Remember the Internet of 1995?
It is now 1995 for Bitcoin.
Remember the Internet of 1995?
It is now 1995 for Bitcoin.
This is an unbelievable story of my recent flight on Air Canada.
An incredible vacation with my wife and daughter to Europe starts off as a disaster when I am minutes away from going to Havana, Cuba.
Yes, just minutes away from arriving in Havana, Cuba.
I will start this story in Toronto where my family landed for a short layover and to change planes.
While my wife Kathy and I have been to Europe several times, this was the first time our adult daughter joined us.
As I stated earlier we were in Toronto waiting for our flight to Venice when they called our group number for boarding.
“Group 5 may board the plane at Gate 81″, this is what I heard.
I am the type of person that always likes to board the plane as early as possible so I can put my bags in the overhead closest to me.
For the reason above I always go to the line as soon as they call my group number. Unlike my wife who likes to get her last few minutes in walking for exercise before boarding, typically after me.
I walked up to Gate 81, joined the line and patiently waited my for turn to check in.
When I reached the front of the line I handed my ticket to the Air Canada Employee.
I don’t think he liked his job very much. Sometimes you can just tell from the lack of a smile or the body language that the Air Canada Employee had.
He scanned my ticket and handed it back. It was an uneventful experience like I have had hundreds of times at the airport.
I entered the plane, found my seat, stored my bag and tried to get comfortable.
As people entered the plane I kept an eye out for my family, thinking I would see them any minute.
It was not until the plane was almost full that someone sat in my wife’s seat. The fact that someone sat in my wife’s seat made me wonder what was going on?
Where is my wife and daughter and why is this guy sitting in my wife’s seat?
I needed to figure out what was going on. I looked for a stewardess but could not see one.
I finally starting asked people in the aisle to see their ticket. No one seemed to speak English but I thought if I could see their ticket I could at least confirm to myself I was in the right place.
Finally the 4th person I asked understood me and showed me their ticket.
I looked at their ticket and the first thing I saw was Havana.
Havana!! WTF!! How did I get on a flight to Havana? I have to get off this plane now.
During this time my family boarded the correct flight and their part of the nightmare began.
Expecting to see me in my seat they were definitely concerned not see me seated.
Here Is Their Story From My Daughters Point Of View.
We left DFW early Friday morning ecstatic for my first trip to Europe! We Arrived in Toronto for a layover and had the overnight flight to Venice.
Prior to boarding in Toronto my mother and I told my dad to go ahead as he has baggage he likes to have room in the overhead bin.
My mother and I went to the bathroom, walked around and then got in line at gate 80 to Venice.
Overhead we heard final boarding for Venice gate 81! I thought it was funny because they said the wrong gate, in fact I said I hope no one gets in the wrong line.
As soon as my mother and I got on the plane and walked down the aisle to our row I noticed my dad was not in his seat. I had a bad gut feeling instantly that he was not on the plane.
Moments later the flight attendant was at our row and said “Leland Party of 3?”
I said it is just us two here and I don't think my Dad is on the plane. We all quickly realized he had not gotten on the plane.
I instantly became very anxious and rushed to the front of the plane. I was in conversation with one particular flight attendant and told her how concerned I was and how out of character this was of my father. She told me “He probably stopped at the store” and how this “happens all the time”.
I assured her that this was not typical behavior of him and asked her if I could get off the plane to check the bathroom and surrounding areas for him. I told her I was a marathon runner and would be very fast. She told me no, I couldn't get off the plane unless I didn't want to get back on.
I was trying to call my dad but he wasn't answering. We had all put our phones on airplane mode so we would not incur international calling fees. The flight attendant looked at me and my mother and said “Are you willing to travel without him?” I instantly started crying.
We had a cruise leaving Venice, Italy the next day. We had the overnight flight to Venice. What would we do? How could we leave Toronto not knowing he was okay? We didn't know where he was or what was going on. It was very hard to quickly address the problem even though I have been a nurse for 10 years and can handle life threatening, often time sensitive situations.
As I started crying the flight attendant looked at me and said “You need to be an adult right now! You need to make a decision are you willing to fly without him?” In a very gruff tone! i felt very offended by her comments.
My father has had a few health problems this last year nothing major but I still had my reasons to be concerned that my 62 year old dad is missing, and all she kept saying is “This happens all the time, he's probably at the store.”
I kept telling her you don't know my dad he is not at the store. We paused for a moment and then the flight attendant said “We are pulling his luggage”.
Moments later she said they found my father and he was coming. My Dad came running out of breath, down the gate less than a minute later. He got on the plane and all I could do was hug him and cry.
I was so emotional and happy that he was safe. He later told me the story of how he was on the wrong plane and had boarded gate 81 like they had said overhead instead of the correct flight which was our gate 80 to Venice!
He was on a plane to Havana and when my mother and I didn't show up he asked a fellow passenger to see their ticket and found out that plane was going to Havana.
When he finally got back to the front of the plane the flight attendant was rude and told him he had to run to the next gate. Not only is my dad 62 but recently had surgery and the flight attendant told him he had to run.
Even though it was their mistake they said the wrong gate overhead and scanned his ticket at the counter to the incorrect destination. This event is so disturbing in so many ways! airport security is always very strict in the USA, but Air Canada was truly lacking on this day. It scares me that this can and did happen.
My dad was visibly shaken when he got to his seat and had hurt his calf trying to run. We all just sat there held hands and prayed and thanked god that we were all together and safe and on our way to Venice, Italy.
Once I realized I was on the wrong flight I immediately tried to get off the plane.
I grabbed my backpack and started fighting my way through the crowd of people in the aisle who were attempting to stow their carry ons.
Finally, I reached the front and the flight attendant stopped me.
Where do you think you are going she asked.
I proceeded to tell her I was on the wrong flight, and showed her my boarding pass.
How did you get on the plane she asked? Did you come on the plane using the back way?
Back way, I asked! I did not even know there was a back way. Really, where is the security on this Air Canada plane?
Good thing I was not a bad guy trying to board the wrong plane, or maybe worst just leaving a backpack or package on the plane.
I proceeded to the exit door where I was stopped again. This flight attendant was actually helpful. Once she saw my ticket she called someone on the phone.
You need to RUN she said. Your plane is about to take off!
I actually ran all the way to the gate. Even though the gates were close together, the walkways to the plane were long.
Upon reaching the gate the lady collecting tickets saw me, asked if I was Mr. Leland.
Then in a smart ass tone told me my family was waiting for me and I need to run again, all the way to the plane or I would miss my flight.
Once I saw the actual plane and that the door was open I quit running. I was out of breath and had pulled a muscle in my leg. I don't run, so it kind of took a toll on me.
The flight attendants were only concerned with getting me on the plane, so I went straight to my seat. I still find it odd that even thought they knew I was coming from the incorrect flight to Cuba they never even asked me a single word about my experience of getting on the wrong flight.
Not even a kind gesture of, we are sorry or may we get you a drink, nothing! I realize they are busy with take off but I thought surely they would come check on me later since it is a long flight. The customer service was unacceptable and very disappointing.
The real concern I have is with safety.
I am sure everyone is concerned with safety on flights. After the attack on our county by terrorist that flew planes into buildings killing thousands. So of course safety is a major concern to everyone.
How was I able to hand the agent a ticket to Italy, and be allowed to board a plane to Cuba?
When he scanned the QR Code on my ticket shouldn't it have informed the gate agent that the flight to Cuba was not my flight?
Can I just buy a ticket to anywhere and walk on to any flight that Air Canada has?
Talk about unsafe, uncontrolled, and just plain scary the security was not in place on the day I traveled.
I think it is horrific that not only was I allowed to get on the wrong plane, but if I had not been looking for my wife and daughter I probably would have ended up in Cuba, and probably arrested going through customs.
The United State Government needs to take a look serious at Air Canada to make sure their safety and security is up to our standards, or the next time we have terrorist take over a plane it could be from our northern neighbors.
I hope there will be a formal investigation so this will never happen to another family.
If the flight to Cuba would have taken off and my family gotten off the plane in Toronto, Canada, it would of been a major disaster.
My family would of filed a missing persons report, and would not have any idea that I was in Cuba.
It makes me sad to think how close we were to making my family worry and suffer due to this horrible error.
You may not know it, but September the 30th was International podcast Day.
To celebrate the day podcasters unite at InternationalPodcastDay.com and help produce a 24 hours show dedicated to the art of podcasting.
For the second year in a row John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur On Fire joins me for an hour of live broadcasting. This year our hour session was about monetizing your podcast.
John was a little late due to no fault of his own, and joins in at the 14 minute mark.
Podcasting is still in its infancy.
I can't wait until it becomes a teenager.
I recently discovered the world of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies. I have to admit to you that I am totally obsessed with it.
You can buy cryptocurrencies, or you can mine your own cryptocurrencies. I decided to do both.
There are people who buy and sell cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. They try to buy low and sell high just like people do with stocks.
That is not what I am planning. I am going to mine and buy crypto currencies as an investment. I am going into this journey for the long, long haul.
I am what is known as a HODL which stands for Hold On For Dear Life.
I truly believe that one Bitcoin could be worth over $100,000.00 per Bitcoin someday.
That may sound crazy to you since a Bitcoin is now priced at around $4000.00. I truly believe that is only a fraction of there worth.
The Creation of a podcast on the subject of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies was a natural next step for someone like me. What else would someone who has been podcasting since 2004 do when presented with an all consuming subject except podcast about it.
The Crypto Cousins Podcast is my way of not only sharing my adventure with you, but it is also a great way to educate myself.
Podcasting is a great way to open doors of knowledge because of the people it has allowed me to interview.
We will interview some of the top people in the world of cryptocurrency, and ask them the questions I personally want answered. Some of these people would never talk to me, but the podcast makes me the press.
Please join cousin Tony and myself at CryptoCousins.com to see what we are building. We are building way more than just a podcast. We are building an entire network of websites, products, and educational information.
To subscribe to the podcast on iTunes go to CryptoCousins.com/iTunes.
To subscribe to the podcast on Google Play for Android go to CryptoCousins.com/Play
I will end this article by saying if you are interested in Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency you really need to take a look and a listen to The Crypto Cousins.
It was an enjoyable interview. We talked about about International Podcast Day, and Podcasting in general.
You can find more episodes of the The Podcaster's Life at PodcastersCoach.com
You can find more interviews that I have given over the years HERE
I love the Academy of Podcasters Hall Of Fame Awards AcademyOfPodcasters.com/hall-of-fame.
As a former inductee into the Hall Of Fame I know how much time and effort it takes to get there.
The full awards show lasted around 3 hours so I edited down the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony into its own video for you to watch.
The 2017 Inductees were:
Congrats to all the 2017 inductees.
People don't subscribe to boring podcasts.
This is an updated version of of a talk I have given several times.
I gave this presentation at Social Media Arlington
Gary Leland Show Episode 42
Thank you for joining me on the final episode of season 3!
This week I talk about how my season came together and some of the new ideas and projects coming from me soon. I also dive into the Academy of Podcasters Awards Show & Hall Of Fame Ceremony. In which I was able to present an award to a well known figure in the Health & Fitness category. Stay tuned for more about my shows coming in the near future.
Everyone has knowledge they can share.
Letting people know what you have to share is the starting point.
As you are probably aware I am one of the founders on Podcast Movement.
This year made our fourth anniversary of our event which was held in Anaheim.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 AM Central I produce a Facebook Live, and today I gave my thoughts on the 2017 event.
This was by far our best event yet.
Allow people to find you on the social media of their choice.
You need to be everywhere.
Gary Leland Show Episode 41
Thanks for tuning into the Gary Leland Show!
This week I am discussing the upcoming Podcast Movement 2017 that I will be hosting in Anaheim, California. I also talk about why I have not been able to do as much as I usually do because of a recent surgery, and why I suggest not to have it done.
When I was younger, and I mean much younger I really use to love going to concerts.
I grew up in Charleston, South Carolina which is not know as a music city. Even though Charleston was not know for music it did have its share of concerts in the 70's
I attended my first concert when I was in the 9th grade so I guess that was around 1969. We went to see a concert by a singer named Alice Cooper.
I was not familiar with Alice Cooper, but assumed she would be worth the $2 it cost to buy a ticket to see her. One great thing about concerts in the 70's was the price. If a concert cost more than $3 it was way too expensive.
I really don't know how kids afford to see concerts today when tickets can cost over $100.
When I arrived at the concert I was in for a big surprise. Alice Cooper was not a girl. Alice was a male hard core rocker, and his concert was really great. I mean it was fantastic. I had never seen anything like it.
That concert started my trend of seeing as many concerts as possible. Over the next 10 years I went to just about every concert I had the opportunity to attend.
I made the following list for a Facebook Post some time ago, but thought I would share it here.
These are bands I remember seeing in concert. What bands have you seen in concert?
1. Alice Cooper
2. Black Sabbath
3. Rolling Stones
4. James Brown
6. Allman Brothers
7. Three Dog Night
8. Crosby, Stills, Nash
9. Doobie Brother
10. Beach Boys
11. B.B. King
12. Edgar Winter
13. Charlie Daniel
14. Deep Purple
15. Jethro Tull
16. Alvin Lee & Ten Years After
17. Leon Russell
19. Electric Light Orchestra
20. Tina Turner
21. Dizzy Gillespie
22. Chuck Mangione
23. Jimmy Buffett
24. Mott The Hoople
25. Uriah Heep
27. ZZ Top
28. Blue Oyster Cult
29. Pointer Sisters
30. Billy Preston
31. Rare Earth
34. Marshall Tucker Band
35. Ten CC
36. Dixie Dreggs
37. Free Mountain Standstill
38. Savoy Brown
39. James Gang
41. Fleetwood Mac
42. Black Oak Arkansa
43. Ozark Mountain Daredevils
44. Emerson, Lake and Palmer
45. Bruce Springsteen
46. Golden Earring
47. Pure Prairie League
48. Ben E. King
49. West, Bruce and Laing
50. Asleep At The Wheel
51. Sly and The Family Stone
54. Wet Willie
55. Tower of Power
56. Fabulous Rhinestones
57. Fabulous Thunderbirds
58. Goose Creek Symphony
59. Rory Gallagher
60. Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids
61. Humble Pie
62. Bruce Springsteen
There may be a few more concerts that I just can't remember, but if I do think of them I will add them.
Broadcasting with social media or a podcast can be therapeutic so start your therapy today.
If you have been reading my blog posts for an length of time then you know that Kathy and I have producing podcasts for the Home Decorating Podcast Network.
We started our first podcast on the network almost a year ago with the Fixer Upper Podcast. The Fixer Upper Podcast is about one of HGTV's top TV shows. The Fixer Upper TV Show features Chip and Joanna Gaines who live and remodel homes in Waco, Texas.
The Fixer Upper Podcast was a big success for us with over 2,000 downloads per episode. If you consider the fact that the average podcast receives less than 300 downloads you will understand why I say it was a success.
Eventually the season ended for the Fixer Upper TV Show, and the podcast was finished until season 5 starts. I think season 5 will start around November, and that is when the podcast will start back up.
Since Kathy and I could not really produce any more Fixer Upper Podcasts for a while we decided to try podcasting for another TV Show. After much research we decided on the Home Town TV Show.
Home Town was a new show that was about to premier on HGTV, and stared Erin and Ben Nappier of Laurel, Mississippi.
Home Town was scheduled for 10 episodes on HGTV which meant we would be finished recording podcasts for the new podcast way before The Fixer Upper TV Show started their new season.
We had a blast recording the Home Town Podcast and even made a trip to Laurel, Mississippi for the finale episode of the season. During that trip we met the show hosts Erin and Ben Napier. We also were able to meet many of the people we had made relationships with while recording the show.
The season finally ended for Home Town with another successful podcast for us. While The Home Town Podcast did not have as big of download numbers as The Fixer Upper Podcast did 800 downloads an episode were nothing to sneeze at. Once again we were out of work so to speak since we did not have any new episodes to podcast about.
Once again I started researching for a TV Show that we could produce podcasts about and came up with the Listed Sisters TV Show which was another show on HGTV about to start their second season.
Kathy and I both thought it was a cute idea for a TV show, so when the first episode of season two started we were ready to produce the Listed Sisters Podcast.
As always we watched the show which featured show hosts Lexie and Alana LeBlanc. Alana is a realtor and Lexi is an Interior Designer and together they remodel homes for their clients.
We have only watched and recorded one episode so far, but we are really enjoying it.
The Listed Sisters show will keep us busy for another ten episodes, and then we will probably stay on break until the new episodes of Fixer Upper start back up on HGTV.
The Listed Sisters TV Show has changed their format from season one to season two for the better I believe.
I hope you get a chance to listen to our podcast on the Home Decorating Podcast Network at DecoratingPodcasts.com
Back in the early days of podcasting (2004 – 2006) things were much different. Since there were so few podcasters around the community was much closer, and almost everyone seemed to know each other.
One of the more popular shows at the time was “This And That” produced by Jeff Oestreich.
In 2005 Jeff produced the song “Podcast Star” which became an over night hit in the podcast community. I do have to admit that the community was so small that it may not of been that hard to become a hit.
Some of the podcasts he names in the song are no longer being produced, and some of the produces of the podcasts are now in the Academy Of Podcaster Hall Of Fame.
Podcast Star was very clever, and Jeff did a great job producing this song.
The reason for this post is to share this song with all the new podcasters that have not heard the song, and to make sure it has its place in the History Of Podcasting.
The following information as taken from Jeff's site.
“This song was recorded for our podcast This And That. Adam Curry, playing this song on his very popular podcast, The Daily Sourcecode said “Wow, does that rock!!” Pretty cool from an ex VH1 jock.
This song was also featured on an episode of another very popular podcast The Dawn And Drew Show.
Podcast Star is a tongue-and-cheek look at wanting to achieve stardom through this new production medium. I tracked all the instruments and put the song together in about a week. Instruments include electric guitars, electric bass and drums. The drums were played ‘live' on my Yamaha Motif keyboard.
Hope you like it!”
You can find more of Jeff's music at JeffOestreichMusic.com
Confidence is like the flu.
Everyone can catch it, but not everyone does.