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Archive for September, 2009

After 2 weeks I finally have a few photos to show. I’d add a link, but for some reason, I can’t do that. You can see them if you go to the gallery page link at the top of the site.

My trip to the hospital Yesterday, I was still coughing up giant globs of yellow mucus, so I decided to go to the hospital. I was worried enough to go even though the Chinese hospital visit I made involved long waits at every step, and was not very effective. The Pattaya International Hospital is completely […]

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been busy working through the rescue diver course. Basically, this course will teach me how to assist tired, panicky, or unresponsive divers. Since the course works best when there are several students, Nick, Scott and Kevin are also working through this course. We spent yesterday working through the […]

First dive             I awoke at 3AM and got up and started to read my diving books. I guess was I was pretty excited about the day. However, I could tell I was coming down with some sort of nasty cold. I knew that diving with a cold wasn’t the best thing to do, but […]

            “Hey bro, put it here!”                         I woke up around 7 or 8 and Susan and I headed out to look for the dive shop. I needed to be there around noon, but figured it was best to make sure I could find it first and then hang out nearby. Susan and I […]

The arrival and the first evening By and by, we neared Pattaya. The road changed slightly, a bit narrower. Mr. English kept his vehicle steady at 100Kmh for the most part and didn’t drive to crazily. I did notice some other interesting things about driving. Lanes are sort of fluid. If you are going around […]

The arrival My final flight appeared to be more or less on time. Without a wrist watch, I can’t say I’m really aware of what time it is or was at any given time. I should probably get one, but for right now, I guess I’ll just chill without one. I got off plane and […]

Well, there will be right around 1 hour remaining until we land in Taiwan. I suppose in a way this is the easiest time in a long hour flight as thing will start happening. The plane will descend, turn, etc. You know the flight is almost over.                 However, its also one of the hardest […]

I’d been packing and preparing to depart for Thailand in earnest for probably a week before my flight. I made up lists of things that needed to get done, and for the most part, I think they did get done, In retrospect, I wished I’d called Verizon to cancel my phone service, and contacted Adobe […]

            The time is 2:00AM and I’m still busy working on my computer. The installation has so far gone very well. Earlier today I moved over any files that I wanted to keep to my external backup drive. The new hard drive arrived late in the afternoon, but I went out to dinner with my […]

Hope you like the new look of the website. Found this template online and I think its pretty cool. One of the biggest changes or improvements was putting a link to every gallery on the site in one place. I had quite a few galleries, but unless you read every single post, you’ll never find […]

Yesterday, I finished most of the packing. Just a few more things to do.  My main bag weighs in at 70 pounds, but thankfully it’s on wheels and can be moved around. I’ll be forced to pay some sort of overweight charge, but oh well. I’d probably have to pay extra for a 3rd checked […]

My new RAM arrived last night. I was busy with other things. I have a 120 GB hard drive, but I nearly filled it up. So I deleted, or moved to other drives, about 60 GB worth of stuff. Today I installed the RAM. Photoshop test: pick 6 exposure bracketed dng files form my D300 […]

Well, I’ve nearly packed everything for my trip. I’ve got 2 checked bags, and my camera back pack, which also has another bag strapped to it. Should be able to get this kit onto the airplane. It’s got nearly all of my camera stuff in it, and it’s pretty heavy. Without the day pack attached, […]

First, some website news: I’ve added a “cloud” on the right, so you can see what I write about. It will take time for me to put all the older posts into this cloud. So far, maybe 20% of the posts have been properly tagged. In the packing front, I’m getting more or less closer […]

Well, baring unforseen issues, I should be up and running. The blog seems a bit slow, but its up and running, and furthermore, its been upgraded. And we now return you to your scheduled programming.

So, in the beginning, all was right with the blog. But then a man, who like many men, has the ability to destroy everything despite setting out with the best of intentions, had an idea. And this idea would lead to wailing and gnashing of teach, and the collisions of planets, and the end of […]

Click here to go to the gallery of skateboarding shots associated with this posting.            Probably the most photographed subjects for me this summer were skateboarders. There is a small skate park near my house and I’d see lots of skateboarders jumping and doing tricks and other crazy things every time […]

Another thing I’m trying to get done before Thailand is getting my computer and software set up in order.  My laptop is the Dell XPS M1530. It was shipped from the factory with an Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 CPU which runs at 1.66Ghz with a 667 mhz FSB. At the time, this was probably […]

I really haven’t updated this during the summer. While I was doing some interesting things, I guess I just didn’t quite get around to posting much. But now Thailand is just a bit over a week away. I’ll be leaving September 16, 2009, at 9:15PM.             So far, pre-trip preparations have been going smoothly. The […]