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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

This is little Baxter's 1st Halloween! Isn't he adorable!! He is now about 3 months old!

We went to a small party on Thursday, we were proudly representing Fancy Ketcup and Classic Mustard!

Here's a close up of what is on our shirts:

Saturday, October 27, 2007

What a beautiful day

Oct 27

Man yesterday was pretty! I woke up around 6:15a to roll over. When I looked out the window I waw the sun rising and it was awesome. I jumped out of bed and grabbed the camera...

Atlantis Hotel

This is remarkably clear! You can see Burj Al Arab, Burj Dubai and many of the skyscrapers off of Sheikh Zayed Rd. most noteably both the Emirates Towers.

I actually spent most of the day on the patio cleaning windows. That is how pretty it was! Look how far you can see!

I can't be certain but I think the land masses you see way off in the distance may be part of The World

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


(hahaha - couldn't pass that one up!)

That's right!! Meet the happy parents to be!

Is he ready to be a Daddy you ask?!?!



plus a great wife...

I think he'll do fine!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Mark's time home part 4 (I think)

Oct 13th

I give you the Emirates Towers.

I can't find a good all inclusive link for the towers. Here is a quick snippet from :

This pair of towers pierce the sky over Dubai with spires over 1,000 feet tall -- an appropriate way for the United Arab Emirates to welcome in the turn of the millennium. The taller tower's main function is to hold offices. The lesser tower is mostly taken up with a hotel. The strength of the towers is conveyed through the concrete columns on the three corners framing the remainder of the facade which is primarily glass.
->At the time of their completion, the towers were the tallest buildings in the Middle East and Europe.
->The Upper Atrium is 364 feet / 111 meters tall.

One of the towers are home to the Vu's Bar on the 51st floor. It is supposed to have just spectacular views. We haven't been yet - it's on the list.
The two towers are connected by a small upscale shopping area and a few restaurants.

This is at the base of the towers. It was nice to see so much green in one area.

Here are some back side skyline shots as we headed off the main highway to a parallel, less developed road.

Oct 19th

This always make us smile. I found out today (via CBS) they don't actually use live jockeys on the camels anymore, the public as a whole found it cruel. They use little motorized boxes that sit on the camel and they control the actions of the box via remote control. They follow the camels around the perimeter of the track in their cars. I don't know how they avoid wrecking??

Welcome to Dragon Mart It is a GIANT Asian Flea Market really. Neat to see and say you've been there but neither one of us can entertain ourselves for long in flea markets. We did buy an osculating fan for around $20 (a good price out here) but the controls are all in some form of Chinese... works good!

Here is a map of the place.

Inside shot this is basically part of the 'spine'

Wafi City Mall

There is no shortage of nice cars around.

Decorations for Ramadan

Artsy picture of us under one of the stain glassed pyramids.


Let's try again...

Oct 12
We headed to Festival City. This is about 30min away just over the creek. Its a newly developing area with a surprisingly awesome shopping complex that is still in the opening stages. As soon as I can figure out how to succesfully get out there and home with ease I will be frequenting the facilities. We have been out there twice so far and it is always a bit sketchy and we always need the map for the drive home.

Ikea lives here!!

This place is all about the water features! The escalators to the right have striking neon blue lighting that shows beautifully in the evening.

Overlooking another multilevel water feature that overlooks a mall courtyard, the mall canal, Dubai Creek and you can just see Burj Dubai
on the horizon! Beautiful.

All this walking makes us hungry. We had the patio all to ourselves. We usually do, even back home it seems we are the only ones who ever want to sit outside...

Food was pretty okay, service was fabulous!

View of the canal from our lunch spot.

One of our famous self portraits with the awesome water features in the back. Photo's just don't do it justice.

Me walking along the canal looking to see the view of the Burj Dubai

These little scenes depicting arabian life were set up throughout the mall. Most all of them had robotic characters moving around. They were very well done.

Hahaha! I'm such a goofball!
This was in a department store (Paris Galleries I think). We stumbled across this and were blown away! Against our better judgement we actually picked up the purple shoe only to discover, to our horror, that it cost approx. $1000!!! We quickly yet gently set the shoe back down and strolled out of the store.