This book was made shortly after we arrived home in late October 2007 and is chronologically organized covering all aspects of our trip beginning at our home with the stuff we packed. It goes through the airport and travel phases and finally into Spain. We arrived in Madrid in the morning dog tired from too many hours of travel and had to navigate using Spanish language signs through Madrid’s Barajas Airport to the rail line to the subway and then to the high-speed train from Madrid to Toledo where we have booked our first night.
The photos will show how tired we were. All through the rail portion of the first day, we were totally beat and on edge. Once we arrived in Toledo and checked in, we had been up close to 24 hours. We decided to stay up until 9 PM so we could sync up with the local time. We ended up wondering around the streets of the old city for hours, climbing and descending the steep stone streets before finally ending up at a restaurant & bar across the street from our hotel. We ate jamon and drank Spanish beer and wine until we collapsed into our room at 9 pm. There was an open air ‘rock’ concert in the Plaza de Toros which reverberated around the city that night and actually helped us fall asleep with the cool breeze falling into the bedroom from the ancient open window of our room above the stone courtyard of the hotel and apartments. Enjoy if this www.blurb.com widget works well enough.
This book was preliminary and I am looking to re-publish with tighter editing. Cheers, Yarbz
July 15, 2009
February 13, 2009
Paul at Disneyland Anaheim California 1979… Autopia kids steer the car the steel guide rail car is straddling hit the gas without steering violently crash against the rail dizzy my friend Mitch caught jumping off the People Mover changing cars 1973 big trouble fsecurity people with walkie talkies 126 negative drawings in 1972 Living in Golden Colorado write a lot of stories draw World War II fighters Pop Warner Football jersey We were pretty lousy bench warmer wearing the braces 1970 living in San Clemente California “head gear” correct an overbite very unlucky kids wear during the school day misery severe throbbing pain child torture device slowly changing my face orthodontist parents laid out pretty large chunk of change
December 30, 2008
FYI TO ALL JUGGHEADS: I have requested a copy of the old program that ran the ‘Old Jugg’ site. If this works, we may have full access to the old blog dating back to September 2003 which should include comments and ‘more’ sections. I will need help once I get the program so volunteers are needed. I know Trench is smart enough but I think he is very busy. Feste knows somebody who may be able to help. I will have to host the old site separately so we’ll have to see how it goes. I would really like to have to old stuff up again as there were some classic posts with pics and stories that should not be lost to history.
September 4, 2008
May 29, 2008
New York Post / May 20, 2008
By: Ralph Peters
Success In Iraq: A Media Blackout
DO we still have troops in Iraq? Is there still a conflict over there?
If you rely on the so-called mainstream media, you may have difficulty answering those questions these days. As Iraqi and Coalition forces pile up one success after another, Iraq has magically vanished from the headlines.
Want a real “inconvenient truth?” Progress in Iraq is powerful and accelerating.
But that fact isn’t helpful to elite media commissars and cadres determined to decide the presidential race over our heads. How dare our troops win? Even worse, Iraqi troops are winning. Daily.
You won’t see that above the fold in The New York Times. And forget the Obama-intoxicated news networks – they’ve adopted his story line that the clock stopped back in 2003.
To be fair to the quit-Iraq-and-save-the-terrorists media, they have covered a few recent stories from Iraq:
*When a rogue US soldier used a Koran for target practice, journalists pulled out all the stops to turn it into “Abu Ghraib, The Sequel.”
Unforgivably, the Army handled the situation well. The “atrocity” didn’t get the traction the whorespondents hoped for.
*When a battered, bleeding al Qaeda managed to set off a few bombs targeting Sunni Arabs who’d turned against terror, that, too, received delighted media play.
*As long as Baghdad-based journalists could hope that the joint US-Iraqi move into Sadr City would end disastrously, we were treated to a brief flurry of headlines.
*A few weeks back, we heard about another Iraqi company – 100 or so men – who declined to fight. The story was just delicious, as far as the media were concerned.
Then tragedy struck: As in Basra the month before, absent- without-leave (and hiding in Iran) Muqtada al Sadr quit under pressure from Iraqi and US troops. The missile and mortar attacks on the Green Zone stopped. There’s peace in the streets.
Today, Iraqi soldiers, not militia thugs, patrol the lanes of Sadr City, where waste has replaced roadside bombs as the greatest danger to careless footsteps. US advisers and troops support the effort, but Iraq’s government has taken another giant step forward in establishing law and order.
My fellow Americans, have you read or seen a single interview with any of the millions of Iraqis in Sadr City or Basra who are thrilled that the gangster militias are gone from their neighborhoods?
Didn’t think so. The basic mission of the American media between now and November is to convince you, the voter, that Iraq’s still a hopeless mess.
Meanwhile, they’ve performed yet another amazing magic trick – making Kurdistan disappear.
Remember the Kurds? Our allies in northern Iraq? When last sighted, they were living in peace and building a robust economy with regular elections, burgeoning universities and municipal services that worked.
After Israel, the most livable, decent place in the greater Middle East is Iraqi Kurdistan. Wouldn’t want that news getting out.
If the Kurds would only start slaughtering their neighbors and bombing Coalition troops, they might get some attention. Unfortunately, there are no US or allied combat units in Kurdistan for Kurds to bomb. They weren’t needed. And (benighted people that they are) the Kurds are pro-American – despite the virulent anti-Kurdish prejudices prevalent in our Saudi- smooching State Department.
Developments just keep getting grimmer for the MoveOn.org fan base in the media. Iraq’s Sunni Arabs, who had supported al Qaeda and homegrown insurgents, now support their government and welcome US troops. And, in southern Iraq, the Iranians lost their bid for control to Iraq’s government.
Bury those stories on Page 36.
Our troops deserve better. The Iraqis deserve better. You deserve better. The forces of freedom are winning.
Here in the Land of the Free, of course, freedom of the press means the freedom to boycott good news from Iraq. But the truth does have a way of coming out.
The surge worked. Incontestably. Iraqis grew disenchanted with extremism. Our military performed magnificently. More and more Iraqis have stepped up to fight for their own country. The Iraqi economy’s taking off. And, for all its faults, the Iraqi legislature has accomplished far more than our own lobbyist-run Congress over the last 18 months.
When Iraq seemed destined to become a huge American embarrassment, our media couldn’t get enough of it. Now that Iraq looks like a success in the making, there’s a virtual news blackout.
Of course, the front pages need copy. So you can read all you want about the heroic efforts of the Chinese People’s Army in the wake of the earthquake.
Tells you all you really need to know about our media: American soldiers bad, Red Chinese troops good.
Is Jane Fonda on her way to the earthquake zone yet?
Ralph Peters’ new book, “Looking For Trouble: Adventures in a Broken World,” hits stores on July 4.
January 24, 2008
November 8, 2007
I finally picked up this book again and began reading the last thrid. There were three lines and/or paragraphs that caught my interest in the first three pages I read today. Here they are for your out of context perusal:
“When things are too clear, they are no longer interesting”
“Don’t the people have any obligations? Or do they only have rights?”
“Obviously one kind of social order is less evil than all the others. Perhaps there may even be a perfect one. Only remember, my friends, that the best social order is not susceptible to being arbitrarily constructed, or even scientifically constructed… Do not be so arrogant as to imagine that you can invent an ideal social order, because with that invention you may destroy your own beloved ‘people’…”