Is There Anything Quite As Sad?

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Apr 302013
 

Is there anything quite as sad as a shopping mall going down the gurgler? You know, lots of storefronts empty, and papered over. Vacant. Closed. Sadly, that’s how it is at the Riverwalk in New Orleans. And quite frankly, that’s not at all surprising. I can remember my first visit here, maybe in 1994, and […]

Apr 302013
 

Customer service, that is. Take the example of the Crocs franchise, for instance. Crocs make and sell some great products, but some of their management policies are totally clueless. Yesterday we wandered into their store in the Riverwalk in New Orleans. I wanted to buy some shoes. After all, that’s whole idea of having a […]

Today we went for a ride on the Streetca…

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Apr 262013
 

Today we went for a ride on the Streetcar here in N’Awlins. And it makes you wonder why public transport is in such a mess, and so damn well bloody expensive, in Sydney. Consider that a single adult ticket on the streetcar here costs just $1.25; an all-day pass, allowing you take unlimited rides on […]

Great Barrington certainly provided us w…

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Apr 242013
 
Great Barrington certainly provided us w...

Great Barrington certainly provided us with some contrasts. On the one hand, the quality of Norman Rockwell’s work, on display in the Norman Rockwell Museum, is superb. The works are delightful, well displayed, and plentiful. But the feel of the place, the whole vibe, is that it’s museum, a good museum, and “we need your […]

What a great – and long – day it has bee…

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Apr 232013
 

What a great – and long – day it has been. It started, in Sydney, on a Sunday in April, around 7:30am. We realised that we needed to finish packing, and head across to the airport and grab our flight to the US. The trans-Pacific flight is typically about 13 hours, but that wasn’t quite […]