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No Fail Friday or “How to enjoy your weekend without thinking about work”

25 January 2012

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As a programmer, I have adopted an extension of the “0 Inbox” idea. I call it “no fail Friday”. Basically, all week long I add tests – one at a time – to the current programming project and work on them till they pass. If all my test are working and have been rolled into […]

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5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Move Towards Location Independence

29 December 2011

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Minimize You may not want to live out of a backpack but learning to make the most of a few things when you don’t have access to ever gadget under the Sun will go a long ways. Reduce your kitchen to one pot, one pan ( or better, one all purpose cooking container ), one […]

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Things I learned on the PAN AM Highway trip

25 October 2011

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There will be chaos – The Mexico/USA and Peru/Chile borders where organized and easy to migrate through the process, everything else is some level of chaos. In Latin America, it is OK to stare at womens’ tits – Often they will go out of their way to make sure you see them (the ta-tas) Eat […]

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How to utterly fail at Teaching English as a forgein language Part 2

14 October 2011

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Right after writing the first post about not finding or putting together sustainable work teaching English, I got a job teaching English in Temuco. Temuco is an hour and half bus ride from where I live. The job was with a one of the major language institutes here in Chile, the name is like a […]

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How to utterly fail at Teaching English as a Forgein Language

12 October 2011

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Go to any expat living, location independent, continuous travel website and you will find the obligatory list of ways to make money on the road. Topping this list most of the time will be “teaching English”. Statistically speaking, there are more jobs than teachers. So the idea is, you get certified – which basically means […]

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Cultural Communications Standards

23 March 2011

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If you have military experience, college, or sufficient time in corporate America, Europe, Australia, or New Zealand you will have learned that the responsibility for ensuring clear communications rest with the presenter. Responsibility that the information being presented is heard, understood and if appropriate agreed to, rest with the person presenting the information or agreement.  […]

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How and When to Bribe Government Employees…

17 March 2011

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…outside the United States. First, if you are a US Citizen, this is against the law. But so is speeding. If this posts makes you think I am unethical, then you don’t know me very well and Why I think Ethics are Bullshit.There is a game. The rules were developed long ago. All that needs […]

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Fruits and Vegetables

10 July 2009

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While speaking with a friend the other day, I commented on how good the fresh fruits and vegetables are here. This person laughed and informed me that all the best stuff goes to the United States and Chileans get what is considered ´second rate´. I don´t know what happens between when it leaves Chile and […]

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Book Review – A Differant Drummer

8 July 2009

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Read it. Then read anything you can by E.J. Banfield. The insights and caveats of his time hold just as true today. Enjoy the prose on the nature of Australia. Yeah, thats the review.

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Hace Frio

8 July 2009

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a cold wet chill weighs the smoke from chimneys cords of wood the height, width and depth of a small house decorate the sides of homes or are sheltered in their own hovel the only warmth comes from the hearth and heart

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Back to blogging

8 July 2009

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It has been brought to my attention that I have been remiss in my blogging duties.  So stay tuned new post and pictures are coming, including adventures in returning to the US a few months ago and the ensuing drive from the US back to Chile. Also, more poetry and pics from Latin America. To […]

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Gatos jugando

30 March 2009

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black and white tumbling black white, black white yin and yang rolling then darting in opposite directions like juveniles with spay cans rolled up on by paco black and white blurs running this way and that falling into a ball then rolling apart like two martial artist in a kung fu movie.

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Lago en la Mañana

26 March 2009

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The morning Sun is reflecting brightly off the water a row boat with two riders is silhouetted against the crystal orange fire I hear the trees rustle behind me as a cool breeze blows in across the lake made chillier by the warming rays licking at my skin the Volcano is clear, yet the far […]

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Why do I pay taxes?

21 March 2009

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OK, I know why I pay taxes and even though I now live outside the country, I am thankful for still having a US passport and the privileges that come with it. However, with the announcement by the Treasury this week that it was going to buy up – I can´t remember how much – […]

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This has to be an SNL skit.

11 March 2009

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Chilenos are very big on family. As apparent by the number of single young mothers in this country, but that is a different post. Anyway, I have been ¨adopted¨ by a local family. I know this because the mother calls me hijo or sometimes hijo perdido (lost son). And in the Chilean fashion, I call […]

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Take your receipt sir.

11 March 2009

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In Chile, merchants are required to give you a receipt for ANY purchase over 150 pesos. Most hand write a receipt using a standard receipt book that I think they get from the government offices because everyone has the same thing. I get the same receipt in Santiago that I do in Chiloé. Oh, and […]

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Enery efficiency

11 March 2009

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Unlike the US where we are the land of plenty, and therefore plenty of waste; Chilenos are much more energy efficient. One the ways I have adapted is in heating water for dishes and a shower. Houses and apartments here have gas flash heaters. I only do dishes in the morning, because I light my […]

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Pathways and Passageways

3 June 2008

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Although I am an adult, I still have quite a bit of wanderlust. A couple of things that I have a particular weakness for are large culverts and certain types of bridges. The kind of culverts that draw me are the kind that serve as portholes in a large earthen mound. I just have to […]

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Party

27 May 2008

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The Banana River is not like what most people think of when they think river. It is really a permanent flood plane that is so shallow you can almost walk across it. In order to make it possible for water craft larger than a canoe to travel it, a channel has been dredged. The effect […]

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Guest House

27 May 2008

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One of the things I have always loved about travel is the people you meet. I met a couple of Dutch origin who have bicycled from San Diego to the Atlantic and are now going down to Ft. Myers. – for all you in Lubbok, they also said the friendliest people they met were in […]

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Accomodations

23 May 2008

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The ride from Gulf Shores into Florida and down to Panama City was uneventful yet consisting of mile after mile of ocean views and a salty breeze. One of the things that I have noticed is how much more difficult it is to find just any old spot to throw in my tent. I started […]

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How do you make a motorcycle float?

23 May 2008

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Put it on a boat. To be specific, a ferry. Yesterday morning when I arrived at the Alabama Welcome center, I intended on taking I-10 to Mobile and go from there. That all changed when I saw there is a ferry that goes across Mobile Bay from Dauphin Island. The ferry was leaving at 2pm […]

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Criminal Offense

22 May 2008

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Tuesday night I hunted around for a camping spot till late. I finally ended up on a little piece of grass at the East end of the beach in Ocean Springs, right at the front gate to the USM Gulf Research Center. One of the Ocean Springs residence actually showed it to me and said […]

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Engineered Madness

22 May 2008

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After packing up my wet sandy gear from Trinity River bank, I proceeded to drop the bike. In my defense, it was sandy and I was trying to pull onto the highway with spining out. No scrapes on the bike however, it broke the right foot rest bracket. It held till Lafayette, LA where it […]

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Cut N Shoot

22 May 2008

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Spent Monday night on the sandy banks of the Trinity river in East Texas; after getting lost a couple of times. The standard Texas road map does not have details about back roads, so if you are going to be using FMs and such, get the Texas Backroads Atlas. Along the way went through a […]

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BBQ again

21 May 2008

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May 18th. I made my way down to Lockhart, about two hours from Kingsland. I stopped because this is suppose to be the Bar-B-Que Capital of Texas. I decided I would try one of the local flavors for dinner. If you are unaware, there is a barbecue family feud here. Smitty’s and Krinck’s (?) are […]

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Car Copulation

19 May 2008

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Alright campers, check your maps. If’n you ainta seein’ a tent there next to that there tree markin’ the State Park, ainta no camping. I had decided I was going to spend the night at Longhorn Cavern State Park, only problem is that they don’t have any campsites; and Inks Lake fills up fast. So […]

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What are those bumps on the horizon?

19 May 2008

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The first day back on the trip took me out of West Texas and into Hill Country. Going South on 87, I went through San Angelo, then the trio of Eden, Brady and Mason. At Mason I picked up 29 to Llano then on to the area occupied by the Longhorn Cavern and Inks Lake […]

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Oh deer!

15 May 2008

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The first stop on this trip was Ft. Davis, TX. Then I was going to to Del Rio by way of Alpine and Marathon. I spent the night at the Ft. Davis SP. The morning of May 10, after breaking camp, I headed out at about 7:30am; plenty of light. At about 7:40am, accelerating out […]

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Skunk, Barbecue!

12 May 2008

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Skunk, barbecue, oil and wildflowers. In a car the the the environmental filter shields travelers from the aromas encountered on the road. However, on a motorcycle, everything and I mean every smell imaginable enters the helmet and is thrust against the riders olfactory gland. When I speak with people who have never ridden, the first […]

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Lubbock in my rearview mirror

12 May 2008

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First I would like to thank God for blessing me with the resources to make this trip, that includes my sister and brother-in-law who are keeping my dog while I am away. And my friend Al who has continuously encouraged me to do this. I could not and can not do this without all of […]

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