|TRAVELLING AND OTHER STUFF
Nov 12, 2002, 7:25pm
Man, I dunno if I can handle travelling much more. And I have a lot more of it in the next six months - three major trips planned, and two minor ones.
I just got back from Seattle after attending the CoffeeFest there. I was impressed with parts of it, less so with others. There weren't enough seminars for one thing. I wasn't very impressed with the latte art competition either - the first place was definitely deserving, but the second place and especially third place didn't really stand out for me as quality latte art. I could do better than the third place contestant in my sleep.
I really like Seattle, and one scary thing - I have more friends in that city than I do in Vancouver... how weird is that. Maybe it's a sign that I should finally do something I've been thinking about for ages: move to the US and Seattle (or Portland).
That was a minor trip, though the tally for me was roughly $450 spent on hotel, food, gas, etc.
Major trips are coming up next. I'm headed to Ottawa for Christmas and New Years, to spend time with my Mom and family. On that front, my Mom had a major setback today: she was told her cancer is terminal, and the doctor cut off any further chemo treatments. It's a shock, but I'm not giving up hope yet, and I hope my Mom isn't either. But it's not something I want to write about right now.
That trip is going to be tough on me in several ways. First, I hate flying Air Canada. They suck. Really. Plus it's the Christmas season, which is insane. Our tix were about 40% more than other times of the year, and since they are the only carrier in Canada, they get away with crap like this.
Plus I'm not crazy about our seat booking. Mind you, you can prebook seats all you want, you NEVER end up getting them with Air Canada - it's like they take your pre booking seat assignment, then snicker as they ignore it and put you in last row seating (that happened to me). And what are you gonna do, book with their competitor? There isn't any!
My next trip is tentatively Chicago in January, only a few weeks after I get back. I even had someone volunteer to pay my plane fare, which is simply awesome.
After that, I have Boston and the SCAA conference in April to consider. I want that to be a 9 day trip, so Jeanette and I can have a vacation first in New England, then I do the show and fly home (I'm giving one seminar, moderating a panel, and possibly judging in the barista contest, and maybe Emcee'ing an evening's event, so I have to go). Jim, my buddy from 1st Line has graciously ponied up some of his travel miles to book us a hotel for some of our stay in Boston, which was damned nice of him. It really helps out, especially since almost all this travel I have to pay for myself; no company is covering most of this stuff for me.
Then in May, I may be heading to San Fran on a futuristic project, but that's very iffy at best.
Sigh... travel. I loved it when I was 20, and only had a backpack. Today, I have responsibilities, and it wears you down.
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Photos from Algonquin Park
Photos from my trip to Algonquin Park this fall with my Mom and two brothers.
Making Snow for the Fortress
One of the worst jobs I ever had... till I got out.
Tools I Use
The tools I use to build websites and lead a tech life.
iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
Most Recent Songs
Fiddlers Green by The Tragically Hip
Around The Bend by Pearl Jam
Here With Me (Rollo's Chillin' With the Family Mix) by Dido
With arms open wide by Creed
truffle pigs by Matthew Good Band
In the News
Burundi and Beyond - NY Times
Great article by Peter Meehan - provided some background.
St. Petersburg Times
Side mention in an article about good machines
AP Story on Espresso
Background and information provided
NY Times - Grinders Article
Especially proud of this one - got the reporter to focus on grinders
Globe and Mail
LOL - showing bad reporting, dude says I'm an American-based site!
The Olympian, WA
Talks about my love for the El Sal Siberia Pacamara
Seattle Times - Clover
Interviewed for comments on the Clover brewer
NY Times - How it Works
Background and information for various espresso machines
Time Mag Article
Just a brief mention, article about roasting beans.
Front page article about consumers getting into specialty coffee.
Quoted reference to what I wrote in an article at CoffeeGeek.
USA Today - Barista Jam
Intereviewed for my thoughts on what the epitome of espresso is.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed me 3 times. This is the first time my name got in a story.
Interview with Reuters, Jan 2 - this is the USA Today version.
My Other Stuff
Launched Dec 22, 2001, this is THE online community for espresso and coffee fanatics.
It's all new, as of March, 2002. My personal coffee obsession site.
My company's site - needs an update!
Hey, if you feel the need to buy me something, check here!
Great gadget site run by the guy who used to do Gizmodo.
This is how I get my daily news fix.
The most active forums for digital photography online today.
Need my Daily Zen fix!
A blog about car stuff. Vroom Vroom.
An industrial design blog. Very cool stuff.
Friends and Family Plan
Beata's got her own blog! She updates it most days.
Riddla on Flickr
Matt Riddle's flickr account, updated regularly
Irdy, my friend from Jakharta, on Flickr
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L Lens
The best lens I've ever owned. Super sharp and quick.
A full frame dSLR, with luscious colour reproduction.
Alzo Digital Lights
Some amazing florescent cold lights for product photography
Canon Xsi dSLR
Amazing technology and image quality in a tiny package.
Latest prosumer camera from Canon - a much better upgrade than the 30D
Great 2.2lb computer that does most of my travel / writing needs
28mm f1.8 Lens
A great lens for closeup work and full picture photography
Finally got the right tools for freezing green coffee.
Canon 50mm 1.4
Most amazing lens I've ever owned. Produces stellar photos.
Super wide angle (full frame fisheye) zoom for my Canon 20D