Sunday, September 30, 2007

Brac soon

Our usual trip down to Cayman Brac for some time in the sun is a bit later this year.

Its often a hassle to get all of the work wrapped up, plus stuff around the house in order, to head out the door to another place for awhile. And in our case, it certainly doesn't help that Divi Resorts has done a poor job in running the Club Tiara timeshares.

But there are some things that make the hassles all worthwhile. Taking a nice "dip in the pool" for example.

Since the Caymans are known for their Wall Dives, this is the shallow end :-)

Looking forward to seeing old friends this trip.


Thursday, September 20, 2007

How's your sense of humor?

Earlier this month, I happened to be in Brussels.

On the famous Grand Place, one of the 'brasseries' (think pub, cafe, bar, etc) is the 1697 Guild House "Roi d'Espagne" (King of Spain), which is located the northern corner of Grand Place.

For reference, their website is:

In any event, their men's room is up on the 1st Floor (ie, one level up), which had the following interesting decor:

This angle reveals that the "wallpaper" consists of full-size black & white (mostly) photos behind a sheet of glass. However, this angle gives an interestingly diffrent interpretation:

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Sometimes, there's just certain cars that hit some sort of primordial "lust" button.

The Mercedes 300SL "Gullwing" is one of those cars.

Naturally, the perfect color combination is a German silver exterior with a red leather interior.

I believe that this one was a 1955 edition; its in the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart, Germany (go!)


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Travel notes

Having just returned from another trip, I find that there's been a few businesses that I keep on recommending because we've had good success with them.

For cruising (particularly Alaska), the premier small (under 300ft) ship line is Crusie West. Their website is

For travels to Europe - the "Back Door" guide is Rick Steves. Rick has a TV show on Public Television, a radio & newspaper column, and a website,

And while Rick is mostly just encouraging you to buy his travel guidebooks - - you can find them online at Amazon, Borders, Barns&Noble and probably elsewhere (try your local public library too) - - overall, I find him enjoyable and humorous and most importantly, his books are quite worthwhile. Since Rick updates the books annually, we've bought multiple copies of some of the ones where we've travelled back to.