Exploring Peru and Machu Picchu with #under30experiences – Gallery Mode

Now the pictures, in random order.  Not too much time to curate and arrange. Cheers!

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Exploring Peru and Machu Picchu with #under30experiences

A month ago I embarked on this trip to Peru with Under30Experiences.  A trip like that inspires one to write (and not having done so for quite a while, I realize I’ve seriously missed it).  A little delayed, but here’s my summarized personal travel journal (thanks to Dan, Lauren and Nicole for the inspiration and the peer pressure!)

July 1, 2014 – Two specific events in the first day uncannily foreshadowed what the trip was going to be about for me.

While walking at Larcomar with Matt, Cesar, Analee and Micah, a stranger on the street asked our group how long we’ve known each other, and we all answered almost simultaneously “we had just met this morning.” We had a good laugh about it because it was true.  But it was the start of the impression that U30X really curated this group so well that it’s not entirely inconceivable for folks to be fast friends.

Fellow trivia buffs, word nerds, computer geeks, social media mavens,personal finance aficionados, jokesters, dancers, yoga instructors, seasoned athletes, hikers, world travelers, city dwellers, card sharks. Name a label, however eclectic, we probably have one or few in the group that would fit the bill. Which makes this group very interesting and very enjoyable company.  I’ve come to the realization that folks in this group have aspects of their lives and personalities that I find either find mirrored in myself or would like to emulate, often a good combination of both.

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Feel of Summer

Now that it’s cold as heck, here’s a song from one very cool artist that makes us yearn for warmer climes. Cheers, and Happy Christmas to all the survivors of the Mayan Apocalypse.

It’s May 22, 2011…

May 21, 2011.  The day came and went.

For the past few weeks, there have been people claiming that it was going to be the end of the world, i.e. some cosmic event is going to change the course of history, as calculated from Bible verses and some sort of numerological proofs, etc.  Check out this link and this link.

The sad part is that there are individuals and organizations who seem to be keen on capitalizing on people’s fears.  The organization that spearheads this information campaign is worth $72M, funded from donations.  And there’s a whole slew of businesses attempt to make a buck by taking advantage and marketing to these fears.

And there were many people who actually believed that the world will end at a specific date, enough to actually quit their jobs, sell all their belongings, etc.  And now we have the serious case of the “oopsies” for these folks, who must actually deal with the effects of being pranked or duped.

There were even instances wherein people take it to the extreme, and ended their world by ending their lives.

When will people learn?

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Brookdale Park and getting back to running

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There was a Ziggy comic strip that I remember, where he says something like “The best way to put a spring into your step is to step into spring.”  I can’t remember the exact quote, but that’s my takeaway.

It’s been a while since I last ran/jogged.  I blame it on the winter slump, when the days are too short, and the weather conditions are cold, wet, snowy, windy, or down right miserable.  Also, I’ve never really got into the idea of running in a gym or on a treadmill.  I think nothing beats the outdoors.

Plus there’s the busy tax season, that barely just ended.  Exhausting days and late nights don’t make it conducive to exercise.

But last weekend, I attempted to reboot my running, with a 7.67 mile run on Saturday, and a 5.68 mile jog/walk on Sunday.  Now, I’m achy all over, and I have my first blisters of the season.

But man, just look at those paths. They’re just begging to be jogged on.  I’ve loved running in Brookdale Park.  I think it’s been instrumental in my attempts at trying to lose weight and be healthier.  Although sometimes, struggling to catch my breath up the hilly sections remind me of how unathletic I am.

The great thing about the park is that there are lots of paths to run on, and it has a lot of features – a rubberized running track, soccer fields, baseball pits, tennis courts, playgrounds, a dog park and an archery range(!)  And there are trees all over.

Anyhow, cheers to warmer weather.   I really hope I can keep this up.

One thing I can’t wait for

These scenes from the trailer are just epic.  July 15 can’t come soon enough.

My new favorite video

Something great to begin the month with.  I had a good laugh.

I find twins fascinating.  But what’s even more interesting is the fact that this video will be kept for posterity.  When these twins grow up, I wonder if they’ll remember what they talked about in this scene.  It’ll probably be good for a chuckle.

Ta Ta Ta. (Cheers!)

Update:  I found this other video, and laughed all the more: