COZUMEL – ARRIVING OCTOBER 28

  Hi Everyone, I want to let you know I’ll be arriving in Cozumel along with a lot of rain and a very possible hurricane!  But who cares? It’s Cozumel! I originally planned this trip back in April, but had a minor operation go bad, so I had to stick around and I missed the…
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THE WEDGE – KILLER WAVES IN NEWPORT BEACH

I take Newport Beach for granted. I shouldn’t, but I do. I live here.  People come from the world over to visit and vacation in my southern California beach city, but I do miss not being in Cozumel. Don’t we all get a bit this way from time to time, failing to appreciate what’s right…
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CRYSTAL COVE – NEWPORT BEACH

Crystal Cove at Sunset    photo: www.crystalcovebeach cottages.com I know everyone’s heard about the Southern California laid-back lifestyle.  And, no, it’s not overrated.  I’m headed down to the Beachcomber Cafe on the beach in Crystal Cove. Who does the Southern California lifestyle best?  It’s the people who live and play along the So-Cal beaches, that’s…
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THE GREAT NEWPORT BEACH BIKE RIDE

Biking It Down to the Newport Beach Pier   It’s early Sunday morning in Newport Beach and the sun’s smiling like it just got back from the dentist.  Jerri’s brother, John, hit town for a visit, so we decide to pedal south about two miles to the Newport Beach Pier and grab some breakfast at…
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Walking the Beach to the Newport Pier

Five miles there and back – walking the beach to the Newport Beach Pier is a great way to spend and hour and get some exercise. Three months ago I was making plans to beat feet down to Cozumel for two months to do in-depth blogging and reporting about the hotels, restaurants, lifestyles, sights, and…
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Back at You – American Culture in Indonesia

It’s late 2007 and I’m in Jakarta on the island of Java in Indonesia. I start to enter my room in the Asian hotel, the Ciputra, and someone behind me asks, “Are you an American?” It’s an “Uh oh” moment because I’m in the largest Muslim country in the world near the end of “the…
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DEEP SCUBA DIVING OFF COZUMEL AT 240 FEET – AND LIVING – Part II

(FROM PART I) Now, there’s being alone and there is alone — and you can trust me on this: drifting in a swift current 240 feet down in a dark, watery landscape and running out of air with no soul in sight is alone as it gets. When you think you’re probably going to die,…
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DEEP SCUBA DIVING OFF COZUMEL AT 240 FEET – AND LIVING – Part I

No one, absolutely no one, has any business scuba diving to 240 feet with one tank of regular air….and definitely not alone. Yet, there I was, a normally sane diver, drift-diving 240 feet under water along the wall of Maracaibo Reef with five minutes of air left at that depth… and not a soul in…
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The Teak Table-Makers of Java

Indonesia is the place you go for teak.  Other countries have teak trees, but Indonesia is known for the quality of its teak. So, what’s the big deal about teak, you ask? The wood is unusually hard….and so beautiful.  Cutting teak boards from some trees will cause sparks to fly off the saw blade because…
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The Lor In – Solo, Central Java – Spiritual and a Value

  On the road I happened to wander into a hotel in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. It showed little from the outside, but once inside it was so strikingly beautiful that I found myself wandering about completely wrapped up in its charms. The Lor In hotel in Solo, Central Java, is such an incredibly beautiful…
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