Nanning China in September

Ticket booked – arriving Sept 25th for the World Gymnastics Championships.


Nanning is known as the “Green City” because of its abundance of lush tropical foliage. …

Nanning has a warm, monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate …

Nanning is close to scenic Guilin, with its world famous hillscape, northern and western Guangxi and its minority villages …


I’ll exit by train to Vietnam en route to Nepal. Hiking in both those nations.

visiting Quesnel, B.C.

My first visit to the north, central B.C. town. I was there for a 5-day Gymnastics course.

Located nearly evenly between the cities of Prince George and Williams Lake, Quesnel is on the main route to northern British Columbia and the Yukon.

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The sunsets were brilliant due to forest fire haze. Forestry is the town’s lifeblood.

It’s on the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel rivers.

I mostly walked and jogged the North and West Side Quesnel Trails when I wasn’t in the gym.

True Detective season 1

True Detective is an American television crime drama series on HBO

Season one stars Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson (both executive producers of the series) …

True Detective was highly acclaimed by critics. …

It’s dark. But I was hooked by episode 3.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

McConaughey is brilliant. Again.

And – like me – he wears a fanny pack. :-)

Season 2

Nic Pizzolatto stated that the second season will feature three new lead characters. Pizzolatto also stated that the season will take place in California but will exclude Los Angeles in favor of a lesser-known region of the state. …

Think Like a Freak

I’m a fan of Freakonomics Radio, the audiocast.

… hosted by journalist Stephen Dubner, with economist Steve Levitt as a regular guest. Freakonomics Radio occasionally hits No. 1 on iTunes, with 4 million downloads a month …

Dubner and Levitt have 3 Freakonomics books, the most recent of which I just read.

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

It’s short. But good.

Freakonomics attempts to shed light on topics misunderstood by the general public.



Losing Iraq

When you hear anyone tell you that the USA could have WON in Iraq, please know they are blowing smoke.

George W. Bush

11 May 2003 Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush appointed L. Paul Bremer to run Iraq. Bremer did not speak Arabic. Knew nothing of the Middle East. Seems to have done pretty much everything wrong.

On May 23, 2003, Bremer issued Order Number 2, in effect dissolving the entire former Iraqi army and putting 400,000 former Iraqi soldiers out of work. Discontent and insurgency grew stronger.

It probably doesn’t matter what Bremer did.

It’s not possible for a foreign invader to WIN in Iraq or Afghanistan. Never has been. Never will.

Recall that wannabe President John McCain said that U.S. troops could spend “maybe 100″ years in Iraq. That wouldn’t have been long enough. :-(

If you want a recap, I recommend Frontline:

U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011, ending America’s military commitment in the country.

Now, chaos is once again engulfing Iraq. The team behind “The Lost Year in Iraq,” “The Torture Question” and “Bush’s War” takes a look at how we got here, what went wrong, and what happens next.

Losing Iraq (July 29, 2014)

The longer the U.S. military stays, the more suicide bombers they will inspire. The more Westerners will join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).