Friday, June 29, 2012

Vacation Day 10 - The Isle of Man TT Races

A picture is worth a thousand words, so today I'll let the photos do the talking.

Thanks for checking out the photos. Which one did you like? As a bonus treat, a real quick video of the bikes in motion. Just to see how fast they are truly going.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Goodbye My Friend

Just heard that you have passed away,
the sadness breaks my heart.
But memories will never die
your loved ones keep that part.

I’ll always remember the faith you shared,
your boldness and your tact.
You did whatever you could do
to teach the Kingdom Fact.

We have been friends for many years,
and why I am so sad.
I missed the chance to say goodbye,
oh how I wish I had.

I know that there will come a time,
for us to talk again.
Your friends and family know it’s true,
we just do not know when.

You are asleep, so you will wake,
and we’ll all be on the mend.
Till then, all I can say:
Goodbye my friend.


Vacation Day 10 - The Isle of Man TT (Sidecar Event)

The first race we watched was a sidecar event.

This is a photo of the backside of these racers. How'd you like to be the guy in the sidecar?

The course included many twists and turns.

Racing is very fast, very dangerous.

As you can tell, our seats were very close to the track. Any closer and we'd literally be on the track.

Sidecar 54, where are you?

Here we see sidecar 49 trying to close in on 54.

The sidecars were Dan's favourite event. Lots of action, as can be seen here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Vacation Day 9 - Isle of Man and the Glen

The first day I was on the Isle of Man I found this Glen to explore. No more talking, just enjoy the photos.

Time to stop and smell the flowers before getting back to what the Isle of Man was all about....

Practice run of the Isle of Man TT bike races.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Vacation Day 8 - Rainy Liverpool, England

While visiting Liverpool, like many of the other cities, we found the oldest pubs we possibly could to have a pint in. Love the antique Johnnie Walker pitcher.

Back in the heart of the city centre we ran into another street performer. At first glance, when he wasn't moving, he looked like a statue.

Found this sign in another pub we visited. I may have to print this out for my bar.

The rain made it difficult for me to take many photos, but I braved the rain when we ran into Liverpool's "China Town" area.

A landscape view of one Liverpool's streets.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


I wonder how I look,
and how you do perceive me.
Do you see a pillar?
Or do you see a man?

You do not need to answer,
I know exactly how you feel.
You do not really see me,
There is not much to see.

I have nothing I can offer.
There is no worth to me.
No substance of a man.
Just shattered, hollow and empty.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Vacation Day 7 - Liverpool, England

So far during our trip, we travelled by car and airplane. As we set out for Liverpool, we took the National Rail. You could say our trip covered planes, trains and auto-mobiles.

I got a lousy seat on the train, but managed to get a few photos. Here is one of the passing English countryside.

We arrived in Liverpool fairly early. As we began to explore the city centre, we ran into this bird man. For a moment, I thought I had warped to Bristol.

Another impressive structure. I suppose I should try and learn what the names of these things are.

Looks like this building had been burnt at one time. Or is that just part of the design?

Yet again, another crazy sign. And really, is it needed? I think the bars are a deterrent enough.

A great building and an interesting court yard.

As we got closer to the bay, the building were more and more interesting.

During World War II, this church was bombed out. It still remains as a reminder.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Vacation Day 6 - Back To The Museum

While in London, I wanted to make sure I went to places I hadn't been before. Piccadilly Circus is one of those places.

Another view from Piccadilly Circus. Notice the Union Jack's flying in preparation for the Queen's Jubilee.

Considering our time to visit the British Museum was cut short, we opted to return. To me, nothing says museum like statues. Don't blink.

More museum features, ruins. Restructured of course.

After our trip to the museum was complete, we ventured back to the Museum Tavern, this time to get something to eat. Here I'm enjoying Chicken Tikka Masala. Mmmmm good.

Last stop for the day was the Ace Cafe; a motorcycle themed cafe, if you couldn't guess.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vacation Day 5 - An Exhausting Day

One of the first stops while in London was the Who Shop. A store selling every sort of Doctor Who merchandise you can think of. Dan had never been there so I took him. Kind of neat to travel directly there and know exactly where it was.

Who wouldn't want to have their picture taken with a Dalek? A sign in the store warns 'Shoplifters Will Be Exterminated'.

Did you see that ludicrous display last night?

No trip to London is complete until you've taken a ride on the Underground. Mind the gap.

I visited the British Museum last time I was in London, but Dan had not. So I went back. Here is the main reception area. Still impressive as ever.

How many feet? That's so whether you view this station from the front or the side, it'll look like it has enough feet.

So much stone artwork like this. How can you not be impressed. I couldn't even draw this with a simple pen and paper.

The Rosetta Stone - Discovering this artifact was key to unlocking the secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

This was our guide for the 'Jack the Ripper' walking tour. He does this by night. During the day, he's a beefeater in the Tower of London (which you can see behind him).

This is a portion of an original Roman wall, still standing in London.

One more look over the Thames. Tower Bridge can be seen in the distance as well as City Hall to the right.

I don't normally take random photos of strangers, but this day was so exhausting and when I saw this couple I sneakily took a photo because it was exactly how I was feeling at the time. (And I thought it made a cute photo). Yes, I was ready to collapse. Who'd have thought having fun would be so tiring.