Times are very hard here in the States as well. My worst winter and spring for work was this year in 39 years. In 6 weeks I worked only 4 days where I normally work 4 days a week. I think our problems exist with population control to be honest, but that sounds so cruel in many ways but I feel it is the truth. I have heard the unemployment rates for Europe, especially Germany and Switzerland as I have friends that live there also, it is a shame to see so many people living on the streets, without shelter and food, and money for medical expenses. I have no clue to what could bring our lifestyles back to where they were a few years ago, or if they ever could be the same.
Where are you sailing off to on your vacation? I wish it were me, but not sailing any longer. The last time I was in a sailboat race it was from California to Mexico, and in a storm we hit rocks and was stranded at the mercy of Mother Nature until help arrived and we limped into port. A real fun time, NOT! So I keep my feet on ground, it may be high up on a mountain, but I am at my own peril with the decisions I make, not up to the Tempest of the Sea and her whimsical way's of deceit.
I wish you the very best, and I have seen most of your posts, but little time to do anything but to survive these days, work when I can and then look for work when there is not. I have even had to move back into town from the country, I miss the river and trees, but not the expense of paying for gas for the extra 45 miles a day to and from work.
Email me a pix of yourself taken lately if you will, it is time for a new pix of yourself on the site, but one for me will do just fine. That is if you dare young Doctor, LoL....
Good to hear from you again as well, it has been a long time between.
Have you seen the Photofolia website? Many of us Trekkies have joined together on Photofolia, a much more open and friendly site than on Trek.
Always your friend from afar,
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