New on Elliott: Scanners off, down in the dunes, victims of the Splendor – Sponsored by Floridavacationauction.com

By | January 4th, 2011

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Florida’s Panhandle With Kids: Down in the Dunes
You can’t build a sand dune. Not a real one. You can try, says our guide, Snookie Parrish. “You can pile the sand, but when a big storm hits – whoosh,” she says, motioning with her hands. “Gone.”

Did TSA turn off its scanners again to keep things moving during the holidays?
That’s the question asked by Tom Westerman, who flew from JFK to Atlanta on Dec. 23 and returned the 30th. Both were among the busiest travel days of the year.

Can this trip be saved? Carnival won’t cover mileage expenses for Splendor victims
Remember the Carnival Splendor, the ship that was marooned 200 miles south of San Diego for several days last year after a fire knocked out its power? Robert and Beverly Howell won’t ever forget it, because they were on the ship.

Related story:   If the TSA is so good, why do you feel so bad?

Spaced out in Oakland
The Oakland Hills may be the last place you’d expect to find a first-rate museum dedicated to space and science. But that’s exactly what we discovered yesterday, when we stumbled upon the Chabot Space & Science Center.

Need an airline ticket? Surprisingly, “meta” search is where most travelers start
Conventional wisdom says most airfare searches start at an online travel agency or airline website. But the conventional wisdom could be wrong.


Old school
We’re spending a few days in Northern California, where I’m speaking at a social media conference. Since almost everything is closed today, we decided to head over to my alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley.

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