Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Mercedes Benz produced the S class between 1991 and 1998. Nice examples of these fine German cars are still available in the used car market. Cost varies of course, but a very nice one with 80,000 miles should be available for around $7000.
Bear in mind that the car will be 20 years old and maintaining it can be very expensive. Just one example I saw recently was the task of changing the AC evaporator. To say it is not easy to access is an understatement. Apparently the replacement of the $150 part can approach $5000 in labor.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
See additional examples of this early form of animation here.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
If you were in Central Park yesterday and walked past this vendor's table you missed an extremely rare opportunity. These pieces of original Banksy art were available for $60 each. Of course they were not signed and you would have had to recognize his work. You think there would have been a huge run at this opportunity, but only six pieces sold all day.
See additional information as well as a video here.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
George Clooney at Madame Tussauds in London is seated on a purple leather sofa with an empty seat beside him. Guests like to sit beside him and have their picture taken. George has been displayed since February. So many visitors have sat beside him that the custom made sofa is showing excessive wear and Madame Tussauds has had to order a replacement.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Early risers in Shoreditch, London can enjoy "Rave Your Way Into The Day" at Village Underground. The morning dance experience is aimed at people looking for an alternative way to keep fit in the morning. It features live DJ's and the stereo-typical drugs and alcohol are replaced by massages.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I am an espresso drinker and enjoy the fact that it is the most abundant coffee drink in Europe. There are times, though, that a change of pace calls for a latte or mocha. I am not a huge fan of Starbucks, but they are consistent in their product line- when you place your order, you pretty much know what you are going to get.
The routine is fairly consistent as well; place your order, they ask your name and they write it on the cup. Once your drink is ready, they call your name. Simple, or so it would seem. The initial exchange was something along these lines:
Cashier: "Your name?"
Cashier: (blank stare...)
Me: "Vector, V... E... C... T... O... R"
Cashier: "V... E..." (back to original blank stare)
Me: "V....... E....... C....... T....... O....... R"
It seemed as though slowing down the spelling did the trick as she wrote on the cup and thanked me.
When my drink was ready the barista looked at the cup and called out, "Vincetior". I knew it had to be my drink. I acknowledged her call and accepted my drink. When I saw the name on the cup I realized that spelling it out had not conveyed the message. I sent myself a mental text: **KEEP IT SMPL**
Fast forward several days to a different Starbucks. The young man working the register started the familiar routine:
Man: "Your name?"
Me: "Z" (remember, I wanted to keep it simple...)
Man: "Z ?!?"
Me: "Yes, Z"
Man: "Z?, like Zorro?"
Me: "Yes, Z, like Zorro"
Man: "OK, Zorro, merci"
When my drink was ready the barista looked at the cup and without hesitation called out "Zorro!"
So the world knows about Zorro, and there is most likely not going to be more than one Zorro at a time in any given Starbucks. In an effort to save time and reduce confusion, go ahead- tell them you are Zorro.