Go back to the enewsletter United Airlines will

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >United Airlines will unveil new United Club lounges in both Atlanta and San Francisco, offering customers comfortable seating, fresh and healthy food choices, complimentary beverages and plentiful power outlets throughout.“Our customers deserve the very best travel experience, and our new clubs are not only beautiful spaces, they are also very functional and will provide the perfect settings for customers to relax, refresh and recharge before their flights,” said Jimmy Samartzis, United’s vice president of food services and United Clubs. “We are investing over $100 million in our United Club locations over the next few years to offer customers the added comfort and convenience they expect during their trips.”The nearly 465sqm Atlanta United Club features panoramic views of the airport as well as seating for more than 100 people, giving travellers a comfortable and convenient airport getaway where they can unwind during their journeys. The modern design also features vintage aviation artwork throughout the club, and visiting customers may dine on complimentary fresh food choices, including yoghurt and fresh fruit; sliced red bell peppers with hummus; rotating seasonal soups; and spicy Bloody Mary trail mix. The Atlanta club is located between gates 11 and 12 at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s Concourse T, on the mezzanine level.At just over 557sqm, the newest United Club at San Francisco International Airport will first welcome travellers on 18 November. The club will offer a bird’s-eye view of airport operations and a gallery of photos of United’s history. Comfortable seating can accommodate more than 130 people who will be able to enjoy a complimentary menu with seasonal choices, such as fresh zucchini, yellow squash and cherry tomatoes; butternut squash soup; dressed spinach salad; and a variety of fresh meats and cheeses. The club is located in the newly renovated Terminal 3 East Concourse, scheduled to open the same day, and will operate in addition to United Club locations in Terminal 3’s Concourse F and in the airport’s International Terminal G.Like remodelled United Club locations in Atlanta, Chicago, San Diego, Seattle, Boston and London, the new San Francisco location will offer additional work stations and abundant power outlets for customers to work with greater ease and comfort. Members may also enjoy complimentary beverages and Wi-Fi, as well as premium wines and spirits.United Club InvestmentOver the next three years, United plans to renovate and update United Club locations throughout its network. Starting in 2016, the airline will begin extensive renovations at locations including New York/Newark, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas-Fort Worth and Guam.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Beauty and Wisdom The Last Generation

first_imgby, Robbie Kaye, GuestbloggerTweet40Share289Share5Email334 SharesAfter four years of photographing and interviewing women in beauty parlors all over the country, the book of Beauty and Wisdom was released on Amazon.com at the end of this past year.The reception has been wonderful and while I had hoped and expected women to relate to it I have experienced a surprisingly overwhelming response from men.  I have given two talks so far this year and it has touched me deeply that when it came time for the Q & A section of those talks, it was mostly men asking questions and at the end of those talks they approached me to convey their gratitude and were pleased that someone was covering or rather, uncovering, this topic of agelessness in a culture that concentrates mainly on its youth. In fact, it was mostly men that bought the books!I was introduced as the photojournalist who traveled around the country photographing women at their weekly hair appointments. They didn’t know what to expect but I sensed that they thought this was going to be a whimsical talk about older women in salons and it reminded me that it was just like that for me before I walked into the first salon to photograph for the Beauty and Wisdom project. It was interesting to see the transformation which took place for me, also occurred for them.I started the talks with a short movie I created for the presentation:It presented many of the photos from the book and exhibit set to the music of Joe Cocker’s “You are So Beautiful.”  There were chuckles at some of the photos, but I could tell these chuckles were filled with love, respect and sensitivity. They weren’t making fun of the photos, they were enjoying, as I did, being voyeurs into what was considered a sacred ritual of sorts for many women of that generation and realizing that it was anything but frivolity.In most cases, these women attended the salon as a necessity since at the time they could not reproduce their hairstyles by themselves.  In fact, many of the styles from the past are no longer taught in salon schools. Attending their weekly appointments provided connection and relaxation while beautifying.  And, as one of the women who shared at my talk noted, the salon was also a place where ‘underground’ information was shared at a time where certain circumstances were to be kept secret or thought of as taboo. This was a special time, women helping women at a time of need and sharing in elation as well as sorrow.This generation of women (and hairstyles) is fading.  I have lost three of my models in the last four years.  Perhaps someday in the not too distant future, these salons that cater to the patrons of the once-a-week beauty parlor ritual, will be obsolete, but the wisdom and paths that they paved for future generations will not be. I hope they know how much they contributed and continue to contribute to so many of us.If I had to do it over again, I would spend more time talking with the women about their lives, more in depth. I wanted to honor their time at the salon as they set it aside and I didn’t want to invade on their privacy. They agreed to let me take their photo and I didn’t want to take up too much of their appointment asking them questions. Some were more conversational than others, but they all had beautiful and wise insight to share as well as the women who contributed to the book in writing, also had beautiful and wise insights to share.What I learned was that when I get the opportunity to speak with an elder, to ask questions about their lives, I will.  I once heard that a good question you can ask your elder is, “what was one difficult time of your life and what did you learn from it?”  This is where the wisdom gets juicy and the gap between generations lessens.  We start realizing that even though this person is older, they experience their own trials and tribulations, just as a teen or twenty-something…or fifty-something…. and they have the uncanny ability to offer some kind of gem of wisdom that will remind us that we are all connected and valuable, no matter what age.  The gems of wisdom shared are invisible reminders for difficult times.  Our elders have more wisdom than most and our culture would greatly benefit from giving them visibility and a platform to hear their wise voices. I offer an alternative to how aging and beauty is perceived and hope that you will take the cue from the women in my project and choose to age fearlessly and gracefully, with no regrets, all at the same time.I’ll close with this quote from Debbie J. Johnson, contributing author to Beauty and Wisdom:“I am so grateful to be reminded of the true beauty of age and wisdom and of a time-honored tradition that shaped our world more than we will probably ever know. It has reminded me that nature demonstrates beauty in so many ways. The firm, tight petals of the rose bud are indeed beautiful, but we all await the real beauty, as time unfolds, when the petals reveal the fullness of the bloom.”Additional Links:Beauty and Wisdom projectwww.robbiekaye.comBeauty & Wisdom TrailerTwitterFacebookLenscratch Related PostsBeauty & WisdomBeauty & Wisdom documents a generation of women, aged 70 and over, who has been going regularly to the beauty parlor once a week not as a luxury, but as a necessity for most of their adult years.How Did the Women’s Movement Affect Your Life?[EDITORIAL NOTE: Regarding the link about face aging technology showing up on the Facebook walls of some of you yesterday: that most definitely was not from me. It was spam. Being Facebook illiterate, I have no idea how it happened…The Wit and Wisdom of TGB ReadersWell, maybe not the pithy sayings we are accustomed to from those little “wit and wisdom” books of the past, but the best part of this blog is the discussion in the comments and in recent months, it appears to…Tweet40Share289Share5Email334 SharesTags: Robbie Kayelast_img read more