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.

NYC Stories, NYC Photos, NYC Music, NYC Theatre…

Posted in NYC, Steely Dan on June 14th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: Monday night was the first of two Steely Dan shows at the Beacon Theatre on Broadway. Great show, met up with a few of the Danfen (local and some who came into NYC for the show), and afterwards hung out with Lisa (who went to the show with me), and a woman named Jude. On Tue, Jude and I hooked up to see Bodies: The Exhibition, well worth the price of admission. I have to admit there were a few, er, items on display that were very difficult to view, but it is an amazing experience.

On Wednesday, I met with Brooklyn photographer Bill Wadman, who is almost halfway through his year-long project, which is to take photos of one person every day of the year, and upload one of them to his website. I applied to participate some weeks ago, after hearing about it from Derryl. He accepted my app, and took photos of me yesterday. The photo he chose to put on his site is here. What do you think?

Afterwards I went to see the play Frost/Nixon, which was and is brilliant. Frank Langella won the Tony Award last Sunday for his amazing performance as Richard Nixon in this play. Michael Sheen, last seen as Tony Blair in The Queen, was also great as David Frost. Later I hooked up again with Jude, and we saw Steely Dan perform one more time at The Beacon. A great day all around.

This … is ONN!

Posted in Library, NYC, Steely Dan, The-Onion on March 26th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

The Onion now has its own television news channel! Imagine – we’ll never have to read again.

Onion News Network Promo

In other goings-on, there are a number of forthcoming trips for which I am slowly preparing. On April 07 I will fly to San Francisco to attend a meeting at this conference. Afterwards I will spend a few days in Victoria to visit friends before returning to Edmonton. In May I will be in Lethbridge for the long weekend, with a day trip to Sunburst MT to attend my friend’s daughter’s high school graduation. On June 02 I’m off to Denver to attend this conference, returning on June 07. On June 09, I’m off to NYC for nine days, this time using a Steely Dan concert on June 11 at The Beacon Theatre as the ostensible excuse for what I think will be my 15th visit to the Big Apple. Beyond this assortment of jaunts, I don’t have any other firm plans for summer vacation at this time.

NYC (3)

Posted in NYC on August 27th 2006 by Randy Reichardt

.: I’ve been back in Edmonton for a few days, but wanted to wrap up NYC Trip 14. Last weekend I saw The History Boys on Broadway, and was able to squeeze in one (very good) movie, Half Nelson. The heat and humidity was getting to me on Friday and Saturday, resulting in multiple showers, changes of clothing, and placing forehead in front of air conditioner in various attempts to try to cool down. On Monday evening, my friend Noella and I, after having dinner with her friend Clarissa, went to the Iridium Jazz Club to see Les Paul and his band play a 75-minute set, which they do every Monday night at 8:00 and 10:00 pm. Les Paul basically invented the electric guitar, as well as multi-track recording, so to (finally) attend one of his shows felt like a great honour. What a nice way to spend my final evening in NYC this time around.

The trip home the next day was a bit of a drag. The Northwest flight left La Guardia on time, landing in Minneapolis 2.5 hours later where I spent about six hours before catching the connecting flight home to Edmonton. Six hours later, I was seated in the half-filled jet waiting for departure when the pilot announced there was a problem with one of the jet’s shock absorbers, and that as a result, “they have to find us another plane.” So we all left the plane and walked down to a different gate, and waited. Less than 40 minutes passed before another plane was “found”, and we boarded and left about an hour behind schedule. Sometime into the flight, we hit turbulence, and the pilot announced that it would last for a while, as we were about 50-60 miles south of a major weather disturbance. Well, last for while it did, to the point where I was beginning to feel a bit nauseous from the very rough ride. After perhaps 45 minutes, the turbulence dissipated, and eventually we landed in Edmonton. The plane parked at the gate, and people prepared to leave, waiting for the door to open….waiting….waiting…until the pilot announced that we had to sit down again, because we weren’t allowed to leave because of lightning in the area. So…about 15 minutes later, we were allowed to leave, clear Customs, grab luggage, and leave the airport.

I need a vacation.

NYC (1)

Posted in NYC on August 16th 2006 by Randy Reichardt

.: I’m in New York for a few days. Plans include visiting various friends, seeing the Steely Dan/Michael McDonald concert tomorrow, Les Paul on Monday, and perhaps a one-day visit to New Haven. I’m considering attending this show on Sunday, 20 August 2006.

Atlanta (2)

Posted in Atlanta on March 27th 2006 by Randy Reichardt

.: A few photos from my Atlanta trip are available for viewing. I am unable to upload these from my hotel room for some reason, so am doing it from inside the ACS Exhibition area.

My presentation yesterday morning went well, with about 40 people in attendance. I was the sixth of eight speakers. I tried sleeping in the afternoon, then attended a couple of low-keyed receptions. This morning, after eating more junk food at the food court at CNN Center, I went through some of the exhibits, spoke to a few vendors, including an FBI Special Agent at the FBI Special Agent booth. I left to go to the Georgia Aquarium, which despite the build-up, wasn’t that impressive to me. I think my reaction was based on the lack of spectacular tropical fish, but also because the place was jammed with people, many pushing strollers. It was too hot, and often difficult to see any exhibits. Still, it was worth the visit. Tonight I’m meeting my cousin for dinner, then home tomorrow.