Real Time Airline Flight Tracking System: Holiday Time Management Tool

Do you have family and friends visiting you this Holiday Season? With the crush of travelers around this time of year, flight plans often get delayed or even canceled due to a number of issues. The ability to follow your family’s flight in real time, without the hassle of an airline 800 phone automated prompting system, can be a relief.

One of the greatest tools to follow your friends and  family’s airline travel progress is the Flight Tracker by myrateplan.com. This is a quick tool that tracks flights in real time providing a map of the plane’s location, departure times, any delay information, and estimiated time of arrival.

Time management around the holidays can be a challenge. With the Flight Tracking system, you can check one more task off your list.

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Sausalito Art Festival 56 Years Of Eclectic Excellence, Opulent Art, And World Class Music

"Drive-Thru Gallery"

Sausalito 2008 Festival Poster “Drive-Thru Gallery” Thomas Barbey

The Sausalito Art Festival in beautiful Sausalitio, California is the premiere Art Festival in the United States. As usual 2008 will be a banner year for music, entertainment, and artwork from a world class group of artist. Although I have been many times and seen talent like Santana, Los Lobos, War, Journey, the Starship, Sammy Hagar, Todd Rundgren, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesch, Marshall Tucker Band, and the Doobie Brothers to name a few.

When: Labor Day Weekend Saturday Aug 30 9-6pm; Sunday Aug 31 9-6pm; and Monday Sept 1 9-5pm

Artists and Exhibitors: page

Musical Entertainment: page

One of my favorite performances from Sausalito 2007 was turned and burned in by Quicksilver Messenger Service:

Best Bet

This year the music is happening Sunday with Al Stewart, of “Year of the Cat” fame and 1970s pop icon, opening with Commander Cody, and headliner the Neville Brothers.

The following video is a tribute to my favorite cartoonist Phil Frank the creator of “Farley”; Phil passed away but remains the heart and soul of Sausalito to this day

May 27, 1937 A Day In San Francisco History: The Golden Gate Bridge Is Open

The south (San Francisco) tower and the south tower pier, with the north (Marin) tower in the background; circa February 15, 1935

Courtesy of http://www.co.marin.ca.us

One of the most recognizable, visited, and beautiful landmarks the world over, the Golden Gate Bridge was officially open for business this day May 27, 1937. Although the Bridge is not Golden in color, the official color is International Orange, it is golden in the hearts and minds of native San Franciscans. It is both a landmark of fame and infamy.

The Facts

1. Longest Span: 4,200 ft
2. Total Length: 8,981 ft
3. Width: 90 ft
4. Height: 746 ft
5. Annual Average Daily Traffic: 100,000 vehicles
6. Toll $5.00
7 Engineer of Record and Fame: Joseph Strauss

For more information on the Golden Gate Bridge go to goldengatebridge.org.

Happy Mother’s Day: Ideas For Your Mom

Chicago Sun Times published this deansguide article May 11, 2008

FoxBusiness.com published this deansguide article May 11, 2008

Even a famous newsman like Anderson Cooper, with an equally famous mom Gloria Vanderbilt, needs ideas on what to get his mom for Mother’s Day. Vanderbilt, made famous by her embroidered designer jeans worn on more fannies than any other designer jean at one time in history, gives solid advice to her son on what to buy mom for Mother’s Day.

So if you are stuck or a last minuted shopper, this interview may help you decide on just the right gift. What am I going to get my mom? It will be tied to her British-Canadian-American heritage.

As for me? My gift is arriving Monday from the windy city for a long visit. I love you mom and you too dad. Best wishes and we are excited to have you home for your visit.

Peace and Love to all moms on this important day. Especially Elsie, Susan, Megan, and my other California mother Jan “Mac” too!