• Travelogue: Day 7 Monday, July 1, 2013

    Fourth Day of Cruise — Port of Civitavecchia to Rome Today Rome — the port I have been anticipating the most this trip. Why? Because of who we are meeting in Rome. One of the clients I work with makes occasional trips to their office in Rome, so I asked them for recommendations on touring […]

  • Travelogue: Day 6 Sunday, June 30, 2013

    Third Day of Cruise — Port of Livorno, serving Pisa and Florence For some reason the clock light wouldn’t work last night and the alarm didn’t go off this morning, so we are an hour late.  Since we aren’t taking an excursion, that shouldn’t be a problem, though I have a feeling that the day […]

  • Travelogue: Day 5 Saturday, June 29, 2013

    Second Day of Cruise — Provence We had been talking before leaving the States that we wanted to take one of the ship sponsored excursions during our time in France, rather than try to figure it out ourselves. But it took us until last night for us to purchase the tickets for our excursion — […]

  • Travelogue: Day 4 Friday, June 28, 2013

    First Day of Cruise – Embarkation in Barcelona Woke up this morning to find the Gillespies — Betsy’s sister and family — had arrived in the night and made it to the front apartment. So it was breakfast for 11, and trying to do laundry, which didn’t go as well as expected. Both apartments had […]

  • Travelogue: Day 3 Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Day 2 in Barcelona Today we took the Barri Gotic self-guided walking tour of the Cathedral district and the old Roman city section. There were geese in the cloister area of the Cathedral.  We were thinking “this looks very nice,” then Nathan noticed a skull and crossbones on the floor.  Betsy guessed that was probably […]

  • Travelogue: Day 2 Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    Not sure if it is 3 a.m. or 9 a.m. Local clocks are saying 9 a.m., but where we come from it is 3 a.m. As follow to yesterday’s blog, three of us watched “OZ the Great and Powerful,” while Nathan watched “Rise of the Guardians” and played on his 3DS. They had chicken, pasta […]

  • Travelogue: Day 1 Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    In my previous blog I mentioned that I would write my next blog on the first port of call: Barcelona.  I guess I forgot the day it took to get there. Barcelona may show up, but at the end of this current post, not as its focus. The day starts at 8 a.m., showers, finishing […]

  • Travelogue: Observations on Mediterranean Europe, Initial Observations

    My family and I just returned from a 12-day Mediterranean Cruise.  I didn’t have time or access to make online updates during the trip, so over the next several days I intend to take the 3100 photos we took, and make selections to go along with some observational blogs I intend to make about the […]

  • Men cannot be sexist; blacks cannot be racist.

    Apparently there is an ad that has gone viral, that many men are calling sexist. It relates to the Samsung Evolution Kit, and it shows men as primitive neanderthals.  You can read the link below: http://shine.yahoo.com/love-sex/samsung-s-primitive-husband-angers-men–is-it-sexist–173827672.html But what I really want to talk about, is the last paragraphs of the article.  I am not so […]

  • We need more than good intention government

    First rule of good leadership: Don’t give a command you know won’t be obeyed.   First rule of bad governance: pass a law if it has good intention or purpose, without worrying whether it can be carried out or not, and without considering its potential side effects. In one of my favorite science fiction books, […]