31 January 2010

AP story. Haiti and Cruise Ships

What is your opinion on this? Should a cruise ship be permitted to land in a country besieged by a natural disaster?

For some reason I cannot embed the html codee that AP provided, so just do a google search on AP story on Haiti and Cruise ships or check your local paper.

Anyway, there are pros and cons to this issue. What do you think?

26 January 2010

Winter Olympics soon

So, what sports will you follow this Winter Olympics? I got turned onto Curling the last time around and figure I will check this out.

Now, I still don't know all the rules, but as I mentioned in class today, I would probably have a decent chance of participating in this sport.

You can visit the website : http://www.worldcurling.org/ to find out more information about this sport.

Looks like Denmark has yet to win a medal at the Olympics, at least the men's team, so right now I am rooting for Denmark. The Women won a Silver a few Olympics back.

Go Denmark!

(Incidentally, home to one of my favorite films, Reptilicus)

25 January 2010

Have you Googled Recreation Geography yet?

Besides finding this fine Blog, you may discover the Recreation, Tourism and Sport Speciality Group of the Association of American Geographers (www.geog.nau.edu/rts). This site is managed by Dr. Alan Lew of Northern Arizona University and is a great resource.

Explore the site!

24 January 2010

Favorite Weather Sites

Just think how much the weather means to recreation. We want snow for x-c skiing, cold temps for ice skating, and of course warm sunny days for the beach.

What is your favorite weather site on the web?

www.wunderground.com (probably my all time favorite)
www.intellicast.com (this is really good for animated radar imagery)
www.weather.com (one of the original sites)

Do you have some favorites to share?

23 January 2010

Recreation in the Dentist's chair

You know what I mean. You are sitting in the chair for goodness, who knows how long and you get to stare at the ceiling tiles. I'm an expert joining the shapes to create patterns on those white textured ceilings.

I had the pleasure of an extended seat time at the dentist. And what do you know, a flat sheet rock ceiling. And I really needed some recreation while in that chair. Fortunately the dental assistants noticed my discomfort and first opened the window shades and then the window.

Got fresh air and something to look at.

rrrrRRRRRrrrrr goes the drill

21 January 2010

Five Themes of Geography

now, The Five Themes of Geography are fundamental in our study of Recreation Geography. Consider how each theme can be used to describe the earth. In particular, the human - environment relationship theme has recently gained scientific affirmation in human dimensions research.

And this geographic theme is over 2000 years old.

So while you learn about recreation geography apply as many themes as possible in order to understand "geographically" people, participating in some activity at some park resource.

20 January 2010

Haiti doesn't even make the list

While searching for data on tourism in Haiti, I checked out this link that I have used to explore the competitiveness of tourism around the world. http://www.weforum.org/en/initiatives/gcp/TravelandTourismReport/index.htm

Haiti isn't even on the list.

Right now is not the time to travel to Haiti for a vacation, but please consider sending money.

18 January 2010

Welcome to Recreation Geography

The first of many entries, this Blog will complement the course Recreation Geography that I am teaching at Westfield State this spring 2010 semester. I welcome the new readers (followers) as we explore the human dimensions of recreation geography.

This course deals with the human in a recreation environment. Three areas will be introduced: the outdoor recreation Activity, People participating in recreation and the park Resource. Finally, we will explore some contemporary planning and management issues.

Stay tuned.

17 January 2010

Environmental statement for Mass Senate Candidates

Martha Coakley says:

Martha believes America needs a comprehensive approach to lowering our energy costs, meeting our energy needs and protecting our environment. Martha knows we need affordable, sustainable and diverse energy supplies that maximize the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.


while Scott Brown says:

I support common-sense environment policy that will help to reduce pollution and preserve our precious open spaces. I realize that without action now, future generations will be left to clean up the mess we leave. In order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, I support reasonable and appropriate development of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal and improved hydroelectric facilities. I oppose a national cap and trade program because of the higher costs that families and businesses would incur.


Vote 19 Jan 2010

13 January 2010

Quake in Haiti

Time to help out the folks in Haiti. Low on cash, send a prayer. But every little bit will help.

Remember this is a country with a percapita income of something between $500 and $1300 US a YEAR. Your cell phone plan probably costs that much.

11 January 2010

Jury Duty and Larry Buchanan

Yep, what does Jury Duty have to do with Recreation Geography? Well, not much except for the need to pass the time waiting. I took a book to read and thank goodness. I mean, they had some old Consumer Reports to read and a bunch of some kind of country music or something magazines to look over.

I settled for my book on the Films of Larry Buchanan. Who is this guy? Well he is known for grade Z films such as The Eye Creatures, Zontar, the Thing from Venus and Mars Needs Women. With titles like this you know you are in for a treat of mindless entertainment.

That is the recreation part of it.

So folks, if you get called for Jury Duty, remember to take something along to read. I'd might recommend:

Craig, R. (2007) The Films of Larry Buchanan. McFarland Press.

08 January 2010

tourism down tis winter

yep, as if you need to know this, everyone is talking about the economy. And Tourism is down.

Just returned from Montego Bay and the folks there are saying the x-mas holiday is down to 30 % of the usual high season. Hotels are struggling to keep employees on. Just like the US, hotels are contracting employees so they don't have to pay the same benefits. Remember this and try to tip to the best of your ability.