Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

feb
04
2007

photo of the day: rehoboth beach

On Saturday, Rob and I met up with Rachel at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Being a cold winter’s day, things at the beach were pretty quiet: not much traffic, lots of boarded-up shops and (best of all) hardly anyone on …

dec
25
2006

a desert christmas

Another year, another lovely Christmas Day in the Arizona desert. Best wishes to everyone for a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year! The photo above was taken on Saturday at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, just west of Tucson. …

dec
24
2006

round about town

Thursday was kind of a surreal “preview of things to come” for my 10-year high school reunion next year. In the morning, Rob and I stopped by my old high school to surprise visit my friend Danielle, who works there …

dec
23
2006

layover

On Wednesday, Rob and I had a three-hour layover at Chicago’s Midway International Airport. So we did something slightly crazy: We went out for pizza. Rob had it all planned out: Land at Midway around 11:30 a.m., hop on the …

nov
26
2006

poinsett state park

Friday was such a gorgeous day that Rob and I drove out to Poinsett State Park for an afternoon hike, with a stopover at Nana and Poppy’s on the way. My mom, Aunt Lulu and Uncle Paul all had summer …

oct
09
2006

photo of the day: rugged coast

Keeping with last week’s theme, today’s featured photo is of another beach I’d love to revisit — this one on the California coast, north of Mendocino along the Pacific Coast Highway. Rob and I stopped off here as part of …

sep
28
2006

photo of the day: appalachia

This is another shot from our brief drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in southwestern Virginia earlier this month. These letters are from an educational sign near Mabry Mill, a turn-of-the-century structure that, signs told us, is the most-photographed building …

sep
16
2006

photo of the day: mist and gray

On Labor Day, Rob and I decided to drive back from South Carolina by a different, more scenic route: I-77 from Columbia up through Charlotte, N.C., to southwestern Virginia; switch off to the Blue Ridge Parkway until Roanoke, then head …

sep
05
2006

a day at the zoo

On Sunday afternoon, my Aunt Lulu took Rob and I to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, S.C. We had a lot of fun wandering the grounds and people-watching. (And there were a lot of people to watch. It’s like the …

jul
28
2006

round trip

I should be in Tucson right about now. Instead, I spent four hours on a plane and ended up right back where I started. I took a half-day at work today so I could be sure to make a 4:59 …

jul
16
2006

But other pitches were not as well-crafted. For instance, there was this guy who smiled weakly and asked us, with a halfhearted shrug, “Monkey dance?” Our eyes followed the leash in his hand, which led to the neck of a monkey. The most jaded, world-weary monkey I’ve ever seen. The Lou Reed of monkeys. He looked like he was about to sit down, pull out his works, and shoot a big syringe full of heroin into his paw. Needless to say, we declined the monkey dance — which I’m guessing would have been some sort of sad, simian death-jig.

— Seth Stevenson, on street vendors in India (source)

jul
12
2006

Photo of the Day: Splendor Sine Occasu

Our second day in Victoria, B.C., Rob and I walked over to the Parliament Buildings to see if we could take a tour inside. We’d just missed the morning tour, but we were told that we were welcome to wander …

jul
10
2006

Photo of the Day: Scrollwork

After we left Vancouver, we took a ferry over to Vancouver Island and hopped a bus to Victoria. We tried to make the most of our day and a half there, visiting the city’s photogenic Parliament Buildings, Royal British Columbia …

jun
28
2006

Photo of the Day: Barnacles

When we went to Vancouver with Melanie and Steve back in 2004, we drove up the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler. On that trip, we came across some beautiful British Columbia parks on our way back. Even though we …

jun
26
2006

Photo of the Day: Happy Lamp

Because I need something happy to help get my week started out on the right foot… This photo was taken on an outside stairway at the Vancouver Public Library on the third day of our honeymoon. This was part of …

jun
23
2006

Photo of the Day: Gallery

I’m slowly re-sifting through my honeymoon photos and uploading the better ones to Flickr in batches. After discovering Shadow/Highlight in Photoshop, I decided to go back and re-correct some of those photos before posting them. One of them was our …

jun
08
2006

I can only say to them that I understand how frightening it is when you first go to somewhere even like Tokyo. Its really intimidating to even feed yourself. The moment when you finally overcome that, when you summon the will to walk into a place filled with people who dont speak your language, stare at you when you come in, youre going to be awkward, youre going to order food and you dont know what it is, youre going to do things wrong. Once youre able to successfully order breakfast for yourself, its a really, deeply satisfying moment. Being lost and disoriented is good. Learning little things. That first random act of kindness from a stranger offering you food or showing you where to go or telling you about a really great bar, those have been the most wonderful moments of my life.

— Anthony Bourdain, on the terror and triumph of travelling outside your comfort zone (source)

apr
09
2006

weekly roundup

Random things that have caught my eye in the past week, but which didn’t get their own blog entries: Before documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald appeared on The Colbert Report on March 30, he asked his blog readers for advice on …

feb
27
2006

wandering the stacks

Since I’m in Seattle, there was one place that I absolutely had to go during my visit: Elliott Bay Book Company. Melanie introduced me to it on our last trip to Seattle, and it became an instant favorite. It’s such …

feb
26
2006

here comes the rain again

My trip to Seattle got off to a somewhat inauspicious start. First, there was the weather forecast: Rain, all week. Then, last night, we discovered that my car had a flat. And then the spare was flat, prompting a trip …