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Having a Ball in Paris

I have been contending with a sciatica challenge for at least five years now. I have a nerve that is 50% damaged, and it seems to be regressing. I have seen a chiropractor and had an epidural, but so far, to no avail.

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Peak Performance in Mallorca

Gary Carmell Juan Rafael Nadal Academy May 2023

Last week I had the great pleasure of returning to Mallorca with Heather to participate in another tennis excursion. I have learned some good tips that I hope to continue to apply to improve my game. The highlight so far (it’s still going on as I write this),

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10 Years Later: Getting in the Game and Staying in the Game

10th Blogging Anniversary May 2, 2013

This week is the 10th anniversary of my website going live, and during this decade, I have fortunately been able to write a blog each week without interruption. It has helped me become more observant and focused while on vacations knowing I will write about some of them while away.

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Stuck in the Middle with You in London


I recently visited London for meetings with insurers. This is the second year in a row I went for these meetings, and the third overall. In spite of the time and cost, I came away convinced that it was well worth it,

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Rafa's Magnificent Mallorca

Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre Gary Carmell

I had the great pleasure of spending five days on the incredibly beautiful island of Mallorca, which is part of Spain but south of the mainland. The main purpose for going there was to take tennis lessons over three days at the Rafa Nadal Academy.

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Nu Cases and A London Travel Log

London Omicron Travel log

With the Omicron variant, originally called Nu, capturing global headlines and concern that it is so different from other variants due to the number of mutations it possesses, there is deep concern that the global economy will go back into lockdown mode.

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Cats in London (Not the Play)

Gary in London with Beer in November 2021

I was in London last week for my first international trip since March 2020. It was nice to be overseas again. Given time constraints I will target sharing more of a pictorial journey of my trip after I get back. I like keeping a travel log via this blog as it can serve as a diary of my excursions around the world and gives me a place I can return to if I want to revisit some of those trips.

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A Grateful Journey (and Sadness for the Covid Generation)

With the Thanksgiving holiday last week, I thought it would be appropriate to focus this week’s blog post on something I am deeply grateful for. My source of gratitude was coincidentally triggered when listening to a podcast about the Grateful Dead. Definitely, the right band when thinking about gratitude.

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Random Musings and Wonderful Memory Triggers

Memory Musing Spanish Flu

This is one of those weeks where I don’t have anything pressing I feel I need to convey or work through to gain clarity so I thought I would share some random thoughts related to the coronavirus, surveying data, economic reports, and health tip. 

Coronavirus vs.

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Barcelona and the Beautiful People

Gary Carmell Barcelona Vacation Pictures

Barcelona has been on my bucket list. I was heading to Europe for another reason but decided to tack on visiting the city to the beginning of my trip. I flew through Istanbul and since I’m a big fan of naps I thought I would take this picture to show my support for this activity (or inactivity).

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