March 24, 2009

A totally sweet article from writer Anthony Doerr (Idaho’s current writer-in-residence) about the city of Boise ran in the April 2009 issue of Smithsonian magazine and on smithsonian.com, and  I recommend checking it out.  Here’s an excerpt:

Boise, contrary to the notions of Easterners I meet now and then, is not located in Indiana, Ohio or Iowa.

See?!  Isn’t that awesome?!  And so true!

In all seriousness, though, the guy writes one mean (by which I mean FREAKING AMAZING) article about our fair City of Trees, and he does it in a ridiculously descriptive way that makes me want to cry because I can’t yet write half as well.  Oh well, at least somebody is living up to his potential, right?


After reading a new feature on smithsonian.com, ELTRAV.COM's new favorite band of Boiseans might just be The Doerrs.



March 16, 2009

So I got a parking ticket in downtown Boise last week.  And yup, it was my fault.  I left my car parked in a metered spot in front of my work building for a little too long.  I wasn’t thrilled, but I can’t really blame anyone else, can I?

Well, checking out the back of the ticket for info on how to pay the dang thing, I noticed that one can now pay off tickets by visiting www.cityofboise.org.  So I went there and sure enough, there’s a new function called “e-payment.”

“Woot!  I don’t have to write a check or call the dang place anymore,” I thought to myself.  (Not that I get tons of tickets, but I think I’ve gotten one once before forever ago.)  I filled out the information I needed to and clicked submit.  Then, whaddya know?  There’s a $2 service charge for paying online.  A two-freaking-dollar service charge on a $12 ticket!  Do you believe that?!  And what’s worse, they didn’t even mention it until the end.

Dear El,

Oops!  It appears, now that your transaction is nearly complete, you owe us 17% more money than you thought you did!  Sorrr-rrry.

City of Boise

At least I could’ve gotten the above mocking email to go with it.  Then I would’ve felt properly ripped off.


March 4, 2009

I just couldn’t help myself.  I kept watching the Denny’s “Nannerpus(s)” commercial and decided I simply had to have it as my ringtone, so I recorded the audio into an MP3.  Now, there are two versions of the commercial–the Super Bowl one where it starts with, “It’s Nannerpuss!!!”, which cuts off the word “pancakes;” and the regular version with no intro but a full pronunciation of “pancakes”–so I had to splice the two together.

I hope you’re able to enjoy it as much as I do!


Click above to download the Denny's Nannperpuss MP3 ringtone.

Secondarily, I’m also testing out using the service on yuntaa.com to house the files that WordPress won’t allow.  Let me know what you think of the page the ringtone link redirects you to.


March 1, 2009

A new ELTRAV.COM exclusive t-shirt (and magnet, mug and button) design has been born!


Check out The “El” Store to get yours!


February 28, 2009

I just put in an interesting new feature on the CHAT page. Check it out and let me know what you think!


February 27, 2009

I was dumbfounded by the Denny’s Super Bowl “Nannerpuss” ad earlier this month, but now, whenever I see the current version, like last night during American Idol, I just can’t help but laugh.  The fact that the banana’s googily eyeball pops off at the beginning is one of those perfectly unscriptable mistakes that makes for an outstanding watch.  I still haven’t yet decided what I think those little grapey things are supposed to be down below the pancakes.  If you figure it out, let me know.

Either way, the next 12 seconds of your life are going to be outstanding.  🙂


February 25, 2009

Nobel Prize-winning playwright George Bernard Shaw famously said, “Youth is wasted on the young.”

I bring this up today because of something I randomly thought about while vacuuming. On Sunday, Sean Penn won his second Academy Award for his role as Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay elected official, in the film Milk.

However, 27 years ago, in the Cameron Crowe-directed Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Penn played a dimwitted, surfer-stoner by the name of Jeff Spicoli. During a dream sequence, Spicoli was being asked by a reporter about two fellow surfers, and his response was, “Those guys are fags.”

With the film history lesson now over, this all jogged a thought inside my fucked up little brain. We all have done things in our past that we will be remembered for and that we wish we could just forget.

I don’t know the man, but from what I have seen from him in the last decade or so of his life in the spotlight, I am guessing that quote was one that he would never say in person, and I am sure regrets saying.

For me personally, I know the mistaken things I’ve said, and the comments I have made are not the kindest or most thought-provoking, but that is who I was–and part of who I became and who I will be.

Youth is a part of the practice of attempting to perfect this thing we call life.

We are allowed the opportunity as youths to have a sense of innocence and ignorance to do things that later on we realize were boneheaded, but if you don’t experience these moments, you will never live life.

So as much as Penn probably shakes his head at that role way back in ’82, I am sure he has laughed at it knowing he feels like his youth was never wasted.