May 7, 2023

Seattle Part Un….

Back in early April, I was voluntold to travel to Seattle to attend a meeting with a potential business partner to the company I’m contracted to. They needed someone technical in the discussions as the primary members were business types with little to no technical expertise. I’ve not typically done this in the past, but all of the others who had were, for various reasons, not available. So, lucky me I got to spend 10 hours of plane time for 2 hours of meeting. Yay! The benefit was there was going to be ample downtime to go out and exercise the new to me Fuji XF16-80 lens I bought with…

April 30, 2023

Escape from Hungary

My family and I were at a lovely retirement dinner on Thursday, which is a tale for another day, and we were talking about some of the interesting experiences that Melanie and I have had as a result of my travelling for the company. One of the most interesting experiences is what we affectionally call our “Escape from Hungary”. I had had some work scheduled for the Mediterranean in late August of 2015. So Melanie and I decided that she would meet me in Vienna, and we would have a short tour around Eastern Europe. Our plan was to start in Vienna, spend a couple of days, catch a train…

April 15, 2023

Yorktown Battlefield

Before we start, a heads up. I’ve turned commenting on in the site. Comments have to be approved so your witty remarks won’t be immediately posted. Let’s see how this works out. I’ve also set WordPress to accept comments on posts less than 14 days old. Seems logical. Anyway, it’s all a work in progress. Melanie and I decided to spend New Years in Williamsburg getting to know our new “home town”. I used some Hilton points to book a room at the Embassy Suites in Williamsburg. All in all, if I’m honest, I can’t recommend this facility. We have stayed here a couple of times and it’s just not…

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….

December 4, 2022

Williamsburg and a Cruise on the Elizabeth River

For my 65th birthday, the two main ladies in my life, Melanie and Meghan, decided we were going to spend the weekend in Williamsburg. As you may, or may not, know Melanie and I are building a house in Williamsburg, so this would be a great opportunity to explore some more and just get to know the area. They decided to book rooms at the Marriot Manor Club at Ford’s Colony, which is literally 2 blocks away from where the new house will be. One of the things I did in advance was book a ride on the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises for Saturday morning. So, per our usual…

November 27, 2022

Labor Day Car Show in Fairfax

One of the pleasantries of living in the small college town of Fairfax, Virginia are the myriad of social events put on either by the city or GMU throughout the year. There is always something to see and do and it’s been areal treat being able to participate just by walking, no worries about parking and such. This time around we’re visiting the annual Fairfax Labor Day Car show. I had had the opportunity to attend last year, so I was looking forward to this year’s presentation. The show has been presented for the last 23 years and is very well organized. If there wasa fault this year, there were…