Lessons from my first European golf vacation

A trip of a lifetime (and a trip home to forget).

James Colgan

Dear Mom,

I hope you haven’t killed me by the time you’re reading this, but if you have, I can’t say I’m surprised. Actually, I think I support the decision.

It’s just about dinnertime where you are right now. Or at least I think it is. Sometime earlier this afternoon, I left the wifi bubble at Edinburgh Airport with the promise I’d let you know as soon as I landed in Amsterdam, the connecting stop on my trip home to New York. Now it is several hours later, and my spectacular European adventure has been replaced by a torrent of disaster. 

As I write this, I’m jammed into the unreasonably narrow “window” seat of a wide-bodied KLM plane that, for some reason, has no window. My left shoulder is plastered against the plastic cabin siding, but it’s no use — my body is still too large for this seat. With each keystroke, my right elbow pokes into the ribcage of a poor mother from Washington, D.C. whose only fault in this ordeal is finding herself in the middle seat next to my own. Three gate agents have assured me that in roughly 10 hours, this plane will land at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, some 900 miles from my intended destination. As of this moment, I know concerningly little else. I do not have a return flight booked to New York. The clock on my phone and the one on my computer read two different times. The plane wifi — which I have paid $45 for the privilege of figuring out the rest of my way home — is currently disconnected. Will it turn back on in time to coerce Delta into a seat on this evening’s final flight to New York? The closest I’ve come to an answer is a very polite Dutch shrug from my flight attendant. If that weren’t enough, the luggage containing, conservatively, 85 percent of my earthly belongings is more lost than I am, perhaps likely never

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Ford Changing Factory For New Electrical Crossover Through European Summer time Holiday vacation

In Europe, people take genuine summer season vacations. Europeans get a lot of time off. As some Europeans I understood were fond of declaring, they get the job done to stay, they never live to operate. European manufacturing unit workers at the Cologne Ford factory in Germany are making the most of a nice lengthy summertime family vacation (aka vacation), but perform is in fact not halting at the web page. Rather, construction and remodeling teams are reworking the manufacturing facility in purchase to prepared it for production of a new electric powered design.

Ford has an fascinating place in the European electric powered auto industry. Its Ford Kuga PHEV is a single of the only plugin hybrids on the continent’s listing of the top rated 20 most effective promoting plugin automobiles on the sector, and the Kuga PHEV was even next in May throughout the continent (6th in the first 5 months of the yr). It is clearly the most prosperous plugin hybrid on the market at the minute. The Mustang Mach-E was also fairly well known there for a even though, but Ford has manufacturing ability for only so a lot of of them, so it’s hard to know how significantly demand from customers there could be. The essential issue, however, is that Ford could possibly sell a whole lot of price tag-competitive, mass-market electrical crossovers — and that appears to be the strategy.

“We have to established up a entirely new output line for the new all-electrical crossover,” suggests Ford Preparing Supervisor Dr. Darko Drazic. “We are applying the organization holidays to thrust in advance with the conversion to the Electrification Heart at entire velocity.” The new electrical Ford model will go into production in 2023. In this article are a couple of a lot more notes from Ford on the factory conversion venture:

  • In the paint shop by yourself, considerable conversion get the job done is remaining carried out on 45 development sites. New systems will ensure improved performance in the long term, save all-around 2,000 tons of CO 2 per year and minimize electricity use
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