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Starbucks, Same Same but the Same

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Starbucks. It seems every civilized place on the planet has at least one. On any continent they are all exactly alike. The only difference is the décor on the mugs. I consider them collectibles. I have no more room on the shelves in my kitchen for them, but I still buy one wherever I go. In fact, I am a […]

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Calling From London!

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We took off for London the day after Thanksgiving. Mary Ann had two motivating factors for this trip. The first was to finally match my “gold tier” level in Qatar airlines frequent flyer program, and the second was to use up some of the vacation time she has accrued. It seems that the more we go on vacation, the more […]

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Bali Hai

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I have neglected my responsibility to show you some of the beauty and cool stuff about Bali. Sorry. We have been planning our next jaunt and it has consumed my time, imagination and dreams.  But I must finish posting about Bali before I move on, so here goes. Well folks, that is it for our trip to Bali. Overall we […]

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Bali: Paradise Buried.

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If Bali is on your bucket list, scratch it off. I’ll save you the long plane ride and the money to get there by telling you that the romantic, idyllic paradise you have in your mind about Bali has been buried under tourists, traffic and trash. Our introduction to Bali might have jaded us. I know it jaded my wife. […]

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Upgrade to a Singapore Sling!

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Occupy Business Class! After more hours than I care to count sitting in the cookie cutter seats in economy class, I was pleasantly surprised today when Qatar airlines upgraded my wife and me to Business Class. I have not flown Business Class since I stopped working and an employer was buying my ticket. I had forgotten how much better it […]

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Signs of the Times at OWS

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I attended OWS again on Oct 22. The occupation is now in it’s sixth week. It has spawned countless other occupations in the country and worldwide. It has survived a serious attempt by Mayor Bloomie to evict the occupiers, and after that they have truly set up camp. The numbers of the true occupiers, those who brave the fall NY […]

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The Largest Small Place in America.

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Zuccotti Park, in lower Manhattan is less than what you would call a square block. But the vibes it gives off are huge. I am staying at my sis-in-law’s pad in Harlem, If you know NYC, it is 147th and Broadway. The easiest, cheapest and quickest way to get anywhere in NYC is the subway. I took the storied “A […]

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Mekong Delta

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First, if you opened this in email or from Facebook, both feeds distort the formatting. So click on the title to get it right.  Also that way  I get to count you in my daily tally.  While you are there, please subscribe. It is easy and free!  Thank you. Our last tour day in VN was reserved for a trip […]

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A Place Where Victor Hugo is a Saint

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Before I start this blog, I need to tell you that I THINK I have changed the way this goes out to my readers. You will now need to click on the title to read the blog, Please do. you will get a better look  and I will know how many people read it. Thanks. There is a religion in […]

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The Tunnels of Cu Chi

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I read a book about these tunnels many years ago, and I ripped off the title. It was written by Tom Mangold and you can buy it at Amazon. So there, I really did not rip  it off. Now I am going to rip off Wikipedia. I really did know all this stuff myself but I tend to get long […]

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