ew Orleans' French Quarter is
teeming with musicians, artists, tarot card readers and the
Insider was checking out the scene, when one artist made an
offer that she couldn't refuse.
The deal was: "Special $5, Black & White Profile."
There was one catch,
however. The charge for ugly people was $1 extra.
The artist beckoned Insider to hurry and get a caricature now --
before the ugly set in!
How could Insider refuse a gallant offer like that?
Log on, take out
Insider recently dined with Travelocity chief executive officer
Terry Jones at a Manhattan steak restaurant. Fittingly, the subject
of food came up.
It turns out that this major dot-com travel and technology
company puts its money where it's mouth is when it comes to
Travelocity.com is based in the suburbs of Fort Worth,
Texas, and areas like New York City's famed Restaurant Row are not
around the corner. So, what to do?
Jones said his employees have the option of ordering their
lunches on line.
From their computer screens, they can peruse the daily offerings
of three restaurants -- two of which are mainstays and one that
rotates -- for lunch.
The restaurants deliver to Travelocity.com's headquarters and a
bell is rung when din-din (in this case, lunch) arrives.
Perhaps 15 or so employees a day take advantage of the service
while others dine out at, ahem, bricks-and-mortar restaurants.
That's a morsel or two about the dining habits of
Watch out for that car!
The Swatch Swiss watch company (try saying that three times
fast) makes a great timepiece, in Insider's opinion.
She's worn one for years. The bands are colorful and
replaceable; the watches are reliable and waterproof.
Even cuter than a Swatch watch is Le Smart car by Swatch, a
two-(skinny) person automobile with bright colors, teeny wheels, a
gas tank the size of a Swiss milk container and a top speed that
most bikers can exceed uphill.
The Swiss immediately fell in love with these cars. So, too, did
the French. Smart cars have been spotted on boulevards in Paris and
on rues in St. Barts.
Everywhere, that is, except the U.S.
Apparently, the mini-machine just doesn't meet the tough
emission standards in this country.
Insider did hear, however, that talk-show host Sally Jessy
Raphael managed somehow to slip (or bribe) a bright red one over
the border or through customs.
Insider would love to toot down the New Jersey Turnpike in this
The drive could take days but the looks from the other drivers
would be so worth it.