Blogs, random thoughts, travel

  • Rhine River Cruise

    The Uber ride to the airport was our final tourist experience.  The driver was very friendly and did his best to engage us in conversation.  There was no rush for us but he took the curves as if there was a reason to shave off seconds.  And then the highways and canals came into discussion and he searched for a couple photos on his phone while he drove.
  • We're Not Those Kind of People

    If you have kept up with even half of my blogs you know that Jenni and I are very comfortable planning our own travels and doing so on a whim.  So when we first considered booking a river cruise with Viking Cruise Lines our own argument was that “we’re not those kind of people”. 
  • The Trip Begins (?)

    9:02 a.m. via email from KLM Airlines:  “Your flights for today have been cancelled.” 
  • "There's Your Next Blog"

    I remembered that years ago when we flew to Europe, I had a small, gray camera bag.  Of course, I used different photography equipment then too, but I wanted to at least test the bag to see if it could hold the essentials. 
  • Things I Don't Do

    Retirement, and life in general, have brought about changes in my life.  I’ve learned to stop doing some unnecessary things.

  • Graduation Thoughts

    Eight years from now, Uvalde High will be graduating a much smaller class.  Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles will undoubtedly mark the occasion with joy but for a large number there will be a numbness--the acknowledgement that someone special is missing from the celebration.
  • Old Friends, New Goals

    We recently delighted in strengthening a friendship that had been dormant for years.   A few weeks prior, I was contacted by an old friend who live...
  • Owl Box

    It was a unique gift that really got my heart racing a few months later.   Last year for Father’s Day, my eldest son gave me an owl box he built hi...
  • The Good Spoon

    Is it odd to have a favorite spoon?  (Don’t answer that!)   When I was growing up, my mother’s everyday silverware drawer was filled with a mismatc...
  • Shell Game

    I’m not sure what Rutherford Beach once looked like.  It had four streets and about two houses now.  Where one street met the surf there were wires and cables protruding from the sand.  Despite the desolation, this was a great place to boondock for the night.  
  • License Plate Game

    My grandfather introduced me to this game when I was a child, living in my very small world, in a small South Texas town. 
  • Dear Louisiana

    ... most people would agree that your roads are generally terrible, owing to the state requirement that any highway be poured with inferior concrete in ten-foot segments specifically designed not to match up, thus providing the methodical thump-thump-thump we all have come to know and expect.