Saturday, June 13, 2015

Six Word Saturday ~~ Jim Bunch's Status Update

my Six Words:
At Heathrow - Be home soon now
 
 
second Six Words:
Got robbed once: Heathrow Coke machine
 
Six Words Saturday fine print:
Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words for Six Word Saturday. Click the box at right to visit Cate's blog with Mr. Linky showing all the other blogs participating this week. Cate is the boss at Six Word Saturday. She would like for you to participate.
 
Note:  Picture is of a pretty Norway fjiord

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"A" is for the word, Alphabet

"A" is for the word, Alphabet.  How did it get that name?  Pretty simple but a lot don't think about that when we use it.

The first two letters of the Greek alphabet were Alpha and Beta.  The Latin language put these together to get their name for the letters, "Alphabet".

Did you know that there are 40 sounds of the Alphabet letters in the English language but only 26 letter?  Some letters have more than one sound.

Here are some alphabet fun alphabet related words that I'll bet you didn't know until you looked them up.  I won't be betting an English teacher or someone who teaches the alphabet though.  That person will know these or some of them:
Majuscules
pangram
lipogram (check the best known example for this one)
 . . . [click on the bottom two for answers, Google the first]

These and more interesting 'facts about the Alphabet' can be found from the "About Education" people.  Or Google "Facts and History about the English Alphabet"

 - Jenny is now on her eleventh series of Alphabe Thursday (my sixth).  With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year.  I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "Z" — Some places I've been starting with "Z"

"Z" is for some places, countries and cities starting with the letter "Z" where I have traveled:

 - No Countries visited (Zambia and Zimbabwe  are the only countries beginning with "Z" and we won't be going to either).  No States at all begin with  "Z".  

 - Cities over 100,000 population:
Zürich, Switzerland:  I think I have been to Zürich twice, both times driving through it on our way to Liechtenstein (country).
No pictures either although we may have some in a scrapbook someplace.

How we got to Zürich, Switzerland:
Our destination was Albacete, Spain, acting as a mission team to a local Baptist church there.  But we also wanted to show Grand-daughter Jenna some of the Europe we have liked.  I will briefly try to remember how we went.

First stop for us was London where we stayed in the Bayswater (Google Map) area for three nights.  We saw a lot of the tourist rated spots.  Jenna, sixteen at the time, had a crush on Harry Potter.  She was very pleased to see his picture on a lot of the big red double-decker buses.

Next we flew to Madrid and were met at the airport by our church friends who drove us to Albacete where we would spend almost two weeks. 

Three years before we had spent two weeks with them in a similar role.  That time we helped show the youth how the American baseball and American football games are played.  The second week both times we presented a vacation Bible school for all the young ones.

After spending our time there we flew to Paris, France, for a few days stay there.  Then we rented a car and toured Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. On the way to Liechtenstein our travel took us through Zurich, Switzerland.  I only remember it as a pretty city with a pretty lake.  (Wikipedia Link, Zurich)
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After our driving tour which lasted about a week, we turned in the car and flew home to Texas from Munich, Germany.

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 - Jenny is now on her tenth series of Alphabe Thursday.  With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year.  I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "Y" — Some places I've been starting with "Y"

"Y" is for some places, countries and cities starting with the letter "Y" where I have traveled:

 - No Countries (Yemen is the only country beginning with "Y" and we haven't been there).  No States at all begin with  "Y".  

 - States
Yaroslavl, Russia -- We stopped off at Yaroslavl, on the Volga River, on our Moscow to St. Petersburg Viking River Cruise.
Yalta, Ukraine -- We visited Yalta in August, 2013, on our Venice to Istanbul to the Black Sea and back to Athens, Greece Pacific Princess Cruise (link).  Yalta's city population is 80,500 but the metropolitan area population is about 139,500.
- We  docked at Yalta in the morning of August 16, 2013.  After breakfast we boarded a bus and headed for the Livadia Palace outside Yalta.  We traveled a little over an hour to get there.  It was there that the 1945 Yalta Conference was held by the big three leaders to discuss post warm WWII, plans to rebuild Europe.

Following are some pictures.  On this cruise, our daughter, Karen, and our four-year-old grand-daughter, KP, came along with us.  KP loved the kids' program that Princess had for them.

 
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"The Yalta Conference, sometimes called the Crimea Conference and codenamed the Argonaut Conference, held February 4–11, 1945, was the World War II meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, represented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin, respectively, for the purpose of discussing Europe's post-war reorganization. The conference convened in the Livadia Palace near Yalta in Crimea." (Read more)




Mrs. Jim likes clocks, especially older ones. and has several in her collection. She liked this one.  I am not sure if it was there for the Conference or if it was added later as room furniture.

Our ride back to Yalta was uneventful.  We traveled down the coastal road and the scenery was beautiful.  There were some old mansions along the highway and the road was great. 

We took a short excursion ride through town and over to the ship where we had lunch before going out for the afternoon.

 
We had a little rain shower before we could reach the ship. 
There wasn't any lightening so being under the tree was fine for us.







 
This was my favorite salad aboard the Pacific Princess. 
It is a Scallop __? ? ?__ Salad
 
 
The Pacific Princess is going to Alaska for one trip this summer.  Right now they are finishing filling it up with bargain fares.  (Link to Princess)  An interior room is going for $299 and a window will be $399.
 
 
The Pacific Princess is one of their two Small Ship cruise boats having a passenger capability of about 680.  I think we knew about half of them by the end of our two-week cruise (from Venice, Italy, to Istanbul into the Black Sea and them back out to Athens, Greece).
The sister ship is the Ocean Princess.  The original Pacific Princess was the Love Boat but this one has replaced it nicely.
 
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 - Jenny is now on her tenth series of Alphabe Thursday.  With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year.  I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Xi'an -- My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "X" — Some places I've been starting with "My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "X" — Some places I've been starting with "X"

There weren't any of the countries starting with "X" that I have visited. 
Several cities starting with "X" over 100,000 population made THEIR LIST, all either in Mexico or in China.  I only recognized ONE where I have visited, it was Xi'an.
 
Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China -- We visited Xi'an back when I had just retired and took our three week tour of China.  Xi'an has a population of about 8.5 Million and is located in northwest China.  We went to Xi'an specifically to visit the Terracotta Army discovery. We flew from area to area and there were no bus days for us.


"Soldier Horse". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Following is the introduction to the Warriors from Wikipedia.  You can read the rest of the article, click here.
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"The Terracotta Army or the "Terracotta Warriors and Horses" is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE,[1] were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Estimates from 2007 were that the three pits containing the Terracotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum.[2] Other terracotta non-military figures were found in other pits, including officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

Many of you have seen pictures of the Terracotta Army.  My China pictures are tucked
away and need me to scan them.  As I am away, instead I am posting from Wikipedia.

Our visit was really nice, I think we bought a souvenir book written by the Farmer (also autographed) who dug down to where they were as he was digging his well and found them.

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  - Jenny is now on her tenth series of Alphabe Thursday.  With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year.  I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "W" — Wellington, New Zealand, and other places I've been starting with "W"

"W" is for some places, countries and cities starting with the letter "W" where I have traveled:

 - Countries: There are NO countries beginning with the letter "W". 

 - States I've visited that begin with the letter "W":
(I've been to all 50 of the states)
- Washington -- Best visit was flying into Mt. St. Helens a few months after it erupted.  Such a wonderful display of Mother Nature's wonderful power.  Makes a person appreciate God's power and possible wrath.
- West Virginia -- Last state to visit, on the way driving to New Jersey airport from Kentucky graduation ceremony.  Coming back, Mrs. Jim drove home when she found out how much pain I was in from breaking my knee cap.  That happened when we were in Ireland and we had to fly home. (old blog link)
- Wisconsin -- Another 'on the way' visit, on the way from Nebraska  to Minneapolis.  We were driving "Grandma's" car, a 1974 Mustang II Ghia.  I have that car now. 
 - Mom lived in Nebraska and never drove the Mustang in the snow and always kept it garaged.  It has 67K miles on it now, a pristine car.  Only hoses, belts, tires, and a rebuilt water pump done to it.  I bought it for her, a company car of Ford employees, where I worked.  It's a V6 with 4-on-the-floor and a crank-back sun roof.
Wyoming -- Another drive-through-state, but we had to stop at Yellowstone National Park every time (about four or five).

- U.S. Cities with population greater than 100,000 (listed highest population first)
Washington, D.C.
Wichita, Kansas
Winston-Salem, Carolina
Worcester, Massachusetts
Waco, Texas
Wichita Falls, Texas

- Cities, Foreign: (listed in alphabetical order)
Wellington, New Zealand
Wiesbaden, Germany
Windsor, Canada
Wurzburg, Germany

 - Wellington, New Zealand, is the capital of New Zealand.  We were there on New Years Day, 2013, on our Princess cruise from Auckland, New Zealand, around the eastern and southern coasts of New Zealand, over to Tasmania, Australia, and ended up in Sydney where we stayed three more days and almost four days before coming home.

Since it was New Year's Day, a lot of things were closed.  The wind was almost strong enough that we could relax and lean on it.  But we walked about a mile and a half from our ship to the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, which was open. 
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After that we rode the tram train up to the top of the mountain.  After a picture session we walked back down, the long way which ended up closer to our ship. It wasn't a very tall mountain, it would be a fairly high hill in Texas. 

The wind had subsided somewhat.  That long winding walk down took us through the Wellington Botanical Gardens.  The flowers were in bloom (their January 1 in the Southern Hemisphere is like our July 1 here) and all was cared for very well.

 
The center picture is looking down on the Rose Garden.  It was about the best and prettiest rose garden I've seen in a general, all kinds of plants and flowers, type garden.

 
 
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  - Jenny is now on her tenth series of Alphabe Thursday.  With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year.  I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "V" — Some places I've been starting with "V"

"V" is for some places, countries and cities starting with the letter "V" where I have traveled:

 - Countries: 
Vatican City State -- Some may have visited St. Peter's square and thought they were in Rome. Actually St. Peter's Square is a part of the Territory of the Vatican City. We went into the Sistine Chapel in 1992--Michelangelo is the painter of the ceiling and some other art works in the Chapel. 
 - The unique economy of Vatican City is supported financially by the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums, and the sale of publications.  For more you can go to this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_City

There are three "V" countries, Vanuatu, Vietnam and I have hopes of someday visiting Venezuela

 - States:  There is just one, Vermont and I have visited Vermont quite a few times as I lived in New Hampshire from July 1961 to May 1964. 
 - The publisher of the ham radio 73 Magazine, Wayne Green, moved the magazine headquarters, presses, and offices from NYC to Peterborough, Vermont while I was there.

 - The last time we went to Vermont was the first time that I had visited Burlington, the capital city (?).  I swear all the hippies in the whole country that didn't move to Colorado or Arkansas now live in Burlington.  Lots of them.

 - Cities: (U.S, over 100,000 population)
Vancouver, Washington - Coming home from our Alaska cruise
Ventura, California - While we visited Disney and other places while waiting to watch Rose Parade in Pasadena (Mema came with us.  We had grandstand tickets)

 - Cities: (Foreign, over 100,000 population)
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Valencia, Spain
Venice, Italy (our Summer 2013 holiday link)
Victoria, Canada
Vienna, Austria
Vigo, Spain
Volos, Greece (our Summer 2013 holiday link)

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Little Venice, (Google Search link) is a canal area in in Maida Vale, part of the City of Westminster, in central London. We love to go there to walk around, seeing the assortment of canal boats and watching people.

Once we visited the Little Venus Canal Boat Show which is held annually.  This is a 'London Fun Thing to Do.' 

 

YouTube look, video of IWA's 2014 Canalway Cavalcade:
 
Mrs. Jim and I attended London's Little Venice Canal Boat Show in 2013.  It was an elbow to elbow affair with a carnival atmosphere. The canal boats were stretched and parked in probably a mile stretch. You might like to attend this year? 
Links: 
 - Canal Events & Festivals 2015 - 2016, http://narrowboats.org/features/canal_events.aspx ;  and
 - Little Venice Canalway Cavalcade - 2nd - 4th May 2015
 
Following is a collection of my favorite Canal Boat Pictures and my daily National Poem Writing Month prose poem for today: (the first two pictures were taken in Little Venice.)

 
A Landlubbers Envy
 
There once was a young man, yearned to have a boat.  As he grew older the boat never came near.  Then in his older years a slick salesman sold him his dream.  He thought.
 
Now stuck with a narrow boat barge and a once a year jaunt down the canal.  That's what was waiting for him.  Petrol was high, insurance through the roof.  He saved for a year.  That jaunt cost him nine hundred pounds a day.
 
To save his pennies for a later day the young-now-old man lived on his barge.  His wife would have no part of that and left, back for her city life.
 
His only joy in life now was the annual Little Venice boat show over the early May Bank Holiday weekend.  Others he'd also attend, some taking his boat and to others he'd walk or catch a ride.


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  - Jenny is now on her tenth series of Alphabe Thursday.  With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year.  I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings.


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