Canine Camp is a Thing

I took a tour of a camp for dogs, and besides being a little silly, it really was awesome. Rather than staying in a small space, each dog has their own side of a small cabin. There’s a window, skylight, access to outside area all day and a cozy bed for them to lie on. Classical music plays in their cabin to keep them calm. They can bring whatever toys, blankets, food, etc to make them comfortable during their stay. In addition to walks several times a day, there is also an outdoor play area, which is similar to a dog park. If I were a dog, this place would get my vote.

The Negative Space of Donuts

As cupcakes have fallen out of favor, donuts have become the new over-priced, artisanal baked goods that are popping up everywhere. I’m not going to get into the existential discussion of donuts regarding shape, or even the inclusion — or removal — of the donut hole, however I saw a donut bar that charges 30 cents more for donuts without a hole. Food service is a low margin business, but is this price distinction really something worth maintaining?

Does This Bag Make Me Look Fat?

I was forced to check my bag while boarding a plane. I put it in the sizing device and it seemed to fit. The agent saw it as too thick and made me check it. I had just gotten off a plane and the bag fit fine in the overhead bin. I wasn’t going to argue, but the thing making it too big was my winter coat. I packed it instead of shoving it in the overhead bin, and I could’ve easily taken it out to prevent checking my bag. One of my colleagues was also forced to check her bag because it was “too fat.”

New Boarding Procedure

American Airlines has revised their boarding procedure. Rather than calling out various levels of status, Groups 1-4 encompass the Priority boarding groups and 5-9 are regular boarding. On the positive side, this simplifies the announcements because it is easier to call out numbers versus descriptions. It also prevents the regular passengers from feeling discriminated against because they don’t have status. But there is a big negative for the passengers with status because they are no longer walking to the plane after the gate agent has just announced what they have achieved with their frequent flying.

Running in the Rain

Nearly every morning I wake up and run. It doesn’t matter the temperature. It doesn’t matter the location. It doesn’t even matter if it is raining. Today it was lightly raining when I went out to run. I don’t really mind if I get wet, but I was traveling later in the day and I was concerned that my shoes would be too wet to pack. I mostly avoided the puddles, but the mud was another story. There’s just no avoiding it when running along the side of the road.

That Sounds Made Up

I encountered a new term today and I can’t decide if it sounds made up or just ridiculous. A partner company is using an “ad-like object” for a focus group as a way to test new product ideas. So it looks like a print ad, but it is not meant to be viewed as an ad. It is just a way to convey the information to the people in the room. Why not just present the information? People will respond to the ad-like object as an ad, not a unique idea.

Sign of the Obvious

I was driving on the highway and just before the road headed down a steep hill, there was sign that said hill. This was not an indication to truckers that they needed to slow down or a warning about a steeply graded highway. It was just a sign that said hill. And it was placed at the exact moment when you can see the hill. If there was something about your driving that you needed to change because of the impending hill, it just wasn’t possible at that point.