Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jumpin' Geminid, Batman!

Last night we camped at one of Saipan's southern beaches and enjoyed the best of what island living as to offer.

While drinking Coronas and listening to the waves break on the beach, we were treated to an amazing display of extraterrestrial entertainment.

Meteors streaked across the sky in massive numbers, some burning quite bright.

It was an eventful camping trip with our family and friends; one which we look forward to doing again in the near future.

Geminid meteor shower peaks this weekend http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/12/tech/innovation/geminid-meteor-shower-2014/index.html

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Really?

The information contained in this article is mind-blowing. I have no intention of renouncing my citizenship, but I don't feel those who do should be taxed into oblivion.

It's a desperate move by a nation afraid of losing its populace and I think it stinks.

We should change this, immediately.

Giving up your U.S. passport? It's going to cost you http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/10/pf/taxes/expat-passport-citizenship-renounce/index.html

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Speaking of Passed Out

Here's a shot of me enjoying this patch of grass after completing my portion of the Hell of the Marianas 100km bike race. I rode two legs of the four-leg course and this photo speaks volumes about the way I felt about it afterwards.

It was tough. The distance would not be such an obstacle were it not for the amount of elevation throughout the course. Without question, the race is aptly named.

The short story is that my shoes broke during the race, I used duct tape to keep it together until I finished (see the foot attached to the pedal in the photo), it was hot, hot, hot, and I left the course knowing it's much harder to complete the Hell when you're out of shape.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Justice Was Served

Nobody is innocent because they're white. 
Nobody is guilty because they're black.
Anyone who attacks a police officer will probably to regret it.

I can't understand why people would rally around the death of a thief who attacked a policeman.

I consider myself lucky to have lived in places where the Michael Browns of the world do not exist. There's no coincidence for this. I choose to live in communities with residents who respect the law and their fellow neighbors.


Should a 300lbs. man of any color walk into one of our neighborhood convenience stores, grab a number of items, brush aside the clerk and brazenly walk out without paying...

Should that same mountain of a man stroll down the middle of the street in the middle of the day  supremely confident that no law applies to him...

Should that same man physically challenge and assault a police officer serving my community in the line of duty...

I would endorse whatever actions deemed necessary to be taken by the people sworn to protect and serve my community that would result in his removal.

I am not a resident of Ferguson, but their town is better off without a gargantuan scofflaw walking their streets and terrorizing shop owners. People who rally around his death have chosen the wrong symbol for their cause.


Truth

You can't believe everything you see, everything you read or everyone you know.
Sometimes the wonder in their eyes is just for show.

-Brad Ruszala

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Totally Passed Out

Our pups rarely sleep in the house but Goofball and Rescue earned a short stay in Casa de Ruszala by being loyal guardians of our castle. Besides, it's Thanksgiving weekend and we're thankful to have them in our family.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Wind and Rain

The Saturday morning breeze is flying through our house, carrying with it a bit of rain. It's the kind of wind and rain you don't mind.

There's a fresh smell in the pre-dawn air and I feel today is rife will opportunity.