Society in a Tube

Airports are funny places.

When you’re in an airport here’s a strange sense of place- yet you’re no place at all.

Clouds over Minneapolis

All these people, arriving in aluminum tubes from across the country, are milling about this expansive building on the outskirts of metropolis. It’s kind of like a shopping mall with lame stores.

It’s also like a giant pachinko machine people enter- they bounce around, then eventually exit. Hopefully.

The losers get lost, get delayed or, worst of all, miss their flight. The winners enter, pass through briskly and exit unscathed.

So enjoy your travels. And if you ever figure out how pachinko works let me know.

New Year Party = January 1

Tired: New Years Eve Parties | Wired: New Years Day Parties
First off, happy 2010.

I really think New Years Day is where the action is. I’m thinking the in crowd parties on The Day, not on New Years Eve. New Years Eve parties are SO last century.

I mean it’s not just because I’m getting older- though staying up past midnight is becoming more and more an issue each year- there are serious issues with going out on 12/31. If you don’t feel like driving with all the drunks you’ll need to party in a “stay over” environment. That usually means you’ll need to party at a hotel, unless you consider a roadside rest-stop acceptable accommodations.And the expense… geeez. I’m not getting older, I’m getting… sleepy.

But I’m not ashamed to admit it, and I don’t feel guilty about not freezing my ass off to watch an illuminated orb being lowered. So get ready for hearing someone say… “Oh I never drive on New Years Day… too many crazies on the road.”

Oklahoma Tops Small Biz List

Each year CNN Money has listed the best cities for start-ups. The 2009 list of best metro areas to launch a small business from rank Tulsa at 19th and Oklahoma City number one.

Centrally Located to Serve the Nation
The survey looks at affordability, housing markets, workforce availability and infrastructure to determine what natives have known for a long time. Oklahoma is friendly for business.

Best Places to Launch

Infill This

Infill Development: a newspeak phrase to describe teardowns in older neighborhoods.

I’m yet to hear a good argument on why someone can’t come to Midtown Tulsa, bulldoze a rotten, out-of-code, unsafe house and build a brand new beautiful home.

– Comment on Tulsa World

Nobody is complaining about the former.

And everyone is waiting to see the latter.

The majority of teardowns result in oversized McMansions being crammed on to lots fit for homes half their size. No matter what your idea of beautiful might be, the location of a home is inherently part of its appeal.

I’ll never understand why someone moves to a neighborhood, then commences to undo everything that makes that neighborhood desirable.