Category: Personal

I have Facebook, Twitter, and a blog. I don’t have a Flickr account, but just keeping up with these things takes a lot of time. Recently, I accepted an invitation from someone to join Google Plus, or G+. I’ve been looking at it for several days, trying to get a handle on who it works. I finally think that I have the beginnings of an idea of how it works. With FB (Facebook), everyone is a ‘friend’. If you have…

Since I’ve been back from ‘down under’, people want to know what it was like. My answer, in general, is that Sydney was rather like New York City, only much, much farther away. The main difference being that the people drove on the left side of the street and some talked with an Aussie accent, but certainly no one spoke like Crocodile Dundee! There was little that was unique and many things quite familiar. Each morning, I walked past 7-11…

Lately, I’ve been besieged by comment spam such as: Smack-dab what I was looinkg for-ty! Or If you’re lokiong to buy these articles make it way easier. All of them have the same callback URI, www.yahoo.com. All of them have different, fake e-mail addresses. All of them use a different fake name like: John, Barbi, or Geralyn, to name a few. I guess that as filters get better, so do spammers. The interesting thing is that there is no link…

Grilled chicken with fried egg on top! Certainly, traveling to another country, by yourself, can be a life lesson. Here are some of the things that I have learned whilst traveling about by myself, in no particular order: Don’t exchange your money at the most convenient place! For example, when I landed, after clearing immigration, I exchanged my money at the Travelex vendor just right in front of the baggage claim. I exchanged $400 USD @ 1.17/AUD. This netted me…

All that remains This will be my last post from Australia. It is Saturday morning, Friday night for you. I entered the country with $500 U.S. I exchanged $400 of it, giving me about $330 AUD. Over 8 days and 8 nights, I have spent all but $18.15 AUD. This morning, I will have my normal ‘brekky’ at Starbucks, which will cost me around half of that. Then, when I go to the airport, I may have something else before…

I didn’t post yesterday because I’ve been stuck in the hotel for 2 days due to heavy, unrelenting rains. Today, Thursday in Australia, as I write this, it continues to rain. I had to invoke Plan C because the other plans failed: Plan A – Go to Blue Mountains on the train. Well, it rained on Tuesday, so I elected to stay on, but on Wednesday, I was game! I walked, in the rain, down to Central Station, went to…

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