The vagabond lifestyle
Northern Thailand – Nov 18 to Dec 5
We’d been on our Thailand adventure for 17 days, and finally cracked open the laptop to talk about it. It’s about as difficult as crossing a busy street in Bangkok to stop long enough to try and get this posted. While we address where we’ve been, there are some curiosities we haven’t addressed, such as: why do they sell pork at buddhist temples? do monks wear underwear? why are cat tails cut in half? can more than five people fit on a scooter? Check out our photo stream on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neokiwi/ that seems about as easy to update as eating … Continue reading
my PADI contained water diving skills experience
After a round of mini-partner yoga at the beach, we checked in to our Venice Beach place. Studying and taking quizzes for a few hours, we took our final exam around 11 at night to finish the classroom portion of the PADI open diver qualification. Getting an 85% on the exam (Erica got 92%), we fell asleep around midnight.
Initial PADI eLearning for Open Water Diver Course Experience
Looking to get the classroom and contained dives completed before leaving for Thailand, I found Eco Dive Center’s PADI Open Water REFERRAL Course. This fits in to our travel schedule and is the same price as the eLearning offered alone by PADI.
Always hurting from something During my first rolfing sessions, I ask my therapist if I can help her set up her table. She turns down the offer, which is relieving. My back hurts and I move with care and intention, trying not to fire off the twitch muscles. After my 6th session, I’ll learn how light the table is when she leaves me with it and goes on retreat. Moving it around really is no trouble, as she insisted.
Cougar’s donation is pending
I’m so glad you’re still here, buddy. Continue reading
International Human Rights Day
International Human Rights Day is December 10th. In recognition, I participated in an event organized by the #occupysf movement. This video is where I enjoyed my favorite moment, and share it with you now:
“What Would It Mean to Win?”, by the Turbulence Collective
Before the latest rendition of the “Occupy” movement began, my wife and I biked over to the indie zine fest in Golden Gate Park. Much of what was presented centered on fantasy and violence, and both of us were looking for more realistic portrayals of the world around us. Picking up the book “What Would It Mean to Win?”, by the Turbulence Collective, I wanted to get a better understanding of the historical activist stance around globalization, capitalism and state control. The question asked by the title is in response to noticing the phrase “We are winning” spray painted on … Continue reading
A custom made dresser added to our home
Our friend Dean at Madera Furniture made us this fine piece. It’s fun to know what tree it comes form.
Off the Grid
That’s my status now. Although it’s not really true. My wife and I are keeping our home and someone will be sitting in it for us. Yeah, we might get out somewhere without any public utilities but it won’t be for long in duration and certainly not permanent. It’s summer time! And the living is easy. Even the phone is shut off for days in a row. We’ve been adventuring around, having just come back from camp. This week we recharge and gear up for a music festival in the mountains over the 4th of July. Immediately following, we’ll be … Continue reading