By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Ty Burr Globe Staff March 07, 2019 Who knew when I wrote a column last week about my experiences cutting the cable TV cord, that it would resonate with so many readers?Well, you did — you posted hundreds of comments and sent nearly as many e-mails, some setting me straight, some asking for more information, and many telling your own tales of rewiring your homes and information/entertainment grids, for better and worse.What’s striking, at first, is the demographic cohesion of the respondents: Almost everyone weighing in is in my cohort of 50-something to 70-something (and up) baby boomers. It makes sense, though. A lot of our kids/grandkids don’t need this info, either because they’re already off the drip-feed of Xfinity/RCN/Verizon/What Have You or because they don’t need help figuring out how to do it. (Their kids are just watching … [Read more...] about Thinking about cord-cutting II: I did it — and I’ve found out even more
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Ty Burr Globe Staff February 28, 2019 Are you a cord-cutter? Over 1 million American households took the plunge in the third quarter of last year. In the fourth quarter, the total number of pay-TV households dropped 4.1 percent. Experts say the cable TV companies are bracing for a grim 2019.Me, I’m not feeling so grim. I disconnected from Comcast/Xfinity last month and couldn’t be happier. You can do it, too — it might be easier than you think.The two primary reasons to take the plunge and cut the cable cord are because a) you can save serious money; and b) well, you can. The average cable bill, per Fortune magazine, was $107 in 2018, but if you want any sort of extras, premium services, specialty tiers, or extra cable boxes, the cost can escalate quickly. I’d been a Comcast customer since returning to the Boston area in 2002 and as of … [Read more...] about Thinking about cord-cutting? Our film writer did it. Here’s what he found out
PUBLISHED: 07:54 14 February 2019 Amy Gibbons The picture of Ms Morris covered in flour and eggs in Bury St Edmunds Picture: FACEBOOK Facebook A 17-year-old boy has been found guilty of a public order offence after magistrates ruled he was “not a bystander” in an attack that saw a vulnerable woman pelted with flour and eggs. Five teenage boys admitted their role in the humiliation of 49-year-old Janice Morris at an earlier hearing, and a sixth boy was found guilty of a public order offence today, Wednesday, February 13.Ms Morris, who has not previously spoken in public about the incident in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, gave evidence at this week’s trial.She told the court she felt “shell-shocked” after being pelted with flour and eggs then photographed cowering on a bench in a picture that was shared across the internet.The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was one of four boys who posed for a photograph … [Read more...] about ‘I don’t know what I did’: Woman targeted in ‘flour-bombing’ attack speaks out as teen found guilty of involvement
“By making no compensation offer and instructing desk representatives to dole out settlements only when pressed, you’re treating guests poorly. In fact, you’re effectively training us to distrust you and complain loudly. Now that I know other guests in $149 rooms got a full night’s refund, I believe my family is entitled to the same thing. After all, we suffered exactly the same inconvenience.” … [Read more...] about My hotel needed a plumber, and I needed a refund. Here’s how I did it