Scheisters and con men everywhere 1

I wanted to go for a walk outside the Galle Face Hotel and asked the doorman if it was okay to venture beyond the gated wall. He smiled. “Of course, sir.” He wiggled his head from side to side, the gesture that has many meanings. Sri Lankans are much better at a subtle head waggle ...

You can drink the water 1

We arrived safely in this island paradise. From the air, Sri Lanka is a lush, green wilderness and as we landed I couldn’t help but wonder at both its beauty and the ethnic strife that has been tearing it apart for thirty years. We made our final approach and in the distance a plume of ...

Garden City: First Impressions

We woke up at 4am local time, which is about 5:30pm in New York. Feels like we slept through the day. Called room service for coffee because the tea is Twinings and I just can’t stomach the Twinings. Can’t wait for Sri Lanka where I’ll get me some good Mlesna or Bop Fannings. Banglore is ...

We made it 2

We made it
Hey, kids? Guess where I am? It’s 9:00pm in Bengaluru and M and I are just about to go to bed. Just got a phone call from the front desk offering to ‘join’ our beds. Take a look. The room is quite comfortable; however, because of a medical convention in the hotel (irony?), they had ...

On a spaceship, somewhere… 1

On a spaceship, somewhere...
You can tell I’m in high in the air because I can see so many stars. This was a hard shot to get, involving laying the camera on the floor of the plane and leaving the shutter open for about 20 seconds. You’d be amazed how long it takes the light of the stars to ...

This Time Tomorrow 2

This Time Tomorrow
Part of a continuing series of thoughts written while waiting for the clothes to dry at B. Bubbles laundromat. Last day, and I have much to do. So much that when I left the house for the laundromat this morning, I forgot to bring any money. Got here and reached into my magic bag for ...

Oscars

The Oscars have been on for less than an hour and I’m already so bored that I’ve stopped paying attention. While I appreciate the Supporting Actress presentation from the standpoint of the nominees, from an audience perspective, wow was I bored. All I kept thinking: if this is the way they’re going to present each ...

Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. My review rating: 4 of 5 stars This book was a lot different than I thought it would be. But what was I to expect from a Vonnegut novel? I expected a straight forward narrative about a man who survives the bombing of Dresden at the end of WWII. What ...

Sri Lanka 2

Sri Lanka
I’m gonna be there in a week! (Click the image above to read the full article.)

2009 ING NYC Marathon

2009 ING NYC Marathon
   Despite the fact that I’m still in recovery from the injury I suffered training for last year’s marathon, today I registered for this year’s marathon. I’ll also run the San Francisco Marathon in July. For those of you keeping track, SF will be #6, NYC in November will be marathon #7. I’ll keep running ...