World Travel

Winnie Gone To China

Winnie left this afternoon for a rather short-notice trip back to China. She’ll be returning April Friday April 10, just shy of three weeks visiting half-way around the world from here. This trip is not for the best of reasons. Winnie’s father passed unexpectedly about three weeks ago, and the family notified Winnie via e-mail (the only way they have of contacting her). Winnie looked Read More →


March Madness

The month of March is said to “roar in like a lion and go out like a lamb.” It’s a bit too early to know how March will be going out, but it certainly roared in loudly enough. We started out March madness with opening nighttime temps down in the ‘teens. We still had leftover snow from the previous snowstorm, and with daily highs all Read More →

This And That

This and That, Deep Freeze Edition

We’re approaching the last day of February with outside temperatures still below freezing. We had another dusting of snow yesterday, the third snow shower this month. Not enough to shut down Washington, but enough to scare drivers off the road during commuting hours. For those of us brave enough, we had a pleasant drive during peak commuting hours which is a newsworthy event indeed for Read More →

Year Of The Goat

Ringing In The Year Of The Goat

Today is the New Year’s celebration for about one-quarter of the world’s population, as celebrated by Chinese and other Asian cultures. It’s the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. In China, this is the time of the year when “the largest annual movement of humans in the world” occurs. In modern China many people go to work in the factories located in major cities, Read More →

A Nice Scam

A Nice Little Scam

Winnie and I were targeted for a rather slick scam recently but managed to avoid losing money. It was an interesting scam that started with a spam e-mail inviting me to do some “Secret Shopper” work. A secret shopper is a person hired to act as a customer in a target company, for the purpose of assessing that company. The secret shopper is given a Read More →

New Year 2015

Welcoming In The New Year

For the first post of this brave new year of 2015 CE, I’d like to wish all my readers a year of good heath, happiness, and prosperity. I still consider New Year’s to be one of my favorite holidays, right up there with Thanksgiving. I consider New Year’s to be a day to reflect on the what has happened, and reflect on what I’d like to do Read More →

Unfriendly Cop

Cops On Strike?

The December 29 edition of the New York Post reported that the New York Police Department is essentially on a work slowdown/strike. This is apparently due to many police officers feeling upset over lack of respect by the city’s Mayor and general public. The story notes: “[…]many officers have started turning a blind eye to some minor crimes, sources told The Post, while a union Read More →


A Very Charest Christmas

We had a very different Christmas celebration this year. In the past we’ve normally celebrated Christmas at home, with the exception of a few years in a row when we went up to Mom’s house in New York. Staying at home was the preferred option as the Charest family is currently spread out from Washington, California, Tennessee, Northern Virginia, and on out to Wales. However, Read More →

Hands Up Don't Shoot

It Could Have Been Anybody

Unless you’re fortunate enough to live in a news-media free wilderness you’ve heard about the Michael Brown shooting in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, a place most Americans outside of St. Louis never heard of before last summer. Accounts and opinions are raging across the political spectrum, and I’ve been sorting out my emotions triggered by this disgraceful event. What I believe is that on August 9, 2014, eighteen year-old Michael Brown and a Read More →

Happy Thanksgiving

Having A White Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving day again; another year passed remembering the good and the bad. Thanksgiving continues to be my favorite holiday, and one thing I’m thankful for is that this holiday has remained relatively commercial-free. This is and should be the one day each each when families and friends come together to celebrate, reflect on the year passed, and give thanks for their many blessings. Then eat a Read More →

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