These green covered 5 x 8 inch notebooks, issued by the US Government, have been the backbone of my travel plans for 30 years. The era of green notebooks might now be coming to an end.
Every year I keep a record of the state and provincial license plates I see, the first time I see them in a year and where they were seen and I keep all that information in a green notebook
My first travel book, Somewhere South of Miami, is 70 percent factual and 30 percent fictional. Much of the information for the factual part of the book was obtained from notes kept in a green notebook. The fictional stuff I just made up as I went along
July 19 - Sunday
Arrive Anchorage 12:42 am
August 4 – Tuesday
Arrive Sarasota 10:15 p.m.
I used to rely on my green notebooks for all of my travel information but now I simply type out the itineraries, dates, flights and seat numbers and print out the file to carry with me on a trip
I used to summarize my yearly travel by adding up each segment, the miles flown, the number of flights on various aricraft and the routes flown and the process was laborious. Now I simply put each flight in an Excel Spreadsheet and let the computer do the compliations for me at the end of the year.
|Aircraft||Aircraft Name||# Times Flown||Miles Flown||Mean|
If I am ever curious (and I regularly am) about how many times I've flown on a 747-400 series jet, or how many miles I've flown in a 737 or the average distance flown every time I've been in an Airbus A320, the Excel Spreadsheet automatically updates the information for me. In the past this was all done by hand calculation and it took forever and a day.