Category Archives: travel

Doing Better Than Last Year

Last year was a good year for the blog. I doubled the number of views from the previous year.  This had been a nice trend for the first four years of the blog.  Sadly, unless this blog suddenly becomes major … Continue reading

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Winter Awaken

The title really says it all.  I awoke this morning, thinking maybe there was a chance for one last club ride before the snow fell. Ahem. Though it might have melted before 1 in the afternoon, it certainly didn’t allow … Continue reading

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Seeking Your Advice

Readers, from far and wide, I appeal to you for some wisdom. I have a choice to make, but I am struggling to come up with the best solution.  I would love to hear what you think. I am planning … Continue reading

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A Simple Sandwich

Today’s Perfect Moment is a celebration of one of the simpler things in life. The day held very little in the way of either excitement or controversy.  I spent time folding clothes trying to get information about flights to the … Continue reading

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Framing Pictures

On a holiday Monday, I could take the easy route and declare the holiday itself as Today’s Perfect Moment. It wouldn’t be hard.  I could just explain the benefits of a long weekend–sleeping in, drinking coffee at a leisurely speed, … Continue reading

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A Book From My Last Vacation

On my last trip to Vietnam, on the last real day of being there, I toured the War Remnants Museum.  I was pretty harrowing and ….. Anyway, I ended up going to a bunch of giftshops they had set up … Continue reading

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Beer, Friendship and Fire

The plan for the weekend was Beer Friends and Fire–yes, a witty play on the whole BFF thing. Witty pun or not, these are my best friends and this was our semi-annual camping trip–and I left out music. You can … Continue reading

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Are These Popular Again?

When I was young, the most popular souvenir seemed to be the Hard Rock Cafe T-shirt. I saw them everywhere.  I saw them on old people, young people, men, women, and children. The locations varied from London and Paris to … Continue reading

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Nostalgia

A long time ago, in the previous century in fact, I taught in Japan.  I taught in a small city jammed up into the corner created by the corner of Osaka and Nara Prefectures.  It had beautiful mountains that housed a huge … Continue reading

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Not Finding the Perfect

  When you have a long weekend it is hard to find fault with it. When you have a day when you’d normally be working but you aren’t, it is hard to find fault with it.  If you have a … Continue reading

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