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Entries from November 2013

Thanksgiving in Taiwan

November 28th, 2013 · 3 Comments

We found a local restaurant that provides authentic Thanksgiving Day dinners, so Gisele, Devon and I got our ration of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries and pie. No silky chocolate pie, of course, but apple and pumpkin. Everything was really quite good. Devon said it was his first Thanksgiving dinner in three years. It […]

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Tags: Family Updates

Chinese Superstition

November 23rd, 2013 · 8 Comments

Here’s a picture of the keypad in the elevator in my hotel. What’s wrong? Why?

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Tags: Computers, Tech & Science · Opinion

Bagless in Taiwan

November 22nd, 2013 · 1 Comment

We arrived safely and on time after a pleasant trip across the wide Pacific Ocean, but Gisele’s suitcase did not. My bag was one of the first ones on the carousel, but in place of Gisele’s bag was a big sign asking us to contact airport personnel. It turned out that the bag hadn’t made […]

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Taiwan again, in comfort this time

November 17th, 2013 · 9 Comments

Gisele and I are leaving Tuesday to spend three weeks in Taiwan with Devon. Since he can’t come home for Thanksgiving, we will celebrate it there with him. I doubt that we will find any turkey, but a chicken dish in a restaurant will have to do. We wish Derek could come with us, but […]

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Tags: Family Updates


November 8th, 2013 · 8 Comments

I have traveled in Muslim countries before and I’m used to seeing women covering their hair as a matter of modesty. But sometimes when I see a women here with her hair all covered up in typical Muslim head covering, the thought passes through my mind, “Why don’t they just go with the local custom […]

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Tags: Opinion