keep things simple

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

A new poster I got for my wall.

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The quote reads:

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that is creativity.” – Charles Mangus

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Internal Ideas

November 7, 2009 1 comment

As many of you know I have not been blogging much for ages here, I hope to change that and will be adding a series of post on matters relating to a smaller audiance thenthe whole open web, I will not close this entirly but will password protect posts that I only want a limited number of people to read. I will still try to keep up some travel and photograph type things here to keep the thing going for all but my primary reason for this blog will be more targeted, good news for those of you who will get the password as I think you might enjoy more indepth views on things to come.

Van-go, 4 days 3 countries

April 24, 2009 6 comments

A friend asked me to help bring their van from Serbia to Italy, lots of driving, all expenses paid and hooking up with friends all along the way- I did not need to think about it and was glad I didn’t.

Croatia-Serbia-Croatia-Slovenia-Italy, 1600 km of public transport and van driving. I would have driven it all the way to Spain had I been asked to.

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A shot from the train to Zagreb, a lovely sunny/misty morning

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Belgrade by night, did not have much time ot look around as we had a connection to catch but definitely will be back.

mike-singerMike singing to some friends in the city

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Me on the camper in front of a old water tower in Vukovar that was a victim of the Serb/Croat war

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Drivin’, not the fastest prettyiest thing in the world, actually we nicknamed it “the ugly date” but it was fun to drive for two days, would not buy it as my legs had a hard time under it and the colunm shift gave me a bruse from shifting into fourth banging into my knee.

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Mike and I stopping at a local tavern in Slovenia for home made beer, not the most tasty, rather sweet and murky, but heck was it strong! timer shot.

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Wanna live in that? a uniquely hideous flat in Trieste most of the first floors are way off the ground and all the view is just other flats.

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It seems every hill in northern Italy has a castle on it, this was a rather nice one with the houses and vinyards below

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Psychiatric Colors

March 5, 2009 Leave a comment

I just got back from a trip with some of our other volunteers to the island of Rab. We conducted a project there for the well known psychiatric hospital there of a mural on one of there walls.

We spent two nights there with them, slept in their ward and got a look at what it is like for so many people there. Some lost businesses, were homeless and so got depressed and were sent there others were junkies, street fighters and alcohol or war veterans all put together in a ward with 73 others…and five of us.

The mural project was nice as it was for the elderly who can not wonder the property as they are too old, have Alzheimers and/or medicated to find their way back to the right building so they have a closed in concrete area between two buildings for them to roam in the fresh air in.

The staff were wonderful to us but also let us see and experience (though for sure sheltered version) of life inside, we talked to many of the patients in our “addictions” ward and were able to provide them at least a few minutes of company and encouragement, some of them even helped us with the painting of the mural and their friendship and stories we will never forget. The included a man from Mali Losinj with shrapnel in his head from the war that is to risky to remove that effects his brain negatively. A first-time mother who is 5 months pregnant who had problems with drinking and had a bad road accident leaving her in a coma for two days, thankfully her and the baby are fine now and she will have the baby in Split where her husband is waiting for her. These are just two of the nearly 500 people in this institution, and only one in four large places like this in Croatia.

The weather and the wall were not ideal for painting but we did our best in spite and did all we could in the short time we had. One volunteer that came with us was Andrea a hydro engineer from Italy who came to help us during half of his holiday time off to do this with us and went beyond to make sure the whole garden was clean as well. In the evening we sang songs in the TV room with some of the people we met, long days but it was an amazing experience for all of us. To see pictures of this project you can visit our Italian blog (sorry it is only in Italian) but the pictures are self explanatory. http://perunmondomigliore.wordpress.com/

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Faceing the book

February 18, 2009 2 comments

Finally got on facebook.com, what a tool it is for finding everyone, been on MySpace for years but never really found old friends. Been spending time finding friends, getting accepted and going through their friends to see if we know more of the same people and repeating this over and over. Kids I used to look after are adults, bikers, fighter pilots, parents, secretaries, lawyers and many more. going though their pics too shows how much time has passed, many of my teen buddies have up and coming teenagers, ex-GF’s were the hardest or girls I had teen crushes on all married and with kids, but that is life, we grow up and life takes us in different ways and places.

Face the book, take a look and enjoy this medium to connect with others you’d never meet again if it were not for this way!

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