December 31st, 2006 5:10 PM

As 2006 draws to a close, here’s a summary of the data I keep on travel, music, and beer.


I did a lot of traveling this year, visiting England, Montenegro, and Japan, and flying through 13 airports:

  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
  • Dubrovnik (DBV)
  • General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Kansai International (KIX)
  • London Gatwick International Airport (LGW)
  • London Heathrow International Airport (LHR)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Memphis International Airport (MEM)
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

World map with flight plans

On 28 flights, I travelled 52,052 miles (with carbon offsets for 100,000 miles purchased from Terrapass).


I tried 281 unique brews this year from 153 different breweries (compared with 168 from 86 in 2004).

My favorite beers tried this year were:

  • Boston Beer Company’s Utopias (a competitor for the title of world’s strongest beer)
  • Pizza Port’s Hop 15 2XIPA (exceptionally hoppy and delicious)
  • Otter Creek’s Vermont Lager (crisp)
  • Magic Hat’s Single Chair (a Magic Hat brew only available at the brewery and Vermont ski slopes)
  • Wagner Valley’s Maple Porter (sweet maple taste)
  • Youngs Christmas Pudding Ale (like the name says, incredible taste of a Christmas pudding)
  • Stone’s 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale (exceptional dark strong ale)


Last.fm tells me that the 10 bands I listened to the most this year were:

  1. Yellowcard
  2. The Beautiful South
  3. Dropkick Murphys
  4. blink-182
  5. Rancid
  6. Johnny Cash
  7. Radiohead
  8. The Postal Service
  9. Green Day
  10. Sublime

The individual track charts were strongly correlated with the samo-fools compilation, as they are every year. Through repetition of listening to nail down track ordering, these tracks always get far more listens than anything else.

Samo-fools compilation cover

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