A shot of the Atlantic at South Beach in Staten Island. It was a nice warm day (for a winter day- on Dec 21, definitely!) so I was able to wade into the water and collect four bottles of water from the Atlantic ocean that I was planning to transport to the Pacific ocean and mix it there. This act of carrying the water and mixing it was in memory of my four grandparents (who are all no longer with us).
Depending on how you view life, you start seeing synchronicity easily. A few days after I had planned this trip, I got an invitation to a sound and dance performance to be hosted at my friend Kate & Bill's house in Spring Mills PA. The artist that was performing on a full moon day (*likely) goes by the name Vox Lumina (web). The trip had more than its share of water - Constant rain from NYC to Toledo OH, post-rain floods and diversions from Toledo to Indianapolis. From then on to St. Louis, it was a little dry but again from Nixa Missouri to Oklahoma City and beyond, I encountered a regular dose of snow or freezing rain. It was only between the far western reaches of OK and all the way to central California, I went through a dry zone. Through central California all the way to Monterey, I encountered a lot of fog. Through all these watery adventures, I listened to a lot of music - Rim Jhim (1942-A Love Story), Monsoon songs (Saawan) and Vox Lumina's newest CD - kept me good company!
On Saturday, I drove from Staten Island to State College in my Lancer, then switched to a Subaru Forester. From NY to State College, I had two (and 1/2) patient travelers in my Mitsubishi Lancer who were going home for the holidays. One of them helped me film portions of trip with my camera, while I was driving. Thank you Ali, Laura and (cat).
I have to add an interesting tidbit here though. In spite of the trip's main focus being on water, the longest stop I took was in New Mexico, which seems to be one of the driest places I have ever come across in my life! This was also the place where I was literally spooked by a HUGE tumbleweed that rolled across my car on the I-40 and slammed into it while I was moving at ~60 mph. Made me pull over shaking in fear (about damage to the car), only to find out that there was smallest of scratches and nothing else! (Check out this Tumbleweed invasion video)
I am planning of driving all the way across US (starting from the coast of New Jersey, then make a stop at Penn State and continue on to the California coast) during the 2013 holiday break!
What initially started off as a humorous attempt at connecting the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific ocean (apart from the Panama canal), soon turned into a deeply thoughtful moment for me. In India, water is revered and used in many ceremonies, especially ones invoking the ancestors. I realized that I had not done anything to celebrate the memory of my grandparents after they passed away in recent years.
Atlantic to Pacific - Dedicated to the memory of my Grandparents is a trip that will have me collecting water from the Atlantic coast of the United States (near NY/NJ) and then transporting it across the lower 48 states to the Pacific coast in California (near Monterey bay).
Planned route map http://goo.gl/maps/SRIzZ
I am hoping to go along a less snowy route for this time of the year, which I am hoping is the route below!
One of the things which I would post shortly is the multiple options- all running within a hundred miles of each other, but of varying durations and gasoline costs (for a standard sedan). The approximate cost for gasoline alone works out to about $ 400 based on a $3.50/ga cost and a rough distance of 2790-2850 miles.
Depending on the season (esp in winter), there are some seasonal restrictions which make this route (through New Mexico) more appealing than a route through Utah/SLC.
I also plan to post more maps/routing using Mapquest - which has a much better quality product, but lesser known than google maps.
What do you guys think about this plan (mixing the oceans), is it crazy, funny, routine? Let me know by commenting below or commenting on facebook!
I had signed up on some kind of ITS notification service with Penn State and received an email notifying me of their new contract with Box and a 50 Gb space for all psu user accounts.
This sounds great, but technically does not affect me much as I already have a box account via some old Dell promotion (50 Gb). However, I did look into the fine print to see if I could get one specifically for Penn State related research materials and data and this is where I did a double take. I have no problem giving companies access to my files for administrative purposes but to seek a very specific "royalty free, irrevocable" permission by sneaking in a hidden fine print clause is just not, how to put it, "cool".
I hope I am not being too sensationalist, but if you have seen this kind of "irrevocable, royalty free" fine print at other reputable cloud storage user agreements, I would be happy to hear from you . Please feel free to comment or share this and discuss this either here or on other social media. I will cross post this on facebook too.
Also, I think the website is http://box.psu.edu
El Jalisco, Great Mexican food. Similar to Rey's Azteca (near the mall).
Affordable options. Also, a lot of the PSU football team seems to go there to get good food. So if you want to see some prospective NFL guys or prospective math professors and NFL guys, go here!
Will edit and post more details later on this review, but if you are looking for affordable mexican food with a location that has lot of parking (and it is byob), this place is worth checking out.tg