I’ve owned the Eagle Creek Tarmac ES 22 luggage for over a couple years now. It’s a great bag, fits well in all overhead storage on planes, and it’s light.
I wanted to make people aware of one issue I had with the bag, which I fixed. The allen screws on the handle tend to come loose with use over time. Since I did not want the handle coming off while traveling I kept screwing in the screws with whatever tool I had, a key, a stick, you get the idea.
I solved the loose screw problem at home one day by putting some Loc-tite on the screws so they don’t move. You can get Loc-tite at a local hardware store. One dab of this product on the threads does the trick, then securely tighten down the screw using a allen wrench.
Hope this is helpful to those folks who have the same bag.
P.S. This post was created using the iPhone WordPress app while on a train to the airport, pretty slick.
Update, 11/12, 2010, I have a new post on Uneven Wheel Wear on the Tarmac 22.
I’ve been on Twitter now for exactly a year yesterday and I want to write down some of the things I’ve learned up to now:
- Twitter allows people who are interested in what YOU have to say to simply follow you to keep current.
- Twitter search allows me to find people who are interested in the things that are important to ME.
- Twitter communication can be near real-time. You can carry a conversation with exchanges (tweets) in seconds or over a much longer time frame.
- Twitter, via the @ mentions, can allow anyone to communicate with anyone (although don’t expect a reply at times).
- Twitter can give you a near real-time pulse of what’s happening in the world (news) if you follow enough people.
- Twitter allows you to take in multiple interest feeds in one place, for me it’s fly fishing, native american issues, technology, storage, audio/video stuff, & what the Dominics of the world have to say.
- Twitter can lead to being more informed about your local community if you follow those local to you.
- Twitter can be very powerful when combined with a Blog.
- Twitter can bring new and insightful information to you that you normally would not have come across (again depending on who you follow & sifting for the nuggets).
- Twitter is only the base technology that enables information exploration with applications like TweetDeck.
- Twitter can be addicting, just keep in mind that it answers the question of what are people talking about NOW.
- Twitter can make the normally dull times interesting (allows communication vs listening to music on the bus).
- Twitter has people who truly want to help and those that want to sell you something.
- Twitter has software robots looking for keywords to send tweets to you (usually to sell you something).
- Twitter is a connection enabler.
- Each person has the potential to say something profound and enlighten me, twitter just let’s me tune into more people.
As I think of more or learn more from others, I’ll add to this list.
You can follow me on twitter, look for @dompruitt
This video and audio podcast (Inside Job) takes a deeper look into the complex financial instruments that caused all the economic turmoil we see today. Both the NPR Planet Money folks and ProPublica folks do a really good job explaining how all this stuff was constructed and subsequently affected us all. This also gives good background to understand what’s currently happening with Goldman Sachs, ACA, & Paulson.
This American Life: Inside Job (click on the “stream episode” link to play the audio)
Here is a compilation of all the feast days & celebration days that have I put together from various sources over the years and with input from many friends and acquaintances in NM/AZ. I have put them in this post for others to enjoy along with map links. If a date/description is wrong, please email or comment and I will correct this post. Enjoy!
Yearly Southwest Native Celebration Days
- Jan 1 Most Pueblos: Various dances, Transfer of Canes of Authority.
- Jan 6 Most Pueblos: King’s Day Celebration in honor of new tribal officers, Antelope, Buffalo, Deer dances
- Jan 22 San Ildefonso Pueblo: Evening Firelight Dances
- Jan 23 San Ildefonso Pueblo: Feast Day, Comanche, Buffalo and Deer dances throughout the day
- Jan 25 Picuris Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo): St Paul’s Feast Day
- Feb 2 Picuris Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo: Candelaria Day Celebration
- 1st Weekend of Feb – Tohono O’odham Rodeo & Fair in Sells, AZ
- 2nd Week of Feb Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo): Deer dances
- 3rd Weekend of Feb – Tohono O’odham Tash in Sells, AZ
- 2nd Weekend in Mar – Tohono O’odham Pow Wow in Sells, AZ
- Mar 19 Laguna Pueblo: Saint Joseph’s Feast Day, Harvest dances
- Easter Weekend: Dances at most pueblos
- Late April – Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
- May 1 San Felipe Pueblo: Feast Day
- May 2 Acoma Pueblo: Santa Maria Feast Day
- May 3 Taos Pueblo: Traditional foot races
- May 8 Jemez Pueblo: Giusewa Pow wow, at Jemez State Monument
- Last Sat in May – Native American Community Academy (NACA) Pow Wow in Albuquerque (May 29, 2010)
- June 5 Tesuque Pueblo: Blessing of the Fields
- June 13 Picuris, Sandia, San Idlefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara and Taos Pueblos: St Anthony Feast Day, Comanche, and/or Corn dances
- June 19 20 Picuris Pueblo: High Country Arts & Crafts Festival
- June 23 Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo): Vespers, foot race and Buffalo dance
- June 24 Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo): Feast Day. Comanche/Buffalo dance; Taos Pueblo: Corn dance
- June 29 Kewa Pueblo (Santa Domingo Pueblo): Corn dances. San Pedro Feast Day
- July 4 Nambe Pueblo Falls Celebration; Mescalero Apache maiden’s puberty rites and Mountain Spirits Dance at Mescalero, NM.
- July 9-11 Taos Pueblo: Annual Pow-Wow
- July 14 Cochiti Pueblo: Feast Day
- July 15-18 Jicarilla Apache Little Beaver Roundup & Rodeo.
- July 17-18 Northern Pueblo Artist and Craftsman Show
- July 25-26 San Ildefonso and Taos Pueblos: Santiago’s and Santa Ana Day Dances
- July 26 Santa Ana Pueblo: Feast Day – Corn Dance; Laguna Pueblo – Harvest & various Dances at the Village of Seama
- Aug 2 Jemez Pueblo: Feast Day
- Aug 4 Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo Pueblo): Feast Day
- Aug 9 Picuris Pueblo: Sunset Dances
- Aug 10 Acoma Pueblo: San Lorenzo Feast Day; various dances and pole climbing at Picuris Pueblo
- Aug 12 Santa Clara Feast Day; various dances
- Aug 15 Laguna Pueblo: Assumption of Blessed Mother Feast Day; Zia Pueblo Feast Day
- Late Aug – Santa Fe Indian Market
- Aug 28-29 Zuni Tribal Fair
- First week in Sep, Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, AZ
- Sep 2 Acoma Pueblo: San Estevan Feast Day
- Sep 4 Isleta Pueblo: San Augustine Feast Day
- Sep 5 San Ildefonso Pueblo: Nativity of Mary Feast Day, Corn Dances; Laguna Pueblo: , Harvest Dances
- Sep 8 Laguna Pueblo (Encinal Village): Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast Day: Social Dances; San Ildefonso Pueblo: Corn Dances
- Sep 19 Laguna Pueblo: San Joseph’s Feast Day
- Sep 25 Laguna Pueblo: St Elizabeth Feast Day (Paguate Village)
- Sep 29 Taos Pueblo: San Geronimo Eve, vespers and Sundown dance
- Sep 30 Taos Pueblo: San Geronimo Feast Day; trade fair, pole climbing and early morning races
- First week in Oct, Northern Navajo Nation Fair in Shiprock, NM
- Oct 3-4 Nambe Pueblo: St Francis Feast Day, various dances
- Oct 4-12 Albq Int’l Balloon Fiesta. Traditional dances, youth pow-wow, crowning of Lil’ Miss IPCC at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Abq
- Oct 17 Laguna Pueblo: St Margaret Mary Feast Day (Paraje Village)
- Nov 12 Jemez Pueblo Feast Day; Tesuque Pueblo: San Diego Feast Day, various dances.
- Last Week in Nov. Christmas Light Parade at Zuni Pueblo.
- First Week in Dec, Shalako at Zuni Pueblo
- Dec 12 Pojoaque Pueblo: Guadalupe Feast Day Jemez Pueblo; various dances
- Dec 24 Sundown torchlight Procession of the Virgin, Vespers and Matachines Dances at Taos, Picuris and San Juan Pueblos; Acoma Pueblo luminarias and dances; Mass and dances at Laguna, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Tesuque Pueblos
- Dec 25 Matachines and various dances at Laguna, Picuris, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, San Juan, Tesuque, Taos and Zia Pueblos
- Dec 26 Turtle Dance at San Juan Pueblo; various dances at Santo Domingo Pueblo
- Dec 28 Holy Innocents Day; children’s dances at Santa Clara and Picuris Pueblos
Maps to the Feast Day Locations & Celebration Places
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has a nice page on etiquette when visiting any of the tribal communities. Please take the time to read this important document.
Just a quick post to tell people about a National Public Radio (NPR) program that caught my ear over a year ago. It’s called Planey Money and it has totally entertained, as well as, educated me on some of the current events in Finance and Economics. I subscribe to the podcast and listen to the programs every week on my iPhone. Here are some of the podcasts I found the most interesting: