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Left-handed compliments

By lex, on October 11th, 2006

Scene: Naval Medical Clinic, NSA Bahrain. Your correspondent sits on an examination table, enduring the preliminaries required to score some Ambien off of an actual doctor, once the fetching young corpsman finishes asking him whether or not he’s allergic to drugs (no), smokes (no), drinks alchoholic beverages (occasionally – all, right so there’s a lot of occasions) and takes his blood pressure, temperature and pulse. She looks at the screen with wide, innocent eyes, turns to him and says –

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So what’s it like so far?

By lex, on October 10th, 2006

Raided the mini-bar to get my head right, a nice warm bath for to put the muscles at ease. Watched some regrettable TV – including a bit of post-midnight “fashion TV,” which let me tell you has a great deal more to do with a certain unnamed culture’s repressive sexual mores and the rather inconsistent way they deal with them than it had to do with fashion, said models being being by and large rather unabashedly deshabille, R-word month or not – and hit the hay around 0100, hoping for the best.

Tossed and turned for half an hour and decided that it wasn’t going to happen.

So here I am, at 0445, taking a break from my Operations Analysis homework to tell you that it’s probably going to sting in about six to eight hours. Only thing to do is muscle up on coffee and push harder.

The joys of travel.

07-16-2008 Editor’s Note: Lex just flew into Bahrain

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A Good Ride

By lex, on January 11th, 2012

I had intended to push out from Sandy Eggo at around 1000 yesterday morning, but between one micro-crisis and another didn’t get rubber to road until nearly 1230. As it turns out, Highway 405 presents quite a different aspect through Los Angeles after lunch time than it does just before or just after, the entire trip was done in three hours and I didn’t even have to lane split. Much.

Mentally I break the ride up in three segments, home to Laguna Niguel is the first leg, then the 405 through LA with a brief jaunt west on the 10 prior to the final leg: Highway 1 – the Pacific Coast Highway – from Santa Monica to Ventura County through Malibu. Due to the grinding nature of the traffic through LA on the 405, it’s the central leg I dread the most.

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South Pacific: A Couple of Untold Stories

Sometime ago, I wrote a travelogue of my trip through the South Pacific. There were a couple of stories I left out at the time, because I figured people would think I was making it up  using artistic license.

These both happened towards the end of my trip, when the money was running out and I was 3 months on the road.

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Images of Germany 1973 – Bernkastel Weinfest

As promised, here’s a few pictures of the Wine Fest held every fall at Bernkastel. Whenever  I could, I hopped on a bus and traveled. Bernkastle, on the Mosel (Moselle) River, is a large wine growing center. I went back in 1992 trying to retrace my past, and there were so many tour busses I couldn’t even park. So I continued on.

That road along the Mosel to Koblenz is a beautiful drive.

But here it is before all the tour busses came.

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Images of Germany – 1973-74 – Saar region

I thought I would post a few more pictures of my Army time in Germany – 1973-1974. Hard to believe it has been that long.

I love to travel – have a wanderlust gene apparently. I am running out of space on this website with the current plan – free! – and re-posting Lex’s posts takes priority – so I am having to shrink the pictures – my apologies. Perhaps I should start another site devoted to my past travels?

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The Very Best of Hands

Posted by Lex, on December 18, 2010


TSA version: **

The effectiveness of security at  U.S. ports is being questioned after a businessman accidentally travelled on a flight with a loaded handgun in his luggage.

Iranian-American Farid Seif was screened by Transport Security Administration officials at Houston airport in Texas. His hand luggage was also X-rayed before he took off on his international flight.

It wasn’t until Mr Seif arrived at his hotel several hours later that he realised that he had forgotten to unpack a loaded snub nose Glock pistol from his luggage before he embarked on his journey.

‘It’s just impossible to miss it, you know. I mean, this is not a small gun,’ Mr Seif told ABC News.

Too busy groping the toddlers.

‘How can you miss it? You cannot miss it.’

Too busy groping the toddlers.

** 05-01-18 Link Updated – Ed. 


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