Usa Travel Stories, Page 15

White Christmas

White Christmas

I am not so sure I am fond of the White Christmas; this is the first time I have been home for Christmas in nine years. Cold is not a great benefit in life, although there is a correlation between cold and rich economies, I am wondering, will the worlds people eventually live where they wish?

CELL VS INTERNET

I have started to sense the future of the Internet, the world is getting smaller. This is because we can travel easy; therefore, soon every person on the planet will travel outside the country. It would make sense for the USA to require every citizen to have a passport, it could be the Identification system needed by the Homeland Security.

However it is apparent in the USA that the Cell telephone is more important than the Internet, and when I am in an English country and think of value in an English country is obvious to me the Internet is a big telephone book with brochures and the cell phone is how I would ask questions. I am able to do buy high tech products 50 times easier than over the internet, however sadly I can go to the internet when I know which product to buy and purchase for 30 percent cheaper.

I guess I go to the internet to learn some cursory knowledge, call on a cell phone to get clear, and bottom lines, return to the internet to purchase. Alternatively, maybe somewhere in the process go into a store and have someone explain all the differences.

I had a conversation with a Satellite Telephone person in Chicago yesterday, in the end I have figure out this, for me the BGAN system of internet access is probably what I need. Cost presently is about 3000 Dollars per year. 2000 for the toy and a 50 dollar fee per month, then I am going to pay a per minute charge.

However if a person wants to go live on an Island for maybe 4000 dollars per year they can communicate with the world, and this will probably drop 30 percent every year.

DO NOT BUY LAND IN OTHER COUNTRIES

I have been getting really concerned for person that want to buy land outside the USA, with the ability to live anywhere, why does a person have to buy. I think there is a need mentally to capture and control that supercedes any common sense. I was a real estate broker and for me there is zero reasons presently to buy land in another country for personal use, maybe about 2 percent reasons to buy land for business. Many people say to buy land to have a Hostel, I personally am trying to figure out which countries I trust, maybe about 5-10 on the planet, the most expensive on the planet.


Caribbean Dreams

Caribbean Dreams

I have started to dream about the Caribbean, I normally do not think much about a place before I am there, and normally I do not think much about a place when I am there. I am trying to think, I guess I pay attention to something when passes my brain that is interesting.

I was in Caye Cauker, Belize a couple of times and on one trip I took a Snorkeling trip, I have forever since tried to find this place again. I have yet to find this in Asia, maybe it is there, however, not so far. SHALLOW forever shallow, this was the essence of my great dream of snorkeling, I am dreaming of shallow water, steady at about one good dive to the bottom, never more never less, I am wanting to be able to swim between Islands.


Questions Sent for Blog Thesis

Questions Sent for Blog Thesis

A person found my blog, and sent these questions, I thought they were somewhat interesting, however for sure on the side of young person that believe all blogging is playing...

I wonder why the idea of a - web - log - or a log of my thoughts is never approached. Ergo the reason why I think everyone wants to be famous.

This is a mess, really cannot be bothered, however maybe of interest, I did answer and send the answers back to the person. I have deleted the names to protect the guilty.

LETTER WRITTEN TO ME - ANDY

Greetings!

We are graduating students from the University of the Philippines -
Asian Institute of Tourism, currently enrolled in Tourism 200 (Tourism
Undergraduate Thesis). The topic of our thesis is “How tourists of
Philippine destinations make use of travel blogs”. The study s goal is to
describe the demographic profile, interests, activities of travel bloggers,
their usage of travel blogs, their purposes in creating/maintaining
travel blogs, as well as, the blogs’ contents, lay-outs and features.

We came upon your blog on the Internet posted last November 24 2005
entitled "The Islands Philippines". In this regard, may we request
for a few minutes of your time to be spent answering a short
questionnaire that we have prepared for the completion of this study. The
questions will be revolving mainly on: your personal information, interests and
activities and your usage of the travel blogs.

Your invaluable participation will be regarded as a great contribution
to the quest and purposes of this research. Rest assured that your
request for confidentiality, if any, would be properly observed by the
author.

We look forward to your immediate response. Thank you very much and God
bless!

DELETED EMAILS

P. S.
If you have already answered this very e-questionnaire in your other
travel blog account (s) kindly inform the researchers what account you
used to answer the e-questionnaire.

MY ANSWERS

Hello XXXXXX,

Interesting project or thesis.

I wanted to say, not me, however most blogger want to be famous. I do
not have any photos of me on my site. However my blog is pretty
famous...

I am capable of making a website, I have the mental abiity.

A blog allows a person with little skill sets to make a webpage and try
to be famous.

There is this intrinsic belief system in humans that says anything they
think or take photos of is noble. I personally believe the opposite.

Andy of HoboTraveler.com

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
I am on the way to Bogota Colombia on the 11 of January and the
Carribean for winter.

The E-questionnaire
INSTRUCTIONS: There are several choices for each question, please put
an X mark beside your choice, otherwise place your answer on the space
provided. After you have finished kindly email the survey to either of
the following addresses: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx@yahoo.com or
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@yahoo.com

I. Demographic Profile

1) What is your name? Andy XXXXXXXX
2) From what age group do you come
from?
__ 12 years old and below
__ 13 -19 years old
__ 20 - 39 years old
_X_ 40 - 64 years old
__ 65 years old and above
3) What is your gender?
_X_ male
__ female
__ homosexual
__ bisexual
4) What is your marital status
_X_ single
__ married
__ divorced
__ separated
__ widowed
5) What is your citizenship? _____USA______________________
6) Where are you located?
__ Asia
__ Antartica
_X_ North America
__ South America
__ Europe
__ Africa
Please specify the country where you are located _______i have
traveled for 9 years and do not have a residence.
___
7) What is your highest educational attainment?
__ grade school
__ secondary/high school
_X_ college
__ master’s degree
__ doctorate
8) What is your occupation?
_X_ professional
__ government employee
__ retiree/pensioner
__ unemployed
__ private firm employee
__ businessman
__ student
__ others (please specify)
_I LIVE FROM THE MONEY OF MY INTERNET SITE.
http://www.hobotraveler.com

9) What is your religion?
__ Roman Catholic
_X_ Protestant
__ Islam
__ Hinduism
__ Buddhist
__ Agnostic
__ Atheist
__ Others

10) What is your estimated monthly income?
__ less than Php10,000 (below US$180)
__ Php10,000 - 29,000 (US$180 - 500)
__ Php30,000 - 39,000 (US$500 - 700)
__ Php40,000 - 49,000 (US$715 - 875)
__ Php50,000 - 69,000 (US$900 - 1235)
__ Php70,000 - 99,000 (US$1250 - 1770)
_X_ more than Php100,000 (more than US$1800)


II. Travel Journal Accounts

1) How many travel blog accounts do you own in a travel blogging host?
Please specify the travel blogging host (s) and the corresponding
number of travel blog accounts you own.

I USE BLOGGER.COM TO POST
I POST TO MY OWN SITE OF HOBOTRAVELER.COM

2) What are your reasons for signing-up for/ having more than one
travel blog account?

IT WAS A NEW TOY, I WAS GOING TO IRAQ TWO YEARS AGO AND WAS GOING TO
POST BECAUSE IT WAS UNIQUE, THEN STOP, HOWEVER THE READERS SEEM TO LIKE

3) What are the features of a travel blog host you consider in sign-up
for an account?

I WANT VERY LARGE SO THEY STAY IN BUSINESS OR GET PURCHASED IF THEY DO

I WANT THEM TO POST TO MY SITE SO WHEN THEY DO GO OUT OF BUSINESS I
STILL HAVE MY CONTENT

4) What is your most frequently updated travel blog account? Why?
_______________________

BLOGGER.COM


5) Where did you learn about travel blogs accounts?
__ Word of mouth __ Online Communities __ Search Engines
__ Magazines __ Radio __ Newspaper
__ Television _X_Internet websites __ Others, please
specify_________

6) Do you have your own travel webpage to account your trips?
_X_Yes, I have made my own travel webpage to account my trips
http://www.hobotraveler.com/

__________________________________________
__ No, I haven’t made my own travel webpage to account my trips


III. Travel Journal Usage

1) What is your purpose of travel blogging?
__ to document my trip
__ to provide commentary and opinions
__ to work out my emotional issues
__ to share my experience
__ to encourage/ discourage other travellers to go to a place
__ to attract other travel bloggers
__ to show off my pictures
__ others, Please specify_

1. TO MAKE MONEY SO I CAN CONTINUE TO TRAVEL
2. HELPS ME THINK THROUGH MY TRAVELS.
3. HELPS ME LEARN HOW TO WRITE

2) How frequent do update your travel blog (s)?
_X_ everyday
__ every week
__ every two weeks
__ every month
__ every trip
__ others, Please specify____________________________
3) What is your purpose of posting a travel blog about your visit to
the Philippines?
__ to document my trip
__ to provide commentary and opinions
__ THIS IS BAD ENGLISH
I DO NOT BELIVE THIS IS WHAT YOU MEAN TO ASK
to work out my emotional issues
__ to share my experience
__ to encourage/ discourage other travellers to go to a place
__ to attract other travel bloggers
__ to show off my pictures
__ others, Please specify

SAME AS ABOVE
1. TO MAKE MONEY SO I CAN CONTINUE TO TRAVEL
2. HELPS ME THINK THROUGH MY TRAVELS.
3. HELPS ME LEARN HOW TO WRITE

4) If there are comments on your post, do you reply to them?
__ yes
__ no

ONE THIRD THE TIME, I DO NOT LIKE TO ENCOURAGE COMMENTS TO ME AS I AM A
TRAVELER, I WILL NOT HAVE THE TIME TO REALLY ANSWER

5) Do you let other people update your blog? If yes, please specify.
__ yes, my _____________ use it
_X_ no

6) How many people do you think visit your blog each day?
__ 0
__ 1-5
__ 10-20
__ 20-30
__ 30-40
__ 40-50
_X_ 50 and above

My guess is about 2000

7) When did you to create a post about your trip to the Philippines?
_X_ during my trip
__ immediately after I arrived from the trip
__ a day after my trip
__ two days after my trip
__ a week after my trip
__ two weeks after mytrip
__ a month after my trip
__ others, Please specify____________________________


IV. Interests and Activities

1) What interest you most?

READING
TRAVEL

2) What are the usual activities you do when visiting a tourist
destination?

EAT
TALK TO THE LOCALS
TRY TO AVOID TOURIST
SIT AROUND THE HOSTEL AND WATCH TV
TAKE PHOTOS
I STUDY HUMAN NATURE

----- Original Message -----
Mabuhay Andy!


Nothing Stops for Me

Nothing Stops for Me

It is amazing to me, I could go to the Moon and nothing would stop.

I would really like to have the world stop and talk, I like to travel because people will sit around and talk with me. In the USA, nothing stop for me, everyone just keeps on barreling by me, never changing any plans or trying to slow it down to let me listen to them. They will gladly share the same space or home dinner, Christmas celebration, however to get a real good intimate conversation where I learn about them and they learn about me is considered, in my empath sort of feeling way.
- Invasion of my privacy -

Damn, I am their friend, Uncle, Cousin, etc, if I do not have a right to ask some person questions, then who does.

I believe the dues need paid, I have to sit in the same city and live. They did not talk to me more when I was living here, they just think they did.

I could even type a really nasty message about my Sister, Brother or any of my friends in Indiana, and they do not read this, so what is the point.

Never underestimate the ability of a person to ignore another person, it is not hard to see why people get divorced, they never got married, they was just sharing the same space without talking.

I can see it now.
I ask my wife, if I had one.
- You want to go with me to Africa? -
- No, go ahead, and when you come back, I will not be here. -


Map of Caribbean Trip

Map of Caribbean Trip

Ok, first, I am learning, you spell Caribbean with one R and not two, so I am half way to the Caribe as I think way it in Spanish and I am not sure about French. I believe the Spanish and French influence is strong; however, there are probably too many rich folks from the USA playing in the Caribbean, spelled with one R and with two B’s.



NUMBER ONE IN YELLOW
I will fly to Bogotá, Colombia of the 11 of January, then talk with German at the Platypus Bogotá Hostel. He as traveled 15 years, and now is the owner of the Hostel there.

NUMBER TWO IN YELLOW
I am sure he can give some insight into how to jump from Venezuela or Colombia to the Suriname, Guyana, and French Guyana area.

NUMBER THREE - FOUR - FIVE
I expect Caracas, Venezuela to be the pivot point or Airplane gate for the region; it may be also that Miami Florida is a better gate. A plane fare is not the same as a train or bus trip. It often is easier and much cheaper to take the long way there. I can hop from Caracas to Miami for about 150 U.S. Dollars, and there are probably many channels to choose from to go to anywhere in the Caribbean. I suppose if I wish to be some form of purist I can say to myself, I can only do boats. I am not sure if this is a challenge or not, I know that taking a cruise of paying for sailing boat is not a challenge. Something random is a challenge, planned is easy, expensive is easy. Who knows, there is Chris a guy in Puerto Rico presently, I am sure he has sussed out some of the ins and outs.

My gut says the best way to travel the Caribbean is probably bouncing off Miami, Caracas and Mexico City to the Islands and doing well-worn paths. There are always paths of travelers. For instance, there is a path from Holland to Curacao to Suriname. Most paths to American lead you through either Miami Florida or Houston. Most paths leading to the Caribbean lead or start in Miami, I believe, not positive but pretty sure.

I am sure an idiot will say,
- I flew from Chicago with no problem. -

And I would say,
- You can fly easily from Baghdad Iraq if you want to pay the money, it is not about how easy is it to pay my way through, it is about value -



SAINT EUSTATIUS
My friend Jeff said he would come to the Island of Eustatius if I sent him a plane ticket. This is a college buddy and very tempting, I have not had his undivided attention in 10 years, it would be nice to kidnap him from his cage, he is caught in the Banker, Corporate, I want to have two children, big house thingy. I am hard pressed to know if any of my friends are gut level happy. They seem to be resigned to their fates.

Met a guy last night that wants to hunt Lions with a Bow and Arrow in Africa, I can tell he has mentally figured it out to a high degree, however I think he will excuse himself to death until he dies and never does it.

I am thinking about the guy Richard from the Senior Bachelor thing, he is offering free trips to women who win or want to win to travel around the world with him.

I am thinking, just about walking up to women and just offering… hehehe.


Learning in USA

Learning in USA

Thursday January 5, 2006, 4:05 AM

I am learning in the USA how to use a cell phone, how the USA lives, I feel like I have woken from a long sleep, my head is groggy, my mind is forgetful, the sun is shining in my eyes. I am not sure what day it is or where I am, there is a realization the world is slowly passing me by. Much of this is age, I am not 22 anymore and I am not super aware of my surroundings. My ability to care is decreasing; however, my ability to slow down and listen is increasing. So many trivial type activities like Basketball games, new buildings built in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and streets that have been widen just seem too trivial to matter. Cities change and to me the only person who should care are the ones who are affected every day.

I am amiss to understand how I am supposed to care deeply for people in Africa dying or about the Soldiers in Iraq. I do not feel the pain, it is more of an intellectual caring that is possible with me and the realization that I should try to understand these spheres of information and activities. Sharon in Israel the leader had a severe stroke it looked like last night, the implications for the world is great, however to understand for Joe Blow citizen of the world is above the learning process. The whole world peace issue revolves around this person and the crazy leader of Iran now. Sadaam is gone and that leader of Iran has taken his place as head of the Macho want to be leader of Arab culture, or figurehead.

All of this is rather dull; most of the problems today will not even make it in the history book 500 years from now.

I am learning in the USA how to play with a cell phone, I do not have a cell phone yet; however, I have stopped into the Wireless Toyz place on Lima and Washington center and talked now three times. It is like going into a barbershop and discussing politics, however the subject is cell phones. I was asking about Satellite telephone and this chain has just evaded the subject, I think it should fit into the - Wireless - toys idea. However, I do understand it very had to have all the answers to all the questions.

BUYING SYSTEMS

I had a person ask me why I do not buy a satellite telephone, the wireless man Steve ask me another question and I took one of the floating abstract idea and converted it to a concrete statement. I said,

- The internet cafes allow me to blog 90 percent of the days, with the use of a cell phone where I can dial long distance and access the internet in the USA, I can then blog 95 percent of the time.

With a Satellite telephone, I will be able to blog 100 percent of the days.

However, what I need is systems.

I have a system to blog in an internet café.
I now know a system to blog with a Cell Phone.
I need now to learn a system or path to use a Satellite phone and I can go on a 14 day Camel Ride in the Sahara with no problem, or go on a boat across the Pacific Ocean.

Connecting the Dots.
Chain of Events
Algorithm Process.
Understanding the system.
The systematic process.

One missed or broken step and my ability to blog breaks.

I suppose I could have a New Years Resolution or Goal.

365 Days and 365 blogs.
This is very easy if I do not move.
Very difficult when you are on a taxi, plane, train, and bus trip from South East Asia to the USA that takes 33 hours.

Actually, it is easy if enough if I will pay 10 dollars an hour for internet access and use a credit card in the airports. I personally do not use my credit card for small cost; I only use the Debit or Credit card for the ATM machine, and to buy things online.

I use these systems for the inquisitive types.

Generally, the best way to learn is to find a very smart person that is doing this, I have never met the person who is blogging by cell phone, and however they must exist. I wish I would meet a Satellite telephone salesperson in Fort Wayne. I suppose I could go to Chicago earlier and try to buy one…hmm

Cost, I think I have to have a contract to have Satellite telephone access, I do not think they sell pre-paid cards for the world. I do not mind the cost of the minute call; I do mind the cost of a monthly contract fee.

INTERNET CAFE
1. Type on Computer
2. Save as on Thumb Drive
3. Go to Internet Café
4. Cut and paste to blogger.com.

CELL PHONE - HANDY OR WIRELESS
1. Type on Computer
2. Write and email in Foxmail email client, more or less the same as outlook express, Eudora or Pegasus.
3. Connect wire to USB port, connect to 555 Motorola Quad Band Cell phone with
Use of a local SIM Card prepaid type.
4. USE the software I will get at the Wireless Toyz place.
5. Dial the USA.
6. Connect with the Verizon.net NOT-Used email account.
7. Download Emails.
8. Upload Emails from the Verizon.net account.
(Authentication of upload email is the reason I am dialing long-distance, it is lottery around the planet where the internet provider will allow me to send emails with Foxmail program. I know they will not allow the Yahoo to work, and I need speed. I cannot download 100 emails before I upload.)
9. Send an email to blogger.com with the reply address of the Verizon account all ready pre-approved by blogger as a moderator.
10. blogger.com FTP’s to my HoboTraveler.com site, and auto publishes.


Cell Telephone GPS Ft Wayne Indiana

Cell Telephone GPS Ft Wayne Indiana

41? 07.92N
085? 09.765W

This is the GPS coordinates of a brain of good value in Ft Wayne Indiana. The guys name is Steve, big and smiles a lot, about six foot three inches tall, and works in WirelessToyz.com store behind the Cracker Barrel on Lima Road and Washington Center Road in Fort Wayne or darn, I must use Ft Wayne Indiana.

41? 07.92N
085? 09.765W
937 Feet Elevation above Sea Level

Steve can answer most CELL phone questions; in my world, I call this type of person one of my - SMART PEOPLE - .

I collect list of - Smart People - and try to annotate and mark them, they are the 1 in 50 with common sense, that mystical magical, non-existent quality.

DEGREES MARKS ?

It is annoying how many little variables I need to pay attention to type on a computer that is going to be published to the internet. There is no universal way of typing that will make this work correctly for the internet. It is required that I type words sometime in what I would consider bad grammar or incorrect. What am I to do with this little symbol for degrees, that is part of the GPS or Global Positioning Satellite Coordinate

- ? -

I am having severe problems with quotations marks in blogs and am abandoning them all together I hope with the - dash - mark so it does not turn into some Chinese character or apostrophes with funny symbols next to it, the computer transliteration process that happens is just not perfect. It has something to do with Unicode, which I am to old and not enough years to go to care to learn, it would be too much, or I cannot be bothered. I just do not care to think or more accurately, I do not care who reads this.

I will figure out the ? - degree - thingy better because I am going to use the GPS coordinates thingamajobby in all of my database driven websites as soon as I get to first base on a few of them.


Thingamabobs
That is a word in my computer dictionary spell check, however the thingamajobby is not, interesting, and fun words for the foreigners to learn. Fluency in a language is learning about words like thingamajobby or whatnot, and so forths, how to understand a person that does not speak perfect English. Actually if you really want to listen to people speak perfect English or read this, listen to a Norwegian person speak, and they do a lot better than Americans or English persons and for sure better than the Australians. Canadians should always be ignored, and left out; they are way over the politically correct edge and are drowning in their own politically correct sputters. Thank God, the USA has salvage and purchase the best of the lot? as the Canadians say,

- We breed em, you buy em -

Cell Telephone GPS Ft Wayne Indiana

That has no commons, the Fort is abbreviated, this is because when someone searches for a cell phone in Fort Wayne Indiana and the majority of persons abbreviates or uses the FT instead of the Fort when they type the city name. I personally do not use or think a person should type FT, as they could mean Foot Wayne, that would make Anthony Wayne cringe; he would really be a Mad Anthony? hehehe


SEARCH WORDS

I just got in some big search terms and words in an effort to drive business to this mans business and shop, he has a partner and I forgot his name. I use this toy, not a wireless toy, however a search engine toy to see what words are popular on the internet, generally I would think if a webmaster does not know about this toy or similar toys they are lost in space and should be abandoned. This thingamabob gives you the number of time some mom and pop or young kid search for a word; I think in a month, it is a guide.

http://inventory.overture.com/d/searchinventory/suggestion

Cell Telephone GPS Ft Wayne Indiana


3:45 AM Wake Up Call

3:45 AM Wake Up Call
Wednesday January 4, 2006, 3:46 AM

I woke up today later than normal, I am finally adjusting my diurnal clock, I guess the word circadian is better diction.

I am in the process of adjusting my bodies� circadian clock.

Circadian:
- 24-hour cycle: used to describe a pattern repeated approximately every 24 hour - (2)

My body still believes it is in Southeast Asia, it wants to wake up at 7:00 am Manila or Bangkok time and it take a lot for me to care. I wake up when I wake up, I could care less what time it is, if I am awake, I do something. I am afraid of depression, I think it is easy for me to become depressed, therefore I would not lie around in bed, pretending do sleep. Moreover, people that sleep all the time are depressed.

My friend Gigi used to sleep 18 hours per day; I would go over to her house at 3:00 in the afternoon and kick her out of bed. She was certifiable, really doctor approved manic-depressive. A great girl and fun on the manic side, however on the depressive side, not so fun, she slept all the time. I like Manic-Depressive persons; I relate well with them, of course, I am an Alcoholic so we are neighbors in crazies.

I am dwelling, musing, trying to discover in my mind the correct words to explain how I think. My mind is a slice em, dice em, spin the wheel machine. It takes thoughts and plucks them out like a wheel of fortune machine. It is a very annoying thing to people around me, I have realized and accept, most people do not like me around them, and very few people are not annoyed by my brain waves. They become caught in a wave, drown in the over abundance of random thoughts. I wish they would come into the water sometime more than wading; it would be nice to have someone to swim with.


Note, I know I am not suppose to end a sentence with a preposition - with - I think I need a elementary English School teacher to travel WITH.