DM – One Owners Perspective

> This post was originally written and posted to Corgi-L August 15, 2010. Since that time we find ourselves facing DM once again in our now oldest Corgi Helen. My thoughts haven’t changed. I’ve been fairly quiet on the topic of DM ([Degenerative Myelopathy](http://en.wikipedia./wiki/Canine_degenerative_myelopathy “Canine Degenerative Myelopathy”)) since Guido passed away early last year. In […]

The TV Repair Man

I credit a friend of the family, a TV repair man by trade, for setting in motion the sequence of events that would lead to my eventual career and subsequent success. All this while I was somewhere between 9 and 16 years old. Jim and his wife Tina were friends of my parents – Tina […]

Onward to WordPress

It’s time that I learn WordPress – I love MovableType, but it’s clear that WordPress has much more support and many more options. Things’ll be rough since I can see that the import of MT data didn’t preserve all the formatting.

Lucky Number 7

On Ask Leo!’s 7th anniversary, I once again collect the odd, the weird and the downright strange questions that show up in my inbox.

Coda: Some Random Observations

These are just some quite literally random observations – thing that we noted during or after our trip that we felt were worthy of a remark or two.

Part 7: Auckland, Volcanos and The Marriage Survives!

Reminder: More pictures at We finally arrived in Auckland in the late afternoon. Our hotel was lovely, if a bit unexpected. The Langham Hotel is veddy, veddy much in the old British style, stately and serene with butlers galore to take care of you. We heard that this is where former president Clinton stays […]

Part 6: Rotorua (where the wind can break freely) … and Worms that Glow

We happily bade Christchurch farewell and flew off to Rotorua. Rotorua is a special place. Not only is it scenic, but it’s also quite aromatic, and not in a good way. Rotorua and its environs are the home to a lot of volcanic activity, which produces a lot of not-so-lovely sulfuric odor. Hard-boiled eggs, anyone?

Part 5: Queenstown to Christchurch … and onward to Rohan

Our last full day in Queenstown was spent wandering around the city one last time. We went down to the beach and saw a lot of eye candy, which we both appreciated. Hey, just ’cause we’ve been married 30 years doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy looking! And then I saw something that made my eyes […]

Part 4: Boats, Roads and Itty-Bitty Airplanes

Our first full day in Queenstown, we hopped on board a vintage coal-fired steamship, the T.S.S. Earnslaw, and crossed Lake Wakatipu to visit Walter Peak High Country Farm. It was a beautiful ride to another beautiful place. The Farm is a working sheep farm. We saw a very businesslike border collie herd sheep. Our tour […]

Part 3: From One Country to Another – Sydney to Queenstown

Reminder: More pictures at Our last day in Australia was, as the others had been, hot. Every day we slathered on the sunblock before leaving the hotel. I also put on bug repellant, which unfortunately didn’t discourage the hungry bugs nearly as much as I’d hoped. Australia has some mighty tenacious bugs, damn their […]

Part 2: Olga Fizzles, but Sydney Shines

Port Douglas is as pretty a harbor town as you could imagine. There are big parks at both ends of the main street, a beautiful marina just a couple blocks from downtown and multiple cozy coffee shops and bakeries. Lush foliage was planted everywhere. The shopkeepers were all friendly. It was so hot, nobody was […]

Our Trip Down Under, Part 1: Large Aircraft, High Humidity and Koalas

[Kathy decided to write up our trip, both to help us remember it better as the years go by, and to share the story with friends. With her permission, and in installments, here ’tis for all.] We left Seattle on a typically gray, damp day. The first flight was to L.A., where our good friends […]

Auckland Meet-Up

Thank You! to John, Dave and Jerry who joined me at the Symonds Street Starbucks. It was very nice to meet you all. I’m sorry there’s no group shot, but in addition to not all being there at the same time, my “camera person” had elected to sleep in that morning. And for the record, […]

Auckland, NZ

I was expecting not to be too impressed with Auckland. Not sure why, just didn’t expect to be.

Dinner in Hell

Today was a “day off”, so we shuttled into “downtown” Rotorua for some shopping and just general wandering around.

Ah, that sulfur smell…

I may never eat eggs again.

Rohan, Edoras and … a Corgi

The Lord of the Rings was filmed in several locations all over New Zealand. Even just flying into Queenstown on our arrival evoked images of many beautiful scenes from the movie. So, it only made sense that we would take a “Lord of the Rings” based tour while we were here.

6WD, Jet Boats and Trains

Happy Anniversary

Milford Sound – And Another First

I’ll explain that picture in a moment.