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Making friends

Fair points, Kevin. I’m actually a bit of a paradox I suppose. I enjoy the bars, but have no desire for a bar girl relationship. I may be destined to a life of solitude, but I can hope for a miracle.

» Posted By John McCrarey On 18/February/2018 @ 10:32 pm

Scenes from my beautiful life

It was about an hour to the top, took a round about way down, which was 1.5 hours. Very pleasant day.

» Posted By John McCrarey On 10/February/2018 @ 5:07 pm

Back to the future

Ha Ha…believe it or not, I never voted Republican until after 9/11. Sort of my wake-up call. Yeah, I’m all about less government but better to use a scalpel than a sledgehammer…

We are actually in shutdown mode as I write this and the Town Hall is postponed until later tonight pending the House vote. If we get funded I can get drunk If we don’t get funded I’ll do a Town Hall while drunk. It’s Friday night damn it!

» Posted By John McCrarey On 09/February/2018 @ 6:35 pm

Against the wind

I’ve been separated since December 2015. She never filed for the divorce she said she wanted, and I haven’t bothered either. I’m emotionally divorced. There are some tax advantages to being legally married, but finalizing things is on my pre-move checklist.

» Posted By John McCrarey On 05/February/2018 @ 5:04 am

Heart and Seoul

Yes, Jerry…that’s her…really like her…

» Posted By John McCrarey On 03/February/2018 @ 11:44 am


Haha, indeed Soju!

» Posted By John McCrarey On 28/January/2018 @ 9:14 am

Let’s get physical

HaHa…well my Blue Cross insurance might reimburse around 70% of that….but yeah, I also got the waygook price I’m sure..

» Posted By John McCrarey On 26/January/2018 @ 10:46 pm

The only thing worse than getting older…

well, I’ve been on the blood pressure meds for going on two years. I used to be in the high 150s, now I’m in the mid 130s. It’s one pill every morning and if it saves me from a stroke, why not? It might be interesting though to see if stopping the meds makes a difference. I’ll think about it…

» Posted By John McCrarey On 25/January/2018 @ 8:55 pm

That’s a first

Yes, I believe that is an effective way to avoid frozen pipes. I just didn’t think about it last night. Luckily, my upstairs water was working so I got to use the shower this morning…

» Posted By John McCrarey On 25/January/2018 @ 1:06 pm

Seven year ache

I’ve always liked Gibran and this one is no exception. Thanks for sharing it with me and for your kind words…I know you know how it feels.

» Posted By John McCrarey On 19/January/2018 @ 6:29 pm

Who’s whom?

There you go. Respect!

» Posted By John McCrarey On 15/January/2018 @ 1:01 pm

Go tell it on the mountain

Yeah, we met some Koreans on the mountain and they thought we were foolish not to have on ice cleats. Doubt I’ll buy any though, they won’t likely be useful in the Philippines.

» Posted By John McCrarey On 13/January/2018 @ 5:06 pm


Thanks for those words of tough love, Kevin. They are much appreciated. In my gut I know you are completely right. I’m not sure why I have a such hard time not caring for people I have cared about it. But you are right, neither has a place in my future.


» Posted By John McCrarey On 10/January/2018 @ 5:50 pm

Done with the Philippines

Thanks, Brian. If the PI doesn’t work out, right now my back up is Cambodia. I haven’t been to Vietnam yet though…

» Posted By John McCrarey On 07/January/2018 @ 7:44 am

Soju, Yes, definitely in Barrio Baretto/Olongapo (Subic Bay). Haven’t nailed down the actual house yet, but I’m looking at one I like on Baloy beach. It’s supposed to be available about the time I move.

» Posted By John McCrarey On 06/January/2018 @ 6:19 pm

Yes indeed, time to change my life (again). Plenty of fighting and carnage (i.e. broken hearts) along the road, but until death comes calling I reckon I’ll keep on keeping on. Valhalla might not be in store, but I’ll settle for what could pass as Utopia!

» Posted By John McCrarey On 04/January/2018 @ 11:01 pm

The first day of the rest of my life…

Thanks guys.

» Posted By John McCrarey On 02/January/2018 @ 5:22 pm

And so it begins. Again.

Thanks, Brian.

Vasterbottensost, have a great trip and thanks for your support…

» Posted By John McCrarey On 29/December/2017 @ 9:58 am

The driver I hired for the trip to Subic took the picture. Felt bad for him because he had to sit there waiting for my delayed flight. Gave him an especially generous tip.

» Posted By John McCrarey On 28/December/2017 @ 5:26 pm

So this is Christmas

Back at you Kev. Good luck with the eggnog…

» Posted By John McCrarey On 25/December/2017 @ 6:35 pm

Christmas Eve

I’d rather walk the Nile on a Camel…

» Posted By John McCrarey On 25/December/2017 @ 11:09 am

‘Tis the season!

Thanks, Jerry. Yeah, Dennis is back for more.

How’s retired life?

» Posted By John McCrarey On 22/December/2017 @ 6:15 pm

Out on the weekend

Thanks for the comment! Yes, you nailed it–WWD (work, walking, drinking). That’s my current life. Back before the wife bailed I did enjoy binge watching TV series, played in the dart league, and had a more rounded life (although I never was into crosswords or puzzles). I also lost interest in politics. It’s like I’m in retreat mode or something.

I have big plans for a change in lifestyle once I make the move to the PI. For now I’m just trying to make it through the day.

» Posted By John McCrarey On 17/December/2017 @ 10:41 pm

What’s cooking?

The two eggs fill the bottom of the pan which makes getting that perfect roundness easy. Call off the dogs!

I’ve upped my daily goals to at least 20,000 during the week and at least 30,000 on weekends. Weather permitting. If 50,000 ever happens again it will be inadvertant, not by choice. I was pretty sore today after the 40,000 on Saturday…

» Posted By John McCrarey On 10/December/2017 @ 9:54 pm

A river runs through it

Brian, yeah it’s hit and miss. Vaping isn’t specifically prohibited by law here, it seems to be left to businesses discretion.

I was told in Thailand that even possessing vaping equipment is a crime.

» Posted By John McCrarey On 17/December/2017 @ 6:54 am

I actually have a couple of cones, but I can’t be fucked with getting out of the car and putting them up when I exit…

» Posted By John McCrarey On 09/December/2017 @ 9:43 pm

These days

Yes, I heard those bells too, Kevin. I checked with some Filipina friends and they say it is not that unusual for a Pinay to fall in love that fast, even with no meeting. Still, I will proceed with caution.

I’m not hoping for excitement Widow. I’d settle for no drama!

» Posted By John McCrarey On 07/December/2017 @ 6:41 am


Yes, that one day skewed all the stats upward for sure…anyway, it was a satisfying week. I’m back into the 20,000s this week which is more sustainable…

» Posted By John McCrarey On 05/December/2017 @ 10:22 pm

Carefree Highway

Thanks guys, appreciate the support!

You know, when I using a step counting app on the phone and with the fitbit, I take it all with a grain of salt. I don’t know how accurate it is in mileage assessment, but it is consistent. I can almost set my clock by when I reach the 10,000 step milestone…I’m always right at 7,000 steps per hour. Of course yesterday I was taking photos along the way, so that added to the elapsed time somewhat.

Anyway, it was a good walk and I’m glad I did it. Once!

» Posted By John McCrarey On 03/December/2017 @ 11:08 am

C’est la vie

Kevin, thanks so much for the insights. I’m not planning anything near the Busan hike, would just like to break the 50,000 step barrier once in my life!

I’m planning on a long river walk (3+ hours) on Saturday morning. Then in the afternoon I’ll attempt another walk of similar length (probably into Pyeongtaek city). Add in the residual steps and 50,000 could be in reach. A limiting factor is the early darkness these days. It’s perilous walking in the dark down here. Poor street lights, bad sidewalks, etc. Usually during the week I confine my after work walks to a couple of nearby parks.

Thanks again for the encouragement!

» Posted By John McCrarey On 01/December/2017 @ 5:52 am

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