Sunday, June 26, 2011

Puppy Pix

You'll have to bear with me 'cause there will probably be a plethora of puppy pix for a while. That table top is a safe haven from the rampaging puppy, for now...

We were over at our neighbors, the Barkers, for some socializing, both for us and for the pup. He did great with the kids and with their four dogs.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sandra is Back

Sandra was in Florida for a while helping her parents. She came back today and brought a little friend along as carry on baggage. It's unanimous, the grass is greener on the other side of that metal thing.

Puppy chow, yum yum.

Jellyfish Jamboree Update

The jellyfish team had a great time at Karl's Beach Bar last night. The saw a bunch of jellies and got to meet quite a few people from Bonaire who are interested in the jellies for one reason or another. It is actually been amazing to find out how many people here have been stung over the years. Many of us (that is an editorial us) here on Bonaire spend a LOT of time in the water, and I suspect that makes a difference.

Dr Allen Collins from the Smithsonian Institute and Dr Angel Yanagihara from the University of Hawaii will be speaking at the CIEE starting at 7 PM Monday night. Everyone is welcome to come hear and meet two of the world's top jellyfish experts.

I haven't met Dr Collins yet, but I got to spend an evening with Angel and the Gillans at Johan and Esther's house and I can report that Angel's work and the innovative ideas that kept popping up in her conversation were very interesting.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Use for TWR office wing

Today, TWR and EOZ signed an agreement regarding the use of the TWR office wing at our studios on Bonaire for an expertise center for learning disabilities on Bonaire. This learning center will serve the public education system; supporting parents, teachers, and students regarding assisting students with disabilities.

TWR is pleased to make this part of our building available in support of the educational needs of the people of Bonaire. This is the second time in recent years that TWR has hosted an educational institution in the office wing of the studio building; the first being the launch of the Basisschool de Pelikaan, which has grown and now continues in the former TWR activity center.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Christmas in June

We just received in the mail yesterday,a Christmas card from my brother and sister in law, who live in Colorado.
The postmark says they mailed the card on Dec. 15, 2010 and a bold red stamp indicates that it was mis-sent to Aruba.
Must have been Aruba on the moon.... no, the card has clearly gotten soaked with water at some point, and I think the moon is dry for the most part.... wonder where it's been all these months?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunday Sunset

We're really hoping for one night this week with super clear skies, so we can see the summer milky way in all its glory.

Sunday looked promising, but ended up cloudy. The clouds and haze made for a great sunset though.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wheels in Washington Park

I remember the "Where's Waldo" books from when our son, Richard, was young. Here we have a variation, "where's the mtn. biker? It is easy to disappear in the wilds of Washington. Frank Bohm and the Freewieler Bike shop sponsored a bike ride in Washington Park today. I think there were 15 riders. Frank, left, is talking to Bud Gillan, right before the start of the ride. The Gillans volunteered to drive behind the riders in case anyone had any problems.

Below, Brad and Ethan ponder the restorative properties of Gatorade as they take a break at Slag Bai. The road from Slag Bai to the exit is still not open, after sustaining damage during the super rainy wet season. We rode in on the long route and back out on what is usually the short "in" route.

Below, TWR interns, Ethan (left) and Andrew (right), check out the whale skeleton with Smithstonian intern, Daniel.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Snorklers in Action

Sandra's cousins Bud and Nancyann Gillan are here on their annual visit. We're doing lots of snorkeling, star gazing, and generally enjoying the great Bonaire outdoors. Bud's enthusiasm for jellyfish has come to fruition in the Bonaire Jellyfish Jamboree, happening right now. You can learn more about it from this Bonaire Insider story and from this Florida newspaper story.

Ethan and Andrew, our hard working TWR summer interns are also turning into serious snorklers. It doesn't hurt any that there is a great beach right across the street from where they are living.

Drift Snorkel

We did a great drift snorkel Saturday morning from La Dania's Leap to Karpata. The coral was abundant, the fish were ok, and we saw a bunch of turtles. There is a lot of water movement along here and lots of soft corals and sea fans flapping around.

We saw some cool schools of fish.

Look for the old anchor chain running from the lower left to the upper right of the picture below.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Windsurfing Update

The PWA freestyle championships finished up yesterday (Thursday) and our local sailors did very well indeed. You can read a brief overview on the Bonaire Insider.

The wind was great on Monday and Tuesday, a little soft on Wednesday, but kicked back in on Thursday, and it seems to be blowing pretty good today (Friday) for the Pro Kids competition that is now underway. Some of today's PWA stars were ProKids not that long ago...

You can read and see more about the windsurfing action on Bonaire this week here.
There is a great Day 4 interview with Daphne Cchman and Robert McCormick about the upcoming documentary about the Bonaire windsurfing community on there.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Windsurfing Clips

While I was watching the PWA freestyle championships at Sorobon on Sunday, I shot some video clips with my trusty pocketcam.
I was only there for the early rounds and I suspect that the best sailors were saving their really good moves for the final rounds.
But it is still pretty cool to see what they were doing out there.

Monday, June 13, 2011

8th annual Bonaire Mini Triathlon

The eighth annual Jong Bonaire fun triathlon was held early this past Sunday morning. This is a fun oriented, family friendly event and all ages were represented this year. Proceeds from the triathlon are used for the Jong Bonaire center and for activities for the youth of Bonaire. The fun category consisted of a 850 meter swim, a 11.6 kilometer bike ride and a 5 kilometer run. The "pro" category included a 1500 meter swim, a 23.2 kilometer bike ride and a 10 kilometer run. Both categories were open to solo competitors as well as three person relay teams.

Everyone started in front of the Regatta House. The fun category competators swam directly along the coast to the fruit market in front of City Cafe. The pro competators swam to the north for a while before making a u-turn and heading to the fruit market boat ramp.
Did I mention that this was a fun, family friendly event?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Washington Park Video

There is a nice new video on YouTube featuring George "Kultura" Thode talking about Washington Park.

PWA Freestyle Finals on Bonaire

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) freestyle world championships kicked off today in great windy conditions at Sorobon. After events in Vietnam and Austria, three of Bonaire's own are ranked first, third and fifth in the world this year. You know they are going to pull out all the stops to to consolidate or improve their positions, as they perform in front of friends and family, in this the final event of the season.

There is massive media presence here for the championships.

Friday, June 10, 2011

US Vice Consul visits Bonaire

This past Thursday, Vice Consul Winifred Hofstetter from the US Consulate in Curacao made a working visit to Bonaire. Some passport related matters require one to sign papers in the presence of a US official, so consular officers come to Bonaire from time to time, so we don't have to make the trip to Curacao. I hadn't met the Vice Consul on her previous visit to Bonaire. We were probably on one of our medical trips to the States. She is a kind and helpful person, not officious at all, but she definately knows her stuff.

Trans World Radio has traditionally provided office space during these consular visits and this year was no exception.

Vice Consul Hofstetter also visited Jong Bonaire to make a donation of books. Jong Bonaire, in return, presented her with a copy of the Papiamentu/English dictionary originally published by TWR, but currently reprinted and distributed by Jong Bonaire.

The Vice Consul also had a working lunch at my wife's favorite restaurant, the Bistro de Paris. Those present included the chief consular warden for Boinaire, Michael Gaynor, and two new consular wardens, Bob Lassiter, and Pastor Baran of the International Bible Church.

In the photo from left to right, you can see: Pastor Baran, Vice Consul Winifred Hofstetter, Donna Gassert, Bob Lassiter and Michael Gaynor.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Summer Interns

Andrew and Ethan are two mechanical engineering students who are here for a couple months to help out wherever than can. They are at the left end of the front row in this picture, which I shot during sunday school at the International Bible Church this past Sunday.

We went snorkling Sunday afternoon at Tori's Reef and saw three spotted eagle rays! Pretty cool.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Bonaire Animal Shelter Video

The Bonaire Animal Shelter has a great new video on YouTube.
If you like cute puppies and kittens, you'll love this one.