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An old-time major league pitcher once said he worried about only two types of batter — righthanders and lefthanders. It's the same with airports: Only two kinds of airports present hostile environments: origin and destination. As I covered previously, origin airports are often the worst, but destination airports present their challenges, as well. You can't avoid all of them, but you can avoid some of the worst problems.

Capital One and Chase both just announced that they're entering the airport lounge business. Capital One will start with locations in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Washington/Dulles; Chase at Boston; both probably opening in 2022, and both programs planned for additional big-airport locations. These big card issuers follow American Express, which already operates Centurion and American Express Lounges at 27 big airports worldwide and plans for a handful more.

Avelo is the first of two realistic new domestic startup airlines to announce specifics about how and when it will actually start flying. West Coast travelers are the first winners: Avelo ("ah-VEE-lo") will fly nonstops into 12 regional destinations from a base at Burbank Airport in the LA area. Those 12 destinations, with service varying from daily to three weekly, are, in order of starting date, Santa Rosa, April 28, Pasco, Bozeman, Mesa (Phoenix), Ogden, Monterey, Grand Junction, Medford, Eugene, Redmond to Bend, Eureka to Arcata, and Redding, May 30.

Avelo is the first of two realistic new domestic startup airlines to announce specifics about how and when it will actually start flying. West Coast travelers are the first winners: Avelo ("uh-vell-oe") will fly nonstops into 12 regional destinations from a base at Burbank Airport in the LA area. Those 12 destinations, with service varying from daily to three weekly, are, in order of starting date, Santa Rosa, April 28, Pasco, Bozeman, Mesa (Phoenix), Ogden, Monterey, Grand Junction, Medford, Eugene, Redmond to Bend, Eureka to Arcata, and Redding, May 30.

Amtrak already has a list of projects to fund if it gets the billions it expects from a big infrastructure bill. And some of its proposals can be put into effect rapidly, which is a big change from many other infrastructure proposals. Typically, even "shovel ready" projects need years to show results, but some of Amtrak's ideas are "service ready." Basically, infrastructure required for many Amtrak needs is already in place: Amtrak just adds trains to existing operational rail systems. So Amtrak can quickly add as many routes as it is able to equip and staff within a short time.

Actor Mark McKinnon (“The Available Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “FBI”) said people are often surprised when they learn he is an ordained minister. “There have been several times I had to speak at my church, as well as been called to other churches to speak to their youth and young adult ministries,” said the New York-based actor. “I really don’t promote it much, because I never want to throw people off when they’re trying to get connected with me as an acting coach. However, the way I teach, my lesson plans a lot of times have underlying faith-based knowledge and energy tied to it.” Keep up with McKinnon’s latest projects on his website (https://www.themarkmckinnon.com/).

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For our second featured look, our team member Dallas was inspired to create a nursery palette in honor of her dear friend who is currently a mommy-to-be. More and more baby and kid rooms are turning to neutral wall colors that allow children to grow into their own style easily and without yearly fuss over a new favorite color of the week.

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