The Week: April 20, 2012

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Apr 20, 2012

Folks, it’s the 20th of March April. Yup. It’s 4-20. While I’m sure many of you are celebrating this Friday in completely wholesome, legitimate ways (like going to the movies and eating cupcakes), I suspect a few of you are going to spend it on slightly-less-legal endeavors (after which you will likely go to the movies and eat cupcakes).

In either case, I’ve comprised links that should be entertaining for all of you, regardless of your state of mind. Enjoy!


I am giggling over David Armand’s miming of popular songs. His interpretation of “Eternal Flame” by the Bangles is delightfully absurd (via blog reader Angie).


Pop heroes and villians added to turn-of-the-century photos. Huh. I never realized how Victorian a stormtrooper could look (via blog reader Will).


My friend Nigel sent me this eye-opening infographic on the wastefulness of the TSA. Eeep.


The “Interview with My Bully” series on Salon – where folks confront and interview their childhood tormentors – is powerful, heartbreaking, and occasionally uplifting.


Blog reader Sarah sent me this link to 40 glorious routines from the 1988 aerobics championships (sponsored by Crystal Light!). Grab your spandex.


This Quora thread about what it’s like to fly on Air Force One is absolutely fascinating.


Maddie is a coonhound with exceptional balance and patience. Her owner is a photographer with a sense of whimsy. They combined their forces to bring you “Maddie On Things,” a blog so bizarre and beautiful, you won’t be able to get enough of it.


This clip from a 1994 episode of NBC’s The Today Show features the host trying to decipher exactly what the new-fangled technology of the World Wide Web. My favorite one-liner from Katie Couric: “Allison, what is internet?” (via my friend Laura at How’s Your Pony?)


My pal Chris created a new app for the iPhone that “adds pixelated junk to a photo with the touch of a finger.” I … just … wow. Check out the slightly-not-suitable-for-work results.


Dick Clark passed away this week. The New York Times takes a rather insightful look at his career, and the part he played in making rock n’ roll safe for the masses.


Peace out, and have a great weekend.

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  • Maureen

    I look forward to your links every Friday, it gets me through the last few hours of work! Also, I just moved to Bogota, if it isn’t on your list of places to visit, it should be!!

  • That bully one made me so angry, and is such a truthful glimpse in to the minds of people who do horrible things and totally pass it off like it is someone else’s fault. I was always one of the tough girls defending the kids who couldn’t defend themselves. I have an innate hatred of bullies, but there are times I can be compassionate and realize they are just really miserable, and that’s why they treat people that way.

    I LOVE the turn of the century villains. It just gave me a ridiculous tattoo idea.

  • Excellent collection of links! The Victorian photos were hilarious

  • Molly

    20th of March?

    Also, the turn-of-the-century superhero photos are delightfully creepy.

  • Victorian folk in superhero masks, now THAT’S what I’m talking about!

  • Chantel

    The Aerobics competition I found hysterical. I couldn’t stop laughing, shared it with my friends via the ever helpful facebook and received one like. It seems my friends all have no sense of humour. It couldn’t possibly be me.

    Also, I am a first time commenter, I’ve been reading for what feels like forever and I come on every morning in a hope for some more cupcakes and travel stories. Thank you for many laughs.

  • Rose C

    Hello The “Everywhereist”,

    I wasn’t sure where to post this, I hope this is OK!
    I am curious to know what you think about my situation with Expedia . . .

    I visited the Dominican Republic (Puerto Plata), traveling from Miami International Airport in January. I was very excited to book my trip through Expedia, and trusted the company to take care of my airport transfers. As a young woman traveling alone, these transfers were very important for me to book through them, as I had heard about many problems the country has with rapes, muggings and overall bad things happening with tourists visiting the area.

    I immediately called Expedia to report what had happened with my transfer to the airport, leaving the Dominican from the Riu Mambo Resort. I can summarize my situation for you. Out of nowhere, the driver (who spoke no english) stopped on the side of the road in the middle of a busy place with mopeds and people all around (without informing me that he would be doing so) and motioned for me to get out of the van and go to a different mini bus parked in front of his van. The driver for the new van was twice the size of me, was not wearing a “Blue” shirt & the mini-bus had closed curtains. I saw that there was another dark-colored man waiting inside the mini-bus. I really thought I was going to get onto that bus & go to my death at that moment & wasn’t sure of I should scream, run or what. I had forgotten to put my knife in my pocket & instead, it was in my bag that was now at the front of the van. I was basically filled with anxiety & complied with what they said to do. It’s amazing what happens to a super-strong woman when they know they will be overpowered. I swear I almost ran I was so scared, but then I thought that would be a bad idea too.

    In the end, the driver did take me to the airport, but it was a very frightening experience to not know if I was going to be at the airport, or taken someplace else to die in an unmarked vehicle.

    When I reported this to Expedia, they told me that the Riu Mambo said the van had technical difficulties & nothing more than the $30 transfer coud be refunded. Allow me to be clear here – there were NO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES with this van. These men were running a scheme, probably to make more money by splitting gas fees. Then Expedia told me that because there were van troubles, they could not refund anything more because (the hotel that lied) The Riu Mambo said the van had mechanical troubles.

    I don’t even know if any money amount would ever really be appropriate for my LIFE or change my mind about Expedia’s extra services, however – it wasn’t right for the Riu Mambo to report something inappropriate as “there were technical difficulties with the van” when they weren’t there & don’t even know this is true!

    I would hate for this to happen to any other person traveling using Expedia’s transfer services, especially women travelling alone like I was. I feel that Expedia did not do me right by this situation. I am also appalled by the Riu Mambo making a blatent lie like that to protect their own & now Expedia will not own up to what happened to me. & because of all this hassle now, I want to be refunded my money from even staying at the Riu Mambo for the lie their customer service team told Expedia.

    In my opinion, Expedia and The Riu Mambo is acting dangerously by putting other women traveling alone in this position!

    I appreciate your time in reading about my situation & I would appreciate your advice! I don’t think I could ever again recommend Expedia because of this situation I went though & their corporate team has been just awful to deal with. One of the excerpt’s from the Expedia team says this: “. We understand your plight, and found that our team contacted the vendor and were advised of the situation that occurred and you arrived safely at the airport.”

    Do you trust Expedia?
    Thanks again for your thoughts ~


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