"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funnybone." - Reba McEntire
Whistleblower wrote a great article for the Daily News. However, MPP ordered the confiscation of all newspapers before they could be distributed and sold. On another note, my brother was able to leave the house with his wife for lunch and return without arrest.
Update from this morning: Brother is going stir crazy. Can't go outside, not even on the balcony as it faces the side where the plain clothes cops are hanging out. No computers since he smashed the hard drives. Friends can come in and out, bring food, and take pictures. The whistle blower continues to send off stories to the newspapers. The cops sent a message, but they refuse to open the door, instead talk through the window. The senator will be home tomorrow night, and the election is June 23, so depending on who wins, things could cool down after that.
@Captain Bones Hope it cools down a bit once the senator arrives!
@Captain Bones What is the background story? what is the whistleblower revealing that doesn't go down well? Not sure if you want to share, but I'm curious. Hope the situation gets better when she gets home.
@rainbowssparks Don't really have the background, just said he was revealing high government corruption, and those high officials (who are well connected) are extremely pissed off. I hope to find out more of the story from other family members in coming days.
@Captain Bones That sounds like a plausible and unortunately common story. This is in Mongolia? I imagine corruption is quite lively there, but than again, I know next to nothing about that country.
@rainbowssparks Me too, only spent a short time there.
Hopefully, this goal will be complete in a matter of days. My brother's house is under siege and surrounded by uniformed and plainclothes police for his giving refuge to a government corruption whistle blower. The press and political party supporters have also shown up. The cops are reluctant to break down the door for not only the bad press it would cause, but his wife also happens to be a senator.
@Captain Bones I hope they're safe!
@spatz The drama continues, but by latest report, seems to be improving, or at least lessening in intensity. All are awaiting the senator's return from a campaign tour soon. Supporters, press, and plain clothes police still holding vigil. Brother had smashed all laptops' hard drives so no info could be seized, making it hard to communicate, but there are ways.
@Captain Bones Do keep us posted. Hope it all turns out ok once the senator shows up.
@Captain Bones Hope they are safe, crazy situation.
@Captain Bones Please keep us informed. Your brother is a hero.
@spyrunner Yo, Spy, long time no see. Hope all is good with you. Thanks for your words. I'll pass them on to bro. Haven't heard anything today. Will try to communicate tomorrow. It's possible through side channels but a bit tricky, and timing has to be right. When his wife, the senator, get's back, I imagine things will cool down. She's very popular in the country.
One of my favorite wineries is Chateau Montelena. They have great cabs of varying prices, the best of which is over $100. For an extra $10 they give you a taste. It was very good, but I couldn't afford it. However, the guy next to me bought 2 bottles. Some people.
Enjoy a stroll down the main street, Lincoln Blvd.
At the top of Napa Valley in California's wine country, one hour north of San Francisco, Calistoga has an old Western look to it: great restaurants and boutiques, hot springs, beautiful country.
@Captain Bones sounds like a great place to be and surrounded by wine too!!
@cia007 It's a magical place. The wine may bring you here, but you get caught in the web of great restaurants, hot springs baths, horse riding tours, hot air balloons, galleries, boutiques, beautiful scenery, live music, and lots of other stuff.
@Captain Bones love little hidden gems like these....beats the big tourist attractions!! Going to put this stop on my bucket list for next time I drive south!
@cia007 South? This is northern Cali. Where are you? For some strange reason, I thought you were in Italy. Silly me.
@Captain Bones greater Seattle area....although Italy...soon!!!!
@Captain Bones Where are your other two houses if you don't mind me asking?
@oyeathatgirl Ha ha, good question. I only have one, in Tokyo's Kichijoji (voted best place to live in Tokyo many years in a row, and it's true). Take a look on Google. When I get a 2nd house, it will be in Singapore. I love that town, feel it's me 2nd home, and have many friends there. I like that it's always summer. I could go on and on about SG, but had best stop there. So after my 2nd home, my 3rd home would be in Calistoga. Been there many times and always love it.
At this time, where you live, what is the predominant flower? Where I live, with the changing of the seasons, the number 1 flower changes. Right now, with tsuyu (rainy season) happening, it's ajisai (hydrangea) time, with their many shapes and colors. Took this shot today in a park in Takanodai.
@Captain Bones A good question. I'd say roses - I've been seeing roses everywhere today. It's Corpus Christi today, a holiday, and we saw flower leaves carpets on the streets.
@spatz Rose season just passed here. Sadly, I missed the rose festival last month at Jindaiji Botanical Garden with its 1000s of roses, that I usually attend every year. I like your picture.
@Captain Bones thank you! The botanical garden and rose festival sounds wonderful. I'll have to put it on my list :)
@Spatz Wow cool!
@beequeen Thank you! It's an old tradition, made out of flower leaves and such. We stumbled on to it - a beautiful surprise
@Captain Bones predominant flower is probably dandelion, or scotch broom here!
@cia007 What is a scotch broom?
@Captain Bones it's very pretty but many people are horribly allergic to the pollen- it is invasive and maybe not native to the PNW? https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/broom-plants/scotch-broom-control.htm
@cia007 I've never seen it. Thanks for the shot.
@cia007 I googled scotch broom and you're right, that would be the flower that's all around on every road side! That's, plus chicoree :)
It's nice to be loved,...well, most of the time, but I hate it, I just hate it when mosquitoes love me. But why do they love me more than other people?
@Captain Bones true I always get love bites lol
@Captain Bones its the fruit...sweetens the blood....try vitamin B...and I don't know if would work but perhaps some cayenne pepper to boot! Give those buggers a kick!
Well, since no one offered an answer to my last question, I'll tell you the answer: There were seven Beatles.
@Captain Bones Wait, weren't there 8?
@spatz I'm listening. Talk to me.
@Captain Bones Hmmm, there were
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
And there was Stuart Sutcliffe
So that's five. And then there were
Tommy Moore, Norman Chapman and Pete Best
Of course, if you count the Indian Beatle, then that's nine.
@spatz Both Moore and Chapman played with the SILVER BEATLES. Moore from May to June in 1960, and Chapman stepped in after him, but only played 3 shows. In July, 1960, the band was renamed BEATLES, and Pete Best became drummer. The members I have who played under the name, BEATLES, are John, Paul, George, Stuart Sutcliffe, Pete Best, Chas Newby (who became bassist in December, 1960, after Stuart quit, but only played a short time), and Ringo. So, 7 BEATLES. Who was the Indian guy?
@Captain Bones well ok, if you separate the Silver Beatles from the Beatles... The Indian Beatle is all the news here. Buddhadev Kansara played in on "Within You Without You".
@spatz George was actually the only Beatle to play on that song. There were 4 Indian musicians backing him, but one of their names had been left out of the credits. He was finally tracked down many years later. That was Kansara. Background musicians are never considered members of the group, especially if they only play on one song on an album but never play live with them. The Beatles have had many studio musicians play on their albums, sometimes whole orchestras. Anyway, Apple Records says, "The idea was that the Beatles weren't even considered the Beatles on this album, they were Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
@spatz Billy Preston was called the fifth Beatle when he played on the Let It Be gig.
@spatz And there was a DJ who referred to himself as the fifth Beatle. I don't remember his real name, though he was known as Murray the K - I could google it to find out his proper name. And while we're at it, Brian Epstein was also known as the fifth Beatle. Not by me, though, and I kind of know my Beatles lore.
@MayKasaharawithalongtail More Beatles than you'd want to count it seems. Now how many do we've got in the meantime?
@spatz Still just 7 who were actually called Beatles. Any others have been explained away. But don't let me stop you from trying. After all, this is fun. I didn't think I'd get this many replies, and everyone has a different opinion. That's good, makes life interesting. Now I have to think up a new question.
@MayKasaharawithalongtail Billy Preston was credited on the "Get Back" sessions, some of the material from which would later be culled to make the film "Let It B" and its companion album, but the credits said, "The Beatles with Billy Preston," hence, a guest artist, not considered an actual Beatle. The Beatles had many guest artists and studio musicians play with them, for example, look at "I Am the Walrus." Preston also played keyboard for the Rolling Stones on some of the groups albums and tours in the 1970s but was never considered a Rolling Stone. As for Murray the K, Epstein, and Martin, calling them "the fifth Beatle" is merely an honorary title, as I said above, like giving an honorary Harvard degree to someone who never actually went there. And as for Yoko Ono, fuhgeddaboudit! The other Beatles would never have allowed her to be called a Beatle.
@spatz then there's the producer, he was a big deal, what was his name? George Martin? ppl have called him the 5th beatle (along with all the others) many songs would not have been possible without his technical skill
@ahorrasi That was Brian Epstein. Yes, he's really responsible for making the BEATLES (not really technical skill but promotional skill), but I'm talking about band members.
@Captain Bones yes, epstein was the promo guy whos dad owned the record co. or something but George Martin was the synthesizer/music producer guy many songs would be simply impossible without his music producing skills http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/10-great-beatles-moments-we-owe-to-george-martin-20160309
@ahorrasi OK, right, but I'm still talking band members. Referring to Martin as the "5th Beatle" was merely honorary, like giving an honorary Harvard degree to someone who never actually went there. Certainly his contribution to their music was great, but don't know if I agree that many songs would have been impossible without his music producing skills, just would have been different.
@ahorrasi You're right, people have referred to the late George Martin as the fifth Beatle.
And during the tumult of later years, John Lennon affectionately referred to Yoko Ono as the fifth Beatle. Her voice was part of some of the last recordings (e.g. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill).
@MayKasaharawithalongtail yes! i remember hearing her on Revolution 9, and i'm sure if i listen i'd hear her in bungalow bill too (def white album for me :D)
@ahorrasi She's the one who sang "Not when he looked so fierce" - the first female to sing on a Beatles recording.
@MayKasaharawithalongtail no way!! that always sounded like some crazy kid to me!!
the part in revolution 9 i'm thinking of is when she goes 'you become naked'
How many Beatles were there?
Is there any place you'd rather be?
@Captain Bones nope. I'm happy right where I am and doing what I'm doing. I would like to have at least one vacation a month, just to see other places, but the wallet would scream.
@diamondlightfoot like you said I am happy right where I am but Winter is fast approaching, I'd like to be somewhere tropical!
@Queen Purrs Like A Kitten I'm with you on the tropical, always my favorite any time of year.. I guess we're on other sides of the equator. Summer's approaching here.
@Captain Bones Place is fine, just prefer a different season. I love winter, lots of snow. The musquitos will soon start to come, brrrr.
@rainbowssparks Mosquitoes have already started to come here. Every time I open my door, they think it's an invitation to come in. Got bitten 2 times in bed last night.
@Captain Bones yes... I have a wanderlust itch that is never satisfied.
Where? That I do not know... I would go anywhere and depending of the place I would want to go again sooner or later.
Nights on treks are spent mainly in village tea houses
One of the few places on our planet where no human has set foot, Machapuchahare is the most outstanding mountain in the Annapurna range. This majestic peak, also known as Fish Tail, is a sacred and revered mountain in the Hindu religion. Associated with the god Shiva, it is off limits to climbing.
The trek begins in Phedi, a one hour bus ride from Pokhara (which is a short flight from Kathmandu). It can take a total of between 8 days and 14 days. The bottom portion of the trek is a network of trails and villages, then passes up the Modi Khola Gorge into the heart of the sanctuary and some of the most dramatic mountain scenery on the planet.
Many beautiful pagodas in Mandalay, such as Kuthodaw at the foot of Mandalay hill
"Come you back to Mandalay, where the old flotilla lay. Can't you hear their paddles chunkin', from Rangoon to Mandalay? On the road to Mandalay, where the flying fishes play, an' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!"
The boat stops for a visit to Bagan, an ancient city from the 9th century, located on the Irrawaddy, where more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments tower over green plains.
The riverboat dining room is quite nice, and meals are usually buffet style.
Some of these boats even have a pool.
Plenty of jungle and river food to eat.
You meet the most interesting people as you travel up river.
The river meanders quite a distance before it gets into deep jungle.
Original SUPs on the Sepik
What could be better than cruising up a jungle river.
A Man With Taste
Being right on a sea of abundance in the "coral triangle" the bungalows have exceptional seafood dishes.
There are a number of lodging options at Raja Ampat. I prefer over-the-water bungalows.
The islands are amazing, but you come for the snorkeling.
So many little islands, like a maze to snorkel through.
@Captain Bones that looks amazing. Best snorkelling i ever did was Honduras, Roatan Im sure Oceana is better I have friends there now diving out of Thailand. That would be a dream!
@hhannah I heard Roatan was great. Best I'v seen so far is Bunaken, just off Manado in northern Sulawesi, and Run and Ai in the Banda islands. West coast Thailand was OK off Phi Phi island, and east coast in the Gulf was good at Ang Thong marine park.
Raja Ampat ("The Four Kings") is a archipelago of 1,500 little islands in the heart of the Coral Triangle off the west coast of Papua.
I would like to meet Paul Gauguin during his time in Tahiti and photograph his subjects while he painted them. I'd also like to have a few drinks with him and experience his life there. I think we could be friends.
I'd like to meet Nat Turner. He led a slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831. Though his intentions were good, his methods were in question. He did, however, bring about discussion on the issue. I included him in my time travel novel.
I'd like to meet Helen of Troy to see if I agree that she was the most beautiful woman in the world, with "a face that launched a thousand ships."
@Captain Bones agree with this one
Hank William, the "King of Country Music". "Son of a gun (I'm sure) we'll have big fun on the bayou."
@Captain Bones agree with that one
James Butler Hickok, aka "Wild Bill." An American folk hero: a drover, wagon master, soldier, spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, showman, gambler, and holder of the first "deadman's hand" (aces and 8s). I bet he'd have some great stories to tell.
Koh Kut has some great jungle treks.
More nice dining on Koh Kut
Koh Kut has some innovative dining spots. This is the Dining Pod, baskets hanging over a cliff with the sea below
Another nice resort
Day 6: Slowly make your way back to Cork while taking in the lush country landscape. Having completed the circular course, enjoy one last night of celebration with your riding companions over a delicious meal and clinking glasses.
Day 5: Peddle amid ancient battlefields and seaside vistas. Visit a rustic castle and watchtower from the Napoleonic War. Stop at a favorite local restaurant for some classic Irish dishes and local beer.
Day 4: Stunning coastal scenery lines the route to Courtmacsherry Bay and the remains of a 13th century abbey. Wander through Kinsale's medieval alleys and shops. Soak up fascinating history in this colorful port town.
Day 3: Cycle through the untamed Bera Peninsula, then a gradual uphill climb to the Caha Pass with panoramic views. Ride downhill to the small town of Glengarriff and on to picturesque Bantry. Relax at a cozy pub for some delicious seafood and listen to traditional Irish songs.
Day 2: You'll pass pristine lakes, stately cliffs, and glacier carved mountains. Stop at the town of Kenmare for some whiskey tasting, then back on the bike to check out a prehistoric stone circle before kicking back with a pint of Guinness at a lively pub.
Motsu (gut stew) at Iseya, top of the stairs, Inokasira Park. Trust me, it's delicious.
Unagi (eel) rolls for lunch today.
Tsukune (grilled chicken burger balls) with a raw egg yolk dip. At a yakitori restaurant last night.
Deep fried octopus last night in an izakaya
Yesterday in my local supermarket, I found a dragon fruit for an acceptable price ($1.50)
Similar to cantaloupe, this Japanese melon is called "red meat melon." My breakfast this morning.
@Captain Bones Looks good, I'm gonna have some cherries for breakfast.
@rainbowssparks Show me a picture. I like pictures. (I like cherries too.)
@Captain Bones Not the nicest looking bunch, but they tasted fine!
@rainbowssparks Ah, Bing cherries. In Japan they call them American cherries. I'll get some local cherries and show you the difference.
@Captain Bones No idea what these are called actually, bing cherries it is. Please show me the local ones, I am curious now.
@rainbowssparks Funny how life works. Just got a knock st the door. It was a deliveryman with a box of Japanese cherries from my friend in Yamagata.
@Captain Bones Ah, the white/red kind! Are these from the famous cherry blossom trees? They look really good.
Japanese kabocha squash. Not exactly a breakfast fruit, so with dinner tonight.
Salak, also called "snakeskin", sweet and sour but very crunchy. I've only found them in Indonesia.
Musk melon for breakfast today. This is one of the more expensive fruits in Japan.
One revolution takes about 30 minutes, so for dinner you go around twice.
It's not cheap, about $23 USD.
The gondolas are large enough to have a group dinner.
Night on the Flyer. (Day's nice too.)
Penang offers some great beachfront bungalows
Ride the cable to the top of Penang Hill for some great views
Oh, yummy on a stick.
Georgetown has some great street food.
Take a day trip to Pulau Payar Marine Park where you can snorkel with black tips.
Last stop: Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. A big modern city, but still a lot of the old left, green parks, historical points, cultural exhibits, music, dancing, bars and restaurants of all kinds. So much to see and do.
Next, Putrajaya. This is a modern city with elegantly designed streets with a European feel. There are many green parks and waterways that flow into a large lake which the beautiful pink Putra Mosque sits on. This is an upscale city, so there are many high class restaurants.
Next stop is Seremban. I couldn't find a lot to do, there's a beautiful mosque, a lot of green park area, but I think the best thing to do is eat. Some great looking food.
Next stop is Ayer Keroh. Known as the "Green Belt" of Malacca, it has trees over 100 years old in many recreational forests, perfect for tourists who want to explore nature's beautiful sights and sounds.
A monument to durian in a center city intersection.
From Thailand, where elephants are revered.
Hyottoko from Japan. Often seen in short comical plays or dancing bonodori at festivals.
From Sulawesi. Reminds me of a Picasso painting.
It's pretty cold on top. This is why you're glad you packed warm clothes.
Midway up Kinabalu you lose the foliage, and it's mostly rock. It gets much cooler as you go up, so you need to pack warm clothes.
The beginning of the Kinabalu trek is hot jungle.
From the top of Kinabalu
@Captain Bones Wow.... Stunning
@flowergirl Thanks. Wish I had taken the shot. It's a goal. I hope someday to take the same picture. Though I've been to the island, Borneo, (Sarawak state), on the west coast, I have yet to go to the east coast (Sabah state) where Kinabalu is .
@Captain Bones I look forward to seeing those shots that you will take when you achieve this goal :-)
Kinabalu is located near the city of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state.
Stanza 17: "Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" I shrieked, upstarting - "Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore. Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! Leave my loneliness unbroken! - quit the bust above my door! Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door! Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."
Stanza 16: "Prophet!" said I , "thing of evil! - prophet still if bird or devil! - By that Heaven that bends above us - by that God we both adore - Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, it shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore - Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore." Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."
Stanza 15: "Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil! - Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted - On this home by Horror haunted - tell me truly, I implore - Is there - is there balm in Gilead? - tell me - tell me, I implore!" Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."
Stanza 14: Then methought, the air grew denser, perfumed by an unseen censer swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor. "Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee - by these angels he hath sent thee respite - respite and nepenthe from the memories of Lenore; Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore." Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."
Stanza 13: This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing to the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core; This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining on the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er, but whose velvet-violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er, She shall press, ah, nevermore!
Snorkeling in Pukapuka lagoon is nice. Not a lot of coral, but warm clear water and friendly fish.
That house has a garden
A modern house on Pukapuka
Traditional canoe on Pukapuka
More Pukapuka lagoon
Yuki, Jo, Patty
Kurt, Maya, Brian
Jack H., Nini, Kent
Nini, Brian, Bonny
Oka, Jack, Jay
A Jogja street
A must see: Jogjakarta is an old capital of Indonesia, known for traditional arts and cultural heritage. The 18th century Kraton (royal complex) still encompasses the Sultan's palace. Also within the Kraton are numerous open-air pavilions that host classical Javanese dance shows and gamelan concerts.
I've always wanted to visit Surabaya. Mountains on one side, sea on the other. A sprawling metropolis of high rises and canals.
One thing I missed on previous trips to Java but hope to visit next time is the 9th century Buddhist temple of Borobudur.
Jakarta on Java is the capital of Indonesia.
Off the island of Bunaken, Indonesia.
Sailing out of Gili Air for Gili Meno
Rounding Diniwit off Boracay, Lolong at the helm.
Sailing through the reef to Gili Trawangan
Booked flights yesterday. Jet out on the 18th, get back on the 28th.
Can't wait to dig into some of that TJ food. This is one of my favorites: chili relleno con arrozo y frijoles
Hope to do a little shopping in Tijuana .
There are some nice beaches in San Diego. Catch me in the break.
@Captain Bones what part is this? I will be in San Diego in July. Haven't been there in ages.
@aenea Not sure. I searched SD beaches and found this shot. Didn't have a name, just said San Diego.
The zoo in Balboa Park is perhaps the best zoo in the world, with more natural habitats rather than concrete and bars.
Unless your car is also a boat, don't do this.
Behold, the mighty sea.
Life is a lucky street of mind.
Swans and ducks are often seen in the canals
Your room, complete with en-suite bathroom.
There are bicycles on board for all the guests, and you are encouraged to get off and cycle along the canal path for a more intimate feel of the surroundings. The barges move slowly, about 8 clicks a day (you can even walk faster), and they'll pick you up at the next stop.
Many of the barges have on-deck hot tubs.
@Captain Bones looks grand, and nothing like I'd expect for a roaming pirate, and yet quite proper after all
Plenty of wine and a gourmet chef.
Last month, a Singaporean tourist was in Komodo National Park taking pictures of a dragon eating frenzy when he got to close, and one bit him. A dragon's bite contains a blood-pressure reducing venom, which explains their hunting technique of biting their prey once, then stalking it till it falls over from weakness. The man was put on a military speed boat and rush to a hospital on another island for treatment. This is the first instance in 5 years of a Komodo dragon attacking a human.
@Captain Bones Ouch. That does look painful.
For me, this would be a more ideal way to see Komodo, spending a few days aboard a yacht that visits other islands in the area.
The day boat from Labuanbajo
There are no places to stay on Komodo. Most people stay in Labuanbajo in west end of Flores and boat over for the day. Labuanbajo is said to be nice: good accommodations and nice places to eat. It also has an airport.
The main village is on the water's edge. Dragons occasionally meander through scavenging for food.
Vincent described Auvers as "seriously beautiful."
My poor copy
I'm not the only one
Party tomorrow night at Pub Rogue, y'all come.
Welcome to I island, maties. I be your tour guide, Captain Bones.
Though I tossed her away, I still have a deep down yearning that she'll one day boomerang back to me. www.youtube.com/watch?v=msWMXcpaM-k
Once there were many
With my brothers of another mother.
The shrine on the lake
Saw this van yesterday, Not sure what it means.
Hold Tight by the Andrews Sisters, and you know I love seafood. www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKS5RM6TFUE
Of course, somethings must be let go, but others held tight. I don't know how to post this song, but here's the link, an oldie but goodie by Roy Hamilton. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnRV7G7-xd0
I have been to the border, the wall, the end of the reef, so many times, and have looked down into the void, the darkness, the unknown, and I was afraid. I backstroked to safety, to security, to a place of sanctuary where nothing real or imagined could harm me. But I always felt an overwhelming sense of weakness for allowing fear (or was it , actually common sense) to hold sway over my life and the choices I make. Of course, we can't just throw caution to the wind, but there are times when we just have to say, "Fuck it! I'm gonna do that thing, come what may."
@Captain Bones that point where your in the water and everywhere looks the same just blue and you lose your direction up or down - left or right....your internal compass is off and you get nervous and luckily gravity pulls you a little to the top and you become oriented again in the water. It is the scariest feeling but yu go back and give in to the vulnerability because there is something about the risk that keeps you coming back.
@hhannah You got it. The risk (thrill) is like a drug.
The few words I know, though helpful when greeting someone, ordering food and beer, asking how much, going for a walk, and telling you everything's cool, aren't really enough to carry on a conversation. You need to get in deeper to make good friends.
It sure would come in handy when I'm east bound and down.
Always had an eye for a Choey Lee. This 35 foot yawl is a beauty.
I've always fancied a junk. They're slow but quite seaworthy. An old one can be bought for a song and refitted. Aye, but then I'd need a crew.
Think of a cool name, not like this one.
Finally, after a long pause, I got a 2 day shoot in Chiba the first day and Ustunomiya the 2nd day. Two hotels and 2 bullet trains.
My good luck charm needs a booster shot. Lost a few good prizes recently. But there are more rolling in from the horizon. I can smell them in the sou'wester.
Oddly, of late, I have been winning, not money so much as work (yet, of course, that amounts to more money). My good luck seems to have started when I purchased a "good luck charm" on January 1st. I tried it on various lotteries, but they were a bust, however, winning lucrative work assignments has been nonstop. Hope it continues. (Still, can't help but try for those lotteries.)
They are "vexations to the spirit" and should be avoided.
Gardens by the Bay
@Captain Bones Singapore
@sahlavit 'Tis indeed, just behind the MBS. I shot this 2 years ago.
I've sailed across the equator many times but prefer the tropical zone. I need a big city that also has beautiful beaches and coconut trees. This country is perfect, and they speak English, after a fashion.
I hate it when winter overtakes my little country, and my bones freeze. To the south east, there is a land I long for. "Where those fishing boats with their sails afloat, if I could only see that familiar sunrise through sleepy eyes, how happy I'd be."
Today, June 10, is Hattie McDaniel's birthday. Born in Wichita, Kansas in 1893, she was the 13th child in her family. By the mid 1920s, Hattie had become one of the first African-American women on radio. In 1934, she landed her on-screen break in the film, "Judge Priest," and in 1935, she appeared with Shirley Temple in "Little Colonel." Hattie became the first African-American to win an Oscar for her 1940 role as Mammy in "Gone With the Wind." Then in 1947, she starred in CBS radio's "The Beulah Show." Hattie McDaniel died in Los Angeles in 1952.
It's Jacie Wilson's birthday today (June 9, 1934). Jackie was a dynamic soul performer during the 1950s and '60s who crossed over from rhythm-and-blues to pop music, paving the way for generations of African-American singers. His first major hit was "Lonely Teardrops" in 1958, followed by "Say You Will" in 1959, "Night" in 1960, "Baby Workout" in 1963, and "Higher and Higher" in 1967. Jackie collapsed on stage in 1975 and spent the rest of his life in a coma. He died in 1984 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
On June 2, 1740, Marquis de Sade was born in Paris. His father was a diplomat in the court of Louis XV. From the start, de Sade was raised by servants who catered to his every whim. He became an aristocrat, philosopher, and a notorious writer of sexual cruelty, violence, criminality, and blasphemy against the Catholic church, all spawned from his personal life. His final 13 years were spent in an insane asylum, which didn't slow his sexual pursuits. He carried on a relationship with a 13 year old daughter of an asylum employee. De Sade died in 1814. The word "sadism" is derived from his name.
On May 31, in 1958, Dick Dale invented surf music with "Let's Go Trippin'". Dale was a surfer and wanted to put to music the sounds he heard in his head while surfing. He used reverb which gave the guitar a "wet" sound. This became a staple of surf music. Dale earned the nickname, "King of the Surf Guitar" and was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Surfers Walk of Fame in 2011. Dick Dale still plays today at 80 years old.
On May 29, 1953, New Zealander, Edmund Hillary, and Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, reached the 29,035 foot summit of Mt. Everest, becoming the first people to stand atop the world's highest mountain. They stayed on top for 15 minutes. On their decent, the first climber they met was teammate, George Lowe. Hillary's legendary quote: "Well, George, we knocked the bastard off."
@Captain Bones Ah, magical Everest, such an interesting mountain. Do you see yourself climbing to the top?
@rainbowssparks Probably not, but I did climb another mountain and saw Everest from a distance.
Going there tonight. Back in 2 days.