John Paul II (Jan Pawel II)

On my last trip to Poland in October the Polish National Bank came out with their first ever Polish Collectors Note depicting Pope John Paul II. This is a 50 zloty note which actually cost 90 zloty ($30). It was officially released on September 18, 2006. I thought their would be a massive line at the Polish National Bank, but luckily there was no one at the bank. I figured it would be a good collectors piece and souvenir from Poland. My plan is to actually get it framed. Of course, I could always sell it on eBay.

When I go back to Krakow in December, I might have to pick up the Silver collectors coin with John Paul II.

Ribbit 2

This weekend I was getting ready to change the light bulb in the garage. I grabbed the step ladder and almost jumped off as soon as I climbed on it. I saw a little green frog that I have seen before back in May. My guess is that this little guy was hibernating or at least trying to hibernate. Believe it or not he is still sitting in the same spot. I will try to keep an eye on him and make sure no one moves the step ladder until spring.

I took a few photos and place them at Flickr. Below is the best one I had in the set.

Leason learned

As most of you know, I just returned from Krakow, Poland very recently and took many photos. I believe I had over 200 photos of Krakow, Nico, and other random photos. Well not any more. The other day I was getting ready to take a picture and my camera screen says “Poweroff” or “Format”, meaning that I just lost all my photos.

I normally upload all my photos to Flickr and/or to my computer. This time I do not belive I did that. I will have to search really hard to see if I did.

So from now on, if I take photos on a particular day I am going to upload them to Flickr and/or to my computer right away.

Google going Solar

It seems Google is going solar powered. They are installing 9,200 solar panels on a high-tech mecca nicknamed the “Googleplex.” They are stating that this will save them over 30% on energy alone and completely paid for in 10 years. Google is hoping that their move will spark other major corporations to follow them. Of course that will probably not happen in my lifetime.

It would be nice if solar companies would make solar power more affordable. My guess is that more people would go solar if it did not cost them an arm and a leg.

Read this for the full story.

Healthy Cap

While I was laid over in Milan on my way to Krakow, Poland I noticed something on the soda cans in the restaurant. It is actually a little protection to prevent the cans from getting all nasty. You know, from all the rat poo and cockroach droppings. It is called the “Healthy Cap”. It would be nice to see something like this on all cans. Wonder when we will see something like this on cans here in the states.

Babysitter for a night

Last night I was given the honor of babysitting my nephew Nico. It was only for a few hours, but it was babysitting. While I was driving there my sister called and said, “there is nothing to eat in the house.” That is where I answered with a question, “what would you do if it was a real babysitter.” And that is when I heard silence on the other end of the line.

I arrived after picking up a bite to eat and a few Mountain Dews. After a little time there I fed little Nico his bottle. I burped him a few times and put him to sleep. Lucky part about it all is that I did not have to change a dirty diaper. Of course, it will happen one day.

Back in town

I am officially back from Krakow, Poland. I arrived late on Thursday night. This past trip made trip number 8 and soon to follow will be trip number 9. I have pretty much been in Krakow for every season of the year and have to say that it has been very enjoyable. My next trip will actually be the same time of year as my first trip.

As always, I will keep everyone posted on my trips.