Saturday, February 16, 2013
My eBay Bargain — Six Word Saturday —
my Six Words: ..
My book contains 325 pages not including the preface of eighteen pages, marked with Roman Numerals. Five of these 325 pages make up the index at the end.
I will start my reading with Chapter 32, titled Camping Out, on page 178. Here Twain picks up "In Camp, Mountains of Lebanon, Syria, September 11th, 1867." The group had just returned from Ephesus, Asia Minor (now Turkey).
After finishing reading my book (who knows when?) I will start over. I may reread the preface before beginning my reading as the part I read in getting information for this post was very interesting.
I have had no buyer's remorse because of this purchase. Instead, I am a VERY happy camper with it. Mrs. Jim and I have visited many of the places where Mr. Twain tells of his travels. In 1980 we visited on a cruise tour of Greece, the Mediterranean isles, Ephesus (Turkey), Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. Since then we have visited most of the rest of the places he has gone.
The last page, 326, shown above in the picture on the right, says the following about my new-to-me book:
Thursday, February 14, 2013
— My Alphabe-Thursday (2nd), the letter "M" / Thursday Two Questions —
Here we have some pictures to honor Alphabe-Thursday letter "M"
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"M" is for More. More of good things is what people are wanting.
So here are some More of my New Zealand pictures. This will probably NOT be my last posting of them.
First I will show this one of the Sydney, Australia, City Hall. The outside of the building, including the clock tower, are being renovated and cleaned.
So that the Sydney residents don't forget (why else do this??) what their City Hall should look like, the contractor has build this colorful four sided frame with the tower's picture on each side.
We did not go into the City Hall. But is was in our line of sight from our hotel room, a couple of blocks away.
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Our plane arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, at 6:00 in the morning but our ship would not be ready for boarding until the afternoon. So for such happenings Princess has made hotel arrangements for a permanent hospitality room. They had tea, coffee, and snacks for us. Princess also had a bus tour of Auckland which we could purchase.
Mrs. Jim and I opted to not do either, the bus tour or wait in the hospitality room, but rather go for our own sight-seeing walk. Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with a population of about 3.5 million people while the whole of New Zealand's population is only 4.5 million. Auckland's skyline is very impressive.
We walked about a mile down Queen Street to the harbor. My cameras have taken a lot of Burger King and MacDonald's restaurants and we passed these two on the way to the harbor.
When we reached Australia there were no Burger Kings. Instead we found Jack's Burgers all over the place. Burger King owns Jack's.
"[The] Britomart Transport Centre is the CBD public transport hub of Auckland, New Zealand, and the northern terminus of the North Island Main Trunk line. It combines a bus interchange with a railway station in a former Edwardian post office, extended with expansive post-modernist architectural elements. It is located at the foot of Queen Street, the main commercial thoroughfare of Auckland CBD, with the main ferry terminal just across Quay Street." (Wikipedia, Auckland Britomart, for more)
And it is just around the corner from the Burger King. We didn't stop at the BK, instead we caught the ferry over to Devonport. That was about a 40 minute ride, one way. We had a very nice view of the Auckland skyline from the boat. At the right in the picture is our ship, the Diamond Princess.
Devonport is a pretty little town. Its most prominent feature is a hill named Mount Victoria pictured below on the left. Of course mountains are meant to be climbed and Mrs. Jim and I did that. On the right, above, I am standing at the top. Up there are a weather radar and an old bunker left there from WWII.
While we were up there an older man and his dog arrived, both having climbed the hill. The man told us that he had originally lived in Scotland, quite a few years back had come to New Zealand to visit his sister, and then just stayed. He was a sheep shearer in Scotland and also did that in NZ. But he had to learn to shear them the New Zealand way. We talked with him for about half an hour and must have picked his brain dry.
What is a Ute? A ute is a pickup truck that uses a car body (Ford example). The green one above is a modern Volkswagen Golf vehicle with a ute body. In the states the Chevy El Camino and the Ford Ranchero pickups (New Zealand and Australia called those utes) are U.S. models that you might remember.
My last post last week was about a "L" word, Laugh (also smile).
With my artificial knee joint I have slowed down on the climbs but I still like and can do most of them.
==> My post is for Amanda at her Thursday Two Questions blog, Self Sagacity.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
-- Two Shoes Tuesday # 24 - Inspiration / A Quiz (of sorts)
(please be a sport and leave a guess even if you don't have even a clue. Thanks.)
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Succinctly Yours -- Happy Valentine's Day
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Optional, Word of the Week: zoom -- Succinctly Yours Week 99
Rules: Use the photo as inspiration for a story.