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Having hiked the AT with my wife back in ’95, I’m still always interested in what is going on out there and during some browsing today on the Net at Fred and Kathy’s AT page, I stumbled across a link to TrailPhone.net.  This is a fabulous resource, especially for those who might be following a hiker along the trail as they hike those 2100 miles to Maine.  The hiker can call in via cell phone or regular phone to a toll free line and leave a recording of how their day or week went and by visiting the Trailphone web site, anyone following their hike can listen to them talk about their hike.  It’s a lot easier for the hiker to make one phone call to inform friends, vs twenty.

Kudos to Adam Varga for setting this up.  If you’re a hiker, I’m sure he’d like to have you visit his site and I suspect a small donation, if you use the service, would help him keep it going.

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If you’ve read the book, “The Kite Runner”, but haven’t seen the movie yet, do yourself a favor and check it out. It is truly an amazing adaption of a book, the best I can remember in a long time. Many of the scenes I imagined in the book, were practically duplicated in the film. The choice of actors was also superb and the “extra features” on the DVD were well worth watching. Marc Forster, who directed “Monster’s Ball” with Hallie Berry and “Finding Neverland” and the upcoming new James Bond film, has created a beautiful film here. You can now rent this at Redbox for $1. Of further note, the actress Atossa Leoni, who plays Amir’s wife Soraya , is the narrator of Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns” in audiobook format.

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Just wanted to post a link to a wonderful web site for those of you who are curious about the world around you. Check out Earth Album

But don’t blame me if you spend the next 3 hours traveling the world. 🙂

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In these days of quickly fluctuating gas prices, it pays to have a handy tool to check the price at the pump before venturing out. The web site www.gaspricewatch.com does that for you. Just enter your zip code. Saved me about .12/gallon today by realizing I could fill up for $2.01/gallon vs $2.13 somewhere else.

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Spent most of the night transfixed by Google Earth, zooming back to old places I used to live in Germany back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Brings back a ton of memories.

I could even zoom in on the old Herbst Brauerei (brewery) where I used to slam them back as a 16 yr old during a summer stay abroad – still remember being zonked out of my gourd, just jabbering away with these old guys in German, probably didn’t have a bloody idea what I was even saying! Fortunately, it was only a block or so away from home, so I could stagger back without getting run over. 🙂 I was, of course, delighted to see the ol’ brewery still standing and it will be the first place I head for, if I make it back to Krefeld!

And Google Earth even led me to a live web cam of the historic marketplace in Schwäbisch Gmünd, where I went to school back in ’71.

Quote of the Day: If you shoot at mimes, should you use a silencer? (Stephen Wright)

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