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About Jeff Brody

Father of 3, including twins. Enjoys a cup of java now and then. And a nice cabernet...separately. Gadget geek. Corporate communicator. Social media stategist. Video for the masses. Former Director of Internet, San Antonio Spurs.

You’re Still Free To Move About the Country, Masked

Last month our CEO said masks don’t really help inside the cabin of airplanes. Then he tested positive and clarified his statement.

While SWA CEO Gary Kelly may have been attempting to tout our on-board HEPA filtration systems, which exchange the entire cabin air every 2-3 minutes, many of us flight attendants thought he was simply trying to protect us from being slugged in the face.

No, we don’t especially like it when you hit us. In 2021, the FAA reported 5,779 incidents of unruly passengers, with more than 72% of those mask-related. 

However, even though they received a lot of media attention, the truth is those incidents were committed by a tiny minority of travelers. Since the FAA cracked down in January with a zero-tolerance policy including fines up to $37,000 and possible jail time, incidents are sharply declining and flying remains an amazingly fun and safe way to travel. But don’t just take my word for it, follow us on Twitter to see what other customers are saying at @Southwestair

“I confused some with a short answer to a question about masks,” Kelly said. “So, to be clear, I and Southwest and along with [US airline lobbying group] Airlines for America are all aligned and support the current federal mask mandate at airports and on airplanes. We’ll continue to rely on the advice of our medical experts regarding the necessity of masks. And my apologies for any confusion!”

So, let’s all sing kum-bah-yah while wearing our masks over our nose and mouth.

Not only are we fully complying with the federal mandate, Southwest is innovating with the pandemic in mind. We now offer contactless boarding, open seating, no change fees, and a big sale to brighten your new year, with fares as low as $39

Let’s face it, we’re all tired of being cooped up at home. So mask up and climb aboard Southwest, and discover a new destination that’s good for your soul. 

And who knows, maybe we’ll even sing to you.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

Vote on Jeff’s Doppleganger

And now for some VERY IMPORTANT research! 😉

At various times over my last several acting gigs, I’ve been told I resemble these actors. What do you think? Click on the image to get a better look and vote below!

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Acting, Random, Work

 

I found Pete

Or, more accurately, I found that the hound had been found.

Not a day goes by where we don’t hear about the perils of social media. PR disastersMissing childrenBad judgment leading to getting fired. Clearly, the socially-enabled world can be a double-edged sword.

But sometimes, six degrees of social media actually comes in handy.

This is Pete, a cute little Boston Terrier. Although I’ve never met Pete, I know he belongs to some friends who live in an adjoining neighborhood.

When I saw a post on my Facebook wall that Pete had gone missing a few days ago, I was concerned.

This is Pete, a Boston Terrier.

When I saw a post on my Facebook wall that Pete had gone missing a few days ago, I was concerned (who doesn’t hate seeing a missing best friend) but I didn’t really know how to help. Especially since Pete was not wearing a collar or microchip.

Who doesn't hate seeing a dog go missing?

Who doesn’t feel terrible when they see a pup go missing?

Then, this morning, I saw another post. This one in my neighborhood’s community site, which said that a small Boston Terrier was found by a neighbor on my street. Apparently Pete got spooked by the New Year’s fireworks and ran out of his back yard, into our neighborhood.

Then I saw this message.

Then I saw this message on our neighborhood’s community website.

When I read this, I knew that Pete was safe. Luckily, I had seen both posts and immediately connected the dots. I contacted my friends and they came to pick up Pete. Reunion complete, and happy families all around.

A simple example of successful social connections, to be sure. But this time, social media came to the rescue!

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Family, Random, Thoughts

 

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Are cars all smoke and mirrors?

I’m not talking about mufflers and rear-views.

It’s hard to imagine where we’d be today if not for the invention of the automobile. The car is truly a marvel of technology and innovation, and it’s hard to underestimate the contribution it’s made to civilization.

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The bumper is held onto the vehicle by eight of these push-on clips on top and eight more on bottom, plus 2 bolts.

I’m certainly not a mechanic, and I’m sure that the drivetrain and chassis of a modern vehicle is solid and safe. Yet whenever I do minor repairs or install something new, I’m amazed by just how little material is actually holding the whole thing together. Even auto brands that are known for safety and quality give us vehicles that are surprisingly reliant on plastic pieces that snap into place and are held together by more plastic clips.

To wit, today I replaced the headlamps on our 2005 Honda Odyssey…not the light bulbs, but the entire front headlight assemblies. This job wasn’t difficult, but it was eye-opening. To start, I had to remove the front bumper – which seems like a big, heavy project in itself, right?

Not exactly.

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The bumper is a single piece of soft, molded plastic.

The bumper itself is a hollow, single piece of molded soft plastic which covers a steel beam attached to the chassis. To remove the bumper, you simply pop out eight plastic clips on top, eight more on bottom, and one bolt on each side. That’s it. The whole bumper then peels off the front of the vehicle effortlessly.

Then, to remove each headlight, you only need to disconnect 4 bulb wire attachments, and unscrew three bolts. The assembly comes right out, and the new one fits easily in its place.

Putting the bumper back on the car is as easy as it was to remove, simply reversing the steps.

As if looking out for the other guy wasn’t enough to worry about on the road.

So just be careful out there, friends. And remember that luxury vehicle you’re riding in might just be held together by 10-cent plastic clips.

Well, at least we have new headlights.

Well, at least we have new headlights.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2013 in Random, Thoughts, Travel

 

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It should be called “Pretty Good” Wolf

Thinking about taking the family on a road trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX? Here’s what you need to know.

Crowds are the enemy of places like this and can quickly sap the fun out of an otherwise enjoyable experience. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, try to plan your trip midweek and avoid holidays. Otherwise it can get very crowded and you could be stuck driving around the parking lot looking for spaces, standing in long lines for water rides, and at the mercy of the worst manners you’ve ever seen at the buffet.

Still, there’s a lot to like about Great Wolf. You have to hand it to them: they have put a lot of thought into what families with kids need. Namely, comfortable accommodations and activities for children of all ages (though teenagers are probably too cool for most of it)…including the water park, the Magiquest wizard game, story time with animatronic and costume characters, coloring stations, and more.

What that means is there are kids everywhere. Literally. So if you’re the type of person who gets upset at the screaming baby two rows behind you on the airplane, this is probably not the place for you.

But for families there are lots of little touches that you just don’t find at other resorts…covered power outlets for wandering toddler fingers, rounded corners on the furniture and large spacious room with sleeping options. And there is just enough for the adults too – a decent bar, Starbucks, hot tub and a spa. As this was our 3rd visit here, we felt comfortable letting our 11-year old and his friends roam around most of the day without much supervision, checking in occasionally, though some parents will want to stick closer by.

Here are a few more pros and cons…

PROS
– Everything under one roof
– Nice bar, Starbucks for adults
– Older kids can go around on their own
– Life guards are very good and alert
– Free wifi (not very fast but solid connections in most locations)
– Lots of activities
– Can be reasonable if you wait for a good deal

CONS
– Kids running around everywhere (well, what did you expect?) including the hallways outside the guest rooms
– Chlorine smell is overwhelming as soon as you walk in the water park
– Very loud inside water park
– Water is tooooo cold! You might get used to it eventually but it sure is less enjoyable than it could be. Almost everyone agrees it’s just too cold, especially for an indoor water park.
– Food is adequate, but will not blow you away. It’s basically equivalent to a Golden Corral or similar. And overpriced for the quality. But it’s convenient and edible.
– If you have a room at the end of the hallway, you will be in for some very long walks.
– Crowded at times

So what do you think? Have you been to Great Wolf? How was your stay?

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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Family, Travel

 

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