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Start from scratch

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an old house in VA  So my processing has officially begun and above photo summarizes the current status of my brain. it's still got the structural walls in tact for the most part, but it has a long way to go.  i will never have another year with that much travel or at least to so many destinations. after a wedding next weekend i think i'll have rounded out 70...
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For my friend, Kevin Miller

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This morning, I was hit with heart breaking news. A friend of mine perished in a traffic accident last night. We had just spoken in the morning. He and I hadn’t spoken in months, outside of some exchanges on Facebook. The call from him came out of the blue. He was looking to buy a MacBook and, as the resident Apple evangelist in our crew,...
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Thirty

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Thomas Cole's The Voyage of Life - Manhood I square up to 30; settle in to become. Fear of the years is for the timid. Full embrace of what is, has been, and is to come. The maturity to learn from life’s meanderings. The wisdom to understand man’s position and his flaws. Half of a life, a third, all.To find meaning and peace in the pieces. Break...
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Cambodia,The Relaxed Adventure – Part 3: Siem Reap/Buddha/Closing Thoughts

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i'll explain about sound clip at end of post. it's from a performance there. Siem Reap is bite size, tourist friendly, and i would recommend for any level of traveler. i saw many families with even young children enjoying their time. it's an easy place to get in and out of and truly felt like a vacation getaway for me. they accept USD at all...
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Cambodia,The Relaxed Adventure – Part 2: The Countryside

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my favorite trip pic. on the boat ride out to the lake "Orange: The essence of Buddhism which is full of wisdom, strength and dignity." -most common google answer. i was curious about the symbolism. remind me what people did before the internet; i can't remember. easy to collect hitchhikers along the trail So i figured i would get out of town for the 2nd day.  i...
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Cambodia,the relaxed adventure – Part 1: the Temples

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Last weekend i took a trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. As usual,  having done littel to no research beforehand my expectations were intentionally blank. I knew Angkor Wat was there, obviously, and had heard of a few other temples. Beyond that, I had no set agenda. i had a conversation last week regarding the use of motorcycles in other countries vs. U.S. i was trying to get...
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In between and rambling

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nice little earth village  "The wisest person is the one who has travelled to the farthest point in the village" -someone on CSi can't tell if i'm getting wiser or just further loosening my grip on the "real" world. perhaps they both are the same.  it's odd how people try so hard to carry around invisible objects all day to create and hold up this mirage....
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The Little Engine That Couldn’t (Coding By Train: Leg 3 Chicago to Denver)

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Our train arrived in Chicago an hour late (a pattern that I’d soon learn is quite common). I can;t say anything about the city itself, as I never left the train station. From the ride into the Windy City, I was only able to make a single assessment: the place looks massive. Without a decent public transit system, I couldn’t imagine trying to make my way...
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