Hal Amen vs Bikes

September 29, 2009

Hal knows his bikes.  I always dig seeing one of his new routes or overviews.  Here's a good one for anyone who'd like to bike in the USA:
http://matadortrips.com/10-long-distance-bicycle-routes-in-the-u-s/

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The Five Worst Pizzas In the World

September 29, 2009

Here’s my article today on Matador about the worst pizza I’ve had this year.


Fifteen Steps Then A Shoe Drops

September 29, 2009
15 Step by Radiohead  
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"Used to be all right. What happened? Etc, etc."


The Day Job and The Night Job

September 28, 2009

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I Can’t Go Back To America Because I Can’t Afford Health Care

September 27, 2009

I quit my job last December – yeah, I know, I am the only person that I know who’s quit a job in the past year, too. 

But I had The Itch and so I went.  Traveling.

My old employer offered me COBRA, even though I quit.  I’m not sure if this is standard practice but it was a cool move in my book, a nice gesture for a decade of work.  Two things kept me from staying with my old policy: 1) Reading the fine print – my insurance company did a pretty shitty job of covering me outside of the USA. 2) $800 a month? You have to be kidding.  Where was I going to get $800 a month?

So, I spent a few nights in my underwear, searching online for a travel policy (I do my best work in my underwear – I don’t know why).  Insuremytrip.com seemed to be the best place to cross-compare and ultimately I booked through them.  I opted for a policy that was less about travel – most travel policies SOUND a lot better than they really are  (especially if your electronics are only covered up to $500 and you’re carrying a $2,000 laptop).  Instead, I found a generous medical policy that would save my ass from almost anything, including some of the adventure sports that aren’t covered by the travel policies.  $80 a month.

I’m going back to the USA on November 23rd.  My current policy will cover me for 15 days in my home country, then…guess what?  I have nothing.  My COBRA’s expired and the concept of paying for USA policy is just…well, presidents have been elected on how ridiculous an idea that is. 

The long and the short: I can afford $80 a month for travel insurance and in order to be a happy American…I have to leave America, dumping what money I have in another nation's pockets.  Neat, huh?


The Beer Bike In Berlin

September 26, 2009

I saw this near Alexanderplatz and it freaked me out.  There's no motor – each person at the bar pedals and somehow this is wired to propel the 'bar' forward.  A driver at the front steers (non-drinker) while everyone back gets completely sauced.  Fun?  YES.


I Didn’t Even Know It Was In My iPod

September 26, 2009
Bizarre Love Triangle by Frente!  
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You know those songs that come up once a year on random play?  This was one of them.  Frente's cover of "Bizarre Love Triangle".  I've always loved this take – maybe even more than the original?