Today an old acquaintance from my days as an English teacher in Japan put up some pictures of Packwood House in Warwickshire, England. One great thing about teaching in Japan is I made a lot of friends; the English teachers came from many English speaking countries and many Japanese staff members married them. From this…… Continue reading Urge to travel, need for a change
A story from the Spanish Reconquista, to La Malinche and Mexico, and the discovery of California. The importance of understanding history along with my personal experiences.
The US standard railroad gauge is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used? Because that’s the way they built them in England, and English expatriates designed the US railroads.
In the past week I have seen many articles concerning the influence of politicians service (or non-service) in Vietnam. Most recently, Richard Blumenthal claimed he served when actually he did not. During the presidential election of 2004 there was a big issue about the “swift boat” soldiers and to be honest, I forget what the…… Continue reading Vietnam – An American complex