Friday, 30 December 2011

Happy New Year!

Highlights from 2011



Positive - My teeth are in great shape.  The number of times I visited the dentist became a running joke in work (20+ visits) and I now have 3 shiney gold teeth (not a joke!) - apparently they are more durable.


Negative - I need to work 3 more years than originally planned to pay off my dentist


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Positive - I am no longer dependent on public transport


Negative - I only have a bicycle


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Positive - The bike only cost u$d100


Negative - The lock and 4 punctures (burst tire) have already cost me u$d300


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Positive - My Dad turned 80 years old


Negative - He still kicks my arse at golf


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Positive - My wife got her Green card


Negative - It was actually pink in color?


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Positive - I live 2 blocks from a huge German style beerhall :-)


Negative - I live 2 blocks from a huge German style beerhall :-(


Happy New Year!


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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Lunch with Johnathan Ross

So me and the missus have been driving around East Florida for the holidays and today we stopped into an organic cafe called 'The Jungle' for lunch in the middle of a no name town called Melbourne cos' herself is a part time vegan when she's not tossin' a cow on a barbie.  It was hard not to notice the family at the table next to us, what with each of them having hair color a different shade of the rainbow and more body piercings than 'The Sex Pistols'.  The missus says to me in a low whisper - "Do they not know Halloween is over?!"


We paid little attention to them after that and it was only when they were leaving that I caught a glimpse of the head of the group and I thought he looked familiar.  That looks like Jonathan Ross, I said.  - Who? - said the missus. Nah can't be I said. Why would he (a UK celeb) be hanging out with a bunch of pierced neon hair drop outs in Florida? Out of curiosity I decided to google "Jonathan Ross Family" and guess what I found..(taken a few years before the body 'art' I reckon)...


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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Driving in Dublin in 1974

Nice blast from the past of my roots aka Dublin back before the rise and demise of the Celtic Tiger.  Some interesting Irish 70's fashion for good measure. Enjoy! Hat Tip Bobby Mckane
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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Best Time to Travel to Bermuda

I have been lucky enough to visit Bermuda twice and consider it one of my favourite island destinations. It's not your typical tropical island paradise in that it's not really tropical weather like you get in the Caribbean.  There is a great laid back / safe vibe about the place (unlike many Caribbean islands.) It's hot (85F) but not sizzling in summer and mostly mild / cool in Winter except hurricane season (Oct-Nov). It's only a 2 hour flight from New York but can cost you a small fortune to visit in peak season (April-September).  Flights can cost u$d500+ with beach front hotels costing up to u$d1,000 per night.

If you want to experience an amazing island with beautiful pink sand beaches you can do it for a fraction of the price in low season (November-March).  I scored weekend flights for u$d150 in March and stayed at a waterfront B&B for u$d150 a night. There wasn't a great deal of WiFi when I was there so I'd recommend phone cards for calling home.  Taxis are also very expensive but difficult to avoid on arrival at the airport.  There are no car rentals allowed but there is a great and cheap bus service (not at airport) and you can rent a scooter/moped reasonably near the beaches.






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Sunday, 11 December 2011

The Office

I was browsing some old photos and found these pics which were taken when I worked in midtown Manhattan in 2004.  I brought my missus to check it out.  Not a bad view from my office back then.  Now I have a windowless cube between the pantry and toilet in New Jersey.  Where did it all go wrong?




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