Blogs, random thoughts, travel

  • Life Goes On

    I did something this week that turned out to be more difficult than I thought it would be.  In fact, I wasn't even thinking when I first started.

    I took our dog Annie to the veterinarian for an appointment.

  • The Worst Thing is Never the Last Thing

    My father, William (Bill) McAda, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020. 

    Due to Coronavirus restrictions we could not gather as a family and I was unable to give this eulogy so I have adapted it slightly for those who would like to read more about my father.

  • My Dog doesn’t understand Social Distancing

    The most success I have getting away from her is that sometimes she is so frantic to FIND me that she can’t SEE me!  She can literally look right at me and keep running, trying to find where I might be hiding.
  • Retirement - Oh Rats!

    The next week I took the car to the great guys at Travelers Rest Auto Repair where I sheepishly described the past weekend’s events and the fact that I had packets of rat poison clipped to the frame of the car.  They just smiled.  They’ve seen it before evidently.
  • Retirement - the First 90 Days

    I learned the valuable lesson that a grocery LIST is merely a suggestion and a starting point.  In my desire for ultimate efficiency, I had always found it prudent to make the list in the order of the aisles from back to front and procure only what is on the list.  Turns out, this is NOT how you are supposed to shop. 
  • Traveling Cross Country, the 'Easy' Hikes

    That one hour credit in my college Orienteering class was going to pay off 38 years later! 
  • Traveling Cross Country, the Car

      We forced our car through thousands of desert miles from there.  It was attacked by bees in the Mohave Desert, searched for trailheads on gravel roads in Saguaro National Park, saw its share of roadkill in New Mexico, and took to the gypsum roadways when the asphalt played out in White Sands National Monument.  The ultimate sacrifice came in Big Bend National Park in Texas. 

  • Traveling Cross Country, Smells and High Speed Chases

    She will tell you she is a city girl and not cut out for the smells and adventures we encountered.  And I’ve obviously grown soft!
  • Traveling Cross Country, the Departure

    We said if we were still speaking to each other after THIS one we would stay married another 30 years (hopefully more!).

  • The Test Drive

    Last week my wife and I took a test drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  No, not a new car.  Just testing some ideas we have for a long drive.

  • Lessons Learned from a Yellow Umbrella

    I venture to say it is quite rare for an umbrella to survive a thirty-four-year career with multiple city moves not to mention fifteen different cubicles, closets, or offices.
  • My excuse for being late to work

    Apartment #1 is about 4 feet from the sidewalk.  That’s all that separates it from a frantic six lanes of traffic.  And that’s where she stands, watching, waiting.