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Day 20, Friday May 10, 2019 Leaving Ashgabat

We left our hotel in the early morning. There was no crowd. This is not a place where many tourists come to, sadly. It is a beautiful place and the people were wonderful. This...

Day 19- Thursday, May 9, 2019-Ashgabat-Day trip to Merv

This city of Ashgabat has been planted with more trees than you can imagine. They are planted in groups all over the city and outlying areas. The terrain is hilly and nearly every valley...

The Adventures of the Smith Family 2019

The rewrite of The Adventures of the Smith Family is done. I think it has made an interesting story better and more exciting. It is not shorter. The rewrite of Grandpa Ernies Secrets is...

Central Asia 2019-Day 14 Khiva and The Red Desert

May 4th – Saturday – Day 14 Today we leave for Khiva. We will pass through the Kyzyl Kum or Red Sand Desert today. We are on the same route as the Camel Caravan...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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 – June 5, 2019

June 5, 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...

Boogie boarding in the good old days-

My brother and I used to boogie board on the north side of HB pier in the seventies and eighties. We were a couple of the old guys out there at the time. We...

Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets-

January 25 – 2019 – My new version of Granpa Ernie’s Secrets is on Amazon now. It’s a spy novel with all of the current cast of characters from North Korea to Iran, and...

The instant taxi –

Okay, it’s getting late. Last call. So one night, I was probably twelve, because my brother had his license and his new Nova. What a beautiful car. Anyway this drunk wants a ride to...

A little dispute-

One more, really? I have other things to do you know. Okay! I started playing pool when I was eight years old or so. My sister was even younger. If I had a nickel...

The late night customer-

Ok, I.m on a roll now. We had live Mexican bands playing on Saturday nights at our place. We would often go to T.J to get the bands. My father had a good sense...

A shot in the dark

When I was in the sixth grade, I was working after school in my parents bar. If you have read some of these stories, you are aware of my sordid past. At any rate...

The Burglars

We leased our restaurant for ten years in Santa Ana, California. It was the largest Mexican bar, dancehall, and restaurant in the county. It was also probably, the roughest. Unknown to us was the...