than $16 million to various children’s charities, and we know these four deserving organizations will continue their meaningful work using the funds they received in 2016. —Lori Skinner, Community Programs

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Southwest’s annual LUV Classic has supported children’s charities since 1985.

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Southwest Airlines unites communities, both in the air and in your backyard. We have a lot to be proud of after a busy 2016. Thanks to Southwest’s Heart of the Community grants, 18 placemaking projects are reimagining public spaces in the U.S. and Mexico. No matter how different each project is, one key theme remains the same: It’s not just about making a place—it’s about improving the quality of life for the surrounding community. Every day, we connect people in any way we can. This passion is, and always will be, at the core of who Southwest is as a Company. A decline in community participation can hold us back from working together effectively. That’s why in 2017 we’re continuing the Heart of the Community mission to build a more resilient future by strengthening communities and connecting more people. We know that communities thrive when they are resilient, collaborative, and well-connected. We are

committed to ensuring that communities across the country have the necessary tools and support to build this type of place. And we know where to start. Through our ongoing work with Project for Public Spaces, we’ve learned that public spaces are where connections are made. Parks, community gardens, libraries, and downtown squares are truly the hearts of the communities our People call home and the spaces our Customers love to visit. Through Heart of the Community, we will continue to invest in the power of placemaking and embrace other building blocks of community resilience to help communities thrive—both now and in the future. We invite you to join us as a local connector in any way you can, from introducing yourself to a neighbor you don’t know to recognizing opportunities to take action on important issues in your community. It’s time to connect! —Laura Hoagland, Sr. Specialist Community Engagement In 2014, Southwest launched the Heart of the Community program, which awards grants to create public spaces in the hearts of communities served by the airline. To date, the program has supported 18 innovative and transformative projects. To learn more, visit pps. org/Heart-of-the-Community.

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Gratitude has been getting a lot of attention these days. Many people have come to consider it a form of self-help. As you can see on page 80, counting your blessings does do you good. But my wife, Dorothy, takes gratitude to a new level. She uses it to manipulate her husband. It started when she returned to a salaried career after 20 years of raising children. I was home writing a book (on persuasion, ironically) and began doing household chores. The first night she came home, Dorothy said, “Thanks for doing the laundry.” It occurred to me that I had never thanked her for doing that. So I committed myself to the laundry operation. Then there were the dishes. Personally, I prefer letting them stack over a day or two, for efficiency’s sake. But knowing her preference for an empty sink, I bowed to her wish. She thanked me the first time, and so I became master of dishes. I came to realize she had been thanking me all along: for reading to the children every night, for being kind to her relatives, for sometimes doing yard work. And every time she had thanked me for something, I did more of it. Two can play at this game, I figured. I began thanking her for earning a paycheck, for cooking occasionally, for building a fire in the fireplace, for letting me buy the latest gadget without her getting sarcastic. It wasn’t exactly a gratitude arms race. I believe she was genuinely grateful when she thanked me. For my part, as I tried to keep up with her, I began noticing more of the many things she does for me. This spring we celebrate 35 years of marriage, and I find I can’t thank her enough.

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Dear Editor,

I read your story about sudden savants [“Uncharted Waters,” October 2016] while heading back home to San Antonio after meeting a colleague in Ohio. An endocrinologist, she recently suffered a health scare: She went into anaphylactic shock after taking an antibiotic, coded multiple times, and was anoxic for 80 minutes. The doctors declared her brain dead. Two days later, she woke up sharper than ever with an incredible mind. No one can explain it. Such are the miracles we witness daily. Tony Rehagen paints a beautiful image with that pen, and I was lifted up by the story.

Kathleen Hands

/ Wow, Kathleen, what an experience. The responses we’ve been getting show that stories like this are more common than we thought. WINNING ATTITUDE

It’s a pleasure to read the magazine on any Southwest flight, but I wanted to write to you about “My Mom, the Sports Fanatic” [September 2016]. I used to play soccer and can just imagine the

atmosphere during that ’94 World Cup game. Michael J. Mooney did a great job of taking us into the stadium with him. For me, the most important message was to never let go of your passion—it CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

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Drew Ollero OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

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/ At our age, soccer makes us sore whether we win or lose. DIVE IN

After reading “Swimming Upstream” by Leslie Contreras Schwartz [October 2016], I could not help but reflect on my own experience. When I joined the swim team in high school, I was barely able to stay afloat. In retrospect, I should have thanked my swim coaches for their patience. They helped me blow bubbles on the side of the pool as the varsity team glided past me. It was terrifying, but I learned so much. Now, when I feel that same feeling, I remind myself that fear is often an indication that we are on the edge

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As the chairman of the federal safety agency—the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission—that created the drowning prevention campaign called Pool Safely, and as a father to two boys, I was moved by “Swimming Upstream.” Annually, nearly 400 children in the U.S. drown in a swimming pool or spa; yet these tragedies are 100 percent preventable. Participation in swimming lessons greatly reduces the risk of drowning and, as Leslie shows, it’s never too late to learn how. I encourage all parents and caregivers to visit poolsafely.gov.

Elliot F. Kaye BETHESDA, MARYLAND

/ Thanks for the link, Elliot. And for that important campaign.

HATCHING A THOUGHT

On a flight from Albuquerque to Houston, I read the little ditty about horses having 17 distinct facial expressions [Play Number, October 2016]. I sat back in my seat and wondered, How many facial expressions do birds have? I then spent the rest of the flight investigating. As an avid birder, I was disappointed to discover that expert opinion and research on this topic is as scarce as hen’s teeth. As a frequent flier, I was delighted to read an article that inspired my investigative abilities enough to make the rest of my flight, shall we say, fly by. Thanks to your magazine, my trip seemed shorter and sweeter than usual, and I am now keeping an eagle eye out for confirmation. Finding proof will make me happy as a lark!

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The Letter / p. 78 Mike first planned to visit Iowa for a seemingly straightforward assignment. But the trip took an unexpected turn, and his story became a touching tribute to an old friend. Back home in North Carolina, he’s the editor of Charlotte magazine and a regular at Intermezzo, which serves pizza and schnitzel. “It’s owned by two brothers from Serbia who tell remarkable stories.” @MICHAELNGRAFF

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Sarah pens the weekly Nevada City Wine Diaries column for The Awl, writing about blind tastings and bad haircuts made slightly better with vino. She lives in northern California and ranks Oregon’s Rogue Valley at the top of her wine bucket list.

Having shot for our annual spirit guide, Colin knows cocktails and cozy interiors often go handin-hand. In the colder months, he prefers mulled wine. “Part of the fun is how it makes the house smell like spices.”

Stephen’s drink of choice almost always involves bourbon. “Give me an Old Fashioned or a Sazerac and I’m a happy man.” In Birmingham, Alabama, where he lives with his wife and daughter, his goto spot is the rooftop of Carrigan’s Public House.

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book-loving footsteps. Neither of them gives much thought to sports. Like many American boys, sports were how my father and I bonded. One of my earliest, happiest childhood memories is of watching the “Miracle on Ice” in the 1980 Winter Olympics. I remember celebrating with my dad, rolling on the floor in an ecstatic embrace as the Americans upset the Soviets. I was 6 years old, and I didn’t understand what the big deal was—I couldn’t grasp the geopolitical implications of anything involving a bunch of guys on skates—but the emotion of the moment was palpable. And I got to share it with my dad. When my son was born, I assumed our relationship would follow suit. My wife and I were living in Manhattan, where I worked at a monthly basketball magazine. My son’s early wardrobe was filled with NBA-logo bibs, socks, and onesies. There were infant-sized football jerseys from my alma mater. His first Halloween costume was a full kit from my favorite English soccer team. Eventually we left the city for small-town Pennsylvania, and when he turned 5 a few years later, I signed him up to play in the local youth soccer league, and myself to coach. I quickly learned that there is nothing more simultaneously frustrating and fun than the cat-herding absurdity of coaching 5 year olds in anything. My son ran and stumbled, laughed and cried, and occasionally managed to toe the ball in the right direction. His first goal came a few minutes after he’d taken a kicked ball in the face. We celebrated like he’d won the World Cup, by which I mean we went out for ice cream. But after just a few seasons he

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Twenty miles west of downtown Austin— over the Colorado River, past wildflowers and scrub brush, and up a dirt road— jester king brewery is the apex of beer in the Lone Star State. Run out of a farmhouse hauled in from South Texas, the ales are made with on-site well water. They’ve bottled 75 different beers since opening in 2010, some as simple as the Noble King (a hoppy farmhouse ale) and others as complex as the Vernal Dichotomous, brewed with smoked paprika and grilled lemons. Back in town, independence brewing’s resinous Stash IPA is another gem, while adelbert’s brewery has carved out a niche by focusing on Belgian styles. Their standard beers are excellent (especially the peppery Tripel B), but one-off specials are where Adelbert’s really shines. For the Contemplating Waterloo, they aged their Philosophizer saison in gin barrels. The result is a smooth ale with botanical notes of juniper and lavender. On Saturdays in Austin, join the crowds at hops and grain brewery brewery. The Greenhouse IPA is its experimental ale—they switch up the hops every batch, so no two brews are the same. They also make Brew Biscuits, dog treats made out of spent grains. Each batch is sampled by Suzy, the brewery’s golden retriever. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN LOOMIS

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THE NEW COCKTAIL CAPITALS

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Sitting high on an alluvial plain along the eastern edge of the Sonoran, the hottest desert in North America, “Old Pueblo” is ringed by juniper-capped mountains. Combine that with its proximity to the Mexican border, and you have a recipe for a cocktail town unlike any other in the United States. At tough luck club,, that geography manifests itself in the Militant Optimism. Using botanical gin as a base, this highball is punched up with Zirbenz, a stone pine liqueur from Austria known as the “agave of the Alps,” which mimics the resinous taste of the fir and juniper outside the city. penca channels Tucson not only with its tequila and mezcal selections but also with its production of hard-tofind Mexican drinks. Try a glass of tesguino, a fermented corn drink, or tepache,, made from fermented pineapple. At downtown’s batch cafe and bar, relish an Arizona Old: Tucson-produced Del Bac whiskey, prickly pear syrup, local bitters, and a candied jalapeno garnish. If you’re on your way to the mountains, stop at sidecar for a Oaxaca Dry Sour, made with a mezcal-gin combo, lime cordial, absinthe, and a kick of habanero shrub—it’ll keep you warm as the air thins.

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Tucked into the city’s famed Eastern Market, detroit city distillery churns out spirits using Michigan-grown grains and produce. (The Peacemaker gin is made with white pine and blue spruce trees planted by co-founder Michael Forsyth.) Unlike most distilleries, their tasting room serves spirits the way most of us actually drink them: in cocktails. There’s a menu, of course, but we recommend the omakase, a Japanese expression that roughly translates to “I’ll leave it up to you”—bartenders incorporate the market’s daily produce. Every season, sugar house builds a new cocktail menu around the Michigan harvest. This fall, the Old Fashioned was made with Long Road wheat whisky (from Grand Rapids, Michigan), house-made cherry bitters (made with Michigan cherries), and local sassafras buckwheat honey syrup. Come winter, bring a group to the oakland for its Café Brûlot, a coffee and cognac concoction that bartenders ignite tableside. mabel gray head bartender Paul Fradeneck is charged with keeping pace with the eclectic, ever-changing food menu. In the summer, that might mean a bourbon cocktail with strawberry syrup and Sfumato rhubarb amaro. Come fall, it’s a Manhattan riff with Cynar, a bracingly bitter amaro made with artichoke and herbs. december 2016 southwest 71

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If you’re looking for a distillation of what makes East Bay cocktails notable, head to plum bar. Chef Daniel Patterson’s downtown institution is known for its Barrel Society program, which gives you the reins. Pony up $320 and you’ll meet with a cocktail consultant to craft your own drink, which will then be barrel-aged and stored behind the bar for you and friends. 72 southwest december 2016

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At dogwood, try the La Sirena, a spicy, lemony mezcal concoction, and then retire to its annex, darling’s elixirs. Housed in an old pharmacy, it hosts only five tables and an equally small menu. The frothy Lady Evil balances gin and rosewater syrup with star anise. Slide into the lush backyard at boot & shoe service and sip on a Donna Vecchia, made with herbal wine, amaro, and lime. And no trip to Oakland is complete without a stop at the ephemera-packed café van kleef. The mounds of grapefruit atop the bar inspire cravings for a Greyhound, made with vodka and freshly squeezed juice.

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Searching for adventure? Let me sing the virtues of avoiding the grinding Long Island Expressway in favor of taking the Long Island Railroad to wine country. A bottle of blanc de blancs—an effervescent, bubbly wine—from paumanok vineyards en route will wake up your palate and orient you to the region’s terroir. Once you’ve arrived, Anna-Christina Cabrales, wine director at Fifty in Manhattan, recommends the blanc de blancs at sparkling pointe, which exclusively makes sparkling wine in the Champagne style. “It’s very clean and balanced,” she says. The region is also suitable for sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc, says Kimberly Prokoshyn, head sommelier at Rebelle, also in Manhattan. The cool, salty climate lends wines freshness, while glacial soils aid ripening. If you’re cab franc curious, Long Island is a great place to get your feet wet with this light, fruity red. Oenophiles in New York all love shinn estate vineyards, while Prokoshyn extols the cab franc at macari vineyards. She suggests their sauvignon blanc, too: “It’s fresh and slightly herbal, very energetic.” You can do Long Island wine country as a day trip from New York, but it’s best to stretch your sips across a weekend, so book a room at Shinn Estates’ on-site farmhouse.

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Maybe it’s a blessing that the increasingly celebrated wines from Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe are rarely exported—to drink them, you pretty much have to go to Baja California. “We’ve got a Mediterranean feeling but with a Pacific breeze and that big Western sky,” says Eileen Gregory, a British expat and owner of vena cava winery, which sits in the hills outside the sailboat-flecked port city of Ensenada. Twenty years ago, there were only a handful of wineries in this region, which is

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partial to the cabernet sangiovese at villa montefiori, nestled in the mountains. “It captures the essence of Italy,” he says, “but subtle differences in flavor and texture make it distinctly Mexican.” Don’t miss out on the less prevalent white wines. The bougainvillea at viñas de garza get pinker with every sip of the winery’s unfiltered chardonnay.

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The route to the Kirchhoff family ranch, just 30 minutes south of Sacramento, is pure Instagram magic: the shimmering Sacramento River, immaculate farmhouses, and, of course, beautifully symmetrical vines. “You’re immediately sent back to a simpler time,” says Clayton Kirchhoff. He grew up in the Sacramento Delta and is now a well-known winemaker in Clarksburg, at both his family’s

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a 90-minute, Pacific-hugging drive south from the California border. Now there are over 100. Eileen’s La Villa del Valle hotel, with its 70 acres of fruit orchards, vegetable gardens, and breathtaking views, is an ideal base to tackle the valley’s best offerings. After a soak in the pool, ask Eileen or her husband, Phil, for their favorites, and they’ll recommend the earthy tempranillo at finca la carrodilla and the cabernet franc at casa de piedra. Greg Majors, frequent valley visitor and beverage director at Blue Bridge Hospitality in San Diego, is

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The assignment was simple: Write a letter to someone who changed your life. Then, show up on their doorstep and read the letter aloud.

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n the day she finally told me what she needed from me, she took a shower with her eyes closed, unable to bear the sight of her hair twirling down the drain. She dried off, dressed, and let the nurses attach a tube to a surgically installed port in her chest. Good blood rushed into her body to replace the cancer-filled blood. She settled into a chair and wiggled her toes to make sure they weren’t going numb, a minor everyday nuisance for someone with multiple sclerosis. Kendra Williams was in room 351 of Iowa Methodist hospital in Des Moines, 19 days into a 30-day chemotherapy treatment to combat acute myeloid leukemia. Doctors had given her a 50-50 shot of making it to Day 30. Beyond that, patients with this leukemia usually live, at best, five years. She’s 43. I was headed home soon, back to my life in North Carolina after spending four days with her and her friends and family. Kendra was my editor and a mentor when I was just starting out at a small newspaper in the mountains of Virginia. On nights after deadline, I’d sit in the chair by her desk and talk When Martin Seligman, “father of posto her about life and family and itive psychology” and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, first entered career ambitions. She did that the field in the 1960s, psychologists with all of the young writers at were focused exclusively on pinpointing the paper. We were in our early what was wrong with people. But Seligman saw the opportunity for more. 20s, and she wasn’t much older He believed they should be just as at 31, but it seemed like she attentive to people’s strengths as knew everything we wanted to their weaknesses, and that psychology should be useknow. She had short, dark hair, ful to anyone a soft and calming voice, and invested in hipster glasses before they were leading a more fulfilling life. hip. When she answered diffiAnd so he cult questions, she would stare set out to at me for a second, disarming discover the secret to hapme while she prepared her piness. His response. Dr. Martin Seligman quest led him She assigned us stories that to identify three different kinds: the pleasant life ripped us open. She helped one (pursuing as many short-term pleasures colleague through a story on a as possible), the good life (learning your young girl’s funeral, another strengths and orienting your daily life to use them at home and work), and the through a story about an meaningful life (using your strengths to abused child. She helped me serve something larger than yourself). through a story about a soldier To help people achieve higher forms of happiness, Seligman developed what who died in Afghanistan. Kenhe termed “positive interventions.” dra cried at the ending. Her Some are simple, such as engaging in tears were worth more than any philanthropy, while others are more nuanced: For a “strengths date,” couples paycheck. identify their highest strengths (using We eventually went in differthe free test at authentichappiness. ent directions. Kendra moved org) and plan an evening that allows each to use them. to Des Moines and became the The intervention that has consistravel editor at Midwest Living, tently proven to be the most meaningand I made my way to North ful, though, is the gratitude letter. ↗

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Carolina. We kept in touch every now and then, but I hadn’t seen her since she left Virginia 11 years ago. The last time we exchanged notes was 2012, when Kendra learned I was going through a divorce from one of the other young writers in our group. Always the mentor, she reached out and offered to help. “You are a good man with a good spirit, and happiness can’t help but chase down people like you, even when things are at their darkest,” she wrote. “So hang in.” Kendra and her husband, Mark, adopted their son Colin in 2006. Colin loves basketball and Pokémon GO. He also has Asperger’s syndrome: He’s brilliant academically, but about four years behind his peers socially. On August 24, his first day of fifth grade, the 10-year-old boy with floppy hair left school and went to the hospital and listened to his mother tell him she might not live to October. Coincidentally, just a few days before they’d received that news, an editor at this magazine gave me an assignment: to write a letter to someone who’d changed my life but I’d never had the chance to properly thank. Then I was to take that letter and show up on that person’s doorstep and read it aloud. Kendra was one of the first people I thought of, but I was hesitant to contact her after I heard how sick she was. step 1/ Close your eyes and think back over the course of your life. Bring to Finally, on September 1, I mind someone who has had a transforsent her a message to ask how mative impact on you—someone you’ve she was doing and to ask for her never properly thanked for their efforts. You may have lost touch with this peraddress. I didn’t say why. son, but for this exercise, they must be I’ve never been someone who available for a face-to-face meeting. believes everything happens step 2/ Once you’ve established your for a reason. I’ve never believed gratitude recipient, write them a letter. This should be a focused 300-word in fate. But her response three thank you that includes a brief synopsis hours later leveled me.

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of your own life and explains the impact the recipient has had.

step 3/ Reach out to request a visit, but be vague and don’t divulge your intentions. When you arrive, knock on their door and read the letter aloud. Weeping, Seligman says, is common. And both parties experience lasting effects: The exercise resurrects positive memories, reminds people of their strengths, and crystallizes how they’ve contributed to something beyond themselves. step 4/ Help us spark a gratitude movement by sharing your experience at letters@southwestmag.com or by using #SouthwestMag.

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Hey Mike – Well, this was meant to be. I have a journal next to my bed with a note in it to contact you today. Your message is timely and appreciated so, so much. … I recently read through an old email folder I have called Nice Things. I have so many emails in there from you and Andrew and others from my time at the [Winchester] Star. In one of them, you thanked me for helping you get your job in Fayetteville [North Carolina], and said if I ever needed anything, I should ask. So I need something. So I’m asking. I’d like you to write a piece about me for my celebration of life service, whenever that is. Something that people could

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take home copies of and something that Mark and Colin can use as a touchstone in the years ahead. I can get you names and contacts. I have already written my own obit. This is something beautiful and separate. I flew to Des Moines a little more than a week later and stayed from September 10 to 13. Before I left to go home, I asked my former editor one last time what she wanted from this story she’d asked me to write about her. She paused and delivered that familiar stare before answering. “I want Colin to know just how much I love him,” she said. “The sad thing is, he doesn’t remember what I was like before I got sick. I want him to know that I wasn’t just his mom. I want him to know I did other things too.” I pulled the door to room 351 shut and went up the elevator and into a skywalk that led to a parking garage. I stopped and cried, knowing she might not make this walk out of the hospital herself, knowing that the more connections we make the more skywalks we’ll have, knowing the assignment she’d given me, and having no idea what to do with all that. This is what I came up with.

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lost. But she’s not.

Hey Colin – You may not remember me, but we met in September when your mom was in the hospital. I came to your house in Iowa. You didn’t say hello, but that’s OK. I know you had a lot on your mind. It was the first Sunday of the NFL season, after all. I’m sorry Odell Beckham didn’t score any touchdowns that afternoon. One or two more and you’d have won your fantasy football game against your mom. But think of it this way: You gave her a little win when she really needed one. You’ve always had a way of doing that. She was 10 miles away that day, in room 351 of the

Your mom was right where she wanted to be.

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hospital downtown. I’d say she was “fighting cancer,” but she doesn’t like to phrase it that way. Cancer doesn’t fight fair. I watched you agonize over that football game, saw how much it hurt you when things didn’t work out. Here’s a little secret a lot of people won’t tell you, Colin: It’s OK to feel pain. It is. You’ll meet people along the way who try to silence your aches, but it’s only out of fear of their own. Your mom was a kid once, believe it or not. Your grandfather worked for an oil company and the job moved them all over the world, from New York to Saudi Arabia to Illinois to Virginia. You’ve always had one home, the blue one with the big field and hummingbird feeders, where your mom and dad built a life for you and your dog, Daisy. Your dad’s a great man too, Colin. You remind me of him. He’s one of those guys who can’t sleep on nights the Cubs or the Packers lose a big game, and he knows

every word to every Beatles song ever made. He showed your mom what love was after she married another man who turned out to be wrong for her. While I was watching you and your dad in your living room that day, the wind blew in from across the field and I thought about the ribbon of life that led us all here. To you, she’s mom. To your dad, she’s his spouse and your mom. To me, she was a mentor. But she was many other things to many other people. When she was a girl living in Saudi Arabia, your grandfather took the family to Kenya on a safari, and they came upon a local market. Your mom picked out a purse and asked her dad for money. He gave her 20 shillings and advice on bartering. “It’s what you’re supposed to do,” he told her. She asked the vendor if she could have the purse for 10 shillings. He’d priced it at 20, but he said yes. She ran back to the car crying.

“Dad,” she said, “I think I cheated that man, and I’m worried that he doesn’t have any money.” Your mom never cheated anyone, Colin. In fact, the rest of us always got the better end of the deal. Another time when she was a little girl in Buffalo, your grandfather lost her at the county fair. He reported her to lost and found. You know where they found her? She was in the bookmobile the library had set up on the fairgrounds. That’s right: When a kid goes to the fair and doesn’t smear cotton candy all over her face or shoot water guns at clowns’ mouths or spin on the Tilt-a-Whirl, we all assume she’s lost. But she’s not. Your mom was right where she wanted to be. She was reading, like usual. She sat on your great-grandfather’s lap when she was 4 or 5 and read the Sunday comics to him, word for word. She read full books to her cat, Muffin. She was the first person to grab the afternoon paper from the mailbox, and she’d read

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the headlines, mostly about Jimmy Carter back then. The day she went to college at Mary Washington, she hugged her roommate and cried. Not tears of pain. Tears of joy. After all those moves, after navigating childhood as a bookworm in a cotton-candy world, your mom finally found a place where all she had to do was learn. She studied under a man named Dr. James Farmer. Look him up. He was a civil rights leader who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He organized the Freedom Ride, which helped lead to the desegregation of the interstate transportation system. You can find all this in Dr. Farmer’s obituary from the local Virginia papers after he died in 1999. Your mother wrote it. People told her she should be a teacher. “But I don’t know anything yet,” she’d tell them. So after college, she went to work at newspapers. They helped her figure out the world.

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You ran toward your dad, and he bent down and hugged you, wrapped you up. That’s it, your mom told herself. Let’s stop the world now. One day, a Tuesday, the paper she worked for near Chicago was set to go to the printer when something terrible happened in New York. You weren’t born until five years later, but that day—Sept. 11, 2001—changed America. It also changed your mom’s career. The news editor at your mom’s newspaper didn’t think it was a big enough deal to stop the presses and redo the whole paper. She left the office to get coffee. Your mom was appalled. She stood up in front of the entire newsroom and said, “This is what we’re going to do.” And she did it. By the time the news editor

got back, your mom already had a new plan for a new edition that would go on to win awards. The next week, she got promoted. I tell you this story because there’s a lesson in it: Don’t be bound by anybody’s description of you. If you know the right thing to do, do it. Don’t assume someone else will. Not long after that day, she was making post-deadline calls to other papers when an editor named Mark picked up. She asked how he was doing. Your dad, Mark, has no idea why, but he said, “Not that great.” Your mom asked if she

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could help. They went out for dinner the next week, and they kept talking on the phone after that, hours at a time. Two years later she got a job in Winchester, Virginia, a little town in a big valley at the northern tip of the state. She drove to Virginia to start her new life on Valentine’s Day 2003, and your dad came with her. That’s when I met her, in between those hills. I was 23 years old then. I know that seems old to you now, but trust me, I was just a kid. We had a whole group of kids my age in Winchester, recent college graduates who believed we were smart. Your mom came along and taught us how much we didn’t know. She gave us weekly reading assignments from great writers around the country, and sometimes we played the “Why?” game: A person would state a fact about something they’d done and face the room of reporters to answer “Why?” four or five times. There are lots of things I hope you take from her, and all of them add up to a good and gracious life. But this one is especially important—work hard and be good to people, even when the world isn’t working or good for you. Because something good will come along. Something like you. We call these things “reasons.” They’re the answers to “Why?” Your mom was always fond of reasons. You’ll find these people as you go through life: those who believe everything happens for a reason, and others who believe the world’s totally random. You can believe whatever you want, but here’s an indisputable fact—if your mom hadn’t gone to all those places in her life, she never would’ve met you. If your mom and dad hadn’t left Winchester when they did, they wouldn’t have made $30,000 on their house, and they wouldn’t have been able to put that money toward a private adoption. If they hadn’t moved to the Midwest, they wouldn’t have been at that meeting with your biological mother when

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she said, “Yes, you are the people who should raise my child.” All these things had to happen for you to become your mom’s son. We are the sum of our connections. The more people we meet, the more influence we have. Kendra Williams, your mom, will live forever through other people, Colin. You’ll find a piece of her in everything I write, and in the writing of so many others. Anybody who’s ever been in her orbit is

better for it. You know Jo Oldson from your church? She’s a state representative and makes laws for all of Iowa. She’s also a cancer survivor. Your mom and Jo got pretty close. They developed a text-message symbol for cancer a few years ago. It’s the emoji of the monkey covering its eyes. It means “$#&%*! cancer.” (One day Jo will tell you what the symbols stand for.) And you remember Jess, your mom’s former co-worker, who

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takes you to Chuck E. Cheese’s sometimes. He recorded a podcast with your mom after she got cancer, and she told him something he’ll never forget: “I wish this had never happened to me, but I’m glad that I’ve used it to find meaning.” Your mother’s life was full of meaning before she got sick, though, Colin. When you were little, your parents took you to the mall, just the three of you. Your mom went with you to a play area and your dad wandered off to browse. When he came back, you spotted him through the crowd of people and ran toward him, arms wide open. He bent down and hugged you, wrapped you up. That’s it, your mom told herself. Let’s stop the world now. I’m not sure why the world didn’t listen to her. Things got tough. MS first, then cancer. Your mom loved reasons but there’s no good reason for this. There’s no good reason a kid like you should have to come home from his first day of fifth grade and go straight to the hospital to see her. There’s no good reason she should've had to tell you that her cancer was back and worse than ever, and that she had a 50-50 shot of surviving a 30-day chemo treatment. It’s hard to find any justification for any of this. But your mom would want us to try. So here’s a little story that wouldn’t have happened if your mom hadn’t gotten sick. I hadn’t seen her since she left Winchester. That’s 11 years. I hadn’t talked to her in four years. Life’s been busy, as the sad excuse goes. But in August, just before you started school, I was assigned a story about saying thanks to someone who has changed my life. I chose your mom. When I sent her a message, she responded by asking me to write this story for you. That’s the reason I was up there to visit you for four days in September. I’m not sure why she chose me for this. Maybe she just enjoys

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I’m not sure why she chose me for this. Maybe she just enjoys giving me difficult assignments. Maybe she’s trying to teach me one more lesson. giving me difficult assignments. Maybe she’s trying to teach me one more lesson. I do know this: When I was with her in room 351, she had a stack of letters for you. There’s one for your 18th birthday, one for your graduation, one for your wedding. She was writing notes in them and sealing them up for you to read later. She imagined herself in those moments, imagined what the weather will feel like or the room will sound like or what kind of suit you’ll be wearing. “Even if you don’t believe it,” she told me she wrote in the cards,

“I’m still with you today.” One more thing about your mom, Colin. You already know this one. That month she had a 50-50 shot of surviving, she survived. She made it to the end of September. She made it back home to Daisy and your dad and the hummingbirds and you. Her friends started using #kendrastrong. She was with your dad to watch the Cubs make a run to the World Series. In mid-October, she went to Iowa City to look for more signs of hope. She ruled out a bone marrow transplant because it’s too risky with her MS. But the doctor in

Iowa City says she can try stem cell treatment. This means she’ll have to make trips from Des Moines to Iowa City for three months. It’s only about a two-hour ride, but it’ll be tough in an Iowa winter. She might miss a basketball game or two. But she has to do this. It’s her last chance at a cure. What I’m trying to say, Colin, is that your mom, a cherished editor and friend, asked me to write a story about her life, a story in which she wanted me to let you know who she was and how much she loves you. She asked me to publish it after she died. But I’m writing this now because out of all the lessons your mom taught me, the one I hope I’ll always remember is this—never put things off. Thanks for letting us share her with you. Michael Graff is the editor of Charlotte magazine. Tell him about the people who have changed your life at michaelngraff@gmail.com.

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Picture Southern California for a moment. If your mind drifts to panoramic views of white sand beaches, brilliant sunshine, and sophisticated style with a laid-back vibe, you’re envisioning Orange County. And while the O.C. has all the topnotch surfing and stunning views any visitor could want, the area also offers a wealth of other activities— luxury shopping, fine dining, culture, entertainment, and family fun. Spoil yourself at South Coast Plaza or Fashion Island, where famous high-end designers like Salvatore Ferragamo and Oscar de la Renta have boutiques. Or check out locally owned shops with items created right here in the county. Indulge your palate at one of the area’s many world-renowned restaurants. If you’re craving culture, catch a live theater performance at South Coast Repertory or soak up a symphony at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. december 2016 southwest 89

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YOUR ADVENTURE IN “THE OC” Round up the kids and thrill them with a day at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim or Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. Splurge and splash at a luxurious oceanfront resort and spa. Take a break from the whirlwind of adventure for some quiet moments in the pristine wilderness, where you’ll find mountain biking and hiking trails, and scenic vistas perfect for meditation and reflection. If you want to stay active, there’s year-round golf, as well as surfing, kayaking, and simple beachcombing on the world-famous Pacific coastline. Come to Orange County and live the California dream. “The OC” will provide sunshine and perfect weather—don’t forget to pack your sunglasses and your sense of adventure. visittheoc.com

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Costa Mesa is Orange County’s center stage—located between Los Angeles and San Diego, and packed with culture, shopping, and dining options, it shines as a high-profile destination in gorgeous Southern California. Internationally acclaimed arts, theater, and museums call Costa Mesa home. Take a walk around town and soak up the abundant sunshine as you marvel at the art and sculpture on display throughout the city. The Costa Mesa Art Walk map will guide you through the arts and theater district, where you’ll find outstanding public art and installations. Highlights include Isamu Noguchi’s 1.6-acre park— California Scenario—and “The Ram” by Charles O. Perry. The Unity Bridge connects the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to South Coast Plaza, Orange County’s shopping mecca. Pick up a Balenciaga handbag, a Cartier watch, or an iconic wrap dress from Diane von Furstenberg, then stroll across the bridge to catch a symphony performance. The dining in Costa Mesa is as outstanding as the arts and shopping. Culinary hotspots in the city include Top Chef contender Amar Santana’s restaurant Vaca, and Michelin-rated chef Carlos Salgado’s new space, Taco Maria. travelcostamesa.com

CIT Y OF THE ARTS Arts and culture are everywhere in Costa Mesa. Take in a performance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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Extraordinary Style South Coast Plaza welcomes guests from all over the world, and it’s easy to see why. This premier Southern California shopping destination is home to more than 250 exclusive boutiques, as well as critically acclaimed restaurants featuring cuisine from around the globe. Peruse the lustrous jewels and the peerless timepieces at Piaget, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Rolex, and Patek Philippe. Admire the latest clothing and accessories collections from legendary fashion houses like Hermès, Chanel, Gucci, and Saint Laurent. South Coast

Plaza also offers an array of contemporary brands including Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch. Savor fine wines and dry-aged steaks at The Capital Grille, sample Spanish tapas at Vaca, and taste the fusion of California flavors with a Vietnamese twist at AnQi by House of An. Special events and exclusive concierge services round out the five-star shopping experience at South Coast Plaza. This year is especially auspicious— the luxury destination is celebrating 50 years of offering an unparalleled retail collection. southcoastplaza.com

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Dream Waves GET OUTDOORS Paddleboarding, kayaking, and surfing are popular pastimes, as is skimboarding, which originated here in the late 1920s.

ARTIST COLONY Art is everywhere in Laguna Beach. Galleries and studios abound, offering fine arts and workshops year-round.

Miles of white sandy beaches, tide pools, rich history, and fine art— you’ll find it all in storied Laguna Beach. Packed with coves and wildlife, this coastal haven is home to artists—and animals—who celebrate the perfect weather and protected status of the shoreline. Peek into working artists’ studios to see masters at work, or view their finished pieces in the dozens of galleries around town. More than 400 artists live and find inspiration here. Festivals like Laguna Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts, and Sawdust Art Festival celebrate this thriving creative community throughout the year. Wildlife abounds along the 8 miles of coastline. Laguna Beach’s ocean and rocky outcroppings are home to dolphins, seals, and myriad birds. In fact, the birding, snorkeling, and swimming are unbeatable, thanks to the carefully preserved beaches. The local cuisine in Laguna Beach is outstanding as well—there are more than 100 restaurants in Laguna Beach’s almost 9 square miles. History and architecture buffs will enjoy the self-guided tour of the turn-of-the-20th-century bungalows and cottages. Theater lovers will love the Laguna Playhouse, and anyone can find a beat at the Laguna Beach Music Festival and Laguna Dance Festival. This seaside artists’ colony offers something for everyone. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a birder, or a foodie, you’ll find your California dream in Laguna Beach. visitlagunabeach.com

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OPEN AIR A master-planned community, Irvine offers 5 acres of parkland for every 1,000 residents, including bike paths and hiking trails.

SCENIC VISTAS Bommer Canyon, San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, and Quail Hill Trailhead are perfect places to get a workout and commune with nature.

Destination Irvine “Polished” and “wild” may seem like opposites, but both describe Irvine perfectly. The city was master-planned to optimize business and education opportunities, and to preserve the wide-open spaces that contribute to the outstanding quality of life and culture that are its hallmarks. Take a trip around the world without ever leaving Irvine—the global cuisine is unbeatable. Over 70 languages are spoken in the city, and the restaurants showcase the cultures and flavors of the eclectic people who call Irvine home. Since almost 40 percent of

citizens hail from Asia, the Pacific Rim cuisine is particularly spectacular here. Work off those meals with an adventure in Irvine’s trails and parks. Gorgeous weather year-round means it’s always a good time to get outside. The Irvine Ranch and the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary are perfect places to hike, bike, and observe local wildlife and freshwater wetlands. destination irvine.com

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PLUSH ROOMS Boutique style and a modern design concept define the updated rooms at the Irvine Marriott.

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The newly redesigned Irvine Marriott is lifting coastal sophistication to a new level with a multi-million dollar renovation. This flagship hotel launches the latest style developments the brand offers, creating a boutique experience with modern flair. Enjoy open, airy rooms and the utmost in luxury in this reimagined Marriott. The amenities begin when guests enter the front doors. Grab a guitar and headphones and rock out in the lobby, or gather some companions and play a game of pool. Head to the newly updated pool area and challenge yourself to a game of life-sized chess in the updated pool area. Savor a carefully crafted libation at YNK (You Never Know), the exclusive cocktail lounge within the hotel. Drawing on cultures and flavors from around the globe, with a new destination featured monthly, the master mixologists at this high-concept space create drinks from fresh and unexpected ingredients. MClub lounge, Marriott’s elite reward members’ place to see and be seen, allows guests to meet other travelers and enjoy exclusive amenities. The only location with an external entrance, this lounge offers 24-hour breakfast and bar service, as well as the very latest in technology to keep you connected. IrvineHitsRefresh.com december 2016 southwest 95

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Forever Summer WHALE WATCHING Dana Point is the whale-watching capital of the world. Look for blue whales, gray whales, orcas, and dolphins.

OUTDOOR FUN FOR THE FAMILY Dana Point hosts a variety of runs, bike races, and festivals, with fun, sun, and outdoor sports for the whole family.

When you come to Dana Point, be sure to bring an appetite for beauty and adventure—and your binoculars. From the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center, hikers can gaze over the breaking waves and scan the horizon. You’ll likely see whales, sea lions, dolphins, surfers, and paddleboarders in the bright turquoise waters of the harbor. It truly feels like summer never ends in this beautiful place. Revel in the scenery from one of several luxurious resorts perched atop the oceanside bluffs. Stay by the beach in the height of luxury—The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Monarch Beach Resort, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, and the DoubleTree by Hilton Doheny Beach all offer top accommodations.

Residents of Dana Point celebrate the beauty and joy of their hometown frequently, and invite everyone to join in the fun. The annual Festival of Whales in March provides fun for the whole family, with a parade, floats, and colorful balloons that drift above the crowds. Summer Saturdays bring weekly concerts in Sea Terrace Park. Learn about marine science and maritime history through multiple amazing programs at the Ocean Institute. Head to Dana Point Harbor for shopping, whale-watching excursions, dining, Catalina transportation, and more. Be sure to hop on the Strand Beach funicular, which will transport you from the top of the bluff to the beach below. As you walk along the sand, look for sea life in tide pools and gaze back up at the soaring cliffs. visitdanapoint.org

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REJUVENATION The Miraval Life in Balance Spa offers meditation and yoga sessions on the beach.

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Renewal is the focus at Monarch Beach Resort. The resort has been completely renovated and reimagined, from the guestrooms and dining spaces to the muchanticipated addition of the Miraval Life in Balance Spa. A seaside outpost of the world-renowned Arizona flagship resort, Miraval’s spa offers 24 treatment rooms, a lap pool, spa suites, and tranquility zones. Select from more than 70 signature treatments, and enjoy a hair appointment at Drybar, which offers blowouts with a complimentary glass of champagne. Then, treat yourself to a mani-pedi at Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon. If sunshine and fresh air sound enticing, play a round of golf at the Monarch Beach Golf Links. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., this award-winning course atop the bluffs boasts stunning views as well as rolling greens and tight fairways. Then relax poolside in a recently updated cabana with a sea view, or bliss out in one of the new infinity-edge whirlpool spas. Dine at one of eight on-site restaurants, offering fresh, local cuisine in several beautiful settings. Watch golfers tee off over brunch at Club 19, pick up an elegant picnic of artisanal cheeses and fresh pastries at Part & Parcel Market, sample organic seafood with an ocean view on the patio at 33°North, and watch the sunset with a craft cocktail in hand at AVEO Table + Bar. Relax and rejuvenate with all this Southern California gem has to offer, and discover why Monarch Beach Resort is a byword for luxury in Orange County. monarchbeachresort.com

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Have your boarding pass in hand or on your phone.

Business Select® Customers always board in the A1–A15 boarding group.

A-List and A-List Preferred Members receive priority boarding.

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Permitted Pueden usarse dentro del avión Small portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones weighing less than 2 pounds may be used in AIRPLANE mode at all times on domestic flights, unless a Crew Member indicates otherwise. A small PED may be held in hand, attached to a person, or placed in clothing or a seatback pocket. Devices and accessories may not block access to the aisle. Large PEDs such as laptops weighing 2 pounds or more must be stowed under the seat or in an overhead bin for taxi, takeoff, and landing. It is recommended that laptops be placed in a case when stowed under the seat. On international flights, all PEDs must be turned off during taxi, takeoff, and landing at airports outside the U.S. and its territories. Please use headphones for all audio and video. Siempre puedes usar dispositivos electrónicos portátiles y pequeños (PEDs) tales como tabletas, lectores electrónicos y teléfonos inteligentes que pesen menos de 2 libras en modo AVIÓN en

los vuelos domésticos, excepto si un Miembro de la Tripulación indica lo contrario. Puedes tener un PED pequeño en la mano, llevarlo encima, en la ropa o en un bolsillo en el respaldo del asiento. Los dispositivos y accesorios no pueden bloquear el acceso al pasillo. Los PEDs grandes como computadoras portátiles que pesen 2 libras o más deben de ser guardados debajo del asiento o en los compartimentos superiores mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje. Se recomienda que las computadoras portátiles se guarden en un estuche debajo del asiento. En los vuelos internacionales, todos los PEDs deben permanecer apagados mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje en aeropuertos fuera de los EE. UU. y sus territorios. Por favor usa auriculares para cualquier sonido o video.

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Electronic nerve stimulators and other implanted medical devices are also permitted. Dispositivos de estimulación electrónica de los nervios y otros aparatos médicos

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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 ataquen, amenacen o intimiden a los Miembros de la Tripulación o que interfieran con los deberes de un Miembro de la Tripulación.

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Cellphones and pagers may be used at the gate and after landing. Los teléfonos y localizadores pueden ser usados en la puerta y después de aterrizar.

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Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages not purchased onboard. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to

Two-Way Radios (WalkieTalkies) or Scanners Radios emisores/receptores (walkie-talkies) Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices Cigarrillos electrónicos y dispositivos para fumar 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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Unapproved personal devices (e.g., Knee Defender, infant slings) may not be attached to any part of the aircraft. Dispositivos personales no aprobados (coo por ejemplo “defensores de rodillas” o mantas portabebés) no pueden sujetarse a ninguna parte de la aeronave.

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baggage, provided they were purchased in duty-free shops and placed in secure, tamperevident bags. • 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 recheck desk before proceeding to your gate.

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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

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT NAYLOR/ISTOCK (HUMMINGBIRD), NARVIKK/ISTOCK (DUNN’S (DUNN RIVER FALLS), COLEONG/ISTOCK (BEACH), COURTESY OF ROSE HALL GREAT HOUSE

 SWEET HOME Built in 1770, Rose Hall has seen a few updates in recent years. Stop at Annee’s Pub—once the dungeon—for a drink.

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DUNN’S RIVER FALLS Jamaica is

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hummingbirds on a guided tour of this avian oasis, home to thousands of birds and located about 10 miles south of Montego Bay.

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and your final destination country. Lines 5 and 6 may be left blank if not using a passport. On Line 9, enter WN for Southwest, followed by your specific flight number. Please read both sides of the declaration. Sign at the “X.”

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. MEXICAN IMMIGRATION FORM

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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, which serves as your visa while in

Mexico. It must be surrendered at time of checkin for your return flight. Passengers unable to present this form at time of departure will be fined by Mexican Immigration. * Go to cbp.gov to download, fill out, and print this form before your next international flight.

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Getting Connected

To connect to our entertainment portal using your iOS device, Android™ device, or Mac or PC laptop, follow the instructions below.

IOS

Tap the Settings icon.

Tap the WiFi icon.

Tap the On/Off button and turn WiFi On.

Tap SouthwestWiFi in the list of WiFi networks and confirm connection.

Tap the Safari icon.

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Tap the Settings icon.

Tap the WiFi icon.

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Tap the Internet icon.

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Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwest wifi.com.

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• 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

destinations outside the contiguous U.S. may not currently be available for the entire flight. • Movies and select TV content require download of the free AirTime Player app.

• Pricing information can be found on the Inflight Entertainment Portal. • In order to provide a topnotch WiFi experience, we prohibit access to certain

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You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not drink alcoholic beverages because of the risk of birth defects. Images of the alcoholic beverage product do not reflect how it is actually served. Customer will not receive a beverage with a cap.

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, and liquor. RECYCLING

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Chicago / Downtown Italian Village Restaurants-Visit Italy right in Chicago THE VILLAGE - 312.332.7005 71 W. Monroe Street Chicago's Oldest Family Italian Restaurant–Al Capone was a regular. Guests dine in cozy nooks designed like a small Italian town. Celebrating our 88th anniversary this year. www.italianvillage-chicago.com LA CANTINA - 312.332.7005 A premier Italian Steak and Chop House VIVERE - 312.332.4040 A contemporary restaurant featuring "new" Italian cuisine from all regions of Italy. 2015 Wine Spectator Top Ten Italian Restaurants, 2015 DiRona Award, 2015 Wine Enthusiasts Ultimate Distinction Award.

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