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A while ago I somehow got a $100 gift card for something.
I am not sure but somehow it expired.

So I contacted the number and it turns out that I have to pay $12.50 to get it reissued and mail in a form.
No e-mail! Blurg!

Anyway, I find an envelope and then put on the two stamps I can find.
Put it in the outgoing mail slot.

A little later the mailman knocks on my door and informs me that I did not put on enough postage.
I asked if he sold postage and he told me that due to union rules, he is not allowed to sell postage stamps.

Imagine a cash strapped business that is turning down business.
maintenance AND reliability AND (CMRP OR "Certified Maintenance and
Reliability Professional" or CTL or "Certified Reliability Leader")
AND ("Mechanical
Engineering" OR "Chemical Engineering" OR "Electrical Engineering") AND SAP
You are going to really enjoy Hong Kong.
It is like Tropical Asian London

Aps to download
Mobile Passport
Google Translate (you can point to a sign in another language and it
translates!!)

Buy an Octopus card once you land
http://www.octopus.com.hk/home/en/index.html
This is probably the best way to get from the airport to downtown. You can
then get a cab from the central station.

Not sure who your cell phone provider but you can either get a SIM Card at
the airport or a mobile WiFi egg (you will need data to get around. Google
Maps works well)

http://hktravelblog.com/sim-cards/best-2016-tourist-hk-prepaid-sim-cards/
OR
https://www.hkmifi.net/

Go here (one of the best meals I ever has (in Taiwan)
http://www.dintaifung.com.hk/shope.php?country=1

Take a culinary tour
https://www.viator.com/tours/Hong-Kong/Hong-Kong-Food-Tour-
Central-and-Sheung-Wan-Districts/d14-5947HKGFOODCENSW
You learn quite a bit about the history of Hong Kong

Get a foot massage. (most are legit and fairly inexpensive)
A few thoughts on the first two thirds of my trip

Cathay Pacific
Easily the best experience I have ever had in economy. I did not feel like
the airline had a long grudge against my comfort.

My initial airbnb place in Hong Kong was the equivalent of Pescadaro if
route 1 was closed and you had to take the ferry. It was really humid.
Should have taken my friend in Hong Kongs advice.
Probably the biggest mistake of this trip.

Do not bite into soup dumplings straight away.

Hong Kong = tropical Asian London
Great food and fantastic transit that are both really cheap.

If you are in Hong Kong get an Octopus card.

Taipei
As I have Sprint, was not able to use a tourist Sim card so got a wifi
router.
The airport is a bit far from the city and they do not have rail. Best
option is the bus or a taxi.

The night market is a cheap delicious series of food dares.

A few thoughts on my trip to Taiwan

First off never judge a country based on the drive from the airport. The
main International Airport in Taipei is a bit of a drive and the area
around the Airport does not represent the country well.
Got to the main station where are my air B&B is.
Met up with some friends at the Night Market and the Taiwanese night
markets are a dream come true for people who like to eat weird foods. They
are many different varieties and flavors of Squid on a stick and other such
a tease. It was both delicious and really inexpensive.
Did the site seeing thing of going to the main Museum comma The Chiang
Kai-shek Memorial and Taipei 101. I was really glad that I had listened to
the podcast about the building of Taipei 101.
The elevator has spoiled me for taking any other elevators because it goes
really fast. Thankfully I did not get sick.

It is late October and it is still really hot in Taipei. Went for a run
twice and it was like running in a sauna. If I'm outside and it's still hot
at night it's too hot for Marcus. I was really happy when my friend from
Korea told me that it was a lot chillier.

31 years ago

Went to the Pg county fair.
For some reason started to document my rather mundane life.

Not a potty expert

Wow, I am a complete and total idiot.
Got the dates wrong for my return flight to San Francisco, I should have
already been home because my flight was yesterday. But thankfully United
was beyond kind and allowed me to get on a flight today without charging me
additional.
I also got confused about what airport I was supposed to go to. I honestly
think that my IQ goes down by about 40 points when the temperature goes
above 80 degrees.

Pokemon World

Andrea mentioned that bathrooms in Parks never have mirrors. I wonder if
they were designed by vampires.
I saw a sign at the park chalet stating you could not park there if you're
playing Pokémon.
There is always a point when someone attacks out of technology. I am sure
someone somewhere got totally flummoxed by the remote control. Honestly I
find multiple remote controls to be a pain in the ass.
After a runI drove someone to the Soma District and then went to
whole.Reading to my free burrito bowl.

Saddest

Easily the saddest thing I had seen on a run.
Was running in Golden Gate Park when someone asked if I had seen a white
van driving erratically. (I had not)
Turned out a White Honda Van driving about 50 to 60 mph driving the wrong
way in Golden Gate Park struck a bicyclist head on.
A little further up I saw the mangled bike and the person getting CPR from
bystanders. EMT/Fire/Police were on the way.
Based on the news, the person did not make it and the White Honda Van was found
a quarter mile away. (police are still looking for the drivers/passengers)
Then I saw a 2nd Bicyclist was killed in the Soma area because someone ran
a red light. (that person was thankfully caught)
http://hoodline.com/…/two-female-cyclists-killed-in-separat…
<http://hoodline.com/2016/06/two-female-cyclists-killed-in-separate-hit-and-runs-wednesday-evening>

I have seen quite a few close calls due to driver/cyclist/runner/walker
distraction but this goes well beyond.

Be careful. : (
In honor of Muhammad Ali here are a few things you may have not know
None of this is in any sort of order or importance.

1) He almost fought Wilt Chamberlin in 1971
http://mentalfloss.com/article/22092/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-wilt-chamberlain

2) He did fight Lyle Alzado in Denver
http://nflfilms.nfl.com/2014/11/20/a-football-life-bonus-when-lyle-alzado-fought-muhammad-ali/

3) and a Sumo wrestler in Japan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali_vs._Antonio_Inoki

4) and Superman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman_vs._Muhammad_Ali
(Check out the people in the crowd)

5) He had a hit song written about him (Black Superman) that hit #21 on the
US Chart
Here is Muhammad Ali singing the song..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGhXaBLIBso

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