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Vacation: Cancelled

December 13, 2010

I spoke to my engaged sister over the weekend. She explained her reasons for setting the wedding for so soon after her engagement. The reasons I speculated about at the end of my last post were incorrect.
She made it clear that she would really like me to attend her wedding.
Today I canceled my ticket.

I don’t know when I’ll reschedule the trip. I don’t know dates I’ll be able to take off from work in order to book a flight.

It’s been a rough day. Bring on karaoke.

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Proposed Winter Road Trip

September 24, 2010

For those of you curious of what the proposed road trip consists of:

NY to LA to NY:
about 4 days 3 hours

First leg of the journey: New York to Blacksburg, VA Total: 503 mi – about 8 hours 31 mins
1. Head southwest on Peninsula Blvd toward Princeton Rd
2. Turn right at Rockaway Turnpike
3. Continue onto New York 878 (West)/Rockaway Blvd
4. Continue onto Southern Parkway Service Rd
5. Take the ramp on the left to I-678 N/Van Wyck Expy
6. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-678 N/Van Wyck Expy/Bronx and merge onto I-678 N/Van Wyck Expy
7. Take exit 9 to merge onto NY-25 W/Queens Blvd
8. Slight right toward I-278 W
9. Take the ramp onto I-278 W
10. Take exit 32A on the left toward Williamsburg Bridge/Manhattan
11. Merge onto Williamsburg Bridge
12. Continue onto Delancey St
13. Turn left at Chrystie St
14. Take the 1st right onto Broome St
15. Slight left at Watts St
16. Continue onto I-78 W/Holland Tunnel
Passing through New Jersey
Entering Pennsylvania
17. Merge onto I-81 S
Passing through Maryland, West Virginia
Entering Virginia
18. Take exit 128 for VA-603 toward US-11/Ironto
19. Turn right at N Fork Rd/State Route 603
20. Turn right at Den Hill Rd/State Route 603
21. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Cedar Run Rd/State Route 603
22. Turn right at Cedar Run Rd/State Route 603
23. Turn right at S Main St
24. Turn right at E Roanoke St
25. Take the 1st left

Second leg of the journey: Blacksburg, VA to Birmingham, AL Total: 491 mi – about 8 hours 11 mins
26. Head southeast toward E Roanoke St
27. Turn right at E Roanoke St
28. Take the 1st left onto S Main St
29. Take the exit toward US-460 E/I-81/Roanoke
30. Merge onto Ramble Rd
31. Take the ramp onto US-460 E
32. Continue onto Parkway Dr
33. Merge onto I-81 S via the ramp to I-77 S/Radford Bristol
Entering Tennessee
34. Merge onto I-40 W
35. Slight left at I-75 S (signs for Chattanooga)
36. Slight right at I-24 W (signs for Chattanooga/Birmingham)
Entering Georgia
37. Take exit 167 on the left to merge onto I-59 S toward Birmingham
Entering Alabama
38. Take exit 126A to merge onto Carraway Blvd
39. Continue onto 6th Ave N
40. Turn left at 24th St N

Third leg of the journey: Birmingham, AL to Dallas, TX Total: 636 mi – about 10 hours 39 mins
41. Head northwest on 24th St N toward 5th Ave N
42. Take the 1st right onto 5th Ave N
43. Slight right to stay on 5th Ave N
44. Take the ramp to I-20 W/I-59 S
45. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-20 W/I-59 S/Tuscaloosa and merge onto I-20 W/I-59 S
Passing through Mississippi, Louisiana
Entering Texas
46. Slight right at TX-557 Spur W (signs for US-80 W/Dallas)
47. Continue onto US-80 W
48. Merge onto I-30 W
49. Take exit 48A toward Carroll Ave
50. Turn right at Caldwell St
51. Take the 1st right onto Terry St
52. Take the 1st left onto S Fitzhugh Ave
53. Turn right at Sycamore St

Fourth leg of the journey: Dallas, TX to Albuquerque, NM Total: 648 mi – about 10 hours 43 mins
54. Head southwest on Sycamore St toward N Fitzhugh Ave
55. Turn right at N Fitzhugh Ave
56. Take the 1st left onto Live Oak St
57. Turn right at N Good Latimer Expy
58. Slight right at N Central Expy/N Hawkins St
59. Take the ramp to I-35 E
60. Merge onto TX-366 Spur W
61. Take the exit onto I-35E N toward Denton
62. Slight left at TX-183 W
63. Slight right at TX-114 W (signs for Grapevine/Airport North Entry)
64. Merge onto TX-114 W/US-287 N/US-81 N via the ramp to Decatur/Bridgeport
65. Continue onto I-44 E
66. Take exit 3A on the left toward US-287 N/Vernon/Amarillo
67. Merge onto US-287 N
68. Take the ramp on the left onto I-40 W/US-287 N
Entering New Mexico
69. Take exit 159B to merge onto I-25 S toward Las Cruces
70. Take exit 224B toward Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave/Central Ave/Historic U.S. 66
71. Merge onto Locust St NE
72. Turn right at Central Ave NE

Fourth leg of the journey: Albuquerque, NM to Los Angeles, CA Total: 787 mi – about 12 hours 8 mins
73. Head west on Central Ave SW toward 4th St SW
74. Turn right at Rio Grande Blvd NW
75. Turn left to merge onto I-40 W
Passing through Arizona
Entering California
76. Merge onto I-15 S
77. Take exit 109A to merge onto I-10 W toward Los Angeles
78. Continue onto El Monte Busway
79. Continue onto Arcadia St
80. Turn left at N Spring St
81. Take the 3rd left onto W 1st St

Fifth leg of the journey: Los Angeles, CA to Las Vegas, NV Total: 265 mi – about 4 hours 20 mins – up to 5 hours 40 mins in traffic
82. Head southeast on W 1st St toward S Main St
83. Take the 1st left onto N Main St
84. Take the 2nd right onto W Aliso St
85. Merge onto US-101 S via the ramp on the left to Interstate 10 Fwy E/Interstate 5 Fwy S
86. Slight left at San Bernardino Fwy (signs for I-10 E/San Bernardino)
87. Continue onto I-10 E
88. Take exit 58A to merge onto I-15 N/Ontario Fwy toward Barstow/Las Vegas
Entering Nevada
89. Take exit 38 for Flamingo Rd
90. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Flamingo Rd E and merge onto W Flamingo Rd

Sixth leg of the journey: Las Vegas, NV to Albuquerque, NM Total: 571 mi – about 9 hours 13 mins
91. Head east on E Flamingo Rd toward Las Vegas Blvd S
92. Merge onto I-515 S/US-93 S via the ramp to Henderson
93. Continue onto US-93 S
94. Turn left to stay on US-93 S
Entering Arizona
95. Turn left to merge onto I-40 E toward US-93 S/Flagstaff/Phoenix
Entering New Mexico
96. Take exit 157A for Rio Grande Blvd
97. Turn right at Rio Grande Blvd NW
98. Turn left at Central Ave SW
99. Turn left to stay on Central Ave SW

Seventh leg of the journey: Albuquerque, NM to Oklahoma City, OK Total: 543 mi – about 8 hours 46 mins
100. Head east on Central Ave SW toward 3rd St SW
101. Turn left at Wyoming Blvd NE
102. Take the ramp onto I-40 E
Passing through Texas
Entering Oklahoma
103. Take exit 150A toward Downtown/Walker Ave
104. Merge onto SW 3rd St
105. Turn left at S Walker Ave
106. Take the 2nd right onto W Reno Ave
107. Turn left at S Robinson Ave
108. Make a U-turn at W Main St

Eighth leg of the journey: Oklahoma City, OK to Lexington, KY Total: 835 mi – about 13 hours 18 mins
109. Head south on N Robinson Ave toward W Sheridan Ave
110. Turn left at SW 3rd St
111. Turn right to merge onto I-40 E toward I-35 E
112. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-35 N/US-62 E/I-44/Tulsa/Wichita
113. Take exit 138A to merge onto I-44 E toward Tulsa
114. Take the exit onto I-44 E toward Joplin/Turnpike
Entering Missouri
115. Take exit 276A-276B to merge onto I-270 S toward Memphis
116. Continue onto I-255 E
Entering Illinois
117. Take exit 20 to merge onto I-64 E/US-50 E toward Louisville
Passing through Indiana
Entering Kentucky
118. Take exit 65 for KY-341 toward US-62 W/Midway/Versailles
119. Turn right at KY-341 S/Georgetown Rd
120. Turn left at US-421 S/E Leestown Rd
121. Turn right at S Broadway Rd
122. Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto W Maxwell St
123. Turn right at Park Ave

Ninth leg of the journey: Lexington, KY to Hagerstown, MD Total: 468 mi – about 7 hours 54 mins
124. Head southwest on Park Ave toward Baldwin Ave
125. Take the 1st left onto Baldwin Ave
126. Turn left at Marquis Ave
127. Turn left at Euclid Ave
128. Take the 1st right onto Lafayette Ave
129. Turn left at E High St
130. Turn right at Rose St
131. Turn left at E Main St
132. Turn right at N Broadway Rd
133. Turn left to merge onto I-64 E/I-75 S toward Knoxville/Ashland
Entering West Virginia
134. Take exit 59 on the left to merge onto I-77 N toward I-79/Parkersburg
135. Slight right at I-79 N (signs for Clarksburg)
136. Take exit 148 to merge onto I-68 E toward Cumberland
Entering Maryland
137. Take exit 82B to merge onto I-70 E/US-40 E
138. Take exit 26 to merge onto I-81 N toward Harrisburg
139. Take exit 6A to merge onto US-40 E/National Pike toward Hagerstown

Tenth leg of the journey: Hagerstown, MD to Peninsula Blvd, Woodmere, NY Total: 271 mi – about 4 hours 56 mins
140. Head southeast on National Pike/E Washington St toward Cramer Alley
141. Turn left at N Cannon Ave
142. Turn left at E Franklin St/National Pike
143. Merge onto I-81 N via the ramp to Harrisburg
Entering Pennsylvania
144. Continue onto I-78 E
Entering New Jersey
145. Take exit 29 for I-287 toward US-202/US-206/I-80/Morristown/Somervile
146. Keep right at the fork to continue toward I-287 S
147. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-287 S/Perth Amboy and merge onto I-287 S
148. Take the I-95/NJ Turnpike exit
149. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for New York
150. Keep right at the fork to continue toward I-95 N and merge onto I-95 N
151. Take exit 13 to merge onto I-278 E toward Goethals Bridge/Verrazano Bridge
152. Take the Belt Pkwy E exit on the left toward Kennedy Airport
153. Merge onto Belt Pkwy/Shore Pkwy E
154. Take the exit toward NY-878/Nassau Expy/Van Wyck Expy/Kennedy Airport
155. Keep left at the fork to continue toward NY-878 E/Nassau Expy and merge onto NY-878 E/Nassau Expy
156. Continue onto Rockaway Turnpike
157. Turn left at Peninsula Blvd

These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.
Map data ©2010 Europa Technologies, Google, INEGI

Planning Winter Vacation

September 21, 2010

Dear virtual friends in Israel,

I’ve officially scrapped my Winter road trip and I am, instead, going to Israel from January 23rd until February 5th.
Would you be interested in meeting up with me, hanging out, singing karaoke, and/or showing me around your neighborhood?

If you have a specific date/time that works best for you, please let me know so I can schedule it.

I appreciate your feedback.

Thank you,
Alar Bean