Random Stuff

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…

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;…

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…