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Sunday, June 27, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
We Celebrated Our 50th Anniversary Dinner at the Home of Gianni Versace in South Beach on Ocean Drive
|Lummis Park - Miami Beach
Thursday, June 24, 2021
|They said it would never last - The Golden Couple
50 years strong.
50 years ago today - Nancy and I were married in Finksburg MD. We then drove down to Miami Beach to spend our honeymoon on the beach. We were young and in love - and the first adjective changed but the second one didn't. We have had so many great adventures together - 2 great sons - and now 4 wonderful grandkids. When we married we were 6 years apart - and it was a scandal.
Since then we have built 2 new homes - and Nancy is a world class professor and Fulbright Scholar. We have been all over the world recently including 6 months in China - where Nancy was a visiting professor.
Miami Beach is a lovely lovely place. Start out with tropical weather - cosmopolitan culture - our minds always return to those early years on the beach. We have returned here many times - and love it more each time. We came here in the summer of 1972 - to take summer jobs. In 1992 - Hurricane Andrew hit the area an die came down to help our friend Doris clean up. In 2000 to 2004 our son went to college here to earn his doctorate. It has been a big positive influence on our lives.
As I get older - I just don't like swimming in cold water. That is not a problem here - the surf is 90 - and our hotel pool is 90. I feel like our days of life guarding - surfing - and beach party lounging. Yes - it is hot and humid - you are always looking for shade - and ways of cooling down. It is easier to air-condition a place down 10 degrees - than to heat it up 60 degrees. the sea breeze is always rustling the palm trees. The air smells of tropical plants and sun tan lotion.
We flew down Tuesday on American Airlines. They have a straight flight from our home in Tallahassee - 500 miles away. Tomorrow - Friday - we fly back. It is only 80 minutes away. After this lovely 4 days - we plan to visit more often - preferably in the winter.
Our big day is just beginning - wish us good luck - the best is yet to come.
|Lulu at Nike on Lincoln Drive
|Supper last night at Yardbird
|The Lincoln Theater
|Church on Lincoln Drive
|Our hotel beach
|Cabanas at our Surfcomber Hotel
|Feels like 90 degrees
|Lulu loves the water - sand - sun
|She is just a wonderful friend
|When we went to the church to marry - she did not know -
she remarried in that beach dress
|Breakfast at The Front Porch - our bikes out front
|We ordered a Tesla just like this one -
posted out front of our hotel for gawkers
|Our old Surfcomber Hotel - we are here now
|No cars on Ocean Drive - South Beach
|This is an electric mini moke. The original moke was
a British jeep on a Mini frame
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
RICHMOND VA - it’s a beautiful morning! We just spent a lovely quiet night with the windows open and a wonderful breeze. There is a Cabella’s a couple miles from my son’s home here. We like it because it is level - quiet - and has water and drop facilities. They gave a separate lot for campers. There were 2 here last night. It also has great internet and TV signals. This is the 15th straight night sleeping in the camper. We have seldom had to use the AC in the camper to sleep this trip. In Florida in the summer - you must have AC on at night. It was 90 degrees and 90% humidity there yesterday. As I type - Lulu is in the Wegman’s Grocery here. She loves shopping there. I am busy calculating $32000 divided by 74 nights equals $432 a night. It is slowly coming down. 74 nights in 4 years is not a lot. It will eventually read $1 a night. 🙂 We will stay here a couple nights for the birthday boy. I am so happy to have a teenage grandson. He is a joy. Also we have a 10 year old tweenie granddaughter that lights us up. She loves to shop with mum mum. Sadly - we must hurry on to Tallahassee to catch our honeymoon plane to Miami Beach June 22. It will officially be 50 years on June 24th. We honeymooned in Miami Beach in 1971. It is a magic city.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
|On Center St in Pottsville - the museum.
I am parked here now - Lulu is inside.
|I drove by the Schuylkill County Prison.
The place still scares me.
|Tamaqua was a coal mining town -
railroad town - and dynamite town
|A Tamaqua guy was killed at Gettysburg -
he went to college there.
|The area was a hotbed of labor organization.
The Molly Maguires was a secret labor society.
|Black Jack Kehoe was a Mollie -
not many know that his home in Girardville
was formerly the St Jerome Church in Tamaqua.
|Kehoe was hung in the prison for murder.