I started this website back in the late 1990s as a way for friends to keep up with my activities. The site has expanded since then in many ways beyond the few, simple pages of content I began with. I've met a lot of great folks from all around the world because of this site, and look forward to meeting many more.
The web in general has grown and changed considerably as well. Static personal web sites such as this one have mostly been replaced with interactive blogs, and other online social media and social networking sites such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.
As a senior web based business applications software engineer, I watched all of this development over the years with great interest, seeing what a remarkable change this was for building communicative relationships on a huge scale. When I started this site, not only wasn't that possible, it was unheard of.
But I had, and still have, no interest in broadcasting my activities to the world through these social media venues. Rather, I simply chose to continue with this basic, straight forward format.
The businesses I have, and have had, as referenced here are not social media type entities, anyway. They're simply activities that I engage in. Clients find me either by stumbling onto (er... that would be referred to) this site, word of mouth, or through standard marketing and advertising methods.
This isn't a web blog with interesting things being written about. It's just a way for me to record the ordinary things going on in our lives, as well as a central listing of the other activities I'm engaged in. I enjoy writing, and so this was more of a relaxing escape for me from my busy work life, and now a relaxing enhancement for me in retired life, than it is to provide witty entertainment for casual visitors.
Pitiful Disclaimer.... I'm sorry, but many times I get far behind in creating and posting the detail page and corresponding pictures that go along with an event entry. Bear with me as I try to keep up with these postings....
As soon as she got to the house, she and Sue were all over the place. They did some water color painting, and then she and I took a short hike with Beau through the woods behind the house. We ended off the afternoon watching a movie until Steve and Cathy joined us for pizza.
Sunday, Sue and Mia were out back on the hill sledding — more than once! — and just having the best time. After her nap, Sue gave Mia a bath, and then Mia helped me cook Sunday dinner.
Because Mia had a gymnastics make up camp to get to Monday morning, Marissa picked her up at 8:30 after a light breakfast. And then... it was quite....
02/29/20: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Our friends Steve and Cathy had asked weeks ago if we'd be interested in going with them to a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater event in Rochester, NH at The Governor's Inn. We had always thought that would be fun, and so off we went tonight.
Over 200 folks joined in the fun!
And it was a hoot! It was titled: Saturday Night Cleaver At The Hard Roch Cafe, with a rocking 70s disco theme. It was a wild night at the Governor's Inn for sure. The cast were all dressed in 70s attire, and led groups of us to different rooms of the inn to present clues.
One of the actors sporting a huge Afro playing the character Nicotine dancing past the tables during one of the cast numbers.
03/07/20: Paella Dinner Party
We invited our friends Steve and Cathy over for a special Paella Dinner Party Saturday night, 03/07/20.
I had never cooked paella before, and so this was truly an adventure! I had done most of the prep work before they arrived, and good thing as Sue had concocted a script to read to sort of "mystery birthday dinner" for Cathy as she won't tell anyone when it is.
Sue at work on her script before Steve and Cathy arrived.
Relaxing with The Beau Dog, if that's possible.
Beau demanded attention, and Cathy was more than happy to oblige....
Sue delivering her "mystery birthday dinner" speech for Cathy while wearing her special 'Sassy Sally' hat! What a really, really clever and entertaining — and nice thing — she had done for her friend!
03/12/20: Chuck Arrives For a Visit
Chuck flew in from Chicago Thursday evening 03/12/20 for a weekend visit. He went straight from the airport to Marissa's as he always does.
Peter, Sue, and Chuck
Staying at Marissa's this time would be special, though, because it would be his first time at their new home. I know he was excited about that, and texted how beautiful it was, and that he — like all of us — thought the view they have is really nice.
Friday Chuck was out with Colin for the day. While they were out, Sue and I got the Bolognese sauce cooked for Saturday night's dinner party here at the house. Late afternoon, Sue, Chuck, and I headed off for dinner at The Lodge at Smith Point.
Saturday Chuck came over to the house, and we just had a relaxing day until it was time for some wine, and combat—trash—talkin' backgammon. The Spaghetti Bolognese was soooooo good, I couldn't believe it. And Sue topped off the night with a great mixed berries in yogurt.
Sunday Chuck spent at Marissa's, and then Colin met them to go out for dinner. Monday Chuck came over for an early lunch with us, and then was off to the airport to head home.
Sue and Beau cleaning the snow off the walkway St. Patrick's Day morning 03/17/20.
And then it snowed even harder overnight Thursday 03/19!
We had to go out to the accountant's office late morning, and the roads up here on the mountain were pretty slick. By the time we got down in the "flat lands" there was no snow, but just a light drizzle of chilly rain.
Sue and Beau at it again cleaning the snow off the walkway Tuesday morning 03/24/20 after yesterday's heavy storm.
The day started out beautifully as we got some lovely pictures of Mia playing outside. We then took a drive up to visit Sue's aunt Carol in Ossipee as it was her birthday. Because of the COVID-19 virus evolving, we only stood on her porch and talked briefly with her.
Before heading for home, we stopped off at her brother Alan's and did the same distance visit with him.
Sue just can't wait — she's already out digging in the dirt and there's still a couple of inches of snow over most of the yard!
The link page shows the toy bear we put into our window for parents to drive their kids past, a story and picture of my dad and me sailing in Chicago, and Sue's trip down to the beach to walk with her friend Gail.
03/28/20: Colin Visits and Some "Shelter In Place" Thoughts...
Colin swung by for a visit and we exchanged "distance hugs" just to be safe. It was so good to see him....
He was on his way up to a friend's camp to help clear brush and dead wood. Work has put their "at risk" their staff on furlough, and those remaining, like Colin, are down to 3 days a week. The state has put all fire fighter EMT courses and exams on a 5 month hold, so he's not sure how all that will work out. Difficult times....
On her way back home from the beach yesterday, Sue stopped off at the food store to pick up a few things. She mentioned that she had found some items that had not been in stock for several days. I suspect, though, that with this new shelter in place order that folks will be on a scramble to stock up. May 4th is a month out, and we're fortunate that we have 2 fridges to hold stuff. It's going to be a long haul.
But trust me, I have no intention of filling this site with ramblings of my experiences flushing the toilet or watching the grass start to come up. There's nothing to do but do what you love with who you love, and enjoy the time you have.
Sue and I will be quite happy to torment each other over the backgammon board, and debate which movie to watch without sharing with the world.
She will be out in the dirt working on her gardens and flower beds at every opportunity the weather permits, and I have a ton of projects I'm working on as well as several books to read to keep me busy.
You know, I've not only taught in my karate program, but practiced, that life without passions, without goals, or something to strive for other than getting up and going to work, is so very important.
Being officially old now at 70, I see so many folks my age — and even much younger — who have no real passions in their lives. Some are just so busy with work that they don't
realize when they retire that there's only so many times you can go golfing or fishing or cutting the grass.
I am so blessed that my mother taught me the wonders of reading early in my childhood. That reading has brought to my attention so many different things, many of which have become passions of mine: martial arts, sailing, reading, programming, writing, business, backgammon, cooking, foreign currency trading, history, philosophy, wine, psychology, meditation, and science.
I'm proud of how accomplished I became in each of those pursuits. None came easy; all were wrenched out of life like you would harvesting potatoes. But none of it was work. A passion is not work; it's a joy. And I have truly enjoyed my life, and the pursuits I have engaged myself in.
But it is sad for me to see so many folks who were never shown opportunities that they could become passionate about. For them, the only things of consequence in their lives is only having an inordinate recall of useless baseball statistics, or an absurd interest in silly, mindless sitcoms, or worse: drowning their thoughts in the cloud of alcohol.
In today's environment of fear of what this COVID-19 may do to our lives, someone with no passion in their life is only left to deal with their inner demons.
We all fear, but instead of stopping there, we must go beyond that fear and think, speak, and act with joy. Just for today.... Tomorrow might not be there for us, so just do it today. And if tomorrow comes: do it then, too.
And don't do it just for yourself. Do it for, and with, someone you love. We may not persist, but our love will. It's as the Dakota Native American Proverb states: "We will be known forever by the tracks we leave." I've long tried to live my life according to the Hopi principle of life:
03/29/20: Progress On My Online Currency Trading Course!
I'm currently finishing up with writing an extensive online course on currency trading in the FOREX market to complement the work I do in my trading company Longwood Currency Trading. The course so far has the equivalent of about 60 typed pages, and will have quite a few videos as part of it as well. I'm also building a YouTube page for Longwood Currency Trading, which will be interesting.
I've done a few of the videos so far, but have not posted anything. The videos are all pretty rough, though I may just decide to use them anyway. The first one I did was totally off the cuff, and unrehearsed.
I just felt like recording, so I turned on my webcam, and did it. It was a wintry day in February, and I had just come in from hauling logs in from the woodpile for the wood stove. Quite an entertaining spectacle....
Speaking of recording videos: Whew! It took me some time getting up to speed in all of that again. I had done a couple of videos for an old business I had at one time, LiveNow Adult Life Mentoring, so I had the basics of that down. Those videos were awful as I was just sitting there talking, and trust me — I truly suck at sitting there looking stupidly at the camera trying to make sense.
So, for two of the three trading videos I've done: I'm up at the white board pacing and ranting as I talk, and — as you know — that's pretty much me in action. Thus my tag: entertaining spectacle....
I do need a better camera and mic, so that's on the wish list to get — though all that has to wait until I'm sure anyone will even be interested in watching them! I can think of a lot better things to do with about $500 than buy a new camera to record videos no one is going to watch....
I do need to get different editing software, though. This Microsoft Movie Maker application that comes free with Windows is awful. Well, not awful, but meager for sure — in not only it functionality, but in its ease of use. Well, yeah: It's "easy" to use if all you want to do is throw some text onto the film, or add intro pages, but to splice efficiently.... that is stupid.
Now that I write about it, maybe I should just get on with it and buy a new app and be done with it. That way I can get proficient in its use before I have to go into full video production mode editing the 14 or so videos I think I'll need for the YouTube page as well as those for the course.
This post is excessive, and borders on being about as interesting as someone bitching about their hemorrhoids....
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