This list spans over 40 years. It isn't necessarily in chronological order.

Travelogue

A quick look at the places I've lived.

Kifissia, Athens, Greece.

Kifissia is Northern Athens, near the Attika region. Sitting at the base of some small mountains. What is there to say...it's Athens! A city continuously inhabited for 3000 years. We're talking the Parthenon at the Acropolis and an area widely considered the cradle of western civilization. This was the site of the first Olympics in 1896 and again in 2004. On a side note: During the early hours April 21, 1967 the Greek military executed a NATO plan code named Prometheus, originally developed to counter communist insurgency and not for overthrow of then King Constantine, and seized control of the country. With tanks rolling through the streets of Athens, civilians were warned not to leave their houses on penalty of being shot. Although I was there I don't remember much. We do have pictures of the tanks though.

Cressing, Essex, United Kingdom.

A farm laden countryside. The site of the first Templar church of England, started in the 12th century. Just 3 miles [5km] south from Braintree on Braintree/Witham Road, smack dab in the middle between Ipswich, London and Cambridge.

Shalford, Essex, United Kingdom.

Another unassuming little village in Essex near Braintree, this time to the North about 6 miles [10km]. During recent construction they found two pottery kilns dating to the 11th century and three ceramic bowls left by the Romans. Now how is that for history? It also happens to be the start of my schooling at then Shalford Village School.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi, United States.

Established in 1699 as a settlement for France by D'Iberville, it is one of the oldest cities in the southern US. Once a relatively quite place it was heavily damaged by the category 5 hurricane Camile in August 1969. Rebuilt only to be nearly wiped out in August 2005 by hurricane Katrina. Before Katrina, it was well on it's way to being overrun by people wanting to take advantage of the gambling casinos on the Biloxi coast just across the bay. I received the worst sunburn of my life here. Extremely painful and nice big blisters, kind of put me off the beach for a while.

Sacramento, California, United States.

Well, um, it has half a million people in the greater metropolitan area. Ah, not much else to say on this one. Oh yeah, it was the site of my first big jump on a motorcycle, and the resultantly big crash. My first experience with earthquakes, nothing major. It's a good thing Lake Tahoe is close by because otherwise...nothing.

Plattsburgh, New York, United States.

Near the Adirondack mountains and on the shore of lake Champlain, 70 miles from Montreal, Canada. I was there for the US Bicentennial celebration. A fantastic place to hike, camp, fish, ski...etc. Lake Placid, only a few miles away, was the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. This is also one of the sites of the French and Indian War and of course the Revolutionary War. Oddly enough, another Essex county. Started riding motorcycles on the street, a Honda CB750 Four.

Fairbanks, Alaska, United States.

Cold, lets get that out of the way right now. Site of my one and only frostbite, also where I started skiing, go figure. An incredibly beautiful and inhospitable place. The last year I was there some days in February set records for cold that still stand today.

Dallas, Texas, United States.

Where I started and finished college, worked for several airlines that only exist in the history books and resumed my passion for motorcycles. This time it was a Suzuki GS1100E. That thing was like a .44 Magnum. If you weren't pointing in the right direction when you pulled the trigger, bad things happened. I also took up mountain climbing here; well, more like while I was here, I actually did a lot of my initial climbing in Oklahoma. I'm sure that doesn't sound much better, more like rock and pitch climbing. Downtown Dallas was the site of my first motorcycle accident [street that is], a car ran a red light and I went down.

Denver, Colorado, United States.

I was there long enough to learn a trade, climb a few mountains and get to the top (I drove) of Loveland Pass [11,990ft, or 3,655m]. Loveland Pass sits on the continental divide. Once again, very beautiful countryside. Tons of things to see and do, never enough time.

Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines.

I was there for the overthrow of Marcos. I was in Rizal Park in Manila seeing the sights and not realizing something big was going on. It just seemed like a lot of people were on the street at the time. The northern mountain city of Baguio is probably one of the nicest in the Philippines; it's cool, green and they grow some fantastic strawberries and mango's. Farther south is the island of Iloilo, an area rich in history and culture with some beautiful beaches. This was my second and much more powerful introduction to earthquakes.

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Do you see a trend in natural disasters, Olympics and the occasional overthrow of a government? No? Keep reading....

Tucson, Arizona, United States.

A medium sized city with everything you want to do within easy reach. The beaches at Puerto Penasco in Mexico are only a few hours away. You have the Saguaro National Monument park (a lot of cactus and wildlife), the Sonoran Desert Museum, and Mount Lemmon with skiing available. There's Kitt Peak national observatory where you can go look at the stars, or sun. Once again, back on a motorcycle, this time a Kawasaki ZX-750R Ninja. I think I was more disappointed by this bike than any other. No earthquakes here but some of the worst sand storms I saw until I lived in Egypt. When it rains it pours, then floods, and lightening hits anything that moves and then it's over. This was also the hottest place I had lived until Egypt with a record setting string of over 100 days straight of over 100F+ [38C+] degrees.

Gunsan City, Gunsan, South Korea.

Some really beautiful places to go if you look. Also some famous shopping districts in Seoul. I went out to Mount Seoraksan to do some hiking and site seeing, it was well worth the trip. The Jindo Sea Parting is one of the more interesting festivals they have. Every year when the tides reach their greatest difference a 1.5 mile [2.8km] stretch of land is exposed for an hour over a period of two days. I was there when the summer Olympics were held, talk about price increases, wow!

Victorville, California, United States.

Victorville's claim to fame is the fact that it sits in the high Mojave desert and was a stopping point on Route 66. Less than 30 minutes from San Bernadino and a few miles from Angeles Crest Highway, this was another great place to ride a motorcycle. With none of the smog of Los Angeles but access to all of it's attractions this wasn't a bad place to live. Of course L.A. hosted the Summer Olympics in both 1932 and 1984...I wasn't around for either of them. More earthquakes, nothing to compare to what was to come in Japan.

Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States.

This is a destination for people on Spring Break from college. Absolutely the finest white sand beaches I have seen anywhere in the world. The sand is like sugar in both color and consistency, just don't put it in your coffee. While I lived there I had the privilege of three hurricanes hitting us directly with Opal doing the most damage. Okaloosa island was effectively cut in half by the storm surge and took and extensive amount of fill to rebuild the island and road connecting Destin to Mary Ester. This time I'm on a motorcycle for good; I bought a GSXR-750 and haven't looked back. I must say though that this area of Florida is probably the most dangerous place I've ever ridden a motorcycle. Mix sand on the road, with roads made out of sea shells, sprinkle it with cars dropping oil, coolant and running their air conditioners constantly, then put an 80 year old snowbird behind the wheel and it's murder out there.

Misawa-shi, Aomori-ken, Japan.

A quiet city in northern Japan; it sits about 600km north of Tokyo at the top of the main island of Honshu. There is an excellent opportunity to see some of Japan's best sights. Once again back on a motorcycle, I chose not to bring the GSXR so I bought a RGV-250SP. Now this thing flies, add to that the Nissan Skyline GTS I bought and life here was good. The travels here are too many to list, just say I tried to do it all! Note: Although it doesn't get "real" cold, maybe the low 20's F or -5 C, it snows a lot. Did I say a lot, it dumped over 18 feet [5.7m] one year. Obviously a great place to hold the winter Olympics and they did, at Nagano in 1998, although I was on the island at the time I didn't attend. The biggest earthquakes I've ever felt [an 8.3, a 7.6 and too many 6's and below to count]; eventually you get so used to them the small ones seem unimportant.

Driesch, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutchland.

Germany, now there is a destination for thousands of tourists each year. The region is known as the Vulkaneifel for a very good reason. At one time this entire region was volcanic and there are still a number of extinct volcanic cauldrons turned lakes in the area. The area is drenched in history and Mosel river is only a few kilometers from town. The castles at Cochem and Elz are simply excellent although not on the same par as Nueschwanstein [the inspiration for Disney's castle]. The famous, or infamous depending on your perspective, Nurburgring Nordschleife was only a few kilometers from the house. If you stayed at the track long enough you would see almost every car made. With my GSXR and RGV firmly in hand I logged more than a couple kilometers at that track! P.S. Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Summer Olympics in Berlin, both in 1936 and the infamous 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Oddly enough an earthquake or two, not many and very small but still perceptible.

Al Qahirah, Arab Republic of Egypt.

More commonly know as Cairo, singularly the largest city in both Africa and the Middle East. The majority of the country's 79 million people live along the banks of the Nile. Approximately half the population lives in and around Cairo. I'm sure you get the picture, this is a big city. Once again a huge tourist destination, although I would say, and it's true anywhere, you just don't get the feel for the place unless you live there. An ancient civilization with enough things to see to last a life time. This was the backdrop for the worst sand storms I've seen. A complete blackout, you can't see anything and the sand gets into everything. Also, duh, the hottest place I've lived with temperatures reaching 130+ F [55+C]. I can't say I was too surprised that I lived there over 7 months without it raining a single drop. It finally rained in December and a few more times during the "winter".

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I have lived a few other places for short periods of time and may eventually include them in the list. Ok, where to next?