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Honeymoon Cruise in the Mediterranean

In July 2010, Amber and I got married in Wyoming. Since we both had fully furnished houses, we didn't want to register for more "stuff." Instead, we decided to register for a honeymoon. Neither of us had ever been to Europe before, so we looked at various options. In the end, we decided to play it safe and go with a cruise so that the travel, lodging, and food would be all set. We looked at all of the cruise lines and went with Disney because they had a great rating in the industry. We knew that Disney is all about "exiting through the gift shop," but we also knew that they bend over backwards to make everything perfect. We thought that "perfect" sounded like a good plan for a honeymoon, so we booked an 11 night, Mediterranean cruise. We flew out of Seattle on Friday, July 8th. Our extremely kind neighbor, Mr. Campbell, got up at 5:30 in the morning to drop us off at the airport for our 7:00 AM flight. Everything was easy at Seatac and we caught

New Crown - Old West Style

I just came from the Dentist where they installed a crown on one of my molars that never did form correctly. When they did all of the preparation work 2 weeks ago, they numbed me so much that I couldn't feel half of my face for hours afterwards. Today, however, sissy time was over. They didn't give me so much as an aspirin. As they scraped away the temporary cement of the temporary crown and then proceeded to jam the permanent crown into place, pry it off, jam it on, pry it off, jam it on, and pry it off again and again and again, I attempted to let them know that they were hurting me. A lot. Through all of the flinching, bleeding, and me saying, "Ow!" they did finally say, "Sorry we are hurting you, but most patients prefer to do this without any anesthetic." Several questions came to mind when the dentist said this, but top of the list was, "Do you get punched in the face a lot?" I didn't ask that since she was smashing down on the crown -

10 Years in Tukwila

This Fall will make 10 years that I have lived in this house in Tukwila . I got to thinking about it, and this is the longest that I have lived anywhere. I grew up in Kansas, but we moved from one city to another when I was nine. When I was 18 I moved to college and never went back. When I moved to the Seattle area it was one suburb after another. First Redmond, then Kirkland, then another place in Kirkland, then Bellevue, then Redmond again, and then back to Bellevue. All of that was in the first 10 years. In the Fall of 2001 I bought this house in Tukwila. At the time, I never gave much thought to how long I would live here. We just wanted a house so we could raise our son and be closer to his extended family. Then all of a sudden, it seems, 10 years have passed and this house is the most permanent place that I have ever lived. My son is 11 now, and I need to get a nursery ready because next Spring there will be a new baby. We have no plans to move any time soon, either. We lik

My "New!" Map, or A Good Graphic Can Work For A Long Time

The other day, my son and I were preparing for him to go on a backpacking weekend with his Boy Scout Troop. My job was to drive up to the trail head on Sunday and retrieve a truckload of Scouts and their gear. This was going to be one of those occasions where the GPS in the truck was not going to cut it as the place where we were meeting did not have a particular name or address. We needed an actual (don't faint) map. You may remember them. They used to print them on paper and the user had to determine where he or she was on the map, and which way is North. No turn-by-turn, no traffic alerts - nada. I know. What's next? Cave paintings? Anyway, a regular, muggle map would not do, because they don't show trails. I needed a contour map that shows elevations, water, trails, etc. No problem. I used to be a Scout myself, so I try to always Be Prepared. I have a whole books of contour maps for the entire state! I easily located my book of maps, despite how long it had been since