Tuesday, January 23, 2007

No Car, No cry

Unlike Bob Marley, my woman gives me no reason to cry. She’s great! Cars however are causing a bit more trouble. We had a great weekend in Boston, however we got back a day early and also without a car. It turns out the car we bought wasn’t actually ‘sound’ mechanically. After driving it for an extended period of time it started to run really rough and overheat. Needless to say there was no way we could drive it back to Arkansas. The guy we bought it from was totally cool about it and helped us out a lot. He felt really bad; he’d had it cleared by a mechanic and everything. He bought the car back from us, gave us $350 for our plane tickets home, took us out to breakfast, and gave us a driving tour of Boston before dropping us off at the airport. We were gone for a total of 46 hours, 25 of those traveling, and we’re back to square one in looking for a car. Things could’ve turned out a lot worse, and one of the biggest losses was pride taking a hit because of the naysayers who thought buying a car online was a bad idea. The thing is this wouldn’t of shown up on a test-drive anyway. So, I’m back scanning the web for a good deal. We’ll chalk it up as a chance to see the city of Boston, and get a test drive of an Outback.

I think I’ll go to Boston…

…with no desire to start a new life. We had a great time in a really cool city. Our plan was to walk the ‘freedom trail’ which winds it's way through historic places throughout the city for about 3 miles. Fran, the guy we were going to buy our car from said in response to our plans, "No your not, it’s too cold." We didn’t believe him and preceded as planned, starting off at a point he recommended. Fran was right, it was too cold(20 degrees and high wind chill). So, we enjoyed just a few sites in close proximity to our car, ate Clam Chowda, shopped at an outdoor market (where I caused two workers to shout loud profanities at each other and start fighting), and saw Boston harbor. One of our favorite places was Mike's Pastries, an authentic Italian bakery. While walking through the markets we kept seeing all kind of people carrying boxes tied up with string. I finally stopped one of those random people to ask what was in the box and where this place was, I figured if that many people are carrying food from there it must be good. It was good, it was Mike's. It is in Boston's North end on a street lined with Italian restaurants and the cannoli was delicious. By the way, the fight wasn’t my fault, I only asked the workers for 4 oranges. And no, I don’t know who won; we walked away once it escalated to physical violence.

Friday, January 19, 2007


In five hours we leave for Boston to go pick up our car. We should be back home on Monday night after two long days of driving (about 12-13 hrs each). In other news, today for the first time in a really long time I paid less than $2/gallon for gas-$1.94. Needless to say I was very excited.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Wintery Weather

Cathedral on Ice


After months of waiting, 24 season 6 began last night with a 2 hour premiere. I'd been waiting for this season to start for a long time. This was to be the first time I actually watched 24 while it was being aired. I got all caught up over Christmas break watching the previous season on DVD.

Here in Arkansas, like much of the Midwest we are in the middle of severe winter weather. Not nearly as bad as Oklahoma, but the whole campus lost power about 1/2 before 24 started and it stayed off for the next 2 hours. I missed it, go figure. I read summaries online and ready for the next 2 hours tonight, so it's all good.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Never Before in '07.....

...had I exercised until this morning. There's a resolution for ya. My bad.

I hesitate to write the following, because to write it to you means I'm committing to do it. However, a little commitment never hurts anybody so they say (who's idea was that?).

Carolyn & I are going to run a half marathon in April. The 7th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon takes place in 107 days from now. To date, the furthest I've ever run has been 3.5 miles. I'm going to have to triple that. Maybe I'll develop some sadistic appreciation for running through this, but I doubt it.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Our First Car

For the first time in our lives, Carolyn & I bought a car. We found it this '99 Legacy Outback on Ebay for $3150. We're pretty excited about it and that we get to take a long weekend to Boston to pick it up. We're going to make a weekend out of it and try to hit Niagara falls on the drive home.

Genius Remembered

On Saturday the inventor of instant noodles, Momofuku Ando, died in Japan at age 96 of a heart attack. College students across the globe are raising a glass in appreciation.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Good Eats

Too few times (only 2) during our happy travels through the NW in the last couple weeks we ate at Taqueria El Riconsito. There are eight locations throughout the Puget Sound area. Click here to find the most convenient location for you, see their menu complete with pictures, and hear some great music.