The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 169
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10 March weather temperature High Low Days of preclp. Foreign cities Acapulco 87 72 Beijing 54 52 Cairo 75 47 Cancun 84 71 Hong Kong 67 60 Jerusalem 65 46 London 51 37 Mexico City 75 47 Nairobi 77 57 r\ Nassau 79 66 Paris 52 36 5 Rio de Janeiro 83 72 Rome 62 42 Sydney 76 63 _5 Tokyo 54 36 Toronto 37 23 13 U.S.cltk» Anchorage 33 15 Dallas 67 43 Denver 50 24 Honolulu 80 66 Las Vegas 68 42 Los Angeles 69 49 Miami 80 63 New York City 48 34 8 7 9 9 3 5 6 12 Orlando 76 56 Phoenix 75 45 St. Louis 53 34 San Francisco 61 44 Seattle 53 38 Washington 53 31 11 9 17 10 Figures are statistical averages; not actual forecasts. Geography quiz Q. The longest tributary of the Mississippi River shares its name with which state— Missouri or Ohio? Source: National Geography Bee, National Geographic Society UHOSSlffl M3MSUV Contact us Kathy Rodeghier Travel editor (847) 427-4526 krodeghier@dailyherald.com Advertising representative (847) 427-4624 sales@dailyherald.com David wanted to visit a remote area "before I get too old to travel long distances," he says. He had enough frequent-flier miles for business-class tickets to New Zealand, so he and his wife, Aron, flew off with Ed and Penny Gang of Rolling Meadows. At the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve in Dunedin they spotted one of Your best shot Davidjacobson, Schaumburg the birds. "He swam out and came walking out like he owned the place," says David. The penguin's reflection was "what made the picture." • Send a print or high resolution Jpeg of your vacation photo to goingplaces@dailyherald. com or to Your Best Shot, Going Places, Daily Herald, P.O. Box 280, Arlington Heights, IL 60006. Enclose a caption with your name and daytime phone number. Photos can't be returned. Travelers' resources U.S. Department of State (888) 407-4747 www.state.gov/travel Centers for Disease Control (888) 232-3228 www.cdc.gov U.S. Passport Agency/ Chicago (312)341-6020 http://travel.state.gov/ passport_services.html Midwest travel Information Illinois (800) 226-6632 www.enjoyillinois.com Indiana (800) 289-6646 www.enjoyindiana.com Iowa (800) 345-4692 www.traveliowa.com Michigan (800) 543-2937 http://travel.michigan.org Minnesota (800) 657-3700 www.exploreminnesota.com Missouri (800) 877-1234 www.missouritourism.org Wisconsin (800) 432-8747 www.travelwisconsin.com U.S. and foreign tourist offices www.towd.com Stuck at the airport? Some people want to be Did you hear about the chef who was arrested at London's Gatwick International Airport recently? Apparently, he lost his job and his living quarters, so he decided to take up residence at the airport. According to The Argus, a British newspaper, he was arrested several times in the past for airport loitering; but each time, as soon as he was released, he was back at the terminal where he slept, ate and showered — never causing a stink. He only left the airport to collect his unemployment checks. He kept this living arrangement going for three years. His goose was finally cooked when authorities decided to turn up the heat and get him out of the proverbial kitchen. This isn't the first person to set up housekeeping at an airport. Nasseri, an Iranian refugee, lived in Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport for 16 years. He was such a legend, airline crews flying in and out of Paris regularly bought him lunch. We all considered him a kind of good luck charm. You hadn't seen Paris if you hadn't seen Nasseri. GailTodd Air Pickets We used to say somebody should make a movie about our favorite recluse. And then they did. Nasseri was the inspiration for the 2004 film . "The Terminal," which starred Tom Hanks. The movie follows the plight of "Viktor," an Eastern European tourist who becomes trapped at John E Kennedy International Airport when Customs declares his passport invalid and he can't break through the red tape. Viktor makes the best of a bad situation and is soon employed in a profitable construction job while creating his own upscale pad in an unused part of the airport. While not generally the lap of luxury, airports have been a welcome port for many hapless people (homeless and otherwise). With transit trains traveling regularly from downtown Chicago to Chicago O'Hare, the airport is easy accessible for a person looking for a warm, safe place to rest. Before 9/11, homeless people blended with passengers on all the concourses. The more-obvious ones kept their worldly processions in a baggage cart. Others traveled fighter with only a carry-on bag or a small set of wheelies. If you didn't frequent the airport and start to recognize their faces, you would never pick them out of a crowd. Several years ago, there was one homeless man at O'Hare who touched the hearts of both agents and flight attendants. The man always had a smile on his face and never caused a problem. He was grateful for any help you gave him. But he was adamant about not wanting to go to a shelter. He said he had tried it twice and both times he was brutally beaten and robbed. The airport was friendly. He had a clean bathroom to use, television to watch and plenty of reading material. He became the project of many airline employees. When the authorities tried to catch him, agents made announcements with code words to let him know it was time to move. But now, passengers can't get beyond security without a boarding pass and the airport requires anyone in the airport after 1 a.m. to have a ticket. So taking up permanent residency has become a thing of the past. There are still a number of people who take up temporary residence at the airport, although not necessarily by choice. "I've spent more nights sleeping on the floor of this terminal than I can count," said one man who was stuck overnight at the airport during an early February storm. "This time the airport provided me with a cot. It wasn't great but it beat the floor." As much as we hate to be stuck at an airport while waiting for a delayed flight, they're still ports in a storm. And that's true whether you're a fly-by-night or simply can't fly. • Gail Toad, a free-lance writer, worked as a flight attendant for more than 30 years. She can be reached via e-mail at gailtodd@aol.com.

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