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It's been a few years since I wrote the Hindsights speech. During these years, a lot of water has gone under the bridge. I am married to the same woman. I have three kids with a fourth on the way. (My youngest is a girl we adopted from Guatemala, and any day now, we are adopting her biological brother.) I've written seven books and made about five hundred speeches. I've started three companies and done another tour of duty at Apple. Finally, I've racked up 1.5 million miles on United Airlines--it's a bad sign when immigration tells you, “There's no more space on your passport; you need to get a new one.”

You'd think that I would have learned something beyond the original ten hindsights, and indeed I have. To this end, here is Hindsights II. If you add these hindsights to the ones in my first speech, you'll have the big things that I've learned in life.

1. Things are never as good or as bad as they seem. When I was working at Apple from 1983 to 1987, the company experienced fantastic highs and dismal lows. Shipping Macintosh was one such high. Apple's first layoff a few years later was a dismal low. But I saw that when things were supposedly great, there were lots of problems that people chose to ignore. Then I saw that during the black days, things weren't that bad: Customers were still buying Macintoshes by the thousands; developers were fairly happy, and most employees weren't affected by the layoffs. (Some employees even thought the layoffs were a good method to clean house.) So I've learned to temper my optimism and my pessimism in my old age.
2. You can love an adopted child as much as a biological one. A man's contribution to a pregnancy lasts about ten seconds--five if he told the truth--three if you asked the mother. And yet I've met many men who who were skeptical about adoption because they didn't think they could “bond” with a child that didn't have their DNA--ie, the ten-second commitment. This is simply not true: when you hold your precious jewel for the first time, no one cares if none of those chromosomes came from you. Certainly not the baby. Certainly not your wife. So get over it. Your DNA isn't the Holy Grail--to mix several metaphors.
3. The key to child delivery is one word: “epidural.” We went to the delivery classes; we learned the relaxation techniques; we took the soothing music with us to the hospital. At the end of the day (or, more accurately twenty-six hours), we came to believe that if God wanted every delivery to be natural, She wouldn't have enabled doctors to invent the epidural shot.
4. People act like their last names sound. People may start to look like their dogs, but I think that they act like their last names sound. For example, I have a buddy named Will Mayall. He helps me with anything technical; for example, when I ask him if he can make my web site or blog do something, his initial response is, “I may be able to” and then two hours later he's done it “all.” Hence, “may all.” Similarly, there's Jean-Louis Gassée. He's a funny guy--always armed with a great (usually sexual) metaphor to explain anything. He is a “gas” for the things that he “says”--hence, “gas say”. Then there's Kawasaki--my high school football teammates told me that I was a “cow's ass sagging.”
5. If you think someone is an orifice, everyone else does too. When I met people that I didn't like, I wondered if it was me or the person. Perhaps I had gotten her all wrong, and other people liked her, respected her, adored her, whatever. After much investigation, I formulated the Rule of Perfect Information About Orifices; that is, if you think someone is an orifice, pretty much everyone thinks she's an orifice too. There is seldom disagreement about orifices. The same, however, is not true about good guys. If you think someone is a good guy, you should never assume most people agree with you.
6. Life is too short to deal with orifices. Continuing on the orifice track. I'm now fifty-one years old, so more than half my life is over. There's not enough time left to accommodate orifices--frankly, there's not enough time to take care of the people you like. Why should you waste time with people you don't? So no matter how great a customer, partner, or vendor someone could, or should, be, don't waste time with orifices. They not only waste your time, but they taint your soul for the time you spent with the people you like.
7. Entrepreneurs are always a year late and 90% high in their “conservative” forecast. I've worked with entrepreneurs who were so green they couldn't run a lemonade stand, and I've worked with entrepreneurs with great track records in brand-name companies. At the end of the day, experience, age, gender, educational background...nothing matters: entrepreneurs are usually a year late in delivering their product, and their financial results are 90% lower than their “conservative” forecast. This isn't necessarily bad--indeed it may be necessary for entrepreneurs to believe their own bull shitake, but it is how things work.
8. Judge others by their intentions and yourself by your results. If you want to be at peace with the world, here's what you should do. When you judge others, look at what they intended to do. When you judge yourself, look at what you've actually accomplished. This attitude is bound to keep you humble. By contrast, if you judge others by their accomplishments (which are usually shortfalls) and yourself by your intentions (which are usually lofty), you will be an angry, despised little man.
9. You don't have to answer every email. I am compulsive about answering email. Sometimes I simply can't answer email for weeks, and I feel like slitting my wrists. However, there have been a couple of times where I lost my inbox--copied the wrong file, file got corrupted, whatever--and I was terrified that hundreds of people wouldn't get a response and would be furious. They'd be thinking, “Guy thinks he's such a big shot that he doesn't need to answer email anymore.” I expected to get hatemail for weeks. Do you know what happened? Nothing. Not one pissed-off email. I was amazed. But I am still compulsive about email.
10. Always use the toilet in an airplane after a woman. This is getting a little vertical, or horizontal, depending on how you want to look at it. Simply put, men pee on the seat. Women don't. And if a woman follows a man who peed on the seat, then she will clean it up before she sits down. If you sit down after her, you're good to go--so to speak.
11. Never ask people to do something that you wouldn't do. This is the ultimate test for every sales promotion, marketing campaign, engineering design, and employee directive. If you won't do something, don't ask anyone else to do it. I don't care how great your nuclear powered mousetrap is: You wouldn't pay $500,000 for it, go back to school for a PhD in Physics to learn to set it, and drive to the middle of Utah to drop off the dead, toxic mouse. On the flip side, as my buddy Smittie told me, if you do the tough, dirty stuff then (a) employee can't complain; and (b) employees will follow you because they know you would do what you're asking them to do.

Pee Addendum: Hindsights IIa: Many men have written to me that their spouses pee while standing up. Thus, my belief that women pee sitting down is false. And maybe WAY false because a woman peeing standing up is likely to be “less accurate” for reasons of plumbing. All this said, someone once told me that pee is sterile anyway, but I digress.

Written at: Anderson School of Management, UCLA, Los Angeles, California.

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這篇文章,和下篇,是從我閱讀的其中一個blog,一個多產又幽默的作家講者Guy Kawasaki中節錄出來的

p.s. 他的blog http://blog.guykawasaki.com/

I've been blogging for a whole ten days now, and all my topics have been business stuff: venture capital, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, evangelism, etc. Now I want to throw you a total curve ball.

About fourteen years ago my wife and I separated for a time. As part of my search for what the hell was going on in our lives, I looked for a book about people's hindsights in life--what they did right, what they did wrong, and what their advice would be.

To my surprise, I could find no such book. So, like a fool, I decided to write the book. After all, how hard could it be to turn on a record their hindsights ala Studs Terkel?

Let me tell you, it was hard. Very hard. Every step of the process was hard: figuring out who to interview, getting the interviews, doing the interviews, and editing the interviews. It was much harder than writing a book where you just sit there and make things up. :-)

I also wrote a speech based on the book, and I have given it six times at commencements, graduations and baccalaureates: Palo Alto High (three times), DeAnza College, High Tech High, and Harker School. Giving these speeches brought me some of the greatest moments of joy in my life. And, unlike the Kurt Vonnegut hoax, these were for real.

Yesterday at Macworld Expo someone came up to me and told me how much the speech meant to his family. Memories of these speeches and the book came flooding back, so today's blog is the full text of my Hindsights speech.

Nota bene: read and forward this at your own risk because hindsight #10 has cost parents thousands of dollars!

Speaking to you today marks a milestone in my life. I am fifty years old. Thirty-two or years ago, when I was in your seat, I never, ever thought I would be fifty years old.

The implications of being your speaker frightens me. For one thing, when a fifty year old geezer spoke at my baccalaureate ceremony, he was about the last person I'd believe. I have no intention of giving you the boring speech that you are dreading. This speech will be short, sweet, and not boring.

I am going to talk about hindsights today. Hindsights that I've accumulated in the thirty-two years from where you are to where I am. Don't blindly believe me. Don't take what I say as “truth.” Just listen. Perhaps my experience can help you out a tiny bit.

I will present them ala David Letterman. Yes, fifty year old people can still stay up past 11:00 pm.

#10: Live off your parents as long as possible.

I was a diligent Oriental in high school and college. I took college-level classes and earned college-level credits. I rushed through college in 3 1/2 years. I never traveled or took time off because I thought it wouldn't prepare me for work and it would delay my graduation.

Frankly, I blew it.

You are going to work the rest of your lives, so don't be in a rush to start. Stretch out your college education. Now is the time to suck life into your lungs-before you have a mortgage, kids, and car payments.

Take whole semesters off to travel overseas. Take jobs and internships that pay less money or no money. Investigate your passions on your parent's nickel. Or dime. Or quarter. Or dollar. Your goal should be to extend college to at least six years.

Delay, as long as possible, the inevitable entry into the workplace and a lifetime of servitude to bozos who know less than you do, but who make more money. Your parents and grand parents worked very hard to get you and your family to this point. Do not deprive them of the pleasure of supporting you.

#9 Pursue joy, not happiness.

This is probably the hardest lesson of all to learn. It probably seems to you that the goal in life is to be “happy.” Oh, you maybe have to sacrifice and study and work hard, but, by and large, happiness should be predictable.

Nice house. Nice car. Nice material things.

Take my word for it, happiness is temporary and fleeting. Joy, by contrast, is unpredictable. It comes from pursuing interests and passions that do not obviously result in happiness.

Pursuing joy, not happiness will translate into one thing over the next few years for you: Study what you love. This may also not be popular with parents. When I went to college, I was “marketing driven.” It's also an Oriental thing.

I looked at what fields had the greatest job opportunities and prepared myself for them. This was stupid. There are so many ways to make a living in the world, it doesn't matter that you've taken all the “right” courses. I don't think one person on the original Macintosh team had a classic “computer science” degree.

You parents have a responsibility in this area. Don't force your kids to follow in your footsteps or to live your dreams. My father was a senator in Hawaii. His dream was to be a lawyer, but he only had a high school education. He wanted me to be a lawyer.

For him, I went to law school. For me, I quit after two weeks. I view this a terrific validation of my inherent intelligence. And when I quit, neither of my parents were angry. They loved me all just the same.

#8: Challenge the known and embrace the unknown.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in life is to accept the known and resist the unknown. You should, in fact, do exactly the opposite: challenge the known and embrace the unknown.

Let me tell you a short story about ice. In the late 1800s there was a thriving ice industry in the Northeast. Companies would cut blocks of ice from frozen lakes and ponds and sell them around the world. The largest single shipment was 200 tons that was shipped to India. 100 tons got there unmelted, but this was enough to make a profit.

These ice harvesters, however, were put out of business by companies that invented mechanical ice makers. It was no longer necessary to cut and ship ice because companies could make it in any city during any season.

These ice makers, however, were put out of business by refrigerator companies. If it was convenient to make ice at a manufacturing plant, imagine how much better it was to make ice and create cold storage in everyone's home.

You would think that the ice harvesters would see the advantages of ice making and adopt this technology. However, all they could think about was the known: better saws, better storage, better transportation.

Then you would think that the ice makers would see the advantages of refrigerators and adopt this technology. The truth is that the ice harvesters couldn't embrace the unknown and jump their curve to the next curve.

Challenge the known and embrace the unknown, or you'll be like the ice harvester and ice makers.

#7: Learn to speak a foreign language, play a musical instrument, and play non-contact sports.

Learn a foreign language. I studied Latin in high school because I thought it would help me increase my vocabulary. It did, but trust me when I tell you it's very difficult to have a conversation in Latin today other than at the Vatican. And despite all my efforts, the Pope has yet to call for my advice. Latin has proven to be very valuable, but a “live” language would be nice too.

Learn to play a musical instrument. My only connection to music today is that I was named after Guy Lombardo. Trust me: it's better than being named after Guy's brother, Carmen. Playing a musical instrument could be with me now and stay with me forever. Instead, I have to buy CDs at Tower.

I played football. I loved football. Football is macho. I was a middle linebacker--arguably, one of the most macho position in a macho game. But you should also learn to play a sport like hockey, basketball, or tennis. That is, a sport you can play when you're over the hill.

It will be as difficult when you're 50 to get twenty-two guys together in a stadium to play football as it is to have a conversation in Latin, but all the people who wore cute, white tennis outfits can still play tennis. And all the macho football players are sitting around watching television and drinking beer.

#6: Continue to learn.

Learning is a process not an event. I thought learning would be over when I got my degree. It's not true. You should never stop learning. Indeed, it gets easier to learn once you're out of school because it's easier to see the relevance of why you need to learn.

You're learning in a structured, dedicated environment right now. On your parents' nickel. But don't confuse school and learning. You can go to school and not learn a thing. You can also learn a tremendous amount without school.

#5: Learn to like yourself or change yourself until you can like yourself.

I know a forty year old woman who was a drug addict. She is a mother of three. She traced the start of her drug addiction to smoking dope in high school.

I'm not going to lecture you about not taking drugs. Hey, I smoked dope in high school. Unlike Bill Clinton, I inhaled. Also unlike Bill Clinton, I exhaled.

This woman told me that she started taking drugs because she hated herself when she was sober. She did not like drugs so much as much as she hated herself. Drugs were not the cause though she thought they were the solution.

She turned her life around only after she realized that she was in a downward spiral. Fix your problem. Fix your life. Then you won't need to take drugs. Drugs are neither the solution nor the problem.

Frankly, smoking, drugs, alcohol--and using an IBM PC--are signs of stupidity. End of discussion.

#4: Don't get married too soon.

I got married when I was thirty two. That's about the right age. Until you're about that age, you may not know who you are. You also may not know who you're marrying.

I don't know one person who got married too late. I know many people who got married too young. If you do decide to get married, just keep in mind that you need to accept the person for what he or she is right now.

#3: Play to win and win to play.

Playing to win is one of the finest things you can do. It enables you to fulfill your potential. It enables you to improve the world and, conveniently, develop high expectations for everyone else too.

And what if you lose? Just make sure you lose while trying something grand. Avinash Dixit, an economics professor at Princeton, and Barry Nalebuff, an economics and management professor at the Yale School of Organization and Management, say it this way:

“If you are going to fail, you might as well fail at a difficult task. Failure causes others to downgrade their expectations of you in the future. The seriousness of this problem depends on what you attempt.”

In its purest form, winning becomes a means, not an end, to improve yourself and your competition.

Winning is also a means to play again. The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the unlived life is not worth examining. The rewards of winning--money, power, satisfaction, and self-confidence--should not be squandered.

Thus, in addition to playing to win, you have a second, more important obligation: To compete again to the depth and breadth and height that your soul can reach. Ultimately, your greatest competition is yourself.

#2: Obey the absolutes.

Playing to win, however, does not mean playing dirty. As you grow older and older, you will find that things change from absolute to relative. When you were very young, it was absolutely wrong to lie, cheat, or steal. As you get older, and particularly when you enter the workforce, you will be tempted by the “system” to think in relative terms. “I made more money.” “I have a nicer car.” “I went on a better vacation.”

Worse, “I didn't cheat as much on my taxes as my partner.” “I just have a few drinks. I don't take cocaine.” “I don't pad my expense reports as much as others.”

This is completely wrong. Preserve and obey the absolutes as much as you can. If you never lie, cheat, or steal, you will never have to remember who you lied to, how you cheated, and what you stole.

There absolutely are absolute rights and wrongs.

#1: Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone.

This is the most important hindsight. It doesn't need much explanation. I'll just repeat it: Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone. Nothing-not money, power, or fame-can replace your family and friends or bring them back once they are gone. Our greatest joy has been our baby, and I predict that children will bring you the greatest joy in your lives--especially if they graduate from college in four years.

And now, I'm going to give you one extra hindsight because I've probably cost your parents thousands of dollars today. It's something that I hate to admit too.

By and large, the older you get, the more you're going to realize that your parents were right. More and more-until finally, you become your parents. I know you're all saying, “Yeah, right.” Mark my words.

Remember these ten things: if just one of them helps you helps just one of you, this speech will have been a success:
#10: Live off your parents as long as possible.
#9: Pursue joy, not happiness.
#8: Challenge the known and embrace the unknown.
#7: Learn to speak a foreign language, play a musical instrument, and play non-contact sports.
#6: Continue to learn.
#5: Learn to like yourself or change yourself until you can like yourself. #4: Don't get married too soon.
#3: Play to win and win to play.
#2: Obey the absolutes.
#1: Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone.

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今天我的任務則是填auftrag zur Passwortänderung單子為IT部門我自己的密碼是啥…


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Jan. 尼斯

 Feb. Antibes

Mar. 巴黎 

Apr. 聖瑪格莉特島

May. 威尼斯

Jun. 坎城影展

Jul. 蔚藍海岸

Aug. Pamukkale, 土耳其

Sep. 摩那哥

Oct. 柏林

Nov. 慕尼黑

Dec. 新天鵝堡


祝福大家 新年快樂!


A. 28趟旅行:


2次坎城及2次Aix en Provence、1次馬賽、1次土魯斯。法國僅限東南岸,其他沒去過。

B. 訪客:何康妮兩次(尼斯、波昂)、卡洛琳兩次(尼斯、波昂)、Noriko、山豬、舉重隊、H(8次尼斯,4次波昂)

C. 所學:不當好人沒關係(雖然我是個好人); 找到自己喜歡的旅行方式。

D. 成就:完成論文、即將拿到學位。此blog近140篇生活記錄。

E. 新奇:參加四場婚禮,兩場在土耳其,兩場法國

F. 驚奇:

G. 難過:

H. 感謝:

I. 丟臉:

旅行:希望今年可以去的西班牙、捷克、奧地利、以及荷蘭還有Lego land。


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第一個階段,我都是先在word裡面寫好文章, 用一般編輯器貼上後,
再來第二個階段, 必須先選取上傳那些照片,最後用進階編輯器貼照片,作最後的編排,

有時候寫好了文章,存在memory key裡,第二天在公司電腦貼文,時常照片都還在laptop中沒有上傳好


好吧,言歸正傳,把這場公司的Christmas Party寫一寫,說出真相,免得有尾牙委屈要上台表演的人覺得太羨慕...

因為大家都聽說Robbie Williams會出現在我們公司.還謠傳我可以帶人進去.忽然之間大家都變得跟我很熟
我倒挺鎮靜的, 一來我是走私進party的(見第一篇),沒拿到票前,我只確定我有報名但不確定我可不可以換到票

二來同事之間也開玩笑說,他們也都是從電視廣播得知Robbie會在Bonn (也不知道會不會出現在我們公司),公司方面相當保密,並沒有公開Robbie會出現的消息
所以,我也不知道旁人在high什麼, 他會不會出現根本跟謎一樣....


一樓原本是星巴克以及reception desk的lobby,把隔間打開變成三倍大,
天花板上加裝了特殊燈光以及音響設備,變成大型disco pub.


cafeteria                                                                      二樓的燈現在還掛著

大家等的,就是廣播電視說會搭直昇機來Bonn,但是千叮嚀萬交代絕對不要來堵的Robbie Williams.

那張模糊的臉是傳說中的CEO...                         大樓之間也布置了假的愛斯基模冰屋

總之,他出現了.大家不約而同手伸高高用手機/相機照相.我根本啥都看不見,也都是從大螢幕上看到他的影像,這就是為什麼我不去Rock concert的原因了,因為你還不是在大螢幕上看你的偶像,那還不如在家舒舒服服看電視轉播...



因為他的合約聲明他不能在這邊唱,所以他擺明了就是跟大家say hello而已....(反正我也是聽說,不知道是哪門子的合約內容). 大家拼命哎哎哎叫,才把他叫出來, 就在那迅雷不及掩耳的當下,他開始清唱五六句,在我來得及撥到攝影功能時,他已經往後台走去,並且一去不回頭.我也只拍到他離去的話面.




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華郵推薦 2006全球10大看點
【2006/01/02 聯合晚報】記者王慧美/綜合報導












A traveler's mix for 2006
By Margaret Backenheimer
Special to the Tribune
Published January 1, 2006

1: London--New Year's Day Parade. March of 10,000, from Parliament to Piccadilly.這已經來不及了!!
13-17: Philadelphia--Benjamin Franklin's 300th Birthday Weekend. Fete for a Founding Father.
21-23: Patras, Greece--"Angels From the Sky." Masked acrobats inaugurate Europe's Cultural Capital 2006.
21-29: Eatonville, Fla.--Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. Author's hometown celebrates African-American arts.
21-Feb. 12: San Francisco--Chinese New Year Festival. Year of the Dog scampers in.這也變成美國一個節日了阿?

2-5: Detroit--Motown Winter Blast. Downtown fest precedes Super Bowl XL.
10-26: Turin, Italy--Games of the XX Winter Olympiad. 2,500 athletes turn snow to gold.
11-28: Nice, France--Nice Carnival. Floats and flowers on the French Riviera.
23-25: Cable to Hayward, Wis.--American Birkebeiner. Cross-country skiers by the thousands.
28-March 26: Fairbanks, Alaska--World Ice Art Championships. 180 block-busters.

3-5: Yuma, Ariz.--Midnight at the Oasis. Hot rods and bebop.
7-12: Valley City, N.D.--North Dakota Winter Show. "World's Largest Crop Show."
11-19: Regina, Saskatchewan--2006 Tim Hortons Brier. Canadian Men's Curling Championship.
15-26: Melbourne, Australia--Commonwealth Games. An Olympian showdown for athletes of the former British Empire.
31-April 2: Norman, Okla.--Medieval Fair. Feasts and follies fit for a king.

8: Seattle--Taste Washington. State's premier wine event, also pouring June 11 in Spokane.
21: Lewes, Del.--375th Anniversary of Lewes. Rededication of the "First Settlement of the First State."
22-29: Virginia, statewide--Historic Garden Week. 250 horticultural landmarks open their gates.
26-30: Laughlin, Nev.--Laughlin River Run. Motorcycles meet casino headliners.
30-May 6: Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Mich.--Blossomtime Festival. Floral celebration on Lake Michigan turns 100.

1-31: Memphis--Memphis in May International Festival. Blues and barbecue.
5-7: Decatur, Ala.--North Alabama Birding Festival. New birding trail takes wing.
12-14: Houston--Art Car Weekend. Rolling canvases on parade.
14: Ypres, Belgium--Cat Festival. A triennial tribute to felines of the world.
26-28: Charleston, W.Va.--Vandalia Gathering. Appalachian antics at the Capitol Complex.

9-July 9: 12 cities in Germany--2006 FIFA Soccer World Cup. 32 teams seek the ultimate goal.
10: Strong City, Kan.--Symphony in the Flint Hills. Paul Winter Consort and the Kansas Symphony serenade the tallgrass prairie.
19-Sept. 30: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island--Charlottetown Festival. A salute to "Anne of Green Gables."
29-July 2: Near Cortez, Colo.--Centennial of Mesa Verde National Park. Ancient cliff dwellings take a bow.
30-July 29: Savonlinna, Finland--Savonlinna Opera Festival. "Carmen" in a castle.

3-4: Keystone, S.D.--Mt. Rushmore Independence Day Celebration. Patriotic homage at America's "Shrine of Democracy."
4: Bristol, R.I. Fourth of July Parade. "Oldest Fourth of July Parade in the country."
21-Aug. 31: Salzburg, Austria--Salzburg Festival. All 22 of Mozart's works for the music stage get a hearing.
22-25: Billings, Mont.--Clark on the Yellowstone. Lewis and Clark 200th anniversary celebration at Pompeys Pillar.
31-Aug. 6: Stockholm--Stockholm Pride Festival. A gay old time in Sweden.

1-15: Caraquet, New Brunswick--Festival Acadien. Acadia remembered, with noisy "Tintamarre" parade on Aug. 15.
4-7: Gimli, Manitoba--Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. Viking encampment recalls seafaring pioneers.
24-Sept. 10: Oslo--International Ibsen Festival. Theatrical treats honor the father of modern drama.
24-Oct. 21: Hawaii, statewide--Aloha Festivals. 60th anniversary focuses on the Hawaiian cowboy.
31-Sept. 3: Rockford, Ill.--On the Waterfront. Nine shoreline stages, 150 performers.

1-3: Interlaken, Switzerland--Unspunnen. Yodeling and stone-tossing for Alpine cowherds.
22-24: 26 towns in Nebraska--Junk Jaunt. 220-mile antique sale.
23-24: Devils Tower, Wyo.--Devils Tower 100th Anniversary Celebration. Close encounters at America's first national monument.
28-Oct. 1: Ketchum, Idaho--Ernest Hemingway Festival. Tours and seminars where Papa hung out.
29-Oct. 1: Near Montevideo, Minn. -- Meander: Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl. Gallery openings across five counties.

4-8: Newport, Ky., and Cincinnati--Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival. Steamboat era returns to the banks of the Ohio.
7-15: Zaragoza, Spain--Fiestas del Pilar. Patron saint presides over parades and fireworks.
15-Dec. 31: Amsterdam--"Rembrandt's Documents." Archival papers are part of artist's 400th birthday celebration.
21: Keene, N.H.--Keene Pumpkin Festival. 25,000 jack-o-lanterns illuminate Main Street.
26-27: Near Cairo--Finale of Ibsen Year 2006. Sphinx plays second fiddle to concert version of "Peer Gynt."

3-12: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii--Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Cups of java in the land of lava.
10-12: Wickenburg, Ariz.--Four Corner States Bluegrass Festival. The string's the thing, with fiddle and banjo contests.
18-22: Luxembourg City--Expogast. Culinary World Cup with 700 chefs.
19: El Cajon, Calif.--Mother Goose Parade. 60th edition of fairy-tale procession.
23: Plymouth, Mass.--Thanksgiving Celebration at Plimoth Plantation. The "Colonists" do the cooking.

1-15: Doha, Qatar--15th Asian Games. 20,000 athletes meet by the Persian Gulf.
2: Natchitoches, La.--Christmas Festival. Since 1927, a Santa spectacular.
9-10: Franklin, Tenn.--Dickens of a Christmas. Downtown gets "A Christmas Carol" makeover.
10: Boston--Re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. "Patriots" brew high-treason tea.
16: Ft. Lauderdale--Winterfest Boat Parade. Yachts light up the Intracoastal Waterway.

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