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Near The Beach

Posted in On The Road, Steely Dan on May 29th 2009 by Randy Reichardt

.: After returning from NYC on 11 May, I had three days in Edmonton before I flew on the redeye to Toronto on the night of Thursday, 14 May 2009.  The redeye left Edmonton at 00h25 MDT, and arrived in Toronto at about 06h00 EDT.  So even though the flight was 3.5 hours, the time difference told me I had flown for the entire night.  I tried dozing off on the plane, which was an Airbus 321, large and roomy, but I couldn’t do it.  So I plugged my laptop into the outlet in the seat in front of me and watch two eps of Law and Order: CI.  The flight was actually quite pleasant, and the route through the horrid Toronto International Airport wasn’t as bad as I expected.  (Not so on the way back, however.)  What I found strange about the outlets on the back of the seats was this: the plane has three seats on either side of the aisle.  On the left side of the plane, the window and centre seats have an outlet in front of them, but not the aisle seat.  On the right side of the plane, the aisle and centre seats have outlets, but not the window seat.  This made (and makes) no sense to me whatsoever.  Maybe it’s a technical issue.

In Deerfield Beach, it was about 30C and very breezy.  My hotel room was huge, with a bedroom separate from the living room, two tvs, two bathrooms, with a view of the pool and the ocean.  The meeting went well, but there was no time to get to the beach and into the water.  We had dinner a couple very nice restaurants, and on Sunday the 17th, were treated to a ride on a yacht down the Intracoastal Waterway.  I switched planes in Toronto to catch a flight to Fort Lauderdale, to attend meetings with a library advisory board in Deerfield Beach, at the behest of CRC Press. I shot some video of the trip with my Flip Mino HD camcorder, and also took a few pictures.

I’ll be on the road again in two weeks, in Washington DC for my annual library conference.  Then in July, it’s back to NYC for a few Steely Dan shows.  More on that later.

West Coast Visit

Posted in Bob Mould, On The Road on March 30th 2008 by Randy Reichardt

.: I’m finishing a trip that saw me fly to San Francisco on Saturday, 23 March 2008, and then to Victoria on Thursday, 27 March 2008. The trip to San Fran involved attending a couple of committee meetings at the Materials Research Society symposium, but also allowed me to see, for the first time ever, Bob Mould perform a heavy electric show with a full band. He played tunes from his solo records, from Sugar, and from Hüsker Dü. I loved every minute of it, totally worth it to stay an extra day to see one of my musical heroes.

This was the second time I made the trip to San Fran to participate in the MRS meeting, and after the event in 2007, I flew to Victoria to visit some old friends from Winnipeg who now live here. I’ve followed the same agenda this time, visiting one friend for two nights, and the other friends for the remaining two nights. I’ll be back in Edmonton tomorrow.

In Red Sox Nation

Posted in Boston, On The Road on November 24th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: I am in Boston, arrived about an hour ago.  Flights to Minneapolis and Boston were uneventful and efficient.  Northwest Airlines is a solid operation when all cylinders are firing; they make Air Canada look even more pathetic than it already is.   For now, I think I’m going to rest and then later this evening investigate what is near and about this hotel.  Being a lazy and uninspired accidental tourist, I’m open to suggestions.


Posted in On The Road on November 19th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: It’s been pointed out by a couple friends that my blog is still in Winnipeg, so to speak.  So to update, I did return from Winnipeg shortly after the previous post, and have been in Edmonton since that time, with the exception of a weekend trip to Toronto some time ago.  Up next is a trip to Boston, to attend a meeting of the Library Advisory Board of the Materials Research Society at its Fall Meeting.  I’ll keep you posted, so to speak.


Posted in On The Road on May 22nd 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: After my brief trip to San Francisco, I flew to Victoria where I spent a few days visiting friends, including Tony, and my high school friends Barry and Liz. It was a relaxing time, and I spent a lot of time resting when not doing activities with my friends. I’ve uploaded a few photos from the trip, with more to come.

After my return from the trip, the band worked hard in rehearsal for a gig on 29 April 2007 at a local venue called On The Rocks. We played well and were quite tight, considering this was only the third gig we’d played, and the first this year. Pictures from the gig are here. The following Saturday, Amelia and I played a one set gig at a venue in St Albert for what was called Celtic Pub Night. I wasn’t feeling too good that night, and by Sunday night I was battling a sore throat. The sore throat morphed into a chest cold, and then into an uncomfortable flu. Needless to say, I missed work for a week and one day before returning the following Tuesday. As of this writing I’m still fighting residual coughing. In the midst of this, I did see my physician, who confirmed that I had one of the flu strains making its way through the city, and that it would take 2-3 weeks to clear itself from my weakened system. I’m hoping by next weekend I’ll be completely clear of it.

June promises to be a very busy month. I’ll be in Denver from 02-07 June, attending the SLA Conference, and then in NYC from 09-18 June. Denver is work-related, NYC is vacation time only. In NYC on 11 June, I’ll see Steely Dan play on their Heavy Rollers Tour at the Beacon Theatre with my friend Lisa, and the next night it’s Lily Allen at The Roseland Ballroom, with my friend Noella. Other NYC events are still being planned. When I return, I am speaking (albeit briefly) at the 5th Annual Canadian E-Learning Conference as part of a panel called Library Access & E-Learning.

This past weekend I drove to Lethbridge, where I visited my friends Robert and Mary and their two daughters, Tigana and Kasia. On Saturday, I drove to Sunburst MT to attend the high school graduation ceremony of the daughter of my good friend Sharon. Afterwards, I drove to Shelby MT where I bought six boxes of Rice Chex and Corn Chex cereal at the local Albertson’s. Yes it’s true, I would do such a thing because I really do like those cereals, and no, we can’t buy them in Canada. Call it a weakness. Returning to Lethbridge (about one hour from the Canada/US border), I stayed for another day, and on Sunday, Robert and Mary and the girls and I walked all of about 90 seconds from their home to Brad and Jacqui’s place, the next block over from Robert’s place. (Background: Brad and I lived on the same floor in residence in 1976-78 at the U of Alberta, and I met Robert around the same time. In the period from late 1987-1989, Robert, Brad and I were members of the committee that organized ConText’89, the now-legendary sf conference at which (what is now known as) SF Canada was formed, and at which the first issue of On Spec was launched.) We all had a great visit, and after Mary took the girls home to bed, the rest of us, including Brad and Jacqui’s son Sean, watched Children of Men. Monday morning I drove back to Edmonton, including having to drive through a snowstorm just north of Calgary.

Good night, and good luck.

San Francisky? So How Did You Came, Did You Drove or Did You Flew?

Posted in On The Road on April 9th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: I’m in San Francisco until Tuesday Wednesday morning. Yesterday I rode the cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf. Pictures are here. The cable car ride is an event in itself. On the return trip, I played rock/papers/scissors with a little Chinese girl who along with her sister and two brothers laughed their heads off every time she would win a round. It was a great day. As for the title above, if you loved SCTV and Sid Dithers, you know what it means.