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May 31, 2011

WEIGHT (AM): 304 lbs MILES: 5.0 AVG. SPD: 9.5 mph (aprx.) CALORIES: 1,100 (aprx.) OVERALL: Good vibe, incremental progress -0- NOTE: If you’re new to IBIT and aren’t familiar with Big Lizard, read the backstory here first. It’ll reduce the confusion. Somewhat. -0- After two rest da.../ ➝

May 31, 2011

Flooding plus a dodgy infrastructure unleashes a cholera epidemic and highlights one of the challenges to improving African tourism. AfricaNews.com is reporting an outbreak of cholera in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon. This is confirmed by multiple sources, including UNICEF, the United Nations Chi.../ ➝

May 30, 2011

Today is Memorial Day, a day we set aside to remember those who served and died for this country. As Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address, “It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.” But my Memorial Day may feel a bit different from yours. There are specific p.../ ➝

May 30, 2011

Fly like a rock star. See how America and Africa are both getting their roll on. And remembering other heroes on Memorial Day. In my old life as someone else’s employee, I used to love short work weeks. Now that I’m doing my own thing, not so much. Why? Too much to do! See what [….../ ➝

May 29, 2011

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media SINGAPORE ON THE DOWN LOW? From across the Pacific Ocean, a piece of good — and potentially really good — news from the airline industry. The BBC is reporting that Singapore Airlines is planning to st.../ ➝

May 28, 2011

WEIGHT (AM): 305 lbs MILES: 7.7 (2.7, 5.0) AVG. SPD: 10 mph CALORIES: 1,764 (620, 1134) -0- NOTE: If you’re new to IBIT and aren’t familiar with Big Lizard, read the backstory here first. It’ll reduce the confusion. Somewhat. -0- First full week of returning to riding. Dieted for a.../ ➝

May 27, 2011

The death of a 66-year-old cruise ship passenger in Italy during a mugging attempt is a warning about sporting your fine jewelry when you travel. In almost every travel guidebook written for the past 30 years, experts have been issuing the same warning somewhere in their guidebooks or on their Web s.../ ➝

May 27, 2011

A restaurant owner in Oakland is putting his own spin — literally — on a Mexican classic. In the two cities where I grew up, New Orleans and Oakland, CA, there are a couple of common threads. One is a lot of poverty and the problems that go with it. The other is an irrepressible [&hellip.../ ➝

May 25, 2011

One of an occasional series In all the economic and political sturm und drang in this country over China and India, the rising star that is Turkey is sometimes overlooked. Expect that to change, and soon. I love how folks react when I tell them I want to visit Turkey. Especially that initial blank, .../ ➝

May 24, 2011

First of an occasional series It’s official: The couch potato has left the keyboard and is back on the bike. This weekend, after months of threatening to do it, I finally reintroduced myself to Big Lizard. Big Lizard is a Giant Iguana mountain bike. My reasons for calling it that are fairly ob.../ ➝