Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
One of Bonaire's few exports is sea salt. Ocean water is pumped into large evaporation ponds; brine shrimp and algae turn the water pink.
Once the water is completely evaporated, the salt crystals are scooped up and loaded into trucks, where it's sifted into huge pyramids, before it's loaded into the cargo holds of ships moored at the Salt Pier just offshore.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Aunty Lou is my father's sister and the de facto matriarch of our family. She handled my Uncle Hans' passing with dignity and grace, as much as one can when losing their husband of over 42 years. Love you lots, Aunty Lou . . .
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I lost my Uncle Hans yesterday, just 10 days short of his 70th birthday. He went into the hospital for a (supposedly) simple surgery, but didn't make it through.
I spent the bulk of the day yesterday with my Aunty Lou and cousin John, first at the hospital, and then at their respective homes, but I had little of value to say to them. We just tried to get logistical details for this weekend's memorial worked out, but even that seemed just . . . surreal.
After last year, where it seemed like we were going to a funeral, memorial, or remembrance almost once a month, John and I talked about how we wanted a do-over for 2009 and hoped 2010 would be better, but now it seems like this year is picking up where the last one ended.
I'll miss you, Uncle Hans. I'll miss your accent, and how you pronounced certain words in that unmistakable way. I'll miss your hugs, and I'll really miss you calling me your "favorite nephew."
Give Aunt Helen, Aunt Judy, and my Grandmas and Grandpas a hug for me . . .
Your Favorite Nephew
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I'm back from Bonaire, where I spent the majority of my time underwater. I'll post pics over the next week or so, catching up on my photo-a-day quota. Here's a juvenile Longfin Damselfish - they're quick little things, and hard to photograph, but very pretty.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Since I won't be around a computer next week, I'm going to do some multiple postings for the next few days so I don't fall behind. Michael is Margie's editor from D.C. and I believe the answer to his question about The Deer Hunter is Ding Santos.