Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
OK so here is my office/residence here in Phnom Phen. Not to bad really. We have a nice office area downstairs and the rest is living quarters for the guys when they come back on weekends and holidays from the field as well as my room. We also have a nice roof top terrace with nice views. More pictures to follow of the house.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
I have a had great if not busy time here in the states. I sure cannot wait to get back at some point and buy a house.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
So we are currently in New Mexico visiting our dear friends Benjaneer and Linda. We have been eating Mexican food and driving both Ben's and our cars. Currently we have more cars here at his house than does he. We have the 1978 Fiat Spider, 08 Cooper and 08 Cooper S. Picts to folow as well. Ben has the 944 Porsche, 928 Porsche and his Suburban he lovingly calls the "Moose".
We should be off in aboout a week to visit Colorado Springs before heading to the folks house in Nevada.
Picric is doing well and is enjoying the time she has with Aunt Linda and Uncle Ben, not the wild rice mind you.
I think later this week we are going to visit White Sands. We drove through the range up into the mountains earlier this week to see a really cool lodge that over looks the valley below and the sands. The lodge had previously been visited by Clark Gable and Judy Garland and there names are carved in the tower there as well.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Heather will be headed back stateside to help her folks out as her father is currently going through some very rough cancer treatments. Also she will take this opportunity to complete her college degree.
We are both very excited about everything. If any of you are travelling through Southeast Asia drop me a line. I may be able to make time to see you. I will be working mostly in Cambodia but also will have work in Vietnam as well.
Cheers to all and keep in touch!!!!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Not in any order.
1. Sala Rim Naam, Bangkok, Oriental Hotel
Why? Well this restaurant is in what is widely considered one of the the top three hotels in the entire world. To get to the restaurant one must go through the long beautiful halls heading past some really nice facilities such as the river buffet and the jazz bar until you get to the gardens. Look for the teak barge. The barge looks as if it is hand polished each and every day and gleams i the lights of the city. Once aboard you are boated to the other side where the restaurant awaits you. Once in side you are seated in the floor and served like a king as servants bring you food on their hands and knees. Oh and it has the best show in town. The meal is set and the only thing you have to pick is a cocktail from the beverage menu. Cheers.
2. Metropolitan Grill, Seattle
Why? A true steak house. I love leather booths. Over the top service that makes you feel like a celebrity. Service is not just from the standard college kids but also from the more seasoned older wise gentleman that can help you to pick a fine wine from there vast list. This is the type of see or be seen type establishment I have always dreamed of pulling a fine car up in front of. Steaks served to perfection. If you can dream it they will make it.
3. Chez Hans, Cashel, Ireland
Why? Even the Dubliners that know will drive the several hours to this countryside small town to enjoy the food as well as the local Bru Boru theatre. The restaurant is in an olde church. The service is absolutely perfect. The food...............well all I can say is holy mackerel! Melt in your mouth delicacies. Sweet desert wines. You name it. Some of the food is simple. Yet it is not over done. Just taken to new levels of happiness with a little sophistication on the side.
4. Ruth's Chris Steak House, Anywhere
Why? Well most likely because as we travel every time I get back to the US I look for the nearest one of these restaurants. Best reason is every time and anywhere I go I can guarantee solid service and killer food. I have to admit I live a little high on the hog especially when it comes to food. I enjoy being catered to and pampered. I get all of this and some each and every time. And normally they have a great wine menu to boot. The sign to me of a good wine menu is whether or not they have a good Hungarian desert wine, specifically a Tokai.
5. The Village, Pohnpei, Micronesia
Why? OK close your eyes and picture this. OK close them after you read this. A long house with a woven roof, open sides, high up in the canopy on a steep slope over looking the lagoon of a beautiful island. Now add to this a huge mangrove crab and some beer. This is one hell of a romantic location whether alone or with friends you will feel as if time has stopped and not left you behind. Instead it has allowed you to calm your mind and soul and just breathe and eat. Cheers.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I really look forward though to the next works by Angelina and Brad. Brad's movie is based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story "The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons". Angie stars in the Changeling. Both have Oscar buzz to them. We will just have to wait and see. Brad's movie trailer can currently be viewed on Apple.com trailers section.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The two movies I am really looking forward to next summer are the Star Trek movie and GI Joe. I am not normally into the Star Trek flicks but the darker path they are taking and the story being based while Kirk is in the academy should be cool. The casting looks superb. See the cast list at www.imdb.com and search Star Trek. The character Sylar from Heroes plays young Spock. Also the casting of the GI Joe movie leads me to beleive it should also be a huge blockbuster. Only time will tell.
Right now Heather and I are sitting in bed watching the HBO series Carnivale on DVD. Not too bad. Heather likes it though.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Right now I am down at the gold mine where we have work as well shadowing another project to see how things are running. I got the chance to go out and scout the line of the project which is a very long 100Km plus new power line we have to clear of all UXO and frag to a depth of 2 meters. Pretty dense in places, open in others. The biggest concern is we are starting in the middle of the rainy season. We will trudge through as best we can. Should be quite the challenge.
I just wish my wife was here with me. I miss her a great deal. She is my rock. And with all the water here right now I need a rock to climb on so as to not get my boots all muddy.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Well folks the time has come to move back home. Back to Laos. I have been given the opportunity and this time we are not passing it up. We have turned down a few times opportunities in Cambodia due to bad timing or due to commitments. This time we have nothing to stop us.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I have been working on my certifications on line for the various levels of Six Sigma. Not a bad course. I always say face to face training is better but I had no other alternative. Luckily my wife is very good at the Six Sigma precesses. What I don't get online I get from her. Her management Kung Fu is top notch.
If you too want to check out what six sigma can do for you go to www.sixsigmaonline.com.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Just a few short months till we meet the in laws for our much needed rest in Europe.
The video attached here is of a demo shot we performed on a couple submunitions. Another day another dinar. Of course the normal saying is another day another dollar but the dinar is so much stranger right now. Exchange rate is currently at 1 Kuwait Dinar (KD) = 3.77 USD.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Not a whole lot new going on here. I have my Yellow Belt and am starting on my Green Belt in Six Sigma. Heather is still putting in time working on her degree program as well as writing her book.
To kill time when I get bored I go online and price Porsches for when we move back to the states. I so love driving them.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
For those of you who have not heard of or seen Dubai all I have to say is wholly crap. The whole city is gorgeous. Skyscrapers everywhere and not standard looking ones either. They all are works of art. And now they have the tallest building in the world which is still growing higher and higher in The Burj. They also have lots of islands being built some in the shape of the world and others in the shape of plam trees. Take a look on google and see what they have going on under images. Also they are building the worlds largest theme park supposedly when finished in 5 or so years will be bigger than Disney Land and World combined and have an entire indoor mountain for skiing.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Weather here is starting to warm up. Funny hearing the Kuwaitis say that as they should be use to it by now. Alot of them leave for the summer as they are not big fans of the summer heat waves. The roads actually are noticeably less congested and open during the summer. Many ex-pat and Kuwaiti alike leave for the summer. Personally, I do not mind the heat so much.
I am off to the special forces and security conference in Jordan next week. Will post picts upon my return. www.sofexjordan.com Should be a good time. I will report on how it went when I get back home.
A few days after I get back to Kuwait I leave yet again but this time with my lovely wife to go and play in the Dubai softball tourney. http://www.dubaisoftballleague.com/ This site shows the field. What a heck of a good field!!!!! Also there is a bar not more than a hop, skip and stumble away. Actually there is a hotel attached to the field with 3+ bars, 5+ restaraunts and a multiplex movie theatre.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Ok so Marvel has taken back most all their properties so that they may do the films themselves. They supposedly were not that happy with the Hulk movie from several years ago. They are not redoing the movie but the sequel has a whole new cast starring Edward Norton as the Hulk and Liv Tyler as the love interest.
So here is where the cool trivia comes in.
Also this summer Iron Man comes out with Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Ironman. In the Hulk movie Robert Downie Jr plays, Tony Stark. So it will be cool to see them inter weave things a bit in hopes that they start some cross over with several stars/heroes in one movie down the road.
Also the Screenplay for the Hulk was not written by Stan Lee but by it's star Edward Norton. The Hulk trailer is due out in a few short days rumor has it. Check youtube for more once it is out to view the trailer.
For those of you that know I am a huge Donnie Darko movie fan. The writer/director is one heck of an artist. I just wanted to let you all know that Southland Tales is being released on DVD here in a few days and if you have not seen it you should think about picking it up. It has a star studded cast including Seann William Scott, The Rock, Sara Michelle Gellar and many more.
Also if you have the chance check out imdb.com and type in The Box. This is a new one by writer/director Richard Kelly staring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden. The basis for this one is this, if some one comes to your door and gives you a box and says you have 24 hours to make a decision if you push the button in the box you will get 1 million dollars but some one some where on Earth will die what do you do?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362478/ The Box
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405336/ The Southland Tales
I just wanted to say thank you to myspace.com for doing this for the troops. Also a thank you goes out to the performers for taking the time to fly all the way over here as well.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Keys to the house we want to have are as follows:
- 3+ bedroom
- large open basement for Irish style bar and poker table
- 2+ car garage
- not cookie cutter but something unique
- eco friendly where ever possible: Solar, in floor heating...........
- 5 piece master bath with walk in closet
- gourmet kitchen
Also keeping me busy lately is getting ready to play in the Dubai Softball Tourney here coming up in April. Heather is accompaning me to the UAE to help root us on to victory.
Setting up the monumental and historic trip to Ireland this summer for Heather, I and the In-Laws is a fun and busy task as well. I actually get a kick out of setting up and doing all the logistics and planning for these kind of trips. Looks like heather and I will have a day in Paris as well to go and see the Louvre.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Other than that Heather and I are just getting ready for our 4 day trip to Dubai in April and our 2 week trip to Ireland and London with the in-laws in July.
Weather is almost perfect these dasy as it is neither hot nor cold right now. Had a wicked dust storm this weekend. I wish I would have had the video camera with us as we drove to a friend of Heather's house this weekend for a birthday party. You could barely make out the cars coming at you at 75 yards. The traffic lights blew all over the place dancing about in the air.
I pass the time these days either swimming and watching sports, looking at house plans and looking for lots to build on or playing the XBOX 360. Softball practice has been delayed until March due to the fact the field is being used until then. Then we have to get ready for the tournament.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Weather here in Kuwait is getting much better. Slowly but surely we are drifting out of jacket weather. Another 30 days and it will be about perfect out. Been hovering around 15 Celsius lately.
Not much new going on. Work and hanging out at the house. Playing some cards and softball is back in session. We have practice for our international travel squad once a week and pick ups start in two more weeks. That will be twice a week. And I sure need it as I am a bit out of shape.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
If you have not seen this film then get right out there to your local cinema and see it. Heather and I really liked it alot. Based on a true story about a congressman who got the ball and money rolling into Afghanistan to fight the Soviet threat. Philip Seymour Hoffman is in it as a ballsy and cool CIA guy and Julia Roberts as a rich and powerful lady from Texas.
If you haven't scene the preview for the following movies then go view them on line.
The Dark Knight
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Besdides Petra we also saw Mt. Nebo, Dead Sea, Jerash Roman ruins and the crusader castle of Kerack(?).
What a trip and what a country. The people are some of the kindest we have met in the region. I highly recommend visiting here. There are just so many sites to see. Ancient cities and old biblical locations abound.
To see more go to Heathers blog, see links this page, for lots of video of the trip.