Category Archives: Lance’s Corner

News, stories, and thoughts from Lance.

Automate Airplane Drink Ordering Service

Quick idea for making airplane drink service more efficient.

Instead of flight attendants taking drink orders row by row as they go back in the plane, and serving them row by row—speed things up by allowing passengers to use the seatback screen to select from a list of items. The attendants will see the orders on a handheld device they carry. No need to explain which juices or sodas are available, or the cost of alcoholic drinks. It’s right on your screen. With the order details and seat number in hand, service will be much quicker.

Bonus idea: allow ordering your drink type ahead of the flight—when booking, for example—so flight crews can stock and prepare the drinks ahead, saving inventory and time.

Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery Series (Review)

I discovered M. L. Longworth’s Verlaque and Bonnet mystery series via Erin, who heard it on NPR’s Crime in the City series: Mystery Writer Weaves Intricate Puzzles In Sleepy French Town. The books are a delightful mix of mystery, travel writing, and memoir.


The 3 books in the series so far—a 4th is due out, and a 5th is in writing—pleased me on multiple levels. The writing and characters are engaging and interesting, full of daily details about food and drink, city life, and poignant regional commentary about Provence and France.

The mysteries are thrilling and exciting, echoing other classics in the genre that showcase a lead investigator and his team of sidekicks—both official and otherwise.

Most of all, since I spent a semester in Aix-en-Provence as a college student, I connected with the regional and linguistic side of the stories as the narrative and descriptions brought back memory after memory, both sensory and geographical. I know these streets! I know these people!

Superbe, Mme Longworth.