This morning I did a web search to try to find the word for “at sign” in Spanish. For what it’s worth, the answer appears to be arroba, which seems fairly close to the word arobase used in French. It’s a quiet Friday at the office, so after quickly getting the answer to my question, … Continue reading Time flies
In April of last year, Barack Obama decided to interfere in the Brexit referendum, throwing his support behind the Remain side, which at the time was widely expected to win. Several weeks later, the referendum was held, and Remain lost. Then in June, Mr. Obama decided to interfere in the Democratic presidential primary, throwing his … Continue reading Kiss of death?
I spent five days in Richmond watching French films, and the most ironic thing I saw was on the airport newsstand.
We attended the reception for the French Film Festival this evening, which afforded us an opportunity, if we so chose, to rub elbows not only with other attendees but also with the delegation of French filmmakers, actors, and technicians who participated here in Richmond. Out of the blue, of all the people present, a notable French … Continue reading Brief encounter with Marianne Denicourt at the French Film Festival reception
Today I finally removed the ability to create user accounts on this blog. Initially I required a user account for commenting, but I haven’t required one for almost two years, and since that time there hasn’t been one new account that wasn’t spam. If you already have a user account and still want to use … Continue reading Removed new user accounts
Since I resumed blogging a couple years ago, I’ve tried to focus mostly on the matter of the blog — the words, the photos, and so on — and not to pay much attention to the form, which is just an out-of-the-box WordPress template. However, over the weekend I did make one tweak that will … Continue reading Form and matter
As much as I enjoyed watching the Patriots score 25 unanswered points to erase an enormous deficit in regulation — and then score another six on their next drive to win the game in overtime — for me, the highlight of Super Bowl LI was hearing the crowd boo Roger Goodell as he presented the … Continue reading Ideal gas law
I want to say one more thing about comments that I didn’t say last night: I really enjoy them!
While I was watching Melania Trump’s now-controversial speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention last night, the speaker mentioned a date that was particularly meaningful to her but also caught my attention.
If you use Virgin Mobile — or any prepaid phone service — and your internet connection suddenly stops working, a quick first question to ask yourself is: When was the last time I topped up? I waited over two hours to ask myself that question this morning. My apologies to those whose messages I missed.
Another road trip to Las Vegas gets underway in just a few hours. We’re going to try some new places to eat this weekend, and we’ll return to some old favorites too. As always, you’ll find updates and maybe even a few photos here.
For what it’s worth, I’d be okay not to see another bucket list ever. It’s probably the most tired, overused travel blogging meme out there. I mean, how many 20-somethings are really expecting to die soon enough to need a bucket list?
If you’re taking to the road on this long weekend, please stay safe. Check your tire pressure and keep one or two gallons of drinking water in your car, especially here in the hot, arid Southwest. Summer weather is here, and I’ve noticed a lot of shredded tires on the freeways the past few weeks.
On my way back from McDonald’s, I saw an ambulance pull up in front of LA Fitness. Who would have thought I had the healthier lunch hour?
Mastering prepositions is the hardest part from learning any language.
It’s another beautiful morning for a hike in Phoenix. After two days hiking the Loop at Shaw Butte, though, I think I’m ready for a break. My knees are a bit wobbly today.
How well you tip your server in a restaurant says little about your character. How well you tip your housekeeper in a hotel room speaks volumes.
I discovered today that the French expression for World Youth Day is les Journées mondial de la jeunesse, which is abbreviated JMJ. That’s pretty cool.
I want to express my apologies for the long delay in producing posts about our trip to Pennsylvania and Rome.
Our adventure has started rather eventfully. We took off from Phoenix this morning right on schedule, and now we’re safely back on the ground … in Phoenix. The aircraft had a mechanical problem shortly after takeoff, and we had to return to land, but only after circling for almost an hour to burn fuel. We’re … Continue reading Eventful start
I’m sure someone I know is waking up this morning, turning on CNN, and hearing about violence in Northern Ireland. I didn’t hear about it until an hour or so ago myself, so it hasn’t affected me, other than increased traffic. Police with machine guns were checking cars on the bridge in Derry, and I didn’t know why until later.
A half-liter of Amstel in the hotel bar is 900 forint, which is a little more than $4. And the hotel tacks on a ten percent service charge. The half-liter beer I’m drinking now is 300 forint, with no service charge. You do the math. I’m about 100 feet from the hotel door. I wish I knew about this place two days ago.
Another border crossing, and two more stamps in my passport. I’m now in Poland, bound for Warsaw. I actually bought a ticket for Krakow, but since there is a connection in Warsaw, and since the second ticket is full-fare, I thought I might stick around Warsaw for a night or two and continue the journey later.
I’m in Berlin for the night. I’ve been here before, so I’m not really visiting, but I got a great rail fare from Copenhagen to here. I plan to hole up for the night, watch a little CNN, and continue east in the morning. I found a reasonably cheap hotel room in a quiet part of the city, and I’m ready to chill.
I wanna give a shout-out to my family. They’re keeping an eye on my place while I’m away and e-mailing me updates from home. They’re also taking care of some small chores for me, and it’s making my trip a lot easier. Thanks, y’all! Peace out.