Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts

Monday, November 23, 2020

Stay Home


Not sure why this is even controversial:

About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings.

And the crowds are only expected to grow. Next Sunday is likely to be the busiest day of the holiday period. 

To be sure, the number of people flying for Thanksgiving is down by more than half from last year because of the rapidly worsening outbreak. However, the 3 million who went through U.S. airport checkpoints from Friday through Sunday marked the biggest crowds since mid-March, when the COVID-19 crisis took hold in the United States.

This time next year, you might be short several family members because of COVID-19. Why would you risk that by traveling this year when, for all intents and purposes, it will probably be much safer to travel next year?

I don't get why people can't put it off for a year. The selfishness at work here is pretty staggering.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Asamkirche Balcony




A shot looking up at the ceiling and balcony, Asamkirche, Munich.

I visited the place in the summer of 2011, and it was a spectacular example of the macabre and the gothic and the weird. Atlas Obscura has picked up on that and you can see some more photos here...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MH370: Let it Go



There is no easy way to quote the great philosopher of the 21st Century, Queen Elsa of Disney's Frozen, but here goes.

Let it go.

Spending untold millions, and risking the lives of searchers in that inhospitable part of the world, is simply not worth it. To lose one more plane or one more ship and everyone on it would simply compound the tragedy, and that's a very real possibility given how terrible it is to try and operate in the South Indian Ocean.

We have thousands of years of experience with this sort of thing as humans--ships, planes, people, boats, rafts, canoes, caravans--these things vanish. They disappear. They are found again, sometimes, but they do vanish. This is the way of the world.

Accepting that would be healthier than enduring the continued incompetence of the Malaysian authorities and the efforts by the worlds surveillance powers to mask their abilities and let people know what they heard and collected in the wake of the doomed flight.

I mean, honestly. You have to let it go.