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September 22nd, 2016
09:25 pm
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I'm sorry.
I haven't been producing the content that I would like to see here on LiveJournal. I have several things floating around occupying my mind. I have a funeral to go to. It has been moved twice and is now on September 30th. I won't go into details but will say this was a long time coming and it was no shock.

I'm waiting for crowns for my tooth implant. Those should be installed on Wednesday.

I have to plan a few more details for our trip in December. We will be stopping over in London for three days and I want to see a Panto.

Traditionally performed at Christmas, with family audiences, British pantomime continues as a popular form of theatre, incorporating song, dance, buffoonery, slapstick, cross-dressing, in-jokes, topical references, audience participation, and mild sexual innuendo.


It should be fun but there are a lot to choose from and London is a big place. I'm leaning towards "Sleeping Beauty" at the Richmond Theater near Cue Gardens, "Sleeping Beauty" at the Hackney Empire and/or "Cinderella" at the London Paladium. I'm hoping that some of our London Friends would like to attend with us but I don't know what they might do.

On top of all of this I have to deal with the Medicare sign-up which includes a month of cobra because my insurance plan is going away December 31.

So I am a bit distracted.

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September 17th, 2016
06:57 pm
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Herald of bad tidings
I didn't want to be the bearer of bad news but it worked out that way. It started when I dropped a note to an old college friend. It was just something fun that I thought she would enjoy but the return email brought news that her husband of 30 years a passed away from Parkinson and his memorial was today in Kansas City. Knowing that she didn't communicate with my other college friends I dropped a note to four of them with the news.

My Step Mother isn't doing well and isn't expected to live out the week so I did a round of calling with "she isn't gone yet but soon" messages. It is not really a sad thing because she has lived a full and meaningful life so at 94 she is ready to leave it all. Again, I connected with my cousins, Aunts and Uncles to share the news and I'll have another round when she actually does go.

I got news yesterday of the passing of Myron who was loosely attached to the bears. Again, I knew a couple of people who weren't in the loop so I dropped them a note with the news.

Next month should be better. I have a couple of weddings to attend.

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September 12th, 2016
10:06 pm
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It was the best of times . . .
It was the wurst of times.

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It was the German Sausage of times.

It is good to come prepared with a variety of Wurst because you never know what kind of times you will need.

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September 11th, 2016
12:52 pm
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Out of the way places
We have traveled to some very out of the way places around the world. I am trying to decide which is really the most "off the beaten path." I think it is probably Karajini National Park (-22.480381, 118.462207)in Western Australia. It is about 860 miles north of Perth.


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September 10th, 2016
09:46 am
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Intersteller travel


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September 8th, 2016
09:26 pm
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I am the Ambassador
New this month on Netflicks is a documentary series called "I am the Ambassador" which follows Rufus Gifford who is the current Ambassador to Denmark. It is interesting because Rufus is an interesting man who happens to be gay and is sharing the Ambassador's residence with his partner Steven.

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Ferry thorugh the mountains
One of my favorite travel sites is Rome2Rio. It allows me to do "What If" look-ups of the various ways to get from one place to another.

I had a good laugh today when I discovered that they were listing a Ferry Service between Aspen Colorado and Denver. It was listing Colorado Mountain Express as Ferry. It has since been corrected.

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12:06 pm
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Traveling the world
I post this on occasion to look at where we have been.


visited 64 states (28.4%)
Create your own visited map of The World or Triposo world travel guide for Android
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08:30 am
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Thoughts
My friend cuboz has decided to commit more serious thoughts to LJ. I applaud him for having the courage to share some of these deep thoughts with us. Which bring up the thought about "us" at LJ and who we are and what we want LJ to be.

cuboz writes that Facebook is full of all "fluffy" thoughts and silly things. People ridicule serious subjects or ignore them completely. This certainly sets us LiveJournal participants apart from those at Facebook. If LiveJournal is to flourish we must have content. Perhaps this is a direction that we need to be working toward.

I know that serious writing can be draining but it can also be rewarding. The LiveJournal platform with longer content is ideal for putting down thoughts. I would really like to see more of that.

Everyone has their own style with some people writing on lighter subjects. My journal tends to be more travel related but I do try to share things of importance. If I see an article interesting enough to share its link, I also write my thoughts about it making it a more personal connection and hopefully making it interesting to you who read my content.

Share yourself with us. You will finding it rewarding.

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September 5th, 2016
09:50 pm
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Unesco World Heritage Sites
It seems that every time we travel we visit at least one UNESCO World Heritage site. UNESCO isn't a word but stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.


As of July 2016, 1052 sites are listed: 814 cultural, 203 natural, and 35 mixed properties, in 165 states parties.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Heritage_Site



Here is an example. It is the statue of Germania in Rudesheim Germany.



As you can see she has been "in the club" since 2002.

It all started when Egypt decided to build the Aswan High dam in 1954 and everyone realized that there were hundreds of treasures that would be lost if action wasn't taken. So Abu Simbal was one of the first UNESCO sites saved by raising it 60 meters to save it from flood waters.

We have had the privilege of visiting many UNESCO site during our travels. In fact, on this trip we saw the listed sites of the Cologne Cathedral, the town of Bamberg, the Würzburg Residence, the upper middle Rhine Valley, Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht, Historic Centre of Brugge, La Grand-Place in Brussels, and Maritime Greenwich. Almost every place we went in Egypt and Jordan were listed.

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