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Travel December 18, 2010 at 11:10 am

The last time I traveled internationally I gave myself just 2 hours at the airport before my flight left.  It was a little stressful because I made it to the gate with only 10 or so minutes to spare before the crush of loading the plane.

This time I gave myself a little under three hours so I could take my time and give the various people time to poke, prod, and otherwise molest me.  So after all of the expectations I was having for long lines, irradiation, or general molestation I am sitting at the airport after taking less than 15 minutes to check in, clear security and take a shuttle to the gate.  What a let down.

Smile  This was one of the easiest times I have ever had.  The only thing that was a little annoying is that I had to remove a book from my checked bag. 

Now if only the next 20+ hours go as smoothly…

I am going to stick my nose in the Kindle and enjoy my time waiting.  Good thing Starbucks is around. 

Good job TSA!  Winking smile

Sitting in the Airport January 10, 2009 at 11:42 pm

The WEB and wireless (WiFi) still amaze me.  Even when access is a bit pricey, the ability to be connected at any time is truly remarkable for us old timers.  I still remember my old CompuServe login id!  That was from back in the day when a 2400 baud modem was the snizzle.   (OK, who knows if that is the correct vernacular, I am too old to know the current lingo.)  I would be even more impressed if I was typing this on a smart phone.  I won’t get one for myself but I did enjoy having one while I was working on the Windows Mobile team. 

Traveling and vacations definitely impact the choices that I make for meals.  When you don’t have a kitchen and you are eating out all the time, it is more difficult to stick to the "best" foods to maintain balance.  Live and learn.  I make better choices most of the time, but when I get extra hungry because I missed a meal or a snack I will definitely choose poorly.

I have been off drugs for about three weeks without noticeable ill effect.  I hope this "remission" lasts a while.  I was able to use a gym facility during the time I have been away so I have been building my cardio back up.  Given my diet I have just been maintaining my "lard ass" state.  That is how I feel even if I am significantly lower in weight than I was three years ago.  It is amazing to me how much the body adapts.  First to being fit, then ill, then returning to a decent level of fitness.  The last couple of weeks haven’t been a cake walk, but I am getting back to a level of fitness that I had prior to getting ill.  Still trying to redefine what normal is for me.  Weird.

I get to spend the next 8.5 hours chasing the sun in a plane.   I am pretty sure the sun is going to win the race, but it will be fun to try.  :)  The hard part is spending that much time in a small little seat.  Blech.  I hope the in flight movies are better than on the flight out!

Colorado Ski Week December 29, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Over the Christmas holiday I spent some time in Colorado with a good friend skiing.  The skiing was incredible!  I grew up in Colorado, but only started skiing after I moved to Arizona.  Go figure!  


During the week we went to Keystone twice, Winter Park and Copper Mountain.  The four days of skiing was some of the best I’ve had.  Each day was actually BETTER than the last from a weather standpoint.  Our plans to go on Christmas day were aborted because of a snow storm, but after changing things around a little, the day AFTER Christmas was phenomenal.  Not only was the weather perfect, but the slopes were fairly clear.  The longest wait for a lift was something like 1 minute.

After skiing on the 26th we went to Casa Bonita.  The first time I went to this restaurant was in the late seventies and I hadn’t been back in at least 15 years.  It is amazing how some things never seem to change.  Not only was the place still in business (thanks South Park!), but everything was nearly identical to how I remembered.  Theme places like this could have been run-down, but the place was still in good repair and still a lot of fun.  Even if I look at it from the perspective of an adult, it is a decent place to go.  Kids definitely have MORE fun, but adults can enjoy it too.  


The morning I left for Colorado I weighed in at 202.4 pounds.  I knew that my diet wouldn’t be optimal during the trip so that number wasn’t going to be permanent.  Today I was at 206.8.  Not bad after a week of not paying too much attention to my diet.  I’ll have to watch what I consume over the next few weeks, but I know what I need to do so it isn’t a huge deal.  :)

Something I would definitely purchase! May 21, 2007 at 11:02 am

Photo of the MDI Air City-Cat Car


What an unbelievably cool idea.  This concept would work for over 90% of the driving that I do.  The concept behind these cars is a very good idea and has a large number of benefits over my "other" favorite technology of hydrogen.

We live in intersting times!