Archive for June 10, 2010

New feature – Where’s Joe?

June 10, 2010 9 comments

Hey friends –

If you take a look at the right-hand sidebar of this website, you’ll notice a new area called “Current Location.”  This map gives you up-to-date information on where I am, through the use of Google Latitude Public Badge (which tracks location on smartphones through the use of WiFi, GPS, and cell towers).  So as long as my cell phone is on (usually is) and has some kind of connection, you should be able to check out where in the country I am.

When I originally set up this website, I had plans to have a “Where is Joe now?” feature, but the code of Google Latitude Public Badge doesn’t quite sync up well with this WordPress blog I use.  But thanks to my programming-savvy friend Mike, he was able to work his magic and add this feature.

Unbeknownst to me, he found an image of me in some bright orange waders and a Portland Trailblazers helmet (classy look, I know), and that image has replaced the little orange pin that GoogleMaps traditionally uses.  I think it was a great touch.

6/11 Update: Looks like Mike found other pics of me to use in the map, so now the site will randomly select from three different photos of me, pointing, to help show you were on the map I am located.  Very cool.

Thanks again to Mike!


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Day 11

June 10, 2010 3 comments

Location: Newport News, VA

Miles Driven: About 17

Total Miles: 2,659

Spent the majority of the day doing absolutely nothing, and it was great.  Hung out at Chrissy’s eating some Lebanese food (her mom is a great cook), watching videos on YouTube, and then hanging out by the pool in her backyard.  The epitome of a lazy day, and it felt great.  I don’t have a great deal to share about that day, but here’s just one of the many videos we enjoyed watching online.  It’s actually one of the first videos I can recall ever seeing on the Internet, and it was pretty memorable – a man makes art, and tells a story, using sand on a projector:

Pretty cool, right?

The plan for the evening was to eat with Chris and Sundae at their place, as Sundae was going to cook up a couple traditional Mexican dishes.  Her food was absolutely fantastic and had just the right kick of spiciness.

Sundae's dishes: Sopa (left) and Rajas con crema y pollo (right). Very tasty.

Pineapple soda

Hung out with those guys for the next several hours just laying back.  We played a little “Guitar Hero: Metallica”, and man, I am rusty.  A while later I said my goodbyes to Chris and Sundae.

Ended the night meeting up with some of Chrissy’s co-resident friends at a bar back in City Center.  Played a little PacMan, shot some pool, and enjoyed some conversation til the bar closed.

Went to bed not long after, as I was planning to hit the road early.  Heading up to Bethesda, Maryland where I used to live, and I’m going to spend the weekend there.  Mostly going to hang out with some old friends, but also am looking forward to hitting up Shenandoah National Park with some buddies, as well (it will be my first of many National Park stops along this trip).  I’ll probably have a big post to capture the entire weekend, so stay tuned for something Sunday night.

Thanks again to Chrissy for hosting me those two nights.  I had a great time in Newport News and am fortunate to have a good group of friends there.

And thanks to all for the kind words of support and encouragement along the way.  I’m glad you are all enjoying reading this.  I am really enjoying putting this all together.  I’ve been told by more than one person that the joy of this trip is evident on my face – I guess it’s not easy to contain one’s enthusiam being able to see these great places and meet up with so many wonderful people.  I am lucky.


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