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February 14, 2008 by SanChonino on The Suck!™
(What does that sub-title have to do with anything? Absolutely nothing. And that's why I like it.) Well, I'm finally here. I'm in Spain. It's a strange feeling – this is something I always dreamed about doing, but I never really expected it to happen. Especially after having as many problems as I had with the visa, flight, and everything, it's almost like the whole world was conspiring to keep me from getting here – but I made it! I don't really know how to write about how I feel here...
January 30, 2008 by SanChonino on The Suck!™
After a lot of rigmarole and some superior hoop-jumping, everything is finally in place for my studies in Spain - more or less. I had to move my flight - I was supposed to leave yesterday, but the visa would not have arrived in time. I had to bug the visa department of the Spanish Consulate incessantly. I'm going to miss the first week of school, so I'll be a bit behind when I get there. But all this is okay. All these are hurdles that I'm willing to jump to study in Spain. And t...
December 24, 2007 by momijiki on Procrastinatrix Extraordinaire
One of the big construction trends in Tokyo has been putting train lines underground. Given the space crunch here, I can see how it makes sense. I think most of the land will be given over to construction and not green space. While I can understand the economic impetus, I really think it heightens a feeling of detachment from one's community and decreases the aesthetic value of a place. Granted, the trains can be crowded, uncomfortable and sometimes smelly. But some of the best lighting I ...
December 22, 2007 by PranayGupte on Pranay Gupte Blog
By Vinita Bharadwaj Special to Gulf News It is perfectly easy to fall in love with Cuba. There is something in the air. Sometimes, it is driven by the seduction of revolution that still breezes past. At other times, it is the distant strains of the Buena Vista Social Club soundtrack carried on a zephyr from Habana Vieja (Old Havana). By resisting might and money, Cuba, charming as it is, has also become a near antithesis of the modern, developed and capitalistic world. "This is an inte...
November 17, 2007 by jelvis on Mind tidbits
So far I have only visited the US for two weeks in total, unfortunately only for work. The company I work for has a branch office in the US as well as a couple of production facilities but the only facility I visited was in Richmond, Virginia. Since I extended my stays over the weekend I got to visit both Washington DC and New York as well. I have always wanted to take a vacation in the US travelling mainly by car. Since the dollar has lost a lot of value compared to the Euro and the Swedish ...
November 10, 2007 by PranayGupte on Pranay Gupte Blog
The following is a response from Etihad Airways to my complaint about my BlackBerry being stolen aboard the carrier's Abu Dhabi-to-New York flight on business class: Dear Mr. Gupte, First of all, please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your email. I wanted to make sure that we had fully exhausted all avenues in an attempt to recover your missing Blackberry before replying. We have investigated fully with the crew, the lounge in Abu Dhabi and our staff in New York but ...
DETROIT, MI -- For as many times as I've flown out of Detroit Metro Airport on Northwest Airlines, I have never departed out of Concourse B or C. It's always Concourse A which is just a really long hall with 78 gates and some pretty fountains. My amazing run came to a halt this Thursday when I flew to Richmond, VA from gate C11. To get to Concourse C, one must ride down a reeeeeeally long escalator in order to pass beneath the jets parked at their gates and then pop up on the other side. On ...
September 8, 2007 by PranayGupte on Pranay Gupte Blog
The following is the text of a note I just received from Etihad Airways in response to my complaint about the theft of my US BlackBerry aboard Etihad's flight from Abu Dhabi to New York on September 5: Dear Mr Gupte Thank you for your e-mail dated 5th September, addressed to our CEO, Mr. James Hogan, who has asked that I investigate this matter on his behalf and respond directly to you. I am so sorry to hear that you have mislaid your Blackberry, I can only imagine how frustrating this ...
September 7, 2007 by PranayGupte on Pranay Gupte Blog
The following is the text of an e-mail that I sent on Wednesday, September 5, to James Hogan, chief executive officer of Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi. Mr. Hogan has yet to respond: Dear Mr. Hogan: I write this to alert you that my US BlackBerry was stolen aboard EY 101, which I took at 2 a.m. on September 5 from Abu Dhabi to New York. I was flying business class, and had packed the device in my computer case. As a veteran correspondent, I always pack my BlackBerry -- which had some 4,000 va...
I have never traveled on an airplane with a very young child. The first time my children flew they were well into grade school the oldest already in middle school. That was the year we went to Oregon/Washington looking for a possible job relocation. In about three weeks or so my D-I-L is flying for the first time with baby Ethan who will be just shy of 10 months. Can you believe it already? Ten months!! They are coming here for a whole month!!! Anyhow she's a bit nervous about h...
I'm doing a walking trip in Japan. I started at Nihonbashi in Tokyo and hope to end up in Odawara by Friday. Please check out my blog: http://traveltokaido.blogspot.com/ Thanks!
June 5, 2007 by PacDragon on Easy Come, Easy Go
Getting ready for Vegas, so bought a bunch of traveling gear. Have you ever seen the Scottevest? They're these neat jackets with a ton of hidden pockets and they let you string wires (like headphones) through the lining of the jacket. I got one years ago, but it's old, ratty, and the zipper broke. So I went back to their site to pick up some new stuff for my trip. I found this awesome hoodie there. It can get pretty cold in the casinos (and it my native San Francisco), so I like to wear a swe...
April 26, 2007 by jesseledesma on preserving life
The reason I call the University of Texas at El Paso screw U TEP is because that is their standard answer when you try to interact with one of their offices. Today, I was back at this horrid institution to turn in some papers their financial aid office requested. The first thing I did was stop at the office of admissions and ask for the status of the application I had resubmitted a week and a half ago. The person at the counter looked like breathing was a problem for him. However, afte...
March 30, 2007 by InBloom on My Bloom County
I probably only live 5 or 6 hours away from the Grand Canyon, but surprisingly, I've never been to it. Now that this new Grand Canyon Skywalk has opened up, it motivates me more to want to visit this place. I am such a yellow belly when it comes to heights and such, but this seems like too much of a cool thing to pass up. A bit scary, but stunning all the same. Maybe I can convince Chris to go sometime. I just hope I won't wuss out if I have the opportunity to walk this.
March 27, 2007 by SanChonino on The Suck!™
Yesterday I had to get a haircut. (Basically, my boss/father told me that I get a haircut this week or I look for a new job next week . . . not a tough decision. ) As I sat in the chair in the salon and the cosmetologist molested my head for half an hour, the Rachel Ray show was on. (Yes, I know, she's my sworn nemesis, but what was I gonna do? I gotta keep tabs on the enemy, after all . . .) She had one Kate Hanni on her show, who was trapped on an airplane for 9 1/2 hours without being...