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Southwest Airlines… ‘Just Plane Fun’
posted on Feb 6 2013






Some swell tips for using your electronics
posted on Apr 12 2012

How To Use Your Electronics During Takeoff Without Getting Busted

If you were cruising a cabin for people listening to music, and saw a passenger with a pair of headphones folded neatly on his lap—unplugged cord in full view—you would naturally assume he wasn’t wearing his headphones, right? You would. And you’d be wrong. Because that guy is me, and I travel with two pairs of headphones: A set of cans carried mostly as a ruse (though it is nice to give the ear canal a break and switch up ‘phones on long flights), and a couple of earbuds whispering sweet nothings into my ears under my hoodie during takeoff.






2011 Travel
posted on Dec 31 2011

Back for another year end wrap=up of travel. Years past are…

  • 2010
  • 2009
  • These are places that are a destination, not a “driving through” or “changing planes” visit.

  • No new states visited. I still stand at 47, with no sign that Alaska, Hawai’i, and North Dakota will be visited anytime soon.
  • No new countries visited, though going back to The Netherlands reminded me that I will have to move to The Netherlands one day and travel Europe on a monthly basis.
  • Most memorable trips include our 9 days in Europe, our weeks’ cruise to The Bahamas, and the 2-day Southern Miss Extravaganza in Houston, and a very classy (seriously) Las Vegas wedding.
  • Total states: 9
    Total countries: 4

    *Denotes a first time visit.

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Asheville, North Carolina*
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Auburn, Alabama
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Bruges, Belgium
    Brussels, Belgium
    Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    Houston, Texas
    Jackson, Mississippi
    Jacksonville, Florida*
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Menlo Park, California
    Monterey, California
    Nassau, The Bahamas
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Oakland, California*
    Orange Beach, Alabama
    Palo Alto, California
    Paris, France
    Pebble Beach, California
    Perdido Key, Florida
    Sacramento, California
    San Francisco, California
    San Jose, California*
    Santa Clara, California*
    Stanford, California*
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama






    Me, eating a corn dog, at LSU Tiger Stadium. Your argument is irrelevant.
    posted on Oct 25 2011






    “Oh no! Don’t go in there!”
    posted on Jul 10 2011

    Got a little sentimental today when I was reminded that Monster Plantation was renamed Monster Mansion in 2009.






    A morning of dot-com bliss
    posted on Apr 4 2011

    Daxko was a partner at the CalSAE conference in Monterey, California. Nick (Daxko Connect’s product expert) and I spent Saturday morning driving around Silicon Valley on the hunt for some of our favorite dot-coms, Facebook and Google being the main interest.

    Sweet Moses, it was perfect.

    I’ve driven through Mountain View, Cupertino, Palo Alto, before, but that was long before the web fully took shape.

    First, much looks just like any other town you’ve visited. Strip malls and office parks, all of which are unassuming until you see ‘Loopt’ or ‘LinkedIn’ on the side of the building.

    Second, you drive past Facebook and never know you passed anything special. We did. Twice.

    Third, you cannot drive past Google without knowing you passed anything special. There are signs of the Googleplex long before you reach the main building. ‘Google St’ for example is a not so subtle sign.






    On the road again
    posted on Mar 28 2011

    6,112 miles flown in the last two weeks, and not an In-N-Out burger to show for it (though I’ll change that by the end of the week… at least once).

    LAX is my favorite. Always LAX.






    Learning to travel better
    posted on Mar 14 2011

    I’ll be traveling more than normal in 2011, therefore I’m doing my darndest to travel better.

    “Better” is defined as:
    – lighter suitcase
    – smaller suitcase
    – faster through security
    – faster at packing
    – faster at repacking
    – activity learning and practicing airport security tips/tricks

    Sound cheesy? I agree… until one has to get from DFW’s Terminal A to Terminal E in 16 minutes.

    To assist in my efforts I’ve been reading up on what others have to say about the ins and outs of business and personal travel.

    One of my particular favorites was this blog post, and the following snippets.

    I am very minimal when I travel.
    I never check luggage. I refuse to check luggage. I look down at people who check luggage. When I get on the plane I have a backpack with my laptop and a carry-on—that’s it.

    If you’re going to check luggage…
    you basically should just get back in your car, go home and not fly anywhere.

    […]

    When you fly: don’t wear sweatpants.
    Wearing sweatpants on a plane is like wearing a fanny-pack walking around Paris. It’s pretty much the same thing.

    […]

    I was on a plane once that lost all cabin pressure.
    We had to make an emergency landing in Buffalo. My nose started bleeding because there was no air-pressure…and then we realized that the only thing worse than crashing and dying was landing in Buffalo.

    […]

    One time I sat on a plane next to Britney Spears’ mom.
    That was hilarious. We talked about Britney for two and a half hours.






    Happy Monday
    posted on Jan 17 2011

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    We’re back from a cruise, and I’m sick! Woo-hoo, Monday!

  • Cruise 2011 on the Carnival Fascination with Chelsea and 6 other college or collegiate-related friends.
  • Half Moon Cay
  • Nassau
  • There an always-open pizza and ice cream bar on the ship. I gained no less than 33 lbs over the course of five days.





  • Happy (New Year) Monday
    posted on Jan 2 2011

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    Are we all back at work yet? I hope so. I started my new job two weeks ago. It’s tough being on cloud nine while everybody around just wants to go home and enjoy Christmas. Now… we’re back at work, and I can continue to be giddy.

  • Orange Beach for New Years with the in-laws at The Wharf.
  • Realized that Waffle House is to Chelsea what Chick-fil-A is to me.
  • Lots of football. Chelsea asked her father and myself (after almost a full day of college football on the television), “Don’t you ever get tired of watching football?” “No.” we immediately replied.





  • 2010 Travel
    posted on Dec 31 2010

    Total states visited: 12
    New states visited: 2 (Arizona, New Mexico)
    Total countries visited: 2

    Albuquerque, New Mexico*
    Astoria, Oregon
    Birmingham, Alabama
    Cannon Beach, Oregon
    Eugene, Oregon*
    Flagstaff, Arizona*
    Forks, Washington*
    Fort Smith, Arkansas
    George, Washington*
    Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    Jackson, Mississippi
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Memphis, Tennessee
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    New York, New York
    Olive Branch, Mississippi
    Orange Beach, Alabama
    Palm Springs, California
    Pearlington, Mississippi
    Port Angeles, Washington
    Portland, Oregon
    Sacramento, California*
    Tupelo, Mississippi
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Whitefish, Montana*






    The best license plates from our cross-country trip
    posted on Dec 22 2010

    It’s always smart to text and drive, even though it’s stupid. What’s even more stupid is trying to read, decipher, and record the greatest and/or most confusing license plates through 11 states.

    Here are the ones I managed to record into my iPhone while swerving through lanes.

    ANGUSBF

    AP REAL

    O VICKI

    TIKE

    DRPEPPR

    GO-BYE

    AP REAL

    SKISHING

    CJORUN

    SWOLE

    IM POWER

    UWNABME

    7WATER7

    3BLONDS

    NOMOTAX

    IQPD4ME

    GRLYGLS

    …and, last but not least, though certainly the most depressing…

    RIPGENE






    Photos from the road
    posted on Dec 21 2010

    Many of your followed our cross-country trek on Facebook and Twitter, so I’ll just post the highlights.

    If you want to view these and the rest, head over to Flickr.

    Needless to say, I got lots and lots of stares as I stood in the parking lot of Oregon’s athletic department in my bright orange Auburn shirt. It was well worth it. War Eagle.

    Chelsea’s car was broken into on night one. We found this out quite literally as the words “Sacramento seems like a really safe city” left my mouth. Thankfully, nothing of significant importance was taken.

    In-N-Out is one of those burgers that, upon initial consumption I was never blown away by. My last few experiences have made me nothing but an obsessed devourer and blind loyalist.

    So scarred by the break in, we felt the need to drive through Palm Springs for an evening at the Rancho Las Palmas.

    The bartender at Rancho Las Palmas inquired if she could use us as guinea pigs for new drinks. We did could, could never be able to, consume them all.

    Meteor Crater, AZ. Self explanatory and mind-blowing.

    Like The Eagles, I’ve stood on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. That’s a flatbed Ford. Evidently the ‘girl in the flatbed Ford’ was on her lunch break.






    Amtrak As Subway Map
    posted on Dec 8 2010

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    This is insanely awesome. Insanely.






    Our favorite things to do in Seattle, the Northwest
    posted on Dec 6 2010

  • German Monday’s at Prost! West Seattle.
  • Evening walks in Sculpture Park.
  • Evening walks around Green Lake.
  • Day/weekend trips to Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR.
  • Riding the Light Rail.
  • Gas Works Park on a sunny day.
  • Random trips to the outlet mall, sometimes adjacent casino, always adjacent McDonald’s.
  • Riding ferries, sometimes for no real reason.
  • Phở on cold, dark, rainy days.
  • Saturday morning pancakes.
  • Watching sports at Buckley’s.
  • Finding new coffee shops.
  • Tomato soup and Mac & Cheese at Beecher’s in Pike Place Market on freezing afternoons.
  • Mariners games.
  • Sounders games.
  • Seahawks games.
  • Annex Pub in Portland.
  • Scotiabank Theatre in Vancouver.
  • Aimlessly wandering University Village.
  • Movies at the Cinerama.
  • Sitting in Zoka for hours.
  • Mexican food at Cactus, and introducing any of our visitors to it as well.
  • Skipping stones on Alki Beach.
  • Browsing the stacks at Powell’s Books in Portland.





  • Happy Monday, eh?
    posted on Nov 15 2010

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    We went to Vancouver, BC this weekend for some relation and birthday celebration (myself on the 11th and Chelsea on the 14th)

  • The Opus Hotel.
  • Southern Miss beat #23/#25 UCF.
  • Chick-fil-A at Western Washington University.
  • Yaletown Brewing Company for beers, food, and TV screens showing nothing but hockey.
  • AgroCafe
  • Café Crêpe
  • On of my favorite movie theatres in the world: Scotiabank Theatre in downtown. It’s got a Burger King and Little Caesars inside. Is your mind blown yet?
  • Once, again, steaks at Joey.
  • Window shopping/almost buying on Robson Street.
  • The Town was incredible.
  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work was great.
  • Found the Auburn game on TV at a bar. Surrounded by Southerners, no less.
  • Lunch on Granville Island, where Chelsea was attacked by seagulls.
  • And now, three men making giant candy canes by hand:






    Happy post-Jasper Monday
    posted on Oct 25 2010

    In Seattle, only one day in September had temperatures above 80 degrees. Needless to say it was a bit of a shock to land in Birmingham, but a pleasant visit nonetheless. The nights were chilly and ideal for football.

  • Dinner with John, Matt, and Andy in Five Points on Friday.
  • I dug through old boxes which Aaron and I used to keep our childhood knickknacks (it’s weird to see that word spelled out). How my. Some goods that will require their own post.
  • Walker vs. Curry on television? Incredible. Amazing. Yes, please. Broadcast to the Birmingham metropolitan area no less.
  • Pumpkin carving. It went on, but don’t look to me for results I can claim.
  • A full day of watching football with the family. How bout that Cam Newton?
  • Completely unnecessary late night trip to Walmart. Worth every second.
  • Church at Dawson Memorial Baptist of Sunday.





  • Tweeting From Walmart
    posted on Sep 13 2010

    Of all my favorite events from the wedding weekend, tweeting from Walmart was by far my favorite.

    Here’s the story: I was in Olive Branch, MS. I got bored. I went to Walmart. I tweeted, with pictures some of the items I found. Glory.

    You can view the session by searching the term #TweetingFromWalmart. It was an abbreviated session due to the dying iPhone battery that mine and every iPhone possesses.

    My favorite item – Budweiser and Bud Light pajama bottoms – is above. Don Draper could sell these products with the tag line: “Budweiser pajamas… have on you, what’s in you.”






    Happy Monday: post Mississippi edition
    posted on Sep 12 2010

    Weddings! They’re fun. You see old friends. You witness two people commit the rest of their lives to one another! And they’re oh-so-flipping exhausting. I’m exhausted (and, truth be told, I didn’t really even do that much).

  • A four-day weekend in Olive Branch, MS.
  • A Saturday ‘o college football at Buffalo Wild Wings with friends who flew in from Seattle.
  • The dance, y’all.
  • Wedding time, in the Mississippi sticks.
  • Mississippi customizable tags, for the win.
  • Southern Miss defeats the powerhouse of Prairie View A&M.
  • Our reentry to Seattle, flying past Mt Rainier…






    Chick-fil-A Report: The Damage
    posted on Sep 12 2010

    I had a measly three days in the South. Our hotel was 5 miles from the nearest Chick-fil-A, and with a rental car at my side I did the most damage possible.

      2 Original Chicken Sandwiches
      1 Spicy Chicken Sandwich
      1 large fry
      2 small fry
      7 large sweet teas
      1 small Ice Dream

    It was my first time trying the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, and I actually liked it despite my “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. I actually found it quite spicy… but I’m a pansy after all.

    By the way, I haven’t done the calorie count on the aforementioned items. I’d prefer not too, but you feel free.