This is Peter's web site, a very slow-motion blog.
5 October 2014
I made a weekend trip from DC to NYC by bike!
7 November 2013
Two years since I last posted anything! Goodness. Since then we finished the main work on the house and been on trips together to The Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark then to the UK by plane and back across the Atlantic by ship. Lan has taken separate trips to Iceland and London, Paris & Lyon. I failed in my effort to ride a bike to New York in a weekend but did make it to Delaware. I ran the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon in 3:14:40 (last year I ran injured and so was thrilled to manage 3:33:33) and will go to Australia shortly.
23 September 2011
It's been a long time since I've posted anything but I must tell you about our experience with our house renovation.
31 October 2010
I ran the Marine Corp Marathon again and improved my time significantly finishing in 3:24:50!
20 September 2009
If you love ME*, you'll want to review the photos from our trip to Maine last month.
* For those outside the US, the postal abbreviation for Maine is "ME".
29 January 2009
I've added some letters calling for peace and justice in the Middle East. These were prompted by the killing of 1,300 Palestinians including 400 children and then a remarkable segment on 60 Minutes that showed the impossible conditions faced by Palestinians in the occupied territories—I've never seen anything so honest in the US media. If you missed the program, I urge you to be become better informed and watch it online.
20 January 2009
Presidential Inaugurations only come around once every four years and this one, more than any other, was the one we wanted to be part of. However, the 20th January date means winter and the week before was bitterly cold. After arriving home on the previous Thursday when it was uncomfortable to be outside for more than 10 minutes, I told Lan I couldn't and wouldn't stand on the Mall for several hours to watch a ceremony and speech that was going to be broadcast on television. Fortunately it warmed up somewhat so the maximum temperature expected that day was 0°C/32°F and our neighbor expressed an interest in going.
We went, we eventually got on a train and then another train, we walked and we walked, we found a spot and we waited. We were cold but glad we did it.
19 December 2008
Letter 19, almost in time for Christmas!
26 October 2008
I ran the Marine Corp Marathon and was thrilled to finish with a time of 3:51:47! Well, I ran most of they way—I'm a big believer in walking breaks to rest up a little and I took the photo at right during an early stop with a disposable camera.
You might be amused by my footwear: Vibram Five Fingers Sprint! To me there is convincing evidence that running shoes encourage the non-elite runner to a adopt a bad technique which ultimately results in injuries. Of course Nike and the other shoe companies don't want you to think this way. Their solution to injury avoidance is ever more sophisticated and expensive shoes. Ideally we'd run barefoot but this is the next best thing though you have to build up gradually since, unlike the Kenyans and Ethiopians who ran 5 miles barefoot to school each day, the muscles and ligaments inside our feet are weak and the soles of our feet are soft. More …
12 October 2008
Hardly any new content but a total site redesign which was long overdue. See This web site for details. (No, I don't live in Amsterdam but it is such a nice photo of homes.)
28 September 2007
My mother came to visit and the three of us took a trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls which was wonderful but brief. There is a photoset on Flickr. Start at the picture above and to the right of the pink flower. When you get to the Jefferson Memorial, you know you are back in America.
Of particular note was the "Journey Behind the Falls" at which I attempted to capture the noise and violence of the water using the camera's video mode, now on Youtube.
21 December 2007
Photos of my trip to Australia.
2 November 2007
Not actually on this site but I now have a photoset on Flickr of a really good walk I took last Sunday. Note the "Map" link so you can see where my path took me.
22 September 2007
Calls for justice: requests to make the world a better place. I also removed the section on "great kids" since it was hopelessly out of date and I have no intention to maintain it. Besides, the older ones are adults now.
3 September 2007
10 December 2006
Trip to Letter 18: Move to Alexandria, Virginia; sightseeing; fooling a few of the people; boats.
19 November 2006
Trip to Longwood Gardens that we did in May.
15 November 2006
Update on where we live.
10 November 2006
Trip to Canada (4 pages).
8 April 2006
Visiting Lan at the Cherry Blossom Festival.
31 January 2006
Long weekend at the Grand Canyon.
8 January 2006
9 June 2005
Utah trip highlights to Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks.
2 April 2005
Letter 17: 10 years in the US, Washington DC and of course, the election.
1 March 2005
Added panoramas. More to come soon.
14 February 2005
Updated to XHTML/CSS. Little change in content but I'm working toward full standards compliance for faster loading and cross-browser compatibility. Another newsletter is on the way.
22 May 2004
Updated humor section dealing with men and women.
3 November 2003
This is just news rather than something new on the web site. After 7 months and 172 job applications, I finally landed a job with Wall Street On Demand as a web developer. Such a relief!
12 July 2003
Letter 16: Out of work, trips to New York, Amsterdam and France.
26 June 2003
More photos added to Old photos - Peter
29 May 2003
New site www.sweetandsour.org placed online with the same content as the previous Geocities site. However, this site uses PHP and mySQL to dynamically generate the pages for a fancy menu and easy future updates. See This web site for details.
28 July 2002
Letter 15 News about us and thoughts on the so-called "war on terrorism".
7 March 2001
Letter 14 with news for the whole year, particularly our "green card" application. As before, you can read it online, or you download the Acrobat file if you intend to print it.
Speeches I made in my public speaking class - text and diagrams only; no audio.
Update to Pillsbury Doughboy.
13 October 2000
Bumper stickers. [Since removed. See speech instead.] This is page 5 of the humor section. Need I say more?
20 August 2000
12 February 2000
27 January 2000
Letter 13 is posted. As well as the standard online version spead over several pages, you can also download the Acrobat file and print your own copy. Peter has a job, we've been to Florida and seen lots of bumper stickers.
15 November 1999
It has taken me a while but I've added photos to the text about Sydney to show off it's stunning scenery. Previously, there were only photos of our house.
12 November 1999
For reasons I don't understand, the search facility stopped working, so I've removed it. The counter was reset in the process too. I've also added an aerial view of downtown Denver.
28 October 1999
I've posted an aerial view of where we live. It seems that it is from a high-flying plane instead of a satellite but it's still impressive..
In other family news, our car turned over 100,000 miles today.
8 October 1999
While moving the Search box to the Home page, I accidentally reset the counter which had reached 400. Since August, I've also left-justified the menu items to make them easier to read.
3 August 1999
10 July 1999
For a bit of fun, I've added a Java animation on an "entry page." If you are a Java programmer, please comment on my code. I would like it to load faster and I don't think I've made proper use of object-oriented techniques. It used to have continuously changing color but it took too long to load so I've scaled it back.
21 June 1999
I've added a page on Linux, the UNIX operating system for PCs and my progress using it.
11 June 1999
Search and Site map were added but are presently accessible only from here and from the Home page. These services are provided by an external site called FreeFind which sends a "spider" out to a designated site to find out what's there. The results are kept on their server. I considered constructing a site map by hand but I could not implement a search function. Try it but read the "Important" note.
Since June 4, I've also added a page on the BMW Isetta accessible from the Cars section.
4 June 1999
The site is complete now that all 12 letters and associated photographs in the Coming to America secton are loaded. .There are 62 pages with text and menus like this one and 199 photographs, some of which have text explanations, making a total of 261 pages on the site.
I had to open a second account as "peterlan" for letters 1 though 6 and then interlink the sites as I was up to 10.5 MB out of a maximum of 12 MB in the "lanpeter" name. Homestead suggest this approach if 12 MB is insufficient. If I had known it was going to get so big, I may not have done it!
21 May 1999
Full site placed online on Homestead.com with the exception of the letters in the Coming to America section. I had inteneded to get to this point a lot earlier but I had a computer meltdown and then I needed to catch up with my college work.
Since 18 Aprl, I've also bought a 56k modem and Homestead released an off-line editor. Previously, everything had to be done while logged on with my 14.4k modem which tied up the phone line for hours.
18 April 1999
Beta site placed online. Only a few sections but it did include the section on Australian music.