Tuesday, October 25, 2005

High Surf at the Jersey Shore

Check out the photos.

I am having issues posting directly to the blog.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Distance Traveling

Distance Traveling now Available

Have you ever wanted to travel for long periods of time but could never get away? Have you dreamed of taking all the pictures you could want and bring back cheap T-shirts and great stories to share with your friends? Well now you don't have to worry anymore. I am available for "Distance Traveling". What is distance traveling you ask? Well to put it simply, I do all the work while you enjoy my daily web updates of your trip. You tell me where you want to go, what you want to see and what you would like to experience and I will handle the rest.

Let me give you an example of a sample 7 day trip in Europe:

Day 1 - Arrive London (am) spend day seeing the sights you have asked to see. I will post photos and a journal that evening including photos of the double decker bus sight seeing trip you asked me to do.

Day 2 - London, spend day going around to as much of London as I can, finishing with an evening at the theater taking in a show for you. Updated web page that evening

Day 3 - Chunnel to Paris, France with stop over in Normandy for the late morning till late afternoon. Continue to Paris then spend the evening photographing the city at night. Web update that evening.

Day 4 - Paris, spend day as you wish. Web update that evening.

Day 5 - Paris to Holland, spend the day in Paris until I board a train for the night to Amsterdam. No update due train rides and internet access don't mix all that well.

Day 6 - Arrive Amsterdam (am), spend day seeing sights such as Anne Franks house, the canals, the cafes. Spend night photographing the city at night including the red light district (all the sin one could photograph without the guilt or confessional visits). No update due to lateness involved in trying to get authentic feel of a city like Amsterdam for you. It's nights like this that produce the better stories.

Day 7 Awake (pm) still in Amsterdam. I hope. The final day and final update from the road.

So now the trip is over, what's left to be done? I then spend a few days just getting all forms of media used on the trip in order. I will put it all together how ever you would like. Just want Hi-Res digital photos sent to you on DVD? No problem, that's the least expensive way to go. Or you could custom design your media experience a la carte. DVD slide show with music? No problem. DVD video along with the slide show? You know it, no problem.

The big savings is passed onto you. Because I am just one person who can travel both light and cheaply and I pass that savings on to you. Think about it, I can stay in a motel for $70 outside a city where you and your companion would rather say in the city at $170 - $200 a night. Big savings there. What about meals? I can eat on the cheap, how about you and you friend. My dinner bill comes to $15 -$20 when yours comes to $150 -$200. More savings I pass on to you. So what can someone expect pay for a trip like this if you do it instead of you and your husband or wife.

Flight to London from New York in coach.

You: $900.00 or more depending on your current location or unless you normally fly business or first the savings are tremendous.

Meals for 7 day.

Me: $250 -$300
You: $700 - $1000


Me: around $70 per day may vary from city to city.
You: From $150 - $300 per night

As you can see by these few examples just how much you could save by sending me instead. I will be offering a wide range of services including the Xtreme Trip (I will do all the scary things you don't want too. Bungy, skydiving, etc) Digital and 35mm film photography, digital video, an audio diary of the trip as I experence it. I will be happy to discuss any special requests or if you want a photographer to shadow you on your actual trip as a private trip photographer.

If you have any questions or would like to setup a trip let me know email distancetraveling at yahoo dot com (trying to avoid spam)

Good News, Bad News - (is the glass half full or half empty?)

Have you ever wanted to know the answer to a question, waited months for the results to come in but the results where not what you had hoped for? Well that's where I am today. The way I look at it is, it's not so much a failure but just one avenue I don't have to worry about traveling anymore. So is the glass half empty or half full? Neither, I just got up to fill it up so I don't have to worry about it.

Having said that I am now looking for ideas for where I can spend the winter. I am looking at returning to New Zealand for 4-5 months. I am also looking into the Italian Alps with Mike Luke. So if anyone has a good idea where I can spend the winter let me know. Keep in mind, free (15 miles from the mountain for example) place to live trumps great place to stay (on the mountain), I can go looking for nice sights and places.

I am also available to come for visits from 1 day to 1 year, it's up to you. I am told I am fun to have around, people seem to get a kick out of me, go figure. I am also house trained and have no problem helping with computer/general electronic issues to earn a meal or two. I travel with a collection of over 250 DVD's a 27" TV a Playstation 2 and 15 gig of music so entertainment is always at hand. I must also tell you if you have kids, I am somewhat of a distraction and tend to get them slightly hyper at times and then go outside for a smoke and let someone else enjoy them. Bed times tend to be somewhat later than normal for some reason when I'm around but I have yet to figure out why. It is amazing though how much kids 8 to 12 act like a single, 37 year old guy. I will continue my research into this strange phenomenon.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

What, Ads on the site!

Yes I have decided to put up google ads in hopes that I may make a buck or two. I will let you know how everything goes. If you see an ad that intrests you click on it, I might get paid. Don't sit there and just click ads, I don't get paid if you do.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Great Sunset

Great Sunset in Vermont

More Fall Colors

Taken from the summit road on Burke

Fall Color

Mike in the Fire Tower

This is on top of Burke Mountain in North East Vermont

The Knot

Converted to B/W

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Where Am I Going?

Leg 1 - Nov 8th leave Newark 8 am arrive London 8 pm
I will meet up with Jason (arrived earlier) for the night at or near the airport

Leg 2 - Nov 9th leave London 10 am arrive Edinburgh 11 am

Jason will be driving us around Scotland has he meets with golf club tour reps, i.e. St. Andrews and other famous courses. We will end up in Glasgow for the return to London. I hope to get some great shots while there. I am going to experiment with some black and white film for the first time in a long time . If it is a wet and grey as I think it should be, black and white should work well.

Leg 3 - Nov 12th leave Glasgow 7 am arrive London 9 am
Jason then departs for home. I then begin a short 10 day walkabout. I will see London, I will see Holland, I will see France, I will see your underpants. Well 3 out of 4 isn't bad. I will see a friend from camp while I am in Holland. I am also looking into meeting up with another camp friend in Paris. I hope to at least get to Normandy if I can't get to Paris. I feel I can't be that close to it and not see it. As for London I will wing it, I want to know if London is what New York wishes it could be?

Leg 4 - Nov 22nd Leave London 8 am arrive Newark 11 am
Unless I get married to a wonderful country girl from some small town in Europe or other highly unlikely, highly elaborate bit of imagination.

Where are you?

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, play the guitar, and sing a few songs... I have a full life."

The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard, and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."

"And after that?" asked the Mexican.

"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants
and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? Well my Friend, That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?" said the Mexican.

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings doing what you like and enjoying your friends."

Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.

thanx to N.S.