Road Trip ’75 (part 3) – Mar 2021

I believe this is the last of my letters home to my parents from our cross-country trip in 1975, from Boston to Denver (the long way).  Some of our experiences from this trip are lost in the rubble, some are reflected in these letters, and some are only vaguely remembered. One such vaguely remembered incident… Read More Road Trip ’75 (part 3) – Mar 2021

LinkedIn… and Rural America – Feb 2020

We just spent the last month in (mostly) rural America, driven primarily on back roads.   Upon our return home, for some unexplained reason, I logged into my LinkedIn account.  Why, you ask?  No clue – purely random.  I hadn’t logged on in memory (my blog posts do automatically post on LinkedIn – but without my… Read More LinkedIn… and Rural America – Feb 2020

Lake Havasu City (AZ) – Feb 2020

You know your unhealthy interest in fireworks is excessive if it has caused you to make a 1,500-mile trip to attend the Western Winter Blast, an assemblage of like-minded individuals who have a slightly outsized and unnatural attraction to exploding cylinder shells. Combine Woodstock (add 40 years to the average attendee’s age), the tailgating of… Read More Lake Havasu City (AZ) – Feb 2020

Las Cruces (NM) – Feb 2020

Admittedly our stop in Las Cruces was designed as a “utility” stop… do laundry, shop for food, really cool stuff like that.  Awesome you say?  Totally!  Best.  Laundromat.  Ever!  Kidding. We camped at Siesta RV Park, although “camped” would be better described as “parked”.  But as said, our goal was utility and this campground (parking… Read More Las Cruces (NM) – Feb 2020

Castles Made of Sand – June 2019

And so castles made of sand fall in the sea eventually Jimi Hendrix Technically, they will be removed by a bulldozer.  But not just yet.  And I guess technically they are not sandcastles.  Alright, have your way.  Check out these sculptures from this year’s Hampton Beach (NH) Master Sand Sculpting Classic! We continue our Northeast… Read More Castles Made of Sand – June 2019

5 Years Post Retirement – Mar 2019

It doesn’t seem possible, but at the end of this month (technically a month later for Karen) we will have been retired for 5 years!  What the hell have we done? Retirement, for those uninitiated, is when you shovel your driveway down to bare pavement two hours after a major storm.  Being anal retentive helps. Retirement is… Read More 5 Years Post Retirement – Mar 2019

Hampton Beach – Jan 2019

What comes to mind when you hear Hampton Beach (New Hampshire)?  If you are familiar with Hampton Beach, you’ll probably say the beach, the boardwalk, casinos, bars, night clubs, food stands, miniature golf, water slides, concerts, and maybe a roller coaster.   If you don’t know Hampton Beach, then maybe you think… ahhh… I don’t know, a beach,… Read More Hampton Beach – Jan 2019

Deschutes National Forest – July 2018

We have just wrapped up a few days in the Deschutes National Forest in western Oregon, perhaps an hour drive west and south of Bend.  I know I sound like a broken record, but two words describe this place:  pretty freaking cool.  Freaking is not a word, I think we all know that. Deschutes National… Read More Deschutes National Forest – July 2018