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Coffee, in its pre-cup phase!

Costa Rica coffee growers bail out Starbucks?

Now this is an interesting business approach... Costa Rica is widely known for its superior coffee, and now their coffee producers could help bail out Starbucks during this economic downturn. The idea would be to sell shares to the local growers... Read article...

Boat, Island, Fire

Maltese Falcon - with and without the fire

I blogged earlier about sailing on San Francisco Bay, a favorite activity in a favorite place. It was beautiful when we anchored for lunch in a cove at Angel Island. But the very next day there was a massive fire on the island ... Read article...

View from Mt. Constitution

Rosario Resort - think we should buy it?

The famous, historic resort on Orcas Island - Rosario Resort - is up for auction this month. We were just there last month as part of our San Juan Islands tours. There's a beautiful mansion built by retired tycoon Robert Moran back in the early 1900s, that's the heart of the resort. It's well worth a stop... Read article...

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Naked and cold in Ireland

No, not ME! ... And not any of the Adventurous Wenches on our trip, either. It was thousands of other people! On our recent Ireland tour, the morning news reported that in nearby Cork, thousands of people were getting naked outside, and it was pretty dang cold outside right around sunrise! ... Read article...

French president Sarkozy (300)

Ireland must do EU revote - says who?

Last month, Ireland had a referendum on the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, and voted NO. The vote was a blow to EU leaders. Now French president Sarkozy has said that Ireland should revote. Needless to say, this has caused a furor in Ireland. The leader of Sinn Fein called it "deeply insulting"... Read article...

Vote, vote, vote!

Ireland says NO to EU

When I arrived in Dublin a couple of days ago, I was greeted by hundreds of signs plastered around the town, urging readers to vote Yes or No. "YES - Put Ireland at the heart of Europe." "NO - Ireland can do better." I quickly realized that this was more than just a minor election... Read article...

Money

Costa Rica ex-president and corruption charges

Gee, a crooked politician. Who could believe it? Former Costa Rican president Miguel Angel Rodriguez (1998-2002) is being investigated on corruption charges. Now his bank accounts, properties and cars have been embargoed... Read article...

Money

Ireland: Prime Minister resigns in corruption scandal

Bertie Ahern, Ireland’s prime minister (also called the Taoiseach, pronounced tee-shock), is resigning due to allegations of corruption. He's been under investigation for receiving secret payments in the 1990s, and bizarre financial arrangements... Read article...

Grand Canyon view

Grand Canyon how old? No comment

A controversial new study thinks that the Grand Canyon may have been formed millions of years earlier than thought. The traditional scientific view is that the Arizona canyon is 6 million years old, carved by the Colorado River. This new study proposes that it started forming before the river even existed... Read article...

Belize - Ambergris Caye beach

Belize and the boat people

There were 13 of them, out on a little open boat for 10 days. This is where it all went down. An otherwise lazy afternoon at Ambergris Caye was interrupted by the arrival of a boat full of Cuban refugees. It was a small, open fishing boat... Read article...