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Aaron’s taking a break

July 15, 2008 · No Comments

In Maine, this is called a beach.

Hey folks, I am heading up to Portland, ME for a week-long vacation tomorrow, so I won’t be posting quite as much as usual. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to let you know my thoughts on Craig Thompson’s upcoming signing with Arsenal (he’s all we can afford at this point), but otherwise I am going to enjoy some nice weather, the brisk freezing Atlantic ocean, and some good seafood. I don’t know if there is soccer in Maine. I don’t really care either. But don’t fret too much folks, I am sure Ed will take good care of this place.

Categories: Arsenal · Meta · Soccer · Travel

Could have used this in college

June 9, 2008 · No Comments

For everyone who’s ever done a college roadtrip, especially one to a football game, this sounds like an especially good idea.

Organization because Roy, head of the group’s travel committee, in fact the only member of it, has laminated the details of every stop on their tour of Switzerland in case anyone gets lost when a little worse for wear.

Categories: Drinking · Soccer · Travel

Random Things That Make Aaron Happy: JetBlue Renovating JFK Airport’s Famous Terminal 5

June 2, 2008 · No Comments

I was reading Wired yesterday and discovered that JetBlue is renovating the famous TWA Terminal 5 at JFK Airport in New York and will open it to flights in September. As an aviation nerd (too many afternoons spent at Gravelly Point, I guess) I think it is so cool that this piece if iconic architecture (designed by Saarinen, just like the Gateway Arch and Dulles Airport) is not only reopening, but reopening as an airport terminal, doing what it was always intended to do.

Updated: Here is another link to the T5 Project.

Categories: Architecture · Travel

Vegas Thoughts

April 10, 2007 · No Comments

After an exhausting month working nonstop in Suburban Las Vegas, I am back. Thank God.

For people who don’t have the gambling jones, like me, Vegas loses its appeal after about a week. Seriously, the coolest things I saw in Vegas were, in order:

  1. Wynn-Penske Ferrari Dealership in Wynn Hotel. For $10 you can get up close to all the newest models of Ferrari and Maserati and also get a look at some of Wynn’s personal cars, like a classic F40.
  2. The water show at the Bellagio. Legitimately cool

Well, that’s about it really. I can’t even get to three.

Anyway, it’s great to be back and I will be blogging regularly and posting to regularly again.

Categories: Meta · Personal · Travel · cars

Watching my favorite TV Show

January 2, 2007 · No Comments

So I am sitting here watching my man Anthony Bourdain and the beginning of the new season of his show No Reservations. If you have any interest in travel or food, this show is undoubtedly for you. He is viciously funny and the most daring traveler and eater I’ve ever seen. (Even I won’t eat Bee Larvae… maybe) Also, his three books, Kitchen Confidential, Cook’s Tour and The Nasty Bits are spectacular. He does more to dispel the “Idiot, Unadventurous, American Tourist” stereotype than anyone else.

I hate unadventurous travelers. I had the misfortune of traveling to Israel some years back with many of them and they made our lives miserable. Always scared of new foods, new cultures, anything that stretches their comfortable little Walmart, McDonalds, Outback, Abercrombie-rotted minds - they were ever negative stereotype of both Americans and Jews. Needless to say, I came home feeling pretty down about the state of my fellow youth after dealing with those folks.

Next time you travel, or even just travel into one of more ethnic corners of Fairfax County (like mine perhaps) try the ethnic joint with the packed tables. Trust me it’ll be worth it.

If you live in the DC area and are up for some Bourdain-like food exploration, Tyler Cowen’s ethnic food guide is a must-read. He is a renowned economics professor at George Mason, who also happens to be an amateur food reviewer of local restaurants. If Tyler likes it, odds on is that the restaurant is good.

Categories: Books · Food · Television · Travel