LEAVING THE LANAI

Today is the last day of my Hawaii vacation. Sadly I must board a plane tomorrow and return home. In some ways, I look forward to it. I have a great job and great friends and coworkers. I’m also looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. I have much to share, which will likely…

THE REALITY OF VACATIONS

Vacations are a doorway to an alternate reality, at least they are for me.  Vacations are a glimpse of what my life could be like if I could ever woke up and was a (paid) creatively-driven photojournalist or had married a younger, more chiseled (former navy seal or hot photojournalist) clone of Rick Steves or someone who works…

IN A WORD?

Many people are not just assessing this past year, they are pondering the ending of the first decade of this century.  While I can see the value of re-evaluating and seeing how far we’ve come as a people or even on a personal level, I can’t seem to get myself into the mood to look backward,…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: THE REAL STORY

The following story was born because of a movie buff named Greg. He’s my friend Sharon’s uncle, and while we were at his house in Felton, he handed Sharon’s husband, Thomas, a DVD of The Magnificent Seven and told him he HAD to see it. In fact, he asked Thomas to write a report on…

DO NOTHING DAY…

Today was a “down” day, a “do nothing” day. After arriving back from California on Monday, Tuesday morning I was back at work and I hit the ground running. Thursday and Friday the store was immersed in year-end inventory, and by Friday night, I was worn out. So I woke up about 9 this morning…

BACK IN TEXAS

Because of a big storm in Texas, we had to take a more Northern route to go around it. I saw Utah and parts of Colorado on my way home. The ride got a little bumpy about an hour out of Houston, but we made it without incident. I noticed the jump in humidity immediately….

YOSEMITE

Yesterday we drove over to Yosemite, about 2 hours East. We entered the park just before nine in the morning and left just beore nine in the evening. It was a glorious day, filled with the most breathtaking scenery and fun. We started off in Yosemite Valley and then drove up to Tioga Pass, through…

IT’S DO NOTHING DAY…

Since I’ve been going non-stop since I stepped off the plane last Thursday, I am taking a break today and I’m doing… NOTHING at least until Sharon gets off work. I also was in a desperate state with my laundry, so I’m taking care of that today, too. Yesterday, Sharon’s mom took me to a…

SAN FRANCISCO!

Today was San Fran day. My cousin and I boarded the CalTrain from Sunnyvale to San Francisco about 8:15 this morning. We had a great talk on the way in and I realized just how much I miss talking to him. He’s a great guy! He took time out of this morning to get me…