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I updated the first part of "ABOUT ME". I say a lot more about the Holyland. I added many new photographs and I'm told much of what I say will be new to most readers. I wrote about the history the of Arabs, Jews, the region and Israelis. Also about my travels and early years in Africa and Norway etc. The "Golden Age" of air travel, Sir Captain Richard Francis Burton, about Mr. J. Fuller, the Conroe Independent School District and where I teach. I have been getting good reviews so far.
I also updated the "HOME" page. added more images, the college I started in Norway and a few other things.
Thanks for visiting.Blue Skies Nabil
N.B. To mute the music, please click on the blue button at the bottom of this page.“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” (Ansel Adams)
Haile Gebrselassie broke 61 Ethiopian national records ranging from 800 meters to the marathon, set 27 world records, and is widely considered one of the greatest distance runners in history.
Police Sergeant "Moustache" Bekele was an iconic figure in Addis Ababa; feared, respected and loved by everyone. He also escorted H.I.M. Emperor Haile Sellassie on all his drives through the city.
My main purpose to document segments of my life and this web page (I hope), is to keep family and friends around the world informed (to some extent) and to entertain them and my enemies. I provide entertainment in the form of 15 galleries with thousands of images, a slide show to music, videos, links, media, a few stories and so on.
Historically, my web pages are visited by people from 160+ countries. In the last three plus years, the most visited page has been "JUDO", almost by three to one over the second most visited page, "HOME" page. "About Me" has moved up to the number one spot just this February, 2014 but that will change again I am sure.
I write about the history of Judo, other historical and interesting facts about the sport and Ethiopia. I am happy to say, I was one of the pioneers of the sport in Ethiopia. I was also the first person to introduce Judo in the schools of the United States.
In about me, I talk about growing up in Bethlehem, a little about the conflict in the Middle East and my early travels. I have been told, some of the information I included is new to many readers.
In this web page version, I added over 11,550+ images in 15 galleries ("Galleries"). The images are sized 800X600 to fit most standard screens. In addition, there is also a 1,650+ "wide screen"/high resolution images slide show, complete with music.
Choosing the images for this web page gave me mental indigestion, I have over a million. Choosing the images for the next web page will be a nightmare.
It is my intention to update and change this web page to something more current. I have not had time to do it lately. I am just now starting to update everything in this web page.
No one can go through the entire web page in one sitting, there is just way too much to read, see and check out. The mind can only absorb what the butt can endure.
Of the things I accomplished in my lifetime, I am proudest of being a charter member of Christian Pilots Association (CPA), now a worldwide organization serving the needy; "a mobilizing service agency dedicated to assisting God's people in fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 28:19-20 by providing emergency air logistics, survival services, and supplies for people in need. Flights (missions) usually consist of such projects as disaster-relief, emergency medical hardship cases, airlifts of food, medicines, medical equipment, clothing, etc., to pockets of poverty, and areas of special need." they accept donations http://www.christianpilots.org/.
In 1972, I made the first flight to an orphanage in Mexico with my friend Steve R. Smith also a charter member. The complete history of CPA is in "FLYING & SAILING", above link.
I completed two single-hand circum-navigations (by sea) 1980-1985 and completed a solo around the world flight to break the round the world speed record in an Aerostar twin engine piston airplane 1974."Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." (Charles Dickens)
I made two single-hand circum-navigations in "GREAT EAGLE", 66,000+ Nautical Miles. Numerous ocean passages in "OPPA", one from Nagoya, Japan to Tahiti in French Polynesia. On the way, I was caught in a hurricane for 14 days and blown 1,100 miles north off course. I decided instead to head back to Hawai'i. After rebuilding the boat there, I resumed sailing, from Honolulu to San Francisco. I changed my circum-navigation route.
I made many yacht deliveries world wide, "uphill" and "downhill" (more money per mile in "uphill" deliveries) and served in the Norwegian Merchant Marine.
Many boat owners enjoy downwind sailing; sailing down the Pacific, Baja, along the west coast of the United States and so forth, but hate sailing back to weather. I prefer sailing into the wind, sometimes it the fastest point of sail on some boats. Sometimes a beam reach or even quartering winds are the fastest points of sail as was the case with "Great Eagle", my last boat. I have over 100,000 Nautical Miles blue water sailing.
Experience can only be replaced with experience.
“Adventure is just bad planning." (Roald Amundsen - 1872-1928 )
Part of my plan to circum-navigate was to round all five southern most capes, referred to as, Good Hope (South Africa), Leeuwin (the most south-westerly point of Australia), South-East Cape (Tasmania), South-West Cape (Stewart Island, NZ), and the Horn (South America), which I did. Something I wanted to do.
I also sailed around the world in "The Wrong Direction" and went through both the Suez and Panama canals.
I took on the Southern Ocean and Antarctica as well.......except, in the case of Antarctica, I had to abandon my attempt to circum-navigate it. I over estimated my abilities and underestimated Antarctica, 1980-85.Aurora Australis (also known as the southern lights, and southern polar lights) is the southern hemisphere counterpart to the Aurora Borealis.
"To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea... cruising, it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about. I've always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can't afford it." What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone. What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?" Sterling Hayden
Antarctica; Crossing the 40th Parallel south, there is no chance; crossing 50, no hope and crossing 60 degrees, THERE IS NO GOD.
Above, are several of the crew/companions I picked up along the way at various times in different parts of the world during my single-hand circum-navigation. Beautiful people, both on the inside and outside. We met and sailed together after meeting for just a few hours, if that. This is very common in cruising especially if a boat has a reputation of being a happy boat. All approached and asked if they could crew for me. I took a few over the years.
I picked Dominique up on Tikehau Island, the island with pink sand in The Tuamotu and Gambier Islands (French Polynesia). We sailed together through much of the south Pacific to Beautemps-Beaupré Atoll where she got off to return home. I sailed the longest with her. I hated leaving Beautemps-Beaupré, one of the most beautiful places on this beautiful earth.
"Man must rise above the Earth, to the top of the atmosphere and beyond, for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives". (Socrates)
Gulfstream G-V G-550, one of my former offices.Operated the G-V G-500 and G-V G-550 (mostly for bragging rights) for about four years. Flying into 40 countries in 90 days was my best record.
There is an aviation gallery as well. I was in aviation a good part of my life (1965 to 2010) and made friends with pilots all over the world. I know they enjoy airplane pictures. I did not fly all the different airplanes in the aviation gallery and not all the aircraft I operated are in there either. I included this gallery mainly because many of the airplanes I operated are now either retired in the Arizona and California deserts or displayed in museums around the world. I feel fortunate to have operated some first generation jets and a few of the last reciprocating engine classics.Lockheed Super Constellation "Connie" 1049L. I operated that in Alaska, among other airplanes.
"When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land". (Desmond Tutu)
I have a long history with Ethiopia going back to 1954. My late dad was the presiding judge and legal advisor to the late and last Emperor, H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie.
H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie was born Ras Tafari Makonen, near Harar, Ethiopia on July 23 1892 (that's who the Rasta religion follows). Hamle 16, 1884 in the Ethiopian calendar. It was July 22 1892, but owing to the omission of a leap-year in 1900 Gregorian calendar, Hamale 16 corresponds with 23 July.
Photos: Michael W. Shatto.
On Safari, Shatto Safaris. Ethiopia. Mike Shatto is the greatest 4 wheel driver that ever lived and I have ever known.The East African Safari Rally with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background and Massai warriors.
I wrote and included a few short stories about my experiences over the years. Things I have done, places I have been, people I met and so on. I visited 183 countries (there are 195 countries in the world, 96 if you count Taiwan) and lived in eight. I write about one story a week for my children.
Also about when I sailed and flown around the world; my single-hand circum-navigation (by sea), an attempt to break the round the world speed record (by air), an evacuation flight I operated out of Eritrea during the war with Ethiopia. Rounding all five southern most capes, sailing to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica; and sailing around the world in the "wrong direction".....among others. I also sailed to the vast South Pacific to find a schooner a friend of mine was rescued from......there are a couple of other stories as well (“Stories”). Not all the stories I write make it in here.
“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” (Barry Finlay)
A local printing business with an 1862 Liberty Press; 16th century market, Khan el Khalili, Old Cairo, Egypt. I sold this image to Eastman Kodak.Paracho de Verduzco (often called merely Paracho) Mexico's guitar center is a small city located in Michoacán, Mexico.
African Elephants & Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background, Uhuru Point, 19,341' (5,895 m), the summit and the bottom image, some of its ice fields (at the summit). The mountain’s snow caps are diminishing, having lost more than 80 percent of their mass since 1912. The mountain may be completely ice free within the next 20 years due to Global Warming. Mt. Kilimanjaro's first ascent was in 1889. It is Africa's highest and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. Approximately two-thirds are successful. Altitude-related problems is the most common reason climbers turn back.
Photo: Lena Andersson
All the High-Resolution photographs in this web page where taken using various digital cameras, many however, were taken years before the digital age. Back then, I used Leica, Retina and Exacta Varex 35mm mirror-reflex cameras (for a very short time I even used 110mm). A couple of those "state of the art" cameras I used back then were years old at that time but produced excellent images. I moved up to the larger and newer 4x5 format cameras; Rolliflex, Hasselblad, Mamiya and Yashica for a short time. In 1980 when I embarked on my single-handed circum-navigation aboard my 42-ft motor sailor, "Great Eagle", I returned to the 35mm format and the newer single-reflex cameras. I did that mostly because the 4x5 cameras were cumbersome.It was called film......
I chose the Nikon F-2 series camera body and Nikkor lenses; I also had a set of 35mm Canon cameras and manual lenses; I felt were the best at that time. I shot slides mostly, using Kodak film (with silver) almost exclusively. I recently had Kodak transfer several hundred of my slides to Hi-Resolution digital images. On occasion, I also used Agfa products. You will be able to tell the difference between the old and new images.
Young Samburu woman, Lake Turkana (formerly Lake Rudolph), Kenya;Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), or hippo and Young Surma woman. South west Ethiopia.
I had a long relationship with Norway as well, starting in 1959. I became a permanent resident then and again in 1995. I am still a permanent resident there.Skarstad, Norway
Many of the photographs in Norway were taken within a five-mile radius of both my homes there; one home is on Risøya (an Island) on the south east coast of Norway and my summer home in Lista, south-southwest of Lindesness, the furthest point south in Norway.Photo: Magnar Opdal Risøy Island, Southern Norway.
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Updated May 24th 2014***Blue Skies*** Nabil