- 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.
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Posted in Communications, fun, government, Language, Transportation, Travel, tagged air travel, airlines, airport codes, airports, codes, cute, funny, silly, transportation, travel, USA on August 20, 2012 | 2 Comments »
- BET (Bethel, AK) – Seems this should have been the one for Las Vegas or Reno.
- BFL (Bakersfield, CA) – I am “baffled” why this is so funny.
- BUF (Buffalo, NY) – Hopefully, you do not have to arrive in the buff.
- BUR (Burbank,, CA) – This code would be good for someplace cold.
- FAT (Fresno, CA) – I realize this stands for Fresno Air Terminal, but talk about bad public relations.
- GGG (Longview, TX) – You’d get better internet service if it was 4Gs.
- IRK (Kirksville, MO) – I would be “irked” too if I had to fly there.
- KOA ( Kona, HA) – Who want to fly into a campground?
- LAX (Los Angeles, CA) – I hope this does not signify their attention to details. It also sounds like the abbreviation for Laxative International Airport.
- MOB (Mobile, AL) – self-explanatory.
- PIE (St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL) – I have no idea why it is PIE.
- PUB (Pueblo, CO) – Now this is my kind of airport! Beer for everyone.
- ROW (Roswell, NM) – I hope we don’t have to – flap maybe, but not row.
- RUT (Rutland, VT) – No one wants to be in one, particularly in an airplane.
- SUX (Sioux City, IA) – If I were the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce or Tourism Bureau, I would ask for a new code designation and fast!
- UTO (Utopia Creek, AK) – Who wants to hear anything remotely close to “uh-oh” or “ut-oh” when flying?
Posted in architecture, Books, Communications, consumerism, Economics, fun, history, Transportation, Travel, writing, tagged history, hotels, inns, motels, tourism, travel, vacations on August 14, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
During our current two-week West Coast trip, I have noticed a number of things that are no longer (or rarely) found in hotel/motel rooms any longer. Certainly, other items have been added to make one’s stay more pleasant such as hair dryers, internet, and coffee makers.
Please feel free to send your additions to my list – I am sure I am forgetting some things.
- A telephone book
- A picture postcard of the hotel/motel
- Full-size writing paper with the logo/name of the hotel/motel
- Ashtray – no smoking, no ashtray. Good for health!
- Matchbooks – ditto
- A Bible – to me, this is a good thing as I think it is rather presumptuous in a diverse society to provide only the Holy book of one religion.
- A hotel/motel directory listing the locations – as the internet rules, so these have gone by the wayside.
Posted in Alternative energy, civics, civility, Climate Change, Communications, deregulation, Economics, Economy, Environment, government, politics, pollution, Renewable Energy, Trade, Transportation, writing, tagged Congress, environment, logic, oil, politics, subsides, Taxes on July 16, 2012 | 5 Comments »
A month or two ago I wrote my Congressman, Republican Mike Rogers about ending subsidies for oil and gas companies. Today, I received a response in the mail. His letter was very cordial and polite, but the logic of his argument is simply laughable.
“Like you, I am concerned with the high price of oil and gasoline, and I believe that the oil industry must be closely monitored for anti-trust violations. That said, I have serious concerns with raising taxes on any employers, especially now when Americans are struggling to pay for gasoline.” (underline emphasis added)
SOURCE: Letter from Mike Rogers dated July 10, 2012
Are you freakin’ kidding me? Eliminating subsidies is raising taxes? Who the hell came up with that logic? Since when did eliminating a subside become a tax increase? Sir, these idiotic subsides cost all of us from $10-52 billion per year. That’s money that could be put too much better use funding renewable energy, feeding the malnourished, carrying for the poor and unemployed, or at the very least helping homeless veterans.
“In the United States, credible estimates of annual fossil fuel subsidies range from $10 billion to $52 billion annually, while even efforts to remove small portions of those subsidies have been defeated in Congress, as shown in the graphic below. Download your own pdf copy here.” SOURCE: priceofoil.org
Meanwhile, Congressman, big oil reaps larger and larger profits at our expense. According to priceofoil.org,
“ the top five oil companies alone have made almost a trillion dollars in profit in the last decade.“
So, I have no idea where Congressman Rogers gets the idea that ending subsides amounts to a tax increase. My guess is some anal-retentive GOP think tank funded by big oil came up with that bilge of an argument. All I know is it is one of the most illogical things I have ever heard, let alone read.
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 charities, civics, Communications, Economics, Education, Environment, fitness, government, politics, pollution, schools, signs, Transportation, tagged budgets, funding, schools, signs, transportation on June 13, 2012 | 2 Comments »
In these tough times of school funding crises, budget cuts, and program elimination, one local elementary school went the extra mile to improve education. they installed a digital changing message sign on the outside wall of the facility. Are you freakin’ kidding me?
Who cares if the money came from the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), the use of those funds for such a frivolous device is patently offensive. In my opinion it should have been used to provide meals to less fortunate children, provide pay raises for underpaid staff, or used to buy books and other “educational materials.” And why did they install this ridiculous electronic toy?
Because so many parents drive their kids to school, it was a way to communicate upcoming events and notices to them. Say what? Anyone ever heard of handouts or fliers?
Not only was money (approx. $10,000) wasted on silly signage instead of true education, but gasoline continues to be guzzled in an inefficient manner and kids are being chauffeured to school instead of walking/biking/or riding the bus, creating twice-daily mini-gridlock outside of the school building. There’s logic for you. NOT!
Personally, I would have preferred them use the money to develop a Safe Routes to School program that would lessen the need for chauffeuring, improve health and fitness, and teach the children about environmental sustainability and stewardship.
What is the educational benefit in this sign? As far as I can see, there is none, other than to tell the kids that their education is secondary to “superfluous shit” t0 make their particular elementary school more “elite” than its counterparts in the district. Wow – there’s a lesson plan that could be tossed in the landfill of stupid ideas.
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 civility, Climate Change, Communications, deregulation, Diversity, Economics, Europe, feminism, government, history, humanity, military, Peace, politics, Trade, Transportation, Women, tagged future, history, predictions on June 2, 2012 | 6 Comments »
- Brazil, not India will be the next superpower after China and the first in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Sadly, I think parts of Europe may be headed for possible open warfare – not over political ideologies, but between the haves and the have-nots. If the USA is not careful, it may be going down that same path.
- The Basque and Catalonia regions of Spain will successfully separate into independent nations as a result of the economic upheaval.
- Canadian banks will become among the world’s largest and most influential as they avoided the pitfalls of the housing bubble.
- The Republican Party will split in two within five years.
- Poland will become an economic powerhouse as the link between Germany and Russia.
- America’s first woman President will be elected in 2016.
Posted in Alternative transportation, Biking, Climate Change, consumerism, Environment, fitness, health, Land use, pollution, Trade, Transportation, tagged bicycling, cycling, non-motorized transportation, retail groceries, shopping, transportation on May 29, 2012 | 10 Comments »
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.