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Find The Boots

Rantings from a few corporate types about life, technology, travel, guns, politics, and everything good in the world.

Ideal Traveller?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ok, as regular readers of this blog and FlyerTalk (more of one than the other, eh? :-) know there are different theories about how, when, and why to fly.

We fly to get to work. Period. Mileage Runners are terra incognita to us. I recently heard someone describe flying to get frequent flyer miles to fly on vacation (did you follow that?) as similar to winning a pie eating prize where the prize was more pie.

Anyway, I recently got some email from FlyerTalk talking about an article on Dean Burri, so-called super flyer with 400K miles/year. Early money quote:

Burri doesn't even own a car - he rents one when he lands at home in Clearwater, Fla., where he lives with his wife and six kids. "I would just as soon fly to Hong Kong for Chinese food than order delivery from the place around the corner"

Ok, perhaps that is hyperbole, we can only hope.


Later this month, he tells me, he's flying from L.A. to Honolulu to Guam to Manila to Taiwan to Macao to Hong Kong to Seoul to Tokyo to Newark and back to Tampa, all in seven days. What's more, he's doing it for fun: The idea is to hit airports he hasn't been to before.

Read the first quote: wife and six kids. Flys 400K/year on business. So he's taking 7 days off from home to fly to airports he hasn't been to.

So this part won't surprise you:

Shadowing Burri in an airport is like following a Porsche around in a Toyota Corolla. Though he's 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, he has the agility of a left tackle. When I ask how he always manages to be first in line for everything, he looks at me quizzically.
Hint: it's because he's pushing in front of the rest of us, cutting us off, and generally snarling traffic.

Let's take a look at Dean.

Look, we at FTB are not going to make fun of someone looking like a dork - we're not exactly breathing down Brad Pitt's neck, you know?

But, dude: get a hair cut somewhere besides SuperCuts, ditch the bowtie with that moon pie face, and the 80's are NOT back for those glasses.

I got more good news for those of you who have to sit next to or near Dean - he smells like an old cigar. He carries two of these (in his suit coat pockets!) and apparently smokes 'em pretty good. Nice.

Here at FTB we suggest Dean get a life - it's at home with his wife and kids.


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  • At 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear "find the boots"... I know you're just jealous of my siiting in your First Class seat! P.S. Brad pitt couldn't lift my tumi and run four feet...
    Dean (yes really me) Burri

  • At 7:22 AM, Blogger BoonDoggie said…


    I thought the whole point was that your Tumi was lighten than a feather due to the superman cape disguised as an bespoke English suit?



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