Author: Paul

Spent time in the woods yesterday morning, in lieu of church. There’s always something in lieu of church, but on this particular morning, the woods. 🙂

I bought this car in October of 2005. At that time, I think that it had about 20 miles on it, give or take. I don’t remember the exact number. It’s been an exemplary car, always dependable. It carried me back and forth between Charlotte and Charleston, SC for 19 months, every weekend, without fail. It has only required routine maintenance. I can’t recall anything actually breaking. I noticed that it was nearing the 200,000 mile mark. I’ve never had…

I was walking in McDowell Nature Preserve and literally almost stepped on this fella. He was just sitting there by the edge of the road and I happened to notice him. I was wondering if he was dead or injured, but he didn’t seem like it. I stopped took a few pictures from a distance and got closer and closer and closer and he didn’t move. Finally, my phone was about 2 inches from his nose and he decided to…

I plan to take my niece, Kayla, to Guatemala this year. She’s never been out of the country before and, actually, not to far from the confines of Ohio. I feel that I have benefited greatly from travel and wish to offer her the opportunity for those same benefits. She’s 17. It’s a great place to start. She’s already applied for her passport. Now, all we need to do is wait for it to show up and then I can…

I think that it was sometime around 9th grade, 1976 or so. I was taking Spanish. The school had arranged a trip to Mexico, or perhaps Spain. I don’t really remember the details. I wanted to go, but my parents said no. Looking back, I can understand why they said that. I was in the Spanish class but not engaged at all. I was going through the motions. I just wanted to go on the trip because I thought it…

A couple of weeks ago, my good friend Adam was kind enough to take me to the gun range and show me how to shoot. I’d never fired a real gun before and thought that I’d give it a try. The experience was quite fun. I plan to do it again. We started with the safety instructions and with the practice pistol, pictured as yellow, but it was in fact, orange – strange lighting and white balance challenges. After safety…

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