Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I spent almost a year, from early February to late December 2005, working in
The following are a few pictures inside and outside a Black Hawk helo, and a video from one of my Black Hawk ride. You can click on any of the pictures for better resolution.
Waiting for an early morning helo flight from Taji to the Green Zone –
Waiting for a night helo flight back to Taji from
Me inside a Black Hawk –
The “gunner” position –
Views during a helo flight –
A Black Hawk flight video –
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The following two photos are of leprechaun souvenirs at a Dublin shop:
From the same shop, I tried on a leprechaun hat.
And finally, no St. Patrick’s Day would be complete without a pint of Guinness. The first photo is taken inside the Guinness Storehouse in
Saturday, March 14, 2009
So, I would like to thank Mr. Livingston for his creation. Bozo the Clown became our outlet for moderating our agitation and stress. In some small way, Bozo helped us out during our fiscal year end frenzy.
The following picture is of me and Bozo after I had rescued him from a thrashing by a co-worker:
Monday, March 9, 2009
Ron in London with the Tower Bridge behind:
With the Florence cityscape behind us. You can see the Duomo's distinctive top in the background:
On the Rome leg of the tour, we visited the Colosseum. We had noticed two men dressed in Roman gladiator garb posing for picture with tourists. So I asked if I could take pictures with them while Ron takes the shot, and afterwards, I would do the same for Ron. After my picture was taken by Ron, one of them proceeded to demand money for their deed. I don't remember how much in lira they were demanding, but it was exorbitant enough that I refused to pay. They got angry and tried to scare me. I told them I would gladly call the police (who were conveniently nearby) to settle the issue. They gave up. I gave them about $5 equivalent for their troubles. Nevertheless, I got a picture with them, but Ron never got the chance. I don't have a digitized photo of that particular picture. I do have a picture of the Colosseum.
The Arc de Triomphe:
This trip was a great introduction to seeing the sights of Western Europe. It was also the impetus of me wanting to explore more of Europe on my own, not with a tour group. I have been back several times since with a six other backpackers, with two other backpackers, and in solo travels. I continue to travel the sights of Europe every chance I get. While working in Bosnia, I got to visit a few of the central/eastern European countries (Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic). Since I started working in Germany in July 2007, I have visited and revisited many sights of Western Europe. There are still a lot of places in Europe I would like to visit and revisit.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Parents always tell you to brush and floss, and always wear your retainers. Kids, I suggest you listen to your parents or the following may happen to you:
I pirated the above photo from Rena's flickr page.