What's with the name Buddy/Three?

A man called his dog Buddy, even though her name was Chloe. At times he called his grandson Buddy, even though his name was John Morgan. One day they were together and the man spoke to his Buddy. The grandson asked, "Do you mean me or Chloe?" They agreed the grandson would be Buddy/One; the dog would be Buddy/Two and the man would be Buddy/Three! This blog will be about random stuff that interests me (Buddy/Three). The first post is dedicated to my very special late friend Chloe (Buddy/Two). All four of the grandchildren are Buddy/One -- each one unique and special!

Buddy/Two: Chloe

The kids had long left the nest and we had settled into a relatively quiet semi-retirement. Looking back, I guess it must have been too quiet for Joanna! A couple years before, our daughter had been given a cute little pug she named Zoe. Joanna fell in love with that dog, and just had to have one of her own. My…

My Tattoos

Tattooing has been practiced across the globe since the stone age. According to Britannica, the oldest discovery of tattooed human skin to date may have been found on the body of Ötzi the Iceman, “an ancient mummified human body that was found by a German tourist, Helmut Simon, on the Similaun Glacier in the Tirolean Ötztal Alps, on the Italian-Austrian border, on September 19, 1991. His…

My Brother

As with most folks, my family members share with the others whenever they see a TV series or movie they think the others might like – especially over the last several months as we’re all hunkered down during the Covid-19 pandemic. On the last day of 2020, my son shared a link to the movie Uncle Frank saying, “Made me think of Uncle Carl…

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park had been on my radar for years but thought I might never get a chance to visit. In September 2019, on a road trip from southern California into Oregon, Washington, and finally western Canada, it seemed like a no-brainer to make a quick side trip into the park. The park is located in southern Oregon, about…

25 Years Later

To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, Joanna and I spent several days taking in the sights of Paris. That week in April of 1995 was a rainy one, but we didn’t let that keep us from soaking up (pun intended!) all that The City of Light had to offer. In her journal, Joanna described my anniversary gift to her (pictured…

The Warrior Games

The Department of Defense Warrior Games were established in 2010. The Game’s stated purpose is to “enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and expose them to adaptive sports. The Games encourage them to stay physically active when they return to their local communities, and inspire and promote opportunities for growth and achievement.” Britain’s Prince…

“Wanna Take a Road Trip?”

In the 1990’s, our son and his young family decided to relocate from northern California to North Carolina. Our daughter-in-law and very young granddaughter flew east. Rob & I drove the 2,700 miles in a U-Haul truck, pulling their car behind. We’ve always looked back (kinda) fondly on that adventure as “our road trip”. Fast forward 25 years: Rob called and…

Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Founded in 1967, Teton Science Schools is a non-profit educational organization whose goal is to educate folks from around the globe about nature and, in particular, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This ecosystem includes both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. In September 2018, I traveled to the TSS main campus in Jackson Hole, WY to spend a week exploring and hiking both of…

Pacific Surfliner to San Diego

From an Amtrak brochure… The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner route meanders along the majestic California coastline from San Luis Obispo through prime destinations such as Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Juan Capistrano and San Diego. Along with business and vacation travelers, cyclists and surfers are welcome on board with bikes and boards. Lose yourself and the stress of Southern California traffic while…

Fire & Water

The Thomas fire, the largest in California’s modern recorded history, began on December 4, 2017. Before it was finally contained on January 12, 2018, it burned more than 280,000 acres; claimed just over 1,000 structures and resulted in two deaths – one civilian and one of the more than 2,800 firefighters who battled the blaze. The areas heavily impacted were in…

Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

I was born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts. First settled in 1625, my hometown is known as the “City of Presidents” as both Presidents John and John Quincy Adams were born there as well as John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. The Adamses have no libraries you can visit. As a matter of fact, neither do any of those men memorialized…