Thursday, June 23, 2005

Little Competition

A buddy of mine is in a SEO (search engine optimization) contest over on a popular industry specific message board. The goal is to rank for the term pointenslutten (link taken down as the contest is over and I deleted the page) by the end of July and win the contest. So it is my job to offer him a link and help him in this quest.

I'm not sure what the word means, and I really can't find a good definition on it on the web. I think it may be better that I don't know, as it seems it might have some adult context.

Let's hope my site doesn't jump up for using the term on the in this post. My site does tend to get traffic from some obscure terms. Best of luck to my buddy and I hope he wins this contest hands down.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Sojourner Boats

It’s always been a goal of mine to own an ocean worthy sailboat of my own. I would love to retire and cruise the ocean to exotic ports of call. South America, Caribbean, and even the South Pacific. I’ve only been able to do it in short stints during vacations, the longest being a month, and never on my own boat. In doing research on which types of boats work best for the cruising lifestyle, you have to be very thorough.

Initially, make sure that this is something that a) you really want to do, and b) that you actually can do. Many people purchase boats with wild dreams of sailing off into the sunset, only to realize that the maintenance is too difficult or expensive, or that they don’t enjoy the lifestyle. There are as many reasons to not enjoy sailing as there are TO enjoy it.

Secondly, you have to decide the length of boat. I recommend at least 41 feet for anyone serious about doing this. I’d estimate that the average cruiser found in the Caribbean or South America is sailing a 40-45’ boat. This, of course, is just my estimate based on my personal experience. Next, you have to decide on a make. Lots of experienced cruisers prefer Tartan sailboats , known for their classic styling and quality manufacturing. Beneteau’s and C&C’s are two other popular makes. I’d also recommend looking into catamarans. Friends of ours cruised for years with a Cat they made themselves, and it was an elegant and extremely functional boat. And of course, it was as fast as the wind. They are great on space and usually have a very open central gathering area for maximum comfort.

Once you have made your purchase, start looking into message boards with information and tips from other cruisers. This is your best source of knowledge. Learn from their mistakes, and save yourself a lot of pain. Sailing journals are a great source for information, especially with the advent of blogs. Do your research first, and then prepare yourself for a wonderful, and wonderfully difficult, adventure. Good luck!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Dominican Cigars

As a former cigarette smoker, I know that I have the addictive personality traits that allow for nicotine addiction. I mean, who doesn’t love a good cigarette after a nice meal, or out on the porch in the summer time with an ice cold beverage. These are all occasions that make smoking enjoyable. However, these occasions are less enjoyable once the habit starts up again. Soon after picking up the habit again, I would be right back where I started, smoking too much, to the point that none of the smokes are really enjoyable at all. But by then, it’s too late. The nicotine has taken hold.

This is the reason why I’ve learned to enjoy the occasional cigar. For whatever reason, I don’t get addicted to them at all. I can smoke a fine cigar on the golf course, or at a barbeque, and not have the desire to smoke another one for several weeks. Not only that, but it doesn’t make me want a cigarette either. This is key for a for nicotine addict like myself.

Recently I’ve been in search of the perfect Dominican Cigar. It’s secret that the Caribbean island grows some of the finest tobacco in the world. The climate is totally conducive to growing rich, flavorful tobacco that can be processed into world class cigars.

The Romeo Y Julieta cigar that is crafted today in the Dominican Republic took years to develop. A tasty Nicaraguan binder and a bold blend of Nicaraguan, Peruvian and Dominican long fillers finish out the cigar making for a deep, fuller bodied smoke boasting a lovely aroma and taste.

If you’re somewhat active like myself and want to see an amazing country with surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, and mountain biking, Dominican Republic Travel is extremely affordable and surprisingly rewarding. Many travelers have found the Dominican Republic to be a better value than Hawaii. I encourage you to find out for yourself.