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Monday, April 26, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

what to do

Very rarely do I encounter a time where I'm generally unmotivated. There always seems to be something of an inner drive that pushes me forward, whacking me upside the head when I'd rather be just not doing something or otherwise procrastinating. And maybe it's just the rather long and stressful week I've had at work and trying to make sure that things are steady with projects and other events going on. But I must say...in regards to homework and writing papers right now...

I am unmotivated.

I'm not truly in the mode of procrastinating, per say. It's not that I'm looking for an excuse just to not sit down and write the paper. And I'm not finding myself doing other specific things that would be taking me away from writing.

I just don't want to do it.

I have a plan to write it this week, with a bulk of the plan to do the work happening this weekend. I'm confident I will reach my goal, and conquer this paper.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

ash ash and more ash

Hello everyone - I hope you're enjoying a nice weekend so far and getting a lot done.

I continue to be amazed at the news reports and stories coming from travelers in England and Europe proper. Continued flight cancellations and airport closures across Europe are causing empty airspace that hasn't been seen since WW2. Stories of stranded people in airports on cots and other passengers taking taxi rides for thousands of dollars across Europe continue to show how much these natural disasters impact daily lives. Here's the main gist of one story:

Mike Gore from Redditch: "We have just arrived home after a 2,000 euro ($2,700, £1,760) taxi ride from Courchevel in the French Alps. We are five adults and three young children.

"It was a tough decision to outlay the extra cash, which cannot be recovered from insurance, but with deteriorating prospects of a flight home any time soon and the cost of hotels in France, we are just relieved to be home having a nice cuppa.

"The taxi driver, Matt, has still got to get back and explain to his wife, as the fare was originally only to Geneva Airport."

I'm honestly thankful I'm not traveling overseas in anyway right now...except for the possible adventure something like this might provide for a vacation. Can you imagine a few extra days in Paris or Zurich because there's not a single airplane flying in Europe?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

the end of Midwest Airlines

Alas...it is official.


Even though the cookies might stay, its a sad day. So much for Midwest being an elite-style airline. That is now but a thing of the past.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

United Airlines incident

Maybe its just that I'm much more attuned to Qatari news since I was recently there, but this is just crazy...

There was an incident tonight on a United flight to Denver with a Qatari diplomat. They even scrambled jets.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Northern Mexico/Southern CA earthquake today

Hi all -

If you haven't seen or heard the news, southern California just experienced the effects of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that originated in northern Mexico, just to the south of Mexicali (which incidentally is also close to SDSU's Imperial Valley Campus in Calexico and third campus in Brawley).

This officially was my first earthquake that I've felt, and Karl had the pleasure of being on Skype with me when the whole building started to shake. It actually shook so much for so long that my cuckoo clock on the wall started itself. Gotta admit it was a little unnerving to feel it and just sit there as the walls are rolling around you. I actually wasn't sure what to do at first...Karl asked if there was something I should be doing, and I just blurbed out that I had no idea. Guess I'll add it to my list of things to read up on pretty quickly.

Anyway, check out the map above for the intensity San Diego felt - we are in the moderate category.