Proud to Be an American

We spent 3 hours at the American Consulate in HCMC yesterday for Ti’s and Thien’s (15 yo son) K-1 Visa interview. Arriving just after 7 a.m., the line was already to the end of the block, about 80m long. We got dutifully in line and before long a couple of staff members were working themselvesContinue reading “Proud to Be an American”

Everything Gets Done Twice

I told you of my plan to add a 16’ rope of LED lights for my galley. I t had occurred to me that Dauntless is a bit dark at night in the salon and galley. While I have under counter lights, that do a good job when cooking or cleaning, looking in the cabinetsContinue reading “Everything Gets Done Twice”

Slowly, But Surely, Things Are Getting Done

But does it have to be so slow! I’ve noticed, not for the first time, I may add, that I never start and finish anything in a direct line. Project A starts, but at some point, I’ll start Project B and maybe even C, while A limps along. Why, I wondered? It certainly seems inefficientContinue reading “Slowly, But Surely, Things Are Getting Done”

Two Steps Forward, a Couple Back

Why couldn’t I just say Two Forward and Two Back? The words: a couple, a few, came in handy back in 2004 when I had to teach significant digits to my high school physics class. While I’m pretty good in physics, meteorology really just being mostly math and physics, with a few fluid dynamics classesContinue reading “Two Steps Forward, a Couple Back”

First World Problems

Was just finishing washing the dishes after another scrumptious dinner produced by yours truly, when I noticed that the galley sink faucet produces much hotter water at full volume versus reduced volume.  So, my next thought was I better add that to the list of things I need to brief Ti and Thien about. Then,Continue reading “First World Problems”

Chess, The Boat and Southeast Alaska

The last months, Ti got to calling me “mister chess”, which replaced “mister com’on” as her main moniker for me. I earned mister com’on, by being ready to leave the house sooner than she and saying com’on, let’s go a bit too much. She learned to give me a 10-minute delay, “Don’t come down toContinue reading “Chess, The Boat and Southeast Alaska”

Back in the Saddle Again

Or more literally, I’m back on Dauntless. Last week I returned to Dauntless, but then took a 5-day trip to Anchorage to attend a teaching job fair. I figure as long as I will be in the USA for the foreseeable future, I may as well work again and put my winter time to constructiveContinue reading “Back in the Saddle Again”

Seasickness

Getting or not getting “seasick” is a subject I have been meaning to write about for quite awhile now. I had partially addressed it in the excerpt below which I published two years ago. But I never made the follow-up post of my reflections on the subject and conclusions after the three month and 5,000-mileContinue reading “Seasickness”

Driving Lights on Dauntless

Since my first car days, driving around Mt. Rainier in the middle of the night, I have loved having extra lights on my car, driving lights. No video games, no internet, we didn’t pretend life, we lived life. Fast forward 40 years and during my first year with Dauntless, I somehow found myself, cruising theContinue reading “Driving Lights on Dauntless”

Crimes of Our Fathers

I had a disturbing call recently with a close friend, who lives in Europe. Her husband, one of the nicest people I’ve ever known, is having some significant health issues brought on my work-related stress. I’d seen him a year ago at Christmas and he seemed to be on the mend, but since then tookContinue reading “Crimes of Our Fathers”

Peoples & Cultures are Neither Homogeneous nor Heterogeneous

In my post, How Fresh is Fresh? I wrote about my first trip overseas to Italy. What an eye opener that was. But as I reflect on the different cultures I’ve experienced, I realize my first true culture shock happened in the USA, when I arrived in Seattle in the fall of 1969. Seattle was notContinue reading “Peoples & Cultures are Neither Homogeneous nor Heterogeneous”

I’m So Lazy

Since I’ve been back in HCMC, I don’t even do the little I have to do. What do I really have to do? I’d like to get my electronic Dauntless logs up to date. I’ve been stalled in August 2017 for the longest time. I need to re-organize my hard drive on my laptop, soContinue reading “I’m So Lazy”