Monday, March 27, 2017

People Movers



I was living in Orlando, when the "New" now dated terminal was built at Orlando International Airport.  I can remember flying in and out of the old terminal - the one that started out as an Air Force hanger.  The new terminal opened in the 1980's and featured "People Movers" automated shuttles to move passengers from the central terminal to the outlying hubs with the gates on them.  The People Movers" were state of the art, fully automated, one of a kind, built by one of the aerospace contractors there in town. Ah, back in the good old days, anyone who could clear security (and they were mostly looking for drugs and guns) could go anyplace in the airport.  Small crowds would meet incoming aircraft to meet arriving passengers.  

After 30 years in service the airport is getting new People Movers.  The new ones are very like the old ones, a little more open, lighter, brighter - less seating.  The first replacements go to the oldest part of the terminal.  Replacements for the other side will come in a few years as the shuttles on that side of the terminal age-out of service.  

A new International Terminal is being built - the first new construction at the airport in about 30 years.  


What is your favorite airport? 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Five - Oh My!



So a couple of weeks ago, I took Jay over to explore the new MGM Casino across the river.  It is an impressive building, filled with interesting shops and places to eat. At 11:00 AM on a Sunday morning, it is filled with interesting people - oh-my!  We each put $5 in machines,  I cashed out $15.25 ahead after about 5 minutes, - Jay - not so much.  A whole $5 - gone.  

So a few questions: 

1: We were wandering through the shopping plaza, and a man went past us and into a men's wear store, wearing a bathrobe and slippers.  Have you ever had to go shopping in the morning before you could get dressed? 

2: Have you ever left a casino ahead? 

3: As we were heading into the Casino, a couple were coming out, he was either so tired or so drunk, he could barely walk.  Have you ever helped someone to a hotel room who could barely walk? 

4: Have you read "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?" 

5: Do you believe the advertising that "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?  

My Answers:

1: We were wandering through the shopping plaza, and a man went past us and into a men's wear store, wearing a bathrobe and slippers.  Have you ever had to go shopping in the morning before you could get dressed?  No, he was kind of cute, I wondered if he was buying something or trying to sell something - Oh-My! 

2: Have you ever left a casino ahead?  Yes, several times, to quote a bard, you have to "know when to walk away, know when to run!"  Oh my! 

3: As we were heading into the Casino, a couple were coming out, he was either so tired or so drunk, he could barely walk.  Have you ever helped someone to a hotel room who could barely walk?  A friend of mine got rather intoxicated as a conference five years ago, and I came to the rescue.  Oh my, it was the last time we did drunk Karaoke.  

4: Have you read "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?"  Oh my, yes, make sure you are feeling mentally stable before you start this one.  

5: Do you believe the advertising that "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?   Heavens no, what happens in Vegas, lives on forever on Facebook, making your friends all go "Oh My!" 



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Dinner Party Plans


Spo, the dear, recently posted about creating the menu for a dream dinner party.  I thought I would give it a try.  

Cocktails: Champagne 
Nibbles: Olives, and assorted cheese  
Appetizer: Cheese and Onion Tart (pictured above) 
Salad: Tomatoes, cucumbers, red-onion, and blue cheese. 
EntrĂ©e: Filet of beef (rare - to medium rare)  
Side: Saffron rice with Parmesan cheese 
Dessert: Blueberry tart (pictured above)
Afters: Eagle Rare, single barrel bourbon 

What would you make? 


Friday, March 24, 2017

What have I been reading 5th edition


I just finished The Unsettlers: In search of the good life in America, by Mark Sundeen.  Back to the land, or in search of the simple life, is nothing new.  Some of the first colonists came to North America in search of a simpler, good life.  The author tells the tales of several modern day people trying to live off the land.  The book has three primary families it talks about, the author, his wife and her family in Montana, a young couple homesteading in Missouri, and modern urban farmers in Detroit.

I have to admit from time to time, being drawn to the idea of a self sufficient life, at one time I talked about 10 acres with pigs and chickens and ducks. Kind of far fetched for a guy who hired a lawn service to mow the grass at a house on a 40 by 90 foot lot, because I didn't like the manual labor.

The tales tell of the idealism, insanity and commitment of the various families.  Having grown up 60 miles north of Detroit, I especially enjoyed the chapters about urban farming in the city.  What a struggle, and what committed people who have made a way to make it work in one of the toughest cities in the country.

The book is a little long, a little rambling and some of the character are a bit tiresome (the couple in Missouri are annoyingly committed to their cause.) For me the chapters about Detroit were the saving grace that kept me reading (I nearly deleted this one with out finishing it.)

What are you reading?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blogging Everyday


My creative energies seem to be all flowing into my work at the moment, I have sat here trying to think of creative things to write blog postings about - and I got nothing.  I don't want to break my unbroken streak of posting everyday, so I will reveal how I blog everyday. 

I create posts ahead of time and schedule them for posting automatically.  I look at the scheduled list every couple of days, and edit, moving things to different days, sometimes reverting them to draft.  Most of my postings are written and scheduled a week or two before they are posted.  I keep a backlog of partially completed draft postings, that I can draw on, when my creative energies are running low.  This posting was a draft, it started out talking about shoes, colors, and fashion,  I love the strong colors in the picture - I am re-purposing it to talk about creativity and blogging.  I tend to write 2 to 4 postings in a sitting, frequently on a weekend.  I try to keep at least a week ahead.  If I am going to be traveling, or I know an especially busy time is nearing, I try to schedule a couple of weeks worth of postings.  

For me the heart of every posting is a picture, I have about 100-gigabytes of digital photos to draw on.  A really great image, and the posting writes itself. 

My personal reason for posting everyday, was to develop my ability to write.  The discipline of turning out 7 postings a week, has made a difference.  I don't know if my postings are any better, but creating postings is certainly easier.  I will keep doing this as long as it is fun.  

How do you decide what to post? How do you create postings? 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

George Washington

Living here in the shadow of Washington DC, George figures large in local history and lore.  The hilltop that I live on, was once owned by George. 

He was many things, a legend in his own time.  The George Washington Masonic Memorial is at the end of King Street in Alexandria.  This larger than life statue is in the Memorial.  If not for the trees, I could see the memorial from my living room. 

What historical figure looms large in your neighborhood?   

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Patience

The light was changing as I approached,  rather than speed up and jump the gap like an action movie, I slowed and stopped.  I looked and the sailboat was a way out and moving slowly.  20 years ago I would have fussed and looked for a way out. This time I put the car in park and looked at the amazing surroundings.  I have developed patience.  What's the rush.  I was headed out to look at the ocean,  something I try to do when I am in Florida.  I took the extra couple of minutes to enjoy the view.


I am learning to live life, not rush through it.  To pause and smell the roses along the way.  

What was the last thing you paused to see?