Ways to improve vascular health

The following are the top 10 ways you can improve your erectile and vascular health, done mainly by increasing NO production or by relaxing vascular tone. Why is all this so important? Because cardiac related problems is the number one cause of death in the United States.



Upsets from 2016

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It truly was an incredible year in sports and WORLD history. Here are the top 10 upsets of 2016…

#10 Panthers lose the Super Bowl
Cam Newton had the NFL league-high 45 combined touchdowns in the regular season and was able to tack on five more in the NFC playoffs. But even though he dominated the regular season he was not able to score a single touchdown in the SuperBowl because Denver's defense absolutely dominated. Broncos upset the Panthers 24-10.

#9 They said it couldn’t be done but it finally happened… Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins his Oscar. So after 27 years of thriving in Hollywood he gets the gold and the Internet is going to need to create a new Leonardo DiCaprio meme.

#8 Monica Puig takes gold in women's tennis
The Puerto Rican, Monica Puig, came into the Olympics as the 37th-ranked player in the world, yet she was able to defeat second-ranked Angelique Kerber of Germany for the gold medal. This was the first gold medal ever for Puerto Rico.

#7 TCU vs Oregon, Alamo Bowl 2016
It seemed pretty dire and hopeless for TCU at halftime when they trailed Oregon 31-0.  On top of this enormous deficit, TCU was playing without Heisman-candidate QB Trevone Boykin who had been suspended after a bar fight. Bram Kohlhausen, a fifth-year senior, was making his first collegiate start, led his team to score 31 unanswered points in the second half, tying the game with a 22-yard field goal with 19 seconds left. TCU capped off the biggest comeback in bowl game history with an 8-yard TD run in the third overtime for a 47-41 victory.

#6 Texas A&M vs. Northern Iowa (2016 NCAA Tournament)
Northern Iowa dominated the entire second-round game, up by 12 with 44 seconds left. However, Texas A&M refused to quit. They forced Northern Iowa into turnover, and then another turnover. And again! As my CHS coach would have told me, “fellas all we need right now is a stop and a score, and a stop and a score, and a stop and a score. That’s it! Then we win!”  Anyway, the Aggies wiped out the deficit, sending the game into overtime on a steal-and-layup with 1.9 seconds left. Then Texas A&M went on to win in double Over time, 92-88, in the biggest last-minute comeback win in NCAA basketball history.

#5 Villanova defeats #1 North Carolina
#2 Villanova defeats #1 North Carolina 77-74 in the 2016 National Championship on the back of a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Kris Jenkins.

#4 Phelps loses to Singapore swimmer
Joseph Schooling of Singapore bested Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly, beating out the two-time reigning Olympic champion in the event. It was great to see the smiles exchanged between the two men after the event because the two met while Schooling was just a child. Phelps happened to be one of Schooling's idols all growing up. Most importantly, 21-year-old Joseph Schooling made history by winning Singapore's first Olympic gold medal in the 100m butterfly, doing it in an Olympic record time of 50.39s. (- See more at:

#3 Cubs Make History
The Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time since 1908. I guess it’s not a total upset since the Cubs were having an amazing season.  But the fact that it hadn’t been done in 108 years, it went to a game 7, with the Cubs surviving a furious comeback and an extra-inning rain delay to knock off the Indians in 10 innings, 8-7, and most importantly beating the curse of the Billy Goat… all that is the reason why it is one of the greatest upsets of 2016, and one of the greatest moments in sports history. (Afterwards, the Cubs parade was one of the biggest public gatherings/celebrations in modern world history!)

#2 Cavs defeat the Warriors in Championship
The Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off the impossible, winning four out of five games against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals after falling behind 2-0 in the series. This was incredible to watch as no team has EVER come back from trailing 3-1 in an NBA finals. This was after Klay Thompson claimed that their team is better than the showtime lakers. The Cavs victory can largely be attributed to Lebron James’ super-human performance in the final 5 games.

#1 Trump wins President
Donald Trump shocked the world when he won the presidential election in biggest upset in political history.

Did these make your list? What is missing? Let me know what you think...



Workouts to do with a Baby

I'm on Bryer duty right now while Analisa Brookshier is off photographing, so I decided to compile my TOP 10 Workouts to do with a BABY to help prevent "Dad Bod"   :)

... No babies were injured in the making of this film.

10. Shoulder Press
9. Mountain Climbers
8. Controlled Ab Twists
7. Squats
6. Carseat Oblique Leans
5. Wall Sits
4. Full Sit-ups
3. Lunges
2. Overhead Triceps
1. ErgoBaby Weighted Pullups




Metabolism and Nutrition Facts


10. Digestion starts in your mouth
Most people think that your food is digested in your stomach but it actually starts being digested while still in your mouth.  Dietary polysaccharides are first digested in the mouth by salivary alpha-amylase which breaks down the glucose alpha 1-4- glucose bonds.  In fact, studies show that those with a low level of salivary amylase predisposes them to obesity.

9. Fiber not absorbed but oh so important
Don’t know if you knew this, but fiber CANNOT be digested for energy by our bodies because we as humans lack the enzymes to break it down. So you know all those ads declaring how their food is high in fiber… you are getting zero energy and nutritional value from that. But wait! It is still very important on the back end… literally. Without it pooping would be terrible. And it actually helps weight loss, control blood sugar, and reduce the chances of several chronic diseases (Stroke, Gallstones, Diverticulitis, Heart Disease). So eat your fiber people!

8. Don’t neglect your desire for CARBS
Anyone that knows me knows I’m a big believer in bread. Here’s the science to back it up. 45-65 percent of your total daily calories for an adult should be from carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are ESSENTIAL for your body’s energy production. ALSO, Red Blood Cells NEED a constant supply of glucose aka carbohydrates. They can ONLY use glucose. Probably most importantly is the fact that the brain NEEDS glucose to function. Proteins and fatty acids do not cross the blood brain barrier. If you are lacking those oh so important carbohydrates your body resorts to starvation mode and produces ketone bodies to fuel the brain instead of glucose. Makes me wonder about all those people are those “no carb diets.”  Or those “meat heads”. Now I fully understand that expression. Yikes! How’s the health of your brain?

7. Good Fat
Some fats are bad (duh we all knew that) but some fats are crucial to a healthy diet. Some fat leads to coronary heart disease while others help reduce the risk. Some fat may lead to cancer while other types are critical for prostagladin synthesis and absorption of certain vitamins. So how do you know which is which? Basically, stay away from Trans fat and Saturated fat. Instead choose foods with monoUNsaturated or polyUnsaturated fats. All in moderation of course. It all boils down to double bonds on the fatty acid chain. Monounsaturated fats have one double bond and polyunsaturated fats have several. These double bonds effect the melting point so you can usually tell the good fat from the bad fat just by looking at it. Unhealthy saturated fats and trans fat are usually solid at room temperature such as pork fat or butter. Mono and polyunsaturated fats are usually liquid at room temperature such as olive oil and tuna juice.

6. Fat and Happy
On the note of fat, some of the best fats are types of polyunsaturated fat that contains omega-3. This type of fat that is usually found in fish not only helps fight against the risk of coronary artery disease but can help protect against irregular heartbeats, lowers blood pressure, and decreases overall chances of sudden cardiac death. This is double bonded fatty acid chain makes me agree all the more with the expression fat and happy.  

5. It costs food to eat food.
Approximately 5-10% of the digestible energy contained in food is used in a process called Diet Induced Thermogenesis (DIT) or Thermic Effect of Food (TEF), which is the energy needed to digest, absorb, and distribute these macronutrients.

4. One size DOESN’T fit all
The equation for weight loss is simple… you need to use more energy than you absorb. You can do this by increasing physical activity or decreasing your food intake. However, what makes it complex is the fact that this will be different for all of us. The equation deals with ENERGY intake not food intake. So two people could eat the same amount and exercise the SAME amount and one person may gain weight while the other LOSES weight. It has to do with the individual’s metabolism and a lot to do with the individual’s resting energy expenditure (REE) which is the cellular energy used for breathing, circulation, ion transport, and maintenance of cellular integrity. This is different for EVERY person! So don’t think that just because certain exercise or diet worked for one person that it will work for you. Diet and exercise should be assessed on an INDIVIDUAL basis.

3. BMI bull
So doctors all across America use what’s called the BMI index to help determine and classify obesity. I find this to be a very flawed system. The Body Mass Index ONLY takes into account your weight and height. Nothing else! The exact formula is weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared. Anything over 25 is considered overweight and over 30 is obese. So according to this system I am OVERWEIGHT! I don’t think I am in perfect shape, but for someone who is more on the scrawny side to be called overweight would make me think this system is very flawed. To determine whether or not a person is overweight should be done on a case to case basis rather than a universally blanketed structure.  

2. Get to the gym or get fat
Glucose is the main source of our bodies energy. So many of us are worried about consuming too much glucose because we don’t want to get fat! The good news is that even after consuming excess glucose the body doesn’t convert it to fat right away. It gives you a chance to go to the gym sometime within the next 10-18 hours to get rid of it. How nice. So how does your body hold onto this excess energy? It stores the excess glucose as glycogen in the liver an d skeletal muscles which holds a 10-18 supply of glucose. The glucose in the liver store houses can be used for blood homeostasis but the glucose in the skeletal muscle can only be mobilized during exercise. After that storage center is saturated then, you guessed it, the excess energy is converted to adipose tissue aka fat.

1. I’m starving… no actually you aren’t.
I’m Starving! I hear this expression thrown around all the time when people start to feel the grumblings of hunger. But this of course is a hyperbole (over-exaggeration). Technically if you have eaten anything in the past 4 hours you are technically still in the “fed” state and are still processing your previous nutrient intake. If you have eaten ANYTHING in the past 3 days, then technically you still aren’t starving, but rather you are in what is called the post-absorptive fasting state. When you are starving your only source of blood glucose is gluconeogenesis. That means you have depleted all your fat and glycogen stores. So next time you feel the sting of hunger maybe try a more accurate declaration such as, “I’m famished!” or “My glucose levels are feeling extra depleted!”


Reasons to be disappointed by Star Wars 7


Reasons to be disappointed by Star Wars 7

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Don't get me wrong, this was a GREAT movie... however I give you 10 reasons why I was disappointed in the film.

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...and a Disclaimer: I am NOT a hard core star wars fan (like I do not know the name of every planet, haven't read the thousands of books about all the different story lines, and can't speak the alien languages), but I did really enjoy Star Wars 1-3 (aka the "new star wars movies") so this is my take on it all.

#10: Lack of creativity
This movie lacked creativity. Every movie I looked forward to seeing what revolutionary idea would be introduced. In episode 1 it was the Pod racing. Episode 2 we saw the building of the Clone Army and the capturing of all three of our heroes and the escape from Genosis after defeating three alien dinosaurs and then saved from death by a battalion of Jedi.  Honestly there was nothing new or revolutionary in this “new” star wars movie.

#9: Lame Villian
Come on! Kylo Ren as the main arch nemesis throughout the movie. Compare this to Darth Maul, General Grievous, Jengo Fett, or even Anakin himself (in episode 3). Not only do I have nothing to fear in this young sith, but he will never be as iconic as the previously mentioned characters. He lacks the evil that the other dark side characters possessed and instead just comes off as a spoiled brat.

#8: Lack of the force
When you go to see a Star Wars film, you go to see “the Force” in action. Because there was a lack of Jedi in the movie, there was also a HUGE lack of the force. This is both physically, mentally, and emotionally. Compare it to the other films where the force is evident in nearly every scene.

#7: Too Easy
It’s hard for me to enjoy a movie when the conflict is too easily resolved. Female protagonist Rey who has never been trained in the force is able to defeat a sith in training Kylo Ren who has clearly mastered certain elements of dark side control such as stopping laser bullets mid shot. And don’t try to argue with me saying that the force is strong within Rey and that is why she is able to defeat Kylo Ren. She doesn’t beat him using the force, she beat him in a light saber battle. Some argue that Kylo Ren was hurt from the gun shot wound. Also, not a valid argument since that did not hinder him from beating Finn, or dominating the first half of the light saber fight.

#6: NO Yoda
Yoda is a central figure to the Star Wars Universe. I understand that he is no longer alive, but his style of character was not replaced and this was a key missing component to the film.

#5: Lack of Planet Diversity
Jakku. Another sand planet, really? One of the reasons I enjoy Star Wars so much is because I really do feel like I’m escaping to another reality. In episodes 1-3 they take us to such places as the underwater Gungan city, the center of the hyperspace galaxy at Coruscant, Utapau the vertical rock planet where Obi Wan battles General Grievous, Kamino ocean planet where cloning technology is developed, Mustafar volcano planet, and of course Naboo the beautiful home planet of Padme.

#4: No happiness
This movie felt like they were constantly on the run, yet nothing ever really happens. Compare this to episodes 1-3 where there is time for Jedi Councils, pod races, and most importantly, character development!

#3: Lack of character development
This whole movie is just a giant build up for what’s to come, but lacks character development along the way. What drove Kylo Ren to the dark side? What makes Finn randomly so good? What is his back story? Who is this Rey girl and what is her story? Even the bonds between the characters aren’t deep. I wasn’t even sad when Han Solo died because he had no connection to any of the main characters aside from Chewy. He apparantly hadn’t seen his wife in years, was astranged from his son, and the audience had very limited time to actually connect to his sub-par character. Oh yeah, and randomly a whole planet of people are destroyed that we are supposed to care about though we have never seen before aside from the 3 second clip when their planet is being destroyed.

#2:No Jedi
Another main reason I watch Star Wars is to escape to the world of Jedi. This movie was almost completely void of Jedi presence. It’s like a black hole in the universe swallowed them all up. But why? and how? (I know they briefly explain but this is STAR WARS... find a way to bring them back into the plot sooner). I get they are trying to build up for the movies to come but as a fan of Jedi for all they can do and what they encompass, I was very disappointed.

#1: Letdown Lightsaber duel
Star Wars, you really built up the light saber battles only to let me down in episode 7. The battle between Qui Gon Gen / Obi Wan Kenobi vs Darth Maul is one of the most epic and revolutionary battles and was ahead of its time. Then we see Yoda as we have never seen him before as he takes on Count Dooku. And in episode 3 we see something I can watch on repeat to the beat of Disturb’s song “Just Stop”. The battle between Aniken and Obi Wan was probably the best fight scene of all time. I get you might not be able to top that, but clearly it could have been better than what we watched in episode 7.

Bonus: The death star part 2
We need to blow up the death star… again.

Let me know your thoughts!



Fast Food Chains

Trent's Top 10: Major fast food chains

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Trent's Top 10 Fast food Chains in USA Does any of my top 10 match up with your top 10? Comment below :)

Must be a drive-thru or a walk up and order type place with multiply locations to be qualified in this category.

Why I’m qualified? I have worked in the industry for over 5 years. I have been an employee or manager at several fast food locations including but not limited to: Panda Express, Quiznos, Topios, Benes, Jamba Juice, and Subway. So not only do I have the customer perspective and know how the food tastes, I also know what goes on behind the scenes and I definitely factored that into my top ten rankings.

10. Pei wei: I call this classy fast food.  If you are a cheap date but too embarrassed to take your partner to McDonalds or Panda Express, this Chinese eatery gives off the vibe of 3-star sit-down, but you’re going to pay for it.  Overpriced meals, but good variety.  And cool soda machine.  Overall, good rice, but for a-lotta dough.    

9. Mc Donalds: Sorry I know it’s horribly cliched but McDonalds does make the cut. The fact that you can find one within ten miles from wherever you are standing makes it convenient to eat something you are familiar with.  And sometimes you just can’t beat the value menu.  $2 for a spicy McChicken and Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.  I’m Lovin’ it.

8. Jamba: If this was a question of drinks alone, Jamba would be the undisputed winner in my mind. However when competing with fast food chains, Jamba barely makes the list.  It’s nice if you want a light meal and can settle for a smoothie.  But the food supply at Jamba is scarce and definitely not cost effective. I could easily drop ten dollars and it will do little more than quiet the grumbling in my stomach. But best smoothies ever! And BEST oatmeal! Very clean behind the scenes.

7. Jersey Mike’s: The meat and cheeses taste fresh. You feel good afterward. A little pricy, but if you get it Mike’s way, everything should turn out fine.

6. Costco: Everything is bigger at costco.  Even there fast food (bet you forgot to include this in your fast food list huh?). If you are hungry (and didn’t fill up on the samples), they have large pizza, hotdogs, bakes, and smoothies for relatively cheap prices. Great churros too!

5. Pot-Belly. Hands down best sandwich shop around. Too bad they haven’t made their way into California yet. Mostly these shops are located on the east coast. When you find one, don’t be intimidated by the long lines that are ever present, it’s worth the wait. Actually the lines move really fast. And don’t forget to buy a cookie. They have the best cookies!

4. Chick-fil-A: It may be over hyped a little bit but they know how to make hot chicken sandwiches. Delicious fries and dipping sauces. I enjoy the shakes and most people rave about them. One of the few fast food places I actually crave… and why do I always happen to crave it on Sundays when they are closed? It must be one of those things about human nature, wanting what we can’t have.

3.  In-N-out: It’s simple and delicious. I know it’s still a hamburger and fries (Just like McDonalds) but for some reason I feel healthier while eating it.

2. Pick up stix: Best chinese fast food chain, and I think it’s solely due to the house chicken.  If you haven’t tried it, you need to.

1. Chiptole: Healthy, Cheap, Tasty. and fills you up.  Could there be a better place. The only criticism I here about this place is that it isn’t authentic mexican food.  Who cares?  The chips and guacamole are amazing. Love the rice and corn. Great portion sizes. And the friendliest staff of any fast food chain I have encountered.  They don’t try to nickel and dime you me when I ask for a double wrapped burrito or extra rice. If you are hungry, want something quick, and have less than 10 dollars, nothing satisfies like Chipotle.  Winner Winner Chicken (burrito) dinner.

Honorable Mentions:
The Habit :This burger joint isn’t everywhere but if you find one I recommend trying it. Great burgers for a great price.

Rubios: Rubios has the best fish tacos, but only go on Tuesday afternoons so you can get them for half price. Good food, but like Pei Wei can be a little pricey.

Subway: I love subway because I can satisfy my quota of vegetables for the day without even having to think about it.  I don’t know anywhere else I can be filled up for 5 dollars on a footlong sandwich with a dozen different vegetables piled on top. Used to be in my top 5 but now that they nickel and dime you for everything, this place no longer makes the list. They charge you for toasting your sandwich and if you dine in rather than eating out. Also of note, don’t eat the Tuna unless you want to clog your arteries. It is probably the most unhealthy thing on the menu. Regardless of what people may tell you, I have watched it prepared in the back room and there are more parts mayonnaise than actual meat. Would you like some tuna with that mayonnaise?

Carls Jr: Known for their messy meals and provocative commercials, this place has to be in 90% of man’s top 5.  I love just about every burger on this menu.  And you can’t beat their hearty breakfast value meals.  The only down side to this place is the they way you feel about ten minutes after you conclude your meal.  Pleasure for your taste buds, pain for your digestive system.

Carls Jr messy burger

Happy eating!



90's Rap Songs

Counting down the top 10 rap songs from the 1990's. Did these songs make your list?

Today we are going to be counting down the top 10 rap songs from the 90’s. Collaborating with me I have the stud, Joshua Mini-hulk May, with me.

10. House of Pain - Jump Around
This song is not exercise indoctrination, just a legit, good reason to JUMP.  What I don’t get is how such a happy song was birthed from a group who calls themselves “House of Pain”. Regardless, this song uses the correct formula of a catchy beat and repetitive phrase that uses lingo and verbiage dumbed down enough for its target audience.  

9. Marky mark and the Funky Bunch good vibrations
Let me preface this by saying you NEED to watch this music video. It is worth your time. I love how he keeps us in suspense about what he and his lady are going to do as the blinds to their bedroom slowly open and shut. What a tease! And let’s not forget that every time I see that man shirtless I am inspired to go to the gym and be all I can be. To think we would have never gotten to see Italian Job, the other guys, Ted, or Shooter without this song! Let’s just all give thanks for Lolleatta what’s her face for guest-featuring, making this a decent song, and helping kickstart the career of Marky Mark.

8. Eric B. & Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique (1992)
This song is probably on every break dancer and B-boy’s playlist out there. If I had to use 5 words to describe this song I would say: funky, frisky, dramatic, cacophonous, and violent. Not many songs inspire such an eclectic list of adjectives which is why America welcomed this instant classic and why it made this list for my top ten.

7. Coolio- Gangsta’s Paridise
One of the many reasons I love rap from the 90’s is how much these guys wanted to make sure you knew how hard and thug they were. But then at the end of the day they weren’t sure if they liked that or not. Making lots of money and living in big houses seemed nice, too. This song made it big for its catchy beat, but stays in our hearts forever because we can all identify with his inward struggle.

6. The Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa (1994)
The Notorious B.I.G. (rest in peace) has many names… his birth name Christopher George Wallace, his alias Biggie Smalls, and various nicknames including King of New York and Frank White.  But nothing pleased him more than hearing people call him "Big Poppa". This song is known for its sleazy beat and making it cool to throw your hands in the air… again. Even though it wasn’t a revolutionary idea, some how this song became a smash hit. I do hope he is a good dad after potentially impregnating half the women in the room. 

5. Sir mix a lot: baby got back
Ode to ladies with large rear-ends (you know who you are)! I’m sure this will come as a shock to some, but sometimes guys talk about girls in terms of which qualities they might appreciate more than others… I will just say that Sir Mix a Lot makes a rather poignant point.

4. Jay-Z: Big Pimpin’
This song really changed the way I thought about women. Before hearing it I was pretty sure they were amazing, kind creations, one of whom I would someday have a marriage and partnership with. After hearing it I was rather certain of my former opinion and knew Jay-Z was kind of a punk, but it sure did look like he was having fun out there and the song has a catchy beat. I even employed some of his techniques, and wore out my skates with all the imaginary tonsil hockey I was playing. JK, I was about 10 years old when this song came out but thought that joke sounded funny.

3. MC Hammer: U Can’t touch this
This may or may not be a direct rip off of Rick James’ Superfreak which came out a decade before, but who cares? With his “too legit to quit attitude” and jeanie parachute pants, Stanley Burrell gifted us with what will forever be known as “Hammer Time”. The only thing I’m still confused about is what exactly is it that we can’t touch? My best friend’s girl? The paintings within the Sistine Chapel? Freedom in its tangible form? Infinite stones?

2. 2Pac – Changes (1998)
When I hear this song I like to imagine the heated argument between 2pac and his label manager. “2Pac please, you know where your bread is buttered- saying cuss words and talking about inappropriate activities! This song is just…. Well…. Too much like an actual song.” Then Tupac responds with:“C’mon, man. I’m tired of playing your games. Ever since I was a kid I just wanted to make a beautiful ballad telling people in the ghetto how much I love them!” I would like to end by saying 2Pac, if you are still out there, please know this was out of love, that no publicity is bad publicity, and that this song is legit.

1.  Will Smith: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Kicking off the greatest TV series of all time, Will Smith introduces us to #1 Rap Song of the 1990’s. Come on, how could it not be? Who doesn’t know this song? “Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down and I'd like to take a minute just sit right there I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air.” In this decade, Will Smith not only gave us this timeless gem, but also came out with several other solo albums.  In 1991, DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince teamed up to create "Summertime" which won them a Grammy for Best Rap Single.

So there you have it! Let me know what you think? Do you agree? Which songs should have made the list? Comment below :)


Tips while traveling by Airplane


Tips while traveling by Airplane

Trent's Top 10: Tips while traveling by AIRPLANE

[Press play] Things you should know before traveling by plane... After my extensive traveling through Asia and Europe these past couple months, I thought I would share 10 things you may not know about airplane travel... I also received insight from relatives and friends who work as pilots and flight attendants.

After my extensive traveling through Asia and Europe these past couple months, I thought I would share 10 things you may not know about airplane travel… I also received insight from relatives and friends who work as pilots and flight attendants.

10. You can be upgraded to first class even after take-off. It doesn’t happen often, but if you are the chosen one, it probably has nothing to do with luck. According to flight attendants, if they upgrade someone it will usually be someone well dressed, not a slob. So suit up! No tank tops and baggy b-ball shorts.

9. Most people are unaware that you can receive free sanitizing wipes. I highly recommend you clean your tray table, remote, and anything else you plan to be using throughout your flight, seeing that planes are bacteria factories that help transport sickness and disease around the world. Just think about how many people everyday touch these things! The worst is the people that cough into their hands and then touch everything in sight. Gross! I asked flight attendants and they told me that honestly the tray tables only get cleaned once a day, if at all. So if you don’t clean it yourself, you are probably touching poop every time you touch your tray table… I have seen way too many parents set down poopy baby diapers on these tray tables. I have learned my lesson, and YOU have been warned.  

8. On the note of sanitation, if you want to be warm or comfortable, bring your own blanket and pillow. They hardly ever wash or clean these items. According to some of the flight attendants I spoke with, usually after flights they are just folded up, repackaged, and handed out for the next flight. Yuck!

7. Ask for no ice. When you are served your complimentary beverage on flights, the attendants pile in the ice to keep your beverage cold. The downside is not much room is left in the little plastic cups for liquid. When I’m parched, I’m hoping for more than just a few tablespoons of refreshment. If you realize that cold is just a luxury you can more than double the amount of liquid you receive by asking for no ice.

Better yet, ask for the whole can. Most flight attendants have no problem doing so and plus it saves them the time and energy of opening and pouring it for you. A call that a win-win.

6. Medical attention. Some flight attendants deserve the title of nurse with the amount of medical ailments they have attended to. Most people don’t know it, but many planes are stocked with painkillers, antacids, and other basic medications. So if you have a headache or heartburn, all you have to do is ask. Not only that, but many flight attendants are fantastic at making ice packs out of the barf bags and other plastic bags on board. They also have bandages for minor cuts and abrasions.

5. Water bottle refill. For those of you who are ultra thirsty or just like to have a bottled water handy at all times, you are probably deeply saddened when going through the airport security and have to empty its contents for safety reasons. No need to fear, bring on your reusable, hopefully eco-friendly, water bottle and kindly ask your flight attendant for a refill. Unless there is a shortage on the plane, this shouldn’t be a problem… BUT be careful! Do not ever use water other than bottled or canned water.  According to the Wall Street Journal, all other water on the plane can contain hundreds of times more bacteria than above governmental safety guidlines. So as gross as this sounds, don’t wash your hands after using the plane lavatory. Your more likely to get sick from the water. That’s why we have hand sanitizer. (

4. Seconds on snacks. Granted there is enough, and if your airline provides free food/snacks, after every passenger has received some, you can receive more for free.  Above all by courteous and polite to your flight attendant. They serve hundreds of cranky travelers a day every time they go to work.

3. Pilots only tell you what you need to know. They won’t tell you if one of the engines of the planes blows out because they don’t want to cause panic. Plus most aircrafts can fly fine with only one engine operational. They won’t tell you about dangerous thunderstorms or unseen updrafts. They might say things like turbulence ahead. The indicator I listen for is “Flight attendants take your seats.” That’s when you know you are approaching some serious turbulence and definitely want to be buckled up.

2. Freefalling. If your plane explodes mid-flight and you are 35,000 feet above ground, you still have a chance for survival. ( You will probably pass out for the first minute or so from shock but after that, you need to ready yourself for impact. The position that gives you the best chance for survival is face-down toward earth, spread out as much as possible slowing yourself down with the wind resistance. As you glide to earth slightly less graceful than a flying squirrel aim for either a swampland or snowbank. Other wise you may be screwed. Water upon impact will be as hard as concrete, and dirt is hard as rock… because it is rock. If nothing else, make right with God and sing to yourself Tom Petty’s version of Free Falling.

1. Best seat in the house. Since we are on the note of safety, the safest seats are usually the back of the plane if you are actually to crash into the ground or water. It may be annoying sitting in the most crammed seats and being the last one off the plane, but according to a study by Popular Mechanics you have a 40 percent chance higher chance of surviving a plane crash. To solidify these stats, researchers crashed a Boeing 727 with cameras and test dummies. ( All first class, front of the plane passengers would have been killed, while nearly 80% of those sitting in the rear of the plane would have survived. If your plane does crash, you have 90 seconds to get off before the interior will reach temperatures hot enough to melt your skin off.

All this plane crash survival talk really wants to make you fly huh? Don’t worry! Your chances of dying in a plane crash are about 11 million to 1. You are more likely to die as a civilian on the ground from falling parts of a plane than a plane crash.  You actually have better odds of becoming president than dying in a plane crash.  So even though there have been several high profile plane crashes recently, it is still the safest mode of transportation.