So I'm driving in the neighborhood the other day and I turn the corner and notice about a block away this ENORMOUS human being straddling a bicycle with both feet on the ground, waiting for a traffic light to change. A couple hundred yards away, I notice that this cyclist, standing over his bike, is looking over the rooftop of the 6 and a half foot SUV idling next to him at the light!
I am not sure how my ?lucky thing? evolved. Throughout my life I have always seen and actually really believed that certain things were a sign of good luck:
? I always stop to pick up a ?heads up? penny lying on the ground and make a wish
? Contrary to popular belief (maybe because I grew up in the Southern Hemisphere), black cats are one of the ultimate lucky symbols.
People we talk to have a difficult time believing that all of our recommended hotels, health clubs, community centers, etc. are personally toured. Believe it or not, it's fact not fiction--we rack up thousands of flight, rental car, and walking miles across the U.S. and Canada to verify our top picks. First hand evaluations are the only way to ensure the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And, they are essential for unique and detailed reviews.
My very good friend Caitlin is a traveling fiend. She travels for pleasure, for business, and most unique, for others...
She has ventured to India, West Virginia, and other far-flung locales in order to do nothing more than be of service to others. Caitlin is now in Biloxi rebuilding homes that were devastated by Katrina.
She relayed this story today.
I have been here now 5 days and they have all been amazing - for various reasons.
Several news items caught our attention this week:
First, ten states and over 100 municipalities have now banned smoking in all public places. Kudos to: California, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Montana, Vermont and most recently Washington. Virginia?s try for a ban was defeated last year; the law is pending in New Jersey and recently put on hold in Ohio.
Our first month is in the books and we're happy to report fantastic traffic, signups, and feedback! We were happy to see that Outside magazine already discovered and recommended the site in its latest issue.
One of the most common questions we've received is, "Are you going to be adding more cities?" The answer is a resounding, Yes!
Cities such as Toronto, Vancouver BC, Bellevue WA, Orange County CA, Columbus OH, and Raleigh/Durham have already been researched and will be added over the next month or two.
It?s not just catching a cold that travelers worry about when they leave home. As this past Friday?s Weekend Journal reports ("Defending Your Airspace"), frequent fliers also fret over foot fungus, flu viruses and other nasty germs.
The bottom line? Don?t go barefoot through security, wash your hands often, don?t lick the blankets and pillows, and if the guy/gal next to you is a sickly mess, you?re hosed?unless you?re bold enough to sport a surgical mask and/or are flying SWA and can discreetly switch seats.
The people at Men's Fitness are good journalists and they often write interesting and thought provoking articles, but their annual "Fittest City" list is becoming a joke. This year's list sacrifices accuracy for controversy in my mind, likely with the hope of creating more buzz and publicity for the magazine.
According to their "study", the Top 10 Fittest U.S. cities are:
7. San Francisco
6. Colorado Springs
3. Virginia Beach
and America's Fittest City...
It was when we moved to San Diego in 2001 that I first visited a Trader Joe?s grocery store, and while I immediately appreciated the friendly pricing, it took a good year before I was totally converted. That?s about how long it took me to hone in on my favorite, and now essential, TJ items.
I have also discovered that those who find fault with the TJ concept have not really ?experienced? Trader Joe?s. They?ve tried it out once or twice and then complain that:
It?s too small.
Exactly, why I like it.
Put my vote in for a college football playoff. Enough of these boring bowls with games that really don't mean anything other than a 5th ranked team losing to a 10th ranked team. At least tonight's game between Florida State and Penn State is a close contest. Until now, the other games would make Bear Bryant roll over in his grave and put hyper four year toddlers asleep.