30 October 2014

Halloween is one of my favorite seasons

Seasons, since the weather is turning cooler, the leaves are changing color and horror films are found on the tube.  While most of the 1000 TV channels favor the contemporary films that are filled with blood and guts, I prefer the classics from the 1930s-1950s.

Tonight on Turner Classics is

8:00 PM
A millionaire offers total strangers a fortune to spend the night in a haunted house.
Dir: William Castle Cast:  Vincent Price , Carol Ohmart , Richard Long .
BW-75 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

and tomorrow

8:00 PM
A space probe unleashes microbes that turn the dead into flesh-eating zombies.
Dir: George A. Romero Cast:  Judith O'Dea , Russell Streiner , Duane Jones .
BW-96 mins, CC,

20 October 2014

Bela Lugosi's Birthday

Bela Lugosi (1882-1956) is best known for this role as Dracula, (1931) and perhaps lesser known for Plan Nine From Outer Space (1959).  But he was an accomplished actor of both stage and screen.  Just a few weeks back we watched our 16 mm print of Dracula on the big screen, and indeed the subtle nuances of his acting were fantastic.

RIP Mr. Lugosi!

15 October 2014

NERR joins Society of Outdoor Recreation Professions 2015

So the historic Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium is joining SORP to hold the annual meeting in Annapolis, Maryland next spring 2015.  For the CFP and details see http://www.recpro.org/2015-conference.

06 October 2014

Annual GARP Department Halloween Movie and Food Drive

Annual GARP Department

Halloween Movie and Food Drive

Westfield State University
Ely Campus Center Lounge
Thursday 30 October 2014 at 7 pm
Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Westfield Food Pantry and enjoy the show!

01 October 2014

Volcano Tourism

I wonder if the interest in volcano tourism will drop as the death toll increases in Kiso Japan. Toxic fumes are erupting from Mount Ontake, and rescue attempts to reach climbers have been difficult.

This raises several issue.  Should rescues even take place?  Is it fair to risk the life of rescuers attempting to get some recreators off the mountain.  I don't know.

But in the meantime, I will continue to be a volcano tourist. Photo is western flank of Arenal in Costa Rica.

26 September 2014

Chicago Airport closed, air travel stymied

Gosh, it seems just like a few months ago when the winter weather created havoc in air travel.  Me?  We got stranded in Miami and spent a night in the airport hotel (thank goodness) when bad weather canceled our flight home.  And this has happened several times during our annual flight to escape winter.

So today, it is a human-caused fire that disrupts ORD and the rippling effect will be felt across the country and perhaps the world since this is one MAJOR hub.

Hope folks have a book to read.

23 September 2014

Planning air travel

you know what I hate about air travel? Well several things but one problem I have now is trying to find out who flies where and on what days.  So I can use a search engine to find flights, but what do I do when an airline only operates 2 or 3 times a week?  My travel dates a flexible so if a schedule could be downloaded I can find my flights.  Instead I am forced to plug in multiple dates and times, connecting airports and then eventually book my flight on my timetable, on my connecting cities and my duration.

this stinks.