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ElJet goes back-to-back at World Travel Awards

ElJet was once again rewarded for being the top private jet charter operator in North America at the prestigious World Travel Awards for 2014.   ElJet was voted the #1 private jet charter for the second year in a row over a very crowded field of worthy competitors.

 ElJet, founded in 2006 offers tremendous service and value in the private jet charter space.   CEO Ben Schusterman is extremely proud of his team at ElJet.  He stated “we achieved this goal by sticking to the basics that made us great in the first place: top-notch boutique service, honesty, loyalty, transparency and giving our clients a fair deal.”

Connect with ElJet   888-355-3538

The World Travel Awards (WTA) was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. The WTA brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality with the winners considered the benchmark to which all others aspire.   In 2014 more than 650,000 votes were cast from 191 countries by travel professionals and consumers.  The WTA Awards have been called "the Oscars of the tourism industry"  According to Schusterman “When you are compared to XOJet, NetJets, and other recognizable names in the private jet charter industry, and you achieve this type of recognition, it makes the hard work all that much sweeter"  Click to see the results for Leading Private Charter 2014

ElJet offers value, safety and service.   Their proprietary network of "empty legs" allows ElJet to match fliers with the route and the aircraft they want at a fair price.   Their innovative  focus on empty legs...scheduled flights which return empty to the point of origin..allows ElJet to offer extremely competitive pricing.  The empty leg strategy proves beneficial to aircraft owners and travelers alike.

Schusterman and the team at ElJet are succeeding in a very competitive market place.  The 2013 WTA Award helped ElJet to achieve a a record number of new clients and flight hours booked in 2014.  El Jet's 2nd straight WTA Award in 2014 is expected to allow them to soar to even greater heights.

If you're interested in excellent service and the best pricing in the industry you should book all your private travel through ElJet.   As if AspenSpin's recommendation isn't enough...consider that ElJet is the BACK-to-BACK winner of the prestigious World Travel Award for leading jet charter company in North America.  Stick with a winner...book ElJet.   ElJet   888-355-3538

*AspenSpin received promotional considerations for this post.


Help the Homeless in Aspen

Help the Homeless. DON"T MAKE US GO TO VAIL. 

Carmelo and I are seeking dog-friendly housing for ski season 2014-2015. We'd prefer to be in Aspen...but we will consider any situation. Carmelo is healthy and almost 12, she's well behaved and very quiet. I am financially stable (credit score 750+) and will pay to play.

Earn a commish and help prevent KEYSTONE SPIN. 


Dozer Cycle & Studio in Detroit

Mr. Strangway is a real guy...and he's an artist with a blowtorch.

Dozer Cycle and Studio. Works in SteelVery few people have ever actually heard Strangway's real name.  In the custom motorcycle world he goes by the single named moniker of Dozer. 

Dozer is as authentic as they come and he's been living the biker lifestyle in the Detroit area for decades.  He built his first custom bike in 1979 and he is still rolling that chopper today.

Dozer and his ol' lady, Cate Strumbos have turned Dozer's passion for custom motorcycles into a successful business.  Dozer Cycle & Studio at 15 and Crooks in Clawson, Michigan is one part working garage and one part art gallery and 100% legit.


Dozer, first and foremost is a creator, a maker and a builder.  With no formal training he has carved out a respected career niche capitalizing on his talent for fabrication and design and his love of custom motorcycles.  Dozer's mentor in the custom bike world was Ron Finch, a world famous bike builder.  Dozer eventuaslly broke off on his own and started Dozer Cycle and Studio.  

Custom made Art by Dozer.Dozer Cycle and Studio is more than just commissioned custom motorcycles.  Dozer creates one of a kind art pieces, furniture and works in steel and cast iron.  Dozer's art is resourceful and often inspired by finding new applications for recycled materials.  Dozer's work has been shown at MOCAD  (Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit) and has earned him blue ribbons at Maker Faire.  Dozer's work has been featured in numerous bike mags such as Bike World and Easy Rider.  Creating "works in steel" takes creativity and execution...luckily Dozer excels at both. When I asked him... Dozer described his work as "simplification" and "addition by subtraction".  "Less is more" he said.

Dozer is a business owner and a husband and father, but he's only shaved twice since 1975.  I'd say that qualifies him as the real deal.  Check out his site  DOZER CYCLE and STUDIO.  Step your game up...commission a custom bike from Dozer in Detroit.



Dozer atop his commissioned piece; The Last Ride.

The fun never stops at Dozer Cycle and Studio in Detroit. Dozer and his Ol' Lady Cate getting it done in the studio.


The Wilderness Act turns 50.  1964-2014

Keep the WILDERNESSS WILD.   Happy Birthday Wilderness Act.  

Photo:  Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak by ASPENSPIN


DIY Detroit w/ Red Bull Creation 2014.

Detroit, through rose Colored Glasses. Photo courtesy of the NY TIMES. click for artcile.Detroit is a post post-apocalyptic city.   Described that way by the recent cover article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Detroit is finally on the mend.   Read the New York Times piece by Ben Austen here:  DETROIT / NYT.   For many, The City of Detroit is an urban waste land.  139 square miles of blight and danger and ruin porn. Once upon a time, Detroit was considered a great city.  Detroit was considered a world center for manufacturing and industry about 50 years ago, but the city has seen a steady decline since the race riots in 1967.  2/3's of Detroit's population has fled.  The third that stayed...less than 700,000 people...is as tough as nails. 

Click 4 Pix:  DIY DETROIT

In Wall Street vernacular, Detroit is experiencing a "dead cat bounce".  Meaning...it can't get any worse, it can't fall any lower.   Dan Gilbert and his Rock family of companies (Quicken Loans, Bedrock Real Estate, Detroit Venture Partners etc.) is leading the charge downtown.  Gilbert and his affiliates have brought 12,500 workers downtown and controls over 8 million Sq Ft of real estate.   Gilbert may be the biggest and highest profile believer in the resurgence of Detroit, but there are others. 

For a growing number of residents and visitors, Detroit has become a living and working laboratory. A giant experiment.   Very low barriers to entry have allowed a cadre of bright, young and idealistic folks to thrive.   Artists, inventors, hackers, creators and makers are carving out a niche in the city.  Detroit has developed a small but growing DIY (Do It Yourself) community.   On the surface they look like any other group of urban hipsters...wild outfits, crazy facial hair, elaborate tatoos, "fixie" bikes, gobs of coffee.  But in Detroit they are pioneers. They are forging the future of the region.  They are literally taking the scraps that others have left behind and creating a world with no rules.  

Red Bull Creation 2014 in Detroit. Click for infoEnter Red Bull Creation 2014 hosted in Detroit. In it's 4th year #rbcreation staged a 72 hour creative competition that requires teams to innovate around a secret topic.   RED BULL CREATION (click for info) gathered 7 teams composed of some of the best "makers" in the country.   Using Detroit's RECYCLE HERE as a work space,  the teams of 4 were given their topic "reinventing the wheel" along with a slew of power tools, a small budget and 3 days to create.   They came up with some incredible fabrications. The $10,000 in prize money didn't hurt either.

The inventions were displayed at Detroit's Eastern Market on Saturday.  The Eastern market itself has been serving Detroit since 1891.   Taking top prize at RED BULL CREATION was the Maker Twins from Phoenix.  Their moving garden, The GROW CYCLE was called a "veggie vending machine" by one of the twins.  The maker twins built a ferris wheel of produce that employed an app to call up the desired product.   The people's choice award went to Detroit's own i3 for their ROBO CROP, a robotic scarecrow.

It's very cool to see Detroit get up off the canvas, dust itself off and reinvent the wheel.  Dan Gilbert may be leading the way...but plenty of smaller, not so well funded and less hyped groups are building momentum.   In true Detroit style...the DIY movement is making its mark.

Bottom line.  Detroit is on the upswing for the first time in over 40 years.  Pockets of the City are actually thriving.  Detroit still has a long way to go...but as the t-shirts say...Detroit Hustles Harder.

Click for pix:  DIY DETROIT

Detroit's own i3 won the People's Choice Award. click 4 pix.The Maker Twins from phoenix took 1st prize with Grow Cycle. Click for pix.DETROIT HUSTLES HARDER. Click for pix.