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Guestbook Entries 2002

Name: Gary Lacey
HomeTown: Birmingham ,England, UK
Travel:
Date: 10/5/02
Time: 8:55:25 AM

Comments

Stumbled across your site. For a "personal web page" it is excellent. You've obviously put a lot of time and effort into it. While I'm here, I'd like to thank you for the Simpsons, but no so much for MacDonalds. Best Wishes. Search Engines - Optimization And Submission Tips http://www.1-search-engines.co.uk/

Name: Stacey Francis
HomeTown: South Africa
Travel: USA
Date: 8/30/02
Time: 10:11:17 AM

Comments

Just wanted to say thanks for putting the beatiful pictures of Africa on your websight. So many people ask me about SA since I am in America. Now I refer them to your sight to view the pics. I do wish you had captured more of the metropoiltan areas like Durban, Capetown and Johannesburg so that people could see that it is not all bush!

Thanks

Geoff Responds:

You're welcome!

- WGS

Name: Sarah Hurley
HomeTown: Toronto
Travel: UK probably....
Date: 8/26/02
Time: 9:30:20 PM

Comments

Hi Geoff:

Your website is just fantastic!! Hope you remember me from the Contiki trip in Australia - one of the "original 8"....!!! You have certainly been travelling....hope you are keeping well otherwise, and enjoying life. Take care, SARAH

Name: iain hamilton
HomeTown: ayr,scotland
Travel:
Date: 8/26/02
Time: 4:01:41 PM

Comments

AS A SCOT I WAS ANNOYED TO SEE YOUR BACK-HANDED REMARK REGARDING SCOTTISH INVENTION(WOULD YOU MINUTELY DISECT AMERICAN INVENTIONS?,I WONDER).THE FACT REMAINS THAT BELL,A SCOT,PATENTED THE FIRST TELEPHONE AND THAT JOHN LOGIE BAIRD WAS THE FIRST TO CREATE MOVING PICTURES VIA THE TV.........YOUR REMARK IS IRONIC GIVEN THE AMERICAN PROPENSITY TO CLAIM THE INVENTION OF BOTH INVENTIONS AND ANY ELSE............WE ALSO INVENTED RADAR(WATSON-WATT),PENICILLIN( SIR ALEXANDER FLEMING)TARMAC(JOHN MCADAM)VACUUM FLASK(SIR JAMES DEWAR),AND MANY MORE,NOT TO MENTION A SLEW OF POETS,WRITERS,MILITARY MEN,SCIENTISTS..........IM NOT NASTY,JUST A VERY PROUD SCOT WHO INSTINCTIVELY DEFENDS HIS COUNTRY.BRAVEHEART WAS GREAT BUT THERE IS AMORE THAN A PSUEDO-BACKWARD NOTION OF CLAYMORES AND KILTS TO SCOTLAND....WE INSTITUTED THE FIRST EVER UNIVERSAL EDUCATION ANYWHERE IN HUMAN HISTORY(IN 1496)................I WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ALL THE BEST,HOPE YOU RETURN HERE SOON AND OFTEN AND MISS BUMPING INTO THIS SOUR-FACED BUGGER...........LOL........ALL THE BEST,IAIN

Name: Dating
HomeTown:
Travel:
Date: 8/13/02
Time: 11:32:05 PM

Comments

what a great site

Name: Casey
HomeTown: Singapore
Travel: Texas in May
Date: 6/12/02
Time: 3:25:06 AM

Comments

Interesting web ! I have a question, since you have been to Singapore Jurong Bird Park, is there improvement that you woul like to see there.. Well, I am actually applying for a job there, so would appreciate if you are able to get back with me soon.

Thanks and appreciate ! CW

Geoff Responds:

The main thing was the smell (as I mentioned in my brief description): better sanitation is a must.  On the other hand, that was seven years ago: a lot has probably changed since then.

Goodl luck with the job!

- WGS

Name: H.H.
HomeTown: Northern Virginia
Travel:
Date: 6/12/02
Time: 12:13:17 AM

Comments

Hi~

I wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much I've enjoyed browsing through your site. I found your site after looking for Contiki info on Africa tours and once I found your site, I kept reading about your other adventures as well :-) I've been intending to put together a similar site for my own travel experiences and your site will be good inspiration for me to finally finish my site.

Anyway, thanks for sharing and have fun planning your future trips.

H.H.

Geoff Responds:

Thanks for the feedback!  Let me know when you get your site up: I'd love to see it.

- WGS

Name: James
HomeTown: Portland
Travel: Wilsonville:p
Date: 5/29/02
Time: 1:42:16 PM

Comments

Well I read your Breakfast at Frys and I gotta say yea thats about right... I work their... so every day i go to hell just waiting to get off work to go home. See Frys might have better service if they made it nice to work thier. the truth is that they punish the employees for not selling their PG's ( Perfomance Guarntees) by making them atten a so called PG Class every week if they dont make their set goal. So That make all sales people go after the few items that have PG available and then they are supposed to shove the PG down the customers thoat or go to PG Class.. BUT WAIT THATS NOT ALL!!! If a sales person does not make the set sales or pg goals well then they go on "Probation" which is you have to bring your sells up to par or you go on suspension..aka they dont put you on the schedual for about 7-14 days while still technically employed then fire you.. ya see if they do that chances are you will go loking for a tmp job and that way you cant collect unemployment. Unless you can go with out a paycheck for 7 - 14 days then when they fire you you have to fight with them on the unemployment thing. Now for the added bounus ... see the Sales and The non sales persons are supposed to keep up on makeing the store nice. well thats ok. really if they give you good schematics(diagrams or sheets that show how they want to product place), theise are usally not correct and parts of the schematic dont work thus making it look like crap, but its your fault, then they dont give you the supplies to do the job, see theirs this red tape that marks where the bound of each product are on the shelfs... well at frys this red tape is like gold, you cant get any or if you do it so little that you can do your job right. and if you dont do your job right then you get written up and eventually you will be terminated. well i am sure i can go on and on and on but you are prolly getting tired of reading this by now or have already stoped.. so ill stop.. BTW Great site i realy enjoyed it hehe

James P Shufelt..

Geoff Responds:

Thanks for the story, James!  Glad you enjoyed my site.

And for those of you planning to work at Fry's: take heed of the above and run... run for you life! :-)

             - WGS

Name: J Hanley
HomeTown: Scotland - Edinburgh
Travel:
Date: 5/25/02
Time: 11:41:01 AM

Comments

Your comments about Scotland clearly indicate why most Europeans do not wish to Holiday in America. I have been to America several times and on my 1st visit I was asked where I came from, not only did the person who asked the question not know where in Europe Scotland was but they did not have know that we spoke two languages. Your ignorance and lack of education is apparent in your writing. The Scots are a proud nation and have invented many objects the Americans could not live without (TV&Telephone). Next time you make a satirical comment about a nation make sure you are correct.

Geoff Responds:

Well, at least it's not more Spam.

I know (some) of the Scots speak two languages, guy: it never came up in my journal.  So what?

Once again, someone complains about something in my site and says basically "All Americans Are Stupid".  You guys could at least have the courtesy to say specifically what error you are complaining about. (not to mention be a little more original in your insults).

As for "the Scots invented TV & Telephone"?  I don't think so.  I suspect you've been reading this and looking no further.  Like a lot of modern inventions, these had a lot of fathers.  Check out:

Invention of TV:

http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/ae408.cfm
http://www.inventorsmuseum.com/television.htm
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltelevision.htm

Invention of Telephone & Related:

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltelephone.htm
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltelegraph.htm
http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/story078.htm
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blradio.htm

           -WGS

Name: JimBones
HomeTown: L.A.
Travel: Japan
Date: 4/10/02
Time: 10:29:43 AM

Comments

Great Site you have here

Name: Richard Quinn
HomeTown: Brisbane Australia
Travel: Eastern Europe
Date: 2/21/02
Time: 6:06:23 AM

Comments

Hi there

Like your site. Well done. Had a bit of a laugh at the reference in your piece on Surfers Paradise (which is just down the road) referring to "woolie" as the local moniker for "Bigfoot". I think the term we use is actually "yowie" (there is even a brand of chocolate by that name over here which is shaped like a bigfoot). Not sure where "woolie" might have come from but then I guess aussie accents might be as tough for the odd seppo to decipher as a cajun dialect from the deep south might be for us down under to understand). Happy travels :-) Hope you get back to Oz sometime.

Geoff Responds:

I wrote it down in my notebook as "Woolie": guess I didn't quite hear it right! :-)  Thanks for the feedback!

- WGS

Name: Kenneth
HomeTown: you know it
Travel: hmm
Date: 2/19/02
Time: 1:22:39 PM

Comments

lol didn't mean to imply that america is inferior hehe sorry :) still even though "There have been people in the Americas for thousands of years", that doesn NOT enrich the culture and heritage of a country. There are periods of the Maltese history which are culturally poor, and the time before the european colonization, while not entirely poor (not at all) is still RELATIVELY poor in cultural achievements. Just by simply existing, a people is not culturally influential. Won't bother again, promise :)

Geoff Responds:

I'm not sure if it is a language difference or a simple misunderstanding, but I think you are wrong when you say:

[people being around for thousands of years] "does NOT enrich the culture and heritage of a country" 

I think that they do.  If they just hung around and did nothing, sure: but people do tend to leave a mark.  For example, Native Americans have had a lot of influence on U.S culture (not that it's always been a happy mix, mind).   Malta has only been independent since 1964, and a republic since 1974: does everything before that (Romans, Arabs, Sicilians, British, etc.) not count?  Also, you seem to be shifting the discussion from heritage and history to cultural achievements, which are two different things, in my opinion.

If you want further discussion, e-mail me.  You've got me interested now. :-)

        -WGS

Name: Kenneth
HomeTown: Hamrun
Travel: wherever i can afford, hopefully to Italy.
Date: 2/18/02
Time: 10:35:19 AM

Comments

I just read the posts, and while I am not supporting the 'Maltese' guy's claims and insults (I don't even know why did he insult you), I would just like to point out that America's heritage (which is the inheritance left by the forefathers of a civilization) is by FAR shorter than Malta's or any other european country's for that matter. Now I'm not saying this in hatred or to offend (the fact that America has a shorter history doesn't make it automatically inferior) but I was curious since I didn't understand what Geoff meant by "in a European sense". History is a global science, not limited certain parts of the world. We only restrict history to certain eras and geographical places to understand it better. And while it is true that life is not dangerous EVERYWHERE in the us (I do have family living there), generally speaking life is MUCH more dangerous than in our tiny island. Even the crime rate is much smaller. Again I'm not saying this to prove a point, or to offend anyone, I am just stating the facts...correcting the mistakes rather.

Geoff Responds:

Not "automatically inferior", eh?  So what does make it inferior? :-)

Anyway: by "in a European Sense", I meant the history of the U.S. from the perspective of European colonization.  There have been people in the Americas for thousands of years, and that too is part of the American heritage.  This is something people tend to forget.  As you say, history is global.

As for the "dangerous" U.S.:

<rant on>

Oh Good Lord, I didn't say the U.S. was a crime-free utopia.  Yes, Malta has a low rate of violent crime.  I'd venture to guess that just about any small island with a population of less than 500,000 people would also have a low rate of violent crime.  Malta's overall crime rate, however, increased dramatically in the eighties and mid-nineties, while the U.S. rate was fairly steady, and in fact shows a decreasing trend in all areas (including violent crime) today.  Make of that what you will.

And that's my last word on that subject.

</rant off>

- WGS

Name: Mark Dunn
HomeTown: Ruse
Travel: Where ever my feet take me
Date: 1/12/02
Time: 7:40:29 PM

Comments

G'day, This is going to sound mighty odd to you in all probablility. But I'm trying to track down a friend from Technical College a few years ago. When I punched in their name in dogpile your web site was the first to pop up. Her name is Joanne McLuckie, the question I have is this "Was she from Sydney, Australia? If so could you pass on my email address please? If not then thanks for your time and keep up the good work with your site. BTW are you on ICQ? If so my number is 34447672

Geoff Responds:

Well, I passed on your info: let me know what happens!

- WGS

Name: Jodi Rankin
HomeTown: Woodbridge, VA
Travel: no where now :o(
Date: 1/10/02
Time: 11:31:14 PM

Comments

Dear Geoff, Thank you for my Christmas card, it was great to hear from you! I see you made it to Japan! That must have been a wonderful trip. Take care and Happy New Year!

Jodi

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