jeff smith

Golfer, Tennis Player, Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Consultant

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Archive for the ‘Trips’ Category

Paris – 2015

Posted by jeff smith on July 4, 2015

Dinner cruise on the Seine

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Catching up on email across the street from the conference ….

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Stopped at a cafe for a Kronenbourg (wanted to see how different it was from the 1664 :-)).  Nice view down the street …

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French beer – Kronenbourg (Strasbourg sp?)

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Here’s the view down the Rue de Rennes from our apartment.  Very nice apartment in an excellent location.  The A/C is not great (by American standards, anyway), but we’ll survive — it’s supposed to be a bit cooler for the next few days.

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The obligatory picture of Kristi and me at the Notre Dame cathedral.

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On the plane and ready to go (with Beth wondering what’s going on):

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Huntington Beach, CA – June 2015

Posted by jeff smith on June 26, 2015

Here for the WSC 2015 June board meeting (in preparation for the December conference). At the Hyatt Regency on the PCH. Very nice.

Don’t know for sure, but it seems that this is the same Duke’s from the Buffet song (although the song is about the Waikiki bar :-)).
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From our balcony …
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Key West – 2015

Posted by jeff smith on June 12, 2015

Made it.
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First stop…
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Lunch at BO Fish Wagon – recommended.
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Dinner at Santiago’s Bodega — Highly recommended.

Mmmmm… Breakfast. Definitely highly recommended.
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Lunch – Half Shell – recommended.
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801 Bourbon for the show — highly recommended.

Lunch – Pepe’s – best fish of the trip.
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Dinner – Michael’s – highly recommended (even though we had a bammer for a waiter).

Standby bar across the street – always need one.
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Last stop … Bar at the airport.
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Tulsa with the newlyweds

Posted by jeff smith on May 8, 2015

 

This was a “check-the-place-out” trip.  Also did a bit of house-hunting …image

Wild Horse Bar-B-Q in Sallisaw, OK.  Yum.

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Exit to head to the plant. They have a strict ‘no pictures policy, so this is it…

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A little after-dinner Fireball with the Louis and Sharon – great time!

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Burn Co. Barbeque in Tulsa. Waiting in line at 10:30 a.m. And, they serve beer to patrons waiting in line.

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Kristi testing out the Moscow Mule. On the amazon app looking for copper cups.

On to the Retro Pub for some ….
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Mimi Mimosas at Mimi’s for Mother’s Day!
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San Luis Obispo, CA – April, 2015

Posted by jeff smith on April 22, 2015

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Prague

Posted by jeff smith on April 20, 2013

Arrived in Prague around 6:30 p.m. on 4/19.  The drive was interesting — our GPS tried to route us along a non-existent road for part of the way.  Apparently, the road was under construction and our GPS didn’t know.  Luckily, we knew the general direction that we needed to go so we just headed off along a country road.  The GPS caught back up with us after about 20 km.

Our hotel is very near the old town area along a small street.  Of course we need at least one obligatory tourist picture also :-).  The plaza “paving” (like all of the roads, plazas, and walkways) are stone.  I’d like to know how old they are.  The are very difficult to walk on (and are quite loud when a car drives on them), but the are probably quite resilient.  Perhaps one of my civil engineering colleagues can comment.  On a side note, this is the second picture where I used my foot to give scale to the picture.  I’ve never done this before, but twice in this trip — hmmmmm… coincidence?

View from our hotel.

View from our hotel.

On the street with our hotel.

On the street with our hotel.

Walkway paving.

Walkway paving.

Currently, there is an exposition of Czech art from Ivan Lendl’s private collection. We didn’t go in because the line was way, way too long, but I’m sure it’s an excellent collection (not to be confused with John McEnroe’s art collection, though).

Exhibition of Ivan Lendl's private collection.

Exhibition of Ivan Lendl’s private collection.

Kristi and I visited the Prague palace today. She made me take this picture overlooking Prague. I’ll go ahead and get the similar picture from the Charles Bridge out of the way (since you’re already laughing).

Kristi and me at the palace.

Kristi and me at the palace.

Kristi and me on the Charles Bridge.

Kristi and me on the Charles Bridge.

We were also able to have some “original” kolatches while we were here. They were surprisingly hard to find, but were quite good.

Kalaches in Prague!

Kalaches in Prague!

The castle was pretty remarkable for its size and varied architectural styles. Not too many pictures — I’m quite certain that there are many, many books with better pictures.

Stained glass windows from the cathedral.

Stained glass windows from the cathedral.

Statue at the main palace gate.

Statue at the main palace gate.

The cathedral is big.

The cathedral is big.

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Dortmund – Fraunhofer IML and TU of Dortmund

Posted by jeff smith on April 20, 2013

Back in Dortmund for meetings at the Fraunhofer IML () and at Technical University Dortmund.

At Fraunhofer, I met with Detlef Spee (for dinner the night previous) Ulrike Beißert, Klaus Liebler, Sascha Schuerrer, and  Jan Cirullies.  We discussed several ongoing projects involving simulation and logistics optimization.

At TU Dortmund, I met with Markus Rabe, the Chair of the “IT in Production and Logistics” program in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

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Amsterdam

Posted by jeff smith on April 17, 2013

Not many pictures from our trip to Amsterdam — just the following two.  Evidence that American hot dogs are popular here and a picture of the vehicle we need for the Toomerheads tailgate.  This little truck thing is hilarious.  I should have made Kristi get in the picture for some scale – the top of the vehicle is not chest-high.

Of course, we did and saw all of the other things tourists do in Amsterdam – bus tour, canal cruise, red-light district, etc.  Saw plenty of Coffee Shops, but didn’t partake — I’m  just too boring, I guess (plus had to drive to Dortmund that night :-)).

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Nice tailgate wagon.

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American hot dogs everywhere we looked.

The trip to Dortmund on the Autobahn was fun (once we got out of the traffic Amsterdam and between Amsterdam and the German border). Cruised up to 190 km/hr, but the seemed a bit fast, so tried to stay around 175-180 km/hr. Plenty of people passed me going much faster and we passed plenty of people who wished to go slower — seems to be a pretty high speed variance here.

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Leaving Delft, headed to Amsterdam

Posted by jeff smith on April 17, 2013

Planning to spend the day in Amsterdam before heading on to Dortmund for meetings at the Fraunhofer IML  (http://www.iml.fraunhofer.de/) on Thursday and the University of Dortmund on Friday.

It’s been a very nice stay in Delft — we’ll have to come back.  The picture below is the living room of our apartment.  Looking out the window, you’re looking across the small street shown in previous posts.  You must really get to know your neighbors in this neighborhood!  By the way, our apartment has very nice wooden floors.  They appear to be quite old see the picture — my foot is there for scale (just like in Jaws — “Move out to the end.  I need something in the foreground to give the picture some scale.”).

Living room in our apartment.

Living room in our apartment.

Wood floors in our apartment.

Wood floors in our apartment.

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ESTEC and Systems Navigator

Posted by jeff smith on April 16, 2013

Today, I visited ESTEC (European Space Research and Technology Center – http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESTEC) in Noordwijk and Systems Navigator (http://www.systemsnavigator.com/) in Delft.  The ESTEC visit was in support of our AAQ project (http://aaq.auburn.edu) and the Systems Navigator visit was in support of my academic mission with simulation.  I actually rode the bike that’s here in the apartment to and from Systems Navigator — a true Delft resident now, I guess :-).  I included my badge from ESTEC just so Alice would believe that I actually went and did some AAQ work.

View from the ESTEC entrance.

View from the ESTEC entrance.

My badge from ESTEC.

My badge from ESTEC.

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