I couldn’t live there without going nuts

A couple of articles about New York City have had me shaking my head in disbelief, to think of having to live in such a place. First, there’s the cost of accommodation.  Please note the bold, underlined text, which is my emphasis. Tourists have been booking rooms in the 665-room Pod Times Square — a micro-hotel with rooms averaging just 115 square feet apiece — since its January debut on West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue. . . . The hotel’s collection of “Pod Pads” — 45 apartments available for long-term rents — recently debuted, making Pod Hotels the latest

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This sounds like a really useful invention

I’m sure many of my readers have endured, like me, many miles of driving along a highway reduced to one lane width – or even less – by traffic cones, deployed to keep highway workers safe.  Unfortunately, they may be working in only one spot, but several miles of road on either side of that place may be coned off, to allow them to move up and down the road.  There’s no other way to do it – or, at least, there hasn’t been, until now. Wheeled ‘Robo-cones’ that trundle off when no longer required to shorten roadworks for motorists

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Suitcases like I’ve never seen before

I had to smile when reading an article at Laughing Squid about a new self-contained kitchen-in-a-suitcase. There’s also a desk (with chair) in a suitcase: And even a bed-in-a-suitcase: I’m not sure how practical they all are, but full marks to the designer for fitting everything into so small a space.  The prices, however, are outrageous! Peter

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Big airport OOPS!

An Asiana Airlines Airbus A330 airliner got too close to a Turkish Airlines Airbus A321 at Istanbul Airport yesterday.  I don’t know why the Turkish Airlines plane was so far back in its parking position.  It doesn’t look like it was being pushed back after loading passengers. You can read more about the collision here. I wonder how long both jets will spend in the body & fender shop? Peter

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An unexpected road hazard

While driving home from Amarillo yesterday, Miss D. and I passed an 18-wheeler parked on the side of the road.  Two of its rear tires had blown out, and strips and fragments of rubber and steel littered the road for several hundred yards. Somewhere in that distance, without our being aware of it, a piece of tire rubber wrapped itself around the driver’s side front wheel steering arm and drive shaft, on the inside of the wheel.  We didn’t notice it at highway speeds, because it didn’t affect the handling of the car in any way;  but when we turned

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On the road today

Miss D. and I are visiting friend and fellow author Alma Boykin today, and speaking to her high school class about Africa and its post-World-War-II history.  She likes them to get a feel for how things really were, rather than the sanitized, skimmed-over pablum served up by their textbook, and pulls in outsiders with experience to discuss such things.  It’s kinda fun. Blogging will be light for most of today, although I’ll try to post later this afternoon, travel permitting.  Meanwhile, please amuse yourselves with the folks in the sidebar. Peter

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Back from the road

Miss D. and I headed down to Fort Worth today for a little official business, plus some “us”-time.  It’s two-plus hours from here to there, so it’s no trouble to go down and back in a day. The official business didn’t take long, so we looked for something interesting to see when we were done.  We ended up at the Texas Civil War Museum.  It has a large number of exhibits about the lives and equipment of regular soldiers on both sides, with emphasis on the (named) individuals who owned many of the items on display, including a surprising number

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Road trip

Miss D. and I will be making a quick road trip today, so blogging will be sparse.  It’s kinda hard to juggle the steering wheel and a smartphone when writing blog posts – or, as a passenger, writing posts while using the phone’s navigation function! Please enjoy the bloggers listed in the sidebar.  They write good stuff too!  I may put up an article later this afternoon or this evening, if we get back in time.  Otherwise, blogging will resume tomorrow. Peter

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Just goes to show… you never know what might happen next

A Texas police officer is extremely lucky to be alive after arriving to investigate a SUV that crashed into a house.  Watch what happens as he walks up. It seems the SUV severed a gas line, which blew up the house as the officer walked up.  Here’s a more detailed news report. I bet that officer’s suddenly-increased pulse rate blew out his fitness monitor! Peter

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Neat idea, but I doubt the powers that be will listen

One consumer’s protest in England is making news – but I’m not sure it’ll make a difference. A man put off by the cost of a train fare bought a car and drove from London to Bristol for less than the price of the rail fare. Bargain-hunter Tom Church bought a Honda Civic to make a 120-mile drive to see a friend in Bristol because it was cheaper than a train ticket. The second hand car cost just £80 [currently about US $114]. Road tax was £81.38 [$116], insurance for one day £20.43 [$29] and petrol £25 [$36]. A total

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