Is Amazon Go really that good?

For those of you who haven’t heard, Amazon is testing out a new shopping experience in Seattle called Amazon Go. You walk into the Amazon store, scan the Amazon Go app on your smart phone and then start shopping. 

As you pick up items it keeps track of what you have. You can put things back and it removes them. When you are done, you just walk out of the store. No waiting in lines, no talking with a cashier, nothing.

Your Amazon account is billed and you get a receipt on the app. 

In my opinion this will be a game changer for shopping. I already use the self-checkout at my local grocery store. If I can get in and get out without waiting in line, bingo. I will be happy and it will be much more efficient to go to the grocery store.

Amazon Go should significantly reduce overhead costs as they would not need to have as many staff as a modern day grocery store would. But is that good thing or a bad thing?

What do you think? Will you shop there if one comes to your neighborhood? Will Amazon do to grocery stores like what they did to bookstores? Let me know in the comments below.

Let us all give thanks this year

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Photo by Micah H.
Photo by Micah H.

As we all gather for Thanksgiving this year, despite what is going on we have a lot to be thankful for. 

There is a lot of discourse in the United States after a long and heated election. It is continuing now after the surprise outcome that many did not see coming.

But we need to be thankful, thankful we live in a country that allows for the discussion and disagreement to take place. There are many countries in the world that do not allow for this to happen.

We need to be thankful that in two months we will have a peaceful transition of the presidency. There have been many transitions of leaders around the world that have not been peaceful.

While we are celebrating we must not forget the history we have to learn from. For this we are thankful because we can learn from it and not make those same mistakes again. This world is closer and more diverse than ever, we need to be sure that people from all backgrounds are safe and protected. 

Finally, we should be thankful for our family and friends. Without them, specifically for me, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I hope that is the same for you too.

If it is not, there are places where you can go to get that love and support. I hope you can find that.

There is a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day in 2016. Let us all pause and think about it and try to combat all th negativity that surrounds us this season. 

My packages are having some good trips trying to find their way to Colorado

I think the US Potal Service is losing its since of geography. I’ve had two issues with deliveries going all over the globe without being delivered to me in Colorado. 

The first one was ordered in mid-July for a gift. It’s was ordered from an entity in London but shipped at the end of the month from Stockholm.  

It made it to San Francisco on August 9 and was scanned a few times in Burlingame and SF through August 18. It was scanned in Los Angeles on August 19 before being scanned in Stockholm again on August 24. It is back in the United States now after being scanned in New York City on August 26. It made it across the Hudson today to Teterboro, NJ. 

Another package that we ordered shipped from Memphis on August 19 but the USPS thought it should go to Guam where it was scanned on August 24. It made it to Hawaii on August 26 where it remains today. 

Hope my packages are having fun and will someday make it to Colorado. 

Walking Washignton, DC. Thanks Metro!

Last week I was in Washington, D.C., and ran into a conundrum. The Metro was closed for safety inspections and I had planned on using it to get back and forth between my hotel and office where I was working.

For those of you who don’t know, the Metro is the subway in the D.C area. Unfortunately it is aging and they haven’t done a good job of keeping up with all of the maintenance. 

i was able to get a ride to the office, but how to get home? 

it was a beautiful day so I decided to walk. It was only 4.5 miles and took me by the Washington Mounument, World War II Memorial, Tidal Basin, Martin Luther King Memorial, FDR Memorial and Jefferson Memorial.

Here are some photos of my adventure. 

World War II Memorial looking west towards Lincoln Memorial. 
World War II Memorial looking west towards Lincoln Memorial. 
Washington Memorial
Washington Memorial
Dedication spot looking through the cherry trees towards the Jefferson Memorial. 
Dedication spot looking through the cherry trees towards the Jefferson Memorial. 
Martin Luther King Memorial. 
Martin Luther King Memorial. 
FDR Memorial
FDR Memorial
My favorite photo, looking across the tidal basin towards the Jefferson Memorial. 
My favorite photo, looking across the tidal basin towards the Jefferson Memorial. 
Crossing the 14th Street bridge towards Virginia. You can see the Air Force Memorial in the background. 
Crossing the 14th Street bridge towards Virginia. You can see the Air Force Memorial in the background. 
Looking back at Washington, DC
Looking back at Washington, DC
Planes taking off at Ronald Reagan National Airport
Planes taking off at Ronald Reagan National Airport

All-in-all it was a good walk and a good way to spend an early evening in the Washington, D.C., area. 

Somif you are in Washington, D.C., to see the cherry blossoms this week or next, coming in to see other sites, or just there on business. It is a great walking city. Take some time to enjoy it. 

I25 HOV/Toll Lane Open for Testing from 120th to 84th

I just drove the speed limit from 120th through 84th on SB I25 for the first time during rush hour in a long time. The only explanation is the new HOV/Toll lane opened for testing.  

Let’s hope this continues once they start charging for it.  

We all know that this commute is the worst in Colorado. It can take upwards of 30 minutes on that section of road.  

I just wish they could have done it without the toll plus have added acceleration and deceleration lanes on the right.