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…

Best Laid Plans…

In the post Out of Hibernation, I mentioned a planned visit to three National Parks in California (Pinnacles, Kings Canyon and Sequoia). The trip had to be postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, but was back on for the fall of 2021. However, it looked like the wildfires racing through the Sierra Nevada might force another postponement. On Saturday September 11,…

Remembering Nine-Eleven

Joanna and I loved to visit New York City between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and did so several times over the years. We’d take in a couple of broadway shows, eat, drink and enjoy that festive time of year in the Big Apple. As we made plans in the weeks ahead, 2001 was to be no different. Then came that terrible morning…

Locked Out Of Home For 10 Days

On Friday July 16, 2021, I was awakened at 3:30 a.m. by the wailing of a klaxon horn and the following words: “May I have your attention please. An emergency has been reported in the building. While this report is being verified, please leave the building using the exit stairways – do not use the elevators, use the stairways only; do…

Out of Hibernation

I was in California toward the end February 2020 planning a trip with friends for later that year to some of the less-visited National Parks in that state. About that time, word was spreading about a virus, originating in China, that had the potential to spread across the planet. As I was settling into my seat for the flight back to Tampa,…

Runway Light Bulbs

During the corporate phase of my work-life, I was with the hosiery division of the Sara Lee Corporation – I know, hosiery and Sara Lee pastry doesn’t quite add up. Two years before I joined them in 1981, Hanes Corp (consisting of Hanes Knitting – think underwear, t-shirts, athletic wear, etc. and Hanes Hosiery – nylon stockings, socks and L’eggs products) became part…

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 Games’ 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…