I've extended my contest to win a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate through Feb 9, 2007. Simply register and post a message on GoBackpacking's new message boards to be entered. The more you post, the better your chances!
I'm very happy with how my new header art came out. They're all pics I've taken, and I organized them randomly. From left to right: Arenal volcano erupting in Costa Rica; friend Bill walking up the street in Como, Italy; Cahuita beach, Costa Rica; me at St. James Gate, Guinness Brewery, Dublin, Ireland; Temple IV at Tikal, Guatemala; Whiteface monkey in Costa Rica; St Mark's Square from across lagoon, Venice, Italy; View from first tuk-tuk ride, Flores, Guatemala; snorkeling with a turtle and sting rays in Belize. Attached are a few pics that didn't quite make the cut, though may make it into a future version.
I'm on a roll with these posting titles – pop culture 101. A week ago in a meeting, I joked that us Managers could complete our own performance reviews to save our Directors the work. Late last Friday they took us up on the offer to my surprise. So I put in 3 hours this afternoon, completing 2 reviews for others, and my own. I did quite excellent last year, in my humble opinion!
I was lucky to get myself out of the apartment given it took me 3 hours to fall asleep last night. I think it was bloating/gas due to the fiber suppliments I've started taking. Apparently once I turned 30 last Fall, my body felt the need for me to take in more fiber. So yet another suppliment is in the medicine cabinet. As I lay awake last night trying to get some sleep, I couldn't help but reflect on the discomfort that is inevitable on the road, and the fact that I wouldn't have my Sealy pillow-top mattress, clean, luxurious 800 thread count sheets, down comforter and down pillows to keep me warm and comfortable! While I've stayed in enough hostels to experience a great variance in the depth and cleanliness of mattresses and bedding materials, I'm sure I ain't seen nothing yet!