Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Magical Mystery Tour

This is for you Cindy.... :)

I have loved the Beatles since I was in high school, and have always wanted to go to Liverpool where they're from. So last week when I got a 2 day layover in Manchester was the perfect opportunity. I even took a tour bus, which I never do. Here are a few pics:

A John Lennon impersonator at the Cavern, where the Beatles used to play when they first started out




The street where Ringo Starr lived the first 2 years of his life. I swear we're related, I just haven't figured out how yet. :)



Albert Dock










Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Capitalism, A Love Story

I saw Capitalism, A Love Story this weekend. There were a lot of things in the film that were shocking and depressing about unfettered capitalism. It made me outraged on so many levels, to see so much corruption and such an inherently harmful system in so many ways. Sometimes it seems like there is so much bad in the world it just seems impossible to make any sort of difference. But rather than spiraling down into a cycle of despair, cynicism and apathy, it seems better to do the few things I can do. First is just being the kind of ethical person I want to be and trying to make the world a better place in my immediate circle. Sometimes I wish I had money to throw at problems, but I definitely don't have that. So the next best thing I think is to support businesses who are ethical, which is difficult since so many seem to have shady practices, but at least I can try...so here are a few links I found that may be helpful...

Companies that bought life insurance policies on their employees (dead peasants insurance program)
. There are so many companies here it is probably difficult to avoid all of these, but I can try, and this does renew my determination not to shop at Wal-Mart.

Ethical companies of 2009. A good list of good companies, though a report from the WSJ does warn that this list has some conflicts of interest. Though so does the WSJ...

Does anyone else know of other good, ethical companies, that are not listed here? Or horrible ones to avoid? I'd love to hear about them.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall

Ugh. It's now officially not summer anymore and I'm back to being on call. I just spent five whole days in New York, which hasn't happened for about 6 months. But if I'm willing to work weekends, I may actually work this winter. Birmingham tonight, hopefully I have a good crew! Going to attempt to blog more...here are a few pics of my most recent trips.

The lake in Hamburg


Paris, obviously.


A photo from an amazing outdoor photography exhibit I found in Paris while walking along the Seine.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hong Kong

I was somehow lucky enough to get a Hong Kong trip this month. I thought the flight would be horrible, but it actually wasn't bad at all and Hong Kong itself is awesome!

Here is a view of the city at night during the laser show:




Me at Victoria Peak:



Very authentic and delicious food:


Summer has gone so fast! This month I have been to Paris, Berlin, Dublin, Hong Kong, and I go to Rome tomorrow. I may be on call next month :( but at least I'm going out with a bang!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Kauai

I went to Kauai a couple of weeks ago with my cousins Jessica and Allina. We had an amazing time. A few pictures:






Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009