Slumming

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A team of buyers, including the Ueberroth brothers' company, acquired SatoTravel from its airline owners, meaning Sato will become a traditional travel agency in every sense -- ARC accreditation and all the joy that comes with it, commission payments instead of whatever that deal was that they were getting before, bitterness, paranoia, poverty and maybe even a taste for good shrimp cocktail. SatoTravel is like the prom queen who ends up toothless, throwing back Coors Lights at the local dive with the rest of the town scrubs. "Sidle up, Sato," slurs the agency community, offering a compassionate clap on the back. "This round's on us."

Funny. After Delta announced it was imposing a bank-breaking $1 surcharge on tickets NOT purchased through its Web site, millions of nonwired people did NOT rush out to buy personal computers and set up Internet accounts.

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