- BRA (Barrieras, Brazil)
- EGO (Belgorod, Russia)
- BEG (Belgrade, Serbia)
- BOG (Bogota, Colombia) – don’t get bogged down there.
- CIA (Rome, Italy – Ciampino) – got cha!
- CUM (Cumana, Venuzuela) – please wash your mouth out with soap.
- CUZ (Cuzco, Peru) – cuz I said so
- DAD (Da Nang, Vietnam)
- DOG (Dongola, Sudan)
- DUM (Dumai, Indonesia) – hey, I didn’t name it.
- DUD (Dunedin, New Zealand) – must be really exciting there.
- FUK (Fukuaka, Japan) – careful
- IZO (Izumo, Japan) – should call the lounge the Izone. If you aren’t from the USA, you may not get the joke.
- MAD (Madrid, Spain) – don’t get mad, get even.
- PEE (Perm, Russia) – wonder if they are pissed about the code they were assigned?
- PEX (Pechore, Russia) – flex those pex.
- POT (Port Antonio, Jamaica) – pure Karma that this code should go to an airport in Jamaica – LOL
- SIN (Singapore- Changi) – sort of surprised they accepted this code.
- STD (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) – be careful what you catch here – make sure it is just a flight.
Archive for the ‘Cities’ Category
Posted in architecture, art, Cities, Entertainment, fun, history, Land use, movies, pictures, tagged art, art deco, California, entertainment, Grass Valley, history, movies, Nevada City, theaters on August 7, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Here are photos of two historic theaters in located in the Sierra Nevada mountains northeast of Sacramento in the lovely communities of Grass Valley and Nevada City.
Posted in Alternative transportation, Cities, civics, civility, Climate Change, consumerism, Economics, Economy, Environment, history, humanity, Land use, Music, Nature, politics, pollution, Renewable Energy, States, Transportation, Travel, writing, tagged bicycling, environment, music, politics, songs, Woody Guthrie on July 12, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Saturday, July 14th will be the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birth. To honor him and express this eco-bicyclist”s concern beyond those expressed his original lyrics, here is a modified version of Woody Guthrie’s classic folk song This Land is Your Land. The original lyrics written by Mr. Guthrie may be seen through this weblink.
This land is your land, this land is my land
From Car-lifornia to Wall Street canyons
From clear-cut forests to oil-stained waters
This wasteland was allowed by you and me
As I was pedaling – a crowded highway
I saw above me – a concrete skyway
I saw below me – more golden arches
This wasteland was made by you and me
I’ve roamed on cell towers – and taken exits
To sprawling cities - paved over deserts
And all around me – neon signs were shouting
This wasteland was made by you and me
The sun dawns hazy - as I was rolling
Weeds were waving – and dust was falling
As the smog now settles - voices start shouting
This wasteland was made by you and me
As I tried walking – no sidewalks for me
As I tried biking – drivers scowl right at me
Few remaining places - of peace and safety
Those are the ones for you and me
Throughout our cities – empty seas of asphalt
Are clearly saying – whose really’s at fault
And some are grumblin’ – and some are wonderin’
Why this wasteland was allowed by you and me?
Chorus x 2
Happy 100th Birthday, Woody!
Posted in architecture, art, Cities, consumerism, Economy, Entertainment, Europe, Food, fun, history, Land use, pictures, Travel, U.K., tagged Beatles, cafes, coffee shops, Edinburgh, harry potter, London, UK on June 23, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
For fun, here are photos of two coffee shops/cafes in the United Kingdom that have a certain amount of celebrity status associated with them. The first is the Beatles Coffee Shop in London. If you take the excellent and interesting two-hour Beatles Walking Tour, this is where your trip concludes.
The second is the Elephant House Tea and Coffee Shop in Edinburgh, Scotland where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter. It has excellent food and an outstanding view of the Edinburgh Castle. Be sure to see the table where Ms. Rowling sat and wrote the books as she looked out over this lovely city. Definitely worth a stop to visit.
Posted in Cars, Cities, Climate Change, consumerism, deregulation, Economics, Economy, Environment, government, health, humanity, Land use, politics, pollution, Renewable Energy, Science, sports, Technology, tagged estimates, forecasts, future, history, predictions on June 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
The U.S. single family housing market will remain stagnant, not only because of the 2008 crisis, but as the baby boom generation ages there will be less demand for single family homes for the next 20 years.
Exurbs and distant suburbs will wither due to increased fuel costs and desire for shorter commutes.
Demand for scooters will soar in the USA for at least five more years.
Educational attainment will fall drastically in the USA by 2020 largely due to cuts in public school funding.
At least one of the big three hamburger chains will fail by 2020.
Independently owned department stores will gradually return to the retail landscape as consumers grow weary of “retail sameness.”
Despite attempts to derail funding, both AMTRAK and high speed rail will flourish.
Posted in Alternative transportation, Biking, Cars, Cities, civics, fitness, health, politics, sports, Transportation, tagged bicycling, bike parking, cycling, land use, planning, zoning on June 5, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Biking, Cities, consumerism, Economics, Environment, fitness, Food, health, Land use, Trade, Transportation, tagged bicycling, exercise, fitness, health, smoking on May 13, 2012 | 3 Comments »
For the past couple of years, I have been attempting to get the local Kohl’s department store to install a few bicycle racks for customers and employees who prefer active transportation. To date I have been unsuccessful. However, in the ultimate irony, the store installed two cigarette disposal containers instead. Is that really their intent – to tacitly support an unhealthy habit instead of promoting fitness, exercise, and good health? I doubt it, but their actions speak differently.
Sadly, Kohl’s is not alone. One can walk into numerous area businesses and see the same unfortunate priority. Even three national retailers who sell bicycles here, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, and Toys R Us, do not even have bicycle parking at their stores. That is plain ridiculous. It seems counterintuitive to long-term customer health and their own long-term business prosperity.
It is long past time that our society places greater emphasis on good health, fitness, and exercise and stops giving even tacit support to unhealthy habits that cost all of us dearly. Please note, these thoughts are coming from a former cigarette smoker – me. For businesses, promoting healthy activities reduces their insurance costs, sick time, and employee absence. Those benefits themselves strongly outweigh the costs of installing a simple bicycle rack or two. The sooner our society starts to get its collective priorities in order, the sooner our nation’s general health and welfare will begin to improve.
Posted in architecture, art, Cities, Communications, Entertainment, fun, movies, Music, pictures, Travel, tagged cities, entertainment, fun, marquees, movie theaters, photos on May 9, 2012 | 6 Comments »
Here are a couple of photos taken Monday evening of the State and Michigan theaters located in downtown Ann Arbor. Always have loved old movie theater signs and marquees and these two are iconic.
Posted in architecture, Canada, Cities, Entertainment, Europe, fun, Land use, schools, States, Travel, U.K., tagged ball parks, baseball, cricket, fields, football, soccer, sports, stadiums on March 28, 2012 | 6 Comments »
- Wrigley Field – (Chicago) – when you are a diehard Cubs fan, this place is heaven.
- Stamford Bridge (Chelsea -London, England) – you hardly know it is there until you walk up to it.
- Old Trafford Cricket Ground (Manchester, England) – very nice and quaint – tea anyone?
- Oldsmobile Park (Lansing) – excellent center city baseball stadium, though I prefer this name to its new one – Cooley Law School Stadium
- Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor) – sunken bowl, except the press box and suites.
- Fenway Park (Boston) – two words – Green Monster – nuff said
- Spartan Stadium (East Lansing)
- Lambeau Field (Green Bay)
- Old Trafford (Manchester, England)
- Orioles Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore)
- Comerica Park (Detroit)
- Ford Field (Detroit)
- Murrayfield Stadium (Edinburgh, Scotland)
- Louisville Slugger Stadium (Louisville)
- Victory Field (Indianapolis)
- Easter Road (Edinburgh, Scotland)
- Crew Stadium (Columbus, OH)
- Ross Ade Stadium (Purdue-West Lafayette)
- PNC Ball Park (Pittsburgh)
- Notre Dame Stadium (South Bend)
- People Natural Gas Field (Altoona, PA) – the name alone deserves recognition as an unintended bad pun. A very nice facility though.
- Lane Stadium (Virginia Tech-Blacksburg)
- Municipal Stadium (Hagerstown, MD) – small but loads of fun for baseball fans
- Soldier Field (Chicago)
- Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)
- Canad Inns Stadium (Winnipeg)
- RCA (Hoosier) Dome (Indianapolis) – no longer with us
- Heinz Field (Pittsburgh)
- Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City, MO)
- Memorial Stadium (IU- Bloomington) – should have been named “lean forward stadium” the way the upper seats make you feel like you could fall onto the field.