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My 2017 Western America Tour: Great Sand Dunes

I’ve been trying to route myself through the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve for a few years, but the trips have never quite worked out.

The goal was to find out if it is as awesome as an adult as it was when I was a kid.

Short Answer: Yes!

Long […]

Paternal Memories: Elementary School

Last weekend I popped up to see friends, and on Friday we went to pick up my friend’s son at grundschule – elementary school.

I think that it was my first time inside an elementary school in years – to be honest I cannot remember the last time I was inside one – and it […]

Paternal Memories: How to Loan a Pen.

I lost my father five years ago this coming February – this is not something I actually spend a great deal of time dwelling upon, but rather he comes to mind at some of the oddest moments.

When I least expect it, he pops into mind – environments where I don’t think I would have […]

Thirty-two hour day….

Holy Cow! I’m holding a snake!

Today is, for me, a 32 hour day. I plan on spending it sleeping, reading, napping, some other activities, dinner, and sleeping.

How does that sound?

In other news, apparently back in 1982 I wasn’t too afraid to hold a snake. Which is pretty groovy. I probably wouldn’t […]

My grand return to Montréal.

I’m nearing the end of my time in Montreal – it’s been a lovely few days with some nice art discoveries (Kent Monkman — I saw another one of his works today), nice long walks, and some good food.

This is not actually my first time in Montreal – in fact, Montreal was the first […]

There are Geekier Geeks Than Me!

Sometimes, when I hope people aren’t listening, I would sing to myself a song that I remember from my childhood — a promotional song for Star Trek (TOS) reruns.

Somehow YouTube’s algorithms pulled it up and put it in my recommended viewing list.

I probably shouldn’t post it here. But I am.

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On being a little terror – adventures in middle school when I was four.

Smiley Middle School

Now that my friends have kids of school age, I’m starting to hear some interesting stories about schools and how bad their administrations are. Fighting strange school policies on behalf of their kids is a refrain I’m hearing more and more.

Listening to the stories reminded me of a story from […]

Reliving My Childhood: Visiting Durango, riding the Durango & Silverton Railroad.

The 8:45 heading north.

Back in the 1980s my Uncle – a great man who has since passed on – arrived in Denver to take me on a trip: We flew from Denver to Durango on an Aspen Airways Convair. In Durango we stayed at the Strater Hotel and, as the main featured activity, […]

Vignettes from Childhood: 5

I don’t actually remember much about kindergarten, other than the fact that my teacher was Ms. Stein (probably Mrs. Or Miss, but I don’t recall – as I look back, she was of a generation that preceded the Ms. prefix). The main reason I remember her name is that she also taught my brother and […]

Today I am 14,095 days old.

No, it’s not my birthday, but it is an important day for me: My mom was 14,095 days old when she gave birth to me.

Practically speaking, it means that I am, today, exactly half of my Mother’s age.

This weekend I’m in Portugal, specifically Costa da Caparica – a smallish resort city just south […]