The Elevator Conversation

When I look out the window, I become green with envy at friends and acquaintances visiting places with temperatures hovering way above the freezing mark.  Each year, I vowed to be somewhere warm in February.  Each year, I remain standing here and looking at this.  With vapors coming out of every smokestack, it is a…

The Fear of Downsizing

  A panoramic view of our former residence reflects a small portion of the expanse of the 1300 plus square feet living space.  When we made the decision to downsize and purchase a 800 square foot condo, I can tell by the look in people’s eyes, “Are you nuts?”.  Many times I had that same thought…

That Perfect Moment

Perfect moments are few and far between in our lives and when they do, you savour it and you replay it in your memory forever and ever. Picture this.  It’s late evening and you’re sitting on your patio or balcony.  A steaming cup of Capuccino alongside a piece of cheesecake is waiting to be consumed.  The…

Sam

Tom (Sam) Hergott Dec 5, 1950 – Dec 7, 2002 I’ve known Sam since High School.  I was a freshman and he was a senior.  Our first interaction was  a car wash during frosh week.  The naive freshies were corralled together to wash all the seniors’ cars.  I viewed the Seniors from afar with awe….

It’s Simple Math

I have a visitor and as long as I keep feeding it, it will continue to stay.   It came unexpectantly, slowing creeping into my life and refusing to leave.   It goes into hiding and only comes out when I’m sitting.  It’s favourite snack is Liquorice Allsorts and it loves it when I devour…

Contentment

On one of our day tours in Bali, the Besakih Temple was part of the itinerary.  To get to the main part of the Temple, a one mile walk was entailed.  During the walk back to the bus, my husband and I were given the opportunity to share a private conversation with Wayan, our tour…

The Boston Marathon

There is a claim that the Indianapolis 500 is the largest single day sporting event for attendance in North America.  I was there in 2008 and did witness over 400,000 people pass through the gates and…I was in awe. However, I will argue that the New York Marathon has that beat by a long shot. …

The Prosaic Traveller

I invite all my followers to a new site which will capture sights I have seen in my travels. “theprosaictraveller” Thank you.

I’m the King of the Castle

“I’m the King of the castle and you’re the dirty rascal!”   In my youth, this was a common phrase we would scream when one of us got to stand at the top of a snow pile. These snowplow creations were evident in many parking lots around town after a heavy snowfall.  As youngsters, these…

The Endurance Marathon

Grand Central Station  (This was taken moments after getting off the shuttle) November 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM EST The cancellation of the New York Marathon due to Hurricane Sandy had become a test of endurance for us. The week leading up to the Marathon, we watched closely the damages and heartaches that were caused…