I was in Italy for a machine design company, i was there for 6 months
Took us around 12 months to get permission from the council and 18 to build it. Walls are brick-insulation-block. Has a concrete beam and block top floor as well as the ground floor.Wow that is more a mansion than a house how long did it take to build, is it stick fabrication inside?
Hells bells Om you sure do have a busy lifeEverywhere!
At a New Years party in Washington state, I learned that a friend had disappeared.
I spent the next two months driving back and forth to the Oregon coast looking for clues as to where he went. Still haven't found him.
April 23rd: Was sitting on the beach in Washington state, when I watched my boat get destroyed.
First week of May: My friend, distraught over the loss of my boat, invited me to his house on Heron Island Washington, for my birthday. Had a most wonderful time. We took his boat out, could see oysters the size of dinner plates under 3 feet of water, so I stripped down to my undies, and collected some. We had a grand feast that night. And then, after nearly everyone went to bed, I noticed that my other friend was trying to burn the house down. Nipped that in the bud: "CRAIG! BOB JUST PULLED TWO LOGS OFF THE FIRE, AND IS TRYING TO BRING THEM INTO THE HOUSE!". Craig kind of ixnayed that idea.
June and July: Spent most of my spare time boating to the Washington side of the river, looking for my keys and wallet. (See April 23rd)
Found my keys on July 3rd. A youngster, about 10 years old, had found my wallet about an hour earlier.October: Flew to Cabo San Lucas, as my brother had a timeshare there.
Her father, seeing me from about a mile away, observing that I was looking for something, walked up to me, and asked; "Are you Omcheeto?"
I said yes.
He said his daughter had found my wallet.
So I walked the mile to where their boat was landed, and his daughter was nowhere to be found.
But she eventually arrived back, from her adventures.
When she gave me my wallet, I noticed that all the cash was still in there, so I handed it to her, and said that there was a $200 reward for anyone who found it.
And beings that I'd only given her $80, I asked her mother for her name and address.
Her mother, understandably, was kind of wary, but gave me the information.
And to my delight, the check I sent the little girl, to cover the difference, was cashed.
8 most interesting days one could imagine.ps. @wolram , please don't ever again mention 2006, ever, ever, ever again, as I've left out 99% of the details.
day 1: watched a 2 foot long http://www.loscabosguide.com/magazine/articles10/bajaseaturtles.htm [Broken]lay eggs 30 feet from our room.
day 2: saved a woman's life and $700 of the $3000 cash she had in her purse(idiot) when a sneaker wave(somewhat of a misnomer as she was looking right at it) sucked her out to sea. She gave me a $40 reward.
day 3: looked for the other missing $1500 cash from previous day; nada.
day 4: watched a tropical storm go by from our hot tub. the rain was coming down sideways. quite impressive.
day 5: rented scooters
found a fancy pair of sunglasses ( Maui Jim Wailea ) on the beach ($400! Holy Moses! That's what I paid for the plane ticket!)day 6: saw 360 pound, 13 foot long marlin, in a fishin' contest. (won the guy who caught it $1.4 million USD)
suspected they belonged to lady from day 2, as she complained that she'd lost her sunglasses. too bad I didn't see her again. gosh. I feel so guilty. not. ARRIBA! (I think that means "YIPPIE!" in Mexican.
took a boat ride to a remote beach - very cool rocks
watched newly hatched baby sea turtles head for the ocean 1000 feet from our room
day 7: went snorkeling,
shoppedday 8: made myself mixed drinks: pina colada(booze included), tequila, and triple sec
inventoried [junk] collected from the beach: 2 coconuts, one Mexican fishing pole(block of wood wrapped in fishing line with one hook), 4 types of seed pods, 1 cactus bit, 2 holey wood sticks, 1 barnacle encrusted eggs shaped thingy, 12 rocks, toy sandwich, 1 odd shaped piece of wood and 1 suspected human bone. Viva Dies Del Mortes! (Whatever.... No habla!)
got a picture of my new hat.
plane left a few hours later.
what I came home with that I didn't take there:
2 pairs of pantsOm
2 pairs of sandals
1 shot glass
3 knick knacks
3 pieces of coral
and 12 packets of chiclets
warning: dates, times, distances, weights, lengths and values may be off by a magnitude of 10 or more due to consumption of various types of mass quantities.
ps. never let the facts get in the way of telling a good story
"Had" a busy life.Hells bells Om you sure do have a busy life
Yes, the lightning struck the tree under which I was standing and the thunder scared the pee out of me. I was half burnt when some very handsome firemen came to the rescue.How do you get struck by thunder? Lightning, maybe, but thunder is the sound that lightning makes.
Looking at our entire lives, you have me beat. But where were you ten years ago? You said that the third world country life was 20 years ago. You might not have me beat for rags tens years ago to riches now.Short answer yes. I grew up in a third world country homeless and as a refugee. Hopped the boarder on my own when I was 10. 20 some odd years later I ended up with a masters degree and a director for some large company here. Not bad for some kid who couldn't speak English :).