Sunlit Water

December 31, 2009

Another Year In Cities

Filed under: Personal,Urban Living — by teofilo @ 9:21 pm

Continuing a tradition I began last year, here are the cities I visited in 2009 and stayed in for at least one night:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Show Low, AZ
  • Winslow, AZ
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Cortez, CO
  • Blanding, UT
  • Bicknell, UT
  • Kanab, UT
  • St. George, UT
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Lone Pine, CA
  • Bishop, CA
  • Carson City, NV
  • Reno, NV
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Barstow, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Roswell, NM
  • Austin, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Highland Park, NJ
  • Kayenta, AZ

Once again, this list doesn’t include truly rural areas like Chaco, although some of the places on the list are quite small.  It also includes each place just once, in order of my first visit there during the year.

Clearly, I visited a lot more cities this year than last, mostly on my big road trip in February and March.  I’m pretty happy with that.

December 20, 2009

For Posterity

Filed under: Personal — by teofilo @ 8:48 pm

My mom just bought a machine that digitizes VHS tapes and uploads them to a computer, so my big project over the break is to go through all our old home videos and digitize them.  We noticed a little while ago that some (but not all) of the older ones are starting to deteriorate, so the main goal here is to preserve what’s left while we still can, but it will also make it a lot easier to watch and distribute the videos once we burn them to DVD.  It’s mostly the audio that’s going at this point, and even that is only on a few, so it looks like this will be pretty successful.  It’s certainly been interesting for me to look at these old tapes.

Most of them are just informal home videos of me and my sister when we were little kids, but there are a few that contain information of more general historical interest, including an interview with my dad that was done as part of an oral history project by the United Indian Traders Association for its archive at Northern Arizona University.  Anyway, it’s interesting stuff, and I think it’ll be a useful way for me to occupy my time while I’m on break.

December 16, 2009

Leading The Recovery

Filed under: Culture,Politics — by teofilo @ 5:24 pm

Albuquerque is one of the first cities to return to pre-recession output levels?  Sounds good, I guess, especially since I’m heading back there in a couple of days.  As for what the cities on the list have in common, just at a glance I’d say “high levels of federal spending per capita” probably accounts for Albuquerque, Virginia Beach, and DC.  That explanation probably wouldn’t work for Austin and McAllen, although it might for San Antonio, but Texas has a tendency to follow its own economic rhythm, which doesn’t necessarily correspond to the rest of the country.  A look at the maps on the MetroMonitor website suggests that Texas is doing considerably better than the country as a whole across a wide range of economic indicators.

December 6, 2009

It’s Not About You

Filed under: Nature,Politics — by teofilo @ 10:19 pm

Via Yglesias, a very good Op-Ed about how climate change is all about collective action, not individual morality.  Lobbying the Senate to pass cap-and-trade is vastly more important than any amount of diminishing your individual “carbon footprint.”

December 5, 2009

First Snow

Filed under: Nature — by teofilo @ 3:12 pm

The weather’s been kind of weird here lately, going back and forth between cold and rainy and warm and clear.  Now it’s snowing pretty significantly, although it hasn’t begun to stick.  I’ve found it interesting being back in the Northeast and adjusting to the very different weather patterns after being in the Southwest for a while.

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