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You have no choice. Even if you tell me that you’re going to quit, you’ll have to do this until you quit. ~”Jim” A few months ago we had a shake-up in our department, which is nothing unusual at this company. They replaced a couple levels of management in an, as usual, failed attempt to make things run “better” – in other words, do more with less. The first thing that this new management did was basically decimate our department…

Well, here it is, birthday number 52. It’s a wonderfully warm day in Charlotte, quite in contrast to what it was last week, when we had about 8 inches of snow on the ground! This particular birthday is not necessarily a milestone, like 50, or something. I’ve learned so much in my life and wouldn’t trade any of my experiences at all. As far as I’m concerned, I have a perfect life, just as it should be, complete with challenges…

Yesterday, Vanessa and I attended the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in downtown Charlotte. Each time that a band passed, especially one containing drums, I got a little bit of ‘bop’ in my step. Vanessa asked if hearing the sounds of the drums brought back a little nostalgia. I answered, yes. It brought back lots of memories of playing in the high school band. I remembered us marching in parades, half-times at football games. playing drum riffs in the…

Tony’s home for the holidays. This year, he’s in California. Next year, who knows … not even him. He’s been staying with his mom because he has full use of her vehicle, and her’s is newer than mine. I’ve seen him 3 days in a row, now. He appears randomly. I never know when he will show up. I’d been putting off raking leaves, hoping that some good samaritan would happen buy and do it for me. Guess what –…

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. ~Joseph Addison I was walking along this morning and I passed these shoes twice, once on the way out, once on the way back. On the way back, I took a couple of shots with my phone. I wondered what the story was. How…

Yes! The quest continues to meet my blogging friends world-wide. When I was in San Miguel in early March of this year, I tried to find Billie, but she wasn’t around, or either my schedule didn’t work out, but I was determined to meet her this time, and I did. I stumbled across Billie’s blog when I was browsing, looking at expatriate web sites. At the time, her blog was named, Billie’s Blog, I believe. I remember reading about her…

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