Good Stuff.

While I don’t condone the entire MESSAGE of this video, it is creative & a good watch.

I do condone making the most of the life that we’re given, just without the “stick it to the man, I ain’t followin’ yer rules” overtones.

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Well, There Ya Go…

Came across this article that was apparently a CNN report on the most expensive cities in the world to live in.  Guess who’s number three on the list?

(CNN Report) Luanda, Angola’s capital has been named the world’s most expensive city for expats for the second year in a row. According to a new survey, Tokyo is the next most expensive, with N’Djamena, in Chad, the third-most expensive city for expats. The results are part of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2011, carried out by HR consultants Mercer Record accommodation prices are the main driver of high living expenses for expats in African cities, according to the report.

In Luanda, renting a luxury two-bedroom unfurnished apartment costs an average of $7,000 per month, compared to $4,300 in New York, $3,345 in Shanghai, $2,456 in Rome and $1,800 in Buenos Aires.

“In Luanda, accommodation costs are very, very high,” explained Mercer senior associate Nathalie Constantin-Metral.”Availability is limited and most expats are looking for accommodation in secure compounds and prices for accommodation with international standards are high,” she added.

The high cost of living in Luanda and N’Djamena is also down to the fact that expats shop differently to locals. Expats tend to look for international brands they are used to at home, which have to be imported.  A club sandwich and soda meal costs $20.38 in Luanda, compared to $6.29 for a fast-food meal in New York and $3.57 in Shanghai. Angola’s oil reserves do at least mean that gas is cheap in Luanda — 59 cents per liter, compared to 87 cents in New York and $1.12 in Shanghai.

In recent years Angola has been attracting expats with its growing economy, driven by oil production. It produces up to 1.9 million barrels a day, with oil contributing about 85% of its GDP, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Despite its oil, the vast majority of Angolans work in agriculture and more than a third live below the poverty line, according to the U.N. Development Program.

Opportunity of a Lifetime…

Returned from roughin’ it a week in Hawaii & now to brag about my adventures.  As a wise man once said, “Vacations are like Fantasy Football Teams – I’m glad you had one, I just don’t want to hear about it.”  With that in mind…

Not sure how many of you watch Man Vs. Food but you should.  Show’s awesome.  And, it just so happens that they went to Oahu and ate at a place called the Hukilau Cafe.  Since I was on Oahu, one of the stops I felt we had to make was at such a cafe.  Well, lo & behold we happened to be driving & I saw a sign for “Hukilau Beach” – which I exclaimed to my bride, “THE HUKILAU BEACH?!” and not more than 20 feet after that sign I read a sign and exclaimed with even more ferver, “THE HUKILAU CAFE?!!!!!”  To which we happily pulled over and began what would become the greatest detour we’ve ever taken (I’m sure she agrees).

To help get an idea of the gravity of what we’re dealing with, here’s some video clips to help get you in the mood…

 

And, Adam & the Man Vs. Food nation sets the stage:

 

Couldn’t have said it better myself.  But, just to prove I was there:

Ah, man it was AWESOME!  I’m re-living the whole experience as we speak.

Thank you Jesus for the Hukilau Burger!

 

Westport Vacation!

This past week, we were blessed to stay at our friend’s beach house in Westport, WA (really Grayland – just outside of Westport.)  We had an awesome time.  It was the longest vacation that we’ve ever taken with the boys.  For the first couple of days, the weather was nice – so we had no problem hanging out at the beach, running from waves (which, sad to say, I haven’t done since I was a kid), making sand castles, and the like.  We were also able to ride their scooters that they had sitting in their garage.  That was the highlight for the boys (and me).  The remaining three days were cloudy, windy, and rainy – but we still managed to get to the beach every day.  The boys did great (as always) and we were all able to enjoy each other’s company and build some lasting memories.  It is such a blessing to witness the fruit of all the hard work of consistantly disciplining our boys so that we can really have a blast with them, rather than loath the time we have together. 
 
Pictures will be coming soon!