Save Sixty Years

As you enter Oklahoma on I-44 in the northeastern corner of our state you pass a sign. It’s an official highways sign, but it’s really an advertisement. It’s an advertisement for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority touting the benefits of traveling the Will Rogers Turnpike. It shows an I-44 marker and says something like “save two hours, follow this sign.”

Follow this sign, save sixty years.
Why not "advertise" our culture instead of our turnpikes?

Many years ago I imagined a similar sign that should be posted along that same stretch of highway. I sketched it on a long-forgotten paper device known as a “sketchbook.” I recently created the digital version you see here.

I was prompted to share this after reading a Tulsa World article about a new task force dedicated to helping Tulsa promote its Route 66 history. I wrote a short article about the topic for our Two Wheel Oklahoma blog:

Task Force Promotes Route 66 in Tulsa

Oklahoma has more miles of Route 66 than any other state and Tulsa has lagged in her efforts to market this rich history. I hope this endeavor gains traction.

American Airlines Files Chapter 11

In case you haven’t heard, AA and their parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday morning. It’s naive to think this wasn’t possible. But after surviving 9/11 and the crash of 2008 I thought they may have been out of the woods.

The following email was sent to all AAdvantage members this afternoon:

Dear AAdvantage® Member,

As you may know, on Tuesday, November 29, American Airlines filed for reorganization under Chapter 11. We took this action as part of our efforts to secure our long-term success in delivering the highest standards in air travel. We are committed to meeting your travel needs with outstanding customer service and safety, and it will be business as usual at American throughout our reorganization process. More than 80,000 people at American appreciate your loyalty and look forward to continuing to serve you.

We want to assure you that your AAdvantage® miles are secure. The AAdvantage miles that you’ve earned are yours and will stay yours, subject to usual policies, until you choose to redeem them for a great award with us. Likewise, your elite qualifying miles and your elite status, including lifetime status granted under the Million MilerSM program is secure and remains intact. You will continue to earn miles through all our existing AAdvantage participating companies and you will be able to redeem those miles for the same great awards — flights, upgrades, car rentals and hotels just to name a few. And, throughout the coming year, we will be adding even more opportunities to earn miles, as well as new ways to redeem those miles.

American is honoring all tickets and reservations as usual, and making normal refunds and exchanges. And, we intend to maintain a strong presence in domestic and international markets. As we and all airlines routinely do, we will continue to evaluate our operations and service, assuring that our network is as efficient and productive as possible. Additionally, relationships with our oneworld Alliance and other codeshare partners are continuing to provide you with opportunities to earn and redeem miles for travel to hundreds of destinations worldwide, and we are honoring all tickets and reservations for travel on our partner airlines as usual. For information about American’s reorganization process, please visit AA.com/restructuring.

Even more importantly, we remain committed to providing a superior customer experience with a focus on delivering what our customers value most — the newest fleet with our upcoming aircraft deliveries, network strength in the important cities of the world and world-class products, service and technology.

American Airlines has a proud history, and we will have a successful future. All of us on the American team thank you for your loyalty and we look forward to welcoming you aboard soon.

Sincerely,

Maya Leibman
President — AAdvantage Loyalty Program

Two Wheel Oklahoma Returns to TV

I’m happy to report Oklahoma’s only motorcycle-related-documentary-style-television-travel show will return to viewers’ living rooms tomorrow evening. Two Wheel Oklahoma will be broadcast on Cox Cable three times a week beginning August 31st at 8:30 p.m.

In case you’re not familiar I’ve included a link to our demo reel below.

After a long hiatus we were finally offered a spot on Channel 3, aka the Cox Channel. This is where you typically see local content- including area sports events. Viewers in Oklahoma City and Tulsa can tune in Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. or Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. or Sundays at 9:30 a.m. The show will also be available to Cox subscribers via pay-per-view. Continue reading Two Wheel Oklahoma Returns to TV

Society in a Tube

Airports are funny places.

When you’re in an airport here’s a strange sense of place- yet you’re no place at all.

Clouds over Minneapolis

All these people, arriving in aluminum tubes from across the country, are milling about this expansive building on the outskirts of metropolis. It’s kind of like a shopping mall with lame stores.

It’s also like a giant pachinko machine people enter- they bounce around, then eventually exit. Hopefully.

The losers get lost, get delayed or, worst of all, miss their flight. The winners enter, pass through briskly and exit unscathed.

So enjoy your travels. And if you ever figure out how pachinko works let me know.