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The End of the World

Posted in Photography, Travel with tags , on May 25, 2015 by Aaron


Super Food in Austin

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2015 by Aaron

No, not acai berries. Super delicious food in Austin, TX. These are the places that made me want to eat there over and over again.





3 Things I Learned In Arizona

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , on April 2, 2015 by Aaron

When on a Pink Jeep Tour, our driver asked that he always be first in line when we walk around. He then proceeded to tell us that a snake always bites the third person in line.

  • The first person wakes it up
  • The second person makes it mad
  • The third person gets bit


The only McDonalds in the world without “Golden” arches is in Sedona Arizona. The exciting rumor is that the town didn’t want them to have their Golden Arches because it would clash with the local surroundings (Sedona is gorgeous and surrounded by red rock mountains). McDonalds sued and lost and had to paint their sign turquoise. Apparently the real story is less dramatic so I will go with spreading rumors.

Sedona McDonalds

The third thing that I learned is that the Grand Canyon is pretty.


Crystal Cutters

Posted in Photography, Travel with tags , , on March 30, 2015 by Aaron


Crystal Storage

Posted in Photography, Travel with tags , , on March 23, 2015 by Aaron



Posted in Movies, Travel with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2015 by Aaron

Today I put my hands and feet into a dinosaurs footprint. We drove up the highway, parked on the side of the road, followed the river west for a mile and there they were. It is my guess that these footprints were revealed over thousands of years of this stream flowing over the rocks. You can see the layers in the rocks in the background. They probably won’t be around for too much longer. Maybe another 100 years before the river wipes them away. it was an awesome experience.

Dino Prints 2

dino prints 1

Afterwards I also went to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for my first time. We saw What We Do In The Shadows and I thought it was pretty funny. It was perfect seeing in that setting too. Neither the movie nor the theater take themselves too seriously in all the right ways. They also have some pretty cool lobby rides.

the ShiningDefinitely not a bad day…

Jamming Your Phone In

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , on March 5, 2015 by Aaron

I got to go to Japan to visit a friend in 2008. There are a lot of stories to tell about that trip but I was reminded of one yesterday. My friend Sean had to work during the day so I would go traveling around by myself. One of the days I took the train to Kumamoto. After going to the castle …


and wandering around the city having a great time, I stumbled on an empty pachinko parlor. I didn’t know if I would get another chance to do it so I went inside. It was the middle of the afternoon and the place was totally empty. This isn’t my picture, I felt weird about taking one when I was in there for some reason, but I wanted to share it to give a visual example of what it looked like.


If you don’t know, Pachinko is a way of gambling. It is like a mix between a slot machine and a pinball machine. Sean had told me that a lot of people go in, put their money in, and just jam their phone into the knob that shoots the balls around the machine so it keeps going. Apparently there is no skill involved so people sit there, drink beer and watch the balls fly around.

The reason that I thought of this story was because yesterday I was filling my car up with gas and the driver of a truck for a telecom company was filling up just behind me. He had jammed his phone into the pump handle and gone inside to buy some drinking water and salt (it is really snowy up here in New York right now). While he was inside, his tank finished filling. But because his phone was jammed in there the gasoline kept flowing. It was spilling down the side of his truck like a waterfall. Luckily a woman at another pump saw it and called it out to me. I ran over and stopped it. But not before at least a few gallons had spilled all over the ground.

I am not much of a gambler but if I do it, I want to make sure I am at least doing something. I wouldn’t jam my phone in a pachinko machine. I would turn the knob around with the fantasy that I was the one who was going to score big because of my influence. I also wouldn’t gamble with shoving something into the gasoline pump. It isn’t worth it. Not only did he lose some money, create a dangerous situation, but he also wasted some gasoline which them evaporated into the air and seeped into the ground adding to toxifying the environment.

Have some delusional fun! Don’t jam your phone in.

South of the Border

Posted in Travel with tags , , on February 20, 2015 by Aaron

IMG_0308On our way back from the shuttle launch we stayed the night at Pedro’s South of the Border. A roadside attraction in South Carolina that proclaims its locations on billboards hundreds of miles away. My favorite was “Start screaming now kids! (They’ll stop)“. The three of us (all men) went into the lobby of Pedro’s Pleasure Dome (their hotel) to get a room for the night. After some questionable looks we got our room. It was straight out of the 70s. Nothing had changed. It was extremely surreal being there in the early morning. None of the rides were open, the giant stores were empty.

If I ever go back there, I will make sure to bring a tent. I heard they have a camping ground you can stay at. Without a doubt it is worth stopping at. Try to get there when it’s hopping though.


Shuttle Atlantis STS-132

Posted in Space, Travel with tags , , , , on February 12, 2015 by Aaron


Back in 2010 I drove down to Florida to see one of the last shuttle launches. We left on Friday night and drove straight down for a Sunday morning launch. It was (the proper use) of the word epic. We were in Titusville which is about 10 miles away from Cape Canaveral, across a bay. When we saw the launch we didn’t hear anything. About 30 seconds later you heard and felt the rumble. It made your lungs vibrate. After that we got back in the car and drove home.

There ended up being only 135 launches. Sorry for posting twice about this, that is how epic it was.

A Fish Out Of Water

Posted in Travel with tags , , on January 6, 2015 by Aaron

The wiggling wasn’t working.

For all the Time it had, pulled the meat to satisfaction, pulled the world past, pulled.

The Time had come.

The Time, misinterpreting my history, my understanding, my Time.

IMG_5923.JPGI’m never swimming in Lake Ontario again.