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Nepal to Rescue Teams: Bye-Bye

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Pack it Up Nepali officials have requested that all foreign rescue teams leave the country with a Friday deadline. NYT reports that some rescue teams, such as one from Spain, said they had no intention of leaving. Sounds like the nasty in-laws who refuse to depart. Don’t expect to be invited back next time. Should […]

Kathmandu, Undone

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I started visiting Nepal to trek and climb in 1993 and my most recent visit was just two years ago. On this latest trip I was amazed at how the Kathmandu valley had grown to become a densely crowded metropolis. At about 220 square miles, roughly half the size of Fairfax County, it has 2.5 […]

13 @ 45 / Houston, We Have A Problem

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Change as an Accident Cause Friday last was the 45th anniversary of the splashdown of Odyssey, the Apollo 13 command module, after it survived a nearly disastrous explosion on the outbound journey to the moon. The enroute spaceship consisted of command, service, and lunar modules. Odyssey was equipped with two spherical liquid oxygen tanks for […]

Travel: Kissing Whales

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In search of a warm weather escape with camping, I wondered across a posting for kayaking in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Camping and kayaking turned out to be the least of it. I flew from Dulles International Airport, leaving on a snowy day, through Mexico City, arriving at Lap Paz on an Embraer 190. ¬†Baja […]

Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass

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Death Toll: 39 and Rising Last weekend’s cyclone inspired blizzard in the Annapurna range of western Nepal caught hundreds of trekkers, sherpas and porters in exposed positions as they traversed a 17,500 foot pass. Hundreds were trapped or forced to make life and death decisions to try to get lower or to a point of […]

Techno: Could Be Time

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“Hold On–I’ll Google it.” When I retired to the world of part-time work I made a conscious decision to give up the “smart-phone” in favor of simple talk/text. I didn’t want to be a zombie-like compulsive email checker strolling through life reacting to an incoming message chime like a middle-aged Pavlov’s dog. In truth, it […]

Life Online: The Breana Effect

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The “Clutch” I have taken to noticing lately how many people, most actually, walk around clutching their “smartphone” (SP) in one hand. It has become so essential to the pulse of life that it cannot be stowed, even for a moment. People will place an infant child in a backpack or carrier but the SP […]

Wheel Chair For Two, Please

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Just in Case You Need It I finished up the week working with a group of eighth-graders from Lamar Middle School, a touch of irony or humor that was lost on both them and me. It was a superb day at Mount Vernon and down at Pioneer Farm it was sheep shearing time, the old […]

Mt. Everest: Dying To Be There

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Last Friday 16 Nepalese Sherpas were killed in an avalanche on the “shores” of Mt. Everest, a stormy sea known for its exacting toll of victims. Sherpas are a cultural group native to Nepal; †the word also connotes specialists in mountain climbing. †In a team of Sherpas the person in charge is referred to as […]

When The Price Is Right

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  Just Keep It. I wrote the other day about my burglary. The police were called and the Crime Scene Technician did a great including providing a series of helpful tips, like: you will continue to realize missing items. Truer words… I realized they had absconded with my worn and worthless messenger bag that was […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Dan Terry
Farewell to Dave McCormack
A Good Man and a great Union Leader. I always liked Dave,even if he was kinda short in Stature. He had a big heart.
2015-05-18 22:12:13
Eric Lamar
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Thank you, Tony--As you know, it was a fun, if long, week. Eric
2015-05-11 17:08:06
Tony Infantino
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Eric, you have long impressed me with every blog, but this was definitely one that hit close to home. I appreciate your intense sarcasm with things we deal with touring in DC. I grabbed everyone around the office to share your post. Epic...especially about dangling the eighth grader. Priceless. Thanks my friend.
2015-05-11 17:04:11
Eric Lamar
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Laugh-out-loud. Thanks, Brenda. Eric
2015-05-11 12:28:39
Brenda Mckelvin
Guiding: The One That Got Away
As the temperature in D.C. leaps from 30 degrees to over 90 degrees. ..I am reminded of my favorite Biloxi Blues movie quote...It is hot.It's Africa hot. I have repeated this phase alot over the past seven guiding seasons. However a group high school students from South Africa "shocked and awhed" me with their response..."Washington,…
2015-05-11 10:59:28
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