Trover – Share discoveries and find cool places around you

Trover – Share discoveries and find cool places around you

Sharper 2011 (Hi there! I work for GroupMe. You can get the keyboard to come up by opening a group, starting to type a message, tapping ‘add location’, then tapping the foursquare button. Sorry about the keyboard… it’s a bug that should be fixed in the next version. #))

Sharper 2011 (Hi there! I work for GroupMe. You can get the keyboard to come up by opening a group, starting to type a message, tapping ‘add location’, then tapping the foursquare button. Sorry about the keyboard… it’s a bug that should be fixed in the next version. #))

Common sense from Texas?

http://davidsimpson.com/blog/?postid=67

It’s rare to see common sense come from Texas, the state with
drive-through liquor stores but here you go, the House in Texas
unanimously passed a bill to rein in TSA. You know the TSA as the
lovely people at the airport who keep us safe while flying. You know,
making people pull sleeping babies out of strollers, groping old
people. And of course worst of all they add unneeded time and energy
to every single flight while every single security expert I can find
ridicules their efforts as Keystone Kops.

So kudos David Simpson. I don’t know if this bill will pass or not but
hopefully when a state as powerful as Texas speaks the Feds will
listen and start making real changes.

Zombie brands

http://alexanderlobrano.com/blog/2011/5/16/the-zombie-restaurants-of-paris.html

 

Great post by Alexander Lobrano about “zombie brands”, brands which once were great but have since fallen off and are now propped up by memory. Certainly there are more than I know of, but some of the ones that come to mind:

  1. REI: once a real outdoor outfitter now mostly hocking overpriced gear to undereducated enthusiasts. Most of the floor staff is not very knowledgeable. You’re better off going to a specialty shop. Still good for base layers though.
  2. Daniel’s Broiler: decent restaurant but more sizzle than meat. Sure the steaks are good most of the time but it’s overkill to trot out with flashlights to amaze the diner about how perfectly it’s cooked. You know what? I expect a $50 steak to be cooked properly.
  3. Red Robin: yep, this once was a great hamburger restaurant. Now they get by on undersized burgers and are coasting on making the place kid-friendly. I get the kid-friendly approach having had little ones and needing a loud, bright place to put on feederbags from time to time. But they don’t sell great burgers anymore.
  4. K2 skis and boards: I don’t know this firsthand so I need to check it out, but K2 used to be a local Northwest brand. You paid a premium knowing you were getting a great ski from a local team. Apparently all production has moved to China now, I’m not even sure if they are based here anymore. (note: yep, production moved to China in 2001)

What are the others?

Adios Casa Ilusion

On our way back now. Casa Ilusion is a spectacular house. The recommendation of”Beto” for surf guide was great. His lessons were fun, friendly, and informed.

Casa Ilusion is a definite winner

Last night in Sayulita

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Random snapshots of our last night in Sayulita. We ate dinner at Terraz Ola on the beach, lovely food and perhaps the best margaritas we found.

Sadly we didn’t bring our waterproof camera for surfing and beach shots… next time.

Palm tree fascination

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Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I never saw palm trees unless they were on Miami Vice or Fantasy Island on TV. They always seem so exotic to me. I love their clean lines with their trunks gracefully reaching up to the sun, with fronds fanning out to provide shade below, and a home for the noisy bird inhabitants above. Nothing says “tropical” the way palm trees do.