Category Archives: travel

On my way

Left this morning for the Internet Librarian conference, in Monterey, California. Good but crowded flight to LA. I’m now waiting for the puddle-jumper up to Monterey, after which I’ll drive up to Marin County for a couple of days before the conference starts.

Reading Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”. I am not a particularly literate librarian. Well, I’m really a reference librarian, and am pathetically poorly-read compared to a lot of my colleagues (though I’m pretty well read on some non-fiction areas – science, stuff like that). Anyway, I’m enjoying the book.

Hoping for good skateboarding weather on Saturday and Sunday.

Gonna be a long day of travel today – left the house this morning about 6:30am, and will get to Dale’s place about 8pm (10pm at home). But its better than the Greyhound. But then, what isn’t.

California Trip — episode 2.

Well, I got to Monterey the other day, rented a car, and drove up to Mill Valley (in Marin County) to visit my old skating buddy Dale. When I got there, Dale had grilled up some insanely good chicken, which was great as I was quite hungry. We ate, and then watched a documentary about 1980s vert skating ripper, Jason Jesse.

Saturday we both got up kind of late, had some breakfast at a local eatery, shopped for skate shoes for Dale, and then in the afternoon went for an excellent hike on one of the many trails around Dale’s neighborhood. Later in the evening we went to see the new film, “W”. The film was enjoyable, but strange. Too over the top to be serious, but not funny enough to be a comedy. But there were some really funny parts.

I know Dale would like to have gotten some skating in. I’m happy though that as old skate friends, our friendship isn’t just confined to skating. 

Got up this morning, had breakfast, and drove down to Mountain View for a freestyle session with Gary Holl and the guys from sk8kings.com. Lots of fun. I always enjoy skating with Gary, who is an amazing skater. He always gets some nice pics of me skating. Here is one below. 

Big thanks to Dale and Gary for their hospitality.

After the session I drove back down to Monterey and checked into my hotel, which is where I am right now. Looking forward to the Internet Librarian conference tomorrow.

Me, doing a 180 casper. Photo by Gary Holl.

Me, doing a 180 casper. Photo by Gary Holl.

Chillin’ at LAX

Well, I’m on my way to Monterey, California, sitting here in the Los Angeles airport waiting for my flight up north. The tmobile internet connection here is WAAAAY faster than my shitty cable modem wifi at home.

Anyway, I have a nice 2.5 hour wait for my flight. Not much to do except surf the web. Looking forward to a fun weekend. Will take some pics as soon as there is an interesting subject. The Internet Librarian conference starts on Monday. Should be great, as always. 

Right now, I’m ready to chill with my friend Dale, have some relaxing and fun skate sessions, chill, and skate some more.

Holy cow – they’re playing the Electric Light Orchestra here in the terminal. Nice.

Washington DC photos

I just uploaded a few more images from DC to my flickr account. Had most of these set for no flash, wide screen, fine detail, on auto. The camera went to a higher ISO setting, resulting in some graininess, but I think it looks cool. Much better than anything I did with the flash.