|I may not be mayor, but my layover check-ins at MSP|
weren't a complete waste of time.
Now that I think about it, I was picturing a tacky trucker's cap embroidered with the MSP Airport tagline: "Going Your Way". But what if it was a fedora? Or a sombrero? Or a hat in the shape of a Boeing 737, complete with wings that extend well beyond the territorial boundaries defined by the arm rests of my center seat? Now that would be worth it!
Sorry to dissapoint the frequent flyers, but odds are the mayor of any airport is going to be the guy waving flashlights on the tarmac, or the woman who drives the disabled and elderly to their gates while simultaneously solidifying her stranglehold on Cinnabon and Sbarro.
|Granted, it's not a very manly shot,|
but badgers can't be choosers
and I never look a gift dog in the mouth.
Not all 4sq rewards suck, however. My favorite local barbecue joint gives me a free shot just for checking in.
And just this week I discovered another cool reward for all those check-ins. I get to see my geographical history. (Okay, it's more cool than actually rewarding.)
Thanks to Foursquare, I now leave a viscous digital trail like some sort of slimy cyber-snail.
After giving the mashup site Where Do You Go permission to access my 4sq data, it builds a heat map layer of my badgering exploits on top of Google Maps. Along with an oddly gratuitous No Mercy music video, the far more interesting attraction is a visualization of my physical trace in the world.
Even though I live in a major city, I'm a little surprised by how parochial I am. Seeing this makes me think I need to venture outside of my comfort zone more often and really go exploring. Not just my city, but the U.S.A. and the entire world.
|With very little time off, all my traveling has been centered around family.|
You can see where JB's family and my family are based.
|Just one weekend trip to Brussels a year ago. My current job is keeping me from|
visiting my friends in Europe. I wish this map could show every place I've ever been,
not just my Foursquare check-ins.