Great Circle Routes: PDX – AMS

Great circle routes fascinate me; they’re so unintuitive plotted on the two-dimensional maps we normally see. Heather flew from Portland, Ore. to Amsterdam last week, so I thought I’d map her flight. She flew over Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nunavut Territory, Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland (assuming the flight was straight, probably not a safe … Continue reading “Great Circle Routes: PDX – AMS”

And remember, it takes more muscles to frown than …

And remember, it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, even if the jokes aren’t that funny. Bob, the PDX shuttle bus driver Bob drives a shuttle bus between the Portland airport terminal and its economy blue lot. At least, that’s what he’s paid to do. Bob obviously views his role as so much … Continue reading “And remember, it takes more muscles to frown than …”

Weekend in Mendocino

View Larger Map We traveled to Mendocino, California, to attend a brother’s wedding. We had a wonderful time meeting new people, getting up to date with family and “old” friends, and touring the countryside. Once again, Heather celebrated her birthday away from home. Happy birthday, Heather! By the way, driving from Mendocino to Portland is … Continue reading “Weekend in Mendocino”

Pink for Liz Colligan

Many blogs participate in Pink for October to raise awareness of breast cancer. This October, blogan.net is honoring a very special individual, Liz Colligan: If you don’t know Liz, you should. She’s an amazing woman with a love of life, smart, caring, funny, and a dear friend (one of my many gifts from cancer). At … Continue reading “Pink for Liz Colligan”

Book and Blog: Gluten-Free Girl

On the way home from guitar group last night, I stopped at Starbucks and Barnes & Noble. Very little compares to the relaxation of wandering through a bookstore with a hot drink in hand. I’ve been told that I need to visit the library more and book stores less, but I wasn’t particularly planning on … Continue reading “Book and Blog: Gluten-Free Girl”

Worth two in the bush?

This morning I drove Melissa to school. She needed to arrive early for a field trip to the Oregon Coast. On her way out the door, she grabbed her lunch, her book bag, and then her shoes off the front porch. As I backed out of the driveway, she settled in and started putting on … Continue reading “Worth two in the bush?”

Airport blogging, part II

Once again, I sit in an airport terminal, blogging. However, unlike last time, the experience is not “too cool.” My flight from Sacramento to Portland is delayed about two hours, meaning I won’t take off until after I was supposed to land. And the wireless, though it exists, is not free. I’m too cheap to … Continue reading “Airport blogging, part II”

Happy New Year’s Eve!

As I start to write it’s a little more than two hours until next year. It’s been nearly a week since my last posting. Let’s recap. On Sunday, I officially entered the world of iPod. After ripping and transferring all of my CD’s, I have a 20-GB iPod that’s twice as big as necessary. Time … Continue reading “Happy New Year’s Eve!”