Author Archives: jnathanbazzel

How I Voted: WSWCA October 14, 2014

After the meeting of the Washington Square West Civic Association Board meeting of October 14th, 2014, I realised that there were many questions put forth by members of the community regarding the vote of the board in favour of a project to place art on some large traffic control devices that the city has installed […]

Why I Am Not Afraid of Ebola in the US

I believe that I have very intelligent friends; I really do.  But, over the last few days, I have been very sad over things that have been posted to some of my friends Facebook pages.  The topic has been Ebola.  This is a scary topic for people, especially if you are watching the fear mongers […]

The Final Journey

People travel for many reasons.  I have traveled for business, pleasure, and to meet long lost family members; but, this trip has been quite different.  There is a strange sensation of immense purpose that struck me a few days before I departed.  I suddenly realised that I was taking my mom on her last trip.  […]

My apologies!

So, life here in Scotland has been a real adventure. I apologise in that I have not had a single moment to write. I am working on it, but everyone has kept me so busy everyday, that I simply have not had time. I do have many stories to relate, ones that others won’t tell […]

Astor’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies are an American treasure.  There are probably more recipes for this one cookie than any other.  Its invention is credited to Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts.  The legend goes that, in 1938, she was trying to make chocolate cookies, and added chopped chocolate to the recipe […]

My Dad is a Hero

My dad is a hero. When people read that sentence, they may think that I am referring to his eight Air Medals and Two Bronze Stars that he earned during his 11 months stationed in the Highlands of Viet Nam between 1966-67. Others may think that I am referring to his many years as a […]

Waiting for More!

So, I have been contacted by a bunch of people asking for me to write more.  Well, I guess I know what I need to do.  I need to write.  I am therefore letting you all know that I plan to begin again.  Yes, I know that I still owe you all Singapore; but, to […]

Ko Samui, Thailand: the Southeast Asian Oahu

  I was, and still am, tremendously disappointed that we were unable to get to Bangkok.  I was really looking forward to seeing it, as it is one place I have always wanted to visit.  Primarily, because my father had been there during an R&R in the 60s.  I had made a list of all […]

Sihanoukville, Cambodia: Super Tuk Tuk Activate

  Cambodia is another world from everything we had seen.  It is poorer, noticeably less developed, and trying to play catch up with the rapid economic expansion of their neighbours.  Due to the timing of the ships arrival and departure, we would have only a limited time to explore.  The ship provided shuttle buses from […]

Ho Chi Minh City: Through the Tunnels of Cu Chi

For our excursion on this, our last full day in Ho Chi Minh City, Francis and I wanted to see one of the more fascinating relics of the Viet Nam War.  We had made new friends with a new performer who had come on board the ship.  He is a mindreader from the UK named […]