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Dec 16, 2016 - Sex and the "Saints" (Mormons, that is)

Well, I was looking for a squeaky-clean image from the mid-60's, associated with the Mormon Church. But of course, reality often does not conform with media images. Some early experiences as a Mormon missionary involved psycho-sexual "disconnects" I never could have imagined. In April 1964, Marv C. and I moved to Milford and boarded with a pleasant middle-class family. She had kids as old as me, but after a couple of weeks, she confided she was in love with me. I was terrified. She would follow me, sometimes even into the bathroom if I...

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Dec 1, 2016 - Who ARE those folks, anyway...?

Tracy and Craig Tuck, actually; residents of Mount Maunganui and "the people upstairs" in the flat where I stayed for several days. Tracy is Craig's professional "side-kick." Craig is an internationally prominent criminal defense trial lawyer and human rights advocate.

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Dec 1, 2016 - Napier is a stunning small city

This is a primo sculpture, the image of which apparently is intellectual property-protected, so very difficult to find a canned shot on the Internet. Napier suffered a huge quake in 1931, causing about 250 deaths including from fires that followed. The City's central business district was decimated, then rebuilt through a massive citizen and government initiative three years later. Now, it is a world-class specimen of 1930's art deco architecture and this 2010 sculptural commemoration of by-gone days shows the sort of class that exudes from...

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Nov 28, 2016 - Episcopal Church at Tauranga's Gate Pa

What a remarkable evening. Feeling a bit lonely and disoriented from the cultural shock of viewing the profound development of the Bay of Plenty area (Tauranga, Mount Maunganui) since I lived here long ago, I decided to attend an Al-anon meeting which I do on rare occasion. I took the bus but got off a bit soon, before Gate Pa, so asked someone at a service station for directions and instead he offered a ride. The Fijiian-Kiwi was most kind but I ended up at the wrong church. As he pulled away, a woman coming out of that building could tell...

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Nov 27, 2016 - The Bus Driver from Estes Park...

The photo is a fairly recent one of 64 Muricata Avenue, Mount Maunganui, where I boarded with Mrs. McComb 53 years ago. She is now long gone, of course (well...I guess she could still be around, but she would be pushing 120...that would be an especially long life span for a chain smoker). Maybe I'm starting to come off as a bit of a smart-ass...perhaps I need to watch it (or not). Most everything else nearby is $$$million+ tear-down/replacements. One block off of the beach...Wow! On a short bus ride this morning, the driver asked where I...

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Nov 26, 2016 - Mount Maunganui Arrival Sunday 11-27 (Int. date line puts me one day earlier)

The link-if it works--is to a Google page of photos of The Mount. (Actually, it appears the link did NOT...so it has been removed. If interested, Google "Mount Maunganui" and select "images." Some pretty good entries there) I am staying for five days in a lovely ground-level, self-contained apartment just off of the beach and smack in the middle of The Mount's "action." The apartment is at 10b Ngarata Avenue and my host is Chris. I climbed The Mount this afternoon.

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Feb 6, 2016 - Tauranga on the Bay of Plenty

Our adventure brings us to Tauranga, known as the sunny city on the Bay of Plenty. No sunshine today though; as we arrive at Mount Maunganui, we are in dense fog. Captain Cook didn't come ashore here but he did name it the Bay of Plenty as he observed well tended gardens and lovely Maori Villages. Tauranga means safe anchorage in the Maori language. This region produces 80% of New Zealand's signature fruit, the kiwi. Our tour would take us to Rotorua, a thermal wonderland with hot springs, geysers, and bubbling mud pools, kind of like...

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Jan 13, 2016 - Tauranga, New Zealand

Pete had port duty today while the ship was at Tauranga so he was not able to leave. This would have been his last opportunity to visit Hobbiton, which is one of his favorite tourist sites. He has been other times but, with no plans to visit to visit New Zealand after his contract is finished, he was disappointed to miss his last chance.

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Dec 24, 2015 - Tauranga, New Zealand

Today is Christmas Eve and things are going along just fine on the ship. Pete really enjoys being in the larger Music Director's cabin and has hosted a few parties already. They have had several different headline acts on the ship, which has necessitated a few extra rehearsals for the orchestra. Typically, the orchestra has a one hour rehearsal on the afternoon of a new headliner act. The guest performers bring the music for the orchestra with them so there is no chance for the musicians to practice ahead of time - that is why they have to...

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Feb 27, 2015 - Tauranga, New Zealand

Pete had a nice visit in Tauranga. He left the ship for some fresh air and good food. Everything is going well on the ship - the new members of the band have settled in well. One added benefit to having his own room is that he is free to use the telephone whenever he wants to so he has called several times recently.

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Feb 14, 2015 - Tauranga, New Zealand

Pete and his friend, Miret, visited the beach when they were in Tauranga. He sent some pictures that showed people in wet suits on the beach so we assumed that it was a little chilly. They had a good day off the ship and enjoyed their visit very much, finding Wifi and getting something to eat.

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Jan 30, 2015 - Tauranga, New Zealand

Pete checked in from Tauranga where he had climbed Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano! It is known as The Mount to the locals but its Maori name is Mauao. The landscape around it is pretty flat so the cone-shaped mountain pretty much dominates the area. We have included a picture but it's one we got from the internet because Pete forgot to take his phone with him on his hike! The weather is nice in that area right now, with high temperatures in the upper 70's and low 80's.

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