Thursday, October 19, 2006

Restaurant: Crabby Bill's Seafood

7700 Courtney Cambell Causeway, Tampa, Florida 33607

Stopped for lunch with a colleague October 2006 for lunch after business. Grilled grouper sandwich. A little salty, but perfectly cooked. Cup of chicken & saugage gumbo - perfect.

Moderately priced, sitting next to the water attached to a hotel. Sat inside, a little stuffy in the mid day sun. But what do I know - I'm from Maryland.

Airport: Tampa, Florida (TPA)

Airport Name: Tampa International Airport
Location: Tampa, Florida USA
Airport Web Site:

Well located, with easy highway access to Clearwater, St. Pete, and down the gulf coast toward Naples.

A "hub and spoke" design, with a central check in building attached to a hotel, and electric tram cars out to 6 terminal islands, not too different than Orlando. Shopping and dining in the central area, limited dining in the terminals and a news stand.

Super Bonus! Free WiFi in the airport, no charge, a little sluggish but beats paid service in many other airports.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Flight: United #1134 DEN-IAD

Departing From: Denver, CO (DEN)
Traveling To: Washington, DC (IAD)
ETD: 07:35PM October 9, 2006
ETA: 012:45AM (Next Day) October 10, 2006
Est. Duration: 3 hr, 15 min
Departure Gate:
Arrival Gate:

It's hard to resist the urge to rant about flights some times. This is one of those times.

Against my better judgement I "upgraded" to an economy plus seat, thinking at least I could spend a few hours typing on the laptop. United has a problem in that they allow their seats to recline much too sharply. Even after spending extra money (well, only $30), the person in front of me put their seat back preventing any use of a laptop. Almost crushed the screen also - I don't know why people have no manners to ask before leaning their seat back into your space. You have no recourse, outside of sneezing frequently.

So, the back up plan was to catch up on reading. No luck there. The overhead light didn't work for that seat, and the person next to me was sleeping and not turning their's on.

So I sat in the dark for 3 hours back to DC.

One funny note, in the middle of this the attendant asked if I would like to fill out a survey on how much I enjoyed my flight. They're lucky the light bulb wasn't working.

Complaining about flights is such a cliche that I don't have the energy to think up something new. I used to be a United Premier Executive member in their travel program. I think all the loyalty to try and retain this has finally been squeezed out of me.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Denver - Convention Center

City: Denver, CO
Chain: Hyatt
Property: Denver - Convention Center
Address: 650 15th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202
Phone Number: 303-436-1234

Check Out: October 9, 2006

10 stars out of 10

Very nice hotel in a great location downtown. This is my first visit to Denver (although I've been to the airport plenty of times, but the airport is no where near the city). There is an outdoor "shopping mall" area near the airport that seems to be a center for dining and shopping, although it seems devoid of any character that would identify it as Denver. No cowboy hats, no Rocky Mountain High (you could walk a few blocks and see them), same generic American mall experience. A little disappointing, but maybe you need to get out of the city to see "Colorado" in any substantial way. Colorado Springs and Pueblo had more western character than the downtown area, but that's probably not a surprise. The hotel is across the street from the convention center.

Hyatt's are very nice to stay in - almost a Ritz Carlton experience with the staff being exceptionally well trained and attentive to customer needs. Nice bar area in the lobby, and a sit down dining area as well. The room I had was very nice, large TV (although picture wasn't very good). Excellent room service.


  • Safety: 1
  • Dining: 1
  • Bar: 1
  • Internet: 1
  • Wireless in Common Areas: 1
  • Work Space, Power: 2
  • Shower: 1
  • Air Conditioning, Bed: 1
  • Common Areas: 1
Total: 10


Last Visit: October 8, 2006 ($200-ish a night)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Flight: Frontier 721 DCA-DEN

Departing From: Washington, DC (DCA)
Traveling To: Denver, CO (DEN)
ETD: 09:00AM October 7, 2006
ETA: 010:50AM October 7, 2006
Est. Duration: 3 hr, 15 min
Departure Gate: 26
Arrival Gate:
Seat: 10F (Exit Row)
Equipment: Airbus 319

Frontier - first time. Airbus 319. Built 2002. Exit row, window seat. OK shoulder room, good leg room.

TVs in each chair, but you have to pay $5 to watch it. The GPS display is free, which is my favorite channel, anyway! JetBlue is a better deal with free TV service.

A little bumpy out to Denver. Nice blue sky. It’s a full flight, like all of them out this weekend. Everything was full or almost full when trying to make the arrangements after United cancelled by IAD flight on the 777. United has disappointed frequently this year.