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Central Asia

April 19, 2019 – Today is the day. We are leaving LAX at 6:35 for the Stans. We will be home just in time for Mother’s Day. You might want to pay attention to...

Perspective

I am more than willing to put myself out here. I put my great lack of talent up for anyone and everyone to see in my books. But when you see things that aren’t...

Christmas in other countries

We spent Christmas in India this year. I was surprised to see all of the decorations in the hotels and other buildings. There are of course, less and less of us in our family...

Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets

I hope that you are all well out in the big world. I am reworking Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets now. It will not be a long process. However we leave on the 19th for the...

Our next trip

We are off to the Stans in April for three weeks. It will cover the silk road and other interesting areas. I will put up a new series of stories about our adventures there...

Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets

It has come to my attention that there are a few problems with the book at the moment. There were some bits left out during the formatting process. Please be patient and I will...

A little history

As usual, I have gone off half cocked again. That comes from firing the flint lock rifle by the way. There would be no Italy without Guisseppe Garibaldi. There were just a group of...

To the north, Pisa

Day 4 – May22 – Pisa – It’s a long bus ride to Pisa, about five and a half hours. There is plenty to see on the way, however. The country side is beautiful...

Rome, Pisa and Florence -2005

May 21 – Day 3 – The name “Rome,” has an unclear and mysterious past. There are several ideas about where the word comes from, but it remains a mystery. Rome has a population...

Italian Mosaic 2005

This trip to Italy was well planned as always, by my wife. I am a good listener and try to be cooperative. Italy has a vast amount of ancient history as well as modern...

Trump and North Korea

It looks like the summit was a failure to find an agreement between the U.S. and North Korea. It may not be over yet, but at least we tried. For those of you that...

President Trump and North Korea

If you have read all of my travel blogs you will know that my wife and I visited North Korea right before the Olympics in China. Believe me when I tell you that you...

Just a note to you

I am busy reading and writing everyday. I have bills to pay like everybody else. I spend more than half the day working in my home office except when I am playing tennis three...

Full of energy

I was always a very busy child. I would have been called hyperactive if they had the term years ago. I was mostly unfamiliar with the nap. I’m sure I drove my mother crazy...

The bicycle

When I was about seven years old and living in our restaurant, I had a heart breaking experience. Yes, I know we all have heart breaking experiences, but this is one of mine. We...

Travel risks and adventures

We have been to many interesting places as you have seen if you have read any of my stories here. You can’t let fear keep you from seeing the world. It is possible to...

Another crazy travel story

My wife’s father’s family are English. We have gone to visit them many times and even thought at one time that we might buy a place there. We love the country and all of...

A crazy coincidence

My wife and I were waiting with another couple to travel to Alaska on a cruise. The husband and I are friends from high school. We have much in common both being left handed...

Strange travel stories

I am going to put up some strange and interesting travel stories in the next few days. They are all true and happened to my wife and I. They are mostly about coincidences and...

Hitting the bricks

I have always been self employed. I had to advertise my services far and wide to get as much work as possible. I was lucky and lived in Southern California where the population is...

Dead end jobs

There is no such thing as a dead end job, just people with no imagination or desire for advancement. How many Americans do we have to watch come from nothing and become successful and...

It finally happened

I worked in peoples homes and apartments for forty eight years. For thirty eight years I worked for my self, having apprenticed under my father for ten years before that. In those thirty eight...

One bottle or can at a time

First off, this is a true story. I don’t need to make up all of my stories, I had a very colorful life. So my girlfriend and I decide to recycle, and recycle big....

Free donuts

Hey, you don’t have to read this junk. So my brother and I loved donuts. Don’t most of us. Come on. We know your dirty little secret. We see the wrappers in your car...

The shoebox

Alright, here’s another restaurant story. My brother is six years older than I. He was always looking for a way to make a buck. Perhaps times were harder when he was coming up and...

Taxes

Are you paying too much in taxes? Are the very rich not paying their fair share? Think again. Go to Google and simply enter, “what tax brackets pay how much in taxes”. The truth...

Prelude to Rome

Jan.2 -2019 – I have started the prequel to Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets. I never write from an outline or name my characters before they introduce themselves to me. I create the outline as I...

Another great act

As I just mentioned, we had some great entertainers in our place over the years. Perhaps they were just starting out or on their way down as I mentioned earlier. My father was in...

A funny little genius

Our restaurant was shaped like a “Z”. The bottom of the “Z” was the restaurant, the upright portion was the bar, and the top, was the dancehall. The dance floor was in the middle...

The Adventures of the Smith Family

February 1, 2019 – I hired an editor and she looked over this novel of mine. I have worked on it for the last five years while doing other novels that are shorter and...