At least four tourism destinations are spotlighting Ernest
Hemingway, marking the centenary of the author's birth, July 21.
The Fort Myers,
Fla., area will mark the event a month early, with its
International Hemingway Festival, June 18 to 20, on Sanibel
Island.In Piggott, Ark., the converted barn and two-story, 14-room
house occupied by the author and his second wife, Pauline, were
restored by Arkansas State University. The site will be dedicated
as a permanent tourist attraction July 4.Key West, Fla., as usual, will stage its annual Hemingway Days
Festival, July 16 to 25.The International Game Fish Association's Fishing Hall of Fame
Museum in Dania Beach, Fla., which opened last December, will run
an exhibit, "Papa: A Tribute to Ernest Hemingway," July 21 through
Hemingway, a renowned game fisherman, was the association's
first vice president.
Clue us in
If anyone knows of any other Hemingway celebrations in the
works, Insider would like to hear about them.
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Mark Twain once said the coldest winter he ever spent was a
summer in San Francisco, and this year, even the warmest-blooded
will agree. Travelers to California's coastal cities this summer
may want to brace themselves for cold weather, scientists are
El Nino's sister, La Nina, is partly to blame, bringing cold
water to the eastern Pacific and producing coastal breezes that
likely will push temperatures three to four degrees below normal at
least until August, according to reports.
If the first week in June's temperatures are any indication,
travelers will have to bundle up.
The high in San Francisco June 2 was only 58, tying the record
for that date. Los Angeles and San Diego are warmer but still below
normal, with highs on June 3 of 66 and 63, respectively. And snow
fell June 3 in the Sierra Nevadas, forcing the closure of Highway 4
over Ebbetts Pass and Highway 120 over Tioga Pass in Yosemite
Lots of places in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are too crowded for
police to get to promptly by car. Even cops on motorcycles, horses
and bicycles have a hard time getting to congested areas. So the
Police Department added a new set of wheels: in-line roller
A corps of 40 officers on skates will patrol tourist areas and
shopping centers. The group eventually will swell to 100 skaters
with badges. For those occasions when the going gets bumpy,
particularly on the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, the skates
are equipped with a quick-release lever, turning rollercops into
instant foot patrols.
Stuck paying retail
Our brain is fairly awash in industry acronymns by this point,
but at a press lunch at a hotel in the islands, we heard a new
"We lost big bucks in February," said the hotel GM. "We had to
go with the SPR from the airline," he explained.
SPR? SPR is a rate born of emergency, as it turns out. It
springs into effect during strikes, walkouts, sickouts, whiteouts
or whatever else might cause delays. SPR: stranded passenger
There's a moose on
the loose aboard the McKinley Explorer train, which operates
between Anchorage and Fairbanks in Alaska.
The bartender in the lounge car -- determined that passengers
get to see wildlife -- uses a lime wedge, two pimiento-stuffed
green olives and two pickled string beans, all strung on
sword-shaped toothpicks, to garnish bloody marys. Of course, if you
should look out the window and see a moose that looks anything like
this, it might be time to switch to virgin marys.
In recent issue, we had a chuckle at the expense of an airline
that issued a press release describing its intent to purchase a 737
"with 17 engines."
Neither Insider nor our press contact at the airline realized
that this was shorthand for the JT8D-17 engine, commonly called the
"dash 17," until it was brought to our attention by an extremely
cranky aviation editor.