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The various stages of life….

January 24, 2008

While surfing the net and doing some general photography research I winded my way down the fiber to an article that brought me back to what I had learned earlier in life.

If you have ever listened to Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in one of his works talks about the various stages of life, without stealing his thunder, one of the stages is the statesman, in this stage, you have reached the maturity to be comfortable with who you are and the wisdom to learn from your own and others past mistakes as well as the awareness of helping others.

This photography article about How to make the most of a mentor, is what brought me back to thinking about the stage of the “statesman”. While the article speaks about being an inquisitive student, I urge you to think about the opposite side, becoming a good mentor. I have had the pleasure of mentoring many people through the course of my career and cherish each of those relationships.

If you have the opportunity to mentor someone, whether personally or professionally I suggest you make the most of the opportunity, both you and the student will grow. If you have not listened to Dr. Dyer, I suggest that you go listen to his podcasts!

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San Francisco

January 19, 2008

While on business in San Francisco this week I arranged a photowalk for some fellow Googlers. A handful of us headed north on 101 to the bay area hitting the Sutro Baths a few minutes after sunset, and then onto the Golden Gate Bridge well after dark.

The foreground above is light painted with a Surefire flashlight during the long exposure.

Some of these images are available for purchase from ImageKind

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What you don’t want to hear from the pilot….

January 16, 2008

“Is there a doctor or emergency medical technician onboard?”

This was the second clue of the day that my flight was going to be slightly out of the ordinary. I was enroute to SFO and after closing the doors to United 351, they re-opened them. Apparently due to a printer malfunction, they did not put enough fuel on the plane…. That cost us 30 minutes, no big deal.

Then we are airborne for maybe 25 minutes and the pilots asks for a doctor, seeing nobody jump up, he powers back the engines and starts our descent into Birhimgham, Alabama. Then the fun (not really) begins.

Apparently someone in first class had some heart issues, so we landed and what should have been a normal 15 minute delay to offload the passenger to an ambulance, turned into a 2 hour fiasco, because the passenger did not want to disembark !

Now, I don’t want anyone to be denied medical treatment and I am not heartless, but for quite some time this person refused to get off the plane and apparently was forced to sign some disclosure papers basically saying “if you die up here, it is not our fault” as we tried to get you off the plane.

So, what should have been a nice 5 hour flight took approximately 8 hours. With many folks missing meetings and connecting flights.

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San Francisco Photo Walk

January 9, 2008

While on business in San Francisco this week I arranged a photowalk for some fellow Googlers. A handful of us headed north on 101 to the bay area hitting the Sutro Baths a few minutes after sunset, and then onto the Golden Gate Bridge well after dark.

The foreground here is light painted with a Surefire flashlight during the long exposure.

Some of these images are available for purchase from ImageKind

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DXCC Entity Activation List

January 4, 2008

Since I have started tracking the list of entities that I have activated I figure it is best to keep a list. I will update this post as I add new entities, and will put a quick link to this on the main page of the blog.

  1. USA – K4UJ
  2. Puerto Rico – KP4/K4UJ
  3. St. Croix – KP2/K4UJ (4th Place in World 1997 ARRL 10 Meter Contest as WP2Z)
  4. Grand Cayman – ZF2UJ
  5. Dutch Sint Maarten – PJ7/K4UJ
  6. French Saint Martin – FS/K4UJ
  7. Anguilla – VP2E/K4UJ
  8. Saba – PJ6/K4UJ (same entity as Sint Maarten, different Island)
  9. Scarborough Reef – BS7H
  10. Netherlands

I am always evaluating more places to activate from….stay tuned for the “next one”

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Grand Cayman

December 29, 2007

We visited Grand Cayman April of 2005, approximately 8 months after Hurricane Ivan terrorized the island in the fall of 2004. Below are some of the photos that show the massive destruction that Ivan left behind.

There are whole neighborhoods of very expensive homes that were just wiped out. As you can see there are rooms with walls completely missing. Talking with the locals, a lot of folks just decided to never come back to renovate.


Fear not, there is plenty of beauty left in this Caribbean paradise.