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~Lee and Sachi LeFever

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Ha Ha, Very Funny

By: leelefever on August 3, 2005 - 5:48pm

So when we were on a family beach trip last weekend, we heard a funny joke that was told as it was heard from a stand-up comedian...

"So, I think it's great, you know, people taking these extended 'round the world trips- but my question for them is- What are you gonna do next year?"

I'm not even trying to think about 2007 right now.
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Tix to Honolulu

By: leelefever on August 2, 2005 - 4:48pm

Well, the money is starting to be spent, which is a sure sign that we're making progress.  Just yesterday we out tickets to Hawaii, where we'll stay with Sachiko's parents before leaving for New Zealand.

We're planning to drive across the US to North Carolina in December.  We want this to give us a uniquely American expereince before we leave.  Just after Christmas, we'll fly to Honolulu.  The price was excellent I thought.... one way tix from NC to LAX and then LAX to Honolulu = $350 per person.  Can't beat that.

We just went to a travel agent today to talk about tickets from Hawaii to NZ. Right now, things are still a bit up in the air, as we'd be going in the high season.  Lots to talk about...

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The Rad Blog

By: leelefever on July 25, 2005 - 1:57pm

I've been trying to keep up with a few blogs of people who are doing similar trips.  One of my faves is by a guy named Jon Rawlinson and his blog is called the RAD Blog.

Check out this entry about his first experience in Morrocco.

Jon's brother is Duncan, a guy I met in Vancouver once.  I also dig Duncan's blog: TheLastMinute.

The Rawlinson's seem to be some high-tech video shootin freaks. :)

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Reconsidering Some Things

By: leelefever on July 24, 2005 - 8:10pm

We've been reading the Rolf Potts book, "Vagabonding" and he has us thinking. We have big plans to see a lot and he makes us think they are too big to keep our sanity. Instead of going for 6 continents, he recommends 2-3 and spending a lot of time getting to know each place.

In his words, trying to do too much will leave you jaded and exhausted. We think he has a good point, but we're not sure what to do. We're considering spending a lot more time in Asia and scratching some of the other destinations, like South America. In the end, I really think we're going to go for as much freedom as possible and see what happens.

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Staying Hidden

By: leelefever on July 21, 2005 - 4:42pm

I've been thinking a lot about how to get this site rolling.  It's rather odd timing right now, as the site is public, but I haven't really told anyone about it.  I might tell a friend in email or in a conversation, but nothing really public.

There are a couple of issues.  First, I'm an independent consultant and I need to make as much money as I can before I leave. Making a big deal about this site too early could keep new clients away.  This is a short-term problem.

Also, there are always a few things I want to get done before I make a big about it. This is a long-term problem becasue I have to draw the line somewhere. I'm gonna draw that line soon.

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A Monetorium

By: leelefever on July 19, 2005 - 7:36pm

Until we leave Sachi and I have been trying to save money.  For months now, we've stopped acquiring "stuff".  No furniture, no gadgets, no clothes, no stuff that doesn't relate.  Lately we've taken it to a daily level and have tried to eat all meals at home and cut out the things like lattes.  We're not very disciplined, but it's making a difference.  We just can't resist a party sometimes though.

When describing this to my friend Ryan recently, he introduced me to a new term.  He said that he and his wife go through similar period and the call it a "monetorium".  You know, like moratorium, which is defined as:

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By: leelefever on July 16, 2005 - 2:16pm

This was surely one of the things that had to happen in all of this. It's kinda cool to hold this thing in your hand and think about it being with us and enabling us to move across global borders.

I've lost one of these before in France and it was not fun. I'm going to try my best to hold onto this one.

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First Contributions

By: leelefever on July 12, 2005 - 3:09pm

Woo hoo!  We have our first new members and first contributions.  I pointed my friend and colleague Nancy White to the site and she dropped of a couple of great tips.  Good stuff.

The other night I told a friend about it and he logged in but hasn't posted yet.  Hopefully soon.  Steve, if you're reading this, tell us what to do man!

I'm still keeping the site really low key.  I've not blogged about it on my other sites and may not for a while.  We don't care if word gets out, but I'm not going to push it for a bit.  We're going to be inviting more friends to check it out soon while we're getting more development done...

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The Hidden Places

By: leelefever on July 10, 2005 - 8:37am

Last night I was playing poker with some guys and we talked about the trip for a bit. They sometimes travel to Europe on business and explained that they don't do the tourist things, but they know the bars and places to hang out around cities like Amsterdam and London.

This is the type of thing we're looking for: The places that are often hidden to tourists. In asking for contributions, we want help in finding the bar-in-the-alley-with-no-sign type of places.

We would love to hear about the tourist stuff too, but in asking for first-hand info- we want to know what you discovered and can share.

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Closer and Closer

By: leelefever on July 9, 2005 - 12:27pm

Well, the site has come a long way recently. I've been working closely with the guys at Bryght to get things going the way I want.

I just took a big step today and made the site publicly available. Now, people can come here, read the posts, register, contribute, leave comments, etc.

While I it's the best thing for the future of the site, part of me really wants to keep it under wraps for a while. The graphic design will give it whole new feel and it's still a couple of months away and I don't want people to be turned away. Right now, it's just using a standard Drupal theme.

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