Baggage compensation...what is enough?

I stumbled across this post at the blog about one woman's Christmas travel fiasco with American Airlines and her baggage. Apparently, not only did her luggage arrive quite late, but it was (purposefully) not mailed to the forwarding address she had left with the airline company when she reported the missing bag. To top it off, she was not compensated the checked baggage fee she demanded when she reported these errors to AA. took a poll on everyone's reaction to the 'compensation' she received from AA and most readers felt that AA could have handled the situation better (AA refused to refund her bag fee on the grounds that the money was spent to send the bag back to her).  Personally, I feel that if AA is not going to refund a bag fee when they lose a customer's checked bag, they should charge more to at least be sure they can pay to send the bag all the way back to the owner, instead of insisting the owner meet them part way en-route.

 What do you think?

Preparing for the Long Weekend: Book 1 of 13 - In A Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country
In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson    

One book down, twelve more to go!

I confess, when I was researching books about Australia to build my booklist I wasn’t sure if I should include this book. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy Bill Bryson (especially his books on language!), but I wasn’t sure if including a book about traveling around Australia was the best choice for a book to help prepare me to move there. I finally decided that, though this is most definitely a travel book, it would serve as a resource of what I might expect to experience Australia (and Australians) as an American.

Now, in hind-sight, I’m really glad I decided to kick off my reading list with this book! Not only did I pick up some tips on what to see and where to go, but I also learned that I’ve willingly agreed to move to a DEATH TRAP! Since not even the discovery channel was noble enough to be so forthright about the Ciguatera (a deadly disease infecting Snapper fish in the north), Box Jelly Fish (found near the Great Barrier Reef, so poisonous that people are known to continue screaming and writhing, even after they have been knocked out with Morphine), and the Taipan (the most poisonous snake in the world) I highly doubt any of the other, more scientifically minded books, on my book list would be either. So I thank Bill Bryson, and my ingenious decision to begin my reading with his book In A Sunburned Country, for giving me the opportunity to freak out about it now, and continue my preparations with a better sense of resignation about what the hell I’m getting myself in to.

If you missed my post about the book list, check it out here!

Preparing for the Long Weekend: New Years 2011 - SYDNEY!!!!

So, guess who has the LARGEST New Years celebration in the world? Syndey! Yep, that's right, I didn't know that either. :o)  Check out the video of JUST the fireworks!

I am currently taking reservations for my couch and floor space for anyone else who wants to come experience this incredibly awesome looking celebration next year!