EV Charging Stations in the US

Check out this interactive map and article about the total EV charging stations in the US. If we will be forced to buy electric vehicles soon, they better up their charging stations! While California has 13,658 charging stations, Alaska only has 40. Check it out!

As a side note, according the NACS, there are more than 145,000 fueling stations across the United States. And as you know, they can fuel multiple vehicles at one time vs. just 1 EV charging station per vehicle.

California Friday: Time Travel Mart

If you are a time traveler, then you probably know about the Time Travel Mart in Echo Park … and you already read this post!

When you walk in, you might be greeted by a man behind the counter who will say “hello again, I saw your future self in the store today, they told me you would be coming in.” Ha!

Go visit the store. They are the purveyor of quality goods from the past, present, and future. The aisles are broken down into different time periods. You can check out dinosaur stuff, robot milk, ray guns, etc. You can even buy a shade tree … instructions state “take the seed, travel back in time, plant it, return to the present and relax under your tree.” Or maybe a “What happens in La Brea tar pits stays in La Brea tar pits” T-shirt? There is something for every time traveler!

And here is the best part. The store itself is part of 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826LA specializes in after-school tutoring, workshops, and programs. The kids are encouraged to be creative, and once a month, one of their stories gets published and put into the store for people to purchase.

Time Travel Mart is located at 1714 W Sunset Blvd in Echo Park, open from 12-6pm, PDT, year 2022. Check it out!

PS – I know it’s April 1st, but trust me it’s for real … at least during some time period!

California Friday: Museum of Jurassic Technology

I thought it was time to start back up with the California Friday posts, about underrated or unusual places to visit in California, mostly in SoCal. So up to bat … Museum of Jurassic Technology!

Located at 9341 Venice Blvd in Culver City, this museum will probably have you leaving with a head full of questions and little answers! What did that all mean? Was any of it real? Was that display supposed to be broken? What was it anyway?

At the Museum of Jurassic Technology, exhibits have featured Soviet space dogs, sculptures smaller than a head of a pin, and letters written by people who may not have existed! As one travel book put it, “Searching for a unifying theme or logical narrative to explain the mystifying exhibits is an exercise in madness! As is trying to figure out what’s real and what’s not.”

You have to visit this place and enjoy the journey! You can find their web page here. They were closed for some time, but now you can visit by making advanced reservations.

GeoGuessr

You might want to try this one out at your New Year’s Eve party! Put your knowledge of the world to the test with GeoGuessr, the game that drops you somewhere in the world using Google’s Street View feature and leaves it up to you to guess the location. In the game, you must navigate the map and take in as much information as possible, utilizing your knowledge of geography, history, botany, languages, architecture, and culture to make your best guess. You can play the Classic mode solo, play with friends, or compete in Career mode. You can opt to drop anywhere in the world at random or choose from GeoGuessr’s map categories, including famous places, specific countries, popular maps, and more.

GeoGuessr requires an account to play, but signing up is free. With a free account, you can play one five-round game for free each day, while the subscription model allows more frequent playing and access to additional features. GeoGuessr is available in 10 languages and can be played in a browser or as an app available from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Check it out!

Merry Christmas 2021

While Santa tries to figure out where we all live … using a paper map … just in case, here are a few map books you might consider if they don’t arrive soon!

And not an atlas, but a good read:

If you all have other suggestions, please post in the comment section!

Make sure you read about the Physics of Santa, a post from 2015.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! -mike