Del Palmar: I’d like to thank you all for joining me here today. As you know, this conversation is being transcribed for distribution in the interwebs. Please take a moment to introduce yourself.

Tabitha Longsworth: My name is Tabitha and I have been living part-time in this great timeshare resort Mexico since my retirement as a school teacher. I live Phoenix, AZ the rest of the year.

Mildred Perriwinkle: I’m Mildred, recently widowed. I live in this timeshare resort year round.

Jeffrey Friedlebaum: I’m just sitting at the bar waiting for a margarita. I don’t really know what this is about.

Del: Jeffrey, this is about continental connections. We’re discussing the aviation era pre- and post- direct flights.

Jeffrey: Well, that started in the 80s. Someone at the FAA decided to give airlines hub airports and since then, the travel industry has gone downhill.

Mildred: I agree. We used to fly all over the continent and without many continental connections. This was before the 80s when airlines were more concerned with serving the public, instead of the shareholder’s interests. We bought our first timeshare in Waikiki in 81 and flew regularly from our home in NY to Hawaii.

Tabitha: It’s true. My sister was a stewardess and she always told me about the airline industry and how much fun it was to work for the airline. It was a really good job for a woman to have back in the 70s. The uniforms looked good and you were able to see a lot of the world. She mostly did continental connections and was based out of Houston.

Jeffrey: Never liked Houston. Dallas, now there was a good show. That J.R. Ewing. Shrewd business man, he was.

Del: We started to travel frequently after the kids left for college, and we had more money and free-time. ¬†We flew mostly as continental flights and tried not to have connections in our itinerary. It was easier then to avoid continental connections. Mind you, we didn’t have a timeshare then. We got our first timeshare in the spring of 92 .. We were in Puerto Vallarta and did one of those timeshare tours. Liked the place enough to buy it then and there.

Mildred: How was your timeshare program set-up?

Del: It was a straight-out timehare 2 week purchase for high-season. We mostly took the kids and grandkids for Christmas. It was a nice treat for the girls.

Mildred: Ours was a points system for the timehsare. That turned out to be a scam. The base value went up by 30% every 3 or so years.

Tabitha: Ya, that was typical for those things. Timeshares could turn out to be a fraud if you don’t get the right one. Luckily, we all seemed to do OK with this timeshare.

Jeffrey: I’ll drink to that.

Del: Keeping focused, what else is there to say about continental connections?

Mildred: Del, there are four of us here. How about a game of bridge?

Del: I’m game.