Friday, October 20, 2017

Small Town USA


I was raised in the middle of nowhere.  About 3 miles southwest of North Branch, Michigan (google it.)  This is downtown North Branch two  Saturdays' ago at about 1:30 in the afternoon.  Kind of quiet, eh? Lot of easy parking. 

I opened my first checking account in the bank, back when it was Pioneer State Bank.  I was 15, I didn't have a drivers license, but I had a checking account.  For the first year, the account didn't have an account number, none of the banks accounts did.  The Federal Reserve forced the bank to start using account numbers, under threat that the Fed wouldn't processing checks if they didn't.  I remember the letter from the bank, explaining that we would always be a person, not a number to them.  

I fled North Branch shortly after I finished High School.  There was nothing to keep me there.  I really don't understand why most of the people that stayed, stayed.  Origin is not destiny.  But then maybe I am the one who has failed to put down roots.  Despite the easy parking, I can't imagine living there at this point in life. 

What is your hometown like? 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blue Water

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The great lakes are unsalted and shark free.  Fresh water has a different color than salt water.  At Port Huron, Lake Huron empties into the St Claire River.  All of the water feeding the lower great lakes passes through this narrow channel, creating a swift current.  The current runs south, the wind was to the north, a very fast wind, creating a turbulent eddy.  Really quite amazing to see.  




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

All Alone Waiting for It's Master to Return



I changed planes at LaGuardia recently (what a dump) and sitting there on the side of the airport, gathering dust and looking all sad and neglected was Trump's personal airplane.  It looked like a puppy sitting watch on the side of the runway, waiting for it's master to return.  A sad sight, I hope he returns to it soon. 


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

When Travel for Business is the Business


I travel for work, from time to time, but there are people for whom travel is the work they do.  Airline staff, long distance truck drivers, train crews, and ship crews.  While I generally enjoy traveling for work, would I enjoy it as much if my work was traveling?  Would being away from home over night for work, make me more or less rooted in a place?  Would I look forward to dawn in a new place?  

The picture above, was taken under the Bluewater Bridge.  The bridge connects Port Huron Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario. This is the transition point where Lake Huron empties into the St. Clair River. The current in the river was surprising, in a future post you will see how the bridge gets it's name. 

Have you ever traveled as work? 

Monday, October 16, 2017

This is for Spo





So, I finally tried Tim Hortons. There are none near where I live, but they are plentiful in Michigan.  

It was later afternoon, early evening.  I ordered a frozen hot-chocolate, a ham and swiss, and we split a box of TimBits.  

It was good. The frozen-hot chocolate was tasty and just what I needed to settle my digestion.  The sandwich was fresh and well made.  The TimBits are lite and flavorful  My guess would be  a yeast based doughnut.  They didn't have they heavy greasiness that many doughnut holes, have.  

The menu is a bit hard to follow for a first timer, the counter staff was very helpful.  Yes, I would go back.  

Have you tried Tim Hortons? 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Dawn of a New Day

Just as the sun sets, it rises each day.  This weeks Sunday Five is about how we greet the rising sun.

1: Are you more or a morning person or a night owl? 
2: Why do you set a morning alarm? 
3: Do you find it easy to roll over and go back to sleep in the morning? 
4: If you didn't need to be someplace, what time would you get up in the morning? 
5: Do you usually get up in the middle of the night? 

My answers: 
1: Are you more or a morning person or a night owl?  I am more of a morning person, I like going to bed at the time night owls are just heading out. 
2: Why do you set a morning alarm?  I only do this, if I have an early meeting or flight - I seldom set an alarm. 
3: Do you find it easy to roll over and go back to sleep in the morning?  Not me, once I am awake, I am usually awake for the day. 
4: If you didn't need to be someplace, what time would you get up in the morning?  About 6:30 AM. Year's of habit. 
5: Do you usually get up in the middle of the night?  No, I seldom do.  

Your answers? 


Saturday, October 14, 2017

I have met her, it is true!

I have a few slightly out there family members, some of them are crazy and don't know it, some revel in the fact that they are a few bricks short of a balanced load.  His wife bought him the shirt.  Self understanding and self acceptance are a wonderful thing. 

Any crazies in your family?