Archive for September, 2008

Tue 9 Sep 2008 6:55 am   //   Posted in: Brooklyn, New York is different

Six years in New York

Today is the 6th anniversary of a major event in my life, the day I moved from Pennsylvania to Brooklyn. I’m still here (in the same apartment!) despite my original idea that New York would be a four-year plan.

In honor of becoming a seventh-year senior, I decided to open the backup files of the blog (then called a “journal”) I had on my site in 2002. They are predictably embarrassing! For your enjoyment, some excerpts follow.


Mon 8 Sep 2008 9:41 pm   //   Posted in: Planet earth, Transit, Travel

Back from the future

Tram in Lyon, France

I have just returned from…


The future is powered by nuclear and wind. Public transportation is robust. Trains run everywhere, and glide at 200 miles per hour. Every city has a computerized bike-sharing system. Cars are small, lights go out automatically, and you can give a toilet half a flush if you want to. People savor fresh, locally grown foods.

Wait, did I say the future? I meant France.

More thoughts about my trip over the next few days.

Sat 6 Sep 2008 11:58 am   //   Posted in: Art, Travel, Videos

Video postcard from Perpignan 4

Last one:

(If you missed any of the postcards or have trouble viewing the video here, just follow this link.)

Fri 5 Sep 2008 6:55 pm   //   Posted in: Art, Travel, Videos

Video postcard from Perpignan 3

Here’s PDN video postcard three from Perpignan:

Thu 4 Sep 2008 11:15 am   //   Posted in: Art, Travel, Videos

Video postcard from Perpignan 2

Another quick-turnaround video I made for work:

Wed 3 Sep 2008 1:24 pm   //   Posted in: Art, Travel, Videos

Video postcard from Perpignan

Quick video I made for work today:

Wed 3 Sep 2008 12:49 am   //   Posted in: Travel

Dispatch from Gare de Lyon

I’m here in a Paris train station waiting for my train to Perpignan. Time for a very quick post.

Yesterday, Normandy. Took a tour of the D-Day historic sites, including the big museum in Caen. I saw Omaha and Utah beaches as well as the American cemetery at Omaha. Needless to say a powerful sense of history remains in this part of France. I learned a lot about this dark time in Europe and the heroics of D-Day.

I also met four other Americans who were on the tour, two from Georgia and two from the Boston area. I helped them figure out how to use the Metro.

Sorry no photos yet, I haven’t had time to download them from the camera. Onward to Perpignan.

Mon 1 Sep 2008 12:01 pm   //   Posted in: Travel

Dispatch from Paris

Day 1 in Paris. Flew in overnight/this morning on an Air India 747, the Greyhound Bus of airlines.

Though the company is paying for me to be in France to cover photo festival, the first part of this trip is on the cheap, since it’s personal time. I’m staying in a zero-frills hotel… on the 5th floor of a walk-up building (which by U.S. measurements is the 6th floor). It’s a basic, functional room, but missing things you’d normally expect, like power outlets. (There is one, for the TV, the remote to which is inert, as someone has stolen the batteries.) The place is called the Luna Park Hotel, and I selected it for three reasons. First price, second it’s a name that’s easy for me to remember, and third it’s in a great location in the midst of things near Plaza Republique. I’ve been riding around all afternoon on the Velib bikes, which you can rent for EUR1 from automated stations around the city. I’ll have a future post with more thoughts on this program, which I loved when it was new last year but which has lost some of its lustre.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) off to Caen, for a Normandy D-Day history tour.