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I’m away on vacation in Viet Nam, returning there for the first time in 35 years.

I am podcasting my journey, documenting not only the events, but also thoughts, feelings, stories, reflections, etc. at the T.T. Phone Home podcast page. The podcast below is the fourth one, before I left, with some background information on most of the new people I will be meeting on this trip. I had met them before as a child, but don’t remember most of them. There are also a few other topics within.

Please go to the T.T. Phone Home podcast page if you want to hear more as I podcast before I post them here. I am not blogging while away for digital security risks of my device being stolen, for example. Thank you.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

I’m away on vacation in Viet Nam, returning there for the first time in 35 years.

I am podcasting my journey, documenting not only the events, but also thoughts, feelings, stories, reflections, etc. at the T.T. Phone Home podcast page. The podcast below is the third one, before I left, with some background information on Vietnamese names and naming systems. Yes, we have a naming system for kids!

Please go to the T.T. Phone Home podcast page if you want to hear more as I podcast before I post them here. I am not blogging while away for digital security risks of my device being stolen, for example. Thank you.

I’m away on vacation in Viet Nam, returning there for the first time in 35 years.

I am podcasting my journey, documenting not only the events, but also thoughts, feelings, stories, reflections, etc. at the T.T. Phone Home podcast page. The podcast below is the second one, before I left, with some background information of two people who will feature prominently on this trip.

Please go to the T.T. Phone Home podcast page if you want to hear more as I podcast before I post them here. I am not blogging while away for digital security risks of my device being stolen, for example. Thank you.

I’m away on vacation in Viet Nam, returning there for the first time in 35 years, going through Vancouver where I haven’t been in almost 15 years. They are the only two places I’ve ever lived besides Halifax where I am now.

I will be podcasting my journey, documenting not only the events, but also thoughts, feelings, stories, reflections, etc. at the T.T. Phone Home podcast page. The podcast below is the first one of the trip, before I left, with some background information.

Please go to the T.T. Phone Home podcast page if you want to hear more as I podcast. Otherwise, I’ll post them here eventually. I will not be blogging while away for digital security risks of my device being stolen, for example. Thank you.

I just heard that Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek fame among other things, had passed away at 83 (NY Times).

I am very, very sad upon hearing this. Spock was the first TV character I remembered as a child, even if I knew no English. Those pointed ears and that firm, noble look, as well as calmness of the character, endeared me to him.

It would be ironic to be sad about Mr Nimoy’s death considering the generally emotionally controlled Vulcan character with which I associate with him as one. But sad I am. Actually, I’m feeling something far worse than sadness could convey, though I will try to control it. This is going to be a long, drawn out, sadness, though, because he is synonymous with Star Trek to me so Star Trek will never be the same again. I will always think of him any time I see, hear or think of Star Trek.

As I struggle for what to write regarding Mr Nimoy’s death, a quote from Kirk in Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan, that is among my favourite movies, seems appropriate.

“Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.”

Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. Your soul and spirit will live and prosper forever.

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