hotel sleeplessness totally (~63%) eclipses wildfire battle stroller

dan and nazy at beach August 2017


What do you do if the weather forecast indicates a 67% chance that the 63% eclipsed sun will be positioned behind a thick layer of clouds? Would you conclude that you have a 100% chance of missing everything? Will you be disappointed when you discover that you weren’t the only one who saw the event? Do Eclipse Viewers make you look cool? As cool as Maui Jim sunglasses? And, by the way, does Dan still have his Maui Jim’s? Is it possible to transport two young boys on an umbrella stroller? And, if so, why would you try?
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United telephones Emirates upgrade on confetti-filled seaplane


dan and Tiger at Fiesta August 2017

Was a business class upgrade (on a 16 hour flight) enough to charm Nazy on her wedding anniversary? And, could Dan swing it without a mortgage? How did United Airlines' transcontinental trip rate compared to business class on Emirates? Hint: It is like comparing the attention span of a humming bird (or the longevity of a White House aide) with the life span of the typical continent. Why would anyone let Dan buy a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses? Did you know that Congress members have the uncanny ability to stand up for an interview even though they have no backbone?
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Coke Zeros (again) as The Prophet (and Arrow) walk

dan, leadra winery background dar and Chiristiane


Did you know that Mount Lebanon is a mountain range and not a mountain? Did you know that there is a 10,000 foot high mountain in Lebanon? What is easier to replace: a transmission or brakes? (And why did the subject arise?) What corporation took advantage of Dan’s time outside of the country? (And how gargantuan was their blunder?) Hint: Not quite as bad as the April 23,1985 disaster.) Did you know that in addition to poetry, Kahlil Gibran was a painter — from Lebanon?
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jeans and genes underestimate parking problem negotiation


Drius and Christiane and Leandra in Ehden July 2017

Inquiring minds want to know: Did Dan’s genes succumb to Dan’s jeans in the buttock arena? Where can you find French wine, Japanese eggplant, Persian pistachios and American chocolate chip cookies? What caused Nazy to over-estimate a price — for the first time in 45 years? Where can you find a taxi that would make my first car, an ancient Austin Healy, look reliable? How can a city that doesn’t have 24 hour electricity be so very good at issuing parking tickets? (And how do the parking police tell the difference between a parked car and normal traffic?) Read More...
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