Monthly archives "July 2012"

TED Talk about the Power of Introverts

Okay, I’m going to do a little jig away from talking about travel for quick minute in order to recommend this moving, informative and inspiring TED talk I just watched about the beautiful qualities introverts (aka quiet people) have to offer the world. In it, the speaker discusses the ways in which the western world (and the US in particular) discriminate against the quiet, more introspective people among us (which make up, according to a statistic cited in the talk, 1/3 to 1/2 of the US population).



For more introverted-related awesomeness, check out my other posts on the subject:

The Introverted Traveler

Dear America, Stop trying to change us! Love, an Introvert

Travelogged: This Week’s Top Picks and Posts for Travel Addicts

 Happy Monday everybody! Here’s your weekly round-up of some of my favorite photos and travel-related goodies. For more funny photos, check out the Taken by the Wind Facebook page. Muchas gracias!

“In a Jam” by JD Hancock

miniature toy figurine climbing a jam jar

“In a Jam” by JD Hancock

Seriously Slow: 6 Travelers Who Walked Around the World – from Matador. Apparently it takes four years to walk around the world and 14,450 miles. Crazy!

Here’s a great NPR piece on the new generation’s focus on collecting experiences & not possessions. We’ve been nicknamed “first globals”.

16 Fortresses for Staving Off the Zombie Apocalypse. What a clever way to try to sell some real estate.

This town has no roads. Don’t think I’d ever live here, but I definitely wanna visit.

“Through the Brush” by JD Hancock

small indiana jones toy figurine attacking a hairbrush

“Through the Brush”

indiana jones toy with toy whip

Indiana Jones by JD Hancock

  “Vacationing on a Dime” by JD Hancock

toy indian figurine floating on a dime in a pool of water

Vacationing on a Dime by JD Hancock

dog and man playing poker funny photo

Poker Face!

Photo by Lawrence.

painted unicycle lane

Unicycle Lane

Photo by Shannon Henry.

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Mugging for the Camera at the Mob Museum

I went to the mob museum in downtown Las Vegas over the weekend and found myself in funny photo shoot heaven. Enjoy. : )

girl posing with machine gun inside the mob museum in las vegas

Me, pretending to shoot a machine gun.

girl sitting in fake electric chair and woman pulling the lever at the mob museum in las vegas

Me, pretending to get electrocuted by my friend’s aunt.
girl pretending to be electrocuted in chair in mob museum las vegas

Me in the electric chair

two girls with glasses and fake moustaches
My friend and I, wearing our mobster disguises.
woman sitting in fake electric chair in mob museum in las vegas

I love her facial expression!

girl posing for fake mug shot from mob museum las vegas

Fake mug shot

girl with fake mug shot

Fake mug shot (side view)

glasses and mustache disguise

Me, disguised as a mobster

What Travel Tradition Do You Want to See Make a Comeback?

A piece I wrote for the Tripbase travel blog was published today (yippee!). It’s  entitled “14 Travel Traditions I wish they’d bring back”, which I was inspired to write after brainstorming a similar list for a client on (a great publishing tool for aspiring writers, by the way) called “14 forgotten items and customs we wish they’d bring back“. Why 14? Well, why not?

I think out of all the items on that list though, the number one thing I’d love to see become en vogue again would be the hand-written letter.


Vintage letters

Photo by Karen Cox.

Imagine for a moment that you open a box in the attic and discover a stack of your grandmother’s love letters. Now imagine that those tear-streaked pages tied together with a yellow ribbon were printed emails. Not as romantic, huh?

Chances are that if the internet had been around when your grandmother was a teenager, those letters would have never even existed. They’d be sitting in the internet-dump of cyberspace, amongst the millions of spam Viagra emails and deleted cat photo chain letters. Or else they’d exist only in a cell phone memory chip, punctuated with LOLs and kissy-face emoticons.

I still have the letters my mom sent me when I was 15 and living in Japan for a summer. Email was still in its infancy back then and my host family didn’t have a computer, so most of our correspondence was via letters and doodles scrawled on pink stationary. The letters, decorated with the photo booth stickers that were popular in Japan at the time, still exist, though the emails, like my AOL email address, have long since disappeared.

I’m a terrible email writer and an even worse letter writer, but I think it’s sad that this tradition has fallen by the wayside. I’d love to see it return.

What about you?