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This website chronicles our trip around the world in 2006. It has lots of photos, videos and stories. We invite you to come in, relax and enjoy the scenery.

~Lee and Sachi LeFever


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A Dispatch is a report from our trip. Browse via keywords or global map.

Aurora Borealis in Norway

By: leelefever on November 17, 2005 - 12:30pm

I just love this picture. I hope that we can get far enough North in Scandinavia to get it hooked up. It looks sooo cold.


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Comments Now Open to One and All

By: leelefever on November 17, 2005 - 11:52am

One of the big things about having a website like TwinF is preventing spam.  For those of you not aware, spammers are a plague among bloggers. They leave comments on entries that link to unrelated and often vile websites.  Then, the comments must be removed by the owners of the site.

On the road, we do not want to deal with spammers, so we required registration for leaving comments and adding travel experiences. I've been assured by the Bryght guys that the Drupal spam module should be able prevent a majority of spam.

So, the spam module is now enabled and comments are open to anyone with the desire, so long as you're not offering to sell something.  We'd LOVE to hear from you, so please do comment at will.


Treo 650 for Mobile Blogging and Entertainment

By: leelefever on November 16, 2005 - 8:56pm

I've put a lot of time into trying to get the right gadgetry for the trip.  A couple of months ago, I got an unlocked Palm Treo 650.  Overall, I’m very happy with it and believe that I’ve made a good choice.  The big test will be how it does abroad.  One of our goals in packing for the trip is reducing size and weight and my goal was to get a device that packs as much punch as possible and sports a strong track record.


To Minimize or Maximize

By: leelefever on November 15, 2005 - 9:27pm

People have asked a lot what it feels like a month before this all begins.  We’ve been thinking about that too.  What does it feel like?

There are different ways to look at the situation over the next few weeks.  We could begin to wean ourselves from our daily rituals and work to ease the transition through practice.  We could minimize and prepare.

Or, we could live life trying to take advantage of every minute of our blissful domestic existence.  We could maximize and take it all in.

Our dog Amos is one example with an easy answer.  If we minimized, we could start to disengage a bit and try to get ourselves prepared for missing him.  That’s not too doable, so we’re going for the full-on maximizing- trying to take advantage of every minute.  He is more spoiled all the time.

Knowing that our food choices will be limited and we will long for the comfort of our home choices of food, we’re faced with a similar decision.  We could start experimenting with more healthy and practical options, minimizing our normal diet in preparation. Or, we could gorge ourselves on the food, meals and places we love and hope that it will help us appreciate their existence.  The way it’s looking so far, we’re appreciating the existence of a lot of home comforts, but not gorging, per se.

We’ve been thinking about Seattle (and the surrounding area) and how we can make it part of the trip by taking a look at it as a tourist would.  I’d love to maximize Seattle before we leave, but minimizing would save money and make more time for preparation.

Just tonight I was buying milk and remembered learning that people often miss having milk on long international trips.  I considered maximizing and going for the whole milk, but reconsidered and stuck with the 1%.

We could start to let go of our media habits by minimizing TV consumption and non-productive computer time. Or, we could take advantage of the media access and veg out with the TiVo while we can. 

It’s all about philosophy I suppose.  I think we’ll have a healthy mix of minimizing and maximizing with a leaning on the maximizing side.  It may make the transition a bit more harsh, but we’ll have peace of mind that we considered it and did what we wanted.


Travel News and Notes

By: leelefever on November 15, 2005 - 6:34pm

We've been consuming mass quanities of travel-related web content as of late.  I've subscribed to a number of blogs that keep a running pulse on the travel world. Here is a selection of random news and notes that caught my eye today:

 
Beware the Tricky Transvetites (via Travel Post).

 

Thai officials have warned foreign tourists about a nefarious transvestite gang whose method for robbing victims involves kissing them. As reported in this USA Today story, suspects in custody have admitted depositing tranquilizer pills under their victims’ tongues while deeply smooching. Once the pill has been placed, the hapless victim passes out, and the tricky transvestite makes off with cash, jewelry and valuables.

 

Well-known Blogger Jason Kottke is in Asia for 3 weeks and blogging a lot. He left Hong Kong for Bangkok just recently.

Singapore Airlines is starting in-flight Internet access soon, with a cost.  On a related note, Radisson Hotels is offering free Internet access at all their hotels.  I hope that this rubs off on other chains.

Jon’s been getting into all kinds of things in Africa.  I like how he signed his post “sorry Moms”. 
I’m bookmarking sites almost everyday using del.icio.us.  Check em out.


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Taxes and Other Loose Ends

By: leelefever on November 13, 2005 - 11:30am

Planning a trip like this is an amazing experience, both for the building excitement and fun and for the amount of loose ends that must be tied up.  It reminds me of the Beck lyric from the song Jack Ass:

Loose ends tying a noose in the back of my mind  It's not quite a noose, but the list is quickly growing and shrinking every day.  Think about paying taxes... We're leaving on December 11th, long before our tax statements come in.  We're leaving before our year even comes to a close.  Dealing with taxes is a big deal for us and yesterday we spend most of the day sorting through receipts and the Common Craft revenues and expenses in preparation for a meeting with our accountant.

What we plan to do is have a big envelope ready and have Mark put any mail that looks tax-related in it and have it sent to the accountant before texes are due. 

 

 

Common Craft is a whole other pain.  It just occurred to me last week that I have a number of annual renewals and payments I usually make in the Spring.  Business License renewal, Excise tax, Seattle City Business Tax, etc. I had to call the offices and get special forms for renewing and paying early.

This is all in the name of more peace of mind.  The more we can do now, the less we'll have to worry about next year and that is a good thing.


Fun With Video

By: leelefever on November 11, 2005 - 3:43pm

I've been playing with video lately and considering how we can use it on the trip.  I've been able to create a couple of videos, including basic intro and outros. I've also been playing with YouTube.com, which is a bit like Flickr for Video.

I'm adding a video from YouTube to this post to see how it works.  Also, please let me know if you can solve the Twig Mystery, I have no clue.


Letting Go of Work

By: sachilefever on November 11, 2005 - 1:54pm

I transitioned most of my clients this week to other folks in my group and the feeling of finality is creeping up on me. I have been at my company for almost 6 years - a long time considering I'm not yet 30. It's where I met some of my very good friends, both co-workers and clients across the country, and where I met and fell in love with Lee.


Since I started there, I've become a property owner and learned how to fix plumbing, build a deck with Dad's help, and repair 2.5 stories of siding (Okay - Lee usually climbed the higher ladder). Earning a graduate degree at the same time has taught me that "full-time" in both work and school is really just half-time each if you keep moving until you fall asleep each day. I walk away with wonderful friends, a network of contacts, and great experiences. 

 

 It's refreshing to know I can let all the work thoughts go soon and focus on something completely different. So now, the new adventure is coming up quickly and feeling very real.
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Class Photo

By: leelefever on November 8, 2005 - 7:02pm

Class photo, originally uploaded by Lee LeFever.
 
Last night I did a talk at the University of Washington for a graduate  Communications class.  The title was "The Evolution and Trends in Online Communities".  I talked a little about TwinF and mobile devices.  The photo above was taken in the class and immediately uploaded, to show them how it works.


Leaving the Islands - Seattle bound

By: leelefever on November 7, 2005 - 4:18pm

We're headed back home and to normal life for a while. We'll be back to Hawaii around New Years, just before we REALLY leave. Aloha!


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