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Did We already discuss this, +Judi Lemay-Lusk​?
 
Philadelphia is the only U.S. stop for this stunning exhibition and you can reserve your tickets now!

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes a once-in-a-lifetime Impressionism exhibit this summer featuring works by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas and more.
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Valley of the Bhagirathi (one of the sources of the Ganges) near Uttarkashi. 
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Fortunately, we brought our own kettles. There are a few ancient-looking jars of instant coffee that we have helped empty. 
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Mike@ has been in line for meal vouchers for nearly an hour now. I see his silhouette against the far window, Judi and Joanna with him, keeping him company. This is a good team. 
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Pilot Baba Ashram, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, India

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Travel Thursday, observation #2.
My best thoughts on dressing and packing for an international trip to a warm climate, based on my Thailand trips (if you fly to Europe in freezing winter, packing is a lot harder to do light and right):

1. If you depart from a cold USA location (like a winter flight from the North East), you will need warm clothing just for your bus, subway, or car ride. I find a simple full-zippered, compressible puff jacket in a thinner model (like the new "fashion" down jackets) to be ideal - your choice of down or synthetic, the Nano Puff Jacket from Patagonia is a good example but there are a ton of alternatives to choose from.

A thin puff jacket may not be enough if you have to stand outdoors on the curb in frigid Chicago waiting for your ride, but the flip side is, you won't overheat in the terminal and will sleep very comfortably on the typically all-too-cold night flight.

My alternative "warm gear" combines a thin Polartec 200 jacket, like the Patagonia R2, matched with a thin or ultrathin windjacket - I prefer ultrathin, like the classic hooded Patagonia Houdini at just 4 ounces, or pretty thin, like the Columbia Windbreaker Jacket you often find at outlet malls.

Two pieces, while ultimately eating up more space than one, give you more wearing options than a single puff jacket - on a hot flight, just wear the windbreaker, medium cold just the Polartec, super cold wear both.

And at your tropical destination, the windbreaker doubles as thunderstorm jacket, while dressing up a simple black tee shirt when you have that inevitable dinner at an upscale, and usually overly air conditioned, hotel.

Whatever you do, don't get pullovers, even a 1/4 zipper isn't enough to fine-tune your temperature at your seat. And buy darker colors, since one day you will spill some food on yourself while trying to eat in the tiny space allocated to us at our seat.

2. Always wear your thickest and heaviest clothing for the flight, to save valuable space, not to mention weight, in your luggage. Don't fly in shorts and pack your jeans! Reverse that, wear the heavy jeans.

3. If you are a guy and like a military or UFC short haircut, carry a watchcap - often it will provide the extra warmth you need without anything else besides a light windbreaker. Little science fact: the capillary blood vessels in our scalp don't constrict to save warmth, unlike on other sections of our body - so to stop the heat drain, wear with a hat! Even a baseball cap helps a lot.

4. The ideal number of luggage pieces is TWO - one goes under the plane, the other goes in the overhead bin at your seat.

The overhead bin piece holds, at minimum, change of underwear and socks, contact lens solution and any medicines (plus toothbrush and floss, etc.), cellphone and any other theft-worthy electronics, a pair of light nylon travel pants or shorts, and a spare shirt or tee shirt. You should think like this: if my baggage gets lost, or if another volcano grounds planes in Europe, can I live out of my carron bag for a week? If I sinkwash?

A corollary is to try to wear wool, or one of the new silver or other treated synthetics that slow the growth of bacteria, and let you go a couple of extra days before becoming stinky.

5. Even though you carry just TWO bags, if there is probably stuff you will want at your seat during the flight, so stick that stuff in a smaller, light, "pull-out" bag - maybe a hiker's stuff sack - and pull it out of your overhead bag before settling down in your seat.

Corollary: years ago I gave up on treating my overhead bag as my "reservoir" of extra items during a flight. I hate going into the overhead during my flight. In an emergency I am willing to open the overhead bin, but not because I planned poorly.

6. A large - 5.0" or larger - phone in your pocket is a lot handier than a full-sized iPad in the overhead - or even at your seat. It may be too late to change the size phone you favor this phone cycle, but start to think of your phone as more of a tablet than a phone, you'll be happier later if you travel a lot.

7. Buy, or refill, a 16oz water bottle for the flight. Thirst is miserable. If you manage to drink the whole bottle, you can ask the flight attendant (politely) to refill it for you, better at the food station than buzzing him or her. Airplane water tank water is pretty miserable, but better than suffering thirst.

8. Don't overpack your overhead bag. You might need room for purchases post-security or at your transit airport. Not to mention needing room for your jacket when you get to your tropical vacation destination.

9. Between your carryon and checked luggage and what you wear, you should have the following minimum essential clothing: jeans; thin nylon travel pants, like the REI Adventure or ex Officio Nomad; shorts; 3 pairs of underwear and socks; something warm in case your room is aircon and it knows only one thermostat setting, "very cold."

If you sinkwash nightly, that minimal clothing kit will see you through weeks and weeks of travel. Travel pants are much easier to wash, and dry much more quickly, than jeans, but I once actually washed my jeans in a tiny hotel sink and hung them out the window to dry. Socks and underwear are a breeze, especially if you reserve one of your (usually) two bath towels to roll around your underwear, socks, and tee shirt to squeeze out the rest of the water.

(How to dry in 12 hours: sink wash using hand soap, body shower wash, or shampoo if you don't have anything better; rinse thoroughly; hand wring firmly, but not so firmly you stretch or tear; then lay flat on your spare and dry bath towel, and carefully roll the bath towel up with the clothing sandwiched between towel layers. Finally, either wring the towel, or lay it down on the floor and stomp up and down it like you are making wine in an old La Dolce Vita movie. There will be so little water left in your hand washed laundry that it will be dry in 8-12 hours IF you hang it up in the air conditioned room instead of in the usually non-air conditioned bathroom.)

That's it! Add whatever "luxury items" you want beyond the minimal - maybe some shower shoes or flip flops that double as shower shoes, just don't go so crazy you can't make all your transits (home to airport, counter through security to seat on plane, transit airport, arrival airport to hotel) with all your bags by yourself, without a cart. That's key: by yourself, up and down stairs, from home to hotel, and across 7,000 miles.
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+Judi Lemay-Lusk​ I'm pretty sure you'd like this!
 
Cool project from our Maps team.  Love the blending of the space and the history, and the 360 of the orchestra is a neat experience. http://goo.gl/kWR2iL
Google has opened the doors to Abbey Road Studios! Explore, discover and play inside the iconic British recording studio.
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I wanted to hang up a towel (no spares, and too dirty), or put the bathmat/carpet-square there (too small, didn't want metal screen-splinters in my bathmat), or cardboard (none to hand), too, Sheila. Besides, it's the way the geckos come in to reduce the mosquito population. 
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Well, yes, there was one occasion… All right, maybe more than one…
 
I've had days like that, which is one reason I'm a writer today!
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Programmer, software developer
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Innovation, solving tough problems, thinking way outside the box
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  • BNP Paribas Financial Services
    Senior Software Developer, 2013 - present
    Maintaining, enhancing, and developing business-critical software and solutions.
  • ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.
    Programmer, 2000 - 2013
    Developing and maintaining custom software and integration solutions. Helping to manage and configure technical infrastructure.
  • Digital Equipment Corporation
    Principal Software Specialist, 1985 - 1997
    Solving the "It can't be done" problems facing enterprise software developers.
  • DEC
    Principal Software Engineer, 1978 - 1985
  • Compaq
    Principal Software Specialist, 1997 - 2000
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"I don't know how, but you've managed to be both a poet and an engineer." (So said a professor friend of mine.) It's all about language, expression, and experience.
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Dog walker, friend, a voice made for radio

I will not walk with your progressive apes,
erect and sapient: before them gapes
the dark abyss to which their progress tends—
if by God's mercy progress ever ends
and does not ceaselessly revolve the same
unfruitful course by changing of a name.
I will not tread your dusty path and flat,
denoting this and that by "this" and "that";
your world immutable wherein no part
the little Maker has with maker's art.
I bow not yet before the iron crown,
nor cast my own small golden scepter down.
    From Tolkien's "Mythopoeia"

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  • Music
  • Poetry (especially if you've memorized some)
  • Creative thinking
  • Dramatic outbursts
  • Dogs (we have two) and dog training
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Trainer of good dogs, PCA elder, programming language enthusiast, chanter of poems
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Excellent service, but a $18 voucher paid for one sandwich, a $4.50 liter of water, and potato chips
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Always a favorite stop for us
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*We keep coming back, year after year.* Visiting the _New Balance Factory Store_ is part of our regular protocol when we come to Maine. The prices are good, the shoes are great, and it supports one of the last manufacturers in the state. We'll be back!
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Great choice of sandwiches, and a patio to sit on with our dogs!
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Home away from home: I wish I had a coffee house like this—I'm sorry, I can't call it a "coffee shop" because that makes me think of places with more tables and waitresses—a coffee house like this near home. (I guess I do have one, but it lacks one thing: being here in Maine on vacation. Mine always has a business feel, only because I'm the one with something to do later.) The pastries are huge and delicious, the coffee very good, the service and people beyond compare. I had one of their breakfast sandwiches, the Blonde Bomber, and a lunch sandwich, the Greek Bean, and wish I were here longer to try more: both were excellent.
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*The reviews were excellent, and they were right* We wanted a place to meet with old friends, and picked Vittles. I ordered the _Black and Jack Wrap_ (blackened chicken with vegetables and cheese) and, on the strength of the rave reviews, upgraded the chips (which are made here in the kitchen, and are said to be excellent) to the _Frizzled Onions_. Meals take time here: everything is fresh (the owner believes the kitchen doesn't have a can opener!), and is made fresh when ordered. My plate arrived, onions heaped on a substantial wrap, a cup of pickled vegetables peeking out from one end of the mound. The onions are not heavy battered onion rings, but are dredged lightly in flour, and then fried: light, crisp, tasty, but not filling and heavy.The wrap was a well-balanced mix of meat and veggies, although I have to say I didn't taste much "blackened" on the chicken: that might be because it was so well balanced. Even the home-made pickles were delightful, and I was sorry I put them off until late in my wrap. My wife ordered a Caesar salad with chicken, and was delighted thereby. My friend Bob ordered the _Classic Vittles Salad_, and was more than satisfied, not only with the quantity, but the taste and freshness. Angela had (I think) a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, again with the _Frizzled Onions_. Bob and Angela both hope to return to Vittles frequently. I spoke with the owner after we ate, when he revealed that they didn't own a can opener, as far as he knew. He arranged for us to have a complimentary order of their hand-made ice cream. My wife said, "Oh, chocolate!" and he replied, "Try it and see!" It wasn't. It was rich, creamy, tasty, want-more-of-it, but we couldn't place it. "Bailey's Irish Cream," he told us. "We dropped a pie one night and needed a replacement dessert, so I made this up on the spot." They've had it ever since, with variations. We hope to return, although we won't make the 600-mile trip just for this restaurant. If it were 50 miles, though, we very well might do that.
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First-rate work by a workman who cares for his work and his customers. Other contractors have been impressed when they see the quality of the rewiring Alan did for our Victorian house.
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