Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Saturday, April 09, 2016
|Florida International University|
|I hadn't had a Fuddrucker's hamburger in nearly 30 years. They are still the best burgers ever!|
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Here are some links to other posts I've written in the past about this munitions dump:
August 2011 - Experience During the Revolution
November 12, 2011 - Flashback - Unexploded Ordnance in Tripoli
February 24, 2012 - Making Libya a Safer Place
October 24, 2012 - More Unexploded Ordinance in Libya - Type 314
October 10, 2014 - Positive Things Do Happen in Libya
Friday, February 12, 2016
Today I took my mother to a story telling event at the library. She struggled to get into the library with her walker. When we got to the designated room she sat down tired and out of breath. The story teller began promptly at two o'clock. My mother looked at me and said 'I can't hear anything'. The story lasted about 45 minutes. Mom waited as patently as she could, I had to put my finger to my lips to remind her not to hum (she likes to hum). She fidgeted a bit and I worried that she would disturb the reader and the audience, but the only person that seemed bothered was me. I guess we can take storytelling off our list of things to do.
We enjoyed our time at the museum and plan to go back again when new exhibits are put out on display.
|We liked the colors on this contemporary landscape titled: Sea of Grass - Sunset by American painter Jimmy Ernst|
|Ibrahim behind a large glass piece by Joey Kirkpatric and Flora Mace titled: Zanfirico Apple|
|This gorgeous intricate tapestry caught my eye. I tried to get close up of the details but it proved too difficult as the work was hung too high. It's part of a temporary exhibit.|
Monday, January 18, 2016
|We had the windswept beach mostly to ourselves.|
|Ibrahim chasing sea birds.|
|We found some treasures, shells, limpets and a bit of driftwood.|
Lots of memories to remember.
Friday, January 01, 2016
|Ainzara, Tripoli, Libya ~ January 1st, 2016|
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
The final day came for the actual driving test. I was using my mother's car which is an older model mini-van that is all computerized. Unfortunately the circuit boards sometimes work and sometimes don't - so sometimes the right front blinker works and sometimes it doesn't!
After going through all the paperwork with the DMV employee we headed out to the parking lot. First he did an inspection of the car and of course the stupid blinker wasn't working so he said, "I'm sorry I can't give you the test unless the car passes inspection." I pointed out that I could do the test using hand signals. He looked incredulous and asked if I knew them, so I put my left arm up "Right!" then put my arm straight out "Left!" and then put my arm down "Stop!" He laughed and said "OK!". We got in the car and off we went. The examiner made sure that I made a lot of right turns. We laughed at every turn.
After the test we went back into the building to complete the paperwork - I passed! The examiner said that it was the first time he had ever given an exam with someone doing hand signals because no one ever knows them. I told him "Hand signals are nothing. I've been living in a war zone. I can dodge bullets when I drive!"
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Below are some photos, click for a larger image.
|The Rainbow River, near Dunnellon, Florida|
|A sign at the beach 5 minutes away from my mom's house.|
|A glorious Florida sunset, Madeira Beach, Florida|
|Part of the extensive butterfly collection at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida|
|In a pine forest in the middle of nowhere, Taylor County, Florida.|
|My mother watching the kids at Rainbow River.|
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Mom thought it was still May today and was surprised when I told her it was October.
The background soundtracks on TV programs and films make it impossible for my mother to hear the dialog. There is no way to fix that unfortunately. Consequently, the volume is turned up very loud most of the time and we shout a lot.
Mom's recently been diagnosed with macular degeneration, so on top of the rest of her health problems she's losing her sight. She can no longer read the newspaper and is having difficulty using her iPad.
Having non-stop electricity, Internet and phone service is so nice.
My mother's back yard is peaceful. I haven't heard any explosions or gunfire since I got here.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Monday, July 06, 2015
Libya's future is about as clear as looking through frosted or patterned glass. You can see something on the other side, but you can't tell exactly what it is. Sometimes the light looks bright and other times it looks murky and full of shadows. You keep looking, hoping that the picture will clear.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Sunday, May 03, 2015
The weather has been wonderful for the past few weeks - gardening weather. The kids are gearing up for final exams which are right around the corner for Jenna and Ibrahim, but Sara and Yusef will sit their exams in June during Ramadan.
I've had a few interesting adventures. I'll have to sit down and write about them when I get a chance. The power is out for hours every day and when it's on there is the mad scramble to get the essential things done, which unfortunately don't include typing out adventures. Look for an update soon...