The week in travel: July 16, 2010

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Jul 16, 2010

You know that song by The Black Eyed Peas that goes, “Tonight’s gonna be a good, good night?” Well, I’ve had that song in my head all week. Because it has been a good, good week. Summer finally came to Seattle, and with it sunshine and butterflies and ice cream cones and dreams.

Too much? Tough. How often am I optimistic, unsarcastic, and blissfully in love with everything? Enjoy it while it lasts, kids. Next week, I suspect the vitriol and spite will be back with a vengeance.

But today? Today brings a world of wonder. Behold:


The Old Spice Guy has take the internet by storm. In a round of viral advertising (that I suspect kids will study in mass media history classes for years to come), Old Spice unleashed a slew of videos featuring Isaiah Mustafa (a.k.a., the Perfect Man in the towel) responding to Tweets, proposing on behalf of a fan, and hitting on Alyssa Milano. The result? 6 million views in 24 hours, and lots of shots of chiseled abs. And for that, we say thank you.


It’s not a permanent fix, but for the first time in 3 months, oil is no longer rushing into the Gulf. It’s not a lot (after all, there’s still a hell of a lot of clean-up and seemingly permanent environmental damage), but for right now, I’ll take it.


Internet shorthand as if written by a proper Englishman.


I recently saw this video, in which Jewel dons a disguise and heads out to a Karaoke bar, and kind of freaked out. It’s adorable.  AND I CAN’T STAND JEWEL (via Funny or Die).


And speaking of adorable, Rand and I went to see Despicable Me last weekend. The whole movie is so-so, but it had a few winning moments. In particular, this one. There. I just saved you ten bucks on a movie ticket.


Crisco + Sharpie + 3 pigs = Best. Prank. Ever.


Did I gush about how I was published on Gadling? I WAS PUBLISHED ON GADLING!! Check out my 7 Travel Rules You Should Break. I am so excited, I am having trouble keeping my corn flakes down. It is that awesome.


I hate resorting to LOLcats, but damn it, this is funny. “Turtle is not angry …” (via @Jennita)


And I’ll close this week with a quote from my friend Skye, who’s leaving town, like, tomorrow. Ahem:

“Adults are weird about dessert. I have not lost my youthful enthusiasm for sugar.”

Right on, sister.

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