Tuesday, June 19, 2012



The humidity was already beginning to build by 8 a.m. this morning so right after a sweaty walk in the Pine forest I hitched up the utility trailer & Jeeped myself into Bayfield.  Had one last load of tree branches to pick up & wanted to get that little job done while the temps were still hovering at the 76F mark.  Noticed we were at the exact same temperature as Congress, Arizona.



Figured I had two options today.  Either stay in the air conditioned house & make a lump out of myself in the recliner or head on out with the motorcycle & blow my whiskers off.  I opted for the whiskers idea.  Kelly had spotted a house & property for sale on her Real Estate site a couple days ago so figured I’d ride down southeast of Grand Bend & see if I could find it.  Took me bit of looking for a wayward cluster of houses called Shipka, but I did find it.  The house for sale was a disaster & well beyond the wrecking ball stage.  Sat on an acre of land with few trees.  I didn’t even bother getting off the bike but I did make a stop just a few hundred yards up the road for old times sake.  Last time here was probably sometime around 1961.  It was at night & I was with a car load of guys.  So, first let me tip my hat to Gary Burton, Craig Wilker & the Eifert Brothers, Jim & John.  Gary was driving his Dad’s new Chevy Impala that night & we all went to a Drive-In movie at this crossroads of a place named Shipka.    Basically, the only thing in Shipka besides maybe half a dozen houses (if that) was the big Drive-In movie screen.  I’ll never know why somebody half a century or so ago would have ever thought to build a Drive-In movie theater out in the country, but they did.  Can’t remember what movie we went to see in 1961 but I can tell you what is playing right now at the STARLIGHT in June of 2012.  Yep, this old Drive-In is till in operation to this very day.  Couldn’t believe my eyes when I came rolling down the road & saw the big screen looming up out of the trees.


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Doc Robot’s office called today & I have to be at the Stratford General Hospital this Thursday morning to have the Kidney Procedure stent removed.  I may tell you how that went & I may not.  It’s maybe not talkable:((  We’ll see.


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Ok, this brings me to a point now that has been on my mind for a very long time.  I think it was last Fall when I wrote a post saying I would continue the Blog through the winter & I did.  Also said I would decide whether to continue with the Blog through the summer after we returned home.  At 1,563 posts I have been struggling with that decision since the beginning of April.  Blogland has changed since I first started out & I have changed as well.  I just don’t have the same feelings about things that I had just a few short years ago.  However, I do look forward to writing my posts every night because it gives me a purpose & it allows me a creative outlet.  It also allows me an opportunity to pursue the hobby of photography which I so much enjoy sharing with everyone.  It has been the imaginative writing & my quest for photos that has made this all so rewardingly enjoyable for me.  I have been totally overwhelmed by all the wonderful & positive comments & emails from people, & that, probably more than any other one thing has always given me the inspiration & confidence to continue the blog day after day.  But of course you have all heard this a dozen times before.


My blog writings started from basically nothing & morphed into something I could not have imagined.  Maybe not a big deal to many folks accustomed to successful ventures in their lives, but for me, coming from the other end of that scale, the interest my Blog generated & the fact anyone would even bother to read it, then or now, is truly amazing to me.  For me alone, it has been a ‘personal success’.   One of the few things in my life I started on my own, worked hard at on a daily basis & ended up feeling good inside knowing I had brought some enjoyment & entertainment to a few other people out there.


However, I am at a point now where, if I am to continue my blog for awhile longer, I am going to have to make some changes.  First one is not a new change, but a change I unsuccessfully tried about 3 years ago. I decided at that time I would like to write my blog without any comment feedback.  Just write my posts & let them stand on their own without influence from outside sources.  I did that, but within days, & some pressure from family members, I reluctantly reinstated the comment section again.  But, it has never left my mind & I find myself once again at the point where I have decided to drop it for a second time.  I know this flies in the face of what everybody else is doing, but then again, I have never been one to walk the same path as everyone else anyway.   I also know there a few other trusted fellow Blogger friends out there who understand my decision to do this.  A nod to Laurie:))  My email address is in every post & I feel if anyone is interested enough in anything I have written or have any suggestions or questions about anything, they can maybe take a minute & send me a note.


My blog topics & writing style will remain basically the same & I am sure I will continue to embarrass myself from time to time along the way with my introspective & sometimes over the top honest thoughts, feelings, opinions, & realistic thinking.  I will continue to read & follow some my favorite fellow Bloggers but I will not be commenting as often as I once did in the past.  After about 5 great years in Blogland my interests & priorities have, & are changing.   At some point in the future this blog will end, but to stave that off for awhile longer I feel it necessary, ‘for me personally’, to make these changes now.  I have already implemented some cosmetic changes on the blog which is also part & parcel of scaling things back a bit.  It is simply time to spend less hours in Blogland & more hours with other interests here at home.  So, there it is & I somehow feel a little lighter already:))  It had been on my mind to do this for a very long time………………..


And a big thanks to everyone for all your great written comment support over the years.  Hope you all can stick around & put up with my ‘BOSSENCE NONSENSE’ for a little while longer.  (the explanation for ‘Bossence Nonsense’ starts about half way through the colored link)  Maybe see some of you back here tomorrow……………….10-4:))


GROANER’S CORNER:((    Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog’s face he gets mad at you? But when you take him for a ride in the car he sticks his head out the window & loves it.

- Tourists see the world, travelers  experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right  now...AL.

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