Bits & Pieces From My Last Trip

I gather too much “content.” Photos and hastily scribbled notes. What to do with it all? Here are some bits and pieces from my latest trip:

New York City

iPhones: most of the people I hung out with were doing everything on their iPhones. Calendar, directions, mail. I upped my data plan and am starting to use it more. One thing I’m working on is talking into the phone and having it come out as text. Rather than using MacSpeech Dictate (with headset speaker) as I do on my MacPro in the office, I open up the mail program on the phone, open “new message,” hit the microphone icon at lower left, talk into phone and then email it to myself and voila! words into text.

Subway I’m now riding the subway all over. I get a $20 metro card. Watched a big rat run down the tracks in one station. There’s no graffiti on the subway trains these days.

Rum drinks at Caracas Restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: “Dark & Stormy” with dark rum, ginger beer, sugar cane syrup; the “Morning After Mardi Gras”: rum, coffee, hot milk, vanilla, sugar cane syrup. Good rums: Pampero Anniversario, Zacapa

NYC Bike Program You see racks of the blue bikes everywhere. This is a big deal. Aimed at cutting down cars. You pay an annual fee, pick bike up, drop it off at destination.

Washington (state of) Spent one day driving around looking for barns. I really liked the little town of Orting. Had burger, chocolate shake in a cafe that looked out of  the ’50s. The shake came with the metal container. It was so thick (“made with real ice cream”), I had to eat it with a spoon. I said to the waitress, “Killer shake,” she said “I take pride in my milkshakes.” Homemade pies. A few pix from the Washington countryside:

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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