2009

apple mac portable

Mac + paperclip = fire

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Anyone remember this old relic? We were so thrilled with it. We’d spent a year in Africa and needed a laptop. Apple didn’t make…

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Hotel room safe thefts

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How safe is the safe in your hotel room? Not safe at all, it turns out, unless you factor in the odds. Odds are,…

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Boy in park with dog

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Adult: “Nice dog. What’s his name?” “Thermidore.” “Hi Sermidore! Good dog!” “THERmidore,” child enunciates. “Oh, SIR Midore,” adult says. “An honorable dog.” “No, Ther-mi-dore.”…

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Beware hotel phone scam

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Heads up, travelers. Beware the clever new scam happening in hotels now. In order to thwart it, proactive properties are placing notes like this…

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How I mug. Colon, Panama.

“How I mug,” as told by two muggers in Panama

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“The mere mention of Colon sends shivers down the spines of travelers and Panamanians…” —Lonely Planet on Colon, Panama After the brutal armed robbery…

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What are bed bugs doing in hotel rooms?

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Traumatic insemination is worth mentioning as a follow up to my post on bed bugs in hotels. Male bed bugs, ScienceNews reports, “ignore the…

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Street crime in Stockholm

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Beware, pickpockets are working here. That’s the first thing an international visitor sees when entering Sweden at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Face level signs are…

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Golden Dragon RAM

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“Hand Picked Golden Dragon” RAM wrapped in gold silk brocade! Cleaning the garage, I found these gorgeous packages perfectly preserved in an airtight box….

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Street Crime in Nassau, Bahamas

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Wondering about street crime in Nassau, Bahamas? First we witness a tourist robbery, then meet another tourist just robbed at gunpoint. We’re standing on…

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Bad behavior in Cairo

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I’m mortified to remember the time I refused to shake hands with an Egyptian. It’s a sad commentary on the state of the world…

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Hotel oddity #5

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The Hilton Tokyo-Bay, aka Japan’s Disneyland Hilton, was shockingly behind the times when we visited. Our paper electronic room keys had our room number…

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Barcelona pickpocket statistics: 6,000 thefts per day on visitors

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Barcelona pickpocket statistics Barcelona visitors experienced 6,000 thefts per day during 2009’s tourist season. 115,055 pickpocketings and bag snatches in Barcelona were reported in…

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Why thieves prefer black bags when stealing luggage at airports

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Why Thieves Prefer Black Bags Yeah, this story’s everywhere, about the Phoenix couple who made a living stealing luggage off the airport carousel. Police…

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Crime in Port Moresby, PNG

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After further research, I feel compelled to write a little more about Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. For all the pretty pictures in my…

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Papua New Guinea

Faces of Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea Would a slathering of Dijon tempt the formerly (?) (supposedly) cannibalistic highland villagers? I couldn’t get myself to attempt the experiment….

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Knock-out gas on overnight trains

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Atul and Smriti Shah experienced it first-hand. “It happened during the night,” they concluded. “The entire compartment was sprayed with some sort of gas…

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Theft on overnight trains

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Overnight train travel requires watchfulness. Stations can be seedy. They’re open and available to anyone, with or without tickets. They attract a varied population…

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Central and East European Train Crime

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Railway mafia groups fight over territory along the thousands of kilometers of track across Central & Eastern Europe. The most lucrative connections are those…

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Pickpocket heaven at Oktoberfest

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Psychology is an integral part of a good cannon’s skill-set. He must be able to read the mark. More than one good pickpocket has…

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Oktoberfest: Breasts, big beers, and Bavarian barf

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Called in to pickpocket goodies from the massive Munich Oktoberfest crowd, Bob and I, just back from Japan to do a show for Monsanto…

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Hotel Oddity #4

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We checked into a hotel last month and plodded through the tedious check-in procedure in a daze. It was a Millennium Hotel, but I…

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When TSA confiscates your pocket knife…

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Brother-in-law, though a frequent flyer, forgot to move his pocket knife from his carry-on to his checked bag. He groaned when TSA discovered it….

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Hotel safe theft

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What would you do if you opened the safe behind the hotel manager’s desk and found your passports gone? One woman took creative action….

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Airport bags for liquids

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The new 3-1-1 profit is here. Or in Ireland, anyway. For a euro ($1.47), you get two quart-size plastic bags in a plastic egg….

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Hotel oddity #3

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On the wall under the shower head, three feet above the floor, this pipe drained water after every shower. Not one of the nicer…

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Aggressive hospitality

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A reader of this blog recently wrote to me and described a suspicious encounter: In Dublin, I noticed a tall young man in a…

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David Avadon dead at 60

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David Avadon, a friend and associate of mine, died of a heart attack in a gym in Los Angeles. David was recently billed as…

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How Bernanke’s ID thieves did it

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Anna Bernanke hung her purse on the back of a chair at Starbucks. It was stolen and, soon after, she and Ben became victims…

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Las Vegas real estate business ethics

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Legal-but-dirty, beat-the-system, shady business is being committed by Las Vegas homeowners at the inducement of a real estate agent, as reported by Joel Stein…

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