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Happy Super Bowl

February 02, 2014 :: written in: All Blog Posts
        Mrs. C. and I aren't huge sports fans but we do watch the Super Bowl. I hope your team does well, whoever you're rooting for. As for predictions; I predict I'll eat too much, enjoy a few commercials and be confused by the game. Until then, some fellow bloggers forwarded these pictures. You might have seen these before but they made me chuckle.                 Have a great day.       ...

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Proud Papa

February 03, 2014 :: written in: All Blog Posts
Many bloggers take every opportunity to brag about their kids, but up until now I haven’t been one of them. Yet on Thursday our son CJ completed the first round of tests to become a master automotive technician, certified by the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.) He successfully passed tests covering the following:   Engine Repair Engine Performance Heating and Air Conditioning Manual Transmission Drive Axle and 4WD Systems      In addition to his BS from the University of Oregon in Environmental Studies, CJ has just completed a two year program earning him an AA in Automotive Technology. His mother and I couldn’t be more proud of him, especially since his grades were go ...

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We're Off!

February 05, 2014 :: written in: All Blog Posts
     It seems like we just returned from India and now we’re off on another adventure. Shutting down Chubby Chatterbox before a vacation is traumatic for me and I always wait until the last moment to do so. I admire bloggers who can write and publish posts while on vacation, but I’m not one of them. My initial reactions to sights and experiences are jumbled and often change with time. I like giving them an opportunity to percolate in my mind before writing them down. It’s only recently that I’ve been taking pictures. On our last trip I met a fellow who’d taken sixteen hundred photographs over the course of two weeks. I bet he won’t remember where he was in most of those pictures, al ...

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The Elusive Buddha

February 26, 2014 :: written in: All Blog Posts
16, 17, 18…      Two weeks ago I was climbing 268 steps up a mountain to the Po Lin Monastery to see Hong Kong’s largest outdoor bronze Buddha, officially called the Tian Buddha, but unofficially known as Big Buddha. A cold rain pelted me, and the fog was so thick I couldn’t see my hands in front of my face, not that I was willing to pry them from my pockets where they huddled for warmth. I was reminded of the weather in Portland when we left; our pilot announced he was closing the plane’s door so we could take off early to avoid the approaching storm, and I later learned eight inches of snow and two inches of ice began blanketing Portland fifteen minutes after our departure.     ...

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February 28, 2014 :: written in: All Blog Posts
 We’d come to Hong Kong because there were no direct flights from the United States to Thailand and our choices for connecting flights were Tokyo or Hong Kong. We didn’t want to arrive at our destination with jet lag so we stayed a few days in Hong Kong. As it turned out we made the right decision because Hong Kong was drizzly and foggy, but Tokyo was shut down with a blizzard.      On our last day in Hong Kong we purchased tickets for a sight-seeing bus and drove around the city, pausing at Aberdeen Harbour, a small fishing community now circled by high-rise apartments. Here, ignoring the towering urban development surrounding them, families live on boats much as they have for centuries.    ...

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