Rants & Ramblings

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

dec
24
2005

christmas hike

I continue to be amazed by the fabulous, beautiful weather in Tucson this holiday weekend. With highs in the 70s (and threatening 80s) all weekend, it’s unseasonably warm — even for Tucson. But it’s made for some gorgeous days, and …

dec
23
2005

taxi torment

Red Top Cab? You’re on my List. I learned from my experience last year and called the night before to schedule a 4:30 a.m. pick-up from my apartment to National, so I could be sure to arrive in plenty of …

dec
18
2005

travel weather

I just looked up the weather forecast for Christmas weekend back home in Tucson: Highs in the mid-70s, lows in the mid-40s. So. Awesome. Winter coat, begone! Yet another reason to look forward to going home.

dec
03
2005

charleston

I’m finally getting caught up on my photos/blog entries from Thanksgiving weekend… On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Aunt Lulu, my cousin Katie, Rob and I spent the day in Charleson, S.C. This was Rob’s first visit; I’d been there once …

dec
01
2005

swan lake

The day after Thanksgiving, Aunt Lulu took Rob and I over to Swan Lake for an afternoon stroll. I have fond memories of running along the park’s dirt paths when I was a kid. I hadn’t been there in years …

nov
28
2005

driving directions

While looking up driving directions for my trip to South Carolina over the weekend, I noticed an odd quirk between the new Flash-based Yahoo! Maps and the “classic” Yahoo! Maps: Both displayed the exact same directions and distance travelled (446.8 …

nov
13
2005

extra helpful

I got a weird e-mail from Expedia this evening: Alyson, let us help you with your trip. We noticed you were looking for airfares to Tucson and thought we’d share some travel ideas with you. Planning the rest of your …

nov
06
2005

holiday travel

Still a month and a half out, it already looks like I’ve waited too long to buy my plane ticket home to Tucson for Christmas. A search on American Airlines reveals that my “usual” route home is going to cost …

oct
20
2005

shades of fall

Rob and I took a road trip out to Bloomington, Ind., for a long weekend to reconnect with some of his old friends, explore the town and enjoy some fall color (and temperatures!). Google Maps predicted a 12-hour trip, but …

oct
14
2005

road trip

Rob and I spent ten and a half hours on the road today, driving from Arlington, Va. to Bloomington, Ind., home of Rob’s alma mater, Indiana Univiersity. We’re staying with Jeff and Erica, old friends of Rob’s, who have been …

oct
07
2005

stay at scully's

Rob and I decided recently that, since we liked Vancouver so much last time, we want to go back this spring for our honeymoon. Doing a little research online, I stumbled upon this little vacation rental gem in the city: …

sep
22
2005

mapping new orleans

Rob’s volleyball friend Brody, a cartographer, is off on an intriguing adventure: He’s flying out to New Orleans to make maps. He’s set up a blog to chronicle his trip. You all have probably heard the news, and if not, …

aug
20
2005

stepping out

Still playing catch-up… It’s a funny trick that no matter how sensible my shoes are, I still seem to manage to blister my feet in the same places on day one of every trip that involves lots of walking. With …

aug
19
2005

windy city

Just got back from Chicago around 1 a.m. the morning of August 22, and I’m in an Adaptive Path workshop today. There’s been a lot of stuff going on. Expect a few back-dated entries while I play catch-up… We finally …

aug
18
2005

stranded

I’m supposed to be in Chicago right now, but the fates apparently had other plans. Rob and I were all set to leave on an 8 p.m. flight from National to O’Hare for a weekend stay at the Hotel Holovaty …

aug
15
2005

air ninja

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that the Transportation Security Administration is considering rolling back some of the airline security restrictions that have gone into effect since Sept. 11, 2001. (“Airline Security Changes Planned” - 08/15/05) Among those: The proposal …

jul
31
2005

wanderlust

My latest Web site obsession is the travel site 43places.com. It’s a fairly genius framework for people to track the various places around the world they’ve been, create a to-do list of places they want to visit, ask questions and …

jul
05
2005

en route

As I write this, I’m sitting in business class on an Amtrack Metroliner train from D.C. to New York’s Penn Station. My office is sending me to the Flash Forward conference for the week, which should be a nice change …

jun
03
2005

barefoot on the beach

I got back Wednesday night from a few days at Holden Beach, N.C. My grandparents rented out the same beach house they rented last year, and most of the same cast of characters (minus my dad and sister, and plus …

may
12
2005

hee-cah-go

I have a two-hour layover in Dallas this morning, so I’ve had time to finish going through my photos from my trip to Chicago last weekend. Rob and I went massively tourist this time, hitting a ton of Chicago hot …