Friday, October 31, 2008

No treat just trick

Trick or Treat? That is even silly now that I think of it, now it is just Treat. I guess that is good. I never heard of trick or treat when I was a kid. It was just trick! Most of the costumes were just 25 cent masks. All costumes were home made. No one would have thought of asking their parents to buy a costume for one night. I did know a couple kids who had the black plastic suits with the skeletons painted on them, but they wore the same suit every year until they out grew it. We went down town first to see if you could recognize anyone.
(Pictures are me and the good guys at the OK corral, Wyatt & Doc. The other is Sherry and I at the Oatman massacre site near Gila bend)

We carried a bar of soap and soaped the downtown windows. If we felt mean we used wax we ‘borrowed’ from home. The wax was used by mama to seal jelly jars when she made jelly. The last year I lived in Valdese the merchants go together and allowed the kids to paint scenes on the windows with water colors and awarded a prize for the best.

Did you ever pull up a corn stalk? Well when you do you get a nice clump of dirt around the roots. And the stalk will stand up by it’s self the clod is so heavy. In Albemarle Tuck, Ray Sides and me pulled up corn stalks and lined them across the road like a barricade. The road was not busy, but when a car did come he saw the barrier and locked his brakes. Sometimes he slid through the stalks. There was no damage to the car and none of them were going over 30 mph anyway. Well we thought it was fun anyway.

One year Kenneth Herron, my cousin showed me how to ‘can china berries’. (We called them chaney berries for some reason). About August You put them in a quart jar with water and screwed the top on tight. They were RIPE and stunk to high heaven by Halloween. WE thought it was fun to throw them on peoples porches.

Okay , but that was not as mean as the boys who pooped in a paper bag and set in on fire on someone’s porch and yelled fire. The unsuspecting owner came out and commenced to stomp the fire out. I never did that.

Anyway have fun and give out a lot of candy and be glad that the kids are much better today!

Nite Shipslog


Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.

LIVE while you are alive. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. Dance around the house naked.

Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Friends & Halloween

Ben and Me in our pool back when we were rich.

Sonny and Colette at Kennebunkport (The Bush place in the background)

The one with a covered bridge is in North Carolina, and that is our first Motor home.

The red top building is in Nova Scotia

Today's entry:
We are in Leesburg Florida this week. Enjoying the company of our friends and former pastors. Leesburg is the first place in Florida Sherry ever came to. We were down here when she found out or around the time she knew she was pregnant with our first son Jack. This sweet honest Church going girl wanted an orange so bad I was forced to take one from a grove. Back then that was expected of folks from the North, who had never seen an orange growing.
Well I should know something soon about the book. It has been approved for sale at my web site at creativespace.
I do not know what the shipping charges are but I understand they are pretty steep.

Once the production is in high gear I will let you know on this Blog, and I will have them available HERE! (With the author's signature if you want it) The price here will be LESS than creative space for a while. I certainly appreciate all your interest and moral support. When I started the novel a couple years ago I think it was something I never planned to finish, just somethig to talk about.
I saw Sticky clearing a lot a year or so ago, had a chance to climb up on the track of his loader and hug his neck. We talked for a minute, and I mentioned I was trying to write a book using his name he said,
“Aw pshaw, git out of here!”
I jumped down from the loader and watched him work the loader. He was doing the grading for a couple duplexes just a couple block from Shirl. I was standing by one of his workers, “That is one of the best guys I think I know!”
The guy looked at my funny wrinkled his brow,
“^&*&^%$#. Huh man, sometimes I think he the devil!”
Just goes to prove, we all can look at others differently, huh? Sometimes I wonder how folks see me, do you?

I think Halloween is coming, are you ready? Do you want to carve a pumpkin? If you have time it is fun. Carve one, and finish, it will light up for you!@

Thanks for coming by the LOG.
Nite Shipslog
Try everything twice. On Madams tombstone (of Whelan's and Madam) she said she wanted this epitaph: Tried everything twice...loved it both times!

Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches;)

Keep learning : Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

Enjoy the simple things.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A knock on the door!

This is Elsie Mae in the mall!

Today's entry:
There are some little things that seem to bug me more than others. Do you ever have any problems with can openers? Not the electric kind, just the cheap run of the mill hand kind.
Did you ever use the military can opener? Very efficient I think I will dig mine out. We called it the P-38. Most of us had one on our dog tag chain. Someone said the 38 meant you had to work it 38 times to go around one ‘C’ Ration can. I never counted. It is a neat little opener. We carried one when we backpacked.

Anyway in the last six months I have got so disgusted I paid $7.95 for a name brand can opener. It opened about five cans then started slipping. The Big plastic handle was spinning on the knurled shaft. Being the Mr. Fixit that I am, I drilled thru the handle and shaft and riveted it together. GREAT, in about five cans the gears started unmeshing and not turning the can. Sherry found if you turned it backwards it did okay. Then in a little while that gave out. I went back to the el-cheapo, it is working just fine.
Evelyn got one of those fancy dancy things you lay on top of the can, press a button and it goes around by itself, I might have to try that and give up a little storage space. If you have any advice let me know!!!! Ain’t got room for the wall kind or the standup electric jobber do’s.
As you can guess this is a sort of a solitary life, somewhat like someone described ‘as being alone in a crowd.’ So there is basically no reason for anyone to knock on our door. Had a knock yesterday, it was someone selling papers for the winter, I explained we will not be here all winter.
Now we are not complete hermits. It is sort of a thrill to camp next to someone you know every once in awhile. So this week is unique. Our favorite Preacher, who I am trying to call Wayne, and his wife Juanita are in the same Camp Ground. Now we will be doing some visiting. It is a nice break and the fellowship is wonderful, they are some of the good guys.
Growing up in a church family everybody’s first name was Brother or Sister i.e. Brother Carter and Sister Carter. Even close friends never used first names it was Brother or Sister. We even had a Four Square Pastor once who everybody just called Brother and Sister. No names following

There is another special time of the year coming up. Don & Evelyn come down from NC and we usually get to spend two or three weeks in the same park, that is a lot of fun. Then in the Spring they drop back by for another week or so when they head North.

Anyway we are set up in a State park on Lake Griffin. I think this was the Bass Capitol of the world at one time.

Nite Shipslog
Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant' is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist, in my humble opinion.

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together? If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress theopposite of progress?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bills coming due, Time to move!!

Salmon Fishermen at Sewart, AK
Mt. McKinley or Denali

Above: Motor home on the Ferry crossing the Yukon River at Dawson City, Yukon

Mayflower, Plymouth, just North of Cape Cod.
Above is The Grand Canyon of Yellostone NP

Looking down into the Grand Canyon

Yeah! Moving day. Most parks do not allow you to wash your vehicles. This one does, so I have washed the Motor Home and the Van. I cleaned the windows as well as I can, got the bike rack on the van and the bikes aboard. Our Ships Wheel Name plate and fake puppy are up. We are nearly ready to go. My “never feels bad” lady is a little under the weather today, stomach isn’t doing right and has had a head ache. Very unusual for this lady.

She will bounce back with the move. We drive up the road to Lake Griffin State Park. Nice lake I wish we still had our boat. I miss the fresh fish. Maybe we will try some from the bank, but I doubt it. LOL.
The Oranges are turning, I love to see them. Someone asked awhile back what is the most interesting place you have been. I think in the following order:

Alaska & the Yukon….It gives the feeling of a frontier, which it still is.
Hawaii and its spectacular beauty and the North shore where the BIG waves come in and the surfers live. (We were on Oahu, we haven’t been to the Big Island)
I have stood in awe of two things when I first saw them:
The Atlantic Ocean and the Grand Canyon. You just cannot believe there is that much water, the other you just cannot imagine a hole that big. I mean a hole with a mile high mountain in the middle of it and you are looking down on it. There is still plenty of room left in that hole.

I think the most satisfying feeling was at Cape Cod, looking back over Buzzard’s bay, while Sherry and I sang: (for Patti Page)_

If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air
Quaint little villages here and there
You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod
(Cape Cod, that old Cape Cod)

If you spend an evening you'll want to stay
Watching the moonlight on Cape Cod Bay
You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod
(aah, aah)
If you spend an evening you'll want to stay
Watching the moonlight on Cape Cod Bay
You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod
You're sure to fall in love You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod

No there are so many more, The list above is just a quick selection I am sure I will think of many more and Sherry will when she reads this. But Natural beauty it is impossible not to think of Alaska! Ah yeah, there is San Antonio, Badlands, Arizona desert, Mt. Rushmore & Crazy Horse, Little town on the prairie etc, the list does not stop and they are all wonderful in their own right.

Nite Shipslog
PS: I have to stop this, I want to GO, I love it!

Monday, October 27, 2008

AL..Hands Down, the Most Unique Guy I have met!

Al, this was the most unique guy I ever met. He & Judy went into the hills of upper ‘Down East’ in Maine. Bought some acreage and began to build a log cabin. He did go to the County to see what permits he needed. None, as long as you do not ask for power, was the answer. So they built a beautiful log house on a small mountain top, no electricity. He ran some twelve volt lights. If they wanted to use them he plugged the house into his truck using the trailer connections. Unique, that was Al.
We visited them on their mountain. I think I could live like that, but Sherry says, uh uh! Florida in the Winter! Al said he became a lobsta’ man by accident. He was driving a truck and very often passed a house that had a 35-40 foot boat in the front yard. The Bow was split. After a couple years he said he stopped. Talked to the owner. Al asked him what he was asking for the boat?
The owner said, “I don’t know, what will you give?”
Al said he was joking and said, “I think I could go a dollar a foot, maybe $37.00.”
“When can you move it, it is yours.” Said the owner laughing.
Al said the guy was not joking. So he had to find a trailer and took it to his place, put it between two big trees and with two ‘come-alongs ‘ over a period of a week or so pulled the bow together and put a steel plate to hold it. He quit the trucking company, Launched the boat, started it, built some lobsta pots and started fishing.

The last enterprise Al & Judy were in was baking pies. They *raked the wild blue berries, picked the rubarb. He made the boxes, The company was called the brown box pie company. The boxes were so strong you could actually stand on them. Judy made some delicious pies.
They retired just a few years after we met them. Al got sick and needed dialysis.
You will not believe this, his toe began to deteriorate. The Dr. said we are going to have to take it off. “No you are not!”
“We are only concerned about your health.” Dr. said.
“Not half as concerned as I am!” retorted Al.
This is what you are not going to believe. In about six weeks the toe ‘rotted’ off. The stump looked better than an amputation. He kept his toe in a baggie. Later a finger did the same thing, Al put it in the same baggie.
I said Al D. was very unique. I miss him. Al was a great guy, I loved to hea’ him tawlk. Judy is still alive and living in Kennebunkport, Maine. If I can find a picture of their house I will post it. I think it is for sale now. If you can live without electricity and on a mountain.
Nite Shipslog.
* For us who did/do not know. They rake wild berries (using a small hand rake, a cup looking device with fingers) in Maine, they do not pick them.
PS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A State Trooper pulls over a pickup on Highway 16and says to the driver, 'Got any I.D. ?'.and the driver replies 'Bout wut?'
Did you hear about the $3 million Redneck Lottery ?The winner gets $3.00 a year for a million years.
A new Redneck law was just recently passed .When a couple gets divorced, they are STILL cousins.
Did you hear that the Redneck governor's mansion burned down ?'Yep. Prit'near took out the whole trailer park. The library was a total loss too. Both books went poof . . .. up in flames and the governor hadn't even finished coloring one of them.'

Sunday, October 26, 2008

If I disagree, It does not make me stupid!

Every day you should learn something. It keeps your brain humming. When you quit learning you become a vegetable, or a know it all. Honest no one knows it all. I think I know who should be president, you do to. And it might be a different person. Let’s try not to think each other stupid, just that we have different views.
To try to get someone elected the opposite side will try to put the opposition in the worst light possible. If the press takes on side, the other side has an uphill battle. Sometimes the Movie stars or TV personalities get together to push someone. So do they know more than I do, maybe, but I am not sure.
My favorite Political hero is Ross Perot. I backed him once in a presidential bid. When the press really turned on him I started listening to them and about turned on my own man. Until I stopped to think. The MAN IS NOT STUPID. YOU DO NOT BECOME A BILLIONAIRE BY BEING STUPID. But lesser men in the press made him appear inept, that was unbelievable but they destroyed him.
One of the smartest men that ever ran for president was George Romney. The press turned on him and made him look like a simpleton. The man who took American motors when they were headed down the toilet, and turned them into the third selling auto manufacturer in the world, above Plymouth and just behind Ford and Chevrolet. He even did it without a government loan.
Friend you cannot beat the press. You can buy an hour a day on TV in ads, they have 24 hours a day to destroy you. And yes, we Americans buy into it. I will take one example, Palin. Do you think a simpleton who is not rich, and not a lawyer, can run a campaign and beat a well backed incumbent and become Governor?
There is no way, she is a very smart and savvy lady. So if you are on the other side don’t throw stones and say the woman is just a pretty face, you may not like her, and probably just because she is not of your party. But never think she is a simpleton, I would bet she is not. Find another reason, she is not stupid. I just hate TO see someone maligned, no matter what party.
Crap. I did not mean to get into that. No matter who becomes president, I hope and trust it is the best we ever had. There are some tough decisions to be made we are facing some tough problems. To be honest there is one stand on which both candidates agree, and I disagree LOUDLY, It is illegal immigration. There is no way blanket immunity should be granted. Maybe an official process of some kind with the present rules for immigrants being used, but not blanket immunity. I did not like it when McCain joined with Teddy K. on the last immigration bill. I thought it was wrong. Enough said.
Nite Shipslog
Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.

*****You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.

*****Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don't make more.

******When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Relaxing and waiting for another PROOF

We are sitting here in the Motor home just relaxing as usual. Weather is beautiful. We try to walk a couple miles every day. I do not have much in the line of discipline anymore. My Sherry has discipline. She is my nurse and never forgets, the Doctor says two drops in the morning and two in the evening. I would forget, she does not.

Awhile ago someone told us that vinegar and honey would assist you in living forever. I kept it up for a few weeks, then fell by the wayside. Sherry still keeps it up. I guess she is going to stick around and spend the savings all $39.95 of it. HA!

I know we all look back at photos of ourselves when we were young and small, my screensaver just jumped up showing a picture of me looking into the window of our trailer at Jack. Then my waist was 29”. I was in my Air Force uniform.

That will never be again. Now I have loose skin and it is very wrinkled. I remember seeing old folks that looked like this and thinking I will stay in shape that will NEVER happen to me. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Amazing how short NEVER is sometimes, huh? Speaking of teeth. Mine must be getting old. I have a mouthful of fillings, I did not take good care of my teeth in my early years. The Navy filled my teeth as they needed it. If they had not added all that weight I would weigh much less.

Sherry took a call from home on Monday. Everyone was at Hardees having a great time. I think I started talking about my book too soon, everyone knows it is coming and wants to know when. To say I am excited would be an understatement. The one thing I never expect to do is sell a lot of copies. I know the only way that is done is for the publisher to put it in every book store and push it. Naturally I would like for it to sell a lot of copies, but it is one of those things I just wanted to do. The average book printed in the world today sells 150 copies. I can’t wait to see it in print.

NIte Shipslog

PS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
How do you know when you're stayingin a Redneck motel?When you call the front desk and say,I gotta leak in my sink, and theclerk replies, 'Go ahead'.
Did you hear that they have raised the minimum drinking age for Rednecks to 32?It seems they want to keep alcoholout of the high schools.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two reasons why it's so hard to solve a Redneck murder:1) The DNA is all the same2) There are no dental records
Who invented the toothbrush ?A Redneck.(If it had been invented by anyone else,it would have been called a teethbrush.)

Just us red necks are ‘posed to laugh. We get mad when the rest of you do!!!

(I wanted to scan our Florida ballot, but my scanner does not work with VISTA!@!!*%$%^)

Friday, October 24, 2008

( I am Just wondering what the media would have said if Palin had worn the same dress at two different political affairs. Ha, some you will never win!)
I followed Debbie’s advice on the posting comments. Hope it works here. I like it, tried it on hers. Nothing reached out and smacked me up beside the head and said you used the wrong pass word etc.
The book is off again and out of my hands. Once I get the proof, I WILL NOT READ it. I will make sure there are no blank pages and say it is a go. And that is that.
I got a wonderful surprise last night. I got an alert that a comment was on my old ShipsLog. I went to it and it was ‘Lindie’. You may not know or remember your first comment on a blog, but I do. It was Lindie, she said she had been reading the log for awhile and agreed with most of what I said. I wouldn’t have cared if she said it stunk. I honestly never expected a comment. I was just writing for myself and the family if they wanted to know where we were. It had been a long time since she commented and I was worried that she threw the computer out the window. She was never a daily person, just every once in awhile. The kind that boosts you a lot. Anyway if you read this one Lindie, I loved hearing from you.
I still have the Lobster place, Dick’s I think. I have it written down. Gotta go there when we make our next trip to the North EASt. We were in Cape Cod over looking Buzzards Bay, or talking about it the first time she commented. It brought back memories to her also. I do love lobster. The only time we eat it is when we are in New England.
I had planned to wash this motor home today but it was VERY windy. So any excuse is as good. I will wait until later.
Our Favorite pastor has been in Branson for a seniors meeting, we expect them back soon. They have a daughter in Kaintuck, gotta stop by there and visit on the way back to Florida.
I have been reading our ballot. Do you have a lot of bond and constitutional amendments on yours? If so can you read and understand what they are saying?
If I think of it I am going to copy one on this Blog to see if you can understand it. Lawyers cannot write anything simple, it is against their code. If you are a fisher or hunter you find you have to have a lawyer explain what is legal.
Thanks for coming this way.
Nite Shipslog
Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
*****You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
*****911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
****** . Assault is a behavior, not a device.
********Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.
*******If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Proof is here/& Thanks

Well this is a case of ignorance on my part. I lost an entry off line. I may have sent it as an e-mail. If you got it, please return it. Hahahaha!
It was my big announcement. We received the Proof and are looking it over. I left a few goofs, maybe a couple hundred capitalizations mostly. Anyway I guess it is back to the drawing board. It will be another week to wait for another proof. BUT the book is beautiful, and well presented.
I will try to include a picture of the cover. I received a lot of congrats. All of them I am proud of. One of particular note from Joan in Lancaster. She said she had told Dan, Jack should write a book and here, Gosh Darn, you have done it. This is a wonderful couple. While we were in Lancaster on one of our trips through, they took us on the back roads tourist trip for the day. It was a wonderful trip even included a derby for kids batting. Of course they had a grand child involved, it was all great. Dan & Joan being Harley enthusiasts (yeah they still own one and ride) took us to the Harley Davidson Factory.
I thought of Dan when I was putting the NC State Capitol on the cover. (BTW that was Shirl’s idea) Dan has a cousin who was Lt. Gov. of NC, old Rufus D. The Doughtons are famous in NC, came into the state thru the mountains as pioneers. Robert D. was Dan’s uncle. He was a state Rep to Congress from 1910 to 1953. He was Chairman of ‘Ways & Means’. During that time he championed and helped design and layout the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway along with the Shenandoah Drive is one of the most spectacular drives you can take, it is beautiful. To honor old Robert one of the parks was named Doughton Park. So when driving the Blue Ridge think of Doughton, it is there because of his vision.
Of course Dan forgot the Albemarle, NC area when Joan blinked those eyes and flittered her lashes and said, ‘Come on with me to Pennsylvania big boy,’ he just could not resist. Of course for those who know Dan know he is successful in his own right. He joined the Navy as a seaman recruit and climbed to the Officer’s corps. He doesn’t brag about it but he worked in the basement of the Whitehouse when Nixon lived there. I have to say he is one of the best bosses I ever had. Oh and he and Joan are excellent dancers, Sherry & I don’t dance, but that couple can cut a rug!!!! They are dedicated family folks.
I am outta here, thanks for reading the LOG
Nite Shipslog
I am not a member of the NRA, but I agree with most if not all of their beliefs and passions.

The one I know is true is: If guns are outlawed only crooks will have guns.
*****If guns are responsible for deaths, then pencils are responsible for miss spelled words.

****** What part of 'shall not be infringed' do you not understand?

***** The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others. ******* 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jesus Fixed my teeth/WOW is my face RED!

J· Honest! I am a church going guy, raised in a faith believing church. We believe in healing. If we got sick, it was prayer and/or kerosene. Daddy believed the Bible, word for word. Our whole family was raised and I don’t know of one that was taken to a Doctor until I came along (I am the sweet baby). Then things just fell apart. It seemed it was hard for the Lord to deal with me. Oh the rusty nails were okay, the headaches, toothaches, the bumps, the bruises, the cuts and we didn’t get Polio, etc. BUT evidently it was hard for the Lord to deal with a boy who sticks his hand into a vat of boiling tar. I think Jesus understands ignorance but has a problem with stupidity. After a day or so, it was Doctor time on that one, my faith wasn’t much good. Oh yeah about my teeth! It is true this is my Blog and I would not lie. I found him on the Campground flier there he was plain as day: JESUS PEREZ, DENTIST. You have to trust a man named Jesus. He even made me a pretty tooth, did it without an appointment. There was one difference with him and the REAL Jesus. This guy I had to pay! He did not care how much faith I had, he had a family to feed. ( I did fill out four pages front & back before, even had to pay in advance, do I look like a crook? That Jesus did not trust me. It is sorta imbarrassing when they ask your Physican & Dentist and I put NONE.)
Okay, my face is red!
Okay how do I straighten this thing out? Do I have to send the Birthday gifts back? Shoot! No it was not my birthday, I lied. When I was describing my dad’s life and mine I was counting actual days of life. We were nearly born on the same day. He on the 14th of January and I on the 17th. Differing years mind you. Hahah! Dad was born in 1903 I was a little later, 1939. (See if Dad had not remembered to die he would be 105 years old.)So in actual days I have lived a longer life than he. He never reached 70, I hope to this coming year.

So I guess that is clear as mud, but thanks so very much for the Birthday wishes and gifts. You guys are great. I am going to save them. Yes Shirl, I know it will embarrass you but I am keeping the presents toooo!
Thanks for coming by the Log.
Nite Shipslog
PS: I am not a gun nut, don’t belong to the NRA, but support most of their stands and creed.
An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
*****A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
*****Colt: The original point and click interface.
*****Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
******The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I don't know?

Okay, I know the secret to long life. A kid was asked, “Why do you think some people live a long life and get real old?”
After a pause and deep concentration she said “It is probably because they forgot to remember to die.”

Can’t be more truthful than that. I think some folks just enjoy life so much. They love their family and friends so much they do not think about death. Now I hope you understand I am not taking a terrible life taking disease into account. (BECAUSE, If one of the mean ones get a hold of a person it takes them whether they are good or bad, rich or poor, famous or unknown!) That is something we have all have seen, some closer than others.

I took the time to inform my sons that as of Oct 17th, I had lived longer than my Dad. Jack e-mailed me back and said now give us 20 more. The way I feel now I can do that.
Most of you that read the Blog know Sherry and I live a mobile life. At present we are in Florida with all the old folks. More are showing up daily as it cools off in the North Country. Canadians and New Englanders are showing up. Wisconsin and Minnesota are next. Although some of those OLD folk spend their winter in Texas. I don’t know if stress takes its toll on you guys that stay behind or not but we rest better I think. I have mentioned it before, probably too often, but if I remain in NC, close to the family, I tend to want to run their lives. I can’t keep my nose out of their business. I want to fix everything. It has taken awhile, but it finally got through to me, if they want advice they will ask. And also, in this life we make our own mistakes and a big part of life is working through them. I think that is good advice, I just cannot assimilate it into my psyche.
Texican border or Florida? That is the question asked me a lot. I think the Snow Bird is more welcome on the border. Florida has become more tourist oriented and the Snowbird is getting in the way just a little. I just heard from Joan. She and Dick stay around Yuma in the winter. I think she is getting ready to go. I don’t think Dick wants to go until it gets too cold to golf out there in Utah. BTW they are the other Great-Grandparents of Elsie Mae.
I haven’t said anything yet, but I am out of space. Thanks for coming this way!
Nite Shipslog
**** After a three year government funded study professors at Harvard have come to the final conclusion: Everyone must be somewhere at all times!
***Without a government study I have discovered this Truth:
‘When you are old you should never pass up a chance to use the bathroom.”

Monday, October 20, 2008

Life in the Fast Lane

Life in any lane is fast, at 70. Sherry and I have two sons. We are both proud of them, we always have been. There were times we were disappointed, hurt and down right mad, but we still loved them and were proud they were our sons.
I had always hoped their lives would be like ours, a wife and children in that order. And that love would be the true lasting love as Sherry and I have experienced. I wanted them to be as happy as I, but then that is impossible because I am the happiest guy in this world. I am also the luckiest.

Whoever is reading this, I hope YOU find real happiness. IT IS NEVER TOOOO LATE!! It starts within. You first have to know yourself, and be yourself. Fakes are miserable, they also must not be happy with their station in life. I think faith has a lot to do with happiness. It is best to share the same faith with your partner. I am reminded of our good friends Al & Judy. They were camping friends from Maine, small place called Milbridge. Every week without fail they attended Mass and whatever special Catholic services came up. They always found a place to worship on the road. Al passed away a few years back, they were married the same year we were. They never got to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. We visited Judy and were talking about the church they attended, we had passed it in a small town nearby. Sherry said I guess you hate to attend by yourself.
I love to hear her talk, “Ooh, I don’t attend theaah, I am Baptist. Al was the man of the house, I attended where he wanted to go, now I am back to the Baptist church with my mom in Kennebunkport.”
As far as I know that was the best marriage of differing beliefs I have ever seen.
I just think a lot of problems are solved if you have the same background and beliefs. But for true happiness, I think you need faith, it will help you through the rough ground.
I will let you go. Thanks for coming by this Log.
Nite Shipslog.
No, being nuts does not make your life a Sundae.
Nuts that remain in the bag, are nuts still.
Not all nuts are good to eat, ever try an acorn?
The Almond combats cholesterol build up in your arteries better than any other nut, except your doctor.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Politics, my view

I will say this about the election. If John McCain wins this election, he will have beaten so many groups it will be amazing. I know the two big pro abortion groups together put in 70 million dollars, according to AOL news. The Democratic party that has raised a record amount of money, at least one minority section has raised 50 million. The Ugly Contention is raising money just to fight Palin, because she is a pretty face. I almost throw up when I hear a liberal say she should stay home and raise her family, but NEVER say that about a Liberal Mother politician.
I also get frustrated hearing, ‘No experience’. Sorta funny in life from the lowest scale, every position and job is started with little or no experience. You can never be a mother the first time and have experience at it. And babies never come with the makers instructions written down. And by and large our mothers are successful. Don’t even try to tell me that does not compare with the Presidency. The new mother looks around for advice, picks the best she can for advice and answering questions. NO president goes in knowing the job. Read the autobiographies of men like Roosevelt, Truman, Carter, and others. One of the first things they say is they were overwhelmed by the responsibilities, they had not begun to imagine what it was like. I have said it here and I will say it again. What makes a good president is his being able to surround himself with good, honest intelligent men and women. If he picks a loser, the faster he gets rid of them the better.
I think both McCain and Palin are smart enough to choose wisely. On the other hand, I assume Mr. Obama will choose wisely. I do not think he will Pick Jesse Jackson for Secretary of State nor the Rev. Sharpton as Defense. He knows if he does his administration is headed down the tubes. I am not going to preach gloom and doom. This is the greatest Nation on planet Earth. We will live through either person who gets in.

I hope it is not Obama, he has promised to raise my taxes, I don’t want my taxes raised. Yes even my taxes and yours. What he said was he would do away with the “BUSH” tax cuts. If he does that it will raise mine & yours. I also get a little sick of Politicians who say they are going to tax the rich. Hahahahahahahaha! A tax for the rich must go through RICH men & women to be voted on. One in three Senators are millionaires and nearly half the house, are or are approaching millionaire status.
As far as the war goes, if Bush could end it today he would, no one wants the Albatross around their neck, but they do not want it marked up as a loss for the US either. There is an honorable way out, we must find it. Both men running know they must end the war, problem is, HOW?
That is politics for tonight.
Nite Shipslog.

PS: Life is good, even in the USA no matter what your income level is, life is good.
*******If you don’t believe it visit Port a Prince.
*******Walk across the border to Baccias, Neuvo Progresso or cross at El Paso.
Yes life is good.
God Bless America

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I think I am getting there

This is my first try at composing on the new system. I am a little on edge getting prepared to launch into this mystical journey. It is mystical when you are lost from the beginning. I know it is better for the environment, but I do wish there were still operations and instruction manuals with all this software. And to be honest I wasn’t raised ‘READING’ pictures. I understand why they are used, but I still do not like it. This computer came with a picture display two feet square with big pictures showing where the wires go. Now truthfully there is a loose cable behind the computer right now. It goes from the monitor to the computer according to the picture, but there is not mating connector there. So for right now it is just hanging loose. I just spent thirty minutes trying to figure how I got into caps without the caps lock on. I got out of it now but I do not know how I did it.

Back to the pictures, I don’t even like it when they just put pictures on the Bathrooms. Oh yeah, that reminds me. Awhile back we were in a Pizza Hut. I headed to the bathroom and stood there for a minute. Now when God created toilet signs he put the name on the door or immediately above it. These were at the side. When we started to leave Sherry wanted to make a trip to the bano. I noticed her looking puzzled and when I caught her eye I indicated the signs.

I know it makes no difference to the local folk they know which side is the boys and girls. It is sorta like attending a new church, which we do regularily. Sometimes we walk up to the church and do not know which door is the entrance. I want a sign that says, “Hey Jack, this one!”

Have you noticed I have bitched a lot here today? I will try to do better.
Thanks for coming this way!

Wow we have cheap gas, $2.89 a gallon. Can you imagine thinking that is cheap?

I Am really a happy guy. I found my pictures even added some. Don’t’ know whether I can find them again, but……………………………………
We walked pretty late last night because I was messing with this thing.
It was dark when we got home. More snow birds showing up and plenty of full timers like ourselves. That is what we who live full time in our RV are referred to.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Well there went another entry. It might be on here, heck I don't know. NO SHIRL it is not behind the computer, I looked. hahaha!

Anyway thanks for the nice words. I do hope to see the proof soon, I am like a kid at Christmas.

I am composing on line and should know better. I am trying to learn too much at once. This site navigation and now I have the puzzle of VISTA!!!!
Cannot buy XP in a desk top anymopre according to the salesman.

No more details. Just I will get back after I find the 2000 pictures I put on the new machine, they are there they are just hiding.

Thanks for coming by.
Nite Shipslog

Did you know Tigers have striped skin as well as fur?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Information on STICKY

Well Yesterday I got a thrill then a shock. First of all Josh was able to upload from NC the cover he designed, and I was able to down load it here in Fla. I was so happy it looked great. I went to the Printer and started to upload, they said WHOA! That is too large, the most it can be is 40 MB, it was over 50MB.
Nearly a bad word was said, I e-mailed Josh can we drop something, change the color, make the cover all one color, see what you can do. I started drawing another cover. This time I decided to go ahead and paint one in acrylics and take a picture of it then etc etc. I e-mailed a great guy’s wife. Jean. To Ask if Jim, he being a super dooper with Caterpillar, could get me a picture of the RD6 Cat.
THEN I got the e-mail from Josh, “I GOT IT” He went back to the file pressed it, ironed it, took out the garbage, squeezed out the water from the mud, what ever, and got the file down to size.
SOOOOOO I have submitted it to the techies for scrutiny, if they pass it, it will be ready for the proof printing. I am actually very excited.
To see an ad for the book Click here:
It takes awhile to pass the book back and forth from California physically, so I still have weeks to wait, but that doesn’t stop me from being excited. I think I will have a sale here on the BLOG for autographed copies, ha!
I do appreciate all the support from my family. Jack, my son read the manuscript and said, “Dad I am impressed”. I wanted to put that on the cover, I still might. Now I would be REALLY impressed if my son Mark read it, without the comments. HA!
My dear friend Glenda read it and gave me some very good advice and made some important suggestions for changes which I incorporated. Shirl read it and was impressed. Hey really folks she read the whole book, she also made suggestions and corrections that I incorporated.
So, I am reading a copy of what I sent in the last time. I have found a couple small things I over looked, but not enough to stop the presses for.
Thanks for reading this stuff,
Nite Shipslog
Stock market language, important at this stage of our country:
VALUE INVESTING -- The art of buying low and selling lower.
P/E RATIO -- The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.
BROKER -- What current conditions have made me.
STANDARD & POOR -- Your life in a nutshell.
STOCK ANALYST -- Idiot who just downgraded your stock. (He hasn't got a prediction right yet, and says its the companies who are at fault.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Reservations, musings & trips

(Duplicate entry on AOL)

I had a good entry here. About reservations, and MS Windows had a problem and had to shut down. Shucks! Also I dress this up a little and copy and paste and it comes out Black & White only. Oh well.......

Anyway We are usually, fly by the seat of the pants, type of people. No reservations. A couple years ago we decided it was time, we had to start.
Yesterday evening Sherry called to make reservations at Lake Panasofkee. Nothing available. Heck no body is in Florida this time of the year. What has happened? So quick I get on the internet and check Lake Griffin State Park in Leesburg. Yes they have room. Good! What about Thanksgiving? NADA! WHAT? That is right nothing available Thanksgiving.
Anyone out there have room for a 38.5 foot RV in your drive over Thanksgiving? It is Just a joke folks, we find a spot. That is the way we live. HA!

There are plenty more spots, I was just surprised that they were full over Thanksgiving.
Sherry & her two sisters Colette and Lennie were three peas in a pod. We Brothers in law knew when we married one we got all three. Lennie and Collette had seldom traveled over 250 miles from home, UNTIL we moved back into the area. Then we started at least one week a year traveling together. We usually rented a van. Once the trip included Key West. We got there and there was not a room of any kind available. We started back up the Keys (150 miles of two lane road and bridges). We did not find a vacancy until we reached Ft. Lauderdale and it was between two and four in the morning. SOOOO we learned then to check ahead but still did not start making reservations until a few years ago.
Those times are gone, Lennie and Colette had the ill manners to leave this life for a better one, but that doesn’t make you miss them less. Our yearly trips are gone but than the Lord for memories.
Those trips were great. We went to Missouri, San Antonio, Lancaster, Nova Scotia, Toranto, Key West, another big Florida trip, Bransen. Nat’l Bridge, Williamsburg, West VA. coal mining country, Cape Cod and Boston. Three couples and never an argument or problem.
Thanks for coming to the Log.
Nite Shipslog
For you who are not familiar with Wall Street terms:

CEO --Chief Embezzlement Officer.
CFO-- Corporate Fraud Officer.
BULL MARKET -- A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.
BEAR MARKET -- A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pop ups, weather and Mary

There is nothing more fun than pop ups. Especially pop ups that cover your entire screen. Shirl has been fighting one for two or three days. Any suggestions?
We are having pretty windy weather here in central Florida, but the temp is great. We walked last night, looked clear but we started getting a drizzle about a quarter mile from the coach. We put it in hi (for old folks) and came on home. Today we walked during the day, it is beautiful out.
Some folk decorate for the different holidays, a lot of Halloween folks here. Sometimes we buy a pumpkin we did not this year. We have a ceramic Christmas tree and sometimes put a string of lites up in the windshield. I love to look at the places that are decorated, just don’t want to do it myself anymore.
We are well hope you are.
I got a comment from Mary a couple days ago. It was a sweet entry, we knew her when we were in Kirksville and Moberly, Missouri. The family lived on a farm south of town. The top family we have met in our travels. Next to family, they are probably the best. We love them all. I do not have Mary’s e-mail address. I can’t click on her name and get it on the Blogspot I don’t think.
Thanks for coming by the Shipslog.
Nite Shipslog
Are you good at catching apples? Glenda, Mary’s sister sent this:

Monday, October 13, 2008

looking for my post

where is it? Oh this is a mistake, I found it. But I can't get rid of this one yet.

Friday October 13, 1972 SAD DAY FOR ME

First note: When my book is published it will be advertised and handled by AMAZON. Thanks for asking.

Remembering Friday, October 13, 1972
I have learned that 69+ is not old. Today is a Mile marker. A day of success for my Dad, but a sad day for us, his family.
Charlotte is a fairly large city. My dad was taken to the hospital there after a severe heart attack. The situation did not look good. In a hospital that large and in a city that big, the head nurse on that ward was Ethel Buff, a friend of Sherry & I. When she learned who B.F. Darnell was, she called Dick Lankford (my bro-in-law) aside and said, “Call Jack, tell him if he wants to see his dad alive to get here as quickly as possible.”
At the time I was in GITMO BAY, Cuba. The Navy got me on a plane that day (my family was to come later, there was no room on that flight.) I flew to Norfolk then a plane to Charlotte, it was record time, but the weather was bad in Charlotte and we could not land. While my plane circled Charlotte, Dad passed away. Mama, Shirl, Jim, Kat, Dick,Jr and Odis were there, I was in the sky above. I should have seen his spirit leave.
Ethel (the nurse) was with Dick when he was standing beside Dad in the ICU. Dick said to Dad, “Doc, we want to get you well and get you back home.”
Dick said dad looked at him very tired, raised a feeble hand pointed skyward and said, “Home.” He closed his eyes and departed for his long awaited home. Like I said it was a good day for him, but a sad day for us.
Ceremony was not Dad’s best suit. He was a common man of uncommon valor. He went from a dirt poor peanut farmer to a very successful and well respected pastor and minister. He never forgot that the members of his church worked for a living and respected everyone of them.
The church in which the funeral was held would only seat 5 to 6 hundred. It was the first church he organized and built. It is located in South Gastonia, NC. There were a hundred honorary pallbearers. City officials and politicians were there. Dad would have been proud if he had not been busy elsewhere. Yes Shirl, Sherry and I miss you Dad. You were really one of the GOOD GUYS! You never made me feel inferior, but I knew I was, you were a MAN!
Little known facts: Dad plowed a matching pair of Roman nose mules. Mama said he could plow from dawn to dark.
**could handle and use dynamite well enough to stack boulders.
**When dad ’built a church’ he was right there with the workers, mixing mortar, handling lumber. (a working supervisor)
**He was never afraid to say “I don not know.” But followed it with, “I will find out.”
***He never had a fortune nor lived in a new home.
BUT HE was the richest man I ever knew, and now lives in a mansion. He talks personally with his hero’s Caleb & Joshua.
(Dad liked optimists)
Now the selfish part of this entry. If I live three more days I will have lived as long as my Dad. I never expected to see the day. Funny, now I want to live longer.
Thanks for dropping by the Shipslog.
Nite Shipslog
Life is short:
Forgive quickly,
Kiss slowly,
Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably,
Never regret anything that made you smile.
Keep this in mind, if you carry a grudge, it will weigh you down!
If you are mean, it will be seen.
All the good you do can be wiped out by one act of stupidity!
And old navy expression that fits here:
One “OH SH-T!” wipes out a thousand ‘ATTA BOYS’

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sticky Cover

Okay this is the third time posting this same post. hope it takes, can't figure what I am doing wrong, but it must be something.

Well you have to understand, it is near impossible for us neophytes to know how much work (computer wise in processing and storing) goes into one book cover. Josh has finished my Book cover for Sticky. Now I am ready to submit the final piece of data to the publisher or printer. I am the publisher, I forget that. One slight problem. “Grandpa, the size of the cover file is 50 Meg., I cannot send it as an attachment it is too big! I am on Fall break and it will be Wednesday before I can upload it to a place that you can download it from.”
Now just to give you an idea how much space the cover takes up in a computer, my book is only 278 pages long and it takes up 38 Meg. That is saying the cover takes up about one and a half what the book does. You must consider that the cover has three pictures inset over a very large picture. Along with text. So it is very large. Anyway I am not on a deadline, I am just glad the cover has been finished.
In hind sight, I should have chosen a much simpler cover, and I will from now on. I will take that into consideration.
Of course we are all good at hind sight. We all know someone who was smart enough to buy land or something very cheap five or ten years before it became very valuable. My Daddy had a saying, ”A very smart man is a man who knows to buy junk the day before it becomes an antique.” Daddy was very smart, but he never bought the $50 an acre land either. Dad would never invest, he said it looked bad for a minister to invest and speculate. Of course he never bought the junk the day before it became an antique either.
I hope to become a published writer. Only one in 150,000 published writers make a living at it, much less get rich. So I am not expecting to turn the world on ear at 69 years old. This is just another one of those things I wanted to do.
I have spent my life doing the things I wanted to do.
I wanted to quit school… I did, I successfully did it.
I wanted to be a Marine… I successfully completed PI
I Wanted to be an Airman…I successfully did it for over 4 years.
Then I decided I wanted to Preach.. I was successful at that for a few years.
I was a chalk artist, teacher and Magician.
I decided I wanted to be a Sailor.. I became one and retired a Chief.
I wanted to be a builder… I was successful at that up to and including Licensed General Contractor.
I wanted to be a published Writer.. I hope to succeed in a few weeks.
NO! I have not been successful at some of the most important jobs.
I attended College three times, I was top in my class each time but I quit. So none was successful.
I wanted to be a husband! Successful? I am not sure. I have been married over 52 years but most of the credit goes to a wonderful woman.
I wanted to be a Dad. I became one.. Successful? not really. I did not convey the important parts of life. That is a dad’s job. I failed miserably in that respect.
I can fix most anything. Everybody who knows me will tell you that. As a grown man I have stood and cried when I could fix a faulty light, breaker, roof, or start a stubborn car, when I could not help my sons in their problems, I could not fix their lives. It is a very helpless feeling and you must experience it before you realize how helpless you are.
Yeah I KNOW, we can fix anyone’s problems (theoretically), as long as we only have to tell them how to do it. We think to ourselves, if they would only listen to me! That is a bunch of BS. Most of us can’t and didn’t fix our own problems, we muddled through them, but we will gladly fix everyone else’s problems.
Now back to the beginning of this entry, the cover takes up a lot of computer space. Hahahaha!
What an entry! Thanks for coming if you stayed all the way!
Thanks even if; you didn’t.
Nite Shipslog
Life is short,
Forgive quickly,
Kiss slowly,
Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably,
And never regret anything that made you smile,
And remember most people don’t like a mean person so just be sweet.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Who, what , why this blog is leaking!

Gonna feed this thing to the alligators!

Well, I am sitting here staring at the screen. How did I get here? How do I get back to the journal? What part of the Shipslog is this? Why do I see everyone’s entries here? Am I at my journal or theirs?
Therefore, I sit here and click something. There is a change. Now what did I click to get here? I forgot!
Complicated and confusing to an old man. In addition, I used to be SOOOOO smart when I was a kid. I successfully installed and ran one of the original facsimile machines. Most folks do not even know what fax is short for. The source doc was placed on a drum. It rotated with a light sensitive pin that moved a hundredth of an inch each revolution. A blank sheet of paper was on the other end with an ink pen that makes a dark, darker and darkest spot when the sensitive pin sensed a change in color. Oh yeah, it was slow, took about a half hour to send an 8x11 sheet of paper. And I can’t even make sense of this system. Yeah I think I had rather change a tire.
I remember the first flat I ever fixed on my ‘48 Chevy. Now first you must know or be told that a tire is on the rim very tight. It ain’t like a bicycle tire. Even a tubeless tire bead is very tight. So I needed another car or a spare. I had the spare. I put it on first. Then you lay the flat down under the front tire and drive over the tire, not the rim, just the tire as close to the rim as possible. Sometimes you have to so this a couple times to get it broken good. Now use the tire tool and a couple big screw drivers to pry the tire off one side of the rim. Watchit and don’t pinch the tube. Pull the tube out and patch it. Re install tube and pry tire back on. Don’t need the car for that.
Now here is the kicker for the neophite. Roll it to the service station and pump it up. Crap ! Air coming out around the valve stem.
Back to the house, go thru everything again. Can’t find a hole in the tube. Put it back to gether roll to the service station. THIRD TIME!!!!! Mr. Service station man says, Jack what is wrong, you been here with that same tire 3 times?
I told him, he had the audacity to laugh at me.
“Son, air is trapped between that tube and the tire, it has to come out some where so it finds the hole around the valve stem! Put 30 pounds in it and go home!”
Gary will get a kick out of that and understand it.
Okay that is how I feel about this new Journal site, only I am leaking air and don’t know where or why. Hahahahah!
Thanks for coming this way!
Nite ShipsLOg
"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.
*****The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing. *****The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
***** The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. (you folks that took typing will remember that one)

Friday, October 10, 2008
So yes the answer is yes. I opened a blog on Blogspot a few days ago to try to figure how to navigate it. You know what? 'O a, ea;o;y' that says I am easily confused with my fingers on the wrong keys. My last entry over there I made a couple mistakes, very very unusual for me LOL. I tried to edit but the thing would not listen to me, so I just used white out on the monitor here and penciled in the correction. It did not take and I have a spot that doesn’t move on the screen. LOL!
The Book, Sticky, is coming along very good. I am near the printing of the proofs, (3-4 weeks), and under normal circumstances I would still have six to ten months wait to see the book in print.
I have not commented much on any journals lately. I got a couple through on Blogspot and lost a couple. Do you have to read and print the swirled letters every time? And do you have to do it at every Blog? That will take some getting used to for me.
Oh well we have rain. Oh yes. Debbie, the smart girl from down in the boondocks told me how to get my first Blog entry. I copied it and put it on Blogspot.
I am so out of it, I did not recognize the name Debbie and read it as her daughter, Terri. Oh yeah U B Smart Debbie. Here I am talking to folks in the Blog I never do that.! Betty asked If I was on Blog spot and I thought I would learn how to BE THERE before anyone Knew I was there!
So there.
Thanks for coming by the ShipsLog and the Shipslog.
On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
*****Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
***** Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
*****Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thanks Debbie!

Wednesday, March 17, 200411:08:00 PM EST Feeling Quiet Edit Entry Delete Entry

If I had known how to get the first entry I ever made it would have been the first entry here. As You can see I started March of 2004, since then the ShipsLog had over 30,000 reads. So now I may ocntinue here. This is the first entry I ever made on a BLOG!

We live on the road, Sherry & I. We have been on the road a few years now and still love it. We have traveled to all 50 states and 18 countries. Latest travel was to Mexico, just into the edge, Nuevo Progresso. I had some dental work done there.
Traveled back up thru Texas and stopped in the BIG EASY for a week or so, had a ball walking.
Speaking of walking, Sherry decided in 2000 we should walk the Appalatchian Trail. We walked a Hundred miles and died! We went back though, you can't stop Sherry. We have since walked from Georgia to Mt. Killington, VT. That is 1700+ miles. We are due to go back and try to finish the other 500 miles this summer.
Will close with our ages, we are 65/66 years young/old whatever, both retired.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Just a trial shot

test of the photo this is Mary Ann and Martha at our Anniversary party.

I guess I got the photo up all right. I added the second one, that is Sherry and me at our 50th. Don't know how I got the underline.

This is The Georgia font.
Paula’s new Blog….’s new blog
Boomer’s page new blog

That was a trial of cut and paste. Now how do I add a picture?

Well it was a thought anyway

This is the first of many entries to this journal. I don't know how many years the AOL blog was but we had 30,500 hits. This journal is honestly for me to just say somethings.
Right now I don't know what to say. Folks will never believe that.