Lest we forget

Today is the 20th Anniversary of the Great Betrayal. Hong Kong was transferred from its rightful owners to the Chinese. Thus the great betrayal occurred. Why does China want to exert control over Hong Kong? Since the Communist party took power in China in 1949, it has consistently decried the “century of humiliation” that China […]

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Going too far……..

The S.O. and I had a marvelous time in Austria-and for what it is worth, October is a great time to visit. The mountains are still glorious, there is a little early snow, but for us at least the weather was nice and we did a lot of hiking. A good extra long weekend for […]

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Another good deal gone fleeting……

For those that do not know, Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., has long had a "lock" on the business of providing husbanding services to Navy ships in Asia. It's quite a lucrative business and is also known as a good deal for retiring supply officers who might want to stay in Asia.  Or at least it […]

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When did I ever meet Joseph Conrad?

He sure had me pegged. Did I meet him in my surreal existence in the alternate universe, perhaps in a bar in Hong Kong or Malaya? "The majority were men who, like himself, thrown there by some accident, had remained as officers of country ships. They had now a horror of the home service, with […]

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The Question

   Allow me to forget the life I've made my own I've held this nation in my hand and yet it's not my home Allow me just one answer and one reason why Why this refugee of the family of man must die, tell me why? Kansas. Closet Chronicles.      Reading the recent news […]

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Meanwhile up in the mid-levels………

The residents are breathing a lot easier. The pesky "cockroaches" have been dealt a major setback in the Hong Kong courts: A three-member panel of High Court judges overturned a September lower court ruling that would have allowed a Filipino maid to apply to settle permanently in the southern Chinese city after living here at […]

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Double nickle

There is a kind of irony in having this particular week end with my birthday. Nothing slams home one's own mortality like learning three people you knew are passed on-and then waking up to realize that you are 55 years old. Irony may not be dead, but a good number of people I used to […]

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Herr Doctor will see you now

I've been in Germany about six months now and I thought I would take a moment or two to write about my experiences with the German Medical system. In my previous employments I was either under American insurance and being seen by American doctors or I was under military care and being seen and having […]

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Maybe I need to start learning Chinese

Becasue right now my spoken German sucks-although it is getting better, primarily because the S.O. has just simply refused to make an effort to learn the language-which makes me the designated translator. Fortunately for me-I can read it fairly well and with each passing day more words come back to me. However-as my hero Sir […]

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The end of the line……

But hopefully not for long. Yesterday was Laguna’s last day. Anyone who has ever made the walk up and down Jaffe Street and Lockhart Road in Hong Kong, knows how sad a development this is.  As Spike relays to us-even the South China Morning Post took notice: “Maids’ Day at the ‘guna was one of […]

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It is still not Sayonara……

But again it is Ja matte ne. This has been a great week-so great. Saturday we went to Oedo Onsen and had dinner and a soak. Its kind of a neat thing. You go and pay your fee, change into a Yukata, then you walk around a center place with little eating and drinking stalls. […]

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It is that weekend again.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright, The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout; But there is no joy in Teabaggerville — mighty Rushboy did not get his way. Its the last weekend of March-and hordes of people who could care less […]

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