Ed Ronco http://www.kplu.org en The Procrastinator's Guide To Planning A Quick Getaway http://www.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://www.kplu.org The Procrastinator's Guide To Planning A Quick Getaway Go Fourth And Have Fun Today! Here's How http://www.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://www.kplu.org Go Fourth And Have Fun Today! Here's How The Dent-Free Guide To Renting And Driving A Car Abroad http://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.kplu.org Ireland No Longer The Land Of 'Boiled Potatoes And Overcooked Meat' How To Pack Lightly And Still Have What You Need http://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.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://www.kplu.org Lily Tomlin Finds A Parking Place, And Other Comedic Insights When In Rome: The Value Of Blending In On Vacation http://www.kplu.org/post/when-rome-value-blending-vacation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152832638&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></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yes, it might be a </span>cliché<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by now: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." But the old proverb is true, says </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> travel expert Matthew </span>Brumley<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. When visiting the Italian capital, the best way to experience it is to blend in.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco & Matthew Brumley 16952 at http://www.kplu.org When In Rome: The Value Of Blending In On Vacation Gridlock On Seattle's I-5 After Metal Comes Loose http://www.kplu.org/post/gridlock-seattles-i-5-after-metal-comes-loose <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151885530&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:34:21 +0000 Ed Ronco 16867 at http://www.kplu.org Gridlock On Seattle's I-5 After Metal Comes Loose How To Prepare For A Hospital Stay Abroad — Just In Case http://www.kplu.org/post/how-prepare-hospital-stay-abroad-just-case <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151711204&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mandy Evans was just two days into her three-week vacation in the United Kingdom when it happened: searing pain in her abdomen at 10 o’clock on a Saturday night.</span></p><p>She stuck it out as long as she could, but by 5 a.m., the front desk of her hotel put her in a cab to St. Thomas’ Hospital in Central London. She was diagnosed with a gallbladder infection, and admitted to a ninth floor room.</p><p>“On the plus side, I ended up with views of Parliament and the London Eye (ferris wheel),” Evans said.</p><p>It was an inauspicious start to a long-planned holiday, and it’s an experience shared by countless travelers around the globe.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 16848 at http://www.kplu.org How To Prepare For A Hospital Stay Abroad — Just In Case Remembering Maya Angelou: Her 2011 KPLU Interview http://www.kplu.org/post/remembering-maya-angelou-her-2011-kplu-interview <p>Poet and author Maya Angelou died today at age 86. Her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" broke new ground with its descriptions of overcoming racism and trauma in the South. Throughout her life, Angelou was celebrated for her words. She shared a few of those words with KPLU's&nbsp;Bellamy Pailthorp, in a 2011 interview we're reposting here:</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:08:51 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & Ed Ronco 16846 at http://www.kplu.org Remembering Maya Angelou: Her 2011 KPLU Interview As Berlin Faces Its Difficult History Head-On, 'Hard Not To Be Stunned' As A Visitor http://www.kplu.org/post/berlin-faces-its-difficult-history-head-hard-not-be-stunned-visitor <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150627271&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Germany's capital city of Berlin is one of the most international cities in Europe.</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco & Matthew Brumley 16745 at http://www.kplu.org As Berlin Faces Its Difficult History Head-On, 'Hard Not To Be Stunned' As A Visitor Former Yugoslavia Is A 'Painfully Gorgeous' Vacation Spot http://www.kplu.org/post/former-yugoslavia-painfully-gorgeous-vacation-spot <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149543921&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bring up the former Yugoslavia in conversation, and most people won’t picture&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">sunshine, beautiful seaside towns and great food. But </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> travel expert Matthew </span>Brumley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says that’s exactly what you’ll find.</span></p><p>“The Adriatic (Sea) and the rocky coastline that goes from the top, by Trieste, all the way south to Dubrovnik, is so breathtaking it’s painfully gorgeous,” Brumley said.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 16558 at http://www.kplu.org Former Yugoslavia Is A 'Painfully Gorgeous' Vacation Spot