Category Archives: America 2007

Thanks for the coffee!

My hat off to Dr. Daniel Nexon of The Duck of Minerva, for wonderful fellowship over coffee.

I walked from Chinatown, to the Old Post Office, to the White House, to the Lincoln Memorial, to Foggy Bottom, whereupon an ACLU volunteer told me that Georgetown University’s campus was about a 15 minute walk away. Ha!

But, exercise, or no exercise, the conversation with Dan was well with it.


Washington DC, not poor, just cheap

My United flight leaves at 6:00 AM today, so if you read this post in the morning, I’m already on my way.

Thank to everyone who is suggesting great things to do in DC. I can’t wait to get there and see for myself!

Now, my conundrum:

My base of operations will likely be Alexandria, Virginia. The conference in Quantico, Virginia, starts at 8:00 AM this Friday. The next day, my plain to the midwest leaves at 8:45 AM. So that gives me a couple of options

  • Thursday night: Alexandria; Friday night: Alexandria
  • Thursday night: Alexandria; Friday night: Quantico
  • Thursday night: Quantico; Friday night: Alexandria
  • Thursday night: Quantico; Friday night: Quantico

Complicating this is that the VRE doesn’t do early morning or evening commutes, apparently.

Are taxis an option? Just renting a car and returning it at the airport?

My desire to minimize costs have a lot more to do with my cheapness than any actually dire issues, but still: every dollar saved on miscellaneous expenses can be used for food and drink instead!

Any suggestions?

Things to see in DC

I will be in Quantico, Virginia, for the Boyd conference Thursday and Friday nights, but starting on Tuesday I will be in Washington, DC itself. The following sites have already been suggested to me:

International Spy Museum
8 and F Streets NW
Right by Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Stop (Yellow line right from
airport, also Red and Green)

US Botanic Gardens
245 1st St SW (just off the southwest corner of the US Capitol grounds)
Either Federal Center Southwest or Capitol South Metro Stop (Blue Lines)

US Holocaust Memorial
Right along Independence Ave and 14th Street
Smithsonian Metro Stop (Blue/Orange Lines)

Biggest Church in America
Brookland-CUA Metro Stop (Red Line)
Take the CUA exit out

Arlington Cemetery
Arlington Cemetery Blue Line Stop

What else is worth seeing in our nation’s capital?

Canton, South Dakota

By the time this posts (a little after 12:3:4 5/6/7) I should be on my way to Beijing China. Many people know Beijing as “Peking,” and indeed PEK is still the international airport’s city code. Unlike the Soviet Union, China didn’t rename cities so much as change the way one converts from chinese characters (in the city’s case, 北京) to latin letters (either pe + king or bei + jing).

Beijing isn’t the only city so re-transcribed. In souther China, Guangzhou (廣州) was once known as “Canton.” So to celebrate the upcoming trip and the cross-cultural understanding that such retranslitterations are meant to achieve, visited Canton, South Dakota.

Two miles ahead!

The sky had an epic quality through most of the drive. (Sadly, that was the quality that canceled the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Falls Park and caused damage through the midwest.)


Mainstreet Canton, South Dakota, is perhaps less busy than its Chinese counterpart’s.


Canton was formerly the richest town in the territory: Dakota was settled from east to west, and Canton both had the earliest rail line and rich farmland. Even today, agribusiness is serious business. Elevators tower over the city.


I love to eat what the natives eat…

Cantonese cuisine

Though more international fair is available for those with picky palettes…

Stopped by an antique store, which along with the Chinese styles that have traditionally been popular in America

also found a tin Chinese checkers set.

That game perhaps wraps up our entire trip. Just as Canton is a Chinese-sounding city populated by German-Americans, chinese checkers is the German game Stern-Halma renamed “Chinese Checkers” for American audiences.

America is a melting pot of people, cultures, ideas, cuisine… and even board games

Walking to Work in Lincoln, Nebraska

On my blog, I’ve documented cities from the Badlands to Beijing, Peking U to Stephen F. Austin State U. However, I haven’t photoblogged one of the closet things to me yet: my walk from where I live to where I work and study. The full photo series is available on my photogalleries.

The parking lot, looking toward a fraternity house and a no-longer-used schoolhouse.


A four-line highway connecting me to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. A ciy bus approaches in the distance. Both the City of Lincoln and UNL maintain excellent bus systems(though UNL’s has better hours and more regular service).

Ben Nelson’s position as the most-conservative Democrat in the Senate allows him to get pork brought home, regardless of who’s in power. Here, heavy machinery work on the Antelope Valley Project.


Right next to the main construction, work continuse on a quicker link between my the campus and the interstate, allowing commuters to avoid downtown. The nifty skybridge in the background already has three connections, and I use it whenever I leave town.


Further down the sidewalk: the Engineering complex of halls.


Two blocks later: the Education complex of halls. I’ve been interested in instructional psychology for quite a while, so I end up spending a lot of time here.

While our college football team is named the Cornhuskers, it could be The Mammoths: A giant mastodon (or whatever) looks out over the pakring lot.

Said parking lot. Memorial Stadium‘s gigantic TV (second largest in the world, and for a time the biggest) is in the background. I have a perfect view of the set from my office.

Blossoming trees on the main field of campus. The tower in the distance is Love Library‘s.

A better view of the trees. Note that other’s still don’t have leaves.

A lone tree in a courtyard…

… and we’re at Oldfather Hall!

Welcome to Nebraska!