Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
What a week! We had over a foot of snow in town, nearly 10” out at my house this week and the sub-zero temperatures (that’s Fahrenheit – not Celsius) we have had all week means that I still have plenty on the ground and it is going to be a White Christmas.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
It took nearly two weeks’ of evenings, four trips to the post office, and a whole lot of putting memories onto paper, but I have finished getting my Christmas mailing out! It is down to Santa’s little helpers at the US Postal Service to get my Christmas wishes to their intended recipients.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 12/17/2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
There is an axiom that they teach in Dale Carnegie training: “Fake It ‘til You Make It” by which they mean that if you are feeling bad or unenthusiastic about something, try acting like you’re happy about it and work toward getting enthusiastic about it and it will help you out of your funk or help you build your enthusiasm.
Friday, December 09, 2011
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Monday, December 05, 2011
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Saturday, December 03, 2011
It was a short week, but a busy one. I had a lovely vacation but the week was hectic. Why is it that when you leave the office it takes about as long to get ready for and recover from your time off as the time you actually get to take away from the office?
Friday, December 02, 2011
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
If there is anyone who truly believes that the travel industry has been set-up to cater to our comfort, I would love to meet them. Whenever I travel, I remember a cartoon from that classic of childhood, MAD MAGAZINE.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
There must have been some kind of a game this weekend. Every car I passed had either a cartoon representation of a paw print of some sort on it or a tiger tail hanging out of it. The one stop I made (for gas and a stretch) there were people in the gas station that had the paw print painted on their faces. I suppose if I cared anything for sports I might know more about it but…
Friday, November 25, 2011
One of the things I love about this place is that there is no schedule. Everybody is pretty free to do whatever – whenever. This morning, I slipped off to have a walk along the beach. (I have to do something to work off at least some of the calories from last night's meal!)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
For those of us who live in a condo complex (or apartment for that matter) a vacation might include doing work around the house. There is not a lot of yard work for us. No pruning, clearing brush, no yard maintenance. That is all done for us.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
There are always lots of wonderful things to do at the beach. Good friends, food, and drink. One of my favorites has always been the Carolina Lowlands Barbecue! The lovely pork marinated in a combination of vinegar, pepper, and savory spices! Ohhhhh!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I am SO glad that I didn't decide to drive on to the beach this evening – er, morning! It is just after midnight and I am waiting for my bags. It is, at least, clear and cold here. There is some delay with the bags. I've already had a chance to get the car, walk my carryon bags down to it and leave them in the trunk, have a bit of a stretch.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
My friends once again threw an excellent party. As is their wont, they went completely overboard with their costumes, decorations, and party prep! But then, where a good time is involved, can one really go overboard? 've said it before, I will say it again: People from New Orleans throw the best parties. I have no idea how I got so lucky to have such cool friends!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Robert A. Heinlein, by way of his character Lazarus Long, introduced us to this infallible law of the universe. Lazarus often bemoaned that "there ain't no justice" as a sort-of extension of Murphy's Law. Where as the eponymous Mr. Murphy observed that "What Can Go Wrong Will." Lazarus Long observed that if something can be misconstrued or misunderstood, it will.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
de·bate [dih-beyt] noun, verb, -bat·ed, -bat·ing.
1.a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints: a debate in the Senate on farm price supports.
2.a formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers.
4.Archaic. strife; contention.
verb (used without object)
5.to engage in argument or discussion, as in a legislative or public assembly: When we left, the men were still debating.
6.to participate in a formal debate.
7.to deliberate; consider: I debated with myself whether to tell them the truth or not.
8.Obsolete. to fight; quarrel.
verb (used with object)
9.to argue or discuss (a question, issue, or the like), as in a legislative or public assembly: They debated the matter of free will.
10.to dispute or disagree about: The homeowners debated the value of a road on the island.
11.to engage in formal argumentation or disputation with (another person, group, etc.): Jones will debate Smith. Harvard will debate Princeton.
12.to deliberate upon; consider: He debated his decision in the matter.
13.Archaic. to contend for or over.
Origin: 1250–1300; (v.) Middle English debaten < Old French debatre, equivalent to de- de- + batre to beat < Latin battere, earlier battuere; (noun) Middle English debat < Old French, derivative of debatre
in·ter·de·bate, verb, -bat·ed, -bat·ing.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
It's not much, but it's something! 0.6, less than a pound change in my weight since my last weigh-in, but it is in the right direction and it is after a visit to Minnesota. I believe this may be the first time that I have ever gone to Minnesota without Gaining Weight!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
The experience in the security checkpoint this morning was priceless! My sister (as everyone in my family does) visited the locker plant at Miltona. (We've always called it that, though for years it has actually been called "Miltona Custom Meats.") It is tradition, you go to Minnesota, you come home with Hot Dogs, Brats, and Summer Sausage from Miltona. It is the best!
Coffee and Donuts – Why can’t I stop thinking about coffee and donuts? I should be telling you about the big celebration of the farm's 140th anniversary. The celebration of our homestead was yesterday and it was a blast!
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Friday, October 07, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
The computer revolution may have started with IBM and their glorified cash registers, but it was visionaries like Mr. Jobs who saw the true potential in the personal computer. Think back to the days before Apple. Think about how the world has changed.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Monday, October 03, 2011
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
According to the calendar and the astronomers, the summer ended on Friday morning at about three in the morning local time. You certainly can't tell it from where I'm sitting, or from where I am walking for that matter!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I am certain that this is only one of millions of people putting remembrances out today of that horrible morning ten years ago. But it is, I suppose, my generation's December 07th or November 22nd. Everybody of earlier generation could remember exactly where they were that morning in December when they heard that Pearle Harbor had been bombed, or on that morning in November when they learned of the assassination of President Kennedy, the memories of that day that the towers fell is a day that time will never dull.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Monday, September 05, 2011
I saw the sign but it really didn't register – it was like oh so many other signs you see at the side of the road. "Lemonade $1," "Lost Dog," "Garage Sale ==>," "Open House Sunday 10-2" and the like. They sprout by the side of the road like dandelions as each weekend approaches each vying for your attention for the short, weekend-long, growing season. It didn’t register to me at all that the hand-written sign was of a totally different ilk.
Sunday, September 04, 2011
Friday, September 02, 2011
I have always wished I was more organized than I am. It's not that things are helter-skelter in my life, my home, or my work; it's just that occasionally I get these wonderful inspirations and then either don't have the time or the inclination to act upon them. Every once-in-a-while I will come across one of these notes and wonder why I took it. That was not the case this morning at the office.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
While you are waiting for your web pages to load, waiting for your downloads to complete, any computer functions, today is the day to race your mouse all around your icons while you are waiting. Do it for that energizing feeling you'll get by doing something rather than sitting and just watching your screen.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Goodbye Chicago ~ Hello Lakewood
How can it still be breakfast time? I've already crossed an ocean and half a continent (well, a third…) and still it is not really time for lunch yet. I do not care, since someone will serve me a salad, I am eating lunch!
Goodbye London ~ Hello Chicago
"I'm sittin' in the railway station, got a ticket for my destination
On a tour of one-night-stands, my suitcase and guitar at hand
And every stop is neatly planned for a poet and a one-man band"
On a tour of one-night-stands, my suitcase and guitar at hand
And every stop is neatly planned for a poet and a one-man band"
From "Homeward Bound
Okay, it’s an airport, I've checked my baggage, I haven't played the guitar in years, and I've been in one place way longer than one night. But you get the point…
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
There is something to be said for technology. Although I could never muster the patience to actually do any serious writing on the new tablet I bought to take on this trip. The touch-keyboard does not have the tactile feedback that I need to be able to touch-type.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I really was jetlagged yesterday! Somehow I misread my clock at the office and left an hour earlier than I thought I was. Granted, it was still a full day's work, but somehow, I looked at my watch and thought "Oh, good! It's five-thirty, time to leave." Only to discover that it was five as I was leaving the train station at Kilburn Park. Oops!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Goodbye Bangkok ~ Hello London
While it might be nice to sit next to a window, the five minutes of beauty is not worth being trapped on the inside for the next nine hours. I cannot sleep on planes so I am often getting up to stretch.
Along with the standard in-flight entertainment one might expect on an intercontinental/transoceanic flight; dinner, drinks, games, movies, and music; this flight was special for the OTHER in-flight entertainment. Namely, the dear ladies across the aisle.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Goodbye Sydney ~ Hello Bangkok
I suppose that there are places in the states where this is also true, but I cannot understand why I have to go through a second security screening to board my connection in Sydney!
Goodbye Canberra ~ Hello Sydney
I've been packed since early this morning, Canberra time, and have been working hard to get onto London time in preparation for my flight today. It seems to work; if I spend a couple days getting ready for the trip, moderating my diurnal cycle to more closely match the time it is in my target time zone, and then it seems to reduce the amount of time that I spend getting over the Jet lag.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Always one to give credit where credit is due, I must say that the hotel I am staying at in Canberra (the Quality Hotel Dickson) does do one thing right. They actually do follow their water-saving plan elements. If I leave a towel hung-up they leave it there; drop it on the floor and it is replaced by a fresh one.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 8/12/2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I have always had the urge to giggle when I hear the phrase "strike a happy medium." It springs always creates the image in my head of a fortune teller skipping down a lovely garden path, her crystal ball bobbing along and winking merrily in the sun when all of the sudden her fun is cut short by a muscular arm whipping out from behind a tree and clocking her right on her perky little chin! In my mind, she then gets the entire cartoon treatment… Her eyes cross as she wobbles slightly and then, stars and planets orbiting her head, she keels over backward into the daffodil-strewn clover.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
In the American southwest there is a specific city (which shall remain nameless - sorry, Phoenix, no mention for you in this week's blog) that is fond of reminding you that although their average temperature is somewhere between the temperature of an industrial blast furnace and the actual surface of the sun, at least "…it's a dry heat!"
Monday, August 08, 2011
Sunday, August 07, 2011
The rain was apparently the harbinger of a cold front. All day long the temperature has been dropping, and whilst it is still well above freezing, it is cold enough that I decided that I needed my leather jacket for more than protection from the rain. It was a bit brisk as I set out for the city center this evening.
One of my colleagues who is here more-or-less permanently; on contract for the long-haul of the conversion, made the very kind and generous offer to take me to the wildlife park for the day. It is off to the north of the town near where the NASA Radio Communications center is. This, I was assured, would be my chance to see some of the native wildlife in its natural surroundings!
Saturday, August 06, 2011
Friday, August 05, 2011
Yesterday as I got into the car on the way to work, I told my colleague that "today's the day" and that I was going to get a view of a kangaroo. I really wish I had been a bit more specific. I did get a view of a kangaroo but unfortunately, it was kind-of like saying that I saw a deer on the interstate. Sadly, it was road kill.
When I travel, I always hope to take in a little of the local flavor. I have been here and week and I am not at all sure what the local flavor might be here in Australia. I have yet to see something calling itself an Australian restaurant.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
For those of you who have not traveled vast distances from home, let me tell you; getting there and back is likely not to be the thing that is likely to be the toughest thing that you have to deal with. For me, the thing that is the hardest to keep straight in my mind is what time and day it is.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
There has been very little time for sightseeing since I came to Canberra. I have had a chance to walk around the general area of the hotel but have been too busy during the days to have the energy to go too far at night.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 8/03/2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
You see them all over the states, those deer crossing signs; and yet, how often do you actually see deer at the crossing. (I wonder if the deer actually know where they are supposed to be crossing the highway.)
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 8/02/2011
Monday, August 01, 2011
It is fairly well known to my readers, friends, and relatives that I have very little problem recovering from jetlag; at least when traveling this direction – east – around the globe. At least usually that is true. But I suppose that it doesn't matter which direction you have traveled when you make two-thirds of the circuit.
So I did everything I could to get over it. I took a nap when I got in and then stayed-up most of the day; I explored the neighborhood. Yesterday I was up only a bit earlier than usual so I made myself a bit of coffee and did a bit of reading and around sunrise I walked down to the war memorial and back, about a 10k jaunt. Other than that, I took it easy.
This morning, I am happy to report, I was asleep until practically the hour I would have slept to back home in the states. Which is good, my client meetings start today. Well, here’s hoping!
Wherever you are today, I hope that your week starts off well!
Don Bergquist – 01 August 2011 – Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I am all for a green life and reducing one's carbon footprint by recycling. But some people can take it a bit far.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 7/31/2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
"Yes please?" the oriental girl behind the counter; at least that is what I assume she said. It was as near as I could work it out. Her accent, a sort-of pigeon English accented with Australia words made it hard to decipher. Of course it could also be that it was just going six and that I hadn't had a cup of coffee in a while…
Friday, July 29, 2011
Goodbye Bangkok~ Hello Sydney
It wasn't on the itinerary, but apparently it is a known feature of the flight to Australia. At two o'clock this afternoon we landed in Bangkok, Thailand. It is a pleasant surprise that put me on the continent of Asia for the first time in my life. Though. I am not sure that I should count it as I am not going to get the opportunity to leave the airport; it is only a two-hour layover as they refuel and clean the plane. In a couple hours we will continue the journey to Australia.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
If you've stayed at a hotel any time in the past ten years, you've see them. Those stickers, placards, and door tags that tell you how the hotel you’re staying is all hot and bothered to save the environment and only you can do it!
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 7/27/2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
An old friend and mentor of mine used to tell me (at every opportunity) that in order to be a good consultant, you always have to be thinking ahead with the contingencies. "When they think you're gonna zig, you gotta be ready to zag!" She would say, as an extension.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 7/26/2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Goodbye Lakewood ~ Hello London
My car called to collect me a bit early this morning, but that was alright… I was ready and waiting anyway. You see, I have been going to bed/getting up progressively earlier for the past few nights so that I would be closer to being on the right time period as my arrival into Australia draws closer.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 7/23/2011