How many countries have you visted?

May 19, 2007

A lot of people ask me how many countries I have been to and I wasn’t exactly sure. I have tried hard not to be a country counter, I like to visit a place and get to know it rather than just getting the stamp in my passport and moving on. I do however love quantification, so I figured I’d take a pass at counting. I might have missed a few, but I think this is a pretty complete list:

I have passed though immigration in the following 44 countries:
Netherlands Antilles
South Africa
St. Kitts and Nevis
United States
United Kingdom

I have also been to all of the following places, some of which required passports, visas or travel permits, and which some people consider to be countries:
Puerto Rico (United States)
San Blas, Kuna Islands (Panama)
Hong Kong (China)
Macao (China)
Tibet (China)

If I were just trying to run up the count, I’d mention that I’ve changed planes or had some equally insignificant contact (like stopping for lunch on the river bank or visiting the intersection of three countries) in all of the following and probably a few more:
New Zealand
S. Korea
Zimbabwe (we chose not to enter to avoid giving Mugabe our money)

You can create your own visited countries map too.

So where have you been?

Another Entrepreneur on the road

As you know I am back in the US of A, but another entrepreneur I know is on the road. You can read about his trip if I am getting too domestic.

Thank you my mystery benefactor

Omaha SteaksWe are still working on getting everything set up in our new home, but the walls have been painted and the floors have been oiled. My new TV has arrived, along with cable and Internet access - in fact I am writing this message on our new Internet connection! Additionally, some very nice and considerate people have been sending gifts. I love gifts and always try to thank my benefactors. In fact I’ll take this opportunity to thank Julie and Seth for the terrific plants. They look great and make the place feel like home. My parents share my love of flowers and have filled the place with fresh flowers that make me smile every time I see them.

Along with all these goodies came a very generous package of Omaha Steaks too, but there was no note or card. We called Omaha Steaks to find out whom to thank, but that said they could not give out the name of the sender with out permission. They put us on hold and call to try and get permission, but were only able to leave a voice mail message. So, generous benefactor, please claim your due thanks! We grilled some steaks tonight and really enjoyed them.

If you were not the sender of steaks but would like to be thanked for sending something nice, or more likely if you’d just like to update your records, our new address is:

Meet Mr. Lieberman

May 11, 2007

Our new houseI just bought a new house in San Diego and I am really excited. I should be fully moved in by the end of this month. A few months after that, I should even have some furniture. I have been learning all sorts of things related to home ownership and I have started to meet the neighbors.

The other night I met a nice family that lives nearby. I introduced myself as Jonathan, and the parents introduced themselves and their children, but the parents said they would prefer if the kids called us Mr. and Mrs., was that OK with us? I thought sure, what do I care…

But then when their daughter said “Good night Mrs. Lieberman,” and I was confused… When did my mom get here? Mrs. Lieberman is is my mother, not my wife, or so it has been up until today. Even though I have lots of friends with kids, they are mostly too young to call me much of anything, so this hasn’t really come up before.

As a kid I remember calling many adults Mr. and Mrs., but it sure feels weird to hear kids refer to me that way now.

But back to the house! Please do come and visit, the weather is pretty darn near perfect and you can walk to the beach. We love guests, we have plenty of room and comfortable guest accommodations.

Registerfly in the ointment

May 8, 2007

Piss on registerflyMore than one loyal reader has asked me, “What the hell happened to the site?”

Register Fly happened! Register Fly was the Registrar I used to register my domain. There is a whole big scandal about the Register Fly exec who was alleged to have spent registration fees on hookers and a $6000 dog, but I cared more about the domains I had (and lost) with them. Their list of woes is long, but in short-I paid to renew names, but they didn’t renew them, I tried to transfer names, but they made it impossible. Such was the fate of I could not transfer the site, I could not renew the site, the site expired and served up crappy ads. Of course no one at Register Fly answers support requests or even picks up the phone.

When my site went down, in desperation, I hired some guy I found on a message board. I knew nothing about him, but I happily gave him my Register Fly account and paid him nearly $250. He transferred 16 domains that I had been unable to get from Register Fly, and after a week managed to save this site, which had expired! It was ridiculous to have to pay to get my own domains back, but I was glad to do it. I had spent weeks and had only been able to transfer 60% of my domains.

I am still stuck over $350 more dollars of useless “Register Fly credit” that I can neither get back nor buy anything with. I still have one domain in process, but I am almost done with the bums.

Here is more information on Register Fly and the class action suit.