In the 1990′s Ethel and I did a little trip to Athens to see all of the cool things that are in Athens. While there, I booked a hotel suite in the center of Athens that had a really great balcony with an incredible view of the Acropolis, especially at night. That is the Acropolis in the background. Why is this picture so significant to me? It was because of the patio. In the picture you only see the side of the patio. The front is around the corner. It had a really nice sitting area. But the best thing was the view. Over my right shoulder is the Parthenon. At night they light that place up and it becomes a very special optical phenomenon. It is, without a doubt, the best view I have ever had from a hotel balcony. I remember sitting on that terrace, sipping some ouzo and wondering about 2,500 years of history.
When I went to Israel with Ethel we took a tour that went to the Dead Sea.
When we were in Israel we visted the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. There’s a little history here and much of it is in dispute. To this day, I wonder why people never seem to agree on what actually happened two or three thousand years ago. Hmmmm…
Sometimes, I go home. I just sit around the house. I watch TV. I drink a little beer. I go out and eat with Ethel at some of the local restaurants in OKC. This is a map of Oklahoma City. While OKC is 32nd in poulation it’s in the top two as far as size by land area is concerned. Also, notice what a nice, neat grid pattern exists in the city. This is because the U.S. government came in and ‘sectioned’ all of the land prior to the Run of 1889, when they took some more of the land from the Native Americans. Each one of the nice square sections on the map is a mile square – 640 acres.
This is my son. He is at a cousin’s wedding. The wedding was great. Everyone had a good time. Ethel and I left early. The young people left later, I’m sure. My son not only wore a clean shirt, it was white. he had on a jacket and a tie as well. I keep telling him he needs to go back to college. He keeps telling me he will. Kids…
What do two people do when they have a day off? The art museum sounds like a good idea to me.
One day Ethel and I are out driving around in Oklahoma City. She says "Are you hungry?" I say "Sure." We decided we were both hungry for a little bit of Italian food. We figured we’d go to Bella Vista, an Italian restaurant on the south side of OKC. Big mistake. There is nothing little about the servings at Bella Vista. This is a 17 layer lasagna. Incredibly cheesy. The kind of food your cardiologist would tell you to avoid at all costs. Way too good. Fortunately, they have take-home boxes for those of us who don’t make a total pig of ourselves. Dollar-for-dollar, the Bella Vista is the best value in Italian in OKC. Significance? You don’t have to go to Paris or London or Tokyo to get really good food. There’s a reason why Americans are the pudgiest people on the planet. Hint: good, cheap food.
Ethel and I took a train while we were in the mountains of West Virginia. It turns out that there is actually a train that will take you into the mountains and leave you there overnight and come back and get you the next day. There is a caboose that sleeps six people and has a living and dining area. You bring your own food and camp out, sorta… 10/2007
This is my favorite radio station. It’s in Washington, DC and wee went by to see it when Ethel and I were in the city. We parked the truck in Baltimore and got a rental car to drive down to the nation’s capital. We didn’t go in. What I can’t figure out is why the stock price stays so low. 10//2007
In Sarasota, FL we found the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Ringling Museum of the American Circus. We also visited Cà d’Zan – Venetian for "House of John" – which was the waterfront residence of the Ringlings, built in 1926. All three are located at the Ringling Complex in Sarasota. This was on our winter sojourn in our motorhome to Florida during the winter months of 2007 when we were evaluating our desire to become wandering gypsies. 02/2007