October 8, 2008

Lake Time

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We’re loading up the family truckster and heading to Prince Edward County for Canadian Thanksgiving. It will be McLean’s first car trip over 7 hours… and first trip to the motherland!

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February 14, 2008

Beware Paradise

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An ominous— almost “Lost” like— warning decal has been applied to the sliding door of our beach front bungalow.

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February 13, 2008

Stress Relief

We’re off this afternoon to San Juan for a little Valentine’s Day R&R. We’ll be back on Sunday.

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November 15, 2007

Big Surprise Easy

I’m on flight to New Orleans!?! As a total surprise wedding anniversary gift, my wife packed a bag for us and tricked me onto a cab headed to the airport. I needed this break! Here comes Bourbon Street! Po-Boys and Hurricanes!

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October 4, 2007

Action de grâce

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Off to the County for Canadian Thanksgiving. We should be back on Tuesday.

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July 13, 2007

Tai O Fishing Village

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Lantau Island, China 2007

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June 19, 2007

Ascend

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Lantau, Hong Kong 2007

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June 11, 2007

City state of lights

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Hong Kong, China 2007

I'd forgotten from my Australia school days how grueling the flights across the Pacific can be. 5 hours to Europe is a lot easier than 18 hours to Hong Kong. Well worth the trip however, today we venture out for bespoke goodness and steam buns (aka soup dumplings).

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June 8, 2007

Departures

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We’re off to Hong Kong for the week. We’ll be coming back through Winnipeg to attend Uncle Jack’s service in Morden. It’s going to be quite the clan gathering, and the first time I’ve been back to the prairies since I was a kid.

Sorry Neil, you’re on your own for the WWDC keynote this year!

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May 21, 2007

Congratulations

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David & Missy. Lake Travis, TX 2007

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May 16, 2007

Giddy-Up!

We're off to Austin, Texas for the much anticipated Popp-Lloyd nuptials.

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February 14, 2007

Rome

We caught a late night sleeper train from Paris through the Alps to Rome last night. The perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. On a less romantic note, a pin has fallen out of my Treo’s sync/charge cable and I can no longer juice up my cellphone. If I don’t stumble upon an Orange or Vodaphone store I’ll be offline and unreachable. I’ve been working on a McGyver fix with little luck. I’ll probably get shocked.

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February 8, 2007

Par Avion

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As if we haven’t had enough travel adventures this week, we’re off to Paris for a few days. I’m sure we’ll be happier getting stuck in Paris instead of Oswego County.

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February 7, 2007

Home at last

Here's what Interstate 81 South looked like at Parish, NY yesterday morning. This was "great" conditions-- you could see more than 15 feet in front of the car. It was unclear when we were on the expressway or on the brink of ending up in the ditch. (note the taillight in the distance. That car had driven off the road and was abandoned by it's driver)

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February 4, 2007

Be careful what you wish for

We're caught outside Watertown in a lake-effect blizzard. I'm getting more snow than I bargained for. We've been forced off Route 81 and into a dirt-bag trucker motel. It's got free wi-fi -- AND the Puppy Bowl on TV. Hopefully the weather will let up before the morning and we can make an early escape.

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February 2, 2007

Long weekend

Off to the Great White North to see what a couple of feet snow still looks like. Global warming sucks. I miss snow.

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December 26, 2006

Happy Boxing Day

We’re still in FLA. Note to self: never fly Southwest again. Getting down here sucked. I dread even thinking about the trip back.

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December 22, 2006

Bah Humbug

It’s been a long December … I’m completely spent from the holiday season. We’re off to Florida to visit Joanne’s mother for Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope to see much more of everyone in 2007.

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July 21, 2006

Vineyard Bound

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We’re off to Martha’s Vineyard for the next week. Hopefully it’s cooler there than it has been here.

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July 10, 2006

Roman Candle

Dave’s Canada Day/July 4th fireworks spectacular:

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Prince Edward County, Ontario Canada 2006

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June 29, 2006

Dominion/Independance Day

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We survived the flooding with just the river lapping at the building’s back door. We’re off to Prince Edward County for the Canada Day/4th of July long weekend with a posse from NYC. Small town rural Ontario is going to be culture shock for the New Yorkers. We’ll be back next Wednesday.

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May 7, 2006

Vegas Baby

Tonight I’m off to Las Vegas until Wednesday. I’m staying at the Venetian— which will be interesting after being in the real Venice two months ago. It’s my first trip to Vegas— and you know how it goes: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…

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April 5, 2006

Quando parte il prossimo aereo per Milano?


I’m off to Milan for the Design Fair. I’ll be back early next week. Arrivederci.

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February 10, 2006

Arrivederci

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We’re off to Italy. 3 days in Florence, 3 days in Venice. Ciao.

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January 25, 2006

Leaving on a jet plane…

Off to San Francisco for the next few days. I’ll back next week.

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November 11, 2005

One sheet to the wind

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The Bite at Norman Island, BVI 2005

Yes, it may look like Murph is getting impaled by the pulpit— but he’s actually 6 feet forward of the bow swinging on the spinnaker halyard.

We’re off to the islands for 7 days of R&R. I’m taking a cantenna to see if I can’t “weeze the juice.” If I can get online, I’ll post some island shots.

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October 20, 2005

Time flys

Today is my 11 month wedding anniversary. We have one more month left as “newly-weds”. After next month, it’s all downhill with the nagging and the yelling.

Just kidding. I’m really surprised how fast the year has flown by. This time a year ago we were stressing over wedding logistics that we thought would end the world— of course they turned out to be nothing. Today, I couldn’t be happier. My only repeating stress is house hunting.

Tonight, we’re headed to Barclay Prime for martinis (and if I can swing it, the $100 foie gras/Kobe beef cheesesteak).

Tomorrow, I’m finally taking a break from the old ball and chain. Again, I joke, I joke. But seriously… I’m road-tripping to New Hampshire with some old fraternity brothers for a back-woods-beer-soaked-skeet-shooting-man-venture.

Hee-haw.

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September 9, 2005

Ass, grass or gas— nobody rides for free

Gas Pump in Tully, NYI won’t call myself green or an environmentalist (though we should all be) and I’m definitely not a tree-hugger, but we’ve got to get off the fossil-fuel-train. I have no doubt that a gallon of gas will hit $5. Nobody thought it would hit $3 so quickly and it did. It won’t be long before we’re paying $100 to fill a tank.

Since I’m a longtime city dweller, I haven’t owned a car for over 10 years. We take taxis, trains and borrow cars from family when we need one. For a year we have been thinking about getting a Mini Cooper, but the thought of paying $150 for gas a month is far from appealing. With a beach house in Delaware (2 hour drive) and a new house being built in Canada (8 hour drive), I’m going to be gobbling up the petrol.

Dunc’s diesel Jetta gets a whooping 45 miles to the gallon- which is fantastic. He’s now looking into fueling it with fryer-oil and bio-diesel. Added benefit: both can also run in his oil based home furnace.

I’ve begun researching hybrids as our first car. The Toyota Prius gets 60 mpg city and 51 mpg highway. An unmodified Prius can push 100mpg with the pulse and glide trick. Mods and hacks to allow plugging the Prius into the grid to charge at night and adding additional banks of batteries to the trunk have the ability to push the Prius closer to 200 miles/gallon.

$3000 in local and federal tax credits is also sweetening the deal. I just wish there as a sexier hybrid out there— and a hybrid diesel-electric running on bio-diesel would rock the party.

If anyone else is interested in weaning themselves away from the pumps, here’s some blogs I’ve been following:

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September 1, 2005

Labour Day Weekend

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We’re off for the next 5 days to Prince Edward County. We’re finishing installing the sound system and network into the new cottage. Thanks to Brad Choate and SixApart, I’m able to easily post again to this blog. Their support was absolutely outstanding. I’ll try to post some Mo-Phos from North of the border.

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August 4, 2005

Del Bocca Vista Phase II

We’re off to sunny and hot Florida for the next 5 days to see Joanne’s mother’s new house. We’ll be back Tuesday with with our fill of scorching sun, golf carts and palm trees.

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June 17, 2005

CapeCodapaloza

I’ll be on the Cape for the next few days. If I have service I’ll mo-pho.

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February 10, 2005

Bonhomme de Carnaval!

BonhommeAs a Valentines Day treat for JJG— I’m taking her to the motherland for some romantic R&R in Quebéc City. We’ll be catching the last days of Carnival. Last time I was in Quebec City was a 4 grade school trip from Montréal to the Plains of Abraham. I’m sure the trip will be a lot more fun this time with cheese and Caribou (a “feisty alcoholic beverage”).

There’s no better way to cool down than drinks at the Ice Palace and tobogganing down the front of the Chateau Frontenac. We’ll be back on the 15th. Au revoir!

 

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January 20, 2005

Minor, low-speed derailment

Minor derailment? It cancelled my train and delayed all northbound trains for hours. That’s not minor— and despite what it says, hour delays and cancelled trains does not constitute “service has returned to normal.”

I have a 4:30 new business meeting in New York and I’m screwed. AMTRAK sucks. It really does. My wife’s clients are all in NYC and she rides it a couple of times a week. It’s always late and it cost more than flying. The service sucks… and it’s still the lowest security target for terrorist.

I’m mad.

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January 16, 2005

Fully Pimped Ride: Maybach 62
Maybach.Bdg.500Friday night we took a spin in a $300,000 2004 Maybach 62. There’s only two in Manhattan— one is owned by Donald Trump and the other is the new house car at the Ritz Carlton on Central Park South. I managed to snap a crappy shot from the back seat.

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December 27, 2004

Tsunami photos

Photo sequence of tsunami flooding in Phuket resort. Amazing. JJG and I have been working on planning our honeymoon. One the finalist in our location choices was the Maldives. I’m glad we weren’t there.

Amateur Tsunami home videos:

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December 7, 2004

Next vacation spot

This beach in St. Maarten looks like a nice quiet place to relax. (More)

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November 12, 2004

Island time

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Sunday we leave for the pre-nuptial weeklong rum-fueled party in St. John. If the spotty GSM network in the islands works as planned, I’ll be posting regular Mo-Phos from my phone here on studio2f and the odd wedding week update on the Nuptia-Log. I’ll be back November 23rd… a little darker, a little larger and with my new bride.

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July 26, 2004

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San Juan, Puerto Rico 2004

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July 12, 2004

Copilot
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British Virgin Islands 2004

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June 25, 2004

What not to do at 35,000 feet

I think it would be pretty frigg'n annoying if the jerk next to me on the plane started up a video chat. As you can see-- there's no headset there (just headphones) so this guy would be talking fairly loudly into the powerbook built-in mic to get over the ambient jet engine din. This is the type of thing that causes air rage.(via Gizmodo)

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June 25, 2004

Assume the crash position
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Madrid, Spain 2004

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April 12, 2004

Prego

Wednesday afternoon I'm off to Milan. I'll be back on Monday. I'll try and post a Mo-Pho or two from the Design Expo.

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March 15, 2004

Rail attacks

I rode back and forth between Philly and New York this weekend. Despite articles like this- 3 days after the Madrid bombing- security has not noticeably tightened on the North East Corridor.

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March 15, 2004

POTD
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Barcelona, Spain 2004

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March 11, 2004

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March 10, 2004

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March 8, 2004

Touch down

We've just returned from St. Johns. I think I've overdosed on rum based items. I've got tons of photos. It's going to take time to sort through them all.

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March 3, 2004

Fruity island drinks
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Im off to do some location scouting in St. Johns. I'll be back on Tuesday. If I get a chance, I'll post some Mo-Phos from the Virgin Islands.

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March 1, 2004

Destination weddings

Recently I was at a party talking with some old friends when of one of those friends alluded to my upcoming destination wedding - of which many are very excited for. It was suggested my fiancée and I weren't being thoughtful to others by planning a destination wedding without taking into consideration the time and cost factors attached.

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February 24, 2004

Studio2f International Office
(c) 2004 Jonathan HudsonLook at how much work you'd get done in this productivity enhancing work space. No more bathroom breaks! This is my hotel room in Barcelona. Vodafone GPRS internet access from the throne room. The JJG iBook with D-Link Bluetooth module, and the awesome ZIP-LING USB cell charger. No need to carry my phone's charger. Likewise, the Apple world adaptors turn the iBook into the only power convertor I need to carry. iPod and cellphone both charge plugged into the iBook using the 220v wall plug. Cuts down on the cables and bricks in my luggage. Our room's only outlet was in the bathroom. Not even the TV had a wall plug. Not shown: bidet as workstation chair.

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February 24, 2004

Fat Tuesday

QTVR of Bourbon Street. (the lack of vomit and wall-to-wall drunks in the QTVR make it clear it was not shot during Mardi Gras). Here's what I found on Bourbon Street. Attending Mardi Gras shortened my life expectancy by a good 10 years.

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February 22, 2004

Vaca Shots
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Barcelona

Photos from my week in Barcelonia. Mo-Phos here.

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February 19, 2004

Touch down

We've just landed. Barcelona was a blast. Mucho fun.

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February 11, 2004

Leaving on a jet plane…
I'm off to Barcelona on Friday afternoon. If all goes as planned my beat up old T68i should roam there, and I should be able to post Mo-Phos live from Spain.

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September 26, 2003

Segway recall

Apparently they fall over when the battery dies. Duh. It's not magic. It's a battery operated device. How did Segway owners not realize this? (M. Parent: "Wait a minute- there's a COM-PUTER in there!?!?")

Consumer Alert: Airplanes and helicopters to be recalled next- they could fall out of the sky when out of gas.

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August 5, 2003

Traveling lighter

It's probably not a good idea anymore for me to carry on: my laptop, ipod, digital camera, lomo, gps, cellphone (w/camera), and sometimes a medium format camera and light meter. Other items to leave behind...

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