Ed Ronco http://kplu.org en 5 Tips For Using Your Frequent Flyer Miles http://kplu.org/post/5-tips-using-your-frequent-flyer-miles <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159995990&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you get on a commercial airliner more than a few times of year, the chances are pretty good that you’re building up frequent flyer miles, either through your credit card or an airline, or an airline’s credit card.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whatever the case, when it comes time to redeem those miles, things can get tricky.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU travel expert Matthew </span>Brumley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has a few tips.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco & Matthew Brumley 17851 at http://kplu.org 5 Tips For Using Your Frequent Flyer Miles Four Years After A Life-Changing Tragedy, A Pilot Meets His Rescuers http://kplu.org/post/four-years-after-life-changing-tragedy-pilot-meets-his-rescuers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159871551&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a thick Pacific fog, James Island completely disappears from view. But it sits just a few hundred yards from La Push, a small community on the outer edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Even with the landmark obscured by heavy gray, Lt. Lance Leone can point to where it all happened. The power lines extended out this way. The helicopter broke apart in mid-air right here. The cockpit hit the water over there.</span></p><p>Of the four on board, Leone was the only survivor of the crash. Four years later to the day, he returned to meet the people who saved him, and to tell them how the crash changed his life and ended his Coast Guard career.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 17842 at http://kplu.org Four Years After A Life-Changing Tragedy, A Pilot Meets His Rescuers Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs; 1,351 In Puget Sound Area http://kplu.org/post/microsoft-cut-18000-jobs-1351-puget-sound-area <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159118241&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><p>Microsoft says it will cut up to 18,000 jobs in what observers are calling the company's largest layoff ever. The news came in <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/jul14/07-17announcement1.aspx">an e-mail from CEO Satya Nadella.</a></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:22:02 +0000 Ed Ronco & The Associated Press 17768 at http://kplu.org Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs; 1,351 In Puget Sound Area Take To The Water For Your Next Nearby Vacation http://kplu.org/post/take-water-your-next-nearby-vacation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158991725&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A pod of </span>orcas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> makes its way across Elliott Bay. A small seal basks in the sunlight. Children are sailing in Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor, a cruise ship is pulling out of port, and over near Blake Island, the smell of wood smoke makes its way out over the water. Just another summer day in the Puget Sound.</span></p><p>Ours is an area surrounded by water, which not only provides great nature and excellent scenery, but serves as a big liquid highway to a variety of quick and easy getaways. Most of these locations are accessible by road, but our focus here is on using the water.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 17755 at http://kplu.org Take To The Water For Your Next Nearby Vacation Here's What The Big I-90 Closure Will Look Like. How Will You Survive? http://kplu.org/post/heres-what-big-i-90-closure-will-look-how-will-you-survive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Get ready for some big delays on Interstate 90. Starting Friday night, westbound traffic will have to squeeze down from four lanes to one, beginning at Bellevue Way. Several ramps will also be closed.&nbsp;</span></p><p>It's going to last an entire week, and&nbsp;yes, the Washington State Department of Transportation <a href="http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-i-90-closure-survival-guide.html" target="_blank">says it’s going to be messy</a>.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 17756 at http://kplu.org Hot, Hot Weather Almost Everywhere This Weekend, Bad News For Wildfires http://kplu.org/post/hot-hot-weather-almost-everywhere-weekend-bad-news-wildfires <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158271113&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Make sure you’ve refilled the ice trays. KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says it’s going to get hot in the days ahead.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:15:53 +0000 Ed Ronco 17699 at http://kplu.org Hot, Hot Weather Almost Everywhere This Weekend, Bad News For Wildfires The Procrastinator's Guide To Planning A Quick Getaway http://kplu.org/post/procrastinators-guide-planning-quick-getaway <p>Don't be ashamed. We all procrastinate. The car needs an oil change. The living room needs to be vacuumed. And you still haven't planned your summer vacation.</p><p>We can't help you with the first two, but if&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">you're still looking for a getaway this summer and finding no available reservations, read on.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco & Matthew Brumley 17649 at http://kplu.org The Procrastinator's Guide To Planning A Quick Getaway Go Fourth And Have Fun Today! Here's How http://kplu.org/post/go-fourth-and-have-fun-today-heres-how <p>In honor of American independence, we’ve taken the liberty (sorry) of putting together this list of things to do this Fourth of July. The list is, by no means, comprehensive. If you know of a celebration we missed, please let us know in the comment section below.</p><p><b>Seattle</b></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 17567 at http://kplu.org Go Fourth And Have Fun Today! Here's How The Dent-Free Guide To Renting And Driving A Car Abroad http://kplu.org/post/dent-free-guide-renting-and-driving-car-abroad <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157012722&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Matthew </span>Brumley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> had researched his rental car in advance, found a good deal and booked early. Then he got to the counter in </span>Cabo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> San Lucas, and the clerk asked him if he had insurance. He told her he did, but she insisted he needed extra coverage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“That slapped on another $30 a day,” </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">said Brumley, KPLU's travel expert. “Then there were taxes and VAT charges.”</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco & Matthew Brumley 17534 at http://kplu.org The Dent-Free Guide To Renting And Driving A Car Abroad Seattle Mayor: City Light CEO Won't Get Controversial Raise After All http://kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-city-light-ceo-wont-get-controversial-raise-after-all <p>Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco will not receive a six-figure raise after all, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday.</p><p>The Seattle City Council recently authorized a pay hike of up to $119,000 per year for Carrasco, who currently earns $245,000 annually as the highest paid city employee. The raise was slated to take effect on July 1.</p><p>However, Murray, who previously supported a higher salary for Carrasco, said he has reversed his decision in light of questions recently raised regarding the utility CEO’s judgment.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:35:32 +0000 Ed Ronco 17538 at http://kplu.org Seattle Mayor: City Light CEO Won't Get Controversial Raise After All Ireland No Longer The Land Of 'Boiled Potatoes And Overcooked Meat' http://kplu.org/post/ireland-no-longer-land-boiled-potatoes-and-overcooked-meat <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156029399&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>When you drop below the clouds as you fly into Ireland, it’s as if you’re looking down at a great rock draped in a velvet green blanket. The Emerald Isle is famous for those rich green hues, as well as music, poetry and whiskey.</p><p>But Ireland has a newer claim to fame, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley: its food.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 17396 at http://kplu.org Ireland No Longer The Land Of 'Boiled Potatoes And Overcooked Meat' How To Pack Lightly And Still Have What You Need http://kplu.org/post/how-pack-lightly-and-still-have-what-you-need <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154805585&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As a tour organizer, Matthew Brumley routinely arrives at a destination a day or so before his clients, and then meets them at the airport. Recently, he was in Johannesburg to greet an arriving flight.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:12:32 +0000 Ed Ronco & Matthew Brumley 17204 at http://kplu.org How To Pack Lightly And Still Have What You Need Veteran Journalist James: Yes, You Must Make Choices, But Choices Aren't Limitations http://kplu.org/post/veteran-journalist-james-yes-you-must-make-choices-choices-arent-limitations <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154234994&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Editor’s Note: “Senior Thesis” is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The college senior sat across from the retired anchorman. She'd brought a list of questions, but only looked at it once. She knew what to ask; she’d been thinking about it for the last four years.</span></p><p>“Do you feel like your career got in the way of other things?” she said.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Oh, sure,” the anchorman said.</span></p><p>“I’m scared of that,” she said. “I don’t want to end up with a great career, but still have regrets of things I didn’t do.”</p><p>“Life is about choices,” he replied with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">reassurance, not admonition. Yes, you have to make choices, he said, so why not choose a little of everything?</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 17152 at http://kplu.org Veteran Journalist James: Yes, You Must Make Choices, But Choices Aren't Limitations To Enjoy A Place, 'Take Your Nose Out Of The Guide Book' http://kplu.org/post/enjoy-place-take-your-nose-out-guide-book <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153907064&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here’s how not to do it: 8 a.m.: breakfast, 9 a.m.: Eiffel Tower, 10 a.m.: Arc de </span>Triomphe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, 12 p.m.: lunch in nearby </span>café<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, 12:30 p.m.: Louvre, 3 p.m.: Notre Dame, and so on.</span></p><p>That's too much, too fast, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.</p><p>“We approach everything with our giant list, and we feel we’ve had a successful day if we’ve checked everything off,” he said. “We become trophy hunters.”</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco & Matthew Brumley 17079 at http://kplu.org To Enjoy A Place, 'Take Your Nose Out Of The Guide Book' Lily Tomlin Finds A Parking Place, And Other Comedic Insights http://kplu.org/post/lily-tomlin-finds-parking-place-and-other-comedic-insights <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153012681&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Lily Tomlin calls for our interview just before lunchtime.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 16995 at http://kplu.org Lily Tomlin Finds A Parking Place, And Other Comedic Insights