Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Valley 10km or 6.3 mile

Here is a scenic walk/run/trot route from near Graham's exxon on Allen Street covering some places like Walnut Spring's park, Milbrook Marsh, Region near Slab Cabin's run etc.

Great for exercising and exploring nature in Spring, summer and early fall.

if you use a bicycle... then remember that not all routes listed may have bicycle path provisions, some route involve use of a trail bike or even lifting your bike across obstacles/steps etc.

Here is a short url if you want to copy this map:

Have fun!

The bicycle route version that is close by this one is

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Another "Historic" Storm

The sensationalist media stories never end. Granted one or two of these might really be big storms, but they do overdo this discussion and 24/7 coverage.

Anyhow, it is always good to be prepared:

2015 - Today

2015 (Jan):

2014 - Nov, same winter season as 2015 Feb

2014 (Nov):

Image from USA Today

2013: (Feb)

2012 (Mar)
Ok so this one was in Oregon (not Northeast), but the only reason I added this was because a place named Happy Valley, OR has been referenced in there!!

2011 (Oct)
Image Courtesy: Accuweather/Facebook Fan Rick A.

2011 (Feb)

Monday, June 09, 2014

Locate Rentals Apts on Craigslist Using Map Feature

A simple method to find specific housing accommodation on CL by location
1.      Locate your work address is on google maps. Adjust the map to zoom level and centering so that some prominent landmark (intersection) is at the Top right corner.

      Open a new window and resize windows so you can view the previous map in one of the windows. Bring up craigslist in the new window and locate the specific housing section you want to view (Apartments, room mates, houses, temporary etc). E.g.


3.      Click on the numbers listed . It indicates the number of postings at that location in that zoom level on the maps. Clicking on the number shows you the posting headlines, and clicking the headline shows you the actual post and a link to the full posting. From there on you basically pull up the actual listings and email the folks asking for details, time etc.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

1-800 Flowers Pricing Issues

I ordered some flowers to be delivered to my mom and pop back home for their anniversary.

1-800 FLOWERS shows one set of service charges (which are a little steep imo, but hey whatever)

The merchandise I ordered was only $18.99 but their system insisted on charging me $14.99 and their customer service reps are unaware of their own tiered pricing scheme.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Megabus Schedule & Tracker for State College/PSU

Track a Megabus (Real time schedule/update) can be done via Apps on a mobile phone/tablet using iOS (iPhone) or Android Apps.
To do the same on a web browser on your phone or a computer use this link.


Also, if you want to see the Megabus schedule into and out of State College PA, see below.
(Timings are subject to change and not provided with any guarantee but as a courtesy.)

These are normal arrival and departure times* for Megabus service

Harrisburg, PA               to         State College PA
Departures                                         Arrivals
1:40 pm                                               3:30 pm
6:40 pm                                               8:45 pm

State College                         Harrisburg, PA

Departures                                         Arrivals
5:00 pm                                           7:00 pm
9: 45 pm                                         11:45 pm

Pittsburgh, PA               to           State College PA

Departures                                         Arrivals
 6:40 am                                             9: 35 am
10:00 am                                          12:55 pm
12: 00 pm (noon)                                2:55 pm
4:40 pm                                              7:50 pm
                         11:45 pm                                            2:40 am (next morning)

Times shaded in gray appear to be special services running only on Thur, Fri and Sat

State College                            Pittsburgh, PA

Departures                                         Arrivals
 3:30 am                                          6:25 am
11:35 am                                         2:30 pm
 2:35 pm                                          5:30 pm
 5:35 pm                                          8:30 pm
                         9:45 pm                                         12:40 am  (next morning)

Philadelphia, PA               to            State College PA

Departures                                      Arrivals
1140 am                                             330 pm
440 pm                                              8:45 pm

State College                              Philadelphia, PA

Departures                                      Arrivals
500 pm                                         855  pm

                    945 pm                                         155 am (next morning)

* Disclaimer
Megabus is a registered trademark of Stagecoach Group plc as of 3/1/2013. Fair use. Information regarding bus timings is provided as a convenience to local users in this area and no guarantees are made, and this website as well its owners are held free of any liabilities arising out of using these timings. Please check with for exact timings on the day of travel, as many conditions might end up changing the times.

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