since I went on a bonafide road trip. The last couple were to central Texas in 2006 and San Francisco in 2005. This time it’s up to Mammoth Lakes, CA for a regional meeting and to pick up a load of snowshoes (of all things) to bring back to a local outings group for kids. We are renting a RAV4 – all expenses paid courtesy of the Sierra Club. One stop on the return journey will be at the Goldwell Open Air Museum and the ghost town of Rhyolite. It’s not a long trip really, just 11~12 hours of driving, but three of us will be gone three days and it should be a lot of fun. 19 months ago
of a lady I knew in Tokyo way back when. In her 50s, she too was Jewish, but far removed from any practice or real knowledge of Judaism. One day she was walking along a street she had never been down before and came across a building called the Jewish Community Center. On a whim, she went in. Your words could have been hers, “After years of being alone, I have finally found my home.” Gives me goosebumps remembering. Good for you! Shalom and namaste. 20 months ago
It brings contractors together with service providers for writing assignments, translation projects, artwork, software development, legal help … all kinds of outsourced jobs. Check it out at Elance.com. 20 months ago
For two weeks in a row, I’ve been ranked at #13 on Elance … out of 126,125 service providers for writing and translation. Must be doing something right, I guess. :) 20 months ago
It’s still not quite where I want it yet, but at least it is a start. Feel free to visit Best-Poker-Vegas.com. Comments welcome. Namaste. 20 months ago
“Verry intrresting.” 20 months ago
A few of us actually take the time to write them down. It is such a worthwhile endeavor. By all means …. Go for it!
Namaste. 20 months ago
This made me think of the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, “A Portrait of Dorian Grey.” Staying young has its price, perhaps a high one. I admire your attitude. Let’s hope for a cure for the negative side effects and some genetic understanding that allows your condition to be the gateway to youth for others. How mysterious and wonderful our genes are. We each walk a unique path. Namaste. 20 months ago
While in your images, click on the one you want and then on “Set this as my default image.” If the image is quite large it may appear below your screen edge so hit Control-minus (ctrl -) to reduce the size of the window. At least that’s worked for me. Good luck. Namaste. 20 months ago
Seems like I have spent every free moment in the past month working on this, including some moments I didn’t even know were free (pulled an all nighter last week; it’s been years since I last did that). We’ve hired three people on contract, spent a few hundred dollars on technology, and got our core web site about 80% ready for beta testing, which we’re hoping will begin on July 4th … so soon! We’re aiming at having everything fully operational in mid-September to take advantage of certain “opportune events” expected to occur toward the end of this year or early next. It’s certainly an adventure. I just hope the destination turns out to be as much fun as the journey. 20 months ago
That’s a whole lot of cheers. I owe you one. LOL20 months ago
was fascinating on May 20, so I am going with this as my avatar for the Solstice celebration this year. I wonder what the couple on the roof were saying to each other? 20 months ago
I was doing really well walking. Two years ago I got rid of my car to walk, bus or bike everywhere. Early this year, however, I tore my ACL, was on crutches for two weeks and used a cane for four months. I still walk, but not nearly what I was doing back when I got my pedometer. I hope to heal well enough to get back into it over the summer. Thanks for asking. Keep up the pace on your end. Namaste. 21 months ago
how sweet this is. We were part of a progressive coalition, and it took more than a little courage for Spearman and all us to take on the machine. Now it’s made headlines in LGBT and African American circles, I know, and among environmentalists, it’s a huge step toward saving Lake Tahoe and other areas from rampant development. The best part is she faces no real competition in November, so we can now turn our attention to putting another strong woman in place of a clueless incumbent: Shelley Berkley for Senate. 21 months ago
My Sierra Club group took a stand in one of our local elections, aiming to oust an incumbent with a poor environmental voting record, as well as a bad history on social issues. We joined with other progressive groups to defeat him in the primary, against strong odds. He had the big money, the backing of high-ranking party leaders and a sense of entitlement. We had grassroots phonebanks, door knocks and small donation fundraising. The results are in. For a change, the underdog has proven triumphant. Nevada will have its first black lesbian military veteran pastor in the State Senate. 21 months ago
the most difficult book in the English language, but also one of the most important and influential, so it is well worth reading. I would recommend that you go as far as you can, but if it just becomes overwhelmingly difficult, put it down and come back to it in a few years. I started it at least three times before I found a way to read it that worked for me. Good luck. Namaste.
How I did it: The version I read was the original Vintage Books first edition, published in 1961. It was the first time Ulysses had ever appeared in paperback. I obtained my copy at an auction that was held about twenty years ago when a friend named David suddenly passed away of a stroke in his late 30s. The money that was raised was used to pay for his final expenses, so the book has always meant something special to me. According to a stamp on the inside front cover, David had bought it at the Valley Book Center in Fresno, CA, probably as a used copy.
I tried starting it three times over the years and never got past page 70 or so. It has been on my "to do" list for nearly a quarter century, often added as a New Year's resolution, and added as a goal on 43T since a week after I joined in 2006.
In February 2010, I resolved to give it another go, but this time with a more strategic approach. I would carry it with me whenever I rode the bus and read as much as I could each trip. Sometimes that was only a page or two, and some weeks I didn't ride the bus at all, but I kept at it. I literally read the cover off it, as the taped spine indicates.
Numerous conversations started with others riding on the bus who were curious to know what such a thick and obviously well read (dog-eared) book was all about. In trying to explain it, I grew more knowledgeable about what it is (and is not) and how it differs from most other writing. I discovered how to read it in a way that was actually enjoyable. Joyce's language can be savored, even when it is most opaque or rambling.
So now, nearly 14 full months later, the journey is done. Leopold Bloom and I have made our sojourn together. Mr. Joyce has been a reliable traveling companion. His buzz will be in my head for a long time to come. For me, this was akin to climbing the Mt. Everest of literature. Challenging, frustrating, exhausting, ultimately satisfying, and not to be repeated. Read how I did it… 2 years ago
Almost nobody I know can afford to retire in this economy … I had to use my 401k during a period of unemployment, and although Social Security will help, it won’t be enough to live on. Much as I enjoy working for my clients, I still enjoy working for myself more. The idea is to have a stream of passive income that doesn’t involve some multimarketing scheme or any form of inventory. If we do it right, this could very well be it. Luck, of course, is always welcome. Namaste. 21 months ago
For the past dozen years or so, my buddy pH & I have talked about making $$$ on the Internet so that we could enjoy hedonistic lifestyles well into our Golden Years. We both live in resort towns. We both built our careers on marketing. We both have strong connections to Asia. We also have strong aversions to hard work or anything smacking of maintenance. We considered and rejected the idea of doing anything illegal or immoral.
Then late last year, something happened. A certain law changed. I didn’t think much of it, at first, but a couple of months ago I had a flash of inspiration and realized how that legal change created an opportunity. I saw clearly that pH & I were perfectly positioned to take advantage of it, if we got up off our bums and did a bit of planning.
Well, happy to announce that the basic business plan is now done. Domain names for more than a dozen web sites have been reserved. Basic research has been completed, content development has been contracted and graphic design is in the offing. We’ll most likely incorporate (in Nevada, of course) in July. I have not been so excited about a project in the past four years. With a little elbow grease, the right timing and some good fortune, this could be the ticket to true retirement.
Such fun. Wish I could share more, but there’s an embargo in place. For now, the cat must remain in the bag a bit longer. 21 months ago
I’d still be two steps from the starting line. I got the photos taken … way back in March. Where did the last three months go? I’ve got the application. I’ve even got the cash. All I need to do is fill out the form and take it down to the Post Office, which is extremely inconvenient since the nearest one doesn’t do passports anymore. On the plus side, I am turning procrastination into a fine art. :) 21 months ago
can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” ~ E.F. Schumacher21 months ago
is not something you need, it is something your children have a right to. It’s for them. Make him man up. Go back to court if you have to. Nowadays the law takes a very dim view of deadbeat dads. If he doesn’t pay, they will garnish his wages. It’s about your kids, not him. IMHO, they deserve better. 21 months ago
Too late for me to join this. I could start a goal called, “Arrive at 70 healthier than I was at 60,” but that’s awfully long. I think I might shorten it a bit to, “Arrive at 70….” :) 21 months ago
All of your worst imaginings may come true. So what? Do it for yourself, to visit the gravesite and to pay your final respects to your grandmother. Let the rest take care of themselves. Mi dos centavos.
Namaste. 21 months ago
This was not what I had intended originally, but after weighing all options, I decided to simply replace my dying phone with a similar one (AT&T Z221) for $39.99 and stay with my current plan. I’ll continue to check what Virgin is offering and I will probably switch to them when I upgrade to a smartphone, but I don’t need it now – maybe within the next 12 months. 21 months ago
I didn’t have the special lenses needed to view the sun directly, but I created a pinhole projector using a shoebox and some aluminum foil mounted on a camera tripod. The projection (above) turned out quite well, and lots of neighbors stopped by to take a look. I also watched an Internet broadcast of the event viewed from Area 51 on my computer (below). The guy who set it up was able to capture some sunspots and solar flares, too. What a great way to spend a Sunday at sunset.
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