Airport Views From Milford Street

Replica of the Spirit of St. Louis at San Diego International Airport

Replica of the Spirit of St. Louis at San Diego International Airport

“Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence,
In the confines of one single photograph.”
—  Henri Cartier-Bresson

Today we have the honor of a photo tour of three airports showcasing airport art and interesting exhibits. Our Guest Author is Christopher O’Keefe, whose blog is titled: MILFORD STREET.

Please stop by and say “hi” and get to know a good friend and great photographer. Cheers, D

The Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood, hang out near the House of Blues merchandise kiosk at Chicago's Midway airport.  Looks like they are just waiting for a flight!

The Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood, hang out near the House of Blues merchandise kiosk at Chicago’s Midway airport. Looks like they are just waiting for a flight!

By Author and Photographer Christopher O’Keefe

When flying to or from a destination, I can’t sit at the gate and wait. I really enjoy exploring airports, looking for the odd shops and displays of art and culture that grace many terminals. Sometimes, I wonder if whatever I’m looking at is art or commercial. The lines tend to blur.

Portrait of LCDR, J. Jimmy S. Thach, who was responsible for downing three enemy aircraft in the Battle of Midway

Portrait of LCDR, J. Jimmy S. Thach, who was responsible for downing three enemy aircraft in the Battle of Midway

Recently I had stops in three airports: Chicago’s Midway International Airport, San Diego International Airport, and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

What’s cool about visiting these three airports is the terminals have interesting and artistic displays, including some full-sized airplanes.

Dauntless Model SBD-3 US Navy Scout Dive Bomber at Chicago Midway

Dauntless Model SBD-3 US Navy Scout Dive Bomber at Chicago Midway

Both Midway International Airport and San Diego International Airport offer educational and historical aviation displays about the people who flew the planes, and the planes themselves, as follows:

Most of you who’ve flown Southwest Airlines and passed through the Midway terminal have seen the WWII dive bomber. Chicago’s Midway International Airport is named after the Battle of Midway in WWII (not because it is mid-way between the coasts).

San Diego International Airport has a great replica of The Spirit of St. Louis (first picture, above) inside Terminal 2. It turns out the actual plane flown by Charles Lindbergh was made in San Diego!

Bust of Charles Lindbergh by Paul Fjelde

Bust of Charles Lindbergh by Paul Fjelde in San Diego International Airport

Beyond the planes there is so much more. These airports have art, quirky shops, and eateries that provide a sense of fun.

So, the next time you’re traveling through the airport, unless you’re late to get to the next gate, slow down and explore a bit. You’ll be amazed at what you might find!

The façade of George's Music Room at Chicago Midway looks so cool!

The façade of George’s Music Room at Chicago Midway– looks so cool!

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share with you my absolute favorite attraction at my local Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (the moose, below).

She’s a beauty, isn’t she?

On the Trail of the Rusty Moose at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport - Chris Williams, sculptor

On the Trail of the Rusty Moose at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport – Chris Williams, sculptor

So, whether you think airports are a necessary evil, a means to an end, or if you truly enjoy utilizing them, keep your eyes and mind open to the things you see.

You may never see them again!

Sincerely, Chris

"A Day at the Beach" - Mosaic by Tracy Sabin (at San Diego International Airport)

“A Day at the Beach” – Mosaic by Tracy Sabin (at San Diego International Airport)


Christopher O'Keefe

Christopher O’Keefe


Christopher O’Keefe rediscovered his interest in photography in the last two years.  He has since developed his skills as a photographer and continues to look for ways to learn more about photography. He seeks subjects to photograph wherever he goes.  He and his wife live in southern New Hampshire.

Drop him a note! CLICK HERE!


[NOTE: All text and photographs in this post are the intellectual property of Christopher O’Keefe, and are fully copyrighted. If you would like more information on his photographs, please visit his website at]

Inconvenient Truths by an Outmanned Mommy


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The joys of packing with children (this is the 7th attempt)
Photo: Mary Widdicks, All Rights Reserved


I first met Mary Widdicks through her blog titled: “OutmannedMommy.” Other than the clever name of her blog, her byline was: “When fart jokes and belching contests just aren’t enough.” Hilarious! It made me laugh out loud. Some of us may not want to admit it to the general public, but we’ve all lived it, whether we tell anyone or not.  I admire Mary’s frankness and her great sense of humor. I’m guessing you will, too. Enjoy! Deborah

By Mary Widdicks

When traveling, everyone has to go to the bathroom. Sometimes at the MOST inopportune times.

When traveling with small children, however, it’s an unavoidable, unpleasant, inconvenient, and sometimes quite spectacular reality! To them, it resembles more of a pyrotechnic show than a bodily function. The best you can hope for is damage control.

Every parent who’s traveled with a child has stories that would curl your toes and make your hair stand up on end. They’re like notches on our belt. We show off our battle scars and compare them with other parents. We revel in our membership cards in the Mile High Parenting Club. At the end of the day, you just have to laugh so you don’t cry.

Instead of advice, I offer you comradery. Take comfort in the fact that I’ve been through the worst of it, come out the other side, and lived to travel again. Most of all, have a laugh at my expense. Trust me, it’ll make you feel better.

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Necessities (no, I don’t mean the passports)

Photo: Mary Widdicks, All Rights Reserved

When my oldest son was six months old, we bravely took him on an international flight from the UK to the US. It was going to mean nine hours in the air. I’m still not sure what we were thinking. In a desperate attempt to feel prepared for the almost certain disaster on which we were about to embark, I asked everyone I knew for advice on flying with infants. One piece of advice that came up several times was:

Avoid the airport bathroom changing tables

It made sense to me.

This was my first flight since my son was born and I was very conscious of being seen as a good mom. I wanted to be cool, calm and collected: the three C’s of successful parenting.I didn’t yet have years of tantrums, food fights, explosive poops, bruises, and various diseases to teach me that parenting is more about survival than perfection.  I still washed my hands every time I went to the restroom.

When the flight attendants called for advanced boarding, I quickly whipped out my changing mat. This was as good a place as any to change a diaper. The gate wasn’t too crowded. There were plenty of empty seats to serve as changing tables. So I laid my baby on one of the seats with his head toward the back of the seat and his legs sticking out toward me. The other passengers noted my clever display of child-traveling savvy with mild interest.

As if he knew everyone was watching, the second I released the tabs on his diaper my adorable little baby let out a thundering fart and turned bright red. Anyone who has spent much time with a baby knows that this can mean only one thing: Code Brown (or Yellow).

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Heh, heh, heh…I WIN!

Photo: Mary Widdicks, All Rights Reserved

I turned, just for a second, to dig the wipes out of my diaper bag. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a pair of chubby legs kicking wildly as my baby began to slide backwards, and headfirst through the gap in the back of the seat. Horrors! Time stood still. I could hear the collective “GASP!” from everyone around me as I grabbed him by one of his legs and pulled him unceremoniously back through the opening millimeters before his head hit the floor.

To add insult to injury, the contents from the now loosely-fitting diaper had spread across his little back.  As I pulled him back onto the seat, I realized it was now smeared all over the back of the chair! Absolutely mortified,  I looked up at the crowd. The shock had worn off and most of them were now pretending not to have noticed.

But I could feel the back of their heads judging me. I was no longer any of the C’s.

Fair enough.


Great family photo outmanned mommy


I can’t promise that reading this story will improve your experiences of traveling with children. But no matter what befalls you, remember that it could always be worse and someday it will make for a great story! (And remember to wipe down those airplane waiting area seats…)

I’m a 30-year-old mother of two boys, two dogs, and an ever-changing number of gender-indiscriminate fish. My husband calls me Honey, the three year old calls me Mommy, the baby calls me Milk, the dogs call me their Indentured Servant, and I’m pretty sure the fish have no idea who I am at all. I’m definitely outmanned. Coincidentally, I’m also the writer of the humorous parenting blog:

Outmanned Mommy (LINK:

Stop by and drop me a note!

[Unless otherwise noted, the text and pictures in this blog post are the intellectual property of Mary Widdicks and/or Outmanned Mommy. Please contact her directly for questions at  Thanks!]

It’s Plane Tofino

.”  –Julia Alvarez

Juxtaposition of Flight 

Tofino Photography, All rights reserved

Once in a while, I receive notes and pictures from readers I’ve never actually met, but who are kind, open-hearted, and seem familiar to me. Some might call it synchronicity. Others might call it fate, luck or providence. Some of these “strangers” become friends

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Tofino Photography, All rights reserved

One such example is a person in Tofino, British Columbia.  Tofino is a place I probably never would have known about, thought about, or tried to understand if it weren’t for my Internet friend, “W,” who’s a brilliant photographer at Tofino Photography

He has some amazing photographs, so check out his site and make a new friend!

20110703-IMG_9268Skyward Bound
Tofino Photography, All rights reserved

Tofino has a small airport, the Tofino/Long Beach Airport, and floatplanes also land on the inlet in town. For those of us who’ve never flown in a floatplane, the only thing I can think of is: “How cool is that?”

But this post isn’t really about airports and airplanes.

It’s a THANK YOU to “W” at Tofino Photography for being one of those people who enrich the lives of others in a positive way.

Enjoy! Deb

Tofino Photography, All rights reserved

20100814-IMG_4459-2Sunset Plane
Tofino Photography, All rights reserved

20110824-IMG_4123Surprise Visit
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20090916-20090916-IMG_4513Up in the Air
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20090916-20090916-IMG_4493Skyline Chopper
Tofino Photography, All rights reserved

Workin’ Progress

Tofino Photography, All rights reserved

20110907-IMG_7416Onward and Upward!
Tofino Photography, All rights reserved 

20110703-IMG_9285From a Distance
Tofino Photography, All rights reserved

20120722-IMG_6524-2Fly before Night
Tofino Photography, All rights reserved

Tofino Photography, All rights reserved

20130711-IMG_9213Makin’ a Splash
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NOTE: All photographs in this post are the intellectual property of Tofino Photography, and used with written permission from Tofino Photography by AirportsMadeSimple Magazine.

These photos are for sale, and to purchase any of these photos, or to view beautiful photos of Tofino, B.C., please visit the website of Tofino Photography.

Sleep, Eat & Golf Haberski Style~Today’s Feature: Thailand

–Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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Street view

Wat Chai market in Pattaya, Thailand

I first met Chris through his blog “SleepEatGolf.”  The blog title is fun, and I find it intriguing he travels so often throughout the world, and has a special affinity for many of the countries he talks about in his blog.

In this particular article, he walks us through one of Thailand’s wet markets (Wat Chai Market, in Pattaya, Thailand). He immerses himself in the culture, takes videos showing the nuances of the country of Thailand, and his sincere attitude make him a great Internet friend and writer. (Note: Unfortunately, he recently had an injury that prevents him from some of the “golf” activities, but if you have any golf questions, please send them his way~He virtually grew up on the golf course!)

Please enjoy this post, watch the video, and send a “hello” to Chris from your neck of the woods!

All the best, Deb 

By Author Chris Haberski

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin became well-known to non-foodies with the popularity of the Japanese import TV show Iron Chef. The above quote is featured in the opening credits and I think it’s a very good representation of the role food choices play in a country’s culture.

In my travels and living in Southeast Asia over the past seven years I find this quote to be an extremely accurate indicator that gives tremendous insight into the people of a country.

Recently, I flew into Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, and then went to Level 1, Gate 8 to catch a bus to visit Pattaya, Thailand. It was an interesting trip, and one of my friends operates a stall in one of the wet markets there, so I thought it would be an interesting topic to write about.

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Fresh chicken, seafood and meat stands
Wat Chai market, Pattaya, Thailand

It’s one thing to visit a country and sample some of the local food and cuisines, but as a tourist you’re likely seeing only a small piece of the bigger picture. You’re also probably eating at restaurants and cafes that cater to the tourists tastes, not what the locals would typically eat.

One thing that I always like to do when visiting places like the Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan or Thailand is to seek out and visit the local wet market. If you really want to know the people of these lands, visiting where they get their food source should be on your list of places to visit along with all the other tourist spots.

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Wet Markets of Southeast Asia

A wet market in Southeast Asia is unlike anything any Westerner has ever seen before. Most people who are used to shopping in supermarkets for their foods would be shocked and awestruck to see the food butchering, preparation and storage standards that would cause Western health department workers to write endless reports of violations for food safety.

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Wet markets typically start early in the morning and those who want the freshest and best choices arrive as early as 3a.m. Open air stalls are lined up next to each other and there is little to no refrigeration. Fish and seafood are on ice, but chicken, pork, beef and other meats are typically simply hung on hooks or put on unrefrigerated display.

To give you a better feel for shopping a wet market, here’s a video of “live” footage from Wat Chai Market in PattayaThailand:


The floors of a wet market raw meat area are typically awash with bloody water and runoff from the stalls and drains are mostly uncovered. While most Westerners would consider this very unhygienic and a breeding ground for food-borne pathogens, I’ve never become sick from food from these markets.

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Fresh produce, Wet Market, Thailand

Usually areas are quarantined with one section being all pork, another all seafood and another all chicken, but this is not always the case and due to the nature of the setup at some point there’s likely to be a vegetable stand very near a chicken vendor who is next to a pork vendor.

Another sight to behold is the odd and strange things you can buy. Frogs, dried fish, squids of various sizes, eels, turtles and an entire pig’s head were just a few of the strange items I came across on a stroll through the meats section of Wat Chai market in Pattaya, Thailand:

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Meat section, Wat Chai market, Pattaya, Thailand

The produce section had whole sugar cane, banana hearts, large yellow mangoes, various seaweeds, kelp, papayas and other unknown herbs and greens along with multi-colored glutinous rice sweets and snacks.  The fruit and vegetable areas are colorful displays of familiar and unfamiliar produce. You often see fruits like durians, mangosteens, jackfruits and rambutans that are native only to this part of the world. The produce is fresh, seasonal and mostly local as trucking items from hundreds of miles away is unheard of and not cost effective.

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Various fruits for sale at wet market, Thailand
 Wet market pic # 1 from front

Typical wet market, Thailand

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Fresh seafood, Thailand

The hustle and bustle is a site to behold at a wet market. Some, like the one I visited in Thailand, have prices per kilogram clearly listed in the local currency while others require slick bartering skills with the vendor to come to an agreed-upon price. Items are weighed on non-digital scales and I’ve even seen counterbalance scales in use. Your food choices are placed in a plastic bag, you pay and you’re off to the next vendor.

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Takeout, anyone?
Wet market, Thailand

Workers in the market often have several jobs at their respective stalls. Each stall is individually owned and operated and sometimes the person butchering your meat is also taking your money and giving you change. Latex rubber gloves are virtually unheard of and most wet markets also have a nearby area of cooked foods, other local delicacies, general house supplies, trinkets, clothes and even pirated DVDs and CDs (see video, above).

The flower areas are brilliant colorful displays of exotic floral arrangements:

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Visiting a wet market should be a top tourist attraction for you when you travel to Asia.

While most tourists visit and congregate in night markets, taking an early morning walk through the wet market will give you an entirely new perspective and feel for the country you are visiting.

It’s a rewarding, adventurous, often skipped experience that will give you a deeper bond and understanding of the people and land you are visiting.

Have a nice day, Chris 


Chris Haberski
CEO and Founder of SleepEatGolf

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. My name is Chris, and I’m the CEO and Founder of SleepEatGolf. I’m a self-described world traveler, foodie and golf enthusiast, and I combine all three in my blog.  CLICK HERE for my full bio.

I’m from the United States, but college provided me with my first opportunity to travel overseas.

I was hooked!

One year, I took a trip to Asia to visit a cousin who’d moved to this region. After spending two weeks there, I was already planning my next trip!

I found Asia exciting and very affordable. Many hotel and food prices are much lower there than the United States.  So, I’m currently based in the Philippines and travel every 59 days for Visa requirements.

 For the past five years I’ve traveled from the Philippines to a new Asian country several times a year!

This offers me an interesting life view–new hotels, different food, fascinating people–but most of all, wonderful adventures.

Please stop by my site anytime, and offer thoughts, comments and suggestions.

I’d love to hear from you!

In the meantime, I’m packing my bags for my next trip…to sleep, eat and golf!

All the best, Chris

John Wayne’s Wings of Eagles


John Wayne Autograph Frank Hardy copyright

“Tomorrow hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. ”
–John Wayne

Photo: Pensacola Airport, 1950s
By: Frank Hardy Photo

Nothing says “American icon” more than actor, director, and producer John Wayne. His personal style, rugged bravado, and quiet strength made him loved by millions of people across the world.

Today’s article is by Frank Hardy.
Frank’s the author of the website: FrankHardyMadeMyPhotographsTwo.

 This is a tribute to John Wayne, along with some interesting history surrounding his fellow actors in the movie “The Wings of Eagles,” Dan Dailey and Maureen O’Hara, famous in their own right.

Enjoy! Deb

By Author and Photographer Frank Hardy

Back in the 1950s, John Wayne filmed a movie at the Pensacola Naval Air Station (also called “NAS Pensacola”) called “The Wings of Eagles.”  Only the first 10 or 15 minutes of the movie were actually filmed at NAS, but it was an opportunity for my father to get some photos of John Wayne and his fellow actors. Unfortunately, the movie itself didn’t do too well at the box office, but the history surrounding the film, along with the richness of character of the actors, was something my father found fascinating.

Dailey and OHara Frank Hardy Copyright

Dan Dailey and Maureen O’Hara
Co-stars with Wayne in “Wings of Eagles”
Flying Southern Airways, Pensacola, 1950s
Photo: Frank Hardy Photo

Many of you might be too young to know Dan Dailey and Maureen O’Hara, so here’s a brief history of their captivating lives:

Dan Dailey:

  • Served in the United States Army during World War II as an Army officer
  • A frequent and favorite co-star of Betty Grable
  • Recorded four songs with the famous Andrews Sisters
  • Portrayed “Jughead” Carson in the movie Wings of Eagles with John Wayne
  • He was the first person to receive a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Musical or Comedy for his performance as the Governor in the TV sitcom “The Governor and J.J.” (1970s)
  • His sister was actress Irene Dailey, who starred in Another World

Maureen O’Hara:

  • Initially enrolled in business school to become a proficient bookkeeper and typist, which skills transferred into becoming John Ford‘s transcriber. (John Ford was a good friend of John Wayne.)
  • With her red hair and Irish roots, she was a bit of a spitfire, and spoke her truth, commenting once after a wild makeover for a movie set “If this is the movies, I want nothing to do with them!”
  • Her first major film was Jamaica Inn (1939) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • She had a wonderful soprano voice, and did guest appearances with Perry Como, Andy Williams, Betty Grable, and Tennessee Ernie Ford.
  • Her third husband, Charles F. Blair, Jr. was a pioneer of transatlantic aviation, a former Brigadier General of the U.S. Air Force, and a former Chief Pilot at Pan Am.
  • When asked about John Wayne, she said:I was tough. I was tall. I was strong. I didn’t take any nonsense from anybody. He was tough, he was tall, he was strong and he didn’t take any nonsense from anybody. As a man and a human being, I adored him.”

John Wayne leaving plane Frank Hardy Copyright

“I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted,
and I won’t be laid a hand on.
I don’t do these things to other people,
and I require the same from them.”
– John Wayne quote from The Shootist (1976)

Photo: Frank Hardy Photo, Pensacola Airport, 1950s

Sometimes, the story behind the story of a movie, film, or work of art is actually more interesting than the production itself. My father thought so, and he always tried to capture the element of humanity that we, as non-celebrities, may forget about.

We’re all human, we all deserve to be treated with respect.

John Wayne was the epitome of a man who portrayed that type of individual.

All the best, Frank Hardy

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Frank’s a second generation professional photographer living in Milton, Florida (across the bay from Pensacola).  He attended the University of West Florida and graduated on March 17, 1977–moving immediately into professional photography on March 18, 1977.

A quote: “I thought I would give it five years or so and then move onto something else, but 37 years later I’m still working in the business of photography…I went digital in 2002,  and I’ve really enjoyed working with the transition of the entire digital process.  I consider myself a portrait photographer (since I feel I’m a people person), but I’ve photographed anything and everything.”

Drop him a note at his website: CLICK HERE!

He’d love to hear from you.

[NOTE: All photos and text written in this post are the intellectual property of Frank Hardy. Please contact him for further information by clicking HERE.]

Luggage Tag: You’re It!

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”
–Mark Twain


Every airport traveler has to have a sense of humor. *

Here’s one way to lighten the load of airport travel from my friends at Flight001–witty luggage tags:


He didn’t get the
“Don’t worry, be happy” memo.

baggage-hrAnd some of us love retro!

FLI00913-F1-get-lost-tag-HR1~ I always love a good pun ~

When others need to be warned…


                    Wherever you go, there you are  

FLI23183-F1-rubber-luggage-tag-go-away-HRIt’s always better to be alone or with someone


For that shutterbug in your life


For a complete page of Flight001‘s luggage tags, CLICK HERE.

They also have great ideas for (CLICK ON YOUR DESIRED LINK AS FOLLOWS):
gifts for her, gifts for him, gifts under $25, and a great post on “How to Properly Pack Your Suitcase.”



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T: 212.691.1001
F: 212.691.8660

* All photos in this post have been used with permission from FLIGHT001.