Saturday, December 07, 2019

Pike Place Market

One of the highlights of last summer's visit to Seattle was visiting the Pike Place Market. I love that type of fresh farm/city market.  One of my all time favorites is in Florence Italy.  They always make me wish I had a kitchen nearby.  One of my goals in retirement is to rent a furnished apartment in Florence for a month, and shop there everyday, Seattle would be fun to do the same, and Paris, and London, and well you get the idea. 

Where would you like to live like a local for a month? 

Friday, December 06, 2019

Walt Disney World

I remember the awe, the first time I rode the monorail as it passed through the atrium of the Contemporary Resort Hotel at Walt Disney World.  The hotel was a statement piece, putting a monorail station in the lobby was brilliant.  

Back in the 1970's my grandmother took the family to the Top of World Restaurant on the top of the hotel for dinner with live entertainment by the Royal Canadians (Guy Lombardo was dead, but the band played on.) I remember in the 80's when they restricted access to the observations walks on the top of the building after a couple of jumpers splattered on the sidewalk below.  As I recall the hotel is the site of the infamous "I am not a crook" statement by Richard Nixon.  

I should stay there someday,  

Thursday, December 05, 2019


When I was about 12, I spent a week at a summer camp. My only such adventure. It was near Port Austin, on the top of the thumb area of Michigan, overlooking Lake Huron.  It was fun, but being in the dirt and bugs was never my idea of fun.  Lake Huron was too cold to swim in.  

One day we did a river hike.  The river was a small stream, babbling over rocks and sandbars, with the full array of flora and fauna, fish and creatures. It was the only place I have ever encountered leeches.  Our legs came out of a pool with little worm like creatures attached to them.  Most of us panicked.  The counselors calmly removed them, as I recall touching a burning cigaret to the back of the leech made it release its grip and and fall away, also affording the counselors an excuse to smoke in front of their charges.  The bleeding stopped within a couple of minutes. 

The river hike was one of my fondest memories of that week, at times I think about finding a creek and taking a hike.  

Would you join me on that hike?  

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The Way We Were Wednesdays NASA

I was standing on the shore of the Indian River in Titusville, just across the river from the Kennedy Space Shuttle the morning of the first space shuttle launch.  I had been there the day before, when they got down to seconds to go, and cancelled and started over again.  I was working about 40 miles west of there.  I was probably late for work those mornings, not that anyone would notice.   

In all I watched a dozen or more launches, and one landing.  An amazing time in history. 

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

This holiday season, relax and enjoy.  Don't worry, be happy.  It will all be okay.  If anyone is not happy, let that be there problem, you are not the happiness fairy. 

Monday, December 02, 2019

Mural Monday - With a message

I left my phone off most of one day recently, no office email, no voice mail messages instantly sent to me from the office.  We have become captives of our wired and connected world. It makes is hard to genuinely take a day off.  Maybe one day, I will be rescued.  

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Sunday Five - Custom

When I bought the condo 10 years ago, I hated the bathrooms and kitchen.  The builder had put in cheap and ugly 35 years ago, and it had not gotten better with time.  Earlier this fall we had Jay's bathroom replaced, next is my bathroom.  We went one day this last week to pick finishes - I don't have a firm price yet - if I suddenly quit blogging the price may have caused "the big one."  

Hence this week's Sunday Five, custom. 

1: Have you ever had a house built? 
2: Should I go with shiny chrome or brushed nickel on the fixtures? 
3: Are those cabinets to dark? 
4: Have you ever said, "I don't care if it costs more, I want quality?" 
5: Have you ever done a major remodel? 

My answers: 
1: Have you ever had a house built? I worked in the building business for 15 years, I have built three homes for myself. 
2: Should I go with shiny chrome or brushed nickel on the fixtures? I want your opinions. 
3: Are those cabinets to dark? I want your opinions. 
4: Have you ever said, "I don't care if it costs more, I want quality?" This is the first time for me, everytime I touch it I want to think, "that is really nice," not "that is cheap." 
5: Have you ever done a major remodel? Jay's bathroom was the first, this one is the first that is really mine.  

Please share your answers in the comments.