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May 16, 2020

The things you learn

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:19 am
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I had never heard this story.  Wild.  (h/t to Jim Bates who brought it to my attention.)

January 14, 2019

Boeing’s transonic wing

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:10 am
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Boeing is working on a “transonic wing” that will allow airliners to fly close to, but not exceed the speed of sound.  This would cut some longer flight travel times by a significant amount, at a much lower cost than a supersonic airliner.

August 22, 2011

Win some, lose some

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 12:15 pm
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I mentioned recently that I stayed at the Embassy Suites in Omaha and found it to be one of the finer hotels I’ve stayed at.

I recently stayed at the Embassy Suites in Covington, KY and sadly it doesn’t hold true across the whole chain.  I was in a room on the second floor, directly above a wedding reception going full blast.  The music is so loud that it vibrates the keys as I typed.  It was awful.

April 1, 2011

Restaurant review: Crabby Bill’s

Filed under: Dining,Family — dknights @ 7:59 am
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The family vacation this year was in South Florida.  After a day on Clearwater Beach we ate at Crabby Bill’s.  This is a small seafood chain restaurant.  The family was craving seafood and the place was recommended by the local visitor’s center across the street.

It was great.  I had raw oysters and a crab cake.  The oysters were fresh and wonderful.  The wife had king crab and a cocktail.  While the food wasn’t cheap, it wasn’t overly expensive either.  If you are in South Florida, I recommend stopping by for a meal.

We sat on the outside poarch area and got to listen to some music as well as enjoy the VCU/Kansas NCAA basketball tournament game.


August 17, 2010

A miracle

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:33 am
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It may be a miracle that more people didn’t die in this crash.  I’ll be interested to see what the crash investigation reveals.

July 24, 2010

Restaurant review: Lucy’s

Filed under: Dining,Family — dknights @ 6:40 am
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Lucy’s, on Shamain Island in the Pearl river in Guangzhou China, is an American style diner, located just down the street from the White Swan Hotel.

Map of Shamain Island

Lucy’s is a godsend for American’s traveling in China.  At any time of the day, the patrons found in the restaurant are almost all Americans and most are adoptive parents staying at the White Swan Hotel down the street.

By normal standards, Lucy’s would be an average resaurant at best.  Its prices are normal by American standards, but expensive compared to most restaurants in China.  The reason that Lucy’s exists is to supply familiar “American” food to travellers who have endured a week or more of sometimes strange asian fare.

On our first trip to China the modelwife and I ate at Lucy’s several times since we were staying in the White Swan.  This last time, since we were at a different hotel, not on the island, we only ate there once.  I had the fish and chips and it was good.  Not great, but good.  The modelmoppet enjoyed her onion rings and Gnat continued her love affair with french fries.

If you are in Guangzhou and hungry for food from home, Lucy’s is one of the places you must visit.

Modelfamily at Lucy's in Guangzhou

July 22, 2010

The beast

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:00 am
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I saw several Airbus A380s during my recent travels.  I got to see the one pictured below at JFK.  It took them an hour to load the aircraft.  Even next to the 747, the A380 is huge.  When you watch it take off, you are convinced that it will never get up in the air.

Airbus A380

July 19, 2010

Random photo from China

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 6:04 am
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Pearl river in Guangzhou, China.

Pearl River, Guangzhou, China

July 18, 2010

Flying to China

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 6:46 am
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The modelfamily took a very long route to and from China putting us on numerous airlines and numerous different types of aircraft.  It was an adventure in every sense of the word.  As I said previously, despite all the plane changes and all the distance and all the different airports, all of our luggage made the trip with us.

Below is an outline of our trip with photos where possible.

We traveled from SDF (Louisville) to MDW (Chicago) to BWI (Baltimore).  We stayed overnite at BWI.

La Quinta, Baltimore Airport

The next morning we took a commuter flight, American Eagle from BWI to JFK (New York)

American Eagle BWI to JFK

Once at JFK we went to the International terminal where we learned our flight on Air China would be delayed for four hours.  Air China did give us $30 worth of food coupons which we spent at the airport.  We flew on an air China 747 that was built in 1993 and if looked and felt like it.  JFK to Beijing (PEK).

Air China 747

From PEK we traveled to NNG (Nanning) on an Air China 737-800.  It was a very nice, fairly new aircraft.

Air China 737-800

Nanning is in southern China, very near the Vietnam border.  Here is a photo out of the window showing the terrain.

Southern China

From NNG we went to CAN (Guangzhou) on a Shenzhen Airlines 737-800.  I didn’t get a photo of the plane since the flight took place in the evening.  Here is a photo of Gnat in the aircraft.

Gnat in the Shenzhen Airlines 737

 From CAN we flew a China Southern 777 to LAX (Los Angeles)  From LAX we took a United Airbus A320 back to BWI and  reunion with the modelwife’s family.  The ticket and check-in counter at LAX was a madhouse.  I don’t know how United managed to be so disorganized.  From BWI it was Southwest back to SDF and home.

July 12, 2010

Flight to China

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 6:47 am
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On our recent trip to China, we flew from JFK to Beijing (PEK) on an Air China 747.  A picture of our plane is below.  I joked at the time that the plane seemed so old that I was sure that Orville and Wilbur had time on her in their log books.  The plane rattled and creaked and groaned on takeoff and was very weathered, both inside and out.

Well, the internet is a wonderful thing.  When I got home I checked and found out that the plane we were on had been in service since 1993.  I can believe that, though I would have though it was even older.

Air China 747 B-2334

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