The date most commonly associated with Arizona is February 14, when Arizona became the 48th state in 1912. For me, though, August 3 is Arizona Day. It’s the date when, in 2004, I first arrived in Arizona for what was supposed to be a relatively short stay while I figured out what to do with … Continue reading Thirteen years in Arizona
To paraphrase the great philosopher-president George W. Bush: fool me once, shame on you; fool me four times, I won’t get fooled again. January 2016: Hertz charged us an administrative fee for a supposed moving violation in South Africa. To this day we haven’t seen a citation from the local authorities. I guess the police … Continue reading Never again, Hertz
I didn’t post my usual “we’re home” status update when we got in last night, so I’m posting one now in case any of you are considering alerting the authorities. I’m already back at the office, trying not to let my head bounce off the keyboard.
A photo of the altar at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Waterloo, Illinois. Kathryn and I attended Sunday Mass here this morning with our cousins and their family. After Mass, we witnessed the baptism of their youngest daughter at the baptismal font just to the left side of the altar.
I’ve traveled quite a bit. I’ve spent months at a time backpacking through Europe on a tight budget, and I’ve stayed in some real dumps along the way. But I’ve never had to make my own bed in a hotel … until last night. Thanks, Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport. You didn’t just lower the … Continue reading Make your own bed at Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport
I saw this sign at El Bravo Mexican Grill, across from Gate B8 in Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Thousands of people pass this sign every day. Can you spot the mistake? I mean, other than the fact that $7.29 is way too much to pay for a cheese quesadilla. This is … Continue reading Spot the mistake
I’ve often said it really doesn’t matter which seat you get on a flight because they all arrive at the gate at the same time. Well, tonight they’ll all arrive at least 45 minutes later than scheduled. Or, put another way, just late enough that the hotel courtesy shuttle in St. Louis will have stopped … Continue reading Delayedd
For the first time in six-and-a-half years, we were offered a reasonably priced upgrade at check-in today. However, unbeknownst to me, what used to be known as a first-class lounge is now a private club. Apparently they would have let us in if we’d had an international first-class ticket, which had been the case with … Continue reading Upgrayedd
Kathryn and I are quite honored and touched to have been asked to be the godparents of our cousins’ youngest daughter. After work today, we’ll be traveling to southern Illinois via St. Louis to be at her baptism on Sunday. It’s the first time I’ve been called to be a godparent, and the second time … Continue reading Honored
This status update is mostly for my Signal contacts. Yesterday I switched to a new phone — again — which means I have another new set of Signal keys. You can ignore any key warnings the next time we exchange messages. Also, if I belong to any groups on your end, you may want to … Continue reading New phone yet again
I don’t generally follow the news over the weekend. When I scanned the headlines this morning, I discovered that Pamela Anderson had stirred up a bit of controversy late last week in France, at least enough to merit an article in a regional newspaper. She had posted a photo of herself on social media, posing … Continue reading Bronze matador statue in front of the arena in Nîmes
During my recent trip to Marfa, Texas, I spent three nights at El Cosmico. To call El Cosmico a campground would hardly be accurate, as it’s clear the bulk of its revenue doesn’t come from cheapskate self-campers like me. In fact, the property is often listed as a hotel in tourist publications. It’s better known … Continue reading El Cosmico: Three nights of almost glamping in Marfa, Texas
One of the objects most photographed by visitors to Marfa, Texas, is Prada Marfa. Intriguingly, Prada Marfa is not a Prada store, nor is it anywhere near Marfa. Erected in 2005, Prada Marfa is a modern art installation along U.S. Route 90 a few miles northwest of Valentine, Texas, making it about 40 miles away … Continue reading Prada Marfa is not a Prada and not in Marfa
I figure it’s about time to admit where I was three weekends ago. Long story short, I drove to Marfa, Texas for a gathering of ZeroHedge readers. I’ve been reading ZeroHedge regularly for over five years. Honestly, I still have trouble describing the site, but maybe the following example will help: Every month, when new employment … Continue reading Yes, I was at the ZeroHedge symposium in Marfa, Texas
Thursday morning last week, I woke up in a two-star hotel by the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere. The hotel was at least superficially aspiring to a third star, but a fresh carpet, a thin coat of paint, and a waffle iron can only hide so much. Its two-star standing was … Continue reading Alone in a strange place, wondering if I’m crazy
I’ve had a busy day today, so no time to post an update. I’m about halfway home right now, taking a coffee break.
Another great day of speakers here today. I’m getting ready for the evening entertainment. More later.
As a brief update to my friends and family, so far this undisclosed event I’m attending has exceeded my expectations. I’ve heard from four speakers today who expressed some rather non-conventional ideas, and I’ve learned a ton. Then, by chance, I ended up sharing drinks with two of the speakers and their spouses at a … Continue reading Brief update from wherever I am
It’s a gorgeous Friday morning where I am. I slept rather well. It’s at least 30 degrees cooler — by the way, that’s degrees Fahrenheit for those of you who aren’t ‘Murican — than when I set up camp yesterday afternoon. Much like Tom Brady’s balls, scientific laws explain why my air mattress felt somewhat … Continue reading Rise and shine, a gorgeous Friday morning
I’m safely at my destination.
I woke up this morning about halfway to my destination. I worked a full shift yesterday, so there was just no way I could get where I’m going without putting my safety at risk. On the plus side, about three hours of my drive yesterday were on highways I’ve never traveled before, and some of … Continue reading Halfway point
For the next several days, I’m stepping way, way out of my comfort zone. I’ve left on a solo road trip that I’m being deliberately vague about. Back in January, a frequent commenter on a blog I’ve been reading for over five years suggested a get-together for the community. I’ve seen such suggestions before, but … Continue reading Leaving the comfort zone for a mystery road trip
As we strolled through the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris on a cold winter morning several years ago, Kathryn and I spotted this freshly written love letter on the grave of Oscar Wilde. When French and English meet lipstick, strange things happen.
To follow-up on my rant from last Friday about REI … First, I requested a check for my REI dividend shortly after I published the post. It turns out I could do that online, and the check should be mailed out in about four weeks. Then, on Saturday, Kathryn and I drove to Cabela’s in Glendale and … Continue reading Follow-up on my REI rant from last week