Sunday, April 11, 2004

GPS Route

The route shown below is a representation of a wild goose chase. Basically I decided to go to Microcenter and the Apple Store in Houston to buy some Apple stuff. So I switched on the Garmin eTrex Vista GPS unit as I left the apartment (bottom right) and proceeded to drive the freeway to the West Loop/Galleria area (right top and left sides of the rectangle. The return journey was down Richmond Avenue.

Why a wild goose chase? Well, all the computer stores in Houston seem to have honored Easter Sunday as a holiday - since when did the soldiers of commercialism take a day of rest other than Christmas?

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Maturin-Caracas-Houston

I left Maturin Friday lunchtime (the evening flight was cancelled as it is Easter, a major holiday in Venezuela), overnighted in Caracas and flew on to Houston today. Continental upgraded me to First Class which was very nice indeed (believe it or not, other airlines would rather have an empty First Class than reward frequent flyers with an upgrade!). The photo below was taken from my airport hotel window - there is no doubt that sex sells alcohol in Venezuela!

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Bloody Mary Morning

Last evening over dinner with friends I discussed the lyrics of Willie Nelson's Bloody Mary Morning ditty, particularly the fact that he refers to "flight #50 is the way to fly". As any old Continental Airlines hand will tell you, this was the early morning flight from Los Angeles to Houston when their planes were known as the "proud bird with the golden tail". It's all history now, the planes are mostly blue and white while Flight 50 starts in Houston, goes through Newark and on to Frankfurt, and their hostesses are called flight attendants!

Monday, April 05, 2004

Rollright Stones vandalized

The Rollright Stones, located on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border and featured here on focalplane.com have been vandalized in a possible April Fools Day prank gone horribly wrong. Yellow gloss paint has been daubed on 70 stones (that's about all of them), desecrating a religious site and probably killing off lichens that are hundreds of years old. Restoration could cost up to £100,000.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Mountain Rescue

One day after posting the Cader Idris Travelogue, there is a report in the Birmingham Post of a group lost on the Brecon Beacons. They were well equiped but still got into trouble due to poor weather. Happily all turned out well.