So here we are, it's September 1st and that as we all know is TIPPLE month. Yes folks in just 2 weeks a couple of dozen of us will journey our way across the USA, Canada and the Atlantic to meet together and become the "live and in person" version of Marriott Rewards Insiders - for 2 days only!
So I've set up this thread to bring forth your TIPPLE TITBITS, whether you're attending or not, what do you want to say to us, to each other, or share some useful info, whether about TIPPLE itself or some Marriott travel stuff.
How about your plans for TIPPLE, when are you arriving? Collecting miles from the flight, or simply driving the miles? TIPPLE is about sharing, sharing MRI, sharing ideas, sharing experiences, and here's the place to be involved in our TIPPLE whether you're joining us or not...
And so I'll begin, my TIPPLE TITBITS...
1. Titbit in English, is referred to as tidbit in America and is a very small example of our two countries "separated by a common language" - and that in itself is a titbit, for a titbit/tidbit is a small piece of interesting information.
2. Built in 1910 the original building now occupied by the JW Houston Downtown was at 16 floors the tallest building in Texas. Unsurprisingly, it no longer holds that record despite, more surprisingly, adding 6 more floors during the 1920's and later still, a penthouse. So those of you on the 17th floor or above, appreciate that you're in the extension!
Spot the difference!
3. I will be arriving at the JW Houston on Thursday 15th September and hope to sample it's lounge and provide all you TIPPLERS (and lurkers too) with one of my lounge rundowns, so attendees will know what to expect and non-attendees what they're missing.
Now, to you fellow MRI'ers, share a few of your titbits...
Let's see what (interesting) facts I can add. I'll even follow your rule of three (others don't need to do so unless they so desire ).
Good topic my friend. I'm looking forward to what others will add.
See you there.
Well done bejacob, not only have you stuck with the three titbits, but you've also adhered to my format, a titbit about titbits, a titbit about Texas and a titbit about your Tipple plans. Like wesleywc, you're quite the overachiever
To all those that follow, such adherence to my example is most definitely NOT required! Any titbit and any number of titbits are welcome...
An outstanding thread and one which should set the stage for a very fun time in H-Town!!
Of course having been tagged as one of the Insider "rabble rousers" by erc long ago I cannot imagine following any adherence to a format regarding a tidbit. More than likely there might be more little known yet useless information coming from this keyboard.
Such as, just remember bejacob IAH in north Houston suburbia chatter is "It Ain't Hobby" and with many more options of getting into downtown using such routes as:
IAH is a fairly large airport yet easy to find your way around:
Once into downtown almost every street will be ONE WAY so plan you route to the JW before hand.
My arrival plans, no FF Award used, no First Class upgrade received, just a 30 minute ride on the Hardy Toll Road from The Woodlands. Drove it both ways yesterday to the Astros game (GO STROS) at 1145 AM 30 minutes, after the game at 4 PM, 35 minutes. Hope I don't get lost.
Since it was mentioned earlier, "The Republic of Texas" does take U.S. Dollars with an exchange rate of 1 to 1.
Sorry brightlybob for going slightly off the rails here, just a preview of what you might find when we meet.
You're very welcome to go off-piste with info about IAH and getting around H-town. Useful stuff, IAHFLYR
I'll arrive Friday, driving in. I wish I got driving mileage awards! I am hoping around 4 or 5. No plans but get something to eat! I'll be starving! I would really like to check out the wine place IAHFLYR mentioned. Also it would be fantastic to meet with many of you before the Saturday gathering.
Saturday is shopping day with pluto77 if she is still down. And maybe Mrs. Iahflyer...all are welcome!
I have not been in downtown Houston for a while. I'm looking forward to seeing all the changes. I worked across the street from the JW in 2007 and 2008. Hmmm I wonder if my parking access card still works at 1001 McKenny street! Must test...
I was just looking up some places that I used to visit downtown and I learned that the Foley's/Macy's was demolished!!! Nooo! The escalators were amazing! That was in 2013. I'm so behind!
Stoked for this TIPPLE MRI meet up!
Self parking is always available on the street. What you do is roll up for street parking...
if there's no spots available...pick a random car, call AAA, tell them your car broke down. Have them tow the random car away, leaving a space open for you to park.
Note: i do not recommend anyone do this.
Now you're giving away my parking secret, Jsucool76...
IT does actually work as long as you've "any-car" membership... Or shouldn't I say that?
Those TIPPLE promos you've been posting recently only depresses me , as I know I will have bad feelings and regrets if I won't be able to attend eventually (still can't tell and crossing my fingers...).
If I will attend, hopefully, I'll be arriving on the 15th as well and probably staying for 3 nights only, as I have a friend visiting London in the same week and I'd like to get back in time to see him. Not very optimal, I know, but I guess the guy upstairs decided that if he's going to give me a hard time about this than he'll do it through all the way...
brightlybob, you should cross your fingers too, as you may have some nice company to spend Thursday evening with
Definition of WORK.....it is a four letter word!
I do think you can self park in the garage which is on Rusk St. about 1/2 down the block (same block as the hotel) just before you make the turn on Main St. where the JW is located. I would certainly call the hotel to verify that however.
Mr.RazorbackFan (aka bikin chris) and I will be arriving Friday afternoon. We plan on stopping at Pappasito's on our way into town for a late lunch. Our exact arrival time at the J.W. is unknown due to Houston traffic conditions. We are looking forward to meeting other Insiders who are arriving on Friday. Saturday's plan are very flexible. I may join SeaTexan and pluto77 for a shopping trip if there is room or I may stay at the hotel and "talk story" (as they say in Hawaii). I really need to talk to those Insiders who have experience booking travel packages. I'm looking forward to the Saturday night reception. I hope no one will be offended if I show up in Razorback football attire (maybe even a hog helmet) and occasionally check my phone for the score of the game which might even lead to some "Calling The Hogs". We will be heading home sometime after breakfast on Sunday.
SItting here waiting for my ride to Barga, I suppose I could argue that I am the TIPPLER who is traveling the farthest to attend, since I am journeying to Houston via Italy, Germany and the U.K.
Another tidbit, I made my first AC Hotel brand stay today. I'll post about it (maybe, ha!) later (no really, I will.) Did any Insiders know that AC Hotels are named after Antonio Catalan, and that the brand maxim was developed to infuse to it's guests the Heart of Spain, the Soul of Europe, yet with a Global Mindset? Now you know!
I'm in for shopping with the ladies and will happily be a "Razorback Fan" for one day (but sans uniform, and any hog calling would likely have to be prefaced by an adult bev - or two.) Will UBER in and out with CoolJ. See y'all soon (but not too soon... Ahh, Italie! )
So you're actually traveling from the UK after all?
I had the impression you'll be traveling from Canada as you have been in your research trip... I did wonder how long your trip is
Crikey there fistuk, if I was coming over from Canada that would have been a long trip away! I returned to the UK from Canada on 21st July.
This time I will be flying into Newark for my Civil War roadtrip on 7th September.
Actually thinking about this, if, as in Plutos case, we don't count from home but instead starting flight to get to Houston then since my flight from Manchester (UK) on Wednesday is to get to Newark (USA) for my civil war roadtrip then it stands to reason that my flight to Houston the following week is in fact from Newark, which is only 1400 miles. I may now face some competition for Bronze!
Well I was thinking more "crushed coke can", but yeah, you and IAHFLYR can tough out that particular medal...
Yes I am afraid I have nationwide beat by about 2 miles for the shortest distance. I'll gladly take that "metal" after flying in circles last night for about 40 minutes waiting on some very nice early September storms to pass IAH.
With my connection in ATL, my actual air miles between CMH and HOU will be 1,141. Interestingly, the shortest road mileage is 1,155 running through Cincinnati, Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, and Texarkana. I think I prefer the 4 hours in the air to the 17+ hours on the road.
About to leave Houston (in town for a wedding) - sorry I won't be at Tipple.
On this trip, for the first time, my family and I tried Tacos A Go Go | Houston Tacos , and it was awesome!!!
And we also tried Home | Bodegas Taco Shop, which we also enjoyed (and would recommend).
As a former resident and a big fan of Houston, let me recommend Hermann Park (across the street from Rice University and adjacent to the medical center) - for outdoor concerts, paddle boats, green space, the zoo, and the splendid Japanese garden. Hermann Park Conservancy | Hermann Park Conservancy
But I was also taken, on this trip, by two small, but attractive additions/expansions, to the Park:
First, the McGovern Centennial Gardens, where you can walk the circular "mount" and enjoy the nicely designed waterfall and, among others, meet Mahatma Gandhi:
And, just across the street, the Bloch Cancer Survivor's Park, which is a (very) active spot for photos of colorfully dressed young people - indeed, every time we passed, we saw dramatic, colorful dresses and groups of young people posing for portraits.
In any event, ENJOY TIPPLE!
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ssindc, Thanks for doing the recon work!!
That Taco place appears to be a 12 minute ride on the Red Line from the JW. I'll give a follow up report, for sure!
painedplatinum I'm pretty sure there will be a late night run Friday and/or Saturday to the Taco joint down the red line!!!
That's a bunch of Tacos for a weekend ssindc, but then again it is H-Town and we love us some Tacos. The Rita's at Bodegas might be a required try as well since one does get thirsty here in September.
FYI for anyone that visits OKC, we visited my Son and Daughter-In-Law last weekend and they took us to a splendid joint for Tacos called Home - Big Truck Tacos. They do not skimp on a thing and where they ever good.
OKC Chamber of Commerce infomercial complete, now back to our regularly scheduled TIPPLE talk.
Ok, officially bummed! I have just cancelled my reservation at the JW for TIPPLE. My work commitments, coupled with the need for me to take my flight review before the event, and numerous other things that need to get done before this year's Balloon Fiesta have forced this decision. When the dates were announced, my attendance was always iffy, that's why I was listed as an ankle biter on one of the early lists. I hope this will not be the last gathering of insiders, so I have the opportunity to meet all of the famous (or is that infamous) contributors. I will be sure to raise a glass at the appropriate time even though I will not be present.
However, I will provide another shameless plug for the Balloon Fiesta. For those of you who did not watch this weeks CBS Sunday Morning show, there was a great feature on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. There were interviews with Judy Nakamura, a fellow board member and one of NM's Supreme Court Justices, as well as with our local Troy Bradley, who owns a number of world records in the sport. I have attached a link to the clip and if you watch starting at 43 seconds, you will see a very nice red and white balloon flying towards the camera.
I always knew you were a maybe nmballoonist, but am still to see your post and to remove your name. Big event though for you with all those balloons, enjoy
That is new I did not want to see nmballoonist, dang it. Wanted to chat with you about giving balloons vectors for an approach to IAH!!!!! Happy flight review and know you'll be missed.
IAHFLYR Maybe its good I won't be there since you would probably get frustrated by my inability to follow ATC instructions. I can do pretty well with maintaining altitude but headings are a whole different story. And it would take me about 7 "hops" to get to IAH considering my longest flight has been 105 miles, so Southwest would have been my choice to HOU.
No worries nmballoonist about flying headings, remember I dealt with airline pilots so nothing new to me!!!
You and all the others who cannot make it will be missed at the TIPPLE.
Add a few more to the list. We've got some Marriott representation showing up including our very own NathalieF and how about this. Thom Kozik, VP of Global Loyalty will be there too.
Who would have guessed our little get together would get this much attention.