Black Ice in Blacksburg

by carbonboy on December 8, 2013

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With a quarter inch of ice on the windshield, both me and my AWD XI know our limits and when to stay off the roads! I have survived five hurricanes, three earthquakes, volcanic ash covering Europe and countless snow blizzards, and I know all can be deadly. It is best to avoid them, as I […]


The Autumnal Equinox

by carbonboy on September 22, 2013

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 A Surprisingly Good Jazz Trio I’m home again for the weekend, and the suppressive heat and humidity are finally gone. If only it could stay just like this for a few more months. It won’t. I packed up two warm coats to take back to Blacksburg in expectation of fall weather. It will be fine. […]


Day 4 – Indianapolis to Piney Point

by carbonboy on June 5, 2013

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The DC Beltway after nine hours of driving with one headlight – yes it looked just like this! The last leg of the cross-country drive was incidental, short of a few near death potentials due to idiot drivers – something we go through daily, most often unaware. It was a long drive, but I did not […]


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I had to get the western Illinois to see anything resembling a family farm – everything beforehand seemed to be big Agribusiness! Wyoming is about cattle; Nebraska, corn, wheat and soybeans; western Iowa is like Wisconsin with rolling hills, and I think cute little pigs and sheep. America’s bread basket could feed most of the […]


Day 2 – Salt Lake City to Kearney, Nebraska

by carbonboy on June 2, 2013

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Big Country – somewhere in Wyoming on I-80, where the road seems endless, or drops off the end of the world! I got to the Hilton Garden Inn in Salt Lake City after everything had closed in terms of eating last night. This is an odd area where all the airport hotels are located, but […]


Day 1 – Sacramento to Salt Lake City

by carbonboy on June 1, 2013

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Donner Lake – I’d simply not like to drive any further, and just spend the summer here! This is not a road trip, it’s about transporting my vehicle across the country as painlessly as possible. And so far there has been a fair amount of pain! First, I lost a day, or a half day […]


Dealing with the Mexican Tax Man

by carbonboy on April 22, 2013

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A woman street vendor with her children after a long day’s work! I paid a New York City CPA Firm to do my USA taxes this year as I had all this income from Mexico. It cost me $650 but it was well worth it as my IRS and state taxes due were under $2400. Of […]


Fifteen Minutes in Union Square

by carbonboy on April 17, 2013

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The nightlife in the Union Square District is Simply Electric! This was a short and stressful trip. In San Francisco I had to get my Indian Visa – in one day! Make appointment prior to arrival online, drop off passport, birth certificate and driver’s license before 9:00 a.m. and (hopefully) pickup visa before 5:00 p.m. […]


Hotel Adagio

by carbonboy on April 14, 2013

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Thank God for Marriott Points. This “Autograph Hotel” is a place I’d never stay if I had to pay for it, as it is in the heart of Union Square, San Francisco’s premier shopping district. I don’t shop much these days. But the hotel opened in 1929 and was renovated by Marriott last year. Like […]


A Taste of Mideastern in Mexico

by carbonboy on April 7, 2013

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 The essense of food –  falafels, taboule and humus (and a bit more to make it glorious)! Life in Querétaro, Mexico is not all about tacos. Yet last night a departing coworker (Jessica) had a farewell party and catered a major taco creation event – and all was fabulous (the open bar helped). But one […]


Warm and Dusty in Querétaro

by carbonboy on March 10, 2013

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I will regret life when I no longer have this view! Well finally the brick house thawed and is no longer like living in an igloo. It is a strange time of year, as mini-dust twisters spawn spontaneous here, and although they look harmless, I would not want to be in the middle of one. […]


Life on Ejército Republicano

by carbonboy on March 3, 2013

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The Aqueduct Renovation Continues and Life Goes On (with my home above in the hills) A two-day cold spell came to Querétaro and my brick house became an igloo again. No matter, as this will pass and warm sunny days are ahead. I am over Mexico and really want to go home. But US tax code […]


Room with a View

by carbonboy on January 29, 2013

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Querétaro International Airport at Sunset with a Volaris A320 Destined for Cancun One of the perks of working at the Bombardier Site in Querétaro, México is that we are located at the International Airport. From my desk on the 3rd floor, I have a perfect view of the runway. This is not a very busy […]


Stuck in the Fog

by carbonboy on January 20, 2013

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Reagan National 4:29 a.m., January 20, 2013 I discovered that airport security does not open up the terminals at DCA until 4:30 a.m., which means that I could have slept in for another 15 minutes. I was the first one through!  Also that flights that leave at 6:00 a.m. aren’t stuffed to capacity and 1st Class […]


A Balmy Piney Point

by carbonboy on January 19, 2013

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View from my pier – a sunny and windy day in Piney Point with no snow for the season so far! My week of travel ends tomorrow as I head back to a sunny and warm Querétaro with a 6:05 a.m. flight from Reagan National. About the only redeeming aspect of a flight that early is […]


A Day in San Francisco

by carbonboy on January 15, 2013

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The quintessential and far too common shot of San Francisco from Alamo Square! As I was stuck in Mexico over the holidays I decided for a week off in January. I had wanted to check on my car in storage Sacramento and dig around for some needed paperwork, and just overall relax. It’s working! A […]


New Growth in 2013

by carbonboy on January 1, 2013

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Growth in Querétaro, México is Phenomenal and I am Adopting a Similar Strategy I am sucker for self-improvement when the New Year rolls around. Even though I was stuck in Mexico for the holidays I had some substantial time off. It was renewing! Of course the worst thing about New Year’s Day is that for […]


Happy New Year from Santiago de Querétaro, México

by carbonboy on December 31, 2012

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