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Tai Chi Swimming

I have been doing Tai Chi for about 4 years now and find it both a great stress relief and an excellent physical discipline.  My instructor is a Shaolin Priest who has infinite patience (and needs to with my lack of coordination) and is always telling me to move my ...

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Garbage and Software Maintenance Fees

Living outside of a city has its advantages in terms of space and silence, but you also lose a lot of the city facilities that you tend to take for granted; such as emergency services, sewer and  garbage disposal, which now become private subscription services that you must pay for ...

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Sometimes Dancing Angels Need to be Functional

Last night, I was taking the dog out in my front yard just before going to bed, and I noticed these amazing circular lights moving quickly through the clouds. There were four of them.  They moved in a circle a few times, merged together in the middle, shot out to ...

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Learning from the Obama Effect

Let’s face it; most people did not think it was possible six months ago that Barack Obama would be the next President of the USA. It does not matter what your political affiliation, the execution of his campaign can only be described as pure brilliance. The core of his campaign ...

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Stripping Down to Essentials in a Financial Crisis

So in the middle of the worst financial meltdown in my lifetime, I find myself on a plane to London, UK to visit some partners and customers.  I am on a British Airways flight and they hand out a British newspaper and I start reading about how they are dealing ...

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Snake-Proof Business Intelligence

I live north of Phoenix in the desert outside an old mining and cowboy town called Cave Creek which is famous for its Chili Beer – yes, a bottle of amber beer with a real hot chili pepper in it with a slogan that says “Lime is for Wimps!” Anyway, ...

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Rock Star

A few months ago, my two youngest kids received this Rock Band game for Xbox 360 from their aunt. It came with a drum kit, guitar and microphone and basically lets you play and sing along to famous songs by famous rock bands. It also allows you to create your ...

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BI Screamers

A few weeks ago, I was on vacation in Southern California and decided to take my two teenage kids to Six Flags, Magic Mountain. Now this is definitely a place for those who like wild rides. After getting soaked on a log ride, my wife and I found ourselves being ...

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Car Shopping

I love going car shopping with my wife. It is so entertaining to watch her completely confound one car salesperson after another with her simple approach to selecting the vehicle that she wants. To my wife, a car is a piece of metal, on four wheels, that gets you from ...

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Day 9: Over the Atlantic

People often ask me how I manage to keep on top of everything when I travel so much. Part of the answer is that I get a lot of work done on planes and, in the case of this recent trip to Europe, trains. So, on a 10.5 hour flight ...

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Day 8: London, UK

The last day of a very gruesome schedule of planes, trains, trams, and automobiles. I take the London Underground into the City area. After letting two trains go by, because you could not fit a single person more into the crammed carriages, I allow myself to be literally carried between ...

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DAY 7: Dusseldorf, Germany

I love the German language, because the words are so different and neat to say. There is this great feeling of schoolboy daring, combined with a vocal accomplishment when you speak them out load. The train stations, at both Cologne and Dusseldorf, provided ample fodder for practicing my linguistic fetish: ...

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Day 6: Mussels in Brussels, Belgium

Belgium is well known for its chocolate and its beer which happen to be two of my favorite things. It is also famous for its mussels which I crave with a passion too. Well, I was fortunate enough to savor all three of these heavenly delights during my one day ...

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