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I'm a techie, a bibliophile (book lover), dog lover, wife lover, and partime author; not counting my Woodall's scribblings. Have written several autobiographical short stories about growing up on Long Island in New York and one hard-scifi novel; as yet unpublished. Purchased a Fun Finder X trailer in 2009 and have already taken a 9-month tour of the USA and its state and national parks. Have now resettled from Florida to Tennessee, where one of our 4 children and his family live. Have 5 grandchildren, so far, with expectations of several more. Also am in the process of restoring a 1990 Toyota Celica GT sportscar. And yet still my DW thinks I'm not busy enough...

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Selling Ice Cream to the Eskimos and Class Distinctions in the RV World

Selling Ice Cream to the Eskimos and Class Distinctions in the RV World

February 2010 It used to be, and may still be, if you wished to compliment a salesman, to identify them as an expert in their field, you said that they could sell ice, or ice cream, to the Eskimos. Well, there must be several of those penultimate sales people working right here at this resort, because today we went to an ice cream social while the outside temperatures were in the breezy 50s (which... [Read more]

When Things Go Bump in the Night

When Things Go Bump in the Night

Late Fall 2010 This is a story for the pet lovers out there. The kind who can be seen out in the pouring rain, holding an umbrella over their canine child, murmurring encouragements in baby talk, ready to swoop down and retreive the smelly remains of the day’s kibble while chanting, “Good puppy wuppy! That’s a good girl, GOOOD GIRRRLL!” It’s no wonder that non-doggy people... [Read more]

Breathless In Breckenridge

We were on our way out of southern Utah; having spent several days exploring Arches National Park and all of its wonders. If you haven’t heard me say it before, now you will: if you want to view one of the effects of God’s hand on earth, here it is. But more on that some other time; because now I want to tell you about beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado and the danger that waited for me there… The... [Read more]

A Canary in the Coal Mine

A Canary in the Coal Mine

(click to enlarge) Ever since I was a child (my DW thinks that I still act like a child sometimes), I’ve wanted to visit John Pennekamp State Park in Marathon Key, Florida. Besides being a beautiful example of a coral reef barrier island; one of many such islands in the Forida Keys, it contains an underwater state park. While there, you can visit the off-island coral reef by scuba/snorkel-diving... [Read more]

A Close Encounter With A Mermaid

A Close Encounter With A Mermaid

We were staying at an RV park near Tampa Bay, Florida and I decided to take our much-neglected kayak for a cruise around the bay’s northern end; Old Tampa Bay. I put in behind a kayak rental store and took the stream under route 19 and out into the bay. It was a beautiful day; a bit chilly, but dry and warm enough in my sit-in kayak to be really enjoyable. But at that point, I had no idea of the... [Read more]

The Lighter Side of RV’ng – A Close Encounter With An Alien

The Lighter Side of RV’ng – A Close Encounter With An Alien

Roswell, New Mexico 2010 Well, what can I say about Roswell, the UFO capital of the world? Fulfilling another bucket list wish of mine, Maureen and I visited the Roswell UFO Museum, located right in the center of town on its sun-baked Main Street. I felt like Agent Mulder on X-Files; collecting facts and searching for odd-looking people with bald heads and big eyes. I was sure that, if there were... [Read more]

Incoming!

Incoming!

I once wondered, well maybe it was more than once, whether squirrels were really the cute, bushy-tailed forest creatures that they make themselves out to be, or are they really something much more menacing. [Read more]

So Long Rocky, It Was Good To Have Known You

So Long Rocky, It Was Good To Have Known You

Kingman, Arizona June, 2010 Our faithful little Australian Terrier, Rocky, was put to sleep this morning. I feel like my heart’s been ripped out. I know that those of us who love dogs will understand. We began our cross-country, 9-month RV adventure on December 31st, 2009. Rocky proved himself to be a true “Road Dog;” quickly settling in and seeming to enjoy every segment of our trip.... [Read more]

George and Rocky’s Late Night Adventure

George and Rocky’s Late Night Adventure

September 2009 Rocky decided that he had to go for a walk at 11:30 PM the night we arrived at the Sun ‘N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, Florida. It was no big deal; I walk him all the time. He gets constipated from sitting in a car all day, just like me. The difference this time was the size of the park and the fact that I forgot to take my cell phone, flashlight and my BRAIN along with me when I set... [Read more]

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

April 2011 “…If you go out in the woods today, You’d better not go alone. It’s lovely out in the woods today, But safer to stay at home. For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain, because Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.” It’s not just an old song! It’s true — this is serious stuff people! While relaxing outside of our... [Read more]

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