These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Crossing the Pacific on Water

This morning, we will be rolling our bags to Vancouver's Waterfront. We're allowed on the MS Noordam at noon today. They'll kick us off on November 6th when we'll take a late night flight back here through Los Angeles.

I cannot say with any certainty how often I'll update my eJournal and images during the 42-day cruise. I am sure that I'll continue jotting down thoughts each day and know they'll eventually make it here.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Others' Shoes

Today has kind of been a nothing day.

I know, I should be appreciative. If I think of how many people around the globe are recovering from one disaster or another, then having a nothing day is a blessing. If I consider the world of folks who are experiencing emotional or physical pain, my nothing day is pretty appealing. When I think all those who have nothing to look forward to, my nothing day pales in comparison.

Perhaps, my nothing day seems pretty all right after all!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Our HAL Westerdam Cruise from Rome

We usually stream unedited copies of our trip in HD from YouTube to the living room TV to bore guests. At least during those exercises in patience, we get to talk through some sections and are able to fast forward. Here's an hour and a half of footage without any of that.



After our 24-night cruise, we have been home for mere two weeks. We will be boarding another Holland America Line Cruise on Sunday at the Vancouver Waterfront.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Personal Quote #131

"Our most valuable possession isn't an object; rather, it is having the free time to do as we wish side by side."
Dennis Sylvester Hurd (1959- )

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wine Brewed by Friends

2017_09_20Cruise ship companies make a whole lot of money selling booze. When at sea, I do miss being able to drink craft beer from cheap growlers.

On our recent eastern Mediterranean cruise, we were in ports for 20 of the 24 days. I was able to try interesting mugs of foreign brew during our days ashore. I also purchased a drink card, so an evening glass with our formal meals didn't show up on the end-of-trip billing. The poolside bar on the Westerdam even had a few interestingly-labeled craft varieties in bottles. I'm not used to paying $US 7 for a beer, I admit.

The Holland America Lines allows just two bottles of wine when first embarking. I have friends who make a lot of wine in local, "you-brew" businesses. They always have a very nice selection when we visit. I was very happy they brought along two bottles of white when visiting last weekend. These bottles will be uncorked somewhere on the Pacific Ocean.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

We'll Meet on the Embarcadero

We're already excited about boarding another Holland American cruise ship. It seems we just got off one in Rome so recently, but with two full weeks in between, these aren't really back-to-back. We've had just enough time to recuperate and let the local weather turn towards winter.

Before the MS Noordam heads to Hawaii and points beyond, we take a few leisurely days to move south. First, we spend next Monday in Seattle. We hope to meet up with some friends. It's been so long since we spent leisure time in Seattle, we have yet to do the Seattle's Great Wheel. It'll be nice hanging around Pike Place Market sipping either Starbucks or craft beers.

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Daragh in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC - May 7, 2009

Then, before changing course westward, we dock at Pier 35 in San Francisco. We spend all of Thursday, the 28th there. Thankfully, I was able to message our old friend, Daragh. He's a friend from a long time ago and the adjective describes us all nowadays. We met this bloke during our days in Dubai. Time at the Higher Colleges of Technology was a different but delightful epoch. We have seen the guy a few times up here in Vancouver.


Monday, September 18, 2017

If I Had One to Trade

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Sorry, I wouldn't take three of your shiny, one-ounce, pure gold coins for one bitcoin.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Columbia Street Gang

It was our turn to host dinner and, luckily, the guys were available last night. We had to scramble for this chance as we leave on the cruise to Auckland next Sunday. When we return in November, one member of the clan will be away. Then, later that month, we depart for the winter.

Columbia Street

So, this had to be it until April of 2018! It was nice seeing everyone.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

From Albania to Vietnam

I am absolutely sure I never want to do paid work again. Just the thought of getting up in the morning to go teach a class makes me physically ill. I shall never, ever understand why some people keep at it for so many, often unnecessary, years. Therefore, I find it a little bit odd I enjoy keeping my resume up to date. The document does contain some of the very first computer keystrokes I ever made. The formatting has changed over the years and much data has been added, but this document surely contains pieces created in the 1980's on the clickity keyboard of an IBM-compatible PC.

Since my early-retirement, however, this document's basic structure has remained pretty much the same. Just about the only part which needs updating nowadays is under the Foreign Travel section. I just added four new countries in anticipation of the beginning of next week's 42-day cruise to New Zealand.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Dredging the Fraser River

I've been watching this ship a lot this week from our balcony. It's working to dredge this part of the Fraser River of mud and silt.

Nearly across the river from us, the reclaimed dirt is piled on vacant port land. I cannot get close to look at the process up close, but the pumps utilized must be amazing pieces of mechanical equipment. I find these sorts of things fascinating.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Chrome Dinosaur Sucks!

I'm happily connected at just 25 Mbps at the moment. I'm not greedy. We're fairly heavy Internet users compared to many; however, my present connection seems perfectly fast enough. I think I'm just happy being back online, period.

I didn't know how weird being disconnected would feel during our Adriatic/Mediterranean cruise. I thought spending a month without an Internet connection would be relaxing. It doesn't seem that many years ago we assumed we'd be without wifi during vacations.

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Oh, my. I simply felt stupid. How fast is 19 knots per hour? Well, without Google I had no way of finding out. We're just so used to a ubiquitous connection that being without it was more than a bit disconcerting.

But you know what? We made it. We experienced life without constantly checking screens. It didn't kill us. Yet, I'm really not sure how well I'll cope if we do the same on the 42-day cruise to New Zealand which is coming up next weekend.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

There's No Place

Man, it's taking us a while to get in sync with Pacific time. Who wants to be up really early in the morning when it's not necessary? Oh, it is never really necessary for us nowadays. Never.

The weather was great all day. It is nice being in such a beautiful location and then realizing it is the place we call home. Returning to New Westminster always makes me appreciate it much more.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Why the Hell Not?

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It's not as if this is a Purchase Agreement; it's only a receipt for a Reservation. And, it'll take more than a year before they can even offer to make one for me. I can change my mind anytime.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Never Know What May Turnip

Today is a gorgeous, September day in BC. In the morning, we went up to our favourite place to buy fruit and vegetables. Although we stocked up after coming back from our recent trip, we have friends stopping for dinner this weekend. We eat a lot of local produce at this time of year.

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I grew up when there were two choices for vegetables. For example, one could either buy a tomato or grow one's own. The homegrown ones were definitely always better. Now when I visit a farm market, I'm struck by a plethora of eatable plant parts, many of which I cannot identify without the helpful store signs.

The picture above shows nothing that I ever called a summer squash as a kid. Don't get me wrong: I think variety is great and choices preferable. It is good that mono-agriculture has moved towards diversification. My tomatoes might now be heirloom or range in size from a grape to a near pumpkin. On the same vein, or should I say vine, I'm sure I didn't know nearly as many types of apples when in school. Why? It's probably because there weren't as many.

Sometimes, labels really do help me identify a fruit or vegetable. For example, the following image is a Red Anjou. By the way, that means it's a Washington state pear.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

I've Started Publishing

Days 4 to 28 - We boarded our cruise ship on August 15th. During the time aboard, my eJournal and images posts remained unpublished. This blog has been active since the fall of 2003 and so, of course, I continued creating daily posts and snapping pictures. They magically appeared online today now that we're at home.

We soaked up the sun and culture in the Western Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. "Wishing you were there."



To see every single post detailing our trip, please click here. Of course, they'll show up on three pages in reverse order as is the norm this type of document.

Or one can start at Day One and progress through the trip by selecting the 'Newer Post' option under each day's text and pictures.


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