In Praise of Nerds: A Visit to Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix, AZ

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This is a massive shout-out for nerds everywhere. That’s right people. N-E-R-D-S. You might also know them as bookworms, geeks or even worse. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a nerd as follows: a person who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has un-stylish clothes, hair, etc. a person who is very interested in technical subjects, computers, […]

5 ways to get hot and chill down at The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Carefree, Arizona

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“Ummm, are those desert boars a part of our villa?” I half-heartedly joked with the transportation gentlemen as he pulled up to our Pueblo Villa at the The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Carefree, Arizona. Five allegedly friendly wild Havalinas were our official welcoming committee to the Sonoran Desert. I leaned back in the passenger […]

MLB Opening Day 2014: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia

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G’day! If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know I just returned from an amazing trip to Australia. The whole thing feels like a dream, but I took tons of photos (below)—so I know it’s not! Speaking of dreams…I was Down Under for the first two games (and Opening Day) of […]

Win a two-night escape to the Four Seasons Scottsdale

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Winter is coming, and luckily the good folks at Four Seasons are ready for it! In the first of three JohnnyJet.com contests (next one starts in November), the resort legends are giving away a two-night escape for two to their Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. The amazing package, which you can enter to win […]

Things to do when staying at the Arizona Biltmore

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While You’re in Phoenix… Staying at the Arizona Biltmore is an ideal jumping point for taking in the sites and tastes of Phoenix. Here are some additional places you may want to check while you’re there: Piestewa Peak Hike (formerly Squaw Peak) This is a short 1.2 miles to the top hike, but not for […]

Elegance and entertainment at the Arizona Biltmore

Arizona Biltmore Gardens

Arizona Biltmore My stay at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona was a nice surprise. I was expecting austere and pricey, and what I got was elegant, comfortable and friendly.  The picturesque setting mimics the art deco design of Frank Lloyd Wright with a stunning natural backdrop of Camelback Mountain and Squaw Peak and there’s […]

Musical Instrument Museum

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When I think of Phoenix, world class museums rarely come to mind. Well, at least until now. That’s because I just discovered the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) which opened in April of 2010. The $250-million project was the brainchild of Bob Ulrich, former chief executive officer and chairman of the Target Corporation.  He took his […]

My Trip to Phoenix (March 2012)

Chef Michael Mina

This past week I was in Phoenix, Arizona to attend the US Airways Media Day. Instead of just going out for that one meeting I made a fun trip out of it.