Life is good …

Posted By on April 25, 2015

We are so fortunate to have great kids, steady employment and the flexiblity to escape once in a while to enjoy the fruits of our labor … AND to recharge our batteries for a few days.

Taylor flew down to Florida from North Dakota and met up with Miami University friend Paul for the weekend and joined Brenda and me aboard Encore. As usual, tight sailboat accomodations are on the warm side in Florida and that can make things a little uncomfortable, but all in all they had a good time. Today the guys have the surfboads and are at the beach, but the previous couple of days we enjoyed near perfect sails. It is mostly relaxing … particularly since the diesel seems to be running like it is suppose to!


The Tale of Two Puppets

Posted By on April 23, 2015

Just filling space today … but thought the resemblance between Jeff Dunham's “dummy” Walter and President Obama's Joe was amazing. (made me chuckle, no offense intented)




Tip: Cover sharp edges of cotter pins with a blob of silicone

Posted By on April 22, 2015


Every once in a while I run across a good idea and save the tool tip. I don’t recall which sailing magazine or source I clipped this to my iPad in, but wanted to archive to my blog. I’ve noticed a few purchased products with a silicone blob on electrical connections, but adding a little to sharp edged safety wires or cotter pins was a great idea.

Alphabetic odds for becoming President of the United States

Posted By on April 21, 2015

Seal_of_the_POTUSIf by fate, your last name begins with a letter in the second half of the alphabet, you may be at a disadvantage when it comes to being elected to public office? alphabet_1sthalfA unscientific look at a list of past U.S. Presidents one think that there might be more than just a legacy advantage to being a Bush or a Clinton in 2016?alphabet_2ndhalf

Far be it from me to believe the American voter is so shallow as to pick a candidate that happens to be listed first on a voting ballot, but my advices is that you may want to consider changing your last name or marrying someone with an “A, B or C” last name if you have aspirations for elected office.

Hmm: Those with “A, B or C” last names have accounted for 11 of our 44 presidents.

Just as interesting as 1/4 of all presidents have last names beginning with the first three letters (A, B, C) is the fact that 30 of our 44 presidents had last names in the first half of the alphabet (A-M) … compared to only 14 in the second half (N-Z).

Well, this interesting dinner conversation anyway.


The Cincinnati renaissance is impressive

Posted By on April 20, 2015


I spent Sunday afternoon with my son Taylor while he was back home visiting from North Dakota on a cloudy and rainy afternoon. He was my tour guide and gave me the updates on the projects and investment that is helping to revitalize Cincinnati.


As a suburban guy, I was impressed to see “our home city” making a comeback after years of white flight, crime, decaying buildings and racial unrest. There is still a long way to go to revitalizing the Queen City, but real change is taking place in several neighborhoods and has been over the past decade. Business in the Over-the-Rhine (OTR) district is booming and an impressive revitalization has saved this historic district. The surrounding areas are being embraced by young professionals and property values are up. Although crime has not been eliminated it has been reduced and these urban neighborhoods are now a desirable place to work and live. The next generation has stepped up with pride making Cincinnati’s future brighter than it as been in decades (click on the panorama photo from Mount Auburn below).

Taylor is a  professional City/County Planner, with a passion for historic preservation and
urban renewal. The renewal in Cincinnati was the focus  of his senior capstone project
Miami University and is currently his off-work focus and passion – graduation link.

Spending Saturday afternoon with grandpa

Posted By on April 19, 2015

My son Taylor was home from North Dakota for a few days and besides reconnecting with a bunch of his friends in revitalized urban Cincinnati, he spent Saturday afternoon with me in Sidney visiting with my dad. Grandpa gave Taylor the tour of his new “assisted living” senior home, Lane Park, and we has some coffee and chicken salad sandwiches in the dining room while we talked. I think dad is adjusting well and already gaining some of the weight back since his hospital and rehab stay.

“People” were not the only ones glad to see Taylor (Tootsie and Taylor photo below).

The original BLUE Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

Posted By on April 18, 2015

If you’ve been around our house much, you will notice that we always have Dawn Dishwashing Liquid around. It has become our go to product for things other than dishes (use it for that too) as a hand wash, a degreaser and as a way to remove poison ivy oils after working in the yard. The product has developed a reputation similar to WD-40 and Duct/Duck tape. Here are a few more uses:


Personal: We moved my dad from rehab to assisted living

Posted By on April 17, 2015

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I don’t think many of us are properly prepared to make the decisions that are needed to care for elderly parents. Even though my brother and I have been through medical needs, nursing and then hospice care for my mom, we were still not knowledgeable when it came to handling dad. Thankfully, if you have the time,IMG_5026 copy_m the right decisions can be made – at least that is how we feel right now.

On Wednesday Ron and I moved our dad from his rehab stay to Lane Park in Sidney, Ohio. We struggled over this decision for the last few weeks. We both knew dad was going to need care (both physically and for his memory) and that meant he was not going to be able to return to his home and live independently. Neither of us were satisfied with traditional nursing homes, although dad was amiable if that was the decision. On the other hand, we are fortunate and have the financial ability to look at assisted living options.

Brenda and I looked at places in Liberty Twp and West Chester, Ohio and lobbied for a nice place near our home … while Ron and Claire found very nice places near their house north of Dayton. Thankfully dad made himself heard and decided he wanted to live near his home for almost 40 years, Sidney, Ohio (has it really been that long?) The icing on the cake was when the director at Lane Park said he would transfer dad’s home phone number to his room and host my dad’s veteran buddies for his monthly “penny poker” gathering. We even added an unusual touch to dad’s door by putting up a garage Packard thermometer (dad’s car). That sealed it … we were all onboard (and not bad advertising for others who are getting up in years).


Wouldn’t it be nice to see the El Camino in production again?

Posted By on April 16, 2015


When I was in college I worked for a contractor who drove a car-based truck called the El Camino – it was usually seen hauling around a few missing items he had just picked up for the latest project. As I recall, it wasn’t the greatest car … or truck … but to me it represented the shirt and tie part of the company. When John arrived it was in contrast to the rest of the crews dirty and sweaty pick-up trucks and tool vans; he was in air-conditioned, soft seat comfort. On a Friday it also signified that our paychecks were being delivered by the boss and owner (or his wife). After those few summers, the Chevrolet El Camino disappeared (that 5th generation disappear after 1987) … soon to be replace by the SUV and the dressed up pick-up truck. I’m with Rafael below, maybe it is time for something different again?



One of the more interesting Health Care discussions …

Posted By on April 15, 2015


NPR’s Tom Ashbrook entertained an interesting discussion around the Cadillac plan tax which is part of Obamacare. If you’ve notice changes in your plan (just as colleges have), you will understand the emotions in the discussion. Well worth listening too … and yes, I’m a conservative who sometimes listens to NPR.

NPR Tom Ashbrook – On Point (MP3) Discusses the Obamacare Cadillac tax

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.