Part of me misses the running. Part of me misses the chance to get out and take photos, like this one – looking east over Pearl Harbor.
My sister asked me for help, and I am at a loss for answers. Their friend took an iPhone to Europe, and took a lot of photos as they traveled. When they view and edit the photos on the iPhone, the phone displays the embedded geolocation information (in the form of latitude / longitude) with an approximation of the nearest city of town – Bergen, Norway, as an example.
I spent 2009 in Iraq. I ran some during the first part of the year, but not enough, and certainly not many long runs. As the mid point of the year approached, and as I got ready to return home to my family in Hawaii, I decided that I’d crank up my miles to the point where I’d be able to run a half-marathon without dying. My R&R arrived, I flew to Hawaii, and while there, I did some running. But after my R&R, I returned to Iraq and a new, very stressful job. Long hours, crazy hours. So,
I got to to hang with some really cool people the other night. It was awesome. Photos and links galore.
New photo, for my birthday.
I find great irony with this — water collecting dust. Partially because I’m in Iraq, and partially because there’s a drought on.
Took the trash out just now. Came back in to get the camera.
Off from work, I headed out for a short run today. After loading my iPod and Garmin, I opted at the last minute to grab a camera as I headed out the door. And I’m glad I did. I ended up taking close to a hundred photos over the 50 or so minutes it took to run the 5.25 miles. Photos are on Flickr, here — only a couple of them are restricted to family / friends. I also fired up Google Earth and made a file about the run — and embedded links to some of the photos.
Look what I passed today! I need to go back, just for a cup of coffee or something. Maybe they can make some small upgrades to my Mini — Gatling guns, flame throws, or something. Here‘s my trip.
Since getting back to America, I have been going through some culture shock. One serious issue? Rims. They’re on everything. Seriously, that’s a Rolls Royce sporting giant, out of control rims. I’m taking a lot of photos of a lot of cars with crazy rims. Feel free to follow along, here. As the summer grows longer, so too will the list of cars with rims that I photograph.
So, I had mentioned that the wife and I had lunch in Cairo the other day. We were finishing a week of vacation there, with the kids, at one of those all-inclusive resorts. It was a good week. If you’re reading this and not seeing photos, you need to go to the site (click here) to see them.
Oh, my God. Let me start with the obvious statements. Wow. (Repeat that about 83,000 times) I?ve driven other (fill in the blank) ? they don?t compare. These mountains go to 11. Nomnomnomnom. 4 days, 5 countries, 1742 km / 1082 miles. Google Earth file is here. Grab a beer, and get comfy — this is a long one.
We’re back. Give us some time — we need to download everything and find time to find words to describe our awesome adventure.