My frequently-accessed web sites
Shopping Buy.com
(I mainly shop for electronics & media -- can you tell?)
Weather Weather Underground
(frequently-updated local conditions, in my neighborhood)
(plus a good, zoom-able radar)
Start Page My.Yahoo.com
(have used it for years -- a personalized, customizable catch-all)
Travel Planning Hilton.com  (currently Gold status, previously Diamond)
Marriott.com  (currently Gold status, previously Platinum)
United.com  (previously Premier Exec 1K status)
Orbitz.com  (I like their table format, options)
RCCL.com (unfortunately we have not cruised for years)
Location Services Google Maps
Yahoo Maps seems better for finding nearby businesses
AAA also has an awesome site, if you have the time to work it
Trivia Movies & Actors:  us.imdb.com

And of course, Google is Google...

Food & Drink
Soda Coca-Cola Classic
Coke Zero
Steak Ribeye, medium-rare
Burger Black-and-bleu (blackened, with bleu cheese)
Fish Salmon or mahi mahi -- minimal sauce
Pizza Pepperoni (I guess I'm a purist)
Roasted green chiles, Pepperoncini, jalapenos
Appetizer Italian nachos from Old Chicago
Spinach dip from The Keg (Canadian steakhouse chain)
Guacamole (prepared tableside at Starr Pass JW Marriott, Tucson)
Wings Torrid sauce from The N-Zone
Desserts Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting
Chocolate sundae
Chocolate chip cookies
(detect a trend?)
Crème Brûlée, with my favorites from Green Gateau (in Lincoln) and Luxe Bistro (in Ottawa, Ontario)
Snack Potato chips with French onion dip
Hershey's chocolate -- milk and/or dark
Roasted almonds
A crisp, cold, red delicious apple
Energy foods Clif Bar -- Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch, or Peanut Toffee Buzz
Bolthouse Farms drink -- Green Goodness, or Berry Boost
Beer Guinness  (those trips to Belfast were a treat!)
Empyrean Ales Vanilla Porter (great with desserts)
But I enjoy trying a variety, and finished my 12th Old Chicago World Beer Tour last year
Wine Caliterra Merlot (everyday wine, Chilean, but from Mondavi)
St. Francis Merlot  (special, from our first cruise)
Incognito (red blend, from the makers of 7 Deadly Zins)
In general, I like bold reds -- but like trying a variety of both reds and whites.
Cocktail Grey Goose, straight up, with a twist
Vodka Gimlet
Vodka Tonic (HINT: Diet Tonic is just as good + 0 calories!)
Snack to keep me awake while driving... Mountain Dew and Peanut M&Ms
Favorite place to eat? At home!  Denise is a fantastic cook!!
Restaurants The Oven, Blue Orchid (Thai) and Dish in downtown Lincoln
Wilderness Ridge in south Lincoln
A little Italian place in Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
Ruth's Chris and Morton's steakhouses


Musical Artists
All-time favorite Philip Glass
Classic Rock Pink Floyd
The Who
Jethro Tull
Peter Gabriel
Previous fave Alanis Morissette
Classical Tchaikovsky
* Beethoven's 9th *
Blend Mannheim Steamroller
Best Concert Alanis Morissette and Barenaked Laides @ Red Rocks / Colorado
Best Live Music Event "Philip on Film" -- Philip Glass Ensemble playing the scores for his films, on 5 successive nights -- Austin, 2001


Vacation style Beach, Cruise or "Active" (hiking, biking)
Favorite international vacation Spain, Andalucía specifically
Favorite beach vacation Hawaii, the Big Island
(although I like the beach itself at Cancun)
Business destination Paris and Lyon, France -- was fortunate to make numerous visits
Toronto -- I actually did enjoy my time there
Cruise line Royal Caribbean
Worst departure port Houston -- very industrial, so took awhile to get into the mood
Favorite hiking vacation memories By myself, in Tucson Mountain Park

With Denise, across the lava flows on the Big Island, Hawaii (lava was still hot!)

With Denise, across the ridge of Lana'i

Worst hiking vacation memories By myself, on Tucson's Linda Vista trail, after climbing for an hour I "looked down" and realized I was in a pickle (it's always easier going up!)

With Denise, after crossing the ridge on Lana'i, when I suggested that we walk back to the resort (highway not meant for pedestrians!)

Also see here for another of my great hiking suggestions in Hawaii (I thought it was great, Denise didn't)

Favorite biking vacation memories With the family in Colorado, renting bikes in Copper Mountain and riding to Frisco so Ben could get a haircut

With Denise in Colorado, Silverthorne to/from Frisco, and to Breckenridge

Worst biking vacation memories With the family in Colorado, riding back uphill from Frisco to Copper!

With Denise in Colorado, after Denise wiped-out just outside of Breckenridge, on our way back to Silverthorne (I've never seen a shoe filled with blood before, nor since!) -- the steps at Red Rocks 2 days later were slow-going


TV & Movies
Currently watching -
(worth recording)
Desperate Housewives
Boston Legal
My Name is Earl
The Office
Currently watching -
Reruns, in syndication
(before falling asleep)
Scrubs (thanks, Erin!)
Two and a Half Men (thanks, Craig!)
Everybody Loves Raymond
TV shows from the past
(ah, memories...)
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Beverly Hillbillies
Ally McBeal
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Favorite movies Monty Python - Meaning of Life
Monty Python - The Holy Grail
Pink Floyd's The Wall
Dark Crystal
Big Fish


Revised: May 27, 2009