Submitted by matthensley on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 02:32
The best moments of a trip, as well as in life, are unexpected and pretty impossible to document but will live on in memory forever. Often, they can be like a blue sky cloud break in the middle of a rainstorm. Yesterday, we had one that was literally just the opposite.
Submitted by matthensley on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 01:17
I'll be updating the full album for the entire trip here daily (or so), but here's a slider of photos from our first two days in Bangkok.
Submitted by matthensley on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 01:11
We woke up way too early for how little we had slept over the past day and a half. After an hour of debating the merits of the best way to get around on a sightseeing mission, we enjoyed a small but satisfying continental breakfast at our hotel, the Mode Sathorn. Located in the Silom district, the Sathorn is a very modern styled accomodation with a focus on class and fashion. They have a written (but in my experience un-enforced) dress code that prohibits shorts and flip flops in their bars / open areas, which seems extreme for what most visitors to Bangkok are going to be wearing.
Submitted by matthensley on Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:37
The trip here was simultaneously exhausting and uneventful. It took about 27 hours from when we left our house for the Airport to when we checked into our hotel in Bangkok. By the way- I was wrong about the way flying / time travel / daylight would work. I assumed we'd fly back out of the daylight and have darkness as we crossed the International Date Line, but actually we moved WITH the sun, as noon in Vancouver BC slowly became 5:00 pm or so in Guangzhou China. Perpetual daylight, for about 23 hours. If anything helped with the time transition, it was probably that.
Submitted by matthensley on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:26
Now begins the longest travel day of my life. We arrived at PDX around 8am PST, and will land in Bangkok around 8am tomorrow, which is 10pm there. There is no way to prepare for a 14 hour time change, other than to be so exhausted that you can sleep until the time you are supposed to be waking up. We are going to fly backwards, from Vancouver BC, away from the sun until it gets dark and becomes tomorrow night. [brain explodes]
Submitted by matthensley on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 21:54
5 Months in, and 40 albums ranked. I've got another 87 that haven't made the cut so far, with some high hopes for June (Strand of Oaks, mostly). What I find most interesting is how my rankings are shifting over time based on what I've been listening to over the last month. For May, the real movers have been Doug Paisley and Woods of Desolation. Strange bedfellows- heartbreaking Canadian country / folk and Australian explosive black metal aren't often mentioned in the same sentence, but they definitely encapsulate my May. Strangely enough, they are also the two albums this year that aren't on Spotify. Click "read more" to get a little taste of each.
Submitted by matthensley on Sun, 06/01/2014 - 15:40
Got a new camera in preparation for upcoming voyage abroad, and put it to use at wedding this weekend in Sonoma.
Submitted by matthensley on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:01
A brief sampling of my favorite stuff from the first 3 months of 2014.
Submitted by matthensley on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:00
Well, almost. We're a quarter of the way in, and my top 24 so far are now ranked. Lots of great stuff this last month, and looks like April will be no different.
Listened Twice but not ranked: 14
Listened: Once: 46
I'm on pace to hear 300 albums this year, and have no plans to slow down.
Submitted by matthensley on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:20
Ok so the paralympics have a lot of veterans generally in them, right? There HAS to have been a circumstance where veterans from both sides of a war come up against each other in a paralympic game right? Think of the drama!