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Seeing the world- Sept. – 2019

My wife and I always ravel in tour groups. When you travel alone, it is much more difficult and I think you gain less from it. How much of a country can you see...

A big thank you – Sept. 2019

I want to thank all of you folks that I met in the later part of last year and this year on my travels to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, and the Five Stans on...

Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets-Sept. 2019

There will be many more pictures coming to my travel site very soon. Ernie is finished and up on Amazon now. It is filled with characters out of today’s news. I think that it...

Japan

We have family members who are Japanese. Two siblings came to live with my mother and father in law several years ago. They came to go to college and improve their English. The brother,...

Travel behavior

Hey, you aren’t as cute as you think you are when you drink too much in the plane or on the cruise ship. You say more stupid things than when you are sober. Not...

Clothing styles while traveling- Sept. 2019

Hey, I have an idea. Why not wear appropriate clothing while traveling. Look, we all want to see the sights around the worlds great cities, right? Well, just remember what a church or mosque...

Airline travel-2020

There are pictures coming to this site very soon. Why does airline travel have to be so awful? If I owned an airline it would be perfect, or close to it. I am of...

Greenland, Iceland and the Shetland Islands- Sept.6,2019

There are many pictures coming to this site soon. Tomorrow we are off on another adventure. It is a lovely long cruise. My wife and I have traveled through all of our 35 years...

Our local wino

I suppose every neighborhood bar has its local wino. Ours did, and he was quite a character. He was s slender fellow of course, with tattered clothing and an awkward gate. It is difficult...

Off to Norway,Iceland, Shetland Islands and Greenland- Sept.7,2019

I am off on a three week cruise to Iceland, the Shetland Islands and Greenland in a few days. It might be a little cold and we have packed accordingly. That is to say...

I loved my breakfast

When I was just seven or eight years old, my parents were very busy with our restaurant. In the summer time when I wasn’t in school, I was very often left to my own...

The Harley

My brothers and I were left to our own devices for the most part. Home life was interesting to say the least. We were in school during the day and after school we came...

England

My family came to America from England before the Mayflower. I have French roots among others. I did have three relatives on that little ship however. My wife has traced my family line back...

Important health news-Please read this-Aug 2019

I am interested in many things and perhaps a little whacky. Because of that, I happened upon a very interesting documentary on Japanese television regarding treatment for paralysis and stroke issues. It seems that...

North Korea – 2008 – The Mass Games

This is my last posting on North Korea. I mentioned the festival earlier, but I didn’t say enough about it. First of all it is performed in the largest stadium in the world, or...

Hawaii- Some history

The word Hawaii may come from the Polynesian word “Owhyee,” which means “homeland.” Carbon dating places the first settlers of Hawaii arriving around AD 940-1130. Polynesian chants of genealogy and history were done at...

A short cruise-2018

We took a cruise to Hawaii, Mazatlan and back to L.A. last year. I find cruising very relaxing. I love being at sea and always bring a few good books to read. This cruise...

The one percent-July 2019

How many times have you heard that the one percent pay no federal income taxes due to loopholes and dodges? How many times have you heard that we just need to take a little...

The secrets of success.

WARNING!! If you don’t really want to be successful, don’t waste your time reading this. Being successful is simple. There are just a few rules to follow. Here they are. Do you really want...

Planning ahead

I guess this is for those of you with a longer timeline. If you want to be a success and have a comfortable retirement, do some planning. I came from a middle class family,...

Cruising the world – July 2019

My wife and I have done 14 cruises in different parts of the world. We are off in September to Iceland and Greenland and then later in the new year we’re doing the Mississippi...

The future of America

Do you like what you see happening around you these days in our cities who’s politicians refuse to enforce laws regarding pedestrian access and loitering. If you do, then vote for one of the...

Bermuda – Sept 26, 1981

This is a longer bit than usual. Bermuda has a great deal of history and is a very interesting place. The people come in all hues and are very friendly. The main island is...

Our trip to Aruba

Since I have no plans for a trip until October, I thought I might write about some more trips that we have have done and that I haven’t written about yet. I might do...

Day 20, Friday May 10, 2019 Leaving Ashgabat

We left our hotel in the early morning. There was no crowd. This is not a place where many tourists come to, sadly. It is a beautiful place and the people were wonderful. This...

Day 19- Thursday, May 9, 2019-Ashgabat-Day trip to Merv

This city of Ashgabat has been planted with more trees than you can imagine. They are planted in groups all over the city and outlying areas. The terrain is hilly and nearly every valley...

Day 18-Wed May8, 2019 Central Asia-Ashgabat

We drove to Nisa, today. It took almost forty-five minutes. There is no traffic here. It is a beautiful ghost town. It has the same feeling as Pyongnang except that this city is beautiful....

The Adventures of the Smith Family 2019

The rewrite of “The Adventures of the Smith Family” is done. I think it has made an interesting story better and more exciting. It is not shorter. The rewrite of Grandpa Ernies Secrets is...

Day 17-May 6 2019- Nukus-Kunya-Urgenc-Turkmenistan

We went to the Savitsky Art Museum yesterday. Savitsky was an artist. He collected thousands of paintings from many other artists for safe keeping. He preserved them from destruction by the Soviets and left...

Day 16 – May 6 – 2019 – Khiva and Nukus, Karakalpakstan

We are leaving Khiva today for Nukus, the sixth largest city in Uzbekistan. It is the capital of the autonomous region of Karakalpakstan and famous for its art museum. That is not a spelling...