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More Cruising

October 16th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Everything is starting to run together. Lots of medieval towns, castles, cathedrals. Each is interesting in its own way, but I can’t really show that here in any way that anyone would care about. Even passing through locks is getting to be old hat. We must have done at least 5 just this afternoon. I […]

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A Viking Cruise

October 13th, 2017 · 4 Comments

We’ve done ocean cruises before, and even a couple of river cruises, but this is our first Viking river cruise. Here are come comments. There are only 190 passengers on this ship, compared to 3000 – 5000 or more on the big ocean cruise ships. That makes a big difference, and depending on your taste […]

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Vienna and Melk

October 13th, 2017 · 2 Comments

After Budapest, the next stop was Vienna, Austria. Vienna is the capital and largest city in Austria, with about 1/4 of the country’s population. We opted for the walking tour “Vienna Close Up” rather than the included bus tour. We rode the subway into central Vienna and then spent about 3 hours walking around with […]

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Budapest

October 8th, 2017 · 4 Comments

Ten hours from Phoenix to London on British Airways, then two and a half hours to Budapest. We arrived about 6:30 in the evening, but it was around 8:00 before we made it to the ship and settled into our room. The next day we took a tour of the city, which is really two […]

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Eclipse!

August 21st, 2017 · 5 Comments

Gisele and I traveled to Idaho where we met Dale and Donna. We rented a cabin and they camped nearby in their Minnie-Winnies. Although we were both already inside the path of totality, we were a little far from the center line, so on Monday morning we drove a few miles south. This increased the […]

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Silvercar

August 6th, 2017 · 6 Comments

I experimented with a new car rental company on our trip to San Francisco last week. Silvercar rents only Audi A4s, and the only color is (of course!) silver. This is a nicer car than you will usually get at a rental company. You can pay more for a “luxury” car, but you won’t be […]

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Medicare for All!

July 1st, 2017 · 2 Comments

All… er… Both. Both of us. Gisele and me both! A little over a year ago I went on Medicare and wrote a post about it. It’s now Gisele’s turn. For the past 6 months we have been paying nearly $900 per month for her coverage, which has a deductible of $6000. (On the plus, […]

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Happy Loving Day!

June 13th, 2017 · 3 Comments

Actually, I’m a day late — “Loving Day” was yesterday, June 12. It was the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in the case of “Loving vs. Virginia” that ruled inter-racial marriages legal in all states. If Gisele and I had come back to Arizona from Taiwan before 1962, our marriage would have been […]

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Shoulder Surgery

May 28th, 2017 · 1 Comment

In the interest of using this as a diary, I need to document the recent left shoulder surgery, and I’ll provide an update. Two complete rotator cuff tears and bone impingement, and something else I can’t remember right now. Surgery done Feb 7. It is now 4 months (16 weeks), and I am feeling pretty […]

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Android Pay

May 21st, 2017 · 6 Comments

I recently signed up for Android Pay, and have been using it the past couple of weeks. It’s very convenient. When you pay, you just tap your phone on the card reader. Within a couple of seconds you are done, and the amount is charged to your credit card. It’s accepted at many places, including […]

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