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Earliest: September 24, 2003Latest: November 12, 2017Total: 39

September 13, 2007

Panda Express

In the American Airlines terminal at the Ronald Reagan airport there is a Panda Express restaurant. I really like the Orange Chicken at Panda Express, very yummy and certainly worth a sample if you haven't tried it yet. I remember when I lived in San Jose and enjoyed going to the Panda Express near my apartment near the Capital Expressway movie theaters.

Near the Airport there's another Panda Express at the Pentagon City Mall in Arlington which is a couple of stops away on the Blue and Yellow Metro. If you are catching a flight out of Reagan National. I would suggest going a little early and catching a bite at the mall. You'll probably have better seating opportunities and there's better food selections, including some sit down restaurants such as TGIF Fridays.

The prices at the Mall and the airport are the same, at least that's the case for a Panda Express meal. So it isn't any cheaper to stop at the mall or to goto the airport. However, the Mall does have more food and shopping options. The Panda Express at the American Airlines terminal is in an area where they have few tables.

The METRO stops right at the Pentagon CityMall, so there's little walking from the train to the food court. Not too bad even if you have a suitcase. You'll be doing more walking at the airport than from the Metro to the food court.

September 5, 2007

Logan Central Parking

I am back in Washington DC this week on a business trip. I am staying at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, I'll be posting my review of the hotel later this week. I flew from Logan Airport to Washington National Airport.

Here's a hint about parking at Central Parking at Logan International Airport:

If you are taking a flight from Terminal 'B' and plan to use Logan's Central Garage, you should plan on parking on the fourth floor near section 'U'. This is because this the closest section to the terminal. By parking on the 4th floor you will avoid the need to take the elevator or the stairs to the pedestrian walkway.

The easy way to remember this is remember "Central Parking For You", that's Central Parking 4 U.

Parking at the Central Garage cost $22 a day.

June 7, 2007

Lincoln Memorial


I am currently in Washington DC on a business trip assisting a customer with some development work. The work I am doing is pretty cool, unfortunately I am not at liberty to go into great deal about the project.

Usually when I visit Washington DC I like to visit the Lincoln Memorial at night. The Lincoln Memorial is a great inspiration spot. There's something magical about the place at night, something about walking up the steps and then looking back at the Washington Monument glowing light on the reflection pool. If you visit the Lincoln Memorial during the day, you really should plan to return at night.

I have been very fortunate that I have been to the Lincoln Memorial many times over the past 3 years. I have been to the memorial during the Cherry Blossom Festival, twice, and walked up the steps during a brief snow storm.

Two things about the Lincoln Memorial you may not know about: There is a marker in the center of the second landing to commemorate the speech given by Martin Luther King on August 28, 1963.( This is very hard to see at night.) At the top of the memorial are the names of the states that were part of the union when Lincoln was president. Massachusetts is in the middle because Daniel Chester French, who sculptured the Abraham Lincoln statue in the memorial, is from Massachusetts.

Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon did a great job designing the Lincoln Memorial. If you ever visit Concord Massachusetts, be sure to stop by the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and look for Daniel Chester French grave stone. See what some Daniel Chester French fans have left on his grave.

April 9, 2007

Missing Camera

Last Week I was on a Business Trip to Washington DC. On Friday, I grab a cab from downtown to Dulles International Airport, and along the way my Fuji e900 camera fell out of my laptop bag. The bag was next to me in the Taxi.

I didn't notice the camera missing until I got into the terminal, and the cab was well down the road with my camera in the back seat. ($250 camera that my girlfriend gave me as a Christmas gift.)

All I have left is a receipt which has the driver signature, nothing else. No Taxi Cab info or name of the Taxi cab. I'll scan the receipt in later tonight to see if someone can help.

My advice to anyone getting into a cab is to write down the driver and cab information while you are ridding in the cab. Obviously double check your bags before leaving the cab.

September 12, 2006

Winning Every Day

Assorted Quotes/Notes from Lou Holtz's book Winning Every Day:

Our team wasn't merely ready to play, we were ready to win.

We won that game the moment our group of young men focused on what we had instead of what we lacked. That's the only perspective you can take in hard times. Remember that adversity presents us with numerous possibilities for success, if we are just willing to see them.

Winner and losers aren't born; they are the products of how they think.

But compensation does not guarantee performance. You must possess something inside of yourself the eschews mediocrity while embracing greatness. You must welcome adversity as a test of your resolve.

All this demonstrates that things have a way of working themselves out if we just remain positive.

We are not going to win because you have a new head coach, any more than you are going to fix a flat tire by changing the driver. We will win the minute all of us get rid of excuses as to why we can''t win and stop wallowing in self-pity

My players seemed to have forgotten that whenever you point your finger at someone, three fingers point back at you.

The inspirational verse, "I am only one, but I am one; I can't do everything, but I can do something; what I can do, I ought to do, and by the grace of God, I will do,"

The great jazz musician Miles Davis once said, "Don't be afraid of failure. There is no such thing."

You just have to remember: Don't let what you don't have keep you from using what you do have.

January 12, 2005


Today we visited the Future World and World Showcase at Epcot.

If you plan on attending the "IllumiNations: Reflection of Earth" fireworks show, you should know that the area in front of the Showcase Plaza is a pretty good viewing area. About 10 minutes prior to the show, they open up the area and have people "walk" to their spots and sit and watch the show.

This park also escorts early morning visitors to their first ride, with most people going to the Mission:Space ride.

This is the only park where you can get free soda. Coke-cola has a booth that allows you to taste various coke products around the world. This is at the Innoventions West, the igloo entrance is to the right of the water fountains. This is closed at least an hour before the IllumiNations show.

December 2, 2004

San Francisco Photos

Last night I scanned 20 San Francisco photos from my collection. In 1998, I spent several weekends around the city and took lots of photos. Tonight I'll add the collection to the photo gallery.

Some other categories that will be coming soon include:

  • Cross Country 1996
  • Boston Massachusetts
  • Cape Cod
Most of the photos for the Boston and Cape Cod are digital, so they should be up pretty soon.

September 15, 2004

Yellowstone National Park

Today I posted some of my photos that I took on my trip to Yellowstone National Park last month. Currently there are only 9 photos but I have 19 additional photos that should be available soon.

Most of the photos focus on some of the landmarks of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

I would recommend including it as part of a cross country tour, probably would work well after seeing the Bad Lands and Mount Rushmore.

September 1, 2004

Yellowstone National Park

This past week I was at Yellowstone National Park. This was my first visit to the park, and had a pretty good time. I'll post my notes on the trip later today.

Tip: Bring a pair of binoculars or a camera with a long lens if you plan to visit Yellowstone. Many animals are too far from the road, such as the Wolves.

June 1, 2004

World War 2 Memorial

This past weekend was the official opening of the World War 2 memorial. However, the memorial has been open for at least a month, so it wasn't a grand opening.

I was in Washington DC when the memorial opened to the public for the first time and took some photos.

I also have some photo from my Washington DC trip in 1995, before the memorial was even built, I'll put those up when I find them.