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October 2016

I love October.  We get dropping temperatures (most years), a trip to Saint Simons Island for my annual conference, and Halloween.  Some years, we take an additional work-related trip, but this year, the military interfered with that plan. This year, we took our newish electric car to SSI.  It took […]

an electric road trip to north Alabama

We took our first electric roadtrip as a family last weekend, as the children got Columbus Day (and the preceding Friday + the following Tuesday) off.  We headed to Guntersville, Alabama on Saturday, where my parents live by the state park. But first, we stopped at a Nissan dealer in […]

York, England

As the girls sang “Welcome to Old York” to the tune of the similarly-titled Taylor Swift song about NYC, we started our 1 day in what would become one of my favorite cities visited in the world. We came by train from Edinburgh after returning the car.  Then, about a […]

a month of Marvel (with a dash of DC)

This month’s Netflix* viewings were heroic and nostalgic.  I introduced my children to one of my favorite TV shows when I was their age:  “The Incredible Hulk” — the one with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. They liked it.  Sure, the special effects are a bit dated (read:  hokey) now, […]

Driving to St Andrews

On Tuesday the 5th of July, I walked a mile in the rain to Hertz and rented what was supposed to be an automatic Audi but ended up being a manual shift Kia.  So, my first experience driving on the left side of the road would be with a stick […]

Edinburgh, Scotland

On Monday, we began our second day in Scotland with hopes of touring the Palace of Holyroodhouse, but the Queen was there, meaning no tours were to be conducted.  So, we walked to Edinburgh Castle and saw the prisons where (eventual) American POWs were kept during our Revolutionary War. Did […]

our first day in Scotland

I thought we’d never see this sign. We arrived at the Atlanta airport in the early afternoon on July 1, intending to fly Delta to JFK around 5pm, but they evacuated our plane right after bumping me to first class, so we caught another plane, where I again got bumped […]

the Hadrian’s Wall walk

Last week, we completed our much-anticipated walk from the Irish Sea to the North Sea along Hadrian’s Wall in northern England, and it was the second life experience (the first one being going to war) I’ve had which I can now describe with the phrase, “I probably wouldn’t choose to […]

Learning History via Netflix and Power Washing

When I was young, I was very interested in the American Civil War.  In fact, after reading “The Killer Angels” in school and later seeing its film version, “Gettysburg,” my family took a vacation in which we visited several of the battlefields, including Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg.  So, when […]

Father’s Day 2016 — Thanks, baby!

Most of us dads are used to being appreciated a bit as Fathers Day approaches, but should we thank our babies for making us dads?  Is that ridiculous or a deep, insightful exercise?  Life of Dad  and Pampers seem to think such an inquiry falls into the latter category.  As […]