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One Small Step

Forty years ago today, a Purdue alumnus (BTFU!) stepped off a ladder and into history. And yet last week the Obama administration had to hedge its bets regarding whether or not we’re going back – ever.

It’s easy to be pessimistic about designs so grand they almost elude comprehension. In an era of staggering [...]

NYC Photos

Much-belated, some happenings from NY, NY.

Only seven hours late so far…

 

Hooray beer!

 

St. Paddy’s parade I

 

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French flag?

 

Juxtaposition

 

I think these are grapes.

 

My first NYC hobo experience

 

Central Park I

 

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Strawberry Fields and the Dakota

 

Columbus Circle

 

FAIL

 

Remember me [...]

New Mexico Photos

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Florida Photos

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“Change of Equipment”: BROKEN PLANE

If a plane leaves Boston at 6:15 with broken landing gear, and the replacement part leaves Detroit at 11:00, what is the probability that I’ll make my 37-minute layover in Cincinnati?

Tedium

I sketched this in draft form on the back of my canceled boarding pass in Indianapolis, as sort of a nod to [...]

Luxembourg

Having been in Eastern Europe, it’s hard even to express just how comforting the rail system is within the Deutsche Bahn’s sphere of influence. I was planning on taking the night train from Munich to Paris, but it was fully booked, so I’m going to spend a few hours in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg [...]

Krakow

I spent an unplanned fourth night in Krakow last night, partly because I needed to use up my remaining zloty, but mostly just because the hostel here is so amazingly nice. It’s definitely way better than my apartment, and costs less to boot (something like $550 a month, including breakfast and dinner). Actually, it’s most [...]

Zakopane

I left Poprad on schedule; I was actually too excited about the hike to sleep well. Poprad, incidentally, is as far east as I’ll ever get; it’s all homeward bound from here on out. Rysy, where I crossed the border, is so steep that the last 500 m took 45 minutes, much of it spent [...]

Poprad

One strange thing about Europe in general: sales tax, which is very high by US standards (in the 15% range), is included in all prices. This is a fantastic idea from a practical standpoint, although I can’t quite square it with the informed-citizen, government-oversight thing. Bottle deposits, though, which are also high (10-20 cents), are [...]

Budapest

My Eastern European blitzkrieg has bogged down, as is typically the case. I spent the last two days in Budapest, having decided that Ljubljana in just too far out of the way (9 hours, and no night train). So the plan for now is to hike over the Slovak-Polish border at 2500 m, and then [...]