Sue’s List #36
Welcome to Sue's List – your one-stop shop for the latest buzz in the world of travel, the futuristic wonder of personal flying with your very own JetsonOne, and why every wonder woman out there needs a home office. Buckle up, because Sue's List has got it all, served with a side of fun and a sprinkle of wit. Let's dive into the trends, tech, and tales that will keep you in the know!
Unleashing Ambition: Why Women Need a Home Office
In the midst of discussions about "quiet quitting" and the so-called "lazy girl jobs," there's a remarkable shift taking place in the workforce. According to a recent study by LeanIn, workers, especially women, are displaying a newfound desire for career advancement, a trend accelerated by the changes brought on by the pandemic.
Rachel Thomas, the CEO of LeanIn.org, the women's advocacy group founded by Sheryl Sandberg, explains that flexibility has allowed people to balance their professional and personal lives more effectively. It empowers individuals to be "both fully in it at work and fully committed to things they want to achieve outside of work." This newfound harmony is at the heart of the shift in career aspirations among women.
The methodology behind LeanIn's study is robust, encompassing a survey of approximately 27,000 employees across 33 companies, complemented by staff demographic data from 276 companies in the United States and Canada. The numbers emerging from this research paint a compelling picture of changing attitudes:
Increased Ambitions: In a remarkable finding, 81% of women expressed their interest in seeking promotions, marking a 5-point increase from the previous year and a substantial 10-point rise since 2019. This surge in ambition among women underscores the transformative impact of recent workplace changes.
A significant 20% of women cited flexibility as the key factor that has enabled them to retain their jobs and avoid reducing their work hours.
This shift is not just about climbing the corporate ladder but achieving a harmonious balance between work and life. The statistics speak volumes, emphasizing the vital role of flexibility in ensuring that women can fully embrace their career aspirations while pursuing their goals outside of work. As the workplace continues to evolve, it is clear that a home office might just be the key to unleashing the full potential of women in the workforce.
Jetson ONE: The $98,000 Ticket to Jetting Sky-High
In a world where personal flying machines are on the cusp of becoming a reality, it seems like we're one step closer to living out our futuristic fantasies. Pretty soon, you won't need to spend years studying for a pilot's license or dedicate your life to aviation to take to the skies. Instead, all you'll need is a spare $98,000 and a few hours of training to become your own personal pilot.
Imagine it: You, soaring through the air, high above the mundane world, in what can only be described as a "jet ski in the sky." Stéphan D'haene, the CEO of Jetson, describes their creation, the Jetson ONE, exactly like that. And trust us, it's not a metaphor. This futuristic flying machine can be yours for roughly the same price as a high-end Mercedes. Yes, you read that right; the dream of flight is now available at a showroom near you.
But that's not all! The Jetson ONE is just one of a fleet of ultralight personal flying contraptions set to hit the market. For a cool $190,000, you can take home the Helix, recently unveiled by Pivotal (formerly known as Opener). And if that doesn't tickle your fancy, there's also the Hexa from Lift Aircraft. It's like a buffet of personal aviation, with options to suit your every airborne whim.
The Jetson ONE recently made its debut flight in the U.S. at the UP. Summit in Dallas, an event where only the crème de la crème of entrepreneurs and investors gather to discuss the future of transportation. Jetson, originally headquartered in Italy, has its sights set on moving to the land of opportunities - the United States. With a cool $15 million in funding, including contributions from the one and only will.i.am (http://will.i.am/
), they're making waves in the world of personal aviation.
So, how does this sleek flying machine work, you ask? Well, it takes off vertically like a rocket, then gracefully tilts forward, achieving speeds of up to 63 mph at altitudes of 1,500 feet. At less than 200 pounds, it's officially classified as an "ultralight" aircraft, which means fewer FAA restrictions, and more freedom to cruise the open skies.
To make the experience even more appealing, the Jetson ONE is equipped with an intuitive joystick for controls, and just in case you're worried about the unexpected, it boasts redundant motors and propellers. This means that even if something goes wrong, the show isn't over. But, just to be on the safe side, they've thrown in a parachute for good measure.
What could this possible new independence from roadways mean for real estate? Personal flying machines have the potential to influence real estate trends by expanding the options for where people live and how they commute. The impact on the real estate market will likely vary depending on factors like the prevalence of flying machines, urban planning decisions, and the development of aviation-related infrastructure.
Sleep, Tech, and Bleisure: The Travel Trends of Tomorrow
Post-pandemic travelers have a new set of priorities, and they're not just looking for a bed and a minibar in their hotel rooms. According to a fresh report from Hilton, today's globe-trotters are all about a good night's sleep, a dose of healthy living, and rooms that are smarter than ever. And, in a delightful twist, they're mixing business with pleasure in the hottest travel trend known as "bleisure."
Why does this matter? Well, as hotels shake off the cobwebs of COVID-19 lockdowns, they're keen to jump on the "revenge travel" bandwagon and cater to modern tastes.
So, what's on the menu at these new-age hotels?
Connected Rooms: Forget fumbling for plastic cards; these rooms have digital keys controlled by your trusty smartphone. You can even dim the lights, adjust the thermostat, and order room service without leaving your cozy cocoon.
Tech Galore: Expect nightstands with wireless charging pads (so your gadgets never run out of juice), plenty of bedside outlets for your tech army, and even Peloton bikes for those who can't bear to miss a workout.
Wellness Matters: Hilton is going all-in on wellness, decking out rooms with white noise machines, blackout shades, comfy headboards, and high-thread-count linens. Because a good night's sleep is priceless.
Experiential Dining: Travelers now crave local flavors and experiences. So, Hilton is revamping its menus and offering cultural activities that let guests dive into the heart of their destination. And yes, there might even be pickleball courts.
Bleisure Bonanza: The line between work and play is getting blurrier. More people are tacking vacation days onto business trips, exploring local gems, and enjoying some well-deserved tourism.
But what's driving these changes? According to Hilton's chief brand officer, Matthew Schuyler, it's a unique moment in the history of hospitality. Travelers today have emerging priorities like wellness, sustainability, and the desire for authentic local experiences.
And to make sure they're on the right track, Hilton surveyed 10,000 travelers, assembled 60 video "diaries," and interviewed a host of "Hilton travel experts" to compile their trend report.
In a zoomed-in look at the future, Hilton's Tempo by Hilton Times Square is leading the way. These hotels cater to those with a passion for a healthy lifestyle and a taste for local flavor. Whether you're reserving a room with a Peloton and Theragun for your workout fix or a "ball-drop room" with a direct view of the iconic New Year's Eve orb, they've got you covered.
But that's not all. These rooms are a far cry from your typical hotel setup. Gone are the carpets (too tricky to clean), single-use toiletries (too wasteful), and closets (because, let's face it, we live out of our suitcases). Instead, you'll find kinetic art screens, designer toiletries, and large trash/recycling baskets, although Hilton's Kevin Morgan noted with a wink that guests have been a bit too keen on those trash cans (so beware of potential charges).
In essence, the evolving travel landscape is designed to cater to the desires and needs of modern travelers, making travel more enticing, convenient, and fulfilling. As a result, people may be more inclined to choose travel experiences on long weekends to take advantage of these trends and create memorable moments that staying in their own home cannot offer. Remember, Times Square is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Greenwich, CT. Make it a date and try it out!
For Little Peeps
Norwalk Fright Nights
Get ready to unleash your inner thrill-seeker! Prepare for a heart-pounding adventure at Scary Tales: The Brothers Grimm, the ultimate haunted house experience that will send shivers down your spine. Step into the eerie world of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, and more spine-chilling tales.
With over 50 live actors, live entertainment, a themed bar, and enough scares to last a lifetime, Scary Tales, The Brothers Grimm is an event you can't afford to miss. The haunted journey will take you roughly 30 minutes to navigate.
Please keep in mind that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are non-refundable, so please use your discretion when considering bringing younger children.
For STANDARD TICKETS, be prepared for a wait time of up to 45 minutes.
If you're seeking an expedited and exclusive experience, VIP TICKETS are available. Skip the line and savor a complimentary soft drink or alcoholic beverage. However, even with VIP access, wait times may range from 5-10 minutes, so get ready to face your fears head-on!
Join us at Scary Tales: The Brothers Grimm for a spine-tingling adventure you won't soon forget!
Fri Oct 13, 2023
Age: 14 & up
The SoNo Collection
100 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT
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