To Jerusalem

One more day to work this week and then it will be time to head to Jerusalem.

Imperial Hotel, Jerusalem, Jaffa GateI have a long flight ahead of me, but will be looking forward to a nice bed at the Imperial Hotel in Jerusalem.

Jacob's Pizza, Favorite Pizza, Jerusalem, Israel, non-kosher pizza, Imperial HotelIt is possible that I could be in a room looking down on one of my favorite places to eat in Jerusalem. Perhaps I will have a slice of Jacob’s Pizza this weekend.

Western Wall, Shabat, Sabbath, Holy PlaceI am sure that we will visit the Western Wall.

Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Ladder, Easter WeekendAlso, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives - Dome of the RockHowever, we will not have too much time in Jerusalem, as late morning on Sunday we will be meeting a bus to take us south to Khirbet al Ra’i where we will start our excavations.

Packing is in progress, but I still have a lot of chores to finish before heading to the airport on Thursday.

I may miss a few days of blogging on the trip. It all depends on timing with the time zone change, how much time I have, how tired I am and of course how good the wifi is.


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Car Memories Again

Today at work I was talking with my students about cars they have owned over the years. Tonight I was looking for pictures of all the cars that I have owned and ran out of time trying to find one of them. So, I decided to just replicate a post that I wrote three years ago that has pictures of some of them. Here are some car memories.



It is Throwback Thursday so I decided to dig back into some old pictures and find a theme.

The theme that my mind wandered to after looking through several folders was car memories.

Ottumwa, Iowa, Falcon, Station Wagon, MemoriesI have some great memories of riding around in our Falcon station wagon when I was a kid. Here I am with my sister and next youngest brother. Not sure why we are parked in the front yard. Maybe we were packing for a trip to go see our grandparents.

I remember riding in the back of the station wagon. We never wore seat belts when we were kids or sat in safety seats. It is a wonder that we survived 🙂

Cousins, Uncle, Ottumwa, Iowa, Park, MemoriesThis picture is from the same time period. I have some good memories of my uncle’s Pinto. I remember how I would sit on his lap and he would let me steer the car. Here we are with our uncle and two of our cousins at the park in Ottumwa. See my post Fun at the Park for pictures of us playing in the park.

Fuel Filter, Mechanic, Working on Car, Car RepairI have never liked working on cars, but sometimes I just had to. Here I am helping my dad change the fuel filter on our AMC station wagon. Of course, the mechanical abilities I learned helping my dad do things have come in handy as I teach engineers how to work on medical instruments.

First Car, Renault Fuego, Lemon Cars, First CarHere I am with my first car. I bought this Renault Fuego when I was at college in Dallas. Not the best decision in my life as I had a lot of trouble with it during the years I owned it. It has been the only car with a manual transmission that I have owned and that will most likely never change.

It did have a nice sunroof, but then it didn’t close very well. Finally when I was about to graduate from college I bought my first new car.

Saturn SC, General Motors, Cars, New CarsHere I am with my Saturn SC which is the car that I owned the longest. During most of the time I owned the car I had a company vehicle so I didn’t put a lot of miles on it. I drove this car for more than ten years. I have a lot of memories of this car. It also sat across the street from me for another four to five years after I sold it to my neighbors. It was a sad day when it was donated to charity and towed away.

Since then I have owned only two cars, but Old Blue has traveled a lot of miles so it is only a matter of time before I start looking again.



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