January 10, 2016

It's Still A Good Feeling

February 1 was to be my final mortgage payment.  I have been counting the days until I would write that final check in late January.  I had visions of mailing the check and then burning the mortgage.  But the amount left was not a full payment (only a few hundred) so Chase used escrow dollars and paid off the mortgage for me.  It was paid off ahead of time-- 9 years and 2 months.

January 1, 2016

2015 Books


Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble
Once We Were Brothers by Ronald Balson
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
The President's Shadow by Brad Meltzer
Thank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz
The Train To Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

November 12, 2015


Since there exists a thread on this, just want to let you all know that I found a single dollar bill on the ground during my run today.  Wow, I have no life.  No wonder I don't have a FaceBook account.
Also, there will be a list of my books read during the year posted in early January.  This replaces the old list of summer readings since I am now retired and have the luxury of reading year round.
There will also be a momentous posting in February.  So stay tuned!!!

October 25, 2014

Matewan Revisted

See blog entry  August 5, 2007.

September 3, 2014

8th Annual Summer Reading List

I noticed that there was no list for 2013.  Not sure why since I did do some reading last year but apparently forgot to enter them in the blog.  So anyway, here is this year's list:

  • Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman
  • The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
  • Fatal Journey by Peter C. Mancall
  • Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
  • House Rules *** by Jodu Picoult
  • Is This Tomorrow *** by Caroline Leavitt
  • Mudbound by Hilary Jordan
  • Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes To Iowa and other stories by W. P. Kinsella
  • The Troop by Nick Cutter
  • Unbroken *** by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
*** recommended

December 8, 2013


Yes, it happened again.  While getting out of my car at a local McDonald's for breakfast, there on the ground behind my car was a soaking wet five dollar bill!!! 

October 20, 2013

Not Once But Twice

Yea, I'm still around.  And apparently so is this blog.  I'm still running and within the past eight days I have made two interesting discoveries.  A little more than a week ago, I parked near Nomahegan Park for a late afternoon run.  As soon as I got out of the car, there at my feet, was a drenched $ 20 bill.  I took it home, set it near the humidifier in the basement, and was that much richer.  Yesterday, I parked at Grover Cleveland Park for a morning run, and yup, there at my feet as soon as I got out of the car was a much drier $ 20 bill.  If this keeps up, I may start thinking of retiring.