the traveler's Blog

the traveler

the traveler
Columbia, Maryland, USA
November 03
VP of everything
I am an avid photographer and traveler living in the Washington DC area. My photo is obviously not me, because I am a white male and not a monk, and is one of my favorite pictures from a trip to Myanmar.


I am tired of wrestling with the Open Salon interface and will be moving my posts elsewhere.  The photo posts will go on my own blog at and the others will end up somewhere else tbd.

As I move the posts, I will put a redirect in… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2010 10:02PM

Meeting the man who wanted to kill me - moved

I am taking advantage of the actually 'open' Salon to move my posts off-site.

I am tired of wrestling with the Open Salon interface and will be moving my posts to my own blog at

If you want to write for others to read - and not just those will will fight… Read full post »

AUGUST 17, 2010 10:05AM

What I expect from Mel Gibson

According to news reports, Mel Gibson crashed his 2008 Maserati into a hillside on Malibu Canyon Road north of LA. A spokesman for the California State Patrol says 'There were no objective signs of intoxication, any level of impairment and we've ruled out speeding as well based on damage to teh… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2010 12:01PM

The color of small money- moved

 I am taking advantage of the actually 'open' Salon to move my posts off-site.

I am tired of wrestling with the Open Salon interface and will be moving my posts to my own blog at

If you want to write for others to read - and not just those will will fight… Read full post »

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AUGUST 13, 2010 1:24PM

My Father's Clock

I was cleaning out the mess in the big walk-in closet in the bedroom; all the unique stuff that I know I need to keep somewhere but don't have a real place for – because it is unique - and I once again came across my father's clock.

I didn't… Read full post »

It's not too much of a mystery why liberals have a hard time with Israel. And it only has a little bit to do with what Israel actually does. Because, if actual actions are the measure, why don't we unload this mount of vituperation on Syria, China, Myanmar, Sudan and… Read full post »

AUGUST 9, 2010 6:02PM

Texas Football explains all

In Texas, every boy child either plays football or wants to play football. They seem to start really young with young child leagues in full uniforms playing tackle. From what I've read a player must have to be toilet trained and then he's eligible. Point 1

The… Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2010 2:25PM

Learning to be no one

I was for some periods of time in my life a 'somebody' in narrow areas of my profession. The details are not necessary more than to say that certain things I did had a name, were worthwhile, contributed to the public good, etc. When life and a bad decision toRead full post »

I was part of an interesting, at least to me, discussion on a photography site I visit occasionally. Someone had posted quite a nicely done picture of a homeless man with some typically, 'we-should-care-about-this guy' title, identifying him as a home less guy (actually the title hit about 8 on the… Read full post »

OK, students,  Dr. The_Traveler is here to help you.

I've spent a good amount of time reading a good variety of posts here on Open Salon and, as a former scientist (yes, books, papers, speeches, laboratory, machines, explosions, etc), I've come up with some no-fail hints for underlying themes t… Read full post »

Racism, Religion, Nationalism and the Washington Wizards - what could these things have in common?  Well, I think that all of these, including the sports fanaticism come from the same root - man -and woman's - startling inability to be alone, a sort of a fear of the psychic dark and… Read full post »

Jailhouse conversions, Astronauts and foxholes have something in common.  They all involve someone being in a very difficult place, looking within themselves for the strength to get through, not finding enough ethical, emotional or moral strength and then discovering a SUPREME BEING. Of course,… Read full post »

I started to write about Wesley Snipes, but what was there to say - he acted much dumber than his screen persona would make him out to be. There was some sort of magical thinking there, he was so important that mere laws didn't count.

On top of that, there was… Read full post »

JULY 13, 2010 9:01AM

Hitler found alive in Switzerland

In an almost unbelievable turn of events, one of the Swiss cantons, in making a yearly award to its oldest citizen discovered that citizen was actually Adolph Hitler.

A local functionary mentioned this fact to a US tourist and, within days, the US government had filed a request for extradition of… Read full post »

JULY 8, 2010 12:33PM

Old Men Cry

I remember very distinctly when my father was in the last few months of his life and I was spending some time with him, he would break down into tears and, in the midst of tears would exclaim that he didn't even know why he was crying.  At the time, I… Read full post »

Do you ever wonder why we get war/adventure movies that use a lot of neat planes and ships and catapults and access to military bases and military consultants? Well its all PR for the services that are feeling left out a little.

I remember meeting someone who was passing himself… Read full post »

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JUNE 29, 2010 6:15PM

Photos of (the Diverse) America

 Gay Pride, Washing DC June 2010

 Gay Pride, DC June 2010

Rally  against Arizona Immigration law,Lafayette Park, Washington, DC, 2010

  Proud Couple

 proud american


  Demonstrator at Tea Party Rally

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He was a clear thinker.  No country could be accused of oppressing and segregating a minority - if the minority didn't exist.

In a previous post, I ask if anyone could suggest what Israel could have done differently and still be certain of its existence?  I was accused of not being… Read full post »

I have some sort of a distractability problem.  When I'm working I become hypersensitive to new outside distractions. Phone calls, door bells, etc all cut through my attention and distract me.

So I have a television running, usually old movies, because somehow the steady sussurus of conversatio… Read full post »

That's not exactly the truth as I see I, but merely a shorter exaggeration for the sake of a title.  What I think, based on a lifetime's worth of observation, that belief has a detrimental affect on one's ability to think and make decisions.  Belief requires one to ignore any counter-arguem… Read full post »

Current World Politics 101:

1) You are the Israeli Prime Minister. Knowing what you know about the stated convictions of the various Arab groups, Please name decisions you would have made differently in the last 50 years that would guarantee the safety of the Israeli state. Please use only/… Read full post »

Years ago I was a volunteer peer counsellor at a telephone crisis center. After about 24 hours of training in things like responsive-listening, cues for dangerous activity and community resources, we were turned loose on the client community. 

I came there with the impression that people called… Read full post »

MAY 24, 2010 9:46AM

My mother had a large funeral

and I was always certain, or at least I said this a lot, that everyone wanted to be certain she was dead. I usually continued by saying that they dug the grave 12 feet deep just have that extra measure of safety.

Listeners would alwys think that I just had… Read full post »

I love old movies and will happily watch them, even bad ones, over and over.  Actually I rarely only watch them; usually I'm doing something else at the same time and the familiar conversation or theme music makes me look up at the appropriate time to see a favorite scene.… Read full post »

I don't write many posts here but when I do, I generally spend a good amount of time on them; I try to craft them so they are amusing, have an interesting message (one that I believe in) and generally give the reader something to carry away with them.

I know… Read full post »