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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Florida Photos - April 2008…


The Nancy and I own five cameras – a 35MM, a video camera and three, though one doesn’t work, digital cameras.

We are spending the week in Orlando, Florida.  Part of the week is work related, the rest is vacation and relaxation.

Typically when Americans travel they carry a camera with them to photograph a memory trail.  Pictures may include those of people, places and things they wish to remember (and to show off).  The Nancy and I like to photograph things too, just so we can create visual memories.  The problem we have is one of memory, that is, the physical one.  Neither of us seems to ever remember to pack one of the many cameras we own – even the non-operating one.  This omission, believe it or not, makes picture taking an insurmountable problem, except…well, picture this, please?

The first shot I would have taken, had I remembered the camera, would have been of our seats in the First Class section of AirTran Flight 716.  We did the upgrade thing.  Imagine this is the picture occupying the space below?

“Nice Leather Seats”


I suppose my second photo attempt probably would have been one of new The Nancy showing off her weight loss of twenty-five plus pounds.  Doesn’t she look great?  Imagine the photo of her in the space beneath this?


“Skinny Nancy wearing Tommy Bahama”

Isn’t this exciting?  The imaginary album that follows, please pretend, is all the photos I wish I had remembered to bring a camera to take.  They include flora and fauna indigenous to Florida, more of The Nancy and a few of me, some of friends and people we love.  We have some of restaurants were we dined with our buds.  One of me with beer glass in hand!!!  What a surprise that one is, eh?  Well, you get the idea

Camera or no camera, we had and are having a wonderful time.  Even with a bit of disturbing news this week, we have had a glorious time celebrating life, friendship and love.  The current phase of our existence (it is a “forever” journey, you know?) may end at any moment, but the memories we create are part of the cosmic landscape forever.

Damn!  This camera worked just fine.

And that is all I have to say about that… 


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Moses Routine Didn’t Work for Me…


Living on the Farm has its ups and downs.  These photographs show “ups.”

This first photo is the Farm:

This one is the drive just off the hard surfaced road.  In the dip just beyond the trees is the creek in the placid state:

The old saying goes, “What goes up, must come down,” and so it is with Farm living.  This past Sunday it began to rain in the very early hours.  It rained all night.  About 2AM we had a thunderstorm and some pretty wild weather, east of us in Maryland, that produced a couple of tornados.  Fortunately, all we got was about three or more inches of rain.  I say fortunately, but nonetheless, it left its mark on our surrounding property.

Our house is almost exactly one-half mile off the hard surfaced road.  We have to travel over two concrete bridges that cross a creek that runs into a four-acre pond just off our property.  The bridges dip down near the water so that when the water reaches a certain level it flows over bridges, and doesn’t wash them away when the flow exceeds the ability of the culverts to handle the flow.  Got it so far?  Okay!

Typically the water runs in the creek about six inches deep or so, and the creek is probably not five feet wide in normal times.  Sometimes the water doesn’t run at all and the creek is dry except for a few puddles.  This was definitely not the case on Monday, April 21st.

Just after we got up The Nancy and I could see water cascading down through the yard behind our house and also in front of our house.  Our gravel drive – where we just had some forty-five tons of pea gravel spread a couple of weeks ago – had shallows ruts where the water had taken away both gravel and some of the dirt.  We decided to drive down to the first bridge to see if we could get past the stream.  When it rains a lot the water will pass over the bridges maybe six to ten inches deep; however, it is passable with my Cherokee and our Wrangler.  The Nancy’s car would float away, so it stays in the garage when we get a hard rain.  These photographs will show you what we found.


This one was taken a couple of hours after the one above:

Needless to say, we high-tailed it back to the house.  We checked the bridge situation periodically throughout the morning, and finally were able to cross the bridges, though still scary, at about 2:30 and made it to our offices in Beautiful Downtown Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, population 711. 

The rushing water destroyed the driveway and removed about fifteen of the forty-five tons of gravel.  It left deep gullies and deposited river rocks in many places along the drive – some weighing several pounds.  Water is strong stuff.  This morning the water was finally running under the bridges again, and the cleanup will begin.

Farm living has its ups and downs.  We love our home and will continue to deal with these kinds of nuisances.  It is a minor price to pay to live in Paradise.

And that is all I have to say about that…   

Friday, April 18, 2008

Faking It to the Top…


I saw this in the March 28th issue of The Week magazine.  I have written before about people having a public and a private persona, and how in a very large number of people these personas do not match.  Apparently some other people notice this, too.

“The French essayist La Rochefoucauld got it right, said Stefan Stern in the ‘Financial Times.’  He once said that ‘we get so used to disguising ourselves to others that we end up becoming disguised to ourselves.’  And nowhere do we wear more disguises than in the workplace.  As anyone who has ever toiled in an office knows, the workplace is full of ‘chameleons who feel the need to adopt a different persona as they arrive at work each day.’  Such fronts might seem necessary at times, but ‘suppressing or enhancing personality traits could be counterproductive, and may even have a worrying impact on our health.’  The fact is, ‘keeping up an act is inefficient, and not a good use of energy.’ And besides, when you’re not authentic, it’s very unlikely you’re doing your best work or making the most of your talents.  So instead of trying, probably futilely, to become the person your boss wants you to be, try instead to match who you are to what your organization needs.  In the end, the best advice remains: ‘Just be yourself.’  Of course if you’re not entirely sure who you [really] are, “you will have to work on that one out, for yourself.’”

So here is the rotten truth.  Almost everyone puts on a huge front.  Most people do not want you to know who they really are.  Why?  Because most people do not like the person they really are.  I found this out when I did the “you know whats” in Dallas.

I know a lot of people think I do nothing, but promote “you know whats in Dallas,” and God knows I despise pontification, but I really believe in what I took away from the program.  Check it out – http://www.millennium3education.com  Want. to know who you really are?  Want to meld the person you are with the person you want everyone to believe you really are?  Here’s a place where you can do it.  Fall in love with you in Dallas.  Many thousands of people have.

And that is all I have to say about that…

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Odds and The End…


I am thinking, and that has from time to time gotten me in a bit of trouble.  This thinking probably will not, but time will tell.

Odd: Since January 3rd I have dropped almost thirty pounds.  Yesterday morning as I was having yogurt and a banana for my breakfast at the Hampton Inn were I was staying in Columbus, Ohio, I realized since beginning my diet I am acutely aware of what other people put on their plates.  One thing stands out, thin people and those who are overweight eat differently.  This is not a judgment, it is merely an observation.  The people who need to lose weight the most eat a hell of a lot more than those who do not. And that is a profundity. 

Odd: When one is dieting one also observes there are a lot of people who need to be on a diet, but quite obviously are not and probably won’t be any time soon.

Odd: When one is dieting, one notices the ever growing number of overweight kids.

Odd: Thin people look so much better in their clothes and even seem to dress better.

Odd:  Stores seemingly have a greater offering of skinny sizes, but the ratio of shoppers does not square in that direction.

Odd: The loss of waistline is in direct proportion to an increase in vanity and the love of mirrors.

Odd: It is harder to keep it off than it is to put it back on.

The End:  And that is all I have to say about that…