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Thursday, August 4th, 2022

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Kenya 2022

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

Amazing 19-day visit to Kenya and several of the best locations and lodges.

I took 6,700 photographs, some of the best are here:

Asia Visit

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Enough of this Nonsense!

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Enough already! 25 to 30 inches of snow fell Friday night into Saturday. What a mess. The Delaware State Governor ordered all cars to stay off roads and declared a state of emergency. Bloody nuisance and with more snow projected for Tuesday and Wednesday this is not going to end soon.

I left Argentina on Friday evening (10 hour flight) not knowing if we would land at JFK because of the blizzard. There was just light snow in NYC, so all ok. But on the Amtrak train south the depth just kept building. Amtrak did a great job keeping their service running and I got to Wilmington. The station was open but buried in snow. Dragged my laundry (suitcase) to the office, to collect my car.Despite it being unlawful I drove the Audi home. The car was just fabulous, just perfect for such conditions (unplowed streets, snow banks). The Q7’s power and all-the-time-four-wheel-drive payed dividends – she handled it so well! I dropped my buddy Pat at his house, the set out for home. Valley Road was unplowed and I followed a Power Company truck’s tracks and just kept moving. The Q7 climbed the Meeting House Hill without problems – yeh!

I got to Foxmeadow, which had been lightly plowed, and to my driveway – which hadn’t. I got the car off the street but with the depth of snow I couldn’t get further up the driveway. Lynne and I had to dig it out later in the day, no big deal as the snow was light.

Hopefully today Foxmeadow will be cleaned-up, and my driveway too. Our plow-chappie promises he’ll be later. He needs to – I have a conference in Connecticut to get to tomorrow!

The Land of the Bad Hair-do

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Montreal, Canada

In a place where daily temperatures heat up to minus-8dC (17dF) on warm days keeping the biting wind out and retaining all the body heat one can means wrapping up in as many layers as your outer coat permits, ensuring always that this bulk does not prevent you from getting into taxi-cabs or store entrances. Mastering the layering technique is equally critical as one will undress and redress many, many laborious times during the tourist day. Getting the sequence right is critical as is recalling the correct pocket location of all the sundries – scarf, then neck warmer, then hat, then gloves. Doing this going in then out for each store, coffee-shop, restaurant or ‘point-of-interest’ makes for an exhausting experience for the first-timer.

The local Montreal Canadians do this effortlessly of course, with better choices in clothing but also with a grace and flow that is worth watching and aspiring to. They smile at the congregation of tourists (like us) blocking shop doorways as we work troubled zippers, look for the other glove and get ourselves ready for the blast of cold from the chilled outdoors.

The hat is an essential. But those unused to hats, like me, find them strange, itchy and a nuisance. Canadians, having been born wearing ski-hats, have no such issues and adorn them with a flourish. Colours and shapes are plenty, with fur being a popular decorative add. Indeed number-one-son, the Circus Boy, and the reason for our sojourn in this city, has a great example of such which he bought – of all places – in Tokyo.

Hair is the casualty of the hat of course, and I don’t think there’s a good hair-do to be seen in the city. But nobody local seems to notice nor care even, and restaurants and bars (we saw plenty of both) are populated by bad hair-do’s.

You can tell people from the south amongst the throng though, they’re the ones continually patting-down, hand-combing, seeking unattainable engineering hair feats, anxious about their appearance in-case, maybe, that someone from the office might see them in this unruly and unkempt state. Quebec-ers meanwhile enjoy their Molson and Poutine, and smile knowingly.

The March of the Duvets

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Montreal, Canada
Center-ville, Montréal, Québec

Now, with overwhelming international-based evidence to hand, I can confirm the March of the Duvets.The cold shoulders, cold feet and lack of overnight bedding weight experienced in Montreal this week give evidence supporting my long reached conclusion that somewhere in the West there is a calling. This is the place where duvets aspire to be, to converge, to congregate. Overnight they inch in that direction, thinking their movement wont be noticed, in this most recent incident, by the cognac-laced sleeper.

Duvets of all types, shapes and sizes have this inane drive and desire. Marriott duvets are no different than those experienced elsewhere. True, they could be larger. Lynne had already pointed out the lack of duvet hang-over that our king-size-no-smoking-view-of-the-park Marriott bed possessed. But I feel this was planned and facilitated the March, all by design.

The struggle continued through the night, incursions westward thwarted by grabbing handfuls of duvet and wrenching eastward, only to have to repeat the skirmish several times. Exhaustion brought on sleep, the only benefit of the battle.

Air Venture 2009 – Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

One of 500,000 people to participate in EAA’s Air Venture 2009 this week, at Oshkosh in Wisconsin. Flew the Cirrus out on Wednesday, stopping to refuel in Fremont (506 miles, routing N57-V170-RAV-V170-ERI-V221-SPICA-PSI-KFFX), then VFR across Lake Michigan to Appleton – our base for the 3 day adventure.

Three great days at the air show, spending the mornings checking out all the aviation vendors for new products and services, buying the obligatory t-shirts, viewing the static aircraft then settling in for the afternoon air show.

Some amazing technology on display, including the Airbus A380 – the largest passenger aircraft, the C-5 Galaxy – one of the largest military carriers and the truly amazing WhiteKnightTwo – the Virgin Galactic aircraft that will carry a spacecraft to 50,000 feet for release beyond the atmosphere.

Made the return single-leg, 626 mile flight in just 3 hours 48 minutes, filing KAPT-FNT-MXE-N57 and getting that routing! It was a fast and challenging flight (stormy weather, rain and instrument flying, video below) which the Cirrus is designed and perfect for!

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Syracuse Flight – beating the weather!

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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Southport Visit – March 2009

Thursday, March 26th, 2009


Southport Rock


Waiting for the flight, Philadelphia Airport (delayed 5 hours, faulty switch). To Southport for family wedding (congrats to Sarah and Phil) and brief few days amongst our wonderful families. Great beers and foods too, made even better by just excellent family company. Memorable trip. Miss you all.

Grand Central Station, New York City

Friday, February 27th, 2009


Hong Kong

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Hong Kong Skyline


Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Tokyo 2009

Imperial Palace, Tokyo

New York Week

Saturday, January 31st, 2009


Skype-ing with Alan from Tokyo

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

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Talking with Alan this morning, he’s on vacation in Tokyo, showing me his new camera lens.

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Christmas In New York City

Friday, December 19th, 2008


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Ice Skating Rink – a ‘must-see’ at this time of year


Times Square