Posts Tagged ‘southwest’

Know Your Fireballs: A Giant Meteor High Above California, Nevada, and Arizona This Evening?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Is this the thing that everybody’s talking about tonight?

The LA Times says meteor.

Fireballs FAQ from your American Meteor Society.

Follow men’s eyes as they look to the skies 
The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of their dreams 

[UPDATE: Here we go, the impression of a Young Artist, suspiciously over-detailed:

Jill Padilla’s son Juan drew this pic right after seeing the strange lights. (credit: Juan Padilla)

Awesome!

Until next time…

Shooting stars never stop/

Good On You, Southwest Airlines: Changes Internet Game’s “Let’s Roll” Language to “Play Now”

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Remember back a few days ago when SWA was using the “Let’s Roll” as a part of it’s frequent flier promotion?

Ah, memories:

Got bad timing? Southwest Airlines is launching a new contest as part of its frequent flier program. Hey, free or discounted travel is all good, but is “Let’s Roll!” really the best slogan they could come up with as the country nears the tenth anniversary of 9/11?”

But SWA just fixed things.

So this:

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Has been changed to this:

Good for you, SWA.

(Speaking of which, SWA apparently kicked a white musician dude off of a flight yesterday due to his saggy pants, news to me. But that’s sort of funny due to some incident we had at SFO not too long ago when MR. B.M.O.C. football player totally ignored a request from a black female airline employee for said football star to pull up his saggy pants. He ended up just walking away from her. He couldn’t be bothered  because, unsurprisingly, he had luggage in his hands, or something. Said airline employee had the option to forget about it, but instead, she kicked things up a notch and the rest is history. Now, around the same time, a “faggy white boy” on a different airline in a different part of the country was allowed to fly while wearing nothing but women’s underwear, or something like that. Somehow, that “proved” something about something. Somehow, and people “know” this for sure, the black female airline employee singled out MR. B.M.O.C. due to racism. Or something like that. Oh well.)

Is the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 the Best Time For Southwest Airlines to Launch a Contest Using the Term “Let’s Roll?”

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Now I’m just a simple country lawyer so please help me when I’m trying to do the best I can to figure out why on Earth would Southwest Airlines use the term “Let’s Roll” as a part of its new frequent flier mile giveaway, you know, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Thusly:

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You see them – the red “LET’S ROLL” boxes? I cry foul.

Let’s double-check:

“Step 1

Go to the promotion home page.

Step 2

Enter your information in the “Current Rapid Reward Member” section (Ignore the field which says “Win Code from Card†”)

Step 3

Click ‘Let’s Roll’”

Trying the first hit on Google for “let’s roll” yields:

“‘Let’s roll‘ is a catchphrase that has been used extensively as a term to move and start an activity, attack, mission or project. After the September 11 attacks, the phrase, especially in the United States, has come to symbolize war-mongering, heroism, self sacrifice and initiative in a tough situation. This use of the phrase was inspired by Todd Beamer‘s final known words, “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll!” The phrase has been widely appropriated as a battlecry.”

Thusly:

Do you live in America, Southwest Rapid Rewards?

Sure doesn’t seem like it.

IMO, ten years is Still Too Soon.

Stanford Frosh Crystal Lee Crowned Miss Chinatown USA for 2010

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

This was the scene last night at the Palace of Fine Arts, where Stanfurd freshman and bay area local Crystal Lee was crowned Miss Chinatown USA 2010. It’s international news.

All the pageantry was caught by David Yu of davidyuweb. He always has great photos of whatever’s going on the bay area. 

The crowning the School of the Arts alum:

Here are all the contestants: Christine Lim 李汶娸, Kristina Owyoung 歐陽坤怡, Samantha Chin 陳冠曄, Leilani Soon 孫愛蘭, Anna Chiem 詹佩盈, Christina Zhang 張子倩, Crystal Lee 李萬晴, Gloria Mui 梅主恩, Angela Wang 王兆蓬, Chang Liu 劉暢, Li Li 李欣燃, and Tong Qiao 喬彤:

How many peacocks had to die for this outfit? None, I s’pose:

Congratulations:

Crystal Lee

San Francisco, CA
Miss Chinatown U.S.A.

Kristina Owyoung
Lafayette, CA
Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce/First Princess

Christina Zhang
Pleasanton, CA
Miss San Francisco Chinatown

Li Li
Flushing, NY
2nd Princess

Anna Chiem
Chicago, IL
3rd Princess

Angela Wang
Sugar Land, TX
4th Princess

Anna Chiem
Chicago, IL
Miss TVB Choice Award

And of course our Chinese New Year’s Parade is coming up (rain expected – it’s free to watch of course, or you can pay $30 for reserved seating) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010, right after the Coronation Ball:

Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball
Friday, February 26, 2010
San Francisco Hilton & Towers
333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
(415) 982-3000
6:00 pm No Host Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner and Dancing until midnight
Tickets: $120
The newly selected Miss Chinatown USA and her court will be crowned at the annual Harrah’s Coronation Ball. The black tie dinner/dance, attended by many community leaders, promises to be a highlight of the Lunar New Year festivities.

2009 Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco: Year of the Ox

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Well just like last year, this year’s San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade went off without a hitch. Who was there? Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Senator Leland Yee, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, newly-installed President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu, Supervisor Eric MarPolice Chief Heather Fong and a host of others.

What did Chinatown look like last night? Check out David Yu’s photos right here and you’ll also get to see what last week’s Miss Chinatown USA Pageant 2009, an event that included participants Amy Chu and Angela Chu and winner Cindy Wu, looked like as well.  

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And check the videos to hear what it sounded like.

Gung hay fat choy! See you next year.

Airlines Tell Passengers that Oil Price Speculators are Responsible for High Airfares

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

According to the airlines, via that lapdog of the Air Transport Association of America known as Stop Oil Speculation Now, there is a:

force at work that, like gravity, is invisible yet powerful. This force is rampant speculation. Every time you buy products such as food or gas, you are impacted by unregulated, secretive and often foreign commodities futures markets. Speculators in these markets are increasingly buying and selling commodities such as oil even though they have no intention of using the product.

First of all, who wrote this copy? Bob Shrum? Second of all, Hillary Clinton didn’t intend to use all that sugar and eat those cows when she speculated in the commodities markets and nobody complained about that, right? Speculation is now supposed to be a bad thing?

Our corporate overlords are worried:

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Could there be a more likely explanation for high prices for avgas? CBS News offers a few. Is it possible Bill O’Reilly might be wrong? Or, maybe all this talk of speculation being the cause of high fuel prices is just a Nixonian Fallacy.

Check it out and decide for yourself. Maybe you’ll agree that both you and the airlines are being victimized by those invisible, powerful, secretive, foreign forces.

The airlines have to come up with something to explain all those fees and surcharges, right?

I shift the blame
To the worm in the bottle
I shift the blame
To anyone standing before me

Three Cheers to Southwest Airlines, Where They Don’t Have Fees for Everything

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Well, check it out. Today, Southwest Airlines (LUV) is crowing about their lack of fees.

So that means “NO First or Second Checked Bag Fees, Change Fees, Fuel Surcharges, Snack Fees, Aisle or Window Seat Fees, Curbside Check-In Fees, or Phone Reservation Fees.” Hurray!

What the “legacy” carriers don’t seem to understand is that some people really, really don’t like hidden fees. Like how some restaurants in San Francisco hit you with an undisclosed 4% tack-on when you get your bill

Fly with Southwest and you’ll think you’ve been transported back to the 1970′s, when fees were a four-letter word:

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Nostalgic photo via Church of the Customer

Now, some may quibble about a few things, like how the cheapest fares from Southwest are only available online. But that’s as it should be, since reserving a flight by yourself lowers the expenses of running the airline. This is a better approach than a company advertising a price and then surprising you with a fee that you didn’t even know existed. The point is that Southwest has none of the new fees all the other airlines seem to have.  

Now this might put SWA at a disadvantage when they advertise their rates, because they lose all those little “profit centers” the other airlines take advantage of. But just remember that Bags Fly Free, and lots of other things are free, when you fly with LUV.

Hurray. Certain other airlines should take notice of this.