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
On a day trip from Montpellier a couple years ago, Kathryn and I spent a winter morning touring the walled city of Aigues-Mortes, France. While the city is a popular stop for tourists, you can tell from the television antennas and satellite dishes in the photo that normal people still live inside these walls, as they have since … Continue reading Aigues-Mortes walled city from the ramparts
Yesterday I visited my local REI store for the first time in a long time, at least since 2015. As an REI member, I have a modest dividend credit to use up within the next six months. There’s a small camping stove I’ve had my eye on recently, and I know REI carries it. I was hoping they … Continue reading REI gun policy: Several tough questions and one easy answer
For roughly two years, I’ve been using Signal Private Messenger to exchange encrypted text messages with my family and some of my close friends. Earlier this week, my dad got a new phone and, at the same time, a new phone number. Adding his new number into several Signal groups revealed some shortcomings in the arbitrary names of … Continue reading Suggestions for naming Signal groups
The outdoor seating of the McDonald’s restaurant on Place de la Comédie in Montpellier, France, blends in well with other nearby cafes. It’s full of young people on a pleasant late summer evening.
We weren’t the only tourists walking around the Old City of Luxembourg on this overcast weekday morning. We spotted these young women posing for a selfie-stick photo.
Thomas Jefferson is referred to as the “Architect of Liberty” and is depicted larger than life in this statue inside the visitor center of the Virginia State Capitol.
Over the years, I’ve occasionally taken photos of pay phones that were distinctive in some way or just new to me. Sadly, instead of pay phones, I’m discovering more and more places where a pay phone used to be. Until recently, casinos were places one could consistently find pay phones, but that’s no longer the … Continue reading An empty pay phone bank at The Venetian, Las Vegas
One of the reasons we chose The Orleans over Gold Coast last weekend was for a somewhat nicer pool area. In spite of cooler-than-expected temperatures, we spent a lazy Saturday afternoon relaxing in the shade by the pool, sipping cocktails that received quite generous pours from the bartender. We didn’t actually go in the pool, … Continue reading Lazy afternoon by the pool at The Orleans in Las Vegas
After talking a break for coffee and a sweet in Wickenburg, we’re home again in Phoenix. Our tea-time stop was someplace new for us, Bedoian’s Bakery & Bistro. It was a great place for a snack, but we didn’t find the 4 pm closing time particularly convenient in light of our 3:40 pm arrival. Fortunately … Continue reading Home, sweet home
We’ve stopped for lunch at the In-N-Out in Kingman, Arizona. After lunch we’ll top off the tanks and head for home. Maybe one more safety break, depending on how the driver is doing.
It’s a sunny Sunday morning in Las Vegas, and we’re showered, dressed, and ready to begin the drive back to Phoenix. First, though, we’re heading to Sunday Mass at St. Bridget, about a fifteen-minute drive from The Orleans and about a mile from Downtown. Last time we were there, the priest overslept and was about … Continue reading Sunday morning in sunny Las Vegas
For once, we have a somewhat decent view of the Las Vegas Strip from our room at The Orleans. There’s a lot of smog today, so there’s not much color to see. It may be a more impressive view in the evening.
We’re about to set out on yet another weekend road trip to Las Vegas. This time we’ve booked The Orleans, a sister property of Gold Coast, which is where we stayed last time. The rates for this weekend were about the same at each place. However, The Orleans has a nicer pool area, which starts to … Continue reading Yet another weekend road trip to Las Vegas
Our recent trip to Richmond wasn’t just about French films. We also spent some time sightseeing and making an additional French connection. Here we’re on the lawn of the Virginia State Capitol, which was a short walk from our hotel. The seat of Virginia’s legislature, the building was designed by Thomas Jefferson, who modeled it … Continue reading Virginia State Capitol