Friday, October 5th, 2018

Real World Rollback

When doing anything, it’s always a good idea to have reasonable a way to undo it. Sometimes reverting something, while possible, requires too much effort or costs too much. On rare occasions, it may be impossible and one is faced with a “point of no return”. If dealing with digital data, the standard process is […]

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Fearless Jeter Bunny Salami

25hrs and 43min, the time period between 6:46a Sunday May 14, 2017 (when my flight touched down) to 8:30a Monday May 15, 2017 (when my return flight took off). Witnessing the ceremony to retire Derek Jeter’s #2 occupied a portion of time around 6:35p +/- travel time to and from Yankee Stadium, but what about […]

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

City of Sacramento Parking Ticket Nonsense

When was the last time you put a coin into a parking meter and had to turn a knob in order to complete the transaction? I can’t remember when I last watched the red or yellow metal plates rise and fall, checked to see if the arrow indicated I had been credited the appropriate amount […]

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Tarantula Hunting

For the last 5+ years I have been thinking about heading to Mt. Diablo to look for tarantulas during their October mating season (usually in November after realizing I missed it…again). Some years I had a good excuse for forgetting e.g. travelling to New York twice to watch Yankees win the ALCS and World Series […]

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Halfway To Hawaii

During a recent United flight from San Francisco to Maui, I played the “Halfway to Hawaii Game”. The objective, determine the exact time the airplane would reach the geographical midpoint of the flight to Hawaii. Shortly after takeoff, the crew provided this flight data: Departure – 6:07a Hawaii time Duration – 4hrs 42min Distance – […]

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Great Expectations

In the summer of 2003, I read an article about the Tahoe Rim Trail being awarded national status. I was familiar with the big name trails e.g. Appalachian and Pacific Crest, for which completing a thru-hike was a many month commitment. This trail was only 165 miles long and there were less than 200 people […]

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Art History

Most travel guidebooks inundate the reader with “must sees”. For example, any book on Paris will mention the Eiffel Tower, perhaps going so far as to say one must travel up the tower (at least to the second level). I don’t think anyone would argue with listing the Eiffel Tower as a Paris “must see”. […]

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

The Longest Lunch

A couple of months ago, my wife and I stayed over our friends’ house in their redone guest room when I received a phone call a little after 10a. It was another friend who had 1p reservations for 3 at The French Laundry, a 3 Michelin Star restaurant (as of 2010, the only one in […]

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Final Launch Of Space Shuttle Atlantis

With more than half a century (I hope) before time runs out for me, it’s premature to start a bucket list, yet I do have a vague mental list of things I’d like to experience. They’re not in any order; however, sometimes a particular item gets moved to the top. This happened recently when I […]

Monday, May 17th, 2010

How To Mail A Postcard From Pakistan

A few months ago, my wife and I travelled to Pakistan to attend a friend’s brother’s wedding, stopping in Dubai on the way (photos). For as long as I can remember, receiving mail from other places has ranked high on my list of “neat things” and no amount of globalization has changed that. Postcards capture […]