Happy Anniversary

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Milford Sound – And Another First

I’ll explain that picture in a moment.

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Queenstown, NZ

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A Final Day in Sydney

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Sydney Meet-Up

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Blue Mountains

With the cancellation of the planed activities up in Port Douglas due to Cyclone Olga, we took our first formally organized tour – a bus tour up into the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. The weather threatened (again) but things turned out quite well.

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Sydney and Aussie Day

Here’s a thousand words: Yep – I took that, and yes, that’s the view out of our hotel room. Actually it’s a small part of the view, since to the right is Circular Quay, and to the left the Sydney Harbor bridge. I did take a panoramic shot from the roof of the hotel. (Because […]

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There’s Rain and then there’s

Monsoon Olga was a bust. Lots of warning, lots of cancellations (including most of our plans in Port Douglas), but then … nothing. Nada. Zip. Monday was a quiet, almost windless day. Hot and humid.

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Best Laid Plans

As part of setting up this trip, I’d booked a few activities that were to take place today (Sunday, as I write this) and tomorrow. Note the words “were to take place”. It turns out that 30 years ago Kathy and I got married during “cyclone season”. How … interesting.

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Bucket List item: check!

So when I started putting together an itinerary for this trip I asked Kathy if there was anything in particular she wanted to see or do or whatever. She had only one request: “I want to hold a Koala.”

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The 33 Hour Day

Actually the title is a misnomer.

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Weather, Weather, Weather

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The Unlocked Cell Phone

Folks overseas probably thing this is kinda silly, but as it turns out our cell phones simply won’t work overseas. In our case our carrier (Verizon) uses CDMA technology which isn’t even used overseas. Other carriers use the more globally accepted GSM technology, but “lock” their cell phones to their networks. Get a phone from […]

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The Dungeness River

The Dungeness River flows north from the Mountains on Washington’s Olympic peninsula along side the city of Sequim and empties into the Strait of Juan de Fuca which separates the United States from Canada’s Vancouver Island (and, coincidentally, my birthplace, Victoria). Along the way from mountains to ocean, the Dungeness passes the small community where […]

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A Few Days in Sequim

Sequim, Washington, on the north coast of the state’s Olympic Peninsula, is a two and a half hour drive and ferry-ride from home, and a world away. We decided to take a few days away prior to Christmas, staying at one of the Sequim Retreats vacation rentals owned by a very good friend. Naturally I took […]

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Australia and New Zealand

We’re going on a trip!

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Year 6 of Wierdness

Another year of Ask Leo! and the questions don’t fail to inspire … and dissappoint. Here’s this years collection of the odd, the strange, the off-the-wall quesions. As always, every question is a real question I’ve received via Ask Leo! within the last year, presented exactly as I got it (except that any potentially identifying […]

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Michael Jackson, Billy Mays and Me

The recent deaths of pop icon Michael Jackson and pitchman Billy Mays caught me be surprise. Not that their deaths shouldn’t have been unexpected – they were – and by everyone, not just myself. No, the problem, and the personal impact, relates to the fact that they were my peers.

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Providence Marianwood – Family Story and Ask

[I was asked once again to speak at the spring luncheon for Providence Marianwood, the long term care facility at which my father lived for his last 4.5 years. The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Robert Fulghum. I was also preceded by Gene Muren, whose wife Debra is a resident of the same wing […]

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My EADS luncheon talk

This is the “Family Story” and “Ask” that I presented at the Elder and Adult Day Services luncheon on Februay 5th, 2009. (Dr. John Medina of Brain Rules was the keynote speaker.) I’m here to tell you some things that you probably already know. Like my story.

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