Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve

Chinese New Year

New Year’s Eve

Well, here it is the end of another year. It seems odd to me that we put such a focus on the arbitrary passage of our globe past a randomly selected point in its orbit. Why the importance on it?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas!

Have a holly jolly Christmas
It's the best time of the year
Well I don't know if there'll be snow
But have a cup of cheer

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve
Happy birthday to my cousin Elizabeth
Happy birthday to my cousin Abigail

White Christmas

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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Not A Moment Too Soon!

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.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Human Rights Day

Feeling Festive

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.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Happy birthday to my friend Tim

Weekend Projects

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?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Travelogue South Carolina – A Late Return

This is how I feel this morning… like at any moment I might drop off to sleep. Ironically, at the same time, I am still a bit wired from the travel.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Travelogue South Carolina – In Transit

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.

Cyber Monday

"Holiday Shopping At Work Season" Begins

Travelogue South Carolina – Departure Day

The day started early. Well, not really early for me, but early for vacation!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy anniversary to Mary & Corey
Happy anniversary to Dad & Flo

Travelogue South Carolina – Fun And Games

There is something instructive about watching a child play a game. My cousins had some friends come over to spend the day and so we had the opportunity to do something together.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Travelogue South Carolina – Visiting Family

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…

Travelogue South Carolina – BEACH TIME!

What trip to the beach would be complete without a trip to the beach! We all had a polar bear morning today and headed out for a swim.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

"Holiday Shopping Season" begins

Travelogue South Carolina – Time To Walk

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


Travelogue South Carolina – Time to Work

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

Travelogue South Carolina – Lowlands Barbecue

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!
Fibonacci Day

Travelogue South Carolina – Southern Snow

I left the cold of Colorado for a white thanksgiving in South Carolina.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Travelogue South Carolina - Arrival

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.

Travelogue South Carolina – In Transit

The flight here was completely uneventful – that's always a good thing!

Denver, Colorado Founded (November 22, 1858)

Sunset over the Denver City & County Building

Travelogue South Carolina – Departure

To quote the old song:

"All my bags are packed
I'm ready to go…"

A Lovely Morning Walk

I couldn't ask for a nicer morning to set-out!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Travelogue South Carolina – Preparations

Saga knows that something is going on. I'm always active on weekends; I go out for my weigh-in first thing, do my grocery shopping, laundry, and either walk the treadmill in my office or head out to the park for a long hike. So it is not that she's not used to the activity, but she is smart… she saw my baggage come out and the laundry get packed instead of going upstairs to the bedroom as it came out of the machines. Yes, Saga knows that something is up.
Happy birthday to my friend Col
Happy birthday to my cousin Christopher

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The First Blizzard Of The Season

It rolled in exactly as predicted; the snow stared falling around nine last night after a light drizzle which began at around sundown.
Happy birthday to my uncle Richard
Happy birthday to my cousin Michael

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Who Says Halloween Is Just For Kids!?

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!
Happy birthday to my friend Terry
Happy birthday to my friend Heather

Monday, October 31, 2011

There Ain't No Justice!

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.



Happy birthday to my friend Rene

Happy birthday to my friend Rene

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Trouble With Technology

I guess that all the technology in the world doesn't help if you forget to use it!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Snow Day!

They talked about it for days and yet people here are acting all surprised! What gives?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Debate? What Debate?

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.
3.deliberation; consideration.
4.Archaic. strife; contention.

verb (used without object) engage in argument or discussion, as in a legislative or public assembly: When we left, the men were still debating. participate in a formal debate. deliberate; consider: I debated with myself whether to tell them the truth or not.
8.Obsolete. to fight; quarrel.

verb (used with object) argue or discuss (a question, issue, or the like), as in a legislative or public assembly: They debated the matter of free will. dispute or disagree about: The homeowners debated the value of a road on the island. engage in formal argumentation or disputation with (another person, group, etc.): Jones will debate Smith. Harvard will debate Princeton. 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
Related forms
de·bat·er, noun
de·bat·ing·ly, adverb
in·ter·de·bate, verb, -bat·ed, -bat·ing.
non·de·bat·er, noun
non·de·bat·ing, adjective

Happy birthday to my aunt Rita

Happy birthday to my aunt Rita

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Another Celebration!

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!

National Grouch Day

National Grouch Day

Monday, October 10, 2011

Travelogue Minnesota – Homeward Bound

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!

Travelogue: Minnesota – Celebration

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!

Columbus Day

Columbus Day

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Travelogue: Minnesota – In-Flight Entertainment

Ah! The Zen of Travel!

Travelogue: Minnesota – Departure

“I love it when a plan comes together!”

The Stuff Of Fiction (Science Fiction)

I'm not much of a fan of Apple computers, but there is no way that I can deny the legacy that Steve Jobs, departed from us today, has changed the world.

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.

Happy birthday to my friend Elaine

Happy birthday to my friend Elaine

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Travelogue: Minnesota – Packing Light

With kudos going to a friend of mine in Australia, packing light for this trip to Minnesota. For the first time that I can remember, I am not packing my PC and spare drives for the trip. Why? Well, while I was in Australia, my friend Gerard showed me a great app that he uses on his tablet. The app lets him use his tablet to control his PC at home and therefore he doesn’t need to bring the PC even for things that don’t run on his tablet!

Happy anniversary to Shawn & Nancy

Happy anniversary to Shawn & Nancy

Happy anniversary to Michelle & Michael

Happy anniversary to Michelle & Michael

Happy birthday to my brother Charles

Happy birthday to my brother Charles

Monday, October 03, 2011

Okay, I Feel Cheated!

All in all it was a lovely weekend! The sun shone; the trails beckoned; the trees down here in the valley have started showing their fall colors. All-in-all you could not ask for more beautiful weather.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Summer Ends??

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!

Rosh Hashanah Begins At Sundown

Rosh Hashanah Begins At Sundown

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.

Grandparent's Day

Grandparent's Day

Happy birthday to my friend Frannie

Happy birthday to my friend Frannie

Monday, September 05, 2011

Life In Lakewood

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.

Labor Day

Labor Day

Friday, September 02, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – After-Thoughts

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.

Gregorian Calendar Adopted In 1752

Gregorian Calendar Adopted In 1752

Monday, August 22, 2011

What a lovely weekend!

I have no idea what these flowers are, I saw them on my hike, growing wild along the path. I got out to hike both days, I got out early enough to enjoy the park before it got crowded. And before it got too hot!

Happy birthday to my cousin Erik

Happy birthday to my cousin Erik

Saturday, August 20, 2011

And The Answer Is…

Plateau! Technically, a plateau is when your weight loss stalls to a loss-or-gain of less than a half-pound a week for more than three weeks running.

National Radio Day

National Radio Day

Friday, August 19, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Arrival

It was a struggle but it was worth the struggle. I was able to stay up until ten and then, a sleeping pill and a nice soothing playlist on the iPod and I slept like the dead last night!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Lunchtime

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!

Travelogue: Australia – Homeward Bound

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"
From "Homeward Bound
Paul Simon

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…

Happy birthday to my friend Barbara

Happy birthday to my friend Barbara

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Toys

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.

Davie Crockett's Birthday

Davie Crockett's Birthday

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – That's How You Do It!

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!

Happy birthday to my friend Ginger

Happy birthday to my friend Ginger

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Arrival

The flight was restive, but uneventful. It passed slowly, but it passed.

Travelogue: Australia – Five Minutes Of Beauty

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.

Travelogue: Australia – In-Flight Entertainment

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.

Happy birthday to my friend Eric

Happy birthday to my friend Eric

Happy anniversary to Tim & Stephanie

Happy anniversary to Tim & Stephanie

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Transfer

Goodbye Sydney ~ Hello Bangkok
Goodbye Australia

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!

Travelogue: Australia – Departure

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.

Happy birthday to my cousin Greg

Happy birthday to my cousin Greg

Friday, August 12, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Environmentalism II

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.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Happy birthday to my friend Tena


Hot Enough For Ya Day

Parents' Day


National Talk In An Elevator Day


Happy birthday to my aunt Jennifer


Mutt's Day

Mutt's Day


Travelogue: Australia – In The News…

Thanks to the friends and family who wrote me this morning asking about my status. Thankfully, I am still in Australia, but I am watching with great interest the activities going on back in London.

Travelogue: Australia – Happy Medium

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.

Construction Begins On Statue Of Liberty 1885

Construction Begins On Statue Of Liberty 1885

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki in 1945

Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki in 1945

Travelogue: Australia – …But It's A Wet Cold…

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

Travelogue: Australia – Canberra

One thing that I did learn this weekend is the reason that this city seems so spread-out; it was planned that way!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Wildlife (?)

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.

Travelogue: Australia – Wildlife

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!

Happy birthday to my friend Bill

Happy birthday to my friend Bill

Happy birthday to my friend Cody

Happy birthday to my friend Cody

Friday, August 05, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Be Careful What You Wish For!

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.

Travelogue: Australia – Local Flavor

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

Travelogue: Australia – Offset

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.

Happy birthday to my aunt Gina

Happy birthday to my aunt Gina

Happy birthday to my cousin Kristin

Happy birthday to my cousin Kristin

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Still No Sightings

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.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – 'Roo Crossing

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.)

Monday, August 01, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Jetlag

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

Happy birthday to The Internet!

Happy birthday to The Internet!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Environmentalism Gone Awry

I am all for a green life and reducing one's carbon footprint by recycling. But some people can take it a bit far.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Arrival (!)

Goodbye Sydney~ Hello Canberra
My third impression of Australia is that it is EXPENSIVE and that the people here are inattentive.

Travelogue: Australia – Coffee (!!)

"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…

Travelogue: Australia – Arrival (Sort-Of)

Eventually Mother Nature will deal with what medicine won't.

Friday, July 29, 2011


C'Mon, do you think we're complete idiots, or do you think we just have the attention span of your average puppy? "Oh, look! A squirrel!"

Travelogue: Australia – Layover

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

Travelogue: Australia – A Pleasant Surprise

Goodbye London ~ Hello Bangkok

Why am I smiling? This is the moment I have dreaded!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Environmentalism

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!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Contingency Plans

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.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Hen Night

Nobody has to tell me that I dote on Saga. I know it! 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – London

Today I saw Superman on the tube. But I am getting ahead of myself…

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Departure

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.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Technical Problems II

Tee Minus One Day And Counting.

There is an old aphorism about the best laid plans…

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Technical Problems

Tee Minus Two Days And Counting.

What a day! My time spent at the office today was almost a complete waste of time.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Travelogue: Australia – Travel Approved

Tee Minus Three Days And Counting.

What a busy morning I have scheduled for today.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Happy birthday to my friend Ian


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Battle of Boyne Day

Monday, July 11, 2011

Red Sky At Morning,
Sailors Take Warning!
Red Sky At Night,
Sailors Delight!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Teddy Bears' Picnic Day