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DC: I know 6+ people, and saw 1 of them in 5 weeks, plus a bonus person from Baltimore.

Philadelphia: Within 25 hours I've seen all 5 people I know and introduced 3 of them to each other.

Truly it is the city of brotherly love.

More DC stuff

2019-Apr-07, Sunday 21:49
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Thursday I went to the Tidal Basin again. Not nearly as insane as last Saturday, and I had a good time, with lots of photos I haven't sorted through yet. I walked clockwise around the whole basin, taking in the Jefferson and FDR memorials this time.

Saturday I was in the area -- getting off at Smithsonian -- but going back to museums, hitting the Freer/Sackler museum of Asian art. Also snooping in and around the Smithsonian Castle a bit.

Today I explored Alexandria's Old Town, before meeting a friend for dinner, it was decent. Wouldn't feel compelled to live there; friend does probably because of her job in Naval Harbor, which is otherwise pretty painful to get to.

Last Sunday I'd seen Captain Marvel with her, which I guess I never mentioned here.
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I went to the DC Tidal Basin today to see the cherry blossoms. It felt like so was everyone else in the metro area: tons and tons of people. General crowds boosted by the DC Kite Festival happening on the National Mall, with lots of spiffy kites in the air: dragons, hawks, owls, other things. From a distance it looked like an aerial war fleet attacking the Washington Monument.

I almost felt sorry for the drivers trying to inch their way through the crowds. Was also surprised the roads weren't just closed.

Lots of cherry trees, lots of blossoms, lots of slow movement because crowds. It was pretty.

I did some sitting and gazing or reading, but mostly walking. I had neither the food nor friends for a proper ohanami picnic -- nor a nearby proper bathroom, one advantage of the Super Seekrit Boston Site.

Eventually I escaped, bounced off of long security lines at the nearby museums, and had a disappointing burger at a pub with a bathroom. After that I realized I wasn't that far from the White House, so I might as well go try to see it -- wasn't high on my list, but if I was there...

Turns out a huge area around it is cordoned off and it's barely visible. Not just the South Lawn "President's Park" on Google, and Ellipse; Wikipedia says the latter is open to the public but it didn't look it. Military helicopters were taking off or landing continuously, though.

Lafayette Park north of the WH was open, and hosted the protests you'd expect, plus an anti-circumcision protest I'd seen marching around earlier.

Other DC observations:
* Metro stations tend to have escalators to the exclusion of stairs
* They tend to have just one set of escalators, to the surface, while Boston stations tend to have multiple stairs up, often reach all four corners of an intersection.
* Lots of separated bike lanes.
* I'd heard people joke about the Washington Monument being phallic, but really, there's nothing else to call it. It's a tall tapering thing arising from nearly flat ground, with no ornament or other visual interest other than being a tall line, a permanent erection dedicated to the Father of Our Coutry.

DC metro pfft

2019-Mar-16, Saturday 19:39
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Wanted to go to a museum today, got to the station, found that on the weekend the Orange and Silver run every 22-24 minutes. Worse, today the Silver wasn't running east of Ballston, so I didn't get the usual overlap effect. 22 minutes! For a subway! On a Saturday afternoon! Really, now.

The Red Line that loops through DC seemed to be better, like every 12 minutes, which still isn't great.

Mostly did a lot of walking through Arlington neighborhoods today.

Ballston: lame
Rosslyn: almost but not quite dead
Courthouse: not bad, had cheap good Pho, passed interesting coffeehouses.
Clarendon: yeah that's the ticket.

Weird mix of lots of construction and lots of "opening soon" restaurants. Like the racist mall[1] food court was half "opening soon".

I may have passed a very pink cherry tree, so I need to look those up now. Hoping to get a better flower viewing experience was part of why I came down.

[1] "No low-riding pants allowed."

DC first week

2019-Mar-15, Friday 21:20
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My peregrinations brought me to DC Sunday, on an unexceptional if kind of long Amtrak ride (7 hours from Boston.) I'm actually staying in Arlington, which means I can add Virginia to my lists of states visited/slept in. Due to, um, high uncertainty at work, the week has basically been vacation.

Monday: Smithsonian Zoo. Decent, decent size, and free. Cold and vet meant a bunch of animals were out of sight, but I got to see all seven Asian elephants, quite a lot of gorillas and orangs, and some decent small mammals, including the always-cute and always-mobile sand cats. There were a couple of beavers, one of which kept attacking a metal door; I don't know if it was trying to get in for food, to go inside, or get to a female -- a third beaver was found on the other side.

The zoo also had a T. Rex skull, with conservation information of "Extinct"; I sent a picture to a friend, who replied "Are you okay???", I guess worried that I was feeling extinct. I just thought the info was hilarious.

Tuesday: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Pretty big. I think I managed to eyeball most of it in three hours, but that's with a hall being closed, and some pretty superficial eyeballing. I spent particular time in a mosasaur room, Mud Masons of Mali, African Peoples in general, and Human Origins. Mosasaurs are apparently overgrown monitor lizards, which I found kind of funny. Pterosaurs are archosaurs, like dinosaurs and crocodilians; plesiosaurs were apparently some whole other branch of reptiles, on the same level as archosaurs, turtles, and lizards.

Wednesday: mostly veg, with a bit of going out for restaurant food and shopping.

Thursday: long walk through Arlington, largely trying to find parks, even though nothing non-evergreen is green yet. I did find a couple parks that probably will be nice later, but my overall reaction to Arlington has been 'meh'.

Friday: long walk through DC proper. Got out at Metro Center, walked east along H street; very monumental even without actual monuments. (I.e. big buildings with little retail.) Chinatown has the standard gate and like a street or two of businesses, it's tiny. After consulting satellite views a bit, I jumped over to Dupont Circle as looking more residential/mixed than downtown DC, which it was. Nothing super exciting until I consulted some lists of DC walks, and discovered Embassy Row wasn't far to the west. Also that it's mostly along Massachusetts Avenue, a major street, which is pretty funny coming from Boston/Cambridge. I did see many embassies, there seems to be a range from "we can afford to lease a building" to "we can afford to build our own culturally-redolent building with security gates", Turkey being the star there. Japan had a huge ground but the big building looks like a bunker.

Then I headed further west into the Georgetown neighborhood, said to have a lot of nice buildings. It does! Though also really narrow ones. Certainly looked like a pleasant neighborhood, though I imagine the rents are high. Supermarkets... actually looks like you'd be near either a Safeway or TJ, so not bad there.


Metro: nnng. Rail is rated by distance, 7 day passes exist but are pricy -- $38.50 for 7 days, which would just fail to pay for itself if you commuted 5 days at the maximum distance for that pass. And I was told that still doesn't get you onto the buses, which is another $17.50 for a pass. Probably better just to load money on a card.

Escalators seem broken a lot. Some stations are reeallly deep. Actual stairs are very rare, it's all escalator or elevator. Lights on the edge of the platform light up when a train approaches. Stations have next train timing displays which are nice. The Red Line trains inform you that they are "a 7000 series train" and also have a dynamic route display like some of the trains in NYC.
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Belatedly, as I left three weeks ago.

* Many of the subway trains are this strange magical thing where the cars are hooked up like an articulated bus, and you can easily walk from one and of the whole train to the other without opening any doors. I am told this is standard for modern trains. Boston and NYC are not "modern".

* No ads on those new trains, or even space for them, except for a little electronic display next to the map.

* The greenhouses in the Botanical Garden are pretty neat, and membership is cheap -- CAN$20.50 one visit, and CAN$45 for a year's membership, I would totally get one if I lived there.

* It's not just the milk; all the grocery store cheese is labeled with the percentage of milkfat. Given the French roots, I don't know of this is more so you can avoid it or so you can seek it out.

* There were at least two bakeries, with fresh croissants, within 5-7 minute walk of where I was staying. OTOH at least one of the Large Supermarkets had rather meh bread selection.

* There was a macaronic and cheese restaurant, 'Macbar'. I had unkind thoughts about Quebec crossing French language and English cooking. This is the province whose special dish is fries with gravy and cheese curds.

* The steaks I bought from the markets came out pretty awesome.

* Canadian customs was a lot faster and more efficient than US. And somewhat friendlier. At least the Canadians didn't tell us they would confiscate a cell phone on sight. Entering the US we stood in line for over 10 minutes while "Agriculture" combed our bus thoroughly.
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* The weekly metro pass runs Monday-Sunday, not 7 days from purchase. Oops.
* The subway is every 5-10 minutes from like 5am to 1am. Beats Boston or even some NYC lines. The buses, though... I was deceived by staying near the 24, which does run every 10 minutes until 9pm, but most other lines seem more like 20-30 minutes.
* Supermarkets seem scarce, though I did find one today. (A proper one. Google Maps calls various things "supermarkets" that are lame corner/convenience stores.) It has many varieties of brie and Camembert for sale. Lots of smaller stores, quality ranging from "seriously meh" to "ooh, nice produce!"
* Apparently no whole milk, just 0, 1, 2, and 3.25% fat.
* Yogurt without gelatin! ...not as good as TJ/Strauss "European style". I may try "Balkan style" after I finish this one.
* Montreal has Uber and no Lyft, and no UberPool. I'm told Toronto has Lyft, I forget if it has Pool.
* My front door is literally flanked by maple trees.

travels

2018-Oct-14, Sunday 19:55
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In Malden. Not too exciting. Yesterday I saw a "Mountain Park" on the map, right behind my house. It's a decent size but doesn't seem to have trails, just one driveway up to the peak. That was surprisingly busy at dusk: some public library reading even, and amateur astronomers setting up. I thought about staying but had Urgent Shopping Plans.

Which were to go to the nearest Trader Joe's, in Assembly Square. That's part sad imitation of a real city, right by the T stop, and part giant parking lot and mall. TJ is beyond the parking lot, and despite all the space it had, somehow felt anemic. Still, I got stuff, especially cheaper nuts and cheeses and frozen shrimp. Which I cooked today, my fanciest thing since going nomadic.

My 'roommates' still haven't figured out how to turn off the shower without the water running, after two weeks. Nor how to get out without dumping water on the floor, or the poor mat on the floor.

I've had five hosts so far and not one has provided a washcloth.

TJ has started selling nuts in re-sealable bags. Yay!

The Orange Line seems less reliable than I recall from last year; there seem to be a lot of unexpected waits at stations.

MTA vs. Boston

2018-Sep-30, Sunday 19:27
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Obvious: many more lines, more frequently.

Lots of schedule complexity; supposedly people actually are addressing the "MTA falling apart" problem, but in the short term the solution for that (closures, rerouting, and delays) looks much like the problem (closures, rerouting, and delays.)

No phone signal in the tunnels. OTOH, wifi. It wasn't that solid the one time I tried and I didn't need it, plenty of reading material on my phone. Though it'd be good when you need to re-check your navigation, or communicated with people (via something other than SMS.)

Lots of different car types, none with a simple printed line map as are universal in Boston cars. Some did have an electronic line map that shows where you are and where you're going -- very nice, if you're in the right place to see it.

I never noticed the announcers announcing the wrong station, as is ubiquitous on the Boston red line.

Fares: in Boston, it takes 5 round trips for a 7 day pass to pay for itself, or 4 if you're comparing to using CharlieTickets instead of CharlieCards. For a monthly pass, 19 or 16 round trips. In NY a 7 day pass needs 6 round trips, and a 30 day pass 22. Also, the 7 day pass expires at midnight, whereas Boston passes are timed so you get a full 24x7 hours from first use.

last day in NYC

2018-Sep-29, Saturday 22:15
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Technically that's tomorrow, but I'm just getting put on a bus. Well, putting myself on a bus. Anyway, today is my last full day this trip. And it started out sucking! Loud party nearby, vibrating my room to 4:30am. So that was a thing.

I figured I would go to the Met, but when I got to Central Park, the day was *perfect*. I decided the Met is always there while the weather will be changing (sometime...) and I should enjoy the outdoors.

There's an Ancient Playground, which is basically a playgound in "ancient" style. I would have taken a photo but I was self-conscious of photographing lots of kids. And it's easier to link to someone's else's photo anyway.

Then I found myself trapped on the 86th transverse, which is a road, with sidewalk... and no escape for pedestrians. Or if there is one, it was blocked off by police for some big Global Citizens concert, which was disrupting much of the park even when I finally did escape (by walking *all the way through* to the west side.) I'd found the Ravine last time, but it might have been walled off today. Then again...

Central Park keeps confusing me. Lots of twisty paths, few maps, and the maps don't show you where you are on the map. At least the Ramble Path ones don't.

Anyway, I did have fun, but it was annoying too.

So, next. I grew up reading Calvin Trillin's food humor essays, in which he extols Katz's Deli, and Russ and Daughters. He was writing in the 1970s but these are still around! Or things with their names are, anyway. Russ was closed but I went to Katz. It's big! And busy! And... expensive! $23 for a pastrami sandwich! I don't know if their pastrami is supposed to be that good and expensive -- and their roast beef, and their bologna -- or if they're just milking popularity. I let myself be milked.

It was... okay. I'd be hard pressed to imagine a sandwich that I could agree was worth $23 -- wagyu beef, maybe. I'm not sure this was even the best pastrami I've ever had. It was different, almost like chunks of beef, vs. thin sheets or basically shredded. And there was a lot of it. But, eh. It came with two kinds of pickles, I assume the small dark tasty one was kosher dill, don't know about the bigger bright green one.

Oh right. Outside the Met I'd had a hot dog from one of the ubiquitous food stands. Then I saw a Nathan's stand so had a Nathan's dog, plus fries. The hot dog was definitely different -- thinner, firmer, different flavor. Maybe better. The fries were bland and almost wet inside.

Man, this sounds like I'm raining on NYC, or at least its institutions. But I've had fun. The ferry was cheap and fun. Dim sum yesterday was great (good, and also a bunch of things I hadn't seen before). What little I saw of the AMNH was great. I know the Met is good. And probably better on a weekday with fewer people in it...

What I really miss getting to is the Bronx Botanical Garden. But it's like 1.5 hours from where I'm staying -- or an hour via some Harlem train that runs once and hour -- and I didn't feel I left home early enough to make the trek worth it.

ny

2018-Sep-26, Wednesday 15:24
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There are so many little deli/convenience stores near each other, sometimes 2 or 3 on one short block. Weird. Also the supermarkets are either one-off or small chains I don't recognize: Associated, Key, City Fresh.

Met DW:conuly a three days ago, that was fun.

Explored Bedford area of Queens, and south Brooklyn, took the south Brooklyn ferry north and saw the Statue of Liberty, far off like a little action figure. Nighttime perspective was weird, it *felt* closer.

Otherwise been working, haven't seen much. There's a nice Japanese restaurant right across from me, with cheap lunch specials -- even cheaper because the price includes sales tax! When I first walked in it was playing "Auld Lang Syne", which is what Japanese stores play at closing time.

Bronx Zoo and stuff

2018-Sep-20, Thursday 18:38
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Went yesterday.

Biggest zoo in North America, one of the biggest in the world, must be awesome, right? Actually my impression was that it doesn't have more exhibits than other large zoos, but has more space for them. So six giraffes can probably go hide from each other, and there's a big paddock for a breeding herd of Pere David deer, and the House of Birds keeps going though the second floor aviaries aren't actually that big, but there are two of them, plus a separate large aviary for sea birds, and an aquatic bird house...

Wednesday is "suggested admission" day, which probably increased the crowds; that's why I was there! Some things like gorillas and butterflies you need a full ticket for -- *that* was discounted too, down to $15, but I figured there would be enough free material to fill my 3.5 hours, since I left home late.

The Pere David were a soft spot for me. A childhood book was Gerald Durrell's A Bevy of Beasts, and I dimly recall the story of the finding of the Pere David, and of him trying to nurse a deer or something during his apprenticeship at Whipsnade. Deer usually aren't very exciting for me but it was nice to see these, and read about the zoo breeding them, and in fact there were a whole lot, lying together in a pile.

Got a glimpse of a tiger. Hyenas and elephants AWOL. Distant view of African wild dogs, which looked pretty big. Also lions are thugs, stealing from hyenas and wild dogs. A placard claimed lions would steal a dog kill in 8 minutes, which sounds implausibly precise, and that a whole pack of hyenas can't stop a male lion, which matches a video I saw, though in that the hyenas were poaching the lion cubs.

Getting to the zoo was supposed to be 1.5 hours and ended up being longer. After exploring the area for food, I found a faster way back, the 5 instead of the 2. I ended up staying until City Hall; no food there but a busy pathway which turned out to be the Brooklyn Bridge. I walked it to say I had, got to Brooklyn, saw nothing, and took a train back.

AMNH

2018-Sep-17, Monday 10:12
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is huuuuge I was there for 3-4 hours and feel like I barely scratched it. Went through the ocean hall, some forest halls, and some Asian Peoples halls. Some neat exhibits on forest microclimates, and various cultures. OTOH lights were often out, and many placards have terrible text contrast even in bright light.

NYC travel

2018-Sep-15, Saturday 01:23
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Grid Madness

The physical streets are nice grids, but the numbering in Queens is odd. The block south of me is the 400s, whereas mine has addresses like 17-11.

The City That Never Sleeps

Certainly up later than Boston. This residential neighborhood has Crown Chicken and Top Gourmet open at 12:30am, among other things.

Conservatory Scale

I looked up Central Park Conservatory, and found the Conservatory Garden, in NE Central Park. It turns out to just be a formal garden, the only one in the park. It seemed small -- and compared to Central Park, or any proper botanic garden, it is. But it has three fountains and is at least two minutes walk north-south, it would be a sizable city park by itself.

nomad: Queens

2018-Sep-11, Tuesday 20:47
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Staying in Queens now. I've been in better Airbnb places, but in the spirit of not wallowing in negativity, let's move on.

Grids! I can walk around at random and take different routes and not get lost! Unlike most of Boston area.

And so many businesses. There are clusters, but there are lots along the short blocks, all over. Laundromats and convenience stores and delis and such. Again, not so true in Boston (or Camberville) where squares and rare arterials sequester all activity.

I haven't seen much else yet. Got here late Sunday, and have had to work, or been tired rapidly. I need to be available for Skyping tomorrow too, but hope to start hitting zoos after that.

Nomad

2018-Sep-06, Thursday 12:35
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My lease with Psycho Killer Cat is up, and I chose not to seek a new one, for reasons like "want to travel more" and "fear committing to another lease with a startup job". So I'm back to the Airbnb migration I was doing for six months last year. It'll probably be harder now, as various cities have been cracking down; certainly Cambridge and Somerville rooms seem a lot scarcer now, though I was also looking last minute at a busy period. OTOH, I'm aiming to actually travel this time, with two weeks in NYC next week.

I suppose there are various degrees of nomadism: last year, and also my three months in Europe back in 2010, were lots of 1-4 week stays; other nomads might stays for some months, or even a year, before moving on. My boss is friendly to my 'working vacations', though I don't know if he'd be happy with my disappearing from town for 3 months...

So far I've stayed a couple days in North Arlington, and currently Watertown a mile west of the square. Both were quiet and sleepy, apart from yardwork. Arlington did have a reservoir and the Great Meadow nearby. NY will be in Queens.

Lots of Lime (dockless) bikes in Arlington and Watertown; my first attempt was pretty negative though, as the seat kept collapsing under me, which is a *really* unpleasant feeling: pain and ache up through my right inside (like, not the skin muscles, but further in.) I poked at a bike in Watertown, which seemed more stable, but chickened out of renting it.

On recent bouncing

2017-Apr-29, Saturday 21:48
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Twice cast out, shy of permanence, I roam the 'hoods of Boston.

Hilton was horrible to a friend. Her compensation? Three nights downtown for me.

Oak Grove home, great view.
Reason? Same as price: a steep slope
And slippery icy death.

Oak Grove, land of giant parks.
Malden Center, land of small shops.
Which is more alive?

Life in Orient Heights:
East Boston famed for plane noise
Home eerily quiet

In Cambridge, geese walk the River
In Revere, planes fill the skies

"No one takes the Blue Line", say Cantabrigians
Just poorer and browner people
Who enjoy working trains.

Blue Line stations clean, bright, spacious
Are they a real subway?
Red Line gut says no.

From a plain dark box, with two forks and no can opener,
To a home full of rugs, plants, and Buddhas.

If you meet Buddha by the catbox
Try not to piss on him.

Springtime paradox:
Plants have sex by wind pollen,
I hide indoors.

Jamaica Plain green and quiet,
Land of vegans, queers, Dominicans.
Co-worker fears crime: "Please don't die!"

One hostess: absent, unmet.
One hostess: garrulous and gift-giving
One hostess: fleeing to China.

Orange Line, Blue Line, Orange Line
Not a Trader Joe's for miles.
Just great Mexican food.
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After a couple of visits, I wasn't expecting surprises from Glendale, but that was foolish of me. On Monday I went on one of my walks, soaking up sunlight and enjoying a close hill to walk up, heading toward streets I knew climbed up while still have sidewalks. After a while having done so without water bottle seemed foolish, but I found myself close enough to push on to the Brand Library -- "currently open" on Google Maps -- where at least there'd be water, and supposedly some park.


So suddenly I find this:





Inside I find a library with the expected bathrooms and water fountains, but also extensive art galleries featuring the work of various artist collectives. When I was done with that, and paid more attention to the collection, I found nothing but art and music books. Turns out it had been the mansion/ranch of Brand, who held parties you had to fly in to attend. The property was donated to Glendale on the condition of retaining an art focus, and so we find a public library branch that's devoted to the arts.

There was also a teeny tiny Japanese garden (free!) on the property, along with some doctor's Victorian house that had been transplanted there, and roads up into "wilderness area".

As a bonus, when I finally left, I took a different route, that happened to take me to the "Kenneth Village" I'd seen hinted at on directional signs. Nothing *too* special, just a little cluster of shops and restaurants, but as northern Glendale is pretty thoroughly residential, it was a nice surprise too.
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A post I made elsewhere, on my past many trips:

I had an awesome conversation with some girl I was sitting next to, though she never wrote me back afterwards. One of my first photos with a new camera was of another cute girl across the aisle (I asked permission.) One time I sat next to a vet who had a pet ferret in his backpack. I didn't ask where it crapped.

The station in San Francisco sells porn. The station in Omaha mostly sells stuff with crosses or other Christian themes. Also one time the Omaha station felt like a refugee camp: 4am, possibly some bus was delayed due to drivers, lots of people sitting around looking bleary with what looked like their worldly possessions. (not really)

It was neat stepping out in or near Salt Lake City and seeing the mountains there.

Heading west to Spokane I encountered my first dry electrical storm, not having ever heard of such a thing. It was really creepy: no rain, no sound, not even many visible lightning bolts, just the sky flashing frequently. I had crazy thoughts about Canadian nuclear barrage or something.

Montana really is Big Sky Country and it gives me the willies.

Some line not far west of the Mississippi river separates "not enough rain for many trees" and "trees will grow unless actively suppressed". This first became obvious when I woke up in Arkansas, going east, and Surprise! Trees! outside the window.

If you're north enough there are trees in the west again, but they're stands if not plantations of conifers and really boring.

Around 2005 our bus almost broke down in the Rockies; certainly the air conditioning stopped working. The driver said their new CEO had previously cost-cut Northwest Airlines into bankruptcy. Around this time the company also dropped a lot of the small town stops, including the not-that-small college town of Bloomington Indiana. Around this time I stopped riding Greyhound much...

travel notes

2015-Jan-15, Thursday 10:30
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Inbound, I'd noticed signs at Chile's immigration advertising their use of antimicrobial copper. Outbound, I think I actually found the use: the desk area in front of the agents looked like copper. I'm not sure how useful that is, but I guess it won't accumulate germs from the papers of the person in front of you, and the agent's hands might get cleaned resting on the copper.

Chile continues to be a model of efficiency for customs. There's a dozen or two agents, and a single line, with numbers and sounds telling the head of the line which agent is free. Very fast. Chile isn't always efficient, often not, but they're great at this. Unlike JFK's two agents for US citizens, one line per agent, and slow. Probably because apparently even dual citizens get fingerprinted, at least if they wave their other passport around. Being a US citizen doesn't save you from being treated like a criminal.

Santiago's security claims "no liquids" now, but they don't actually notice/care about a half-liter of water in my duffel. US flights still have agents between the gate and plane, confiscating such bottles. The replacement bottle cost $4.40 from Hudson's in JFK. Geez!

JFK's security was like half an hour long. And still having shoes off and laptops out, unlike my last two Logan experiences.

OTOH, gotta like the abundant plugs at the gates. Just one side of this wall has four plugs, 3 USB ports, and two Qi circles.

My actual gate, 2, has a low and dark ceiling; I'm hiding out in gate 5 which has high arched ceilings.

CNN is hosting two women arguing about family leave and Obamacare. White Republican talking about Obamacare "killing family business", black woman calling her on it.

I just noticed: in addition to the TV, there's an even bigger and eye level LCD display just carrying ads. I'd managed not to notice until now, in part due to being on my laptop, but yeesh. Welcome to America, land of ads everywhere.

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