Outward Bound

Outward Bound

Back in 1970 I had just landed my first job as a newspaper delivery boy for the New York Daily News. It was a big deal for me, getting a job at the ripe age of 13, as it meant I had money in my pocket. On a good week when I finished collecting and paid my manager his cut I might actually have as much Read More →

What Complaints Look Like

Prince William County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Breaking Bad

I had an unpleasant experience last week with a member of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue crew. While I think it might turn out all right, the experience has left me deeply unsettled. On top of several unpleasant experiences Winnie and I have had with county police and public officials these past years, I now have to wonder about firefighters and paramedic personnel. Prince William Read More →

A Shout-out To The TSA

I’ve been traveling for business on an average of one week per month for the past six years. Include personal travel, and this means a lot of time spent in airports. With airports come the TSA security checks and all the related security theater that comes with the TSA. I have never said or written anything nice about the TSA in the years I have been dealing Read More →

Typical Big Box Store

Big Box Store Wins By Default

This is a story about a car breakdown, a “Big Box” retail store, and customer service. Several weeks ago I had to make a weekend trip to mom’s house in the Hudson Valley area of upstate New York. I left on a Friday morning driving my venerable 2004 Rodeo, and arrived late afternoon. I spent Saturday performing the odd jobs which was the reason for my Read More →

Hurricane Ivan on 13 Sept 2004

Days of Hurricane Ivan

I’ve written extensively about the life-changing event that was Hurricane Katrina. However, I haven’t written about another hurricane which had almost as much of an impact. That would be Ivan, which made landfall on the US Gulf Coast early on the morning of September 16, 2004, one year prior to Katrina. Although my home and the community of Gautier, Mississippi, was not directly impacted Ivan had Read More →


Paddling The Basha Kill

I was up at Mom’s house in the Hudson Valley region of New York this past weekend, and had a chance to spend a few hours kayaking. I chose to paddle the Basha Kill (from the Middle Dutch kille, meaning “riverbed” or “water channel), and it turned out to be a great choice! I’ve been making monthly trips up to Mom’s house since this past March. Mom moved Read More →

Howard, Pam and Ron Charest

A Weekend Family Visit

My brother Howard and his wife Pam dropped by for a visit this past weekend. It was a particularly special event as they live on the left coast, in the Great State of California, city of Los Angeles. As best as we can figure, it’s been five years since they were last here, although I’ve visited them several times when I was on trips to Los Angeles. Read More →

The End Is Here

So after 18 years, 4,410,036 words printed across 10,173 pages in 14 books, the end is here. Trollocs and Darkhounds and Channelers; Myrddraals and Draghkars and Gholams; Darkfriends and to’rakens and more! All finished, the good guys won, and the survivors get to start the fourth age of man. I am talking of course about Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” epic, a Fantasy/SciFi epic which I started Read More →

The Passing of A Family Idol

I am sad to post that another family idol passed last week. Our Aunt Therese (fondly known as “Aunt Terry” to those of us in the family who are French-language challenged) was found dead in her apartment last Tuesday morning, July 8. Aunt Terry was 94, but she was in overall pretty good health so her sudden passing was a shock. She was the second oldest Read More →

Submarine Sail of the former "USS Parche," SSN 683

A Week On The Road

So after a two week trip exploring the exotic sights of Europe, I was back home for one week then traveling again. This time, I explored the exotic sights around Seattle, Washington, and San Diego, California. It’s a job. This trip was planned before I left for London, but due to the intricacies of Government contracting I wasn’t able to purchase tickets four weeks in advance, which would have saved Read More →

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