Forearms Toretta ain’t no match for my Schwinn Orange Crate.

October 25, 2010 at 6:38 am 1 comment

by Tony

I’ve previously set the scene – a young and slightly awkward Tony D growing up in the streets of Queens. Before developing a nasty curveball that transformed me into a Pony League pitching phenom (I once hurled no-hitters on consecutive Saturdays), I was always a bit concerned about crossing paths with Forearms Toretta (he had arms like Popeye), our neighborhood bully. In between the kissing booths at Queens County Fair, I was always dreaming of the ladies. In those days, TD’s Hierarchy of Needs (forget that Maslow guy) looked like this:

  1. Saving my ass from Forearms
  2. Making money from my paper collection route so that I could afford the finer things in life: (I actually picked up old newspapers and sold them at the local junkyard.  So yes, I was into recycling way before it was government mandated)
    • Buying slick duds – my mom always tried to make me wear my brother Richie’s hand-me-downs, but he was 4 years older and 3 inches taller than me. Having everything rolled up wasn’t quite the look I was going for.
    • Playing games (like the High Striker) at Adventurer’s Inn – in those early days, that was my only chance to impress the ladies
  3. Going down to Main Street in Flushing where there was always something to do, whether it was hanging out at the soda counter in Woolworth’s, riding the escalators in Gertz Department Store, or jumping the turnstiles on the #7 train and taking a quick ride into Corona to the Lemon Ice King.

Although, it is not on my list above, you can bet that my wheels, my Schwinn Orange Crate, was the #1 most important thing in my life. After all, without that invaluable piece of equipment, Forearms would have caught up to me every day, I’d be forced to look like a schlub in oversized clothing, and I would never even be able to make it to Adventurer’s Inn to even get a shot with the ladies.

With that in mind, I was quite surprised to see the following responses from a recent ACTE poll (below). Do these 161 corporate travel execs really believe that online travel booking tool falls to the bottom of the list when it comes to importance to their firm? Perhaps they aren’t using the Schwinn equivalent of tools, or perhaps they don’t know how to get maximum performance from whichever tool they are using. If they were using it wisely, then the online travel booking would certainly be #1 on their list. It is the only solution I know of that can promote travel safety, lead to efficient and accurate expense management, enforce compliance, and drive usage of preferred hotels and airfares.

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  • 1. Richard Clowes  |  October 28, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Interesting survey results. I would suggest that the fact that the survey was driven by “International SOS” then I suspect these are the numbers they want to hear. Maybe the 2nd survey question should be “how much time/effort do you spend on these categories?” I bet the online travel booking is now #1. It’s the “face” of travel nowadays. When you ask a traveler what do they think of their travel agent? Their response is the online travel tool is pretty cool and the travel team is awesome. The emphasis being that they now respond about a “tool” and “humans”.


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