Monday, June 25, 2007

Benefits of living @ 5600 north, part 2

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Wide open, in both directions. Nice.

Benefits of living @ 5600 North

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Went to the park yesterday around 3pm. It was a little warm, but certainly not hot. Maybe a little hazy, but sunny enough that my 'fair' skin was burned a bit. And there was nobody there. Like having my own multi-acre backyard on Lake Michigan.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Don't stay here unless you have to

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I stayed at the Roosevelt Hotel recently for a conference and hope I never have to stay there again. Full review here. Picture above is of the wonderful 19" old school TV they kindly provided me with.

Random scenes from Los Angeles

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Spending a short weekend in Los Angeles visiting family, and taking the opportunity to snap random shots with my Helio [which I highly recommend, by the way]. I wouldn't say these shots are particularly interesting, but we did find a couple of cool things:

- A nice little Italian restaurant called Piccolo Paradiso

- A solid Mexican place in Racho Park called La Serenata de Garibaldi

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Interesting Site: & Visual DNA

I forget where I heard about this site, but remember it sounded interesting so I checked it out. Different than the MySpace quizzes from Blogthings that help you determine if you're 73% New England or 47% Sultry, etc. It isn't perfect, but the assessment of me wasn't bad given a series of ~12 questions

Sunday, June 03, 2007

"No BINGO!" -
The hot Halloween costume of 2007

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Let me tell you, you're missing out if you haven't either watched the actual show or at least seen a preview [the magic happens at the 24 second mark in the clip below]:

The NBN Commissioner costume will be hot in '07, I can feel it. And please, ABC, make his hallmark "No Bingo!" call a ringtone.

Thank you, Sunil Narkar, for adding something brilliant to America's pop culture lexicon.

JDB - A Recommended Resource
for Finding Hotels in Europe

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I learned of this outfit from the travel agent who helped Judy and me plan parts of our honeymoon. [Photos here]

It is a general resource for some nice, out of the ordinary hotels [like this one, for example].

We stayed at two, and would absolutely recommend either of them.

La Tana Dell'Istrice is only about 90 minutes from Rome by car and if your visit happens to coincide with the Grechetto grape festival, you will have some cool bonus festivities in the plaza on which this hotel sits. You can also visit their site directly. Sergio and Alessandra are excellent hosts. You should definitely do the dinner with them, which is made up largely [if not entirely] of food from their own land and is paired with wines from their own vineyards. We particularly enjoyed the Nenfro with dinner, and the Muffo is a very nice dessert wine.

Palazzo Leopaldo is in Chianti, has rooms with stunning views, is situated right in the heart of a small, stylish handful of streets with shops and restaurants, including Chiasso dei Portici, for which I cannot find a site, but is noted on some trip advisor boards, in an Australian travel article and by Mario Batali. We snuck a a picture during an amazing dinner there one night. If you're in Radda, you should definitely check it out.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Daddy Waterboy?

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This isn't a perfect lookalike, but after watching Daddy Yankee extensively this morning on Despierta America, I'm seeing some resemblance to Adam Sandler's tour de force performance in Waterboy.

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I should be clear that I mean no offense. Last thing I need is heat from the Reggaeton community.