Monday, April 06, 2020

Music Monday - USA For Africa - We Are The World

All of the faces in the crowd, at the crossroads of the world, are all a part of this great world.  

A bit different in the current circumstances.  Times Square is largely empty.  But together, by staying away from one another, we can make a real difference in the world.  

I am trying to maintain my blog as a plague free zone, not to say COVID-19 is not affecting all of us, but I think we all need a few moments each day away from it, remembering that We are the World. We can and are making a real difference.  There is beauty and wonder, and adventure in the world, dream about, plan for it, soon we will be back in pursuit of it.  

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Sunday Five - Strange Things

When you travel, you get to see some strange things. Today the strangeness inspires the Sunday five. 

  1. Any idea what is in the package above? 
  2. Ever seen a dead saint in a glass box? 
  3. What is the strangest mode of transportation you have ever experienced while traveling? 
  4. What is the oldest building you have visited? 
  5. Where was the worst hotel you have ever stayed in? (no names to protect the guilty and avoid libel.) 
My answers: 

  1. Any idea what is in the package above? If I told you, you'd know.  I will say it was in a church. 
  2. Ever seen a dead saint in a glass box? A couple of times. 
  3. What is the strangest mode of transportation you have ever experienced while traveling? A Zeppelin 
  4. What is the oldest building you have visited? Something in Rome or Athens? 
  5. Where was the worst hotel you have ever stayed in? (no names to protect the guilty and avoid libel.) Hazard Kentucky, the carpet was sticky, it was the best place in town and I had a training at 6:00 AM the next morning.  
Please share your answers in the comments. 

Saturday, April 04, 2020

A Proper Apology

There is saying, be slow to criticize and fast to apologize.  A proper apology takes little time, and can do an lot to quell bad feelings. 

There are a few steps to doing this right. 

  • Take ownership of the problem.  
  • Acknowledge the impact on the other person. 
  • Promise to do better. 
  • If appropriate, describe steps taken to prevent the action from happening again. 

Here is an example:

  • I sincerely apologize for the idiot that is president of the United States.  
  • I understand that his stupidity, insecurities, and racism have set world progress back a century.  He never should have happened.  
  • I promise to continue to work to change the political compromise that allowed the loser of the popular vote to be elected, we should have fixed that decades ago. 
  • I assure you I will vote in the next election, and encourage my like minded friends to vote. 
  • As soon as he is out of office, we will work to undo the mess that he has caused.  
  • I am so sorry, we should have done better.  

So there are the elements, take ownership, offer a sincere apology, acknowledge the harm, promise to do better, offer steps to be taken. 

If I had said, sorry, but I didn't vote for the idiot (and I didn't) the apology has much less impact, it is in effect, saying sorry but it is not my problem. 

What else do I need to apologize for today? 

Friday, April 03, 2020


How do you turn around a train engine, on a turntable.  Drive it on, pivot 180 degrees, and drive it off.  An amazing piece of engineering.   Why this one has a disco ball hanging from it, I have no idea? 

Any idea why? 

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Spo's Board of Directors on Holiday

When you travel, you never know who you are going to bump into, in Waterford Ireland we found the Board of Directors from Spo-Reflections on holiday.  How they got the boat from Phoenix into the Atlantic, only they know.  I asked, and they threatened to cough on me if I didn't step back two meters away.  The Irish government ordered all of the Pubs to close late the next day, I imagine they moved on when that order was issued.  

What would you ask them, if you encountered them? 

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The Way We Were Wednesday - London Skyline

This top photo was taken about 12 years ago, showing the then very controversial Pickle, amazing how just a few years later, the skyline has changed and that one tall modern building is not surrounded by others, just as daring.  

We stayed near the "Shard" in the south bank.  I have pictures of it, we didn't go in.  By then things were starting to get a little weird with crowds and the virus and time was a little tight, so we walked around the neighborhood, had a nice brunch and took a taxi to the train station.  

Are the new buildings nice growth, or an eyesore? 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hang Out The Window and Take in the View

I recognize those fingers, holding the little red camera.  As I recall he never liked that camera.  I love the tourist trains with open windows or open sided cars, where you can hang out the side and take in the view.  Sometimes in life we need to hang out to see what all is happening.  

Hang out someplace today.