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Puncture

COSTA RICA | Monday, 5 Jul 2021 | Views [62]

A NASCAR PIT CREW CAN CHANGE ALL FOUR TIRES in under 20 seconds. A good Indy crew can cut that time in half. It took me about nine minutes today to change the flat tire on our Nissan Quashqai—not bad for an amateur. We were on our way Las Baulas ... Read more >


Pura Vida—It's A State of Mind

COSTA RICA | Friday, 2 Jul 2021 | Views [64]

“ PURA VIDA ” LITERALLY TRANSLATES AS the “pure life” or “simple life,” Pura Vida means hello, good-bye and everything is cool—the Tico equivalent of Hawaii’s hang-loose Shaka sign. Pura Vida is an ... Read more >

Tags: the good life


Going, Going . . . Almost Gone!

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 29 Jun 2021 | Views [79]

PASSPORTS ✓ TICKETS ✓ HOTEL ✓ CAR ✓ AirBnB ✓ Pase de Salud —huh? It seems you need to complete an on-line health form to enter Costa Rica during these still Dark Times. Which means you also need a special travel insurance policy ... Read more >

Tags: finally!


Photos: Costa Rica

COSTA RICA | Monday, 28 Jun 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Exit Strategy

USA | Monday, 24 May 2021 | Views [164]

WE'RE BACK FOR ONLY TWO WEEKS AND already are planning our escape. Most people travel to Colorado for the skiing and hiking—we come for our annual proddings and probings. Lest you think we’re masochists, Colorado is where our doctors are—... Read more >


Back Home On The Range

USA | Tuesday, 11 May 2021 | Views [150]

LAST NIGHT’S SNOW WAS A BIT OF A SHOCK, probably more to the emergent cherry blossoms than it was to us. This isn’t our first taste of Springtime in the Rockies, after all. Just the same, it feels strange to be wearing long pants and shoes, ... Read more >


Photos: Full Circle: Colorado

USA | Monday, 10 May 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Dark Times—Burning Times

USA | Saturday, 1 May 2021 | Views [169]

THE ACTION IN VARANASI TAKES PLACE along the ghats, long stretches of concrete stairs leading from the maze of alleys to the river itself.  Stairways, as it were, down to heaven.  Beginning in the early morning, hoards of devoted Hindus descend ... Read more >


Alternate Anniversary Plan B

USA | Sunday, 25 Apr 2021 | Views [161]

WE HAD PLANNED A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY DINNER for Saturday. Twenty-seven years is worthy of celebration, after all, and Myrtle Beach has a plethora of fine dining. With the social-distanced seating restrictions, the only table we could book at the Cork ... Read more >


Ten Years Later

USA | Saturday, 24 Apr 2021 | Views [115]

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOCKED THE DOORS for the last time and set off to see the whole, wide world. The sale of the house was “under contract” in realtor-speak and most of our worldly possessions—everything that wouldn’t fit in ... Read more >


Virginia Road Trip

USA | Monday, 19 Apr 2021 | Views [120]

IF YOU ARE NOT SPEAKING RUSSIAN you might want to thank Connie and Steve. Back in the old Cold War days when the entire USSR—not just Vladimir—was out to get us, Connie and Steve, her boss at one of those “ABC” agencies, were ... Read more >


Photos: Virginia Road Trip

USA | Friday, 16 Apr 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Spring Has Sprung

USA | Sunday, 11 Apr 2021 | Views [113]

FLORIDA MAY CLAIM ENDLESS SUMMER but Spring has sprung in Myrtle Beach. There are no swarms of college kids but April showers, blooming flowers, hopeful golfers and allergy-induced runny noses are sure signs of the season.     ... Read more >


Nothing Could Be Finer...

USA | Friday, 9 Apr 2021 | Views [115]

WE’VE HAD ENOUGH OF THE SUNSHINE STATE! This was our third snowbird winter in Florida, after all. And out here on the Panhandle, not only does a wind from the north blow cold as one would expect but so does a south wind when it flows over the chilly ... Read more >


Photos: South Carolina

USA | Thursday, 8 Apr 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Rite of Spring

USA | Saturday, 20 Mar 2021 | Views [204]

WE HADN’T CONSIDERED THAT Panama City Beach calls itself the “Spring Break Capital Of The World” when we booked our condo. Apparently Governor DeSantis’s lackadaisical approach to Covid was seen as a “come-on down, y’... Read more >


Itz Not the Ritz

USA | Monday, 8 Mar 2021 | Views [154]

WE ROLLED INTO TOWN JUST AFTER NOON yesterday and checked in at the Costa Inn.   Its major draw is that it had rooms available.  It also has secure parking and . . . Wait a just cotton-pickin’ minute! That was back in 2008 in ... Read more >


The Second Dose

USA | Thursday, 18 Feb 2021 | Views [194]

IT MIGHT SOUND LIKE WE’RE WHINGING—but we aren’t. Despite how crappy we felt last night, we are extremely relieved to have gotten our second dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine yesterday. Last month's 8-hour drive from Cocoa Beach to ... Read more >


Our First House Guest

USA | Tuesday, 9 Feb 2021 | Views [190]

AFTER SPENDING NEARLY A YEAR IN VARIOUS rental condos, we're having our first “sleep over.” Our 'sister' Linda—actually brother Mike’s widow—drove over from Houston to spend a few days with us. She found the chilly weather ... Read more >


Destin-y

USA | Saturday, 6 Feb 2021 | Views [219]

OUR FINAL MEMORIES OF COCOA BEACH will be of the blustery weather spawned by the storms that raked the Northeast. Only the heartiest souls were seen on the beach and the fishing deteriorated to the point that I fed the last of my bait and a small bluefish ... Read more >


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