Friday, March 28, 2008

Blog buddies

I know many of you are newbies to the whole blogging thing, so I thought I would share a site that is currently nominating people for their great travel blogs. You should definitely check out some of the nominees and I will post the winners. The photography blogs are really amazing. Check it!

Jump to other nominations here:

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Censor this!

I head to work this morning and see a lady reading a local newspaper and the cover had a picture of a naked woman! What is this lady doing? There are kids around here! I find one of these newspapers and utilizing my french lessons I deciphered the caption as a pic of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni.

The way nudity is preceived here is totally different than in the states. It isn't an issue and is common to see an ad showing a little more skin. Europeans believe that nudity is natural. This article would never pass in the states. The record for most TiVo rewind moment was during the superbowl with Janet Jackson's wardwobe malfunction. My finger still hurts from all the rewinds and pauses. It would have been no big deal over here. I find the US prefers to censor the human body over gore and violence. The body is so much nicer to look at.

So go ahead G 'Dubba' and put your nude wife on the cover.... wait actually hold that thought (no, erase that thought).

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cycling a winding road

Today something happened to me which is a first. I was notified that a friend of mine died 2 days ago in a cycling accident. He was a friend from college and a part of my life which I won't forget. His name is Matthew Peterson. We bonded over a Tucson summer and it was nice to have it filled with a friend's quality time. In a town like Tucson, campus was empty and all students have left, we made the most of it. We both worked at a Marriott hotel, he in bell service and I in restaurant/bar. He was conviently living on my way to school or work, so it was common to stop by to say hi. Him and his roommates also gave me 'Siggy', my dog in college. The dog's name we came up with at their house, because it was the Delta Sig house at the time and where we all hanged out. Matt and I also were in a business fraternity together. He was the kind of person you could rely on and always know he would be there. Thinking back, he never had a negative thought in is mind and lived life with a very kind hearted demeaner.

A spring break from college, Matt join my family and I in a trip down to San Carlos, Mexico. We had such a good time being the typical college kids getting into trouble. If he were here, we would tell you the story where we paid off the cops when we were pulled over. I was impressed by how cool and collected he handled the situation. Or we would laugh at how he walked through the glass door in the back yard. Just good times enjoying each other's company.

Immediately I googled his name to find out what happened. Ofcourse I found the report of the accident.... But more importantly I saw a person with a passion in his life that has obviously made a change in the world. The search results returned site after site after site on cycling. He took what he loves and went with it. He had an entire community of cyclist show respect for what he unselfishly gave and thier hearts showing what they can't get back. He has positively affected the people around him and for that I THANK YOU friend Matt. The world is a better place because you were part of it. You will be missed.

Matt Peterson winning Merco Credit Union Crit on March 1st.

My sincere condolences to his family.

You can visit the website Remembering Matt to find details on the service and leave a comment about him.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Looking for the soft fluffy stuff

We can easily check the ski forcast....Let it snow!