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Dream at Sea to NYC

November 30, 2009 by  

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There’s a lot happening on Dream today. The show band musician’s held an hour jam session in the Ocean Plaza that was a nice surprise. There are some very good players in the group. The trumpet player is so inventive it’s scary. It’s hard to believe he’s on a ship and not wailing at a NY club. DSC02342 There are now seven people at our dinner table. Tonight, the first seated greeted each new arrival with “It’s show time!” (The servers put on a song and dance this “Elegant” night.) The second to take his seat said, “I had three martinis.” It went something like this: “It’s show time”, “I had three martinis.” “It’s show time”, “I had three martinis.” “It’s show time”, “I had three martinis.” “It’s show time”, “I had three martinis.” “It’s show time”, “I had three martinis.” Finally, all seven were seated. The real show, “Extreme Country,” was at 8:45 PM in the Encore Theater. The place was full by 8:15. DSC02362 Well not quite full; lots of seats were saved. Dream kindly requests that seats not be saved. Yeah, right. The ones


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Dream Freeport

November 30, 2009 by  

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I finally figured out why I am so intent on going down this slide. Yes, it’s the largest at sea, but that is not reason enough. I think it was the guy in Nassau who said, “Do you want a horse carriage ride…….daddy?” So here it is: From the top. DSC02339 From inside!


Dream Nassau

November 28, 2009 by  

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I love Nassau because I love conch. Those big beautiful shells that now house the sound of the ocean once were home to conch. In Nassau there is a restaurant that specializes in conch. The last time I visited was a year or so ago and I was excited to be back. A local beer, Kalek, and some fries and fritters just waiting for me to savor. Oh no! The conch was tough and fairly tasteless. The adult conch is fast disappearing into tummies, and hard now to find. OK, we’ll just grab the young ones. But, they are not at all ready to be harvested. The good news is, if I am in Nassau again, I can have a burger. My other quest was to find a camera store. I have a Flip video cam and wanted to find a waterproof case for it. Why? Because I’m going to be in the Guinness book of records as the oldest person to go down the giant slide and they’ll want proof. I asked for directions and was told to go down one block, turn right and it will be on the…

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Dream Thanksgiving

November 28, 2009 by  

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Last night, rack of lamb was on the menu and looked so tempting that I overlooked that it was braised in garlic. I am allergic to garlic (I know, I’m on an Italian hit list somewhere). But how bad could braising be? It was quite a night for me. First, the “family” comedy night with Marvin Bell. He was at once charming and very funny. The neat thing is, when I went up to chat with him after the show, he recognized me as “The Game Show Guy.” Actually that was better than my female tablemate who said, “I swear you have a twin brother.” Yes, and he’s on TV, I thought. “He”, she said, “is a Roman Catholic Priest.” I did stop by the hypnotist’s show and stayed for a bit until I had this urge to jump up because my seat was hot. From there to the “adult” comedy. The great thing about Marvin is that he is funny! He doesn’t try to get laughs out of raunchy. If you have a chance, don’t miss this guy. Next the heralded laser show on the main pool deck. Nothing stops the dancers on this ship. It was…

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TechMama is Traveling – With None Other Then The “Traveling Geeks”

November 27, 2009 by  

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J0436607Million Mile Frequent Flyer Status is not all it is cracked up to be… Before I joined Deloitte, I was an international computer auditor. This gave me the opportunity to travel to Mexico, Spain, Sweden, England, Puerto Rico, France and all over the United States. The business trips were back to back for weeks at a time and luckily they were all BK (before kids). I thoroughly enjoyed the travel but I had no – um - personal life. Now I have the personal life, but fitting in travel is not easy… With three amazing but extremely active boys, a wonderful husband (Neil Blecherman) and multiple blogs to manage – I try to limit my traveling to only key events. My involvement in social media has given me the opportunity to connect with an amazing network of bloggers from both BlogHer and the Silicon Valley Moms Group. My programming/systems project management background led me to also show my geeky side by connecting with technology and social media bloggers. I created a personal blog to discuss my perspective as a tech mom (TechMamas.com) and am


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South Africa one of top-10 countries to live in, say British expats

November 25, 2009 by  

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Who’d have thunk it right? I know, I was fairly taken aback reading this too. Those of us who choose to live here know why we do (or can’t leave for whatever reason) but many of us can recognise the great reasons that keep us here. I didn’t think that many other countries shared our views what with all the terrible media coverage we get abroad. But we beat out France and the USA in an HSBC poll recently. Here is the top ten list: 1. Canada 2. Australia 3. Thailand 4. Singapore 5. Bahrain 6. South Africa 7. France 8. USA 9. Spain 10. Hong Kong Nice. Nifty. Moving on. source.
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Solar Water Heaters to Green South Africa

November 25, 2009 by  

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After recently having a domestic hot water geyser fail and investigating the potential of replacing it with a solar unit, I definitely saw the need for something different to advance the penetration of solar water heating in South Africa. While replacing my electric geyser costs R 5,500, an equivalent solar installation costs around R 25,000. Eskom, the state electricity generator, provides a subsidy of around R 3,000 and indicates a payback period is 5 to 8 years. So why would one buy a solar water heater system? why not switch the electric geyser off periodically to save carbon, shower less or even put it on a timer? Government’s Response This type of reaction and the lack of impact of Eskom’s subsidy system, seems to be what has driven the South African Department of Mineral and Energy Affairs (DME) to develop a South African Solar Water Heating Strategy and Implementation Plan. The plan aims to install one million solar water heaters by 2014, achieve a 50% penetration of SWHs in the residential sector by 2020 and create jobs through the establishment of new manufacturing capacity. This strategy is being finalised and…

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Londolozi land art: Intention Circle

November 25, 2009 by  

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Ed’s note: This is the second blog post in a series written by Rich Laburn. “Let your intentions be good – embodied in good thoughts, cheerful words, & unselfish deeds – & the world will be to you a bright and happy place in which to work & play & serve.” – Grenville Kleiser bush_image2It’s never going to happen unless you get intentional. Change is a given, but how your ability to seize the opportunities of this change lies in your intent. This intent could be personal, professional or it could be about South Africa. South Africa will continue to get better as more of its citizens start getting intentional about making it as such. Recently I met an artist by the name of Simon ‘Max’ Bannister who created an Intention Circle at Londolozi Private Game Reserve. This ‘Land Art’ is made from discarded strips of rusty game fencing. The same wires that once separated wild animals, including elephants, from each other are now two enormous ‘tusks’. Facing west towards the Spring/Autumn equinox, the ‘tusks’ represent the intent to create an elephant corridor connecting the The Limpopo Transfrontier Park to the Blyde River Canyon. What I like most…

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