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.  

What a train wreck Denver traffic has become

Denver traffic is horrible and it is only getting worse. Today traffic was stop-and-go from north of 120th on Interstate 25 through Colfax.  

There were no accidents, the only problem was the off-ramp was closed to Colfax Ave. Not to worry, CDOT was warning drivers as far north as the Interstate 76 interchange of the issue. 

Unfortunately that didn’t help things. If it’s closed just drive by or get off sooner. Make adjustments. But that wasn’t happening. 

As soon as I got past the Colfax off ramp traffic opened up and I continued on. People just need to become more aware of what is going on and be better drivers.  

This doesn’t absolve CDOT. They should have been more proactive in their planning. The current toll lane for the north part of Interstate 25 won’t improve anything. Also RTD has been too slow adding commuter rail north of town. 

The north metro area has paid more than its fair share for traffic and transportation projects. But time has come to adequately build projects there. Unfortunately I think they will still be ignored. 

How would you like to show up at an airport and be the only person on a flight?

How would you like to show up for a flight and not have anyone else on your flight?  Well this person experienced it. 

He was flying from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and originally told there would only be four other passengers. But by the time the flight took off, he was the only one.   

I’ve been on flights with just a few people, but not by myself. How cool.  

Steak ‘n Shake is not that great

I’m headed back to Colorado and needed a quick break for lunch. I just needed a break from driving and get lunch for me and the kids.  

Well the Steak n Shake at 1134 W Pearce Blv in Wentzville, Missouri, has not been the place so far. 

I-70 and Wentzville Parkway
I-70 and Wentzville Parkway

Despite having many tables and booths available, it took ten minutes to get seated. Then another ten minutes until someone came and took our order. 

I guess the two star rating on Google should have been my clue.  

It took about 20-25 minutes to get out food once we ordered. That is a little long for three hamburgers, oh wait they are Steak burgers, and three milkshakes to be made and served. 

Oh, they even forgot to put bacon on double, bacon cheeseburger.  

In total, about 45 minutes from walking in to being served. Not good. 

In-n-Out and Five Guys are a lot better. Definitely they are both a lot faster. In total about an hour.  

A great hockey game almost ruined by officials, DU defeats UMD 4-3

The NCHC playoff game between the University of Denver and University of Minnesota Duluth was an amazing game. However it was almost ruined by the referees. I would guess UMD fans would say it was. 

The game started fast, but UMD was really dominating the game. Only a great steal and goal by Ty Loney got DU equal with UMD after the first period. UMD took the lead and then went on a 5 minute power play thanks to a major penalty on Didier. It was a good call and I am surprised he didn’t get a game misconduct.

During this power play, the call that I think everyone disagrees with occurs. DU gets a short-handed goal but after a lengthy review, I would say more than 5 minutes, the referees wave off the goal.

Everyone thought it was because the net came off before the puck crossed the net. But in reality it was because the referee said the DU’s Heinen interferred with the goalie. See for yourself

I just don’t see the interference. Heinen is the one carrying the puck and shoots. It is saved. As he goes by the goalie, the goalie appears to cause the contact or is at least going down before there is contact. Also, Heinen is not in the crease. 

It should be known the referee ruled a goal, so to reverse the goal you need definitive evidence. There is just not the evidence here to reverse it. Especially if it takes 5 minutes to review it. 

But after DU killed off the 5 minute major, they seemed to take control of the game. Tying the game up quickly after the 3rd period started. UMD took the lead again on a great shot from a tight angle. Jalliet looked to have it covered, but somehow it found the back of the net over his shoulder.

DU added a PP goal. Kaskiuso for UMD couldn’t handle the shot and DU pounced, putting the backhander into the net.  

Then some controversy for UMD. DU scored what would become the game winner, but it appears Loney could have hit it with a high stick. Watching it in real time, it appeared to be a goal. Looking at replays, it is tough to tell but looked like the goal should count.

In the end, DU takes a 1-0 lead in the best of three series with game 2 coming on Saturday night. Both of these teams are really good and will go far in the NCAA tournament. The question remains who will go to Minneapolis next week.

Let’s hope the officials don’t have a say in who wins. The NCHC is a great league, the level of officiating should be at the same level. I am not sure it was at the highest level it could be tonight. 

DU defeats UMD 4-3
DU defeats UMD 4-3

Making the tablet jump…

My wife and I made the jump this weekend to iPads as our primary computers. We have an iMac at home and that will serve as our main computer, but most of our work will be done on the iPads.

I have an older MacBook Pro, but that will now be relegated to working with my wife’s craft paper cutter. It is an older one and was starting to bog down some, though Yosemite did improve the speed.

The reasoning is that all the things I needed from a computer I could do with an iPad. The same with my wife. We didn’t need the extra $500 to $1000 on a laptop. The iMac will be the hub and with cloud apps and iCloud it will be an extension of the iPads. 

Looking forward to the next chapter and will see how it works out.