American Way: Where would you recommend for a weekend
Giles: You could drive about three hours and be at the Lake
of the Ozarks. The area has plenty of activities for the kids,
great golf courses, and an enormous outlet mall for some bargain
American Way: Any parting words on your fair city?
Giles: Don't forget to try the toasted ravioli. I still
don't know why they haven't caught on big time in other cities.
Industry Manager, Emerson Motor Company
2003 AAdvantage Miles: 24,827
Jeffrey may not have as many miles as our other Road Warriors, but
he certainly understands travel and knows how to pack in the fun.
And as you can tell from his entry at left, he's something of a
poet - or a rapper. He is also our token golfer.
Jeffrey says he manages to squeeze in a round or two on almost all
of his vacations and on about a quarter of his business trips. And
all that play has payed off. He's a 10 handicap and regularly
shoots in the low- to mid-80s. He also shared with us the fact that
he collects golf balls from all of the courses he plays. So far he
has about 100, and has just started his second display case. (His
wife no doubt loves that hobby.)
But golf isn't all Jeffrey knows. He was equally enthusiastic about
sports (especially in St. Louis, which he says is "arguably the
best sports town in the world") and his wife and sons (ages two and
seven months), whom he travels with often, making his Road Warrior
life a family affair.
Jonathan Keith Joseph
New York City
I am a doctor specializing in HIV and TB treatment expansion in
poor countries. Last year, I was [leaving] rural Haiti. I had been
working in a mountain village that was a six-hour ride on a mule
from the closest accessible point to our jeep.
I had ridden to the village on a mule, but I am no horseman, and
the mule threw me, kicked me, and bit me. Thus, I decided to walk
on the return trip. I arrived at the jeep at about 9 a.m. with
plenty of time to make the three-hour journey to Port-au-Prince to
catch a 1 p.m. flight.