December 18, 2022

Manassas National Battlefield

Precursor: Some time back, I stumbled across a “final post” on a blog I had never before heard of; Leicaphilia. I don’t consider myself to be a particular Leicaphile, but this final post was quite poignant. The blogger, who was a dedicated Leicaphile, had been fighting stomach cancer for some time. He had just been sent home from his latest visit to the hospital to die. Doctors gave him a week, maybe two to live. So he posted a farewell to all the friends he had made worldwide via his blogging about Leica’s and film photography. Only. he didn’t. This was several months ago and Tim is still with us….

November 20, 2022

Traipsin’ around Bull Run

Last time I promised to delve into our current home development process. Sitting here thinking about it, I’ve decided to push that out a bit. Dunno why. Anyway, in late August, Jourdan and Stefani came up to Fairfax for a visit. Meghan came over and after a lunch at Mama Tigre, we headed out to Bull Run to have a look see. Pulling up into the car park there were plenty of cars, but we easily found a parking space. We were curious why the crowds, but were soon to discover. Entering into the park, the beautiful fields of wildflowers greeted us warmly. Crossing this bridge, we then discovered why…

November 6, 2022

Fairfax 4th of July Parade

Before we start today’s discussion, I want to highlight that I’m experimenting a bit with the blog layout. I want it to be a little more user friendly, so I switched the side menu/selection do-hicky on allowing for you, the kind reader to be able to more easily navigate what is getting to be an appreciable number of blog postings. I’m also going to add a “featured image” to bring some interest to the page. As we have discussed, Melanie and I are currently living in the City of Fairfax in Fairfax County in Virginia. We sold our home in Reston in 2021 in anticipation of our retirement home. The…

October 30, 2022

Spetsas

Today’s post will wrap up the Great Greek Tour of 2022. Much “greater” than expected, but I’m glad I went, and am wiser as a result. So there you go. I’m pretty certain Pam got tired of seeing me moping around like a dog without a home. So she proposed a trip to the Greek island of Spetsas. Available via a short ferry ride, it was a nice place off season. She indicated that during the “tourist” season Spetsas is very busy, very crowded and far less pleasurable to visit. We were there for most of the day and I took a lot of pictures on Spetsas. It’s very scenic….

October 23, 2022

waiting

So after the tumultuous series of events in Athens, there was nothing left to do but press onward. Digging in, what I found was conflicting and not completely clear on the path forward. The one thing that I found was that a “Letter of Recovery” from a doctor was required to board a flight back to the states. My flights had been changed to Wednesday the 30th, so there was nothing more to it than obsess over the situation. That’s one of the things I excel at, obsessing over things not in my control. Always been that way, not any better nowadays although I am better at not getting into…