Bermuda Redux

“As I looked at the glow, which I mistakenly thought had spatial boundaries, I was transported into an endless glossy sea with low clouds of gold on the horizon. Azure and gold, and all the sensations of warmth and ceaseless tropical life filled my brain. This was a place of rest, and, mysteriously, the source […]

Bermuda (Devil’s Isle), Part 3 of 3

Day 5 After a proper English breakfast in the clubhouse we departed for the Crystal Caves in Hamilton Parish. The caves were discovered in 1908 by two boys in search of a lost cricket ball. The guided tour is expensive, but the walk across Cahow Lake (at a depth of about ninety feet below the […]

Bermuda (Devil’s Isle), Part 2 of 3

Day 4 Our adventures started at the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. We spent a couple of hours exploring the thirty-six acres of flowers, trees, and shrubs. Make sure to visit the cacti / succulent hillside since most ascents in Bermuda are rewarded with a gorgeous vista (this one was completely unexpected and my plan is to […]

Weekend 403.0

“For more than a century the charred walls of Orval were at the mercy of the weather and of stone—and treasure seekers.” – Spiritual Heights and Depths, 2011 (1) A quote from Trappist Beer Travels: Inside the Breweries of the Monasteries: “This time of prosperity and celebration was cut short in 1789 as the French […]

Weekend 402.0

(1) Quality, variety and surprise. How Walt Disney created a very real fantasy (Blooloop) (2) Quotes from The Man in the Castle by Philip K. Dick: “They want to be the agents, not the victims, of history. They identify with God’s power and believe they are godlike. That is their basic madness. They are overcome […]

Bermuda (Devil’s Isle), Part 1 of 3

It seems like 6+ months since our plane dipped from the clouds and glided along the turquoise waters and emerald landscapes of Bermuda on our approach to L.F. Wade International on St. David’s Island. A business trip later, and some massive changes at work, and the restorative effects of that special island have been reduced […]

Watercolors of sub-tropical scenes

(1) A quote from The Seven Storey Mountain from Thomas Merton: “Bermuda in those days had no big hotels and no golf-courses to speak of. It was not famous for anything. It was simply a curious island, two or three days out of New York, in the Gulf Stream, where the British had a small […]

Perennial Pondstraddler

BIG trip report after I dig out, but here are three things I don’t want to forget: (1) Sea Venture Building (2) Church Cave (3) Bermuda Rose Society (4) Mark V. Arenburg

Weekend 394.0

(1) Fall in Love With the World’s First Animated Dinosaur (Atlas Obscura) (2) Oregon Legislature passes $15 bike tax (Bicycle Retailer) (3) US State imposes “sin” tax of $15 on new bicycles (BikeBiz) (4) Penn Station’s service changes and track work, explained (Curbed) (5) The Blue-State Meltdown and the Collapse of the Chicago Model (American […]

Weekend 365.0 (Cycling Robots in Bermuda?)

(1) The new cycle revolution: Buzzbike launches free bicycle scheme in London (Wallpaper*) (2) Real value of the Bermuda dollar (The Royal Gazette) (3) Assembling Eric: Bringing back the UK’s first robot (BBC)

Somerset Bridge Station

(1) Bermuda carriages found in Guyana (The Royal Gazette) Want to learn more? Find a copy of The Bermuda Railway (Gone – But Not Forgotten) by Colin A. Pomeroy.

Weekend 312.0 (Le mal du pays)

A couple of days off from work (a much needed extra long Labor Day Weekend) so I’m doing some housekeeping, biking, and drinking gratuitous amounts of coffee. I also finished Murkami’s book less than twenty-four hours after it arrived. (1) A quote from Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami “The […]

Weekend 269.0 (July 4th Weekend)

(1) The 10 Best folding bikes: The popularity of folding bikes means there is now a huge range, whether you want one for commuting or rugged off-road riding (The Independent) (1a) Old locomotive flanked by diminutive wheels (Flickr) (2) A Look at Kinn: the US-Made Midtail (Lovely Bicycle!) (2a) Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon […]

Weekend 209.1 (Tires/Tyres)

Yeah. I’ve added a category for tires/tyres because of my obsession with vulcanized rubber. Photographs of tires/tyres for me are like hi-res food shots to foodies. I watched Tokyo Story last night and Noriko [Setsuko Hara] was employed by the Yoneyama Trading Company whose business was tires apparently (?). Speaking of pron; here is some […]

Weekend 208.1

(1) Ten Remarkable U.S. Bridges (2) Bermuda Journey, Fourth Impression 1958, William Zuill “For many years Front Street was the only business street in the town and here were situated the warehouses of the merchants, many of whom lived on the upper floors of their premises, enjoying, from pleasant verandas facing the harbor, the prevailing […]