November 2013

A Review: JBL Micro Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Chuck Tue, 2013-11-26 18:28
We've digitized our entire music collection. We ripped all but the most eclectic CD's (I'll get to the Scott Joplin 5 CD set eventually) a few years back, and since then all of our tunes have been purchased as MP3's from Amazon. We share them throughout our home network via Windows Media Player, which in turn we can access from our U-Verse boxes anywhere in the house. It's really pretty nifty, though I hope to soon update the whole system. But that's a topic for another blog. I also import my MP3's to iTunes and sync them to my iPhone so I take almost my entire music library with me...

Happy Thanksgiving

Chuck Sun, 2013-11-17 22:02
We'll be taking a brief hiatus for the next couple of weeks, so in the meantime, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Be safe, enjoy family, and have a great kickoff to the holiday season...cheers! Coming up soon: more product reviews for travel goodies and gadgets, notes and pictures from another trip, thoughts on dozens (not an exaggeration) of trips to Walt Disney World, and much, much more!

A Review: eBags

Chuck Wed, 2013-11-13 08:30
Every now and then you see a product and you think, "Hmm, that might work." Often it doesn't, but sometimes you're pleasantly surprised. A few weeks ago, before our Sonoma trip, we came across eBags on Amazon and thought we'd give them a try just based on the simple concept of organizing your suitcase. All travelers know the problem: you arrive at a location and you need to change shirts or shoes or otherwise need just a single item out of your suitcase that happens to be packed at the bottom, beneath everything else. The option is to either unpack everything and then carefully repack it, or...

Sonoma, October 2013

Grapes at harvest
Chuck Sun, 2013-11-03 12:32
We've figured out that a key to this nomadic empty-nester middle-aged couple lifestyle is being opportunistic. Followers of our blog know that we vacationed in California wine country just this past summer. We loved it so much that when we were approached on homeexchange.com for an October exchange, we didn't have to think about it much: she had a family wedding in Atlanta to attend and offered her Sonoma weekend home in exchange for a week. Count us in. It was our first home exchange, and in our next blog we'll share our thoughts on this whole exchange thing. This trip was also an...