Friday, January 31, 2020

Water leaking through Tesla Model 3 glove compartment

Totally fine and legit.

It's down to the Pacifica Hybrid and the Odyssey

We have to buy a minivan by mid-March. Which one will we get?

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Venezuelans walking to Colombia

This is beyond tragic. Their Colombian neighbors, for the most part, are very generous.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Most common language after English and Spanish

Putin the alpha male

That chump that Putin ordered to return his pen? He's a billionaire.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Traveling from Western Sahara to Libya via Mauritania and Algeria

This is an excellent documentary, from the Tropic of Cancer BBC series by Simon Reeve. A great snapshot of 2010 North Africa.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Hongqi Dakar racer

It never ceases to amaze me the ascendency of China as a superpower.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

I'm going to Fort Dodge, Iowa!


I'm thinking of going to Iowa again to knock on doors for Bernie before the February 3 caucus. The campaign is much more organized and streamlined this time around. You just go online and they tell you where volunteers are needed the most. This year, they need people in Waterloo (I was there in 2016), Sioux City (a swing district near Omaha), and Fort Dodge (a solidly blue district until Trump).

To give you some perspective, Fort Dodge (population 25,000) is in Webster County (38,000). From 1984 to 2012, the county consistently voted for Democratic presidential candidates. In 2012, 52.1% voted for Obama. In 2016, 57.7% voted for Trump.

Here is the biggest attraction in Fort Dodge, a mural on an abandoned silo!

Monday, January 06, 2020

Ricky Gervais Golden Globes monologue

This is brilliant and hilarious.

Chinese social credit, explained

1990s divorce court

They say the first Monday of the new year is the busiest day for divorce lawyers because a lot of people call them, wanting to divorce their spouse. Here is a couple dividing up their Beanie Baby collection.

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Flying Mauritania Airlines, Air Algerie, and more!

I'm also addicted to watching this Austrian dude fly sketchy airlines all over the world.

Flying from Tuvalu to Kiribati

Guys, I am obsessed with hopping the islands of the Pacific. Obsessed!

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Hitchhiking around Nauru

This vlogger is going to some remote places. I love it!

And here is his review of Nauru Airlines:

Pacific Island Hopper on United

I came across this video while searching for the Marshall Islands' president's car. It's a 16 hour flight in a 737. You go from Hawaii to Marshall Islands (Majuro the capital and Kwajalein an American army base) to Federated States of Micronesia (three stops) and finally to Guam. This is crazy, just like my bus trips.

When I was in Honolulu last time, I was salivating over all the exotic destinations on the departure board.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

World Leaders Cars (21)

I am almost there! If you know what the PM of Andorra drives or what the Marshall Islands president rides in, let me know!

190. Equatorial Guinea: Toyota Land Cruiser. 2008 car: Mercedes S-Class.

191. Palestine: Mercedes S-Class. 2007 car: Mercedes S-Class.

192. Palau: Nissan X-Trail. 2008 car: Ford F-150.

193. Kiribati: Nissan Teana. 2008 car: Toyota Crown.

194. North Macedonia: Skoda Superb. 2008 car: Mercedes S-Class.

195. Federated States of Micronesia: GMC Yukon. 2008 car: Hyundai Tucson.

Mercedes S-Class: 47
Toyota/Lexus Land Cruiser: 40
BMW 7-Series: 16
Lexus LS: 11
Audi A8: 10
Toyota/Lexus Land Cruiser Prado: 10
Chevy Suburban/GMC Yukon: 8
Mercedes Gelandewagen: 8
Audi A6: 2
BMW X5: 2
Jaguar: 2
Land Rover Discovery: 2
Mercedes-Maybach: 2
Range Rover: 2
Toyota Sequoia: 2
Audi Q5: 1Aurus Senat: 1
Cadillac: 1
Chevy: 1
Citroen DS7 Crossback: 1
Hongqi: 1
Honda Accord: 1
Humber Super Snipe Pullman: 1Hyundai Equus: 1
Hyundai Genesis: 1
Hyundai Santa Fe: 1
Isuzu MU-X: 1
Lancia Thema: 1
Land Rover Freelander: 1
Lincoln Navigator: 1
Lincoln Town Car: 1
Mercedes E-Class (old): 1
Mercedes E-Class convertible: 1
Mercedes GL: 1
Mercedes ML/GLE: 1
Nissan Note: 1
Nissan Teana: 1
Nissan X-Trail: 1
Proton: 1
Rolls-Royce: 2
Skoda: 2
Toyota 4Runner: 1
Toyota RAV4: 1
VW Touareg: 1
VW Transporter: 1