May 13th, 2009 - I'm on the move....sort of. Driving about an hour south to Seminyak, Bali. The area is pretty much every thing I hate about tourism. Crowded, congested, tacky, and completely overdone. I need to buy a few things before I head west and this is the ideal place as it contains the most extensive tourist facilities. So I shall endure. I will be by the beach so perhaps it will be better than I envision. I am not holding my breath.
I have enjoyed it immensely and it has given me a chance to do something I have not done in some time, read a book. As it turns out it is one of the best books I have ever read. “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson is a treasure trove of information about the history of the earth and everything around us. It is a highly readable summary of all those things you may have wondered about but have never taken the time to research. It is written with the everyday Joe in mind. Read it and you will not be disappointed, although you may be a little bit disturbed. For example, Yellowstone National Park sits atop a super volcano, a volcano that is due for a uber destructive puff (statistically speaking of course). You will be amazed about all the things we still do not know and scarcely understand, not the least of which is our oceans. And if you are not amazed then you are just not trying.