On-The-Road Epilogue # 8 – Wrapping It Up…

This is my last post on my recent 6,000-mile trip through the South and Southwest. The lessons learned from that trip will last me a lifetime, or at least what I have left of it. I am ready to declare what I discovered, and maybe more importantly, act upon those discoveries. Let’s start with a high-level look back on the trip: This trip fulfilled one … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue # 8 – Wrapping It Up…

On-The-Road Epilogue #7 – The Mindset Of The South…

Now that I am in the closing stages of reporting on my On-The-Road adventure in the South and Southwest. It’s time to talk about my observations and prejudices of that area of the country. Pictures just don’t seem appropriate for this post, so there will be none. Historically, I still have trouble getting past the Civil War and slavery issues. In some ways, I think … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue #7 – The Mindset Of The South…

On-The-Road Epilogue # 6 – The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum

This is the third museum I visited during my recent three-day trip across the Gulf Coast States. I kinda think it was my favorite museum of the trip. 😎 Besides eating lots of oysters on my trip across the Gulf Coast States, I happened onto one of the most interesting museums I visited on this on-the-road adventure. It was the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue # 6 – The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum

On-The-Road Epilogue # 5 – Gulf Coast Art…

It’s about time I finish up my On-The-Road epilogue posts, so I am going to do that over the next four days. Generally when I travel, museums are my main stops. I just think they provide a good history of the area I visit. The Gulf Coast States are no exception. I visited several museums in this trip and will highlight two of them here … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue # 5 – Gulf Coast Art…

RetComLife # 37 – “The “Decision”

Procrastination, overthinking, whatever you want to call it, is what I typically do. I recognize I overthink, in fact, I overthink about overthinking. It’s time to make a decision! I have decided that I will stay where I am and will visit that decision on an annual basis. So, I am calling this place “Home”. It is where I will live now and for the … Continue reading RetComLife # 37 – “The “Decision”

Central Park – 2000

I have decided to use the weekends going forward to give you some short snippet posts cataloged as “Happy Hodgepodge”. This one is probably one of my favorite photos in my portfolio This Sunday’s picture was taken in New York City’s Central Park on our last visit there before moving back to the Midwest in 2000. (Click on the picture to see a larger view) Continue reading Central Park – 2000

RetComLife – Eliminating Possibilities

Eliminating possibilities is how decisions are often made. There is seldom a “sure thing” answer to any problem. What we, or at least I, have to do is to start by eliminating things until there is only one choice. That is what I am doing right now. I spent 3+ weeks traveling around much of this country to try to decide where I want to … Continue reading RetComLife – Eliminating Possibilities

On-The-Road Epilogue #4 – The Dali Museum

I have spent a lifetime studying American history, and a big part of that has been visiting museums. I dare not even try to count how many I have been in. There are many types of museums, and until recently the American history version has been my favorite. But, it seems in my elderly years Avant-Garde things are the front-runner. I now just seem to … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue #4 – The Dali Museum

Oh, Those Dreaded Routines…

One of the things that has almost been a constant here at RJsCorner for the last few years is my statement that I embrace change and loathe routines. My recent On-The-Road journey across the South and Southwest U.S. has proven that to be for the most part inaccurate. I still like to experience change once in a while, but I have come to recognize that … Continue reading Oh, Those Dreaded Routines…

On-The-Road Epilogue #3 – Sedona Arizona

It’s time for another epilogue post on my recent On-The-Road trip to the South and Southwest. This one will give you more pics and details about one of the most picturesque town I have ever been in. Sedona Arizona is unlike any town I have been in. It is surrounded by buttes. To this old Midwestern guy buttes just aren’t part of my dictionary. Take … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue #3 – Sedona Arizona

A Special Thank You…

Through the comments I have received on this blog recently, I have come to realize that RJsCorner is becoming a “virtual village” of people from around the world. I currently have regular readers and frequent commentors from London, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Ireland, Canada, and numerous other countries. Comments from those outside the U.S., add a unique perspective to my words and I just … Continue reading A Special Thank You…

On-The-Road Epilogue #2 – Stages of the Pandemic & The Death Knell of Local Eateries

While on my 3+ weeks on the road, I actually lost almost 4 lbs. That kinda surprised me but in looking back I realized the source of the loss was the absence of local eateries in many of the areas I visited. The Midwest, or at least the part I come from has pretty much unmasked now and things are starting to return to normal, … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue #2 – Stages of the Pandemic & The Death Knell of Local Eateries

On-The-Road Epilogue # 1 – The Weather And Landscape.

My 6,000 mile roadtrip through the South and Southwest had many goals and unattainable expectations. But, I have learned from experience that having unattainable expectations is far superior to having none at all. I have many planned epilogue posts coming that will give you more details of the effect this trip had on me and my future plans. I need time to more fully develop … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue # 1 – The Weather And Landscape.

On-The-Road Post #11 – I’m Back…

I got back yesterday from my 6,000-mile trek across the southern half of the U.S. It was an enjoyable and informative 3+ weeks. As reported in my last post, the final milestone for this trip was to visit a long time blogging buddy. By that time, this 75-year-old body was getting pretty weary and longed for home. I decided to skip re-visits to Mesa Verde … Continue reading On-The-Road Post #11 – I’m Back…

On-The-Road Post #10 – Days 16-18 -Cacti, And Sealing A Friendship.

I really did intend on blogging every day during this trip, but just couldn’t manage it with all the other things to take up time each day. If it is any consolation I will be doing more in depth posts when I return, and will also give you some valuable lessons that I have learned from this trip. Three days ago, I went to an … Continue reading On-The-Road Post #10 – Days 16-18 -Cacti, And Sealing A Friendship.

On The Road #6 – Day 11 – MyFavoriteTexas Town

Here I am in Clovis New Mexico on a Sunday morning. Getting ready to check out of my motel in a couple of hours. The sun came up about 5:45 this morning, so of course I, as always, got up with it. Yesterday at this time it was already 84 degrees in Brownwood TX, here it is now 44 degrees. Part of it is probably … Continue reading On The Road #6 – Day 11 – MyFavoriteTexas Town

On The Road #5 – Day 10 – Texas In Two Days.

Here I am at the end of Day 1 in Texas spending another night in a hotel room. It managed to get up to 99 degrees today. I wonder what the temperatures will be in mid-July? It was like being in a bag of popcorn in a microwave oven today. I was literally surrounded by thousands of cars whose frantic drivers were pinging off the … Continue reading On The Road #5 – Day 10 – Texas In Two Days.

On-The-Road #3 – Day 7 – Just Have Fun…

I have been taking this month-long vacation much too seriously. It’s as if I expect it to solve all my life’s problems. With these kinds of expectations, how can it be anything but a disappointment? I know that I overthink everything and this is no exception. I have seen a couple of retirement communities now, but nothing that would lure me away from my current … Continue reading On-The-Road #3 – Day 7 – Just Have Fun…

On-The-Road #2 – Day 3. About “The Villages”

What can I say about “The Villages”? It is the world’s largest retirement community. Here is a little about what they say about themselves: The Villages® community in Florida is one of the largest age-restricted active adult communities in the state. What started as a small neighborhood in 1978 became a sprawling community that will eventually be home to an estimated 70,000 households of 55+ residents. The … Continue reading On-The-Road #2 – Day 3. About “The Villages”