Rants & Ramblings

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

travel

feb
28
2004

escape to new york

Rob and I are up in New York City this weekend to see friends and just generally hang out. We took an early-morning Greyhound bus from DC to NYC, and arrived in town just before noon. Jesse has been kind …

dec
25
2003

just say no to fruitcake

This is a couple days old, but I’m posting it anyway because it amuses me. A recent Associated Press story advised air travelers to not pack, among other things, fruitcake. (“Fliers get new guides for checked baggage” - 12/20/03) Books …

nov
27
2003

night sky

I went for an after-dinner walk around the neighborhood with Ross and Ashley tonight. Outside, the night air was nicely crisp, requiring jackets. Our block is mostly devoid of streetlights, so what little illumination there was emanated from the random …

on the road, and online

I’m sitting at my gate at DFW with an hour or so to kill, so I’ve pulled out the trusty laptop and found a wireless Internet connection. I was up until about 2:30 this morning packing, cleaning programs off the …

holiday migration

I’m off to Tucson in the morning to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my parents and siblings. I have an 8:30 a.m. flight out of National, and should arrive in Tucson in the afternoon … possibly just in time for …

aug
25
2003

night rider

Driving through West Virginia at night can be a freaky experience. I took over the driving duties at sundown at a gas station in Wills, W.V. With daylight rapidly fading to nighttime dark, I turned my Saturn onto Interstate 79, …

wedding bells

Diana, Rob and I drove from DC to Indianapolis this weekend for Dan and Vickie’s wedding. The drive itself, through Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, was fairly uneventful, and Rob and I swapped driving duties every few hours. …

aug
10
2003

new york state of mind

After a fairly subdued birthday last year (a solitary affair consisting of a visit to IKEA, a prepackaged dinner from Trader Joe’s and a piece of strawberry tallcake from Ruby Tuesday), I wanted to do something really fun for this …

jul
31
2003

devil's highway no more

New Mexico’s Route 666, nicknamed “The Devil’s Highway” (and similar names, like “Highway to Hell”), has gotten a name change, to the more tame Route 491. (Reuters: “New Mexico Says Goodbye to Its Highway to Hell” - 07/31/03) Route 666/491 …

jul
28
2003

dispatches from argentina

Michaela, who’s in my program at Georgetown, is spending six weeks in Argentina this summer as part of a study abroad program. While she’s over there, she’s posting regular updates to her weblog, describing her various observations and adventures. From …

jul
21
2003

vacation planning

I’m planning a mini-getaway to New York City the weekend of my birthday (Aug. 8-10). Last night, I ran a search on Expedia for cheap hotels, and came up with a possible candidate: Hotel Pennsylvania, located near Penn Station/Madison Square …

jul
01
2003

a different kind of souvenir

A month ago, the Washington Post’s Travel section had a story about a different approach to arranging transportation when travelling in Europe: Order the car from the European manufacturing plant, drive it during your trip, and have it shipped back …

jun
30
2003

liability black hole

Since the TSA has taken over the business of airport security, they’ve asked airline passengers not to lock their luggage, as it’s all subject to search by TSA employees. The passage of unlocked luggage through multiple jurisdictions — the TSA, …

jun
18
2003

on the list

With all the brou-ha-ha over airline security, it’s hard enough being an average traveler just trying to get to your destination. If your name is “David Nelson,” your troubles are likely multiplied tenfold. Denver’s Rocky Mountain News reports that dozens …

may
20
2003

beat the heat

Fact of life in Arizona: It’s hot here. (There’s a common saying here: “But it’s a dry heat!” There’s also a common retort: “So’s an oven!”) David and I paid a visit to Target this evening. It took us forever …

apr
02
2003

san francisco pictures

Touristy photos from my trip to San Francisco.

mar
28
2003

an evening in san francisco

After the convention wrapped up, I headed out for dinner. Shawn had recommended Zuni, a cafe just a few blocks from Herbst Theatre, on Market Street. It’s a charming little cafe in the corner of an odd-shaped building. It’s specialty …

mar
26
2003

no flowers in my hair

Greetings and salutations from lovely San Francisco, California. I’m in this nifty city, where hippies and techies converge, for Flash Forward 2003, a conference for Flash designers and developers. I went to Flash Forward 2000 in New York City, and …

mar
17
2003

chilling effect

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday that an anti-war protester travelling from Seattle to San Diego found a complaint about his “anti-American attitude” written on a card inserted into his luggage after a TSA search. (“Traveler with anti-war signs finds …