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So, in a couple of weeks, I'll be a "Gator in Training" :)
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Orlando Or Bust Vegas or Bust! BUSTED!
When I started this "mini trip", I wasn't really even planning to blog it. I almost didn't take my laptop. I figured I'd keep track of my fuel and other receipts, and maybe write up a quick post once it was done, to record my thou ... Click to read the rest
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Mexico Day 4
Monday, 25th of February, 2013
Ok, its morning, and I'm on a mission, so will keep this short, Si? :)
Last night, I decided I'd cut my time short here in Mazatlan, and get closer to home.
There is a ferry that crosses from Mazatlan to La Paz, over on the Baja Peninnsula. From ... Click to read the rest
Belize Day 135
Mexico Day 0
Thursday, 21st of February, 2013
Well, tomorrow I'm leaving Belize. Seems like I've been here forever, and yet not at the same time. I'm so used to moving this is almost normal, and yet, the unknown. This last few months have been weird for me, because I don't have a ... Click to read the rest
Day 132 - Monday, 18th of February, 2013
Woke up today to a cloudy, and "cold" morning. Cold being anything less than 80 degrees I guess now! I didn't wear a jacket or anything, not that I have one, but after the last couple warm days, it was cooler.
I spent some time today going through the p ... Click to read the rest
Day 122 - Friday, 08th of February, 2013
Short Day, and a quick Internet break. Will post what I have, then maybe write more tonight. So.... ;)
Ok, so we're back again.
Today is Friday, so again the crew worked through lunch, then was off at 1pm. Dad had a little welding project, so ... Click to read the rest
Day 115 - February 1 - Friday
So, got rained off the roof before noon today, so I hitched a ride with Dad into town to renew my Visa. Now we're getting some internet time in. Quality bonding! Seems so weird to have my laptop, and Dad has the Ipad!
Anyway, going to post this, and th ... Click to read the rest
TAGS - greendragon,
I'll keep this short, there are now FINALLY some pictures to go look at, and an almost easy way to go look at them. Just hit the Gallery link on the blog, and you'll see them.
Oh, and if for some reason you're not reading this on the GreenDragonRTW.com website, go there now. I know that the blog ... Click to read the rest
TAGS - greendragon,
Day 109 - January 26th - Saturday
Woke up to a rainy day, but its ok, I could sleep in, because its Saturday. That's the best day ever!
Anyway, I caught a ride with John into town, so avoided getting wet, and now I'm at the Chinese place doing the interwebs, so life is good.
- ... Click to read the rest
Day 102 - January 19 - Saturday
Internet day :)
So, yeah, I got into Yim Saan for my internet and Curry Chicken day.
Think I caught a bus around noon or 1pm or something like that, and left around 6pm, so at least 5 hours of catching up with the rest of the world.
There are days wh ... Click to read the rest
Day 95 - January 12 - Saturday
I got some internet time in today, posted the previous blog posts, caught up with Facebook and a few emails, and then caught the bus back.
One thing I got done today was to find a downloadable PDF of the book "How to Win Friends and Influence People". I'd read it ... Click to read the rest
Day 88 - January 5, 2013 - Saturday
Went to church today. It was full, the big group was there.
Later I caught a ride into town with the Word at Work group, we took a quick Ice Cream and Knick Knack break at the Art Box, which has some truly amazing handmade stuff for sale. And the ice cream wa ... Click to read the rest
Day 81 - December 29 - Saturday
Day 82 - December 30 - Sunday
I did a little bit of catch up welding today, on one of the dorms. Almost got rained on, I had finished up, put the welder away, then it rained pretty hard for a while.
A few of us stayed up late talking, pretty ex ... Click to read the rest
Day 74 - December 22nd - Saturday
Yay, I'm finally back on the internet. Think its been a couple weeks...
Gary and I drove into town, and here we are at the Yim Saan restaurant. Life is good!
Ok I'm back again, this is a continuation of the previous post.
I'm back on ... Click to read the rest
Day 58 - December 6th - Thursday (Continued...)
I took a break from work and stuff today, went into town, and just got away for a while. I also got my visa renewed, for the second time now. A visa in Belize is good for 30 days, and it costs $50 (Belize, or $25 US dollars). After getting the visa ... Click to read the rest
Day 46 - 24 Saturday
(Continued this from the earlier blog post, since I wrote it early afternoon)
Decided I needed a break today, away from everything and everyone, so I skipped church, and spent the morning writing some website code. Then I caught a bus into town to get some chinese food and s ... Click to read the rest
Day 39 - 17th Saturday
Church is full today.
We heard from Stanley that he got our welding gas and also the hose we need, so should be ready to roll when the steel gets here. Am hoping to do some practice welding tomorrow to be up to speed. There are a few projects we need to do with the welder, ... Click to read the rest
Day 36 - 14th Wednesday
Had a weird thought today. Wonder what I'll do when I leave here?
See, I always leave things eventually. And often my plans don't work out like I thought, so sometimes I don't make a lot of plans. Like, when I loaded up my motorcycle to go explore the world, I had no pla ... Click to read the rest
Day 29 - 7th Wednesday
Chuck and Carol took Dad into the airport today, he's going home today. We did some money laundering... er... money changing before he left. No sense him taking Belize money back to the US, when I can spend it here.
After doing the concrete work on the gate, we started do ... Click to read the rest
Day 23 - 1st Thursday
7:24 PM 01-Nov-2012
Dan and I poured another post today (the 3rd concrete post so far), and the last footing for the line of posts we're working on. We decided that if we worked hard in the morning we'd take the afternoon off.
We needed to pick up some more concrete mix ... Click to read the rest
Belize Blog Entries
Day 18 - 27th
5:49 PM 27-Oct-2012
We don't work on Saturday (the organization is run by Seventh Day Adventists, so they keep Saturday as the Sabbath, vs. Sunday) So we went out on a drive in the afternoon, I got to show Dan some of the sights. We went across the ha ... Click to read the rest
Day 11 - 20th
Ok, this will be quick, I'm located at Paradise Resort, (http://www.belize123.com/) at Placencia, Belize. More on that later, but I need to get this posted and then I'll write more. Stay tuned!
Had a fish taco, and some ice cream for supper. Ice cream not super awesome, b ... Click to read the rest
September 20 - October 10, 2012
Ok, I did an outline for this post a few weeks ago, then didn't have time to post it till now (about a month after it happened!) So I'll just post it as is, sorry about the lack of grammar! And some day I'll post some pictures, eventually!
Crossed US Border Sept ... Click to read the rest
Belize Blog Enteries (the first 10 days in country... posted the first time I had access to wifi!)
9 Oct 2012
Dad and I drove around today, the day before we fly to Belize, and did some last minute errands.
I bought supplies at Walmart today, got 8 pack of Irish Spring soap, bottle of ... Click to read the rest
September 12 - 16, 2012
I again appologize, some of these are not in order. Hopefully soon I'll have time to go fix that!
So, when I last posted, I was leaving Whitehorse, Yukon, I had replaced the worn out chain and sprockets, and I was on my way south, to BC. Good, so here we go!
I made ... Click to read the rest
September 8 - 12, 2012
Yukon again, going south this time.
About another hour on the road, and I was more than ready for a campsite. By now I was getting pretty cold, fumbly, and just not having a fun evening. I pulled into camp, found a open site near the ca ... Click to read the rest
September 2 - 8, 2012 - Alaska
Ok, let me first say that I'm writing this a couple WEEKS after it happened. Wow, that seems like a lifetime ago.
Just a bit of back tracking, I don't think I really covered this on the earlier Dempster Highway post. The last day on the highway, I had stayed at E ... Click to read the rest
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So, ok, this will be a special edition post!
I wanted to get this written before I forgot the details, and no sense not posting it now that I wrote it! Don't worry, I'll be posting the Top of the World Highway, and Alaska posts soon. Stay Tuned, as they say!
I'll start back a couple of days, I ... Click to read the rest
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August 29 - September 2
Demptser Highway, from Dawson City, YT to Inuvik, NWT
Round trip around 1500 km / ~ 1000 miles of gravel "highway"
I started off August 29 at Moose Creek campsite.
It had rained on me most of the day before, but by the time I got ready to set up camp, the clouds brok ... Click to read the rest
August 26 - August 29
I'm just going to roll these days together.
I gassed up at places like Toad River, Contact Creek Lodge, Teslin, Whitehorse, Carmacks, and Dawson City, all in the Yukon.
I camped near Whitehorse, and at Moose Creek, before getting to Dawson City.
The country up her ... Click to read the rest
August 25, 2012
The next morning I got rolling, somewhere around 10 to 11am again. Never been an early riser! Made it to Fort St. John, BC in good time, then was onto the Alaska Highway. The actual Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway is in Dawson Creek, BC, so I missed the first few miles.
Many of t ... Click to read the rest
August 23, 2012
Leaving the farm at Ryley, Alberta.
First Tank of gas on the Round The World Trip! - Left home at about 2:30pm
Motorcycle Odometer: 10184.3 KM
Well, lets see, it seems like starting at the beginning is so... linear!
If you've read the blog so far, wow, thanks! So by now ... Click to read the rest
Ok, I know I promised a better blog post, but sometimes things change, right?
After I did the last post, I got that much needed shower, then I set up camp for the night, just in case the forming black clouds turned into rain.
Then about an hour later, Joe, the owner of the Smith's Green Acres ... Click to read the rest
Ok, this is the quick update post, and I'm planning to write a longer post later today, so hang in there ok?
I'm currently at a RV Park, in Alaska, that has Laundry, Showers, and Internet. Guess what 3 things I have not had since I left home?? Yeah, I'm very excited!
I was kind of surprised th ... Click to read the rest
TAGS - greendragon, yukon, northwest territories, nwt, yt, arctic circle, inuvik, dawson city, top of the world, scenery, fall, cold, motorcycle, mud, tires, adventure, bc, british columbia, ab, alberta, north pole, fairbanks, whitehorse, ,
A Journey of 1000 miles....
won't even start if I don't get out of the yard soon!
Wow, who ever knew this would be so difficult. Grrrr. I am so far off in my estimates of how much gear I could carry, it just hurts to think of it.
Until about yesterday, I was still looking for ways to safely ... Click to read the rest
So, yeah, its been about 6 or 7 weeks since my last post.
Its going to be great to hit the road, get into my own groove, and maybe I'll have time to write!
In the last couple of months, wow, lots has happened.
I went on a trial camping trip.
I moved out of my apartment, onto my Mom's farm. ... Click to read the rest
Since people will read this, I won't write most of the bad words I want to write here... maybe someday I'll publish my actual memoirs... or not!
At any rate, here it is, the 20th of August, 2012, and I'm STILL not on the road yet.
Part of that is because editing and making the disks f ... Click to read the rest
As the title says, I Love Metal Working ;)
One problem I find in my life is that there are too many things I like to do. It makes it very difficult for me to settle down and do just one job.
I keep looking at the calendar on my wall, and freaking out! This is the month that I will be moving ou ... Click to read the rest
I really need to just unplug for a while. Maybe forever.
I will be out in the bush, but I don't want to go back to the stone ages! I like my toys, but I feel like I need some time to decompress.
I will be taking digital pictures, so will need a laptop. Everything needs power. Sometimes I'll ... Click to read the rest
I really hate to cook. So, with all the planning, and cool stuff, like making a sleeping bag, and buying ammo cans, and what ever other distractions I can come up with, thinking about food isn't really high on my list of priorities. Which is weird, because I like to eat, but I don't like to think ab ... Click to read the rest
Lets see if I can make sense of this post...
I'm getting ready to take off on this epic road trip, and I keep buying stuff, but it all has to fit on the motorcycle. If it doesn't fit, it doesn't go. If the bike is too heavy to move... I don't go! I think at the moment, I have enough stuff for a ... Click to read the rest
I am practicing today! Even though I'm planning this big epic round the world trip by motorcycle, I have a bad habit of staying inside too much. I live on the top floor of an apartment building, and have this little deck right out side of my "office", and I hardly ever get out there! Its been kind o ... Click to read the rest
I'm Lazy... and Busy!
Rather than riding all over town to find stuff I need, I usually just go on Ebay and buy stuff. That way I can do my research and ordering when I have time, usually about 2am!
There is good and bad points though. Most stuff is coming from the US, or China and Hong Kong. S ... Click to read the rest
Wow, its been too long since I posted anything, so here's a quick Overview of the last couple of months.
My job has been taking up lots of my time! On the plus side, at least I am making some money, which of course has gone into buying lots of stuff for the trip! The more I buy, the heavier the b ... Click to read the rest
I'll probably edit this later, but I just wanted to get some of what's been going on posted so I don't forget!
(had to go read the other post, gee, I've not been keeping up at all!)
Ok, so I have the bike! What I ended up doing was drive the Porsche out to ReCycle, park it, drive the motorcycl ... Click to read the rest
And so it begins :)
Some of you reading this may have heard me mumbling about some motorcycle trip or what ever.
Its getting closer to reality!
In December, 2011 I found a great deal, a 2003 Kawasaki KLR-650, on sale for around $3500. It was extremely low miles, and in near new condition. ... Click to read the rest
"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it."
~ Groucho M ... Click to read the rest
I saw this recently on "Clients Suck" website (http://www.clientssuck.net/the-vendorclient-relationship/) and had to say it really hit home. If you're in business for yo ... Click to read the rest
What a year its been so far. Yeah, I know, I already said that in the title.
I think for now I'll write a quick post, then when I have time I'll go back and write a few more posts to fill in the details, fair enough?
So, we start at the beginning of 2011.
I had my little store, Interwebz. ... Click to read the rest
This is a quick test to see if everything works still, been a while. And here we go! ... Click to read the rest
TAGS - testing,
Chasma Boreale, a long, flat-floored valley, cuts deep into Mars' north polar icecap. Its walls rise about 4,600 feet, or 1,400 meters, above the floor. Where the edge of the ice cap has retreated, sheets of sand are emerging that accumulated during earlier ice-free climatic cycles. Winds blowing of ... Click to read the rest
So, somehow our farm has become the place for animals that no one else wants. Well, I guess someone paid for the Llama, but I don't think it was very much, right?
Like a while ago, "the farm" adopted a female Lab, which had like 11 pups. I say it like that, because lets face it, when a big dog l ... Click to read the rest
Is www.justroses.com , by any other name, still as sweet?
If you're considering a website for your business, choosing the right name has to be near the top of the list of things to be thinking about!
There are only a few ways for customers to get to your website:
As a local business owner, it easy to feel threatened by the Internet. What if all your customers start shopping on line, you might think?
A few years ago I was at a meeting with other local business owners, just before a wedding expo.
The florist was complaining about an article in the paper ... Click to read the rest
This didn't start off on purpose, I was just thinking of what I should write about, and today's post title just came out. So I wrote it down on a note pad, laughed about it, then went about what I was doing. Then a bit later, I read a post on the
This has been a weird year for me. I usually try to have a plan when the year starts. In fact, when I started up Interwebz.ca, a little computer shop in town, I kind of thought I had a plan. Well, really, it was a plan, I just didn't like where it was going, so I pulled the pl ... Click to read the rest
By Carlin Comm posted on 2011-03-10
This has been a weird year for me.
I usually try to have a plan when the year starts. In fact, when I started up Interwebz.ca, a little computer shop in town, I kind of thought I had a plan. Well, really, it was a plan, I just didn't like where it was going, so I pulled the pl ... Click to read the rest
"We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile."
— Earl Nightingale: ... Click to read the rest
Making the Grade
NASA astronauts Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew (partially obscured at center) conducted the STS-133 mission's spacewalk on Monday, Feb. 28. During the six-hour, 34-minute spacewalk, Bowen and Drew installed the J612 power extension cable, moved a failed ammonia pump module to the Exter ... Click to read the rest
Emerging from the Quest airlock on the International Space Station, astronaut Alvin Drew began his shared spacewalking duties with fellow astronaut Steve Bowen. Drew and Bowen completed the STS-133 mission's first spacewalk on Monday, Feb. 28. Drew is the 200th human to perform a spacewalk, his firs ... Click to read the rest
The docked space shuttle Discovery and the Canadian-built Dextre, also known as the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator, are featured in this photograph taken by the STS-133 crew aboard the station. The blackness of space and Earth's horizon provide the backdrop for the scene.
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Quoted from an email today by Rich Schefren :
Here's a metaphor from the best selling business book From Good to Great by Jim Collins.
"Picture a huge, heavy flywheel - a massive metal disk mounted horizontally on an axle, about thirty feet in diameter, two feet thick, and weighing about 5,00 ... Click to read the rest
Wow, that's a catchy title me thinks!
I sometimes joke about Carlin 2.0. My life is made up of plenty of ideas or attempts at making something or other work.
Or at the very least not be too painful!
Sometimes I get to step outside myself and really look at where I am, from a fresh perspect ... Click to read the rest
The Hubble Space Telescope revealed this majestic disk of stars and dust lanes in this view of the spiral galaxy NGC 2841.
A bright cusp of starlight marks the galaxy's center. Spiraling outward are dust lanes that are silhouetted against the population of whitish middle-aged stars. Much younger ... Click to read the rest
Blue on Mars
This image shows part of the floor of Rabe Crater, a large impact crater in Mars' southern highlands.
Dark dunes--accumulations of wind blown sand--cover part of crater's floor, and contrast with the surrounding bright-colored outcrops. The extreme close-up view reveals a thumbprint ... Click to read the rest
Focused Thinking: Eliminate Fuzzy Thinking Forever
By Rich Schefren
In order to go from fuzzy thinking to focused thinking, you need to know the answers to three questions...
What exactly do you want?
What's the absolute minimum necessary to have it?
What's the fastest and easiest way t ... Click to read the rest
A wonderful movie based on this premise was 1997's Life Is Beautiful (which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film). It told the story of a Jewish man, Guido Orefice (played by Roberto Benigni), who, along with his 5-year-old son, was interned in a Nazi concentration camp.
Here was a guy in ... Click to read the rest
Just in time for Valentine's Day comes a new image of a ring -- not of jewels -- but of black holes. This composite image of Arp 147, a pair of interacting galaxies located about 430 million light years from Earth, shows X-rays f ... Click to read the rest
John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn't, the girl with the rose. His interest in her had ... Click to read the rest
In an effort to streamline the design and build process for manufacturing military vehicles, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is enlisting the “power of the crowd”. Through the Experimental Crowd-derived Combat-supp ... Click to read the rest
"As soon as you start to feel differently about what you already
have, you will start to attract more of the good things, more
of the things you can be grateful for."
— Joe Vitale: Hypnotic marketer and author ... Click to read the rest