Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday Morning Post

The title of this sounds like a newspaper.
It's the weekend, I have nothing planned, wife's working today 9-3.
I'm just going to hang out.

Here's an article I found on Neatorama. I have often noticed that poor people seem happier than rich people.

Are you unhappy? Maybe it’s because of all that money you have. Jonah Lehrer of Wired’s The Frontal Cortex blog explains:

Once we escape the trap of poverty, levels of wealth have an extremely modest impact on levels of happiness, especially in developed countries. Even worse, it appears that the richest nation in history – 21st century America – is slowly getting less pleased with life. (Or as the economists behind this recent analysis concluded: “In the United States, the [psychological] well-being of successive birth-cohorts has gradually fallen through time.”)

Needless to say, this data contradicts one of the central assumptions of modern society, which is that more money equals more pleasure. That’s why we work hard, fret about the stock market and save up for that expensive dinner/w

atch/phone/car/condo. We’ve been led to believe that dollars are delight in a fungible form.

But the statistical disconnect between mon

ey and happiness raises a fascinating question: Why doesn’t money make us happy? One intriguing answer comes from a new study by psychologists at the University of Liege, published in Psychological Science. [...]

The Liege psychologists propose that, because

money allows us to enjoy the best things in life – we can stay at expensive hotels and eat exquisite sushi and buy the nicest gadgets – we actually decrease our ability to enjoy the mundane joys of everyday life. (Their list of such pleasures includes ”sunny days, cold beers, and chocolate bars”.) And since most

of our joys are mundane – we can’t sleep at the Ritz every night – our ability to splurge actually backfires. We try to treat ourselves, but we end up spoiling ourselves.

Friday, July 30, 2010

A really cool website

Check out this website. I think it is very cool. I had seen it a long time ago, but never saved it, now I found it again.

Click on the image below and then you drag with your mouse to point your view in any direction, and up and down!

National Aircraft Inc‎ - Airplane Junk Yard 1 in Tucson

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Not a post to post

Last night I couldn't sleep well, it was freezing in the air and burning under the sheets. My wife was sleeping on a hardwood bench in the living room because of her back and I kept waking up missing her.
This is not the kind of posts I wanted to post on this blog. My problems these days seem huge

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


My life is in turmoil right now. The wife is sick or injured. She has back pain and spasms and can't get comfortable. It kills me to see her in pain.

Looks like I need to find a new job too.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Not bad for nothing

Today I got one of these for free. I used the points I earned from my mobile phone usage. Not bad for free. A Lenovo S10e

Monday, July 26, 2010

Back To Work

Here's a pic of the beach at Tulum Ruins. I'll come back often today to look.
Today it's back to work. When you go back to work after a vacation, its kind of like you are punished for taking a vacation, because you have to work extra to catch up.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Copy Cat

In Mexico, I saw a chair that I thought I could make. So I made one yesterday. It came out pretty good. I'm painting it today

Friday, July 23, 2010

home at last

We're home! Got in last night. Minus one of our three bags, but oh well, I could care less right now.
I'm glad to be home! Woke up super early, I could see Orion, Taurus and all the winter constellations. Then I watched the sun come up and had coffee.
I've unpacked, but haven't turned on my computer yet. (typing this on my phone, from the back porch.)
The yard is a foot tall, the house is a mess, so in a while it's clean-up time!
(I'll be glad to go back to work, so I can get some rest!!! HaHa!)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Last Day

This is our last full day in Mexico. Tomorrow we head home, via Miami.
it's been great. Sad to be leaving, but eager to be home.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Back In Tulum

We're back in Tulum after traveling the Yucatan. It was very cool, swimming with whale sharks, diving in Cenotes and seeing the Mayan Ruins.
Heading back home Thursday.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

half of a century

Today I'm half way to my hundredth birthday!

Saturday, July 10, 2010


Today we went to Akumal. It was pretty cool. then we came back to the hotel, sat on the beach and now we're kicked back in the room.
We switched from Maya Tulum hotel to Margherita Posada this afternoon. we'll be here a few days then head north to the Gulf to see some Whale Sharks. And Mayan ruins.
pics are on my camera, and this is my phone.

Friday, July 09, 2010

In Mexico

We made it to Mexico OK. Had a 4 hour layover in Miami.
We flew Mexicana Air from Miami to Cancun. Nice plane, an Airbus A319 (I think). There was a light meal served too. In the US, there's no in flight meals anymore. No free internet in Miami. (free internet here, in the jungle).
Every time I go to the US, I am disappointed in the decline and decay. Yu have to pay for everything and you get the absolute minimum for your money.
Anyway, I'm sitting in front of the sea, coffee and OJ, waiting for breakfast I hardly feel like complaining.

Thursday, July 08, 2010


We're on our way to Mexico!
This morning when I got up at 3:33, I walked outside and saw two bright stars close together, like a snakebite. A half hour later, when I tried to show the wife, one was gone. Weird. Wonder if one was an iridium flare. I should have seen it moving if it was, but maybe I didn't look for long enough. Hmmmmm
Iridium Satellite

Wednesday, July 07, 2010


Mayan Ruins in Tulum
In 24 hours, the Wife and I will be at the airport, waiting to go to MEXICO! We are flying to Miami, then Cancun, then driving to Tulum, where my wife used to work.
She lived there three years, and knows her way around and has made a lot of plans, but still left us plenty of time to relax and hang out.
I am really excited to be going!

It would be nice to leave with a new contract for work, today is the last working day before I go.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Wot a Dummee

Last night we had dinner at the bro and sis in laws. After dinner, we were sitting outside, and it was getting dark and through the window I see the Sis In Law coming out with a bunch of candles. It looked like a birthday cake, so to be silly, I started singing Happy Birthday and everyone joined in. Then she got closer and could see she actually DID have a birthday cake, and I started looking around, wondering whose birthday it was. I looked at my Wife, and knew it wasn't her birthday. Bro in Law was singing too, so I didn't think it was him. The Sis in Law was carrying the cake and singing, so I didn't think it was hers.
I was dumbfounded. I didn't know who's birthday it was.

It was mine.

Actually, by birthday is the 11th, but last night was the last night we'd see the Bro and Sis In Law before then, so they had a cake for me.

And it had four candles, for my age, mentally

Monday, July 05, 2010

Holiday Monday

This is Constitution Day in the Cayman Islands. This Constitution Day marks the first written constitution in the Cayman Islands, which came into being on 4 July, 1959.
This is our last public holiday till November!
The Wife is working today. Tonight we're going to the brother and sister in-laws for dinner and to see the new place they moved to.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

The Crab

One thing I like about crabs is their fearlessness. They are not afraid and will fight anything. Last night this crab was out near our front door. We he wasn't going to attack, but dammit he wasn't going to run away either. I have been driving and seen the car in front of me pass over crabs, and they raise their claws to fight! If you do run over one of these babies, there's a good chance you'll get a flat tire!
click pic to enlarge because he's cool!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Finally A Friday

I'm glad it's Friday. But it's still raining. I re-waterproofed my raincoat, and am excited about wearing it, but c'mon. Two freekin weekends of clouds and rain in the Cayman Islands! 
Also it's a long weekend too! Yesterday was Canada Day, this weekend is the 4th of July and Constitution Day.
I keep telling myself I am going to post pics, but haven't really taken any lately.
Next Thursday we go to Tulum, Mexico for two weeks! Maybe I can test my new passport!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

New Favorite Song (for today)