Two readers found my blog about Steve Wynn’s “Tulips”. Time for an update. Wynn bought this 3-ton Jeff Koons sculpture for $33.7 million and temporarily placed it in a passageway between his two Las Vegas casinos, the Wynn and The Encore. Ruth, I and countless others saw it there. Wynn’s intent was to move it to Macau when he opened his Palace. It took 6 years and $4.1 billion for this casino complex to happen. It officially opened in August, 2016. “Tulips” is now there.
I just finished a fascinating, scary book about Indonesia. Indonesia is by Elizabeth Pisani who lived and travelled there for years and knows her subject. In Chapter 11 I learned that there is only one city in the world directly on the Equator. It’s Pontianak. This city of more than half a million people on the island of Borneo has a 2nd name, Kota Khatulistiwa. In English this is “Equatorial City”.
On our last 2 trips we have rented cars. In Florida we cancelled our first reservation because we got a better car for half the price through Sixt. This company advertises, “Drive First Class, Pay Economy”. In our situation, that was true. A truly international operation, Sixt’s U.S. locations so far are mostly in Florida and California. If you’ve rented a car in Germany or Israel, it could have been a Sixt vehicle.
I thought of this particular rental over the weekend when I read an article by Lucas Peterson. He deals with a question that often occurs to Ruth & Me, should we add rental car insurance from the rental car company? Probably like you, we’ve heard horror stories about those who didn’t. We had an incident in Alabama that might have ended differently if an agent of the rental company hadn’t advocated for us. Peterson writes about an email he receive one week after he turned the car in from Hertz demanding $1,400 for scratches. His advice is to know your personal insurance coverage before renting or use a credit card that includes rental car coverage. If you don’t have auto insurance from either source, go ahead and buy the expensive rental car company insurance. This strikes me as good advice.