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Happy Birthday
Thursday, July 04th, 2019 | Author:

Happy Birthday to the USA and Fred…

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Visits to Iceland and Ireland
Thursday, June 20th, 2019 | Author:

We just returned from a feature-packed 10-day tour of Iceland and Ireland where we stayed at a different hotel/B&B every day.  Ironically, during our vacation the weather was better in those European countries than it was in Dayton, Ohio (go figure).

In Iceland, we took a boat tour of icebergs, walked behind waterfalls, and hiked a glacier (where they shot the movie Interstellar)…  In Ireland, we checked out multiple castles (kissed the Blarney stone), visited Catholic cathedrals, and observed the ocean cliffs.

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Happy Mother’s Day!
Sunday, May 12th, 2019 | Author:

Happy momma’s day to Missy!   – From your hubby and two sons.

When I was eight years-old, I recall asking my mother when is ‘Children’s Day’?  And she replied that everyday is Children’s Day 🙂


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Weekend in LA
Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | Author:

We recently took a mini-vacation in Los Angeles to celebrate Passover with some wonderful new friends.  It was our first visit to Southern California in seven years.  Even though it was a short visit, we took the time to visit Malibu, Santa Monica Pier, and the Holocaust Museum.

BTW, I’ ve discovered that Easter morning is the perfect day to ‘enjoy’ driving on the I-405 freeway.

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Redford and Eastwood
Wednesday, January 02nd, 2019 | Author:

We recently saw two movies that are likely the last for these two great acting icons that are now in their early to late 80 years of age: Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood. The movies were both very similar in tone — that is, the pace of the stories was a throwback to movies made 50 years ago when careful character development was more important than special effects.

Mr. Redford’s movie, The Old Man & the Gun (portions of the movie were shot near my old office in Dayton, Ohio), tells the story of an elderly bank robber that enjoys robbing financial institutions with panache and style. Since Mr. Redford always liked to play roles where he is the calm and super-intelligent protagonist, in some ways, the role in this movie was expressly written for him.

Robert Redford Picture

Mr. Eastwood’s movie, The Mule, depicts the actor as an accidental and oblivious deliveryman for the drug cartel. Since the protagonist in this story is individualistic and a curmudgeon, this role also appears to have been written for Mr. Eastwood. Many of his roles over his career seemed to cater to these traits.

Clint Eastwood Picture

Neither of these movies is bound to be considered a hit, but they both are decent-enough quality to positively cap-off the careers of two very successful Hollywood mainstays.

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Earth, Wind & Fire in Dayton
Sunday, August 26th, 2018 | Author:

We recently attended the sold-out, live concert featuring Earth, Wind & Fire at the Fraze Pavillion.

I became very familiar with EWF in the 1980s when I started hearing many of their songs on the radio.  Similar to the band, Chicago, their music is more interesting than most rock bands with the inclusion of a brass section (trumpet, trombone, and saxophone) in most of their songs.  They have a 12-member band with very talented musicians.  There are 3 original members of the 45-year-old band actively playing; most importantly they still have Philip Bailey singing falsetto.

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Family Holiday in Miami
Monday, February 26th, 2018 | Author:

Missy and just returned from a 4-day family get-together along with a wedding in Miami, Florida.  It was an Eckman family reunion of sorts along with a first cousin’s wedding at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami.  We found time to visit additional family in Ft. Lauderdale as well as attend the ATP tennis tournament in Delray Beach.


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European Vacation
Friday, October 27th, 2017 | Author:

We just returned from a great vacation to central Europe… We took a Danube river cruise on Amawaterways and visited numerous cities and countries, including Budapest, Hungary, Bratislava, Slovakia, Vienna, Austria, Regensburg, Germany, and Prague, Czechia.


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The Most Popular Postings on this Site
Friday, October 27th, 2017 | Author:

These are some of the most visited and popular postings on this web site:

Is Greece the “Canary” for Economic Decline?

Republicans Without Principles

Do US Tech Companies Have Too Much Influence?

Does AI Mean “Augmented Intelligence”?

American Jewry & Israel

Aircraft Bone Yard in Tucson

Real Politics – Tyranny versus Anarchy

What is Chanukah?

Gardening Experiment with Cucumbers

How to Know if You’re a 21st Century Liberal

Cracked Bicycle Rims

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Happy Anniversary
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 | Author:

I’ve been in love with my wife, Michele, for 50 years (when we first met in Kindergarden — see first photo below)… we’ve been married now for 33 happy years.


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