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  • bluecat's Avatar
    51 Minutes Ago
    I asked how the were able to cut all that stone and the guide said with chisels. If you look at the massive blocks it looks like they were cut with a high-powered saw. I just can't see a chisel being that precise. I'm going with the alien theory personally.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    If you look carefully you can see another structure with columns in the picture that sits below the acropolis.
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    1 Hour Ago
    Looking down at the amphitheater where several performances are given each year.
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    1 Hour Ago
    Athens Visited the Acropolis. Acropolis simply means city at the top of the mountain (acro = top) (polis = city). There are many Acropoli (?) in Greece but this is most famous. After a steep climb. This is the parthenon which sits at the top of the hill. Massive. Probably the most impressive thing was what you didn't see. Apparently within the parthenon, there was a 40-foot gold statue of Athena. Can you image that! It was taken down and melted years after but just the thought of that great statue inside the columns is breathtaking. The guide mentioned that if the columns were perpendicular they wouldn't look straight at a distance. So the Romans used the mathematical constant "phi". Phi for “Neo-Phi-tes:” Phi ( Φ = 1.618033988749895… ), most often pronounced fi like “fly,” is simply an irrational number like pi ( p = 3.14159265358979… ), but one with many unusual mathematical properties. Unlike pi, which is a transcendental number, phi is the solution to a quadratic equation. By using this constant the columns appear perfectly straight from a distance. Amazing. Have no idea what any of that means but just wow. The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. Wikipedia
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    17 Hours Ago
    I think I said to the waiter, "Can I get one of you guys' wrap thingies?"
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  • DParker's Avatar
    18 Hours Ago
    My Sharona. Please tell me you pronounced it "jī-rō", just to screw with them. Seriously though, that looks like it was a fun trip.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    23 Hours Ago
    Mykonos Another beautiful sleepy little island. Enjoyed a real gyro at a little restaurant by the water. It was so much better than the gyros I've had here.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Don't worry Swampy, there will be plenty of naked people pictures to come.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Gas, grass or ass...nobody rides for free.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    If you see cabin 1642 a rockin' don't come a knockin'.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Lifetime and MaxCold vs. Yeti and Orca https://www.cnet.com/reviews/lifetime-55-quart-high-performance-cooler-review/
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    :-) I'm not sure the Mediterranean ever gets really rough for a big ship. The newer ships have stabilizers nowadays that really smooth things out, anyway, particularly on the ocean liners. I've been on several cruises in various waters and if I ever felt more than a brief gentle rocking, I can't remember it. NY or Boston to Southampton might be a challenge, or the Caribbean during hurricane season ... I get seasick in a heartbeat anytime I'm outside the jetties in a small-to-mid-sized boat, but I've never had a problem on a cruise ship.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    ...and speaking of rugby, if I want to watch a game where there is no strategy beyond running straight ahead into a wall of people in 2 yard increments until you give up and punt, I can watch the Jayhawks play football for a lot less hassle. Tickets are basically free.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    lol, -2.3
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Oops...I thought that was a really big mermaid. You know that raises some questions you probably don't want to answer...right?
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    The first morning, I threw open the shades to reveal the image above. Conversation: Wife: "Close the shades." BC: "Why?" Wife: "They can see us." BC: "You mean the dolphins?" Wife: "No, people." BC: "What people?" Wife: "The people on the ship." BC: "What ship?" Wife: "That ship." BC: "You mean the island?" Wife: "Yes." BC: "So you think there are people on that distant island with a Hubble telescope trained on our room?" Wife: "Yes." BC: While closing the shades, "Ok."
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Really, you mean you envisioned this island?
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    That's exactly how I imagined the view from a cruise ship would look. It's uncanny.
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    2 Days Ago
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    2 Days Ago
    Santorini, like all Greek islands is hilly/mountainous and rugged terrain. The economy is based on tourism but it is still a thriving little island with little cities sprinkled throughout. The Greek Islands don't get much rainfall and so at this time of year it is dry. Water is not easy to come by. The islands have not been scarred by resorts and high-rise hotels. There are resorts but they are small and tasteful and blend in with the countryside. You won't see any structures that aren't the typical white stone or concrete like substance quarried from island. Very quaint and I can see why it is a honeymooner's paradise. Yes, I know, I'm not in Kansas any more...
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Santorini My view out my window as we took a cruise ship. I wondered if I would get sick on the trip but it never happened as we had calm seas the whole time. It was an enjoyable experience and a great way to move around with minimal fuss. The food was great, the people were nice and accommodating. There is lots to do on a cruise ship, however, at the end of the day, you just want to eat, watch a little Australian rugby and go to sleep. There are a lot of activities on a cruise ship. Ninety five percent are pretty lame. Rooms were nice, cruise ship was clean. No complaints. It was better than expected.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    My best friend got into a bottle of ouzo in high school ... I wasn't there, but on the morning after he looked like an octopus had tried to have its way with him with two or three or eight pipe wrenches under the stars at the marina, so I do have a clue what BC means, and it is a powerful warning.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    ....
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Lol, +7
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Good move. You're not half as dumb as I look. It pairs well with grilled octopus though. All the Italian you need to know (once you get past the French). Sono affamato!!
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Spent two weeks with the family touring some of the Greek Islands and Italy. My wife has had a burning desire to see the Greek Islands so she planned the whole trip. I simply nodded a lot when she gave me the itinerary. I made the request for a more intensive tour through the Roman coliseum which was way too brief when I visited twenty years ago. I really didn't have much knowledge of Greece before the trip so I had no expectations. The only thing I knew was to stay clear of the Ouzo which is a particularly nasty licorice flavored liqueur made on the islands. We'll review the trip, focus on some of the answers to questions I had along the way, provide back stories and interesting experiences that happened along the way. So put your tray table in the upright and locked position, get your passport out and don't forget to tip your tour guide. Andiamo! Verb. andiamo. first-person plural present indicative of andare - we go. first-person plural present subjunctive of andare - that we go. first-person plural imperative of andare - let's go!
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  • DParker's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Run, Daniel, Run! in Fishing Chat
    +7.5
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Run, Daniel, Run! in Fishing Chat
    "Fear and Loathing in Muskogee" I noticed The Man didn't account for what happened to the bourbon ...
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Run, Daniel, Run! in Fishing Chat
    Further evidence that the customer is NOT always right, and in about 30% of the cases is a downright idiot. But good save, Ociffer ...
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  • DParker's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Run, Daniel, Run! in Fishing Chat
    Speaking of being menaced by local wildlife....sorta'....not really... This is an area on the outskirts of San Antonio. Hikers hid from "wild pigs" in Government Canyon tree, but there were no pigs It sounds like they might have been playing a bit fast and loose with the word "man" in this context.
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