Monthly Archives: November 2012

TRAVELOG: My god. It’s full of balloons…

I left Redondo Beach, California on the last weekend in September, in order to get to New Mexico in time for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, billed as the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. It’s a 9 day event that takes place down at the Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, NM. This year, I was lucky to have a relative, my dad, in Albuquerque that I could stay with for the fiesta. From what I hear, hotels are very few and far between during the festival, and are often booked quite a ways in advance…

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TRAVELOG: Birthday adventures in New Jersey

Saturday morning, Ahmadi and I saddled up and headed out to the wilds of southern New Jersey. At some point along the way, I found myself wondering if I should’ve brought Mom’s urn with us, and in my head I could hear her say, “What, so you could sprinkle me in NEW JERSEY?”

You have a point mom…

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Genetic Testing

I decided to sign up for 23andme, and received my kit today. I went ahead and provided the sample, and will be mailing it back tomorrow, BECAUSE SCIENCE!

(Update) Yes, I realize that the FDA came down hard on these guys for the ‘possible medical conditions’ portion of the genetic testing. Still, I’ll be happy to check out my ancestral links. 🙂

Pondering: The Vengeance Cycle

For the longest time, Jilah was hard for me to pair up with an actress in my head. Lately, I think either Mädchen Amick or Laura Prepon could rock it as Jilah. #ItNeverEnds #Devil’sGambit

TRAVELOG: The UFO Watchtower – Hooper, CO

On my way from Albuquerque, NM to Monte Vista, CO to visit with my Aunt a couple of weeks ago, I ran across a place out in the middle of nowhere called the UFO Watchtower, located at “the heart of the San Luis valley” out in Hooper, CO. Constructed by Cattle rancher Judy Messoline, the UFO Watchtower is essentially a metal observation platform above a beige domed gift shop. It’s quite a zany spectacle, surrounded by a garden of sorts with these odd little artistic memorials full of plastic toys, alien figures, shiny baubles, bones and other collected strange items. Apparently, it’s where a couple of ley lines intersect, so people leave an assortment of items behind in order to feel connected with the ‘space energy’ of the place…

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TRAVELOG: A Canyon, a Vortex and a Crater

The Grand Canyon. This really isn’t a destination to do a drive by on, but since time was of the essence, and I needed to be in Albuquerque before sunday night, it was the only option. The drive through the Mojave desert from LA was both gorgeous and long, but after more than two to three hours driving, everything kind of blends in together in my head and my visual awareness for scenic vistas kinda shuts down so I can just get through the driving part. I made the drive on the first weekend of October – along I-40, hoping that temperatures would be a little less crazy throughout the region than they had been this past summer. While it was still fairly warm, I had less of a worry about my tires melting into the asphalt on this particular trip…

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Night on Broad Mountain – Bethel, PA

Tonight, beneath the bright light cast by a gibbous waning moon, Ahmadi and I ventured into the woods on the top of the mountain. Following clear trails that cut through the woods for about fifteen minutes, we came upon a very interesting grove. Messages and gifts were exchanged with the shadowy occupants within.

Mischief managed.

TRAVELOG: Linfield Industrial Park – Linfield, Pennsylvania

While on a hunt for Pennhurst State School and Hospital (originally known as the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic), me and Ahmadi ended up running across Linfield Industrial Park and Limerick Nuclear Plant…

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