There's a cell phone app for every travel situation

My daughters were three at the time and I was returning to  my home outside of New York City from a multi-day conference. My connecting flight had been cancelled and I’d been sitting in the airport for about five hours.  It was 11:30 p.m. and I was number 7 on the waiting list for the last flight out on which they had room for only three more passengers.  Many of my fellow passengers had given up in despair and headed for local hotels.

They called a name for seat number 1 of 3 and someone stepped forward to claim it.  They called a name for seat number 2 and, same thing.  By now chances were looking grim for my getting home that night.  Then they called another name. No response. They called it a second time. Again, no response.  Amazingly, this happened five times.  At last, they got to my name.  I almost knelt down to kiss the gangplank as I boarded the plane!

Needless to say, that was before the tremendous rise in cell phone apps.  Now, there’s an app for everything, and travelers are one segment of the population to benefit from these handy tools.

Today, I share a terrific post from titled 80 Different Travel Apps for Summer Vacation which gives the skinny on apps that do everything from monitoring departure times and translating foreign language signs using the phone’s camera, to taking a virtual treasure hunt and finding the best local happy hour.

If you travel a lot, be sure to check out this list!

If I’d had a couple of the apps on this list, I probably wouldn’t have been biting nails, wondering whether I’d get on the last flight out!

Got any travel stories you’d like to share in which a cell phone app might have  or has rescued you?


In a letter to the Editor of Life in the Finger Lakes magazine, wildlife photographer Kyle Reynolds expresses his concern over a new flood management policy that has been set in motion to remove trees from areas with man-made levees.

How wiill flood management plan affect this species?

How wiill a new flood management plan affect this species?

Despite research provided by scientists showing that trees are beneficial, rather than detrimental to levees, and despite Kyle’s efforts to bring attention to how the plan will hurt wildlife,   deforestation has begun in the area along the Chemung River.

I share Kyle’s concerns.  After growing up here, I moved to New York City for over 20 years.  Until I returned to this region, I had no idea how rich we were in wildlife and birds.  Unless you have lost and regained it, you have no idea how the songs of birds, the sight of wild animals and the wealth of beautiful  trees of stately grandeur enrich your life.

Does anyone know how widespread this flood management plan is?  Does someone have an idea of how to halt this destructive plan until a full feasibility study can be done to understand the effects of such a policy?

For the full letter to the editor, CLICK HERE.

Got some funny wine touring/tasting/trailing anecdotes?  I’m working on a book of humor about wine touring and would love to include your funny story! 

It could be something that happened to you, something you overheard, or something you saw during a tour.  This can have happened anywhere, not just in the Finger Lakes. 

Share your funny winery-induced stories and anecdotes!

Share your funny winery-induced stories and anecdotes!

If your story is chosen to be included, you’ll get your name in lights! (Okay, not really in lights, but in words in a printed book!)  You’ll also get an autographed copy of the book when it’s done and at least one pretty darn good bottle of wine as a thank you.

Please share your stories with me directly at CWhiteLlewelly at msn dot com.  (Use traditional  .com formatting with no spaces )

Thanks in advance for your help!

P.S.  Please also send me a note if you would like to be notified when the book is available.

If you enjoy musicals, you won’t want to miss this broadway-bound production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the New Musical.

Written by Rochester’s own Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, this one-night-only performance will take place at the historic Eastman Theatre and will be accompanied by a 17-piece orchestra composed of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra members.

Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice comes to life at the Eastman Theatre

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice comes to life at the Eastman Theatre

The show is being produced by Rochester native Lori Bajorek and its Broadway opening is targeted for November 2009.  But local audiences can get a sneak preview of the all-star cast which features Laura Osnes(Grease!, winner of Grease:  You’re the One that I Want!) in the role of Elizabeth (Lizzy) Bennet, Rochester native and OBIE-Award Winner Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd, Hollywood Arms, By Jeeves) as Jane Austen, Colin Donnell (Jersey Boys, Follies) as Fitzwilliam Darcy and Juliana Hansen (Grease:You’re the One that I Want!) as Jane Bennet.

Tony-Award Nominee Mark Lamos will direct the October 21st performance and will then take it on to make its Broadway debut.

Tickets to this single-night event at the Eastman Theatre on October 21 at 7:30 p.m. are $35, $45 and $75.  They can be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office located at 875 East Main Street, by calling 585-232-1900 or online by CLICKING HERE.

CLICK HERE for a Map to Eastman Theatre.

Colin Donnell as Darcy and Juliana Hansen as Jane Bennett

Colin Donnell as Darcy and Juliana Hansen as Jane Bennett

 Photos by Garry Geer, taken at the George Eastman House.