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…

Past Present Future

A few things have happened lately which have me reminiscing about the past and looking toward to the future. I thought Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s 1931 iconic The Persistence of Memory [at the top of the page] was a good way to visibly depict my mood. I’ve superimposed the title of this post onto it. The general interpretation of…

Prada

A line in the morning’s itinerary caught my eye: “We take a mid-morning break at the Prada Store in Marfa.” We were on an 8-day mainly hiking trip in the very dry and remote Chihuahuan Desert in southwest Texas. What’s with the Prada store? I learned from our guides, and some additional research after I returned home, that Marfa, TX…

Not Invincible

As the world locked down for the better part of 2020, most of us eagerly awaited the vaccines that would help us conquer Covid-19. In my post, Out of Hibernation, I described my semi-hermit inactivity during that time and my feeling of “liberation” when the vaccines became available in January of 2021. Later that year, after having my second shot,…

Listening To My Body

Going into my senior year of high school, my dad wasn’t very happy with me. Over the summer of that year, I announced I’d taken up smoking. To complicate the matter, it was the same time he decided to kick his habit! No matter how hard he cajoled me, my young mind would not budge. As the habit ran its…

Bert & Ernie’s Road Trip

As readers of this blog know, I’m on a quest to visit as many US National Parks as I can. Although this story is about the three NPs I recently visited, it’s much more than that. It’s about two guys who’ve lost their wives, but are committed to living to the fullest the years they have left. They know that’s what their…

Old Swedish Housewife

When my kids first saw the photo at the top of this page, each had a different reaction. Kristin said, “I’ve been waiting for this pic!!!.” Rob said, “Thanks for the explanation. At first glance I thought you might be going to a Halloween party dressed up like an old Swedish housewife.” Obviously my daughter knew what was going on;…

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,…