Re-entry

When a space capsule returns to the Earth, it has a heat shield to protect it from burning up in the atmosphere.  As I walked into our newly renovated house in Los Gatos I wondered, where is my heat shield? Boxes and boxes everywhere!  I, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, wanted to tapContinue reading “Re-entry”

From the heart…

Today is my last full in Dunedin.  The words, so matter-of-factly written, belie a deep sadness in my heart. This is the store Wine Freedom; hands down the best wine store I know.  Yes, the wines there are outstanding, but more importantly it’s run by Paul Williams, who is just the most knowledgeable (wine) personContinue reading “From the heart…”

Perspective….and more of the bucket list.

This is a GT (if you fish, you are salivating right now).  A giant trevally.  30 kg of pure muscle.  This GT was photographed by my niece, Christine, on the Great Barrier Reef.  And if you dive, and if you dive and have a bucket list I would be bet the Great Barrier Reef isContinue reading “Perspective….and more of the bucket list.”

Reflecting, and a bucket list

This is it.  The countdown.  My last Sunday night here in Dunedin (for now…..). I didn’t really know what to expect when I moved here a year ago.  I don’t think I tried very hard to imagine what it would be like….I have moved enough in my life (this is the 7th country I’ve livedContinue reading “Reflecting, and a bucket list”

When words aren’t enough.

New Zealand is a majestic country.  Sometimes, even when you’re right in the thick of the majesty, you know you can’t capture what is right in front of you….though you try if you’re lugging around a Canon 7D.  Isn’t that what man has been doing since he (she) figured out how to recreate images…whether onContinue reading “When words aren’t enough.”

Mum’s Day 2014

Yes, I’m a bit behind…but it’s still May.  Back home in California I end up working most of the Mother’s Days, so it was real treat for both Deb and I to be off work that day.  (I asked to be put on the schedule that day, but to no avail).  Autumn was holding offContinue reading “Mum’s Day 2014”

The Underwater World of the Cook Islands

Let’s see, where did we leave off?  A warm tropical sunset, Mai Tais on the deck?  Yes, somewhere like that….. Much of our trip to the Cook Islands was spent in the water, so much so in fact I wanted to dedicate most of this post to the underwater world of the Cooks.  In Rarotonga,Continue reading “The Underwater World of the Cook Islands”

Now we’re Cookin’ !!!

One of the great things about living in New Zealand is your proximity to the South Pacific.  Just after Easter, the first term of school ended for the boys, and Deb and I somehow managed to get a week off work during the boys’ two week break between terms.   Hmmmmm, where to go?  The CookContinue reading “Now we’re Cookin’ !!!”

Happy Easter! (sponsored by the New Zealand dental association)

It’s Easter morning.  Deb has gone to work already, and I’m the only one awake in the house.  This is the sunrise outside our front window right now.  No kidding. The Otago harbor is glassy, an unusual site especially for the last week, during which we have been pounded with rain.  It is a quietContinue reading “Happy Easter! (sponsored by the New Zealand dental association)”