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Having come back to America from the Middle East, there was a requirement to head back home and see mom and dad. I utilized the initial couple weeks being back in the USA to handle the things that need to be handle after a year abroad. There was finding an apartment, rifling through loads of mail, miscellaneous doctor visits and the like. Having the necessary items in the bag, it was time… Read More

It’s been a minute since I’ve left, what had become, my desert home. I have to say that of the small number of things I enjoyed about the desert, the heat would be number one. It’s interesting to me how something like the weather can have a lasting effect on people’s impressions of a place. For the record, I grew up in the northeast. The winters were snowy and blisteringly cold. The… Read More

I stayed the night in Wadi Mousa, so I could be in Petra when they open. Getting in before the tour buses arrive with day-trippers helps me see it they way they show it on the Travel Channel. Petra opens at 0600. After I had breakfast and checked out of the hotel, it was 0715 before I made it back inside the gate. Even that late, I could tell I was still… Read More

So…today started out as chaos. I got up super early, so I could get to the Jett Bus station and be the first one in line. The man I talked with yesterday on the phone said to be at the bus station at 0600 to get a ticket. Figuring earlier is better, I decided to get there at 0530. By the time I checked out and caught a taxi to the bus… Read More

With my normal day off and the Eid holiday giving me a five day break, it was time to head out on another quick adventure. This definitely falls into what I call the weekender category. With travel to-from-and-around the country I’ve really only got about 3 days of doing stuff. I decided on Jordan for one reason, Petra. Its an absolute must-see spot, if you’re on this side of the world. I… Read More

Its been a little while since I’ve been here. Work has been a bit like work lately, and summer in the desert has been brutally hot the last several weeks. So, I’ve been just trudging through life. One of the things about traveling for work and adventure is that, at the end of the day, there is work to be done. A lot of strings you will read only talk about the… Read More

Going from one weather extreme to another or one working situation to a completely different working situation is always trying. I have had this experience more times than I care to reflect upon after a 25-plus year career as a contractor. The majority of the time, the transition isn’t that cataclysmic of an experience. But, every now and again, you really end up doing something crazy. When I decided to migrate to the Middle… Read More

I don’t really consider inclement weather in desert settings. Isn’t the desert an inclement weather setting of its own? I always thought it was. That being said, even the desert gets bad weather. Who knew? I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent time in several desert settings. The deserts of Turkey were serene most day. It didn’t rain while I was there. It was just sunny and hot. I have also spent… Read More

Growing up a mere hour and one half from Lake Placid, it shouldn’t seem unusual to anyone that I am a great fan of the Olympics. I love the olympics! All of it. All the sports (okay, figure skating not so much). I love the stories, the different places on the globe, the designs of the different venues, all of it. And its not just the winter games. I love the summer… Read More

I’m actually at the point where I’m just starting to feel better. Made it to the gym for the first time in a week. For the last week I’ve been sick. Nothing traumatic, just your standard head/chest cold. But, let me assure you that, when in the desert, being sick sucks. Like any good red blooded American, when sick I turn to the drug isle for remedy. Its the quickest and best… Read More