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I'm a person who likes to travel, read, cook, and eat

Vietnamese Pork Skewers

A month or so ago my co-workers and I went to a great Vietnamese restaurant to celebrate Carolyn’s birthday. I ordered something that came with a skewer of pork deliciousness. I knew I had to make something like it. After … Continue reading

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Reading: Hue 1968

Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden My rating: 4 of 5 stars “As the subtitle says, the Tet Offensive in February 1968 was the beginning of the end of American involvement in … Continue reading

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Saturday at Seaside, Oregon

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July 15, 2017 On Saturday Carla and I woke up early and headed to the coast. Normally we go down to Canon Beach, but today we decided to see the more commercial Seaside with its fun center, candy shops, T-shirt … Continue reading

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Reading: Grunt, by Mary Roach

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the third book I’ve written by Mary Roach (the others being ‘Bonk’ and ‘Packing for Mars’) and is my favorite so … Continue reading

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Life Aboard a Train

We’ve travelled on Amtrak overnight trains a few times now. You can read (and view) our experiences on The Empire Builder The Coast Starlight The Southwest Chief The California Zephyr¬† Those posts focus on the view¬†from the train. I thought … Continue reading

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Summer Train Trip: Chicago to Portland

June 26 – 29, 2017 All good things must come to an end but we saved the best train trip for the end – the California Zephyr which winds through both the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra-Nevadas. Glorious. Linda, Carla … Continue reading

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Summer Train Trip: Time with the Kids

June 17-26 – Chicago We go to Chicago a few times each year to visit our youngest son, his lovely wife, and our two grandkids. Most of the time we spend there are dedicated to playing with the kids so … Continue reading

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