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A business-class ticket to cool with complimentary mojo on takeoff to LHR


Overlooking The Pearl Quarter
 as we head  into DOH for a smooth landing 
Vacation Highlight: LONDON/NEW YORK   BALTIMORE/ WASHINGTON DC TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING

  • Hammersmith Bridge-Get Over It
  • Transatlantic Crossing NY to SOTON
  • Oyster Bay, NY-Sagamore Hil
  • Washington, DC-It's Not U, It's U.S.
  • Philadelphia Freedom
  • Arundel,UK- Lessons From the Farm
  • London, UK-Did Someone Say British?

  • Land, Sea and Air: What a vacation! My favorite planet is still Earth. My Parents, Mother Nature and Father Time,  I remain, your fortunate son.

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    Of the many bridges that span the River Thames in London, Hammersmith Bridge is among the most quaint and picturesque. At high tide, there is just 12 feet of clearance, making it the lowest bridge in London. 

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    The ship is the destination onboard Cunard's flagship, The Queen Mary 2.
    Everything goes to waist


    The Mary's funnel barely makes it under the Veranzanno Bridge during sailaway

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    Teddy Roosevelt's the REAL most interesting  man

    The Summer White House

    Very INN-Experienced with these accommodations,  staying at The Glen Cove Mansion

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    JFK Eternal Flame

    Freedom is not free



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    The Liberty Bell is all it is cracked up to be


    "Well done is better than well said"-Ben Franklin


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    English, why do I have to learn that-I'm never going to live in England

    An Udder Delight
    The English countryside is beautiful this time of year. I am here on  a small dairy farm-God Save The Cream!

    The  core formative experiences that all young people should pursue are : hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body. What better place to do it all then on a rural farm in England.

    I am reminded of The Law of The Farm, where there are no easy fixes, and where it takes 10 years to become an overnight success.

    In fact, Instant gratification takes too long---Adolescence is a gift, perpetual adolescence is just plain wrong. As I take my annual trip to America this week, I will be hard pressed to see the difference between kids ages 10, 15, 20 or 25. Growing old is not optional, growing up is.


    The coming-of-age rituals that have defined AmeriCANS since the early pioneer days--learning the value of working with your hands, leaving home to start a family, becoming economically self-reliant–are  nowhere to be found today. "I Consume therefore I am" has nothing to do with creativity and a life worth living. You gotta produce. Material success without fulfillment eqauals failure.

    That dirty, sweaty, achy work you get on a farm builds character- I know, I have dug ditches, cut grass, layed cables, hauled sand and bricks. This farm I am visiting makes me want to celebrate work and service and  guide others out of miliniel boredom.

    Just do something!

    I chose travel experience to far away places to bulid intentional scar tissue.  What is ethical about a work ethic,  if it doesn't incude that. It makes for resilency and the abilty to persevere under impossible conditions, a kind of mental bodybuilding.




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    Another Business-Class ticket to cool with complimentary mojo on take off.


    English, why do I need to learn that? I'm never gonna live in England



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    The Duneeverse

    Dune bashing means driving at fast and slow  speeds over sand dunes. As the surface of the sand keeps shifting, it takes skill  and a 4x4 truck  to navigate the terrain. There  must be one great car salesman here in Qatar as ALL  the SUV's are Toyota Land Cruisers.
    Run To The Sea


    "Camelot."

    Due to the confidentiality of my job, even I don't have any idea what I am doing here!



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    Kirstenbosch Gardens and Long Beach, in Kommetjie is where Mother Nature lives.
     

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    Commonly called Cape Point, this 77.50-sq-km section of Table Mountain National Park had some  awesome scenery,  deserted beaches and spectacular sea and mountain views.

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    Irresistible, is a good way to describe it. @3,500 ft above sea level, it is the oldest mountain on Earth, 6x older than The Himalayas. The rocks at the summit reminded me of Honningsvåg Norway and the Arctic Circle glacier stones-truely amazing. Happy to duplicate ,Christ the Redeemer Art Deco statue pose  of Jesus Christ in Rio.


    Hope lies on Table Mountain-the exact vista that Nelson Mandela looked out from his prison on Robben Island that kept him going.It is an important piece of SA culture I will take back with me and share the legacy.
    Our "ocean" view
    @The Table Bay Hotel




    Here in Northe Cape, in the Arctic Circle, looks to me a lot like Table Mountain

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    Doha's skyline looks like it was designed by architects who didn't talk to each other, didn't like each other, and engaged in experiments they could never get away with at home. And a Qatari can live anywhere without ever leaving home. A virtual Venice is around the corner. Rodeo Drive is down the block. And there are world-class restaurants in the ancient Arab souk, which was rebuilt as well.
    Qatar's 250,000 citizens are, quite literally, the richest people in the world and very content with their lives in this oil-and-gas-rich speck of a nation. It's a great place to be as we close out this one lap, 365 days  around the sun.

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    The Pearl at night driving in a Water Taxi

    The dhow was a vessel used primarily for fishing and trade. It provides a reminder of the age of exploration, and the backdrop of the New Downtown skyline, still under construction adds contrast.  There are more spectacular photos of the eclectic architecture here,  but this Dhow screamed,  " Point and shoot. I am ready for my closeup ".

    Enjoying the good life with Sarah   in Porto Arabia.




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    Dubai Aquarium, Ski Dubai and The Marina






    Sailing in The Persian Gulf







    The sacred animal and ship of the desert, Camels,juxtaposed by the SUV's going in opposite directions seems so poetic and symbolic as the past and the future meet in the all encompassing Then and Now in harmony...and yet...



    The desert seems empty but hides many possibilities. 

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