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December 28, 2004

The Bus

When I'm in Europe, I have no qualms whatsoever about riding public transportation. Most cities there have great public trans systems to and from the airport. My own city has only bus service, but I'd never used it until this past trip. I figured I had a lot of time, and I wanted to walk the talk, so to speak. I mean, I've been spouting about how wasteful our society is and how horrible evil people exploit our wastefulness for profit, so it was time to take another step to reduce my support of them.

As it turned out, I found the experience rather pleasant. From my apartment, I walked across the street to the bus stop. Waited about five minutes, and the bus showed up. I'd already planned my route using the online tool, so I knew that I needed to have $1.25 in exact change, and that I needed to get a transfer. A few minutes later, I got off downtown at the transfer stop. This was the only annoying part, as I did end up standing there doing nothing for almost 20 minutes. But eventually, the bus to the airport came along and off I went. After a few stops, it was a straight shot right to the terminal, arriving less than 20 minutes later.

Total time: 55 minutes. Total cost: $1.25. Feeling good about myself because I accomplished something without being a fat, lazy, wasteful American: priceless.

Compare this to a cab, which would have taken about 25 minutes and $35.00. Or parking my own car at the airport, which would have been at least $60.00 for the 5 days I was out of town. Or even having a friend drop me off, which would have required bothering them and burning more gas for their return trip. I mean, if it wasn't for the 20 minutes lost waiting for the transfer, there just wouldn't be any good reason not to use this option all the time. As it is, it's totally worth it. If I have time, I'm going to try to use the bus to the airport all the time.

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December 16, 2004

What I want...

Or rather, what everyone else wants that I thought would be cool to attach myself to...

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December 14, 2004

12 is the new 11

Although I didn't think the storyline was quite as captivating as the original (well, original non-Rat Pack one, anyway) I had a ball watching Ocean's 12 yesterday night.

If nothing else, it was a string of "oh, I've been there!" or, in the case of the Amsterdam scenes, "oh, I was just there a week ago!" I found this to be quite amusing, and there were clearly several scenes that were stuck into the movie solely to get a rise of people who'd been to those places before... the driving scenes around Lake Como, the gridlock scene in Rome, the coffee shop/hash bar scene in Amsterdam...

The only thing I found a little strange was that the train that the egg leaves Paris on was said to have left from Gare du Nord, which does not service trains to Italy, as far as I know. Not that I'm one of those people that goes through movies with a fine tooth comb looking for this sort of thing, but this one kind of just stood out at me.

Anyway, all in all, a fun ride whether you've been to all the wonderful shoot locations or not.

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December 8, 2004

Europa Europa

Having just returned from a much-needed Europe trip, I thought I'd share some shots from various trips over the years.

Vaxholm is an idyllic island in the archipelago that guards Stockholm from the open sea. What a wonderful, peaceful place. Autumn 2004.

I captured this shot of a crew team on an early morning practice in Amsterdam, one of my favorite cities on Earth. Autumn 2002.

Here is Bedrich Smetana, the legendary Czech composer, as he stares out on the Vltava river as it winds through Prague, which inspired his most famous work. Autumn...

And finally just a late Autumn stroll in the fading light through Copenhagen. Autumn 2004.

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