Monthly Archives: November 2007

Dropping off the grid

Tweet Just as an FYI to my groupies and stalkers, I’m going to be without internet access starting the morning of November 30th, through (at least) the evening of December 9th while I’m traveling to and then bobbing around on a smallish (45.7 m / 150 ft long) ‘adventure cruise’…

What I’ve Learned (Nov. 28, 2007)

Tweet Even if you have a co-conspirator, even if you spill some, even if you’re celebrating something really awesome, three bottles of wine on a Tuesday night is too much wine. [See the full “What I’ve Learned” list here. Start at the bottom and read up.] Share on Facebook

This is what’s pissing me off today (Nov. 26th, 2007)

Tweet F*cking Italy!!! OK, OK… Let’s just calm down and try to discuss this like rational, levelheaded F*CKING ITALY!!!!! Here’s Italy’s latest piss me off endeavor: Last April, I rented a car from a so-called “car rental agency” in Florence through a broker web site called Nova Car Hire, to…

The delicate art of getting comped at the Space Hotel

Tweet It’s looking like this space hotel thing is going to be a reality. And thank Buddha for that. Never mind universal healthcare, we’ve gotta be able to blast a handful of recreational tourists into space a couple times a year. On a completely unrelated, but bitterly sarcastic note, I…

Independently produced travel guides – pipe dream or way of the future?

Tweet This is just a link alert for a topical post that I just put up over at Gadling, entitled “Independently produced travel guides – pipe dream or way of the future?” The post is in honor of Robert Reid’s recently completed free online guide to Vietnam, though I take…

Introducing “This is what’s pissing me off today”

Tweet We Americans have a lot of pent up anger. The reasons why this is the case could fill a Michael Moore trilogy, so I’m officially handing that task off to him. Meanwhile, how’s an ordinary guy supposed to vent this tidal wave of boundless fury, aside from demolishing the…

Don’t Go to Monaco

Tweet [Continuing the shameless recycling of my “Don’t Go There” series while I drink wine and sleep late, the Monaco installment was written after an October 2003 visit where we were made to feel like lepers, criminals and gypsies.] I’d heard stories about the nonchalant, frittering of millions of dollars…

Here we go again… “Italian police kill football fan”

Tweet More senseless football (soccer) related violence in Italy. This time a fan is killed, strangely while sitting in a car. I suppose authorities will dream up some wacky explanation as to how the guy sitting in the car was the most dangerous one at the brawl. Or maybe they’ll…

Don’t Go to Naples

Tweet [Continuing the reuse of my “Don’t Go There” series, the Naples installment was written while I quietly whimpered in a corner of my hostel in November 2003. Unlike Berlin, Naples has apparently gotten worse in the interval since I visited.] I’d initially only intended to stay in Naples long…

What is it about airports and the devolution of reasonable interpersonal skills?

Tweet [Also posted over at “This Is Why I Love Minneapolis (And Sometimes Saint Paul)”, due to cross-over appeal.] The story of how immigration agents at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport harassed, threatened and defaced the passports of some noteworthy Finnish visitors in September for absolutely no reason is still harshing…

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