Bedtime Stories

TONIGHT I stumbled across an inch-and-a-half stack of colour pictures that were taken of me – as well as pictures that I apparently took myself – back during the wild and crazy late-1994 to mid-1995 time-frame. I hadn’t seen those pictures since way back then. They represent a lot of great memories for me, but some of the pictures are from the aftermath of when my former house (in Naranja near the air base) was broken into and ransacked by vandals. They of course brought back bad memories of that time, but life is all about the good and the bad. You can’t have it all good all of the time. Life has its bright and sunny days – as well as its dark and stormy nights.

I may share some of those retro pictures with you here on this blog in the future. I won’t be sharing any of the pictures of me partying / drinking at a bar. Those pictures represent a previous version of me that has since died, for I’ve been rescued, saved, and reborn by my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. AMEN !

One of the pictures brought some tears to my eyes. It’s a picture of me and a noticeably young and healthy Boots (my former cat) sitting together on my living room couch watching television at my former house just a few weeks after I adopted the cool cat.

The following picture that I will share with you right now is that of me from nearly 30 years ago. I actually cropped myself out of a formal family portrait (to protect the innocent). I believe this picture was taken in 1980. I look 13-years-old. Actually I look like a dork. One thing is certain though. I’m jealous of all of that gorgeous hair !  Where have you gone ?


Me In 1980
Me In 1980

Tuesday Night Grab Bag O’ Thoughts

It’s an all-new year of thoughts. Let’s roll !

1.  The Twelve Days And Nights Of Christmas ended yesterday, and today is Epiphany. I learned all about this Christian holiday way back in 1974 and 1975 in Catholic School. Most people I know have never heard of it.

2.  From my parking space at home to my parking space at work the length is exactly 7.2 miles by road. That’s 11.6 kilometers for the rest of the world. At the dangerous intersection of Speedway Boulevard and North Canal Drive I am exactly halfway to work – or halfway to home.

3.  In just 32 days I’ll be on a luxurious Carnival cruise sailing across the Great Gulf Of Mexico. It’ll be my first cruise in nearly 15 months since I sailed across the Great Atlantic Ocean from Rome Italy to Miami Florida. This blog will actually go on hiatus during that upcoming vacation. A continuous streak of 445 days in a row with at least one blog entry posted per day will come to an abrupt end.

4.  Last Presidents Day Weekend I went on a short little road trip over to the southwest coast of Florida. I had contemplated visiting Cypress Gardens for this Presidents Day Weekend, but alas they have shut down yet again due to poor business. They do plan to reopen again this Spring as a smaller park – minus all of the amusement park rides and all of the zoo animals.

5.  Speaking of zoo animals I plan to visit Miami Metro Zoo on a future Saturday morning real soon to do a special ‘on-location’ edition of ‘The Major’s Walk-A-Thon’. I like to check up on the animals over there every few years or so – when the weather is cooler outside no doubt.

Those are my thoughts on this Epiphany. I thank you for your time !