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January 30th 2012 Post has 3 notes.
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Internet people! Want to be my new best friend? Hang out with me next month during my mid-life-crisis tour de America! http://snipurl.com/21x3beu [Detours welcome]

December 30th 2011 Post has 3 notes.
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Zion National Park, home of Angels Landing.
The above poster was created by the Works Progress Administration during the New Deal to publicize the great public spaces around the United States. During its short tenure, the WPA created a number of posters to promote travel, public health, art, education, and citizenry. They are a beautiful view into the graphic design and spirit of the time, and over 100 are available for purchase at Vintagraph.

Zion National Park, home of Angels Landing.

The above poster was created by the Works Progress Administration during the New Deal to publicize the great public spaces around the United States. During its short tenure, the WPA created a number of posters to promote travel, public health, art, education, and citizenry. They are a beautiful view into the graphic design and spirit of the time, and over 100 are available for purchase at Vintagraph.

i-play-favorites December 25th 2011 Post has 2583 notes.
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Via: Thea

Le Tub, Hollywood, FL, home of the greatest hamburger in America.

September 28th 2011 Post has 2 notes.
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September 19th 2011 Post has 1 notes.
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From Astronomy Picture of the Day:

Explanation: The most photogenic array of radio telescopes in the world has also been one of the most productive. Each of the 27 radio telescopes in the Very Large Array (VLA) is the size of a house and can be moved on train tracks. The above pictured VLA, inaugurated in 1980 is situated in New Mexico, USA. The VLA has been used to discover water on planet Mercury, radio-bright coronae around ordinary stars, micro-quasars in our Galaxy, gravitationally-induced Einstein rings around distant galaxies, and radio counterparts to cosmologically distant gamma-ray bursts. The vast size of the VLA has allowed astronomers to study the details of super-fast cosmic jets, and even map the center of our Galaxy. An upgrade of the VLA is being planned.

Know somewhere I should go? Tell me.

September 16th 2011 Post has 1 notes.
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September 14th 2011 Post has 8 notes.
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Cabinetlandia, east of Deming, New Mexico
There is not much to say about this one. Cabinetlandia is an art project, really; a small filing cabinet in the middle of nowhere holding a copy of every issue of Cabinet magazine. This is one of those things I want to see just to say I did. And maybe leave a token of myself behind.
Considering the interesting directions, arriving will be half the battle, but the internet should be able to help a little.

Cabinetlandia, east of Deming, New Mexico

There is not much to say about this one. Cabinetlandia is an art project, really; a small filing cabinet in the middle of nowhere holding a copy of every issue of Cabinet magazine. This is one of those things I want to see just to say I did. And maybe leave a token of myself behind.

Considering the interesting directions, arriving will be half the battle, but the internet should be able to help a little.

September 13th 2011 Post has 1 notes.
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The French Laundry, Yountville, California

When you acknowledge as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear; to make people happy. That’s what cooking is all about.

— Thomas Keller

Real upscale dining is still above my pay-grade, but I continue to be allured by its siren call. I am less interested in urban pockets that hide the outside world (like Per Se, for instance), and think the best restaurants transcend their food to become destinations. If I were planning a trip outside the States, and had a time machine, you would be seeing a picture of El Bulli, whose dining experience really began the second your car took its first lurch up the Spanish countryside.

Maybe this is less important for someone with the money to eat $250 dinners every night, but for a once-in-a-lifetime dinner, the food itself is a minor player. I think most of us are not really buying a meal, we’re buying an experience.

September 13th 2011 Post has 1 notes.
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Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

For those who wondered.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
by the incomparable Dr. Seuss

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.

You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And if you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

No! That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

September 12th 2011 Post has 1 notes.
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Flagstaff, Arizona

Last year, I saw the plane of the Milky Way spread out across the sky like I was outside of the whole thing, like I was buried deep inside it all. There are phenomena you can’t see in the United States, maybe, like the aurora borealis, but to see the container of everything we’ll ever know is orders of magnitude different. And to think of this container being only a single, small spiral lost in a vast sea of billions of similar containers…that is why I am drawn to Flagstaff, Arizona, where dark skies are a right, not a privilege.

This is the beginning; part 1 of oh! the places you’ll go. I am finishing school soon, and have decided that means it is time I take a trip. My plan is to drive across the United States, so I suppose I better start planning things to do along the way. Consider this my staging ground, full of maps and charts of places to go, people to see, adventures to have.

If I am leaving something out, tell me.