Edinburgh Castle at dusk just above our hotel. We’re here in Edinburgh and have been for the past couple of days. But – as with this entire European trip – I’ve encountered internet access problems. Every hotel we’ve stayed in has advertised that it has wifi internet service. Problem is that half (or more) of

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I’ve had a couple of readers ask about the Mediterranean diet as touted by those in the nutritional field as compared to the Mediterranean diet as it is consumed by those who live in the Mediterranean. Our group attended a Tuscan feast held at Castello Verrazzano – a winery that has been in production for

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Due to the Italian genius for inefficiency I’ve been without internet access for the last couple of days since arriving in Florence. Finally the hotel has got its internet service back – sort of. As I sit here typing it goes in and out. While I’ve got the service I want to go ahead and

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I’m on a bus right now with a hundred other people traveling from Rome to Florence – not my favorite way to travel. But, I love my wife, so here I am. The last time I made this drive it was in an Alfa Romeo 156 that MD and I had rented and were driving

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St. Peters from the deck of our hotel room at sunset last night. MD in conversation with a satyr. With the head of Bernini’s Medusa. Yours truly with the colossal statuary in the Capitoline Museum The ruins of ancient Rome The Colosseum.  I’m always amazed at how huge this structure really is.  It’s got to

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Once again MD and I fell victim to an airline delay.  We were scheduled to leave London at 4:45 PM on Alitalia.  We got there in plenty of time, went through all the check in hassle that I described earlier.  We got to the Alitalia lounge, got the call that the plane was ready to

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MD and I are now cooling our heels in the Alitalia lounge waiting for our Alitalia flight to Rome.  We endured the heightened security that surrounds all the airports in London right now, and so I figured I would pass along the fruits of our learning to anyone else who might be headed this was. 

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We got up this morning and headed down to the hotel lobby for breakfast only to find that a Continental breakfast cost a whopping £18.50, which is about $40. We decided that $80 for the two of us for a couple of sweet rolls and some toast that we wouldn’t eat anyway along with some

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As you can see from the above picture, the accommodations on Virgin Upper Class are pretty nice. But the little individual compartments are not as comfortable as they probably look. Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather be there than crammed into a coach seat, especially a coach seat in the large middle aisle

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We’re here in London, safely ensconced in our hotel.  We sat around the Hilton LAX Hotel all day yesterday waiting for our 8:55 Virgin flight to London.  At about 3:30 PM I decided to see if online check in was available.  When I got on the Virgin sight, I noticed that they had a flight

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I know everyone is tired of hearing about the problems that seem to be a part of our (mine and MD’s) flying life these days, but, once again, here we are: screwed by the airlines. At this precise moment we should be somewhere over the Atlantic about an hour away from landing in London; instead,

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Seth Godin has a great post on his blog today about marketing for the here and now. He uses the above pictured National Lampoon cover from 1973 to demonstrate a sense of urgency. Buy this magazine now or we’ll kill this dog will sell a lot more magazines than buy this magazine because if you

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Here are a few renditions of the our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, performed by a various artists. Enjoy! And be safe. Here’s Ted Nugent, a Protein Power fan, with the rompin’ stompin’ Paleo-meat eaters version. Can’t figure how the headdress fits in. [youtube]pE45DCRzFOM[/youtube] Here is Jake Shimbakuro with a little more mellow and

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My mother called a day or two ago and during the course of conversation she asked me if MD had given up blogging. I told her I didn’t think so, but why did she ask. She told me that MD hadn’t put up anything new since way back in April. I checked it out, and

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When was the last time you thought about your serum albumin? You might have glanced at it the last time you got a lab panel at your doctor’s office, and as long as it was within the normal lab limits, you probably didn’t give it much thought. You should look at it a little more

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About a month ago I posted on the giant feral hog that an 11-year old kid shot in Alabama. So the story went, this kid was out hunting, came across this monster, and shot it. It was supposedly the largest wild hog on record. The kid’s dad put up a website the same day and

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Jackie Danicki is a young woman who writes a blog that I read from time to time. She moved from Ohio to London about ten years ago and has recently moved back to Cincinnati. Due to her work situation, she now travels back and forth between Cincinnati and London, spending a few weeks at a

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Here is a little YouTube clip of a Michael Moore like exposé of the Canadian healthcare system. Based on conversations with my colleagues and just being in the profession, I can tell you that this is an all too common situation. Many, many people in Canada needing rapid specialized care head south of the border

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Rebsamen Golf course, 14th green, tee box 211 yards back in the dark spot in the woods. I don’t think I’ve ever had as wide a temperament swing as I had in the 24 hours between this past Monday and Tuesday. On Monday afternoon I played golf with my son Dan, MD’s nephew Chris, and

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