Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen or simply ‘Playa’ is located about 1 hour south of Cancun on the Eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It was probably once simply the port town for the ferry to the island of Cozumel but has grown into a destination on it’s own. It has adapted well to the tourism that has built the area up, namely converting the main street, 5th Avenue, into a pedestrian only street, which is very nice. In fact, there is no non-commercial traffic east of 10th street allowed in the main tourist area. (note that the north south avenues go up by 5 so that 5th is 1 block from the beach and 10th is 2 blocks)

This means that many of the beachfront hotels do not have parking. You must park on the street nearby and walk to the hotel. Depending on the heat and your bags, this can be a very hot walk.

There are a number of tours that you can do from Playa. Most notable are the amusement parks located around the area. These mostly center around Eco-centric themes such as swimming with dolphins or in huge outdoor aquariums, or a zip-line/underwater caverns type park.

The beach at Playa is fairly nice and the water is very warm. There is an off shore reef that keeps the waves down so it is all very swimable and we enjoyed getting in the water to cool off from the nearly oppressive heat. There are many ‘beach clubs’ that offer beds or beach chairs and umbrellas and also serve cold drinks. All for a price, of course.

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Google PacMan Birthday screen

How cool was the Google screen on Pacman’s 30th birthday!pacman
For me, checking Google everyday is so much fun. Usually creative artwork or something but a playable Pacman screen? That’s creative!

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Bikers “share the road”?

In the last 24 hours I’ve been affected by bikers (the peddle variety) not paying attention to traffic laws twice. The first time, a set of 3 riders blew through a stop sign and almost got hit by a car, which had stopped and was entering the intersecion slowly. The bikers shouted obscenities at the car as the blasted past. ‘idiots’ I thought.
Then last night I got news that my brother broke his jaw in an accident with another biker that didn’t stop at the sign. He’s now eating through a straw because some biker didn’t need to stop.
So this tells me 2 things:
1) bikers think that because they have put their life at risk by being out with these cars, they have the right to disregard traffic laws. Hey, you want to know why drivers hate you? Because your not following the laws! Who would respect the car driver that shoots through stop signs? No one! Explain to me why you think you are above that law.
2) Bikers don’t see other bikers EATHER! Don’t complain about drivers not paying attention when you can’t do it yourself!

And I don’t care if your having a good chat with your buddy. Get in single file when there is a car behind you. Let the car pass! Ok, getting tweeked over this one? Imagine there is a pair of slow bikers taking up the road in front of you and your friend riding up a hill. Should you slow down and go at their speed, you can’t get by safely without them moving so … You need them to move over don’t you? So what do you do? The same thing you complain about cars doing! You tell them to move over.

Why the double standard? Because we are people. For some reason we all complain. Drivers complain about slow drivers as much as slow bikes. Bikers complain about careless drivers and the price of “energy-goo”.

Me, I hope bikers stay out there. We are killing the enviroment and the colorful birds are disappearing. Bikers are replacing that color loss with their skin tight shirts! Oh…sorry… ‘Race jerseys’.

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Verizon where art thou?

Well Mr Verizon guy. Have you not been to a place called San Francisco?
I don’t have anything but simple voice coverage here DOWNTOWN! WTF? Is Downtown San Francisco just too small a market for you?
I want credit for the 5 days I was here!
I’ll be at your office in the morning to collect.

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Dreamforce update

Hello Traccstackers!
Feeling good after the Dreamforce conference! I get the feeling that we are on the verge of this “cloud” thig getting big!
I see a race here with Google to catch market share before Big ‘G’ releases their new CRM
I’m now up to speed on a lot of great technology and excited to roll it out to our customers.

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San Francisco Nights

Always good to be back in my home town!

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A real travel … find?

Ok, those of you looking to get a great location in downtown San Francisco need only go so far as Union Square Plaza Hotel! This little (gem?) isn’t nearly as bad as the $59/night rate suggests! No shared bathroom or anything!
Ok…well, the radiator is held together with masking tape. Not DUCT tape! Masking tape. Probably to lower the flash point, burn down the place and build a real hotel.

But if you are on a budget, this is the place to stay. Where the motto is “The more legs you have, the more welcome you are.”

Looking at the room key it makes me think of a locker at the bus station!

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Wait on the tracks…no, really

This photo was taken on BART in San Francisco.
You will see, in emergencies you are to wait on the adjacent track for the rescue train… I sure hope all the non-rescue trains are aware that there will be people standing on the tracks!

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San Francisco from the Airport to downtown

As with most large cities, SFO is a ways out of town. Getting into town is not hard. There ate taxis, buses, and the local subway called BART. (Bay Area Rapid Transit) there is a BART station in the airport, just take the skytrains to it.

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“if you’ve just joined us…”

On takeoff the flight attendant said “if you have just joined us, welcome aboard.”
My question being, how many people did we pick up there on the taxiway?

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