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Chiang Mai, Thailand. Again.

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This is my third trip to the second biggest city in Thailand. In a small way I have become a local. The baristas at Starbucks remember my name. They also remember not to ask me if I want yak milk when I order a black coffee. The owner of my favorite haunt for breakfast asked me if I really needed […]

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Using the Worlds Highest Urinal

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Dubai is a city of extremes. Just about everywhere you go you can find the biggest, the fastest, the tallest. My mother came to visit my wife and I last week, and we decided to be tourists in our own town. Technically we live in Sharjah, which is next door to Dubai. While being a rather sleepy town (Emirate actually) […]

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Blogging from 30 Thousand Feet Over the Arabian Desert

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If you ever asked me in my younger days what would be an exciting week I may well have said something like “fly 5000 miles, have currencies from 4 countries in my wallet, and wake up wondering where I am.” In my adult life I have had quite a few weeks like that. I am in the middle of another […]

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Loy Krathong and Yee Peng

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Mary Ann and I were on the 14th floor of the Hilton Hotel for NYE in Caracas, Venezuela. Everyone in Caracas bought BIG skyrockets, and with no organized program, complete mayhem ensued. That was the most impressive display of community participation in an event  I have ever seen. Until now. The night(s) of the November full moon find the city […]

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Buddha Buddha Buddha Buddha

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Thailand is obviously a Buddhist country. It shows in their customs, their kindness, their complete avoidance of interpersonal confrontations, lack of crime, but most obviously in the fact that you can find a Buddha anywhere. Perhaps the only more ubiquitous thing in Thailand than Buddha is pictures of the King. Of all the pictures of him I saw, my favorite […]

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Just Random Thoughts and Observations

Very random. If you don’t feel like following me through the trees jumping from limb to limb, catch me next time. Thai Language: If I say it is different, will you say “duh”? I know there are many languages where intonation is so important that it changes the entire meaning of words. Thai is one of those. The intonation is […]

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