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Cruise Summary by John R. Patrick

Cruise Summary by John R. Patrick It was time for a break, and the Silver Spirit cruise ship operated by Silversea provided the right solution. The Silver Spirit typically accommodates 500 passengers and 425 crew members. The passengers on the Silver Spirit were 30% American, 25% British, and the rest from a mix from more […]

Egypt by John R. Patrick

Egypt After leaving Istanbul, we continued to sail to Turkey, spending a day in Kusadasi and a day in Bodrum. Next was a visit to Rhodes, Greece and then to the Isle of Cyprus. Next was a visit to Ashdod, the largest port in Israel. We continued sailing to Haifa (Nazareth), the third largest city […]

Istanbul by John R. Patrick

Istanbul My blog posts are 90+% about technology-related topics, but occasionally I share comments and pictures about travels. After two nights in Athens, we departed on the Silversea Silver Spirit ship for a 15-day cruise. We have been in this part of the world before but never to the first stop of the itinerary, Istanbul. […]

Should Amazon Be Broken Up?

We had been planning a road trip for some time to be our semi-return to normal. We started out on June 8 and drove to DC to spend a few days with some friends. From there through MD and VA, TN, and into the NC mountains for a stay with friends from FL. Then on […]

Do We Need A Vaccine Passport?

I started working at IBM Corporation on June 1, 1967. Two years later, in 1969, I received a letter from President Nixon. It said, “Greeting: You are hereby ordered for induction into the Armed Forces of the United States”. I entered the U.S. Army on May 29, 1969 weighing 225 pounds. Two years, six months, […]