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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Out and About in Texas

Well, I won't be traveling till this fall at the earliest but I'll continue posting pictures of my past trips.  I also plan to start trying to see more in my own neighborhood as Texas is a pretty exciting/scenic place as well.  As a matter of fact, I going to go somewhere tomorrow.  I just haven't decided where yet.

Be on the lookout for more pictures!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Prague State Opera At Night

I wish I had had a chance to take in a show but I was rushing from one site to the other.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Chao Praya River (Bangkok)

I took these pics while on the Chao Praya river in Bangkok.  You can see some temples and dwellings along the river.  For the life of me, I can't imagine how the people survive with the rising of the river unpredictable as it is.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Facebook Free!

Recently, I deactivated my Facebook account after having it for almost two years.  I originally signed up for FB upon the recommendation of a friend who thought it would be a good way to keep in touch.  My friend was correct about the ease of communicating on a daily basis with those who are closest to you but my account morphed into something else altogether.  I went from having a few legitimate friends to falling prey to the 'friend collecters' who hoard friends as if they were gold!  Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with that but I don't like being solicited by someone from let's say, Inner Mongolia, who has no intention of trying to get to know me.  They just initiate a friend request and then disappear once you've added them.  Worse than those though are the friends who post some mundane detail of their lives every five minutes for all to see yet never comment on your posts concerning major surgery, etc.  It's like they use FB as a tool to be the stars of their own show with an adoring audience hanging on their every word.  Sorry, but I left all that behind in high school.

Privacy concerns were the excuse I used to finally leave FB but the reasons given above are the real cause of my departure.  Sure, I reconnected with some people from my past but getting to know some of them again reminded me of why we originally let our contact lapse.  Anyway, I'm sure my true friends will find a way to keep in touch with me even after my abrupt departure from the almighty FB.

So now, I am relieved.  I can return to the real world where friendship has meaning and is demonstrated by having an occasional lunch together, a quick phone call, or even an interesting e-mail.  I much prefer this to the artificial relationships created by some social site on the web.

I'm not saying it's a bad thing, it's just not for me.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

On Vacation!

I haven't been able to post recently because I'm currently in Kentucky visiting family.  I should be back up and running next week.  I have been able to get a good start on a novel that I've always wanted to read, "War and Peace."  I wouldn't have enjoyed this in high school but it has relevance for me now considering my recent stay in that part of the world.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


I wish these pictures were better.  They can't capture the artistry I saw while watching it live.

Prague Astronomical Clock

Still in the Old City of Prague looking at the Prague Astronomical Clock built in the Middle Ages.  More info on this can be found at:

Monday, May 10, 2010


In this picture, you can see the Georgian audience.  Everyone was captivated by the performance!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Neanderthal Genome

This has been all over the press the last few days but I think the 'Time' article below goes into more depth than the others. It's a very interesting read.,8599,1987568,00.html

If it IS true that most Europeans (in origin) have 1-4 percent of Neanderthal genes in our genome today, then I am truly happy. I am happy because it means I can impose political correctness on others as most Americans do today. For example, we can have a 'Neanderthal day' and scream bloody murder when all our other coworkers wear 'Homo Sapien' t-shirts. To heck with freedom of speech, I'm truly offended!!!

Georgian Wine

One of the options on the poll is to drink a lot of Georgian wine in order not to miss Georgia so much.  Well, today, I made an amazing discovery.  Not too far from my house is an international market that sells a lot of products associated with Russia and Eastern Europe.  Believe it or not, they had a good selection of Georgian wines at reasonable prices.  I bought two bottles, one for me and one for a friend, with both vintages originating from the Kakheti region in eastern Georgia.  I can't believe how lucky I got!

Needless to say, I will be thinking of Georgia all day tomorrow:)

Final Pics From the Village

These pictures show two women doing traditional craft and some guardians at the local temple.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

New Poll

I've added a new poll in the top left-hand corner of the page.  Please answer this poll carefully as the results will determine my future!!!