Upgrade Fever

When I started out in educational technology I had next to no budget for equipment.  I had 12 computers in my classroom, eight of which would run Windows 3.1, and the rest limited to DOS.  I became a big fan of Fred d’Ignazio’s Multimedia on a Shoestring Budget, collecting old VCRs and other cast-off gear … Continue reading Upgrade Fever

Changes in Latitiude

This was supposed to be a review of Latitude, a very nice restaurant on the West End of town.  Instead, it’s a review of The Palms, located in the former Thunderbird Motor Inn, reborn some years ago as the Phoenix Inn. Five of us had reservations for Latitude, but when we arrived, the restaurant had … Continue reading Changes in Latitiude

Yesterday’s Tomorrows

July 4, 2004 – If we were to believe science fiction predictions, by today’s date the following would have already come to pass… The Jupiter 2 would be lost in space with a family named Robinson, a madman named Smith, and a robot named, well, Robot. From the television series Lost in Space, broadcast from … Continue reading Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Choir Directors Anonymous

“Hello. My Name is Tom” (Group responds – “Hello Tom”) “I am a choir director.  It has been one year since my last rehearsal.” …and so the 12-step program goes.  So what has happened in the one year since McCarter?  We haven’t taken anywhere near the number of weekend trips we said we would be … Continue reading Choir Directors Anonymous

There and Back Again

We had breakfast at Cracker Barrel.  The Cracker Barrel.  The first one ever opened in Lebanon, Tennessee.  It should have been more impressive than it sounds, but it wasn’t.  The only interesting thing was that they serve syrup in mini-bottles. We were in a hurry to get home.  Apparently traffic and construction were going to … Continue reading There and Back Again

Last Night on the Trail

Kansas City seems like a nice city.  St. Louis seems like a nice city.  So what happened in between?  I’ve been none too impressed with what I’ve seen along I-70.  Blue Springs seemed like a loud, rude town, and it seemed like this attitude continued eastward.  We saw more billboards along this route, particularly for … Continue reading Last Night on the Trail

Flat as a…

If some railroad official hadn’t driven a spike into a railroad tie 140 years ago about 600 miles west of here, we might have gotten more sleep last night.  Our motel seems to be right across the road from the Transcontinental Railroad.  We had seen lots of trains yesterday, bu we heard even more during … Continue reading Flat as a…

Fly Over States

If the settlement of the West had been left up to yuppies in fancy convertibles, the Sioux, Apache, Shoshone, and others would have had little to fear.  Planning to make a life in, or ever crossing this harsh environment, must have taken a determination I can scarcely fathom.  Today our route took us along more … Continue reading Fly Over States