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Life’s Little Turns, Twists, and Things

I remember my mentor and the person that took me to archeology would never give life advice even when pressed for it. We would walk along some dusty, desert trail in the Mojave or in the foothills outside of Mojave California. Sometimes I could hear RWR humming silently to himself. He had an eye for finding archeological sites and we’d stop sometimes mid walk and he and I would spread out and flag a site. We would then find ourselves on a topographic map using a compass and map the site in. Triangulation is a wonderful skill. Perhaps it is...

Checking in or Out

I got tired of the drone of RSS news and readers and apps either paid for as a service like feedbin or news blur or included like getting iCloud syncing for news. For me, there are a few things with the services and apps that always get me and make me erase them. I can only consume so much. There are directories of blogs like blogroll and ooh.directory. Truth be told there are only a few blogs I choose to consume with any regularity. The old 1000 stations and nothing on thing. I can subscribe with abandon or hesitation to...

Friday Morning Stuff

Welcome to my Friday morning. Last night I walked to clear my head of some thoughts. Walking is a mantra to me. I can focus on the steps and not the outcome. Find the space walking the Siem Reap River to just be. Last night was simply beautiful and the bridges were lit up farther up the river. I sat at this bench for awhile enjoying the peaceful evening. Kind of between steps. Almost like the person walking away from me. Perhaps he too hesitated his steps and found that pull, that primitive sensation of steps. Then off to sleep...

Sunday morning

Seems like Sundays slow down. I get notifications from google photos of three years ago. So let’s see. So where was I? A hint. An island nation in Asia. Wonderful street food. Nice people. Has high speed rail on one side of the island. Okay. I’ll tell. In 2019 I spent almost three months wandering around Taiwan. I took the high speed rail south along the west side of the island as far as it goes. I spent a week in 4 completely different cities and then rode back to Taipei. My last night in a hotel we had an...

another morning

I think here it is Thanksgiving. The holidays really go by here with no real mention since this day not celebrated. So instead I sit at Ricky Coffee. A cup of hot latte for the spirit and soul. A tea to warm the heart. Some WiFi to write this post. Little bits of thanks. While I don’t celebrate, I find little bits of what I have that seem so worth it. Like counting days until 27 December when I fly to 🇻🇳. Having a month with most of the time spent in Hanoi. It has been since July 2021. Over...

Blog themes and stuff

I decided I wanted to try my hand at WordPress Block theming. I found this kind of starter theme called Powder which is very minimal so been playing with it a bit. The graphical theme editor is okay but it does have rough edges and sometimes does not display text blocks correctly in the preview it seems. Also it is a sea change from the old theme customizer. What I do like is the ability to change everything about the theme and how it looks by simple experimentation. I can kinda mess things up and I know how to get...

Early Friday morning on the blog

Today I meet my friend J for the first time since Merida Mexico earlier this year or so. He and I stayed at the same airbnb for awhile and then he left a few weeks before I did. He went back to work in the US and I left in March for a week in Houston. Now it has been months later and he arrived early this morning in Phnom Penh hopefully. He will get the retirement visa here today after we meet some khmer friends for breakfast down the street and get him a SIM card so he can...

thoughts on blogs

Lately I’ve been considering how I would use a second blog. Perhaps it would be more writing or photography oriented. For this I most likely would use blot with Dropbox. So out walking today I started considering exactly what I would do there compared to the stuff I post here. What exactly would I do differently or why would I write or post crap there? A few things came to mind on my meandering today. A second blog would do exactly what I wanted to get away from when I quit mastodon. I wanted a single view and place that...

from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

Today in a bit I ride the bus. I leave at 845am and I think I will get in by 3pm. The bus service is Giant Ibis which is has one of the nicest services including WiFi, free food and water, and very friendly services. We will likely make a rest stop half way at one of the rest stop plus cafes. I’ll just take a few photos and put them here as I go. First step is my bus. Nice and modern service. With WiFi that works some of the time. Nice to have 4g service that I use...

Saturday reflections

Maybe time for a regular post here. I’m not quite sure what regular means these days living in Siem Reap. Regular maybe means, Forgetting time. Somehow time has gotten away from me. It feels like every time and all time. Like wearing no watch or paying particular attention to the when of food means I escape the time prison. Perhaps like in Mexico when my friend Silena at the Airbnb would tell me it was Saturday. She’d laugh and tell me in Spanish to go eat. Or have coffee. Time simply got away. Hours tick madly for some. Time to...