29 December 2010
But in the meantime, I am working on the paper titled "Sea, sun, sand and …. Selecting Surgery, an exploration of Medical Tourist Travel Behavior". In it we explore repeat or diversified travel behavior on medical tourists.
24 December 2010
Again I want to wish EVERYONE a joyous holiday, no matter who you are, we MUST all stand for peace and social justice.
While I highlight Islamabad, let me put a plug in for my friends at the Hot Spot Online
(http://www.thehotspotonline.com/). I bought a VCD from them a few years ago and wish they still offered these classic films. The film was called (in English) Cat Beast Terror. I mean, the world needs this kind of entertainment!
Check out a preview at this link:
23 December 2010
I mean, I tried "north pole" and "90 degrees north latitude" and even zoomed into where I expected to see an icon noting the location.
I guess it is a secret location so good Old St. Nick can finish his job.
Whatever the reason, I want to say happy holidays to all. And my sincere wish for a SAFE and Healthy New Year!
21 December 2010
A Call for Papers is also posted on the blog:
CFP Mobilities and Health - 2011 International Medical Geography Symposium.
Looks like a good conference!
We got up, I tried to video tape the beginning of the action and then retreated to the hot tub to enjoy the show. Fortunately the trees are without leaves so we had a great view of the event.
Well, now I am waterlogged and all "pruney".
This video is purely amateurish, but it is at least an attempt to record this event. Remember, I was half asleep.
19 December 2010
A double whammy for the winter solstice!
13 December 2010
I got an email this weekend from a doctoral student in India requesting one of these papers. Since I have most of the papers in digital form on my computer, I was able to help the student out. But this is precisely the region that I have tried to post url's for as many papers or presentations that I can get.
Free access to medical tourism research. See the latest update at:
Also stay tuned for a 2011 volume on medical tourism in Tourism Review.
12 December 2010
http://www.geog.nau.edu/igust/fwi/index.html and from there you can find the abstracts. Our paper is titled:
"Sea, sun, sand and ... Selecting Surgery, an exploration of Medical Tourist Travel Behavior".
While the call for papers has passed, I can't think of a better place to be in January, this statement written as I look out my home office window at the freezing rain.
11 December 2010
I am saving for this conference since it competes with the meeting in Madison. I attended the ISSRM at Madison back in 1992 I believe.
Here is the paper I delivered:
"Travel Diversification as a Measure of Recreation Activity Packages", The Fourth North American Symposium on Society and Resource Management. Madison, WI. May 1992.
08 December 2010
When I did a survey on folks teaching recreation or tourism geography with Barbara Carmichael a decade ago, we found a significant loss of recreation geography courses. You need to remember that geographers were the leader in recreation research back in the 1960's and the shift to more tourism geography related teaching started in Nineties.
We also saw the birth of Tourism Geographies:
Will geographers continue to lead in tourism?
07 December 2010
Check it out, since it seems to have some promise.
06 December 2010
I am getting slammed at the end of the semester, so I have left this page to get a tad old. But many of you realize I am into old (bad) horror and sci fi films so I wanted to highlight some of the research on Mexican films. Seems you can't deny that the Santos films fall into the realm of cult horror films. With titles like "Santo contra las mujeres vampiros" you can't go wrong. See this page for the details on this classic: http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~dwilt/review2.htm#vampiras.
So when you are burned out from reading all the geography papers, slip one of these films into your DVD player for some mindless entertainment.
Try "Santo en el museo de cera" or "SANTO EL ENMASCARADO DE PLATA VS. LA INVASION DE LOS MARCIANOS"
28 November 2010
Checked out my section of the Appalachian Trail corridor yesterday during a snow shower. Really wasn't too cold, as long as we kept moving. The secret is to find these survey markers. Generally the yellow paint on the trees will help you find them, but sometimes you need to bushwhack through the woods with a compass to find them.
26 November 2010
I love to show photographs when I teach. I mean, isn't it great that as geographers we can show our vacation slides in class? So depending on the class I can show pictures of places I have been to.
24 November 2010
Ok, so if you are an American that decides to drive today, or anytime this week, besides being crazy, you are not alone.
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I am fascinated by old stuff. I haven't been to the Pyramids of Egypt but have seen the Mayan Ruins in Belize, the Nuraghe Monuments in Sardinia and these Roman ruins in Vienna.
11 November 2010
This thesis examines the shifting relationship between the state and its subjects with regard to responsibility for and entitlement to care. Using Malaysia as a case study the research engages with international medical travel (IMT) as an outcome of the neoliberal retrenchment of the welfare state. I offer a critical reading of postcolonial development strategies that negotiate the benefits and challenges of extending care to non-national subjects. Read More
Professor Ormond is also presenting at the AAG in Seattle next Spring.
10 November 2010
We're doing climatology in physical geography this week. I thought I'd share this great resource from the National Geographic Society on climographs, the method of graphically displaying climate data.
I will always remember my climatology class at Towson State University where we were given the data (temperature and precipitation) and we had to tell where in the world the data represented.
Boy, it was a tough class.
08 November 2010
A bunch of great resources for students, teachers and parents of geographers can be found on this website:
This year the theme is "Fresh Water".
We tend to take this natural resource for granted since it is relatively cheap, plentiful and usually quite tasty.
How many people around the world can say that?
07 November 2010
I've been to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area west of Las Vegas. It has almost 200,000 acres of beautiful rocks and get this they are red!
check out this video of this BLM site.
Go out and hike this Veterans Day!
31 October 2010
Directed by William Castle, watch it and be prepared for the color sequence.
There is an early use of LSD in the movie so it would be rated PG I suspect.
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25 October 2010
Every fall, I show one of my 16mm prints of a horror or sci fi film for Halloween. This year we are also collecting food for the local food pantry.
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Now, I believe the recreational use of drink or whatever is fine. But when I first heard about Mama Juana, my ears popped up. I said what?!
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30 September 2010
We all have them. Some may like the Weather Channel's site in the States, Intellicast for world wide data and http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ for the UK.
What is your favorite weather site?
For learning weather, I would recommend http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/dstreme/
sponsored by the American Meteorological Society. They have daily maps and data to learn weather. I love the station model.
24 September 2010
"The travel and tourism industry can play a major role in this export expansion initiative by introducing new travel related goods and services to potential international travelers as well as to professional travel and tourism industry organizations and representatives who will subsequently introduce and sell those U.S. exports around the globe."
See their website at http://www.discoveramericapavilion.travel/ as a venue to standardize US as a tourist destination.
23 September 2010
I used to like the cold. After all, camping meant no bugs! Crowds were kept at a minimum and it was real peaceful. But now the cold and dark get to me.
But in the last decade or so we head to an island or Central America sometime over the winter. We could travel in February when I was in administration, but now that I am back in the classroom, my January break is the chance to travel south. (This leaves 3 months of cold crappy weather once we return, but hey, that's the way it is.)
Anyway, how much sun can we expect in Martinique in January? Use a sun path diagram:
These guys call it a sun position graph.
17 September 2010
If you haven't heard of NERR or the Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, you are missing one fine conference.
Can't make 2011? Try 1-3 April 2012 or 7-9 April 2013, all at the Sagamore in Bolton Landing NY.
See you there?
14 September 2010
The 29th annual Gathering will be the weekend AFTER Columbus Day, Oct. 15-17, 2010, at Concord University in Athens, WV and more information can be found on their website at
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Head on over to Springfield Massachusetts this weekend for Glendi:
(Glendi is Greek for Celebration)
ST. GEORGE CATHEDRAL
AT THE GREEK CULTURAL CENTER
22 ST. GEORGE ROAD, SPRINGFIELD, MA
Friday - 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday - 12 noon to 11 p.m.
Sunday - 12 noon to 7 p.m.
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02 September 2010
Since we are in the middle of a few days of warm weather and I am sitting at my home computer in AC, I think we can look forward to a nice weekend in the Northeast. Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s and I will be able to venture outside to do some needed yard work.
Oh yeah, folks might get hammered with a category 4 hurricane today and tomorrow. When you hear the phrase "category (number)" storm, what does that really mean?
See this link for information:
So even if the Hurricane is "only" a three, it could mean:
Category Three Hurricane (Sustained winds 111-130 mph, 96-113 kt, or 178-209 km/hr).
Devastating damage will occur
Talk about dampening the family fun this weekend.
The image is from http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at2.shtml?5-daynl?large#contents
01 September 2010
But Earl may be too much for this bunch since along the east coast a four foot wave is killer. Remember, we are not talking about the waves in Hawaii. Keep an eye out on YouTube since I am sure the daring few will post their rides over the next couple of days.
31 August 2010
For us in the New England, (as opposed to Old England) we are expecting three more days of hot 90 degree F days. Then by the weekend, it will drop twenty degrees after Earl passes on the way to the North Atlantic.
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And it gives us geographers current events to show our students. I just Googled Earth to see where it is.
It might even eclipse, momentarily, the five year anniversary of Katrina. I mean, there is a world outside of the states.
24 August 2010
Working with one of my students to replicate our UHI study in Westfield. Since the town is all torn up and being reconstructed from the benefit of federal stimulus $, what better time to check out the old urban temperatures.
We will present this research at NESTVAL 2010 at UCONN later this semester, but in the meantime check out this isothermal map.
OK, please note that the temperature scale is identical for both 1993 and 2009. This means that the overall temperature was warmer last year (and that the temps in 1993 were cooler ... duhhh). We figured a way to standardize this with some fancy GIS work. I'll show that in a later post.
22 August 2010
See also their UFO site:
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17 August 2010
Wow, ain't the Internet great?
NASA has some great remote sensing images to check out. Use Google Earth to see the glacier (South of Lincoln Sea).
16 August 2010
12 August 2010
What better reason to hit the trails this weekend in a US NPS park. See the details at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
While you are surfing, check out the great resources for educators on the NPS website.
05 August 2010
"Domestic Flights continue to operate
and can be purchased normally
as they are operated by MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink,
unaffected by Compañía Mexicana de Aviación (CMA)
CMA has suspended its flight sales but continues to operate its flights
as scheduled to protect its passengers."
see : http://www.mexicana.com/cs/Satellite?pagename=MexicanaG5_US_EN/Page/RedirectSiteAlterno_US_EN
04 August 2010
Save the Dates!
Dear ISSRM Participants and Members of IASNR,
We are excited to announce that for 2011 IASNR will be hosting TWO ISSRM Symposia to encourage broader participation from across the globe.
ISSRM 2011 – June 4-8, 2011
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
ISSRM 2011 - June 13-17, 2011
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
You can also find us on Facebook:
Madison: ISSRM 2011 Madison
These are certain to be exciting meetings and we hope that you will plan to attend one, and perhaps even both, in 2011. Please continue to check the websites for important updates on abstract submission deadlines, registration information, lodging and travel information, and other exciting updates.
If you have any questions about the Madison, Wisconsin, meetings please email the conference organizers at: ISSRM2011.Madison@gmail.com
If you have any questions about the Sabah, Malaysia, meetings please email the conference organizers at: ISSRM2011@ums.edu.my
03 August 2010
The Country wants to control it.
The ban doesn't take effect until the 1st of October, so download your YouTube clips while you can.
31 July 2010
Constraints and benefits of changing the distribution process for recreation special use permits in the U.S. Meybin, Jessie; Burns, Robert; Graefe, Alan; Absher, James D.
Changes in national park visitation (2000-2008) and interest in outdoor activities (1993-2008). Warnick, Rodney B.; Schuett, Michael A.; Kuentzel, Walt; More, Thomas A.
Recreation trails in Maine and New Hampshire: A comparison of motorized, non-motorized, and non-mechanized trails. Wilkerson, Ethel; Whitman, Andrew.
Experiences of campers and campsite impacts in the St. Regis Canoe Area Wilderness. Dawson, Chad P.; Schuster, Rudy M.; Propst, Blake M.; Black, Corenne.
NERR. Always a good source of recreation research!
27 July 2010
I think it is important to support the local artist.
25 July 2010
I think I have finally recovered from our roadtrip to Maryland this past week. After a 10 hour day on Thursday (including stops) I have to rant a bit about improper driving techniques...of others.
24 July 2010
Yeah, I know...graduation was two months ago. But since I got a 60 gig card in my camera, I don't download the pictures often enough.
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A road trip this week to my old stomping grounds will take me to Blue Crab country....Maryland's Eastern Shore. There I will indulge in sea food and then some more sea food.
I sure do like the crab cakes at this place in Cambridge! Maybe I'll get a dozen steam crabs too!
13 July 2010
Check it out for some great information. After all, that is what the Internet is all about (that and the hokey pokey).
11 July 2010
The World Series in the States is not even close.
Once the games are over, visit one of your local youth sporting events and cheer the kids on.
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04 July 2010
I will admit that I do love fireworks. I mean, it is such a big part of our American culture. But my guilty pleasure is threatened by the fact that people in this world deal with "fireworks" on a daily basis.
But today, let's all band to end war, so fireworks can be thought of as entertainment, instead of an implement of war.
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June 30, 2010
U.S. Travel Abroad Declined Three Percent in 2009
Spending Down 12 Percent from 2008
The overall U.S. outbound market totaled 61.5 million in 2009, down three percent compared to 2008. Travel to overseas regions declined two percent, while travel to Mexico and Canada declined four percent and seven percent, respectively.
The top five countries in 2009, measured by U.S. visitation, were: Mexico (19.5 million), Canada (11.7 million), the United Kingdom (2.7 million), France (1.9 million) and Italy (1.8 million).
In 2009, U.S. travelers set records for travel to the regions of Central America, Africa and the Middle East, and to the countries of Greece, Dominican Republic, Israel and India.
Spending by U.S. residents traveling abroad (imports) totaled $99.2 billion, down 12 percent from 2008. Spending within foreign countries (travel payments) amounted to $73.2 billion, down eight percent, and spending on air transportation, via foreign air carriers (passenger fare payments), totaled $26.0 billion in 2009, down 20 percent. Top countries for U.S. spending included Mexico ($9.6 billion), the United Kingdom ($7.8 billion), Canada ($6.2 billion), Japan ($4.8 billion) and Germany ($4.6 billion).
for more info, see:
28 June 2010
This is my first BBQ food festival. Sure, I have attended other themed food festivals and the now scarce "Taste of (name your town) in the past. But our travels to Boston for a wedding opened up an opportunity to visit the Phantom BBQ Beach Party (http://bbq.phantomgourmet.com/SD/home.aspx).
26 June 2010
Since Westfield is preparing a Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Plan, what better time to promote a dog park in the City. See http://www.dogparkusa.com/ for details about dog parks near you (in the States).
25 June 2010
22 June 2010
Got back too late to post this last night, but I spent the day with my sister yesterday and explored the glacial landscapes in Central Park. It was fun. For years I had read and watched video about the Pleistocene Ice Age and the impact on North America. So when the trip was decided to visit family in NYC and I was asked what do I want to do, I immediately thought about the glacial features in Central Park.
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Yesterday I spent the day doing some Appalachian Trail corridor boundary maintenance. I worked with a team of 12 or so volunteers, staff and student interns from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. We broke up into 3 groups to clear the National Park Service boundaries in a section of the AT south of Cheshire Massachusetts.
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Click on the title link to find an event in your hometown. Finding nuthin'? Well, go out to your favorite spot or explore the place you have been putting off far too long.
Get out and hike! Maybe try some of the Appalachian Trail?
31 May 2010
So this weekend, please set aside a few bucks for the Red Cross or your favorite charity.
27 May 2010
Yep time to get those fresh veggies and support the local economy. And the strawberries will be fresh and not those fruits shipped half-way around the world contributing to green house gases.
Local farms are important. Buy local!
Now, how can we grow a banana in New England?
24 May 2010
We can reduce our carbon footprint. Think about this when you eat something out of season.
I am building a bibliography so stay tuned.
21 May 2010
Best to stay local and enjoy the warm 15 deg C temps in Hyannis!
17 May 2010
yeah, I know....break out the world's smallest violin for me. Well, I need a break from grading my rec geog final exams. Seems students don't recall the details of the Mass CPA (and not certified public accountants). But the topics of "Fright Tourism" or "Risk Tourism" have been well thought out. I am kinda' disappointed that the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria" wasn't researched a bit more.
But overall, the exams are good. So for the afternoon, I am going to work in the yard.
16 May 2010
I just ran a Kayak search for a vacation in Athens for seven nights from 30 June to 7 July 2010 from BOS and BDL. Picked a 3 star hotel (Apollo Hotel, sounds nice huh?) and found it to be cheaper from BDL than BOS!
The flight over has two stops but only one stop coming back. For us in Western Mass, it just goes to show us that BDL is a decent airport and BOS may not be worth the extra cost to drive, park etc.
Greece not in the plans? Well you may wish to avoid Northern Europe since that nasty volcano is still active.
12 May 2010
So, what is this thing called Recreation Geography. Take the two words and define each. Then merge the two definitions to come up with one possibility. How is this like the definition that we have used in our class?
Use the photo to explain the term.
08 May 2010
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a tool to help communities preserve open space and historic sites, and create affordable housing and recreational facilities.
The Community Preservation Act provides new funding sources which can be used to address three core community concerns:
Acquisition and preservation of open space
Creation and support of affordable housing
Acquisition and preservation of historic buildings and landscapes
What a great idea huh?
05 May 2010
About a month ago we had a small party in our house and played a CD by Rodrigo y Gabriela (http://www.rodgab.com/) so I checked online and found that they were touring and scheduled a visit to the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA. I bought the tickets and began the Anticipation Phase. Traveling to NOHO last night was an adventure following a quick 60 mph storm through Western Mass. Trees were down all over the region and it took well over an half an hour to get through town as we avoided down trees. Got to Spoleto's in NOHO for Dinner and made the show in time.
A wonderful time last night! Absolutely wonderful. Highly recommended. See this duo when they come to your area!!!
Travel home last night was uneventful, although late for me since I typically hit the sack by 10 pm.
And now the recollection phase where I am reliving the live concert in my head.
Think about the last concert you attended and think about that Recreation Experience. I hope it was as wonderful as mine! See this YouTube clip to see what I am talking about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5VFWA2YKdo
03 May 2010
I don't know. I was driving through town today and noticed that all the beautiful trees in the Green were being chopped down. Maybe the city needs some money. Just makes me want to do another UHI study this fall to see the impact. After all, this past fall we found the Green to be one degree cooler than the rest of downtown Westfield.
Check out the slide from our research where we discovered the cooling effect of the Green. Stay tuned. Click on the graphic to enlarge it.
02 May 2010
Have you walked your dog today? No dog? Well you can still take a walk, right?
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I have been a trail monitor for the Appalachian Trail for probably over 15 years. A monitor, more precisely a corridor monitor acts as the eyes and ears for the AT. A monitor surveys the property and must like to bushwhack in the woods. Good map and compass work is needed in order to follow the property lines to make sure outsiders are not disturbing the National Park Service land.