Back Aboard the Chester Maru (Updated)

It’s Memorial Day. My father died on this day, two years ago. Some time after his death I posted a letter of his to this blog. The letter was about his WWII service as a US Navy Armed Guard gunner aboard the MS Chester Sun, a civilian tanker.

Just today, I received an email from […]


Boys’ Weekend 2009 (Updated)

Some after-action reportage from our Las Vegas visit, this time with photos:

Getting ready to ride the GS (RT in background)

My son Gregory arranged for us to ride a couple of BMW motorcycles Saturday morning. We checked out a dual-sport R1200GS and an R1200RT touring bike. Both were 2008 models with low mileage. […]


Family Photoblogging

Some family photos from our recent trip to see the kids in Las Vegas:

Donna's birthday cake

Quentin & Taylor, afloat on a sea of crumbs

Guistina clan @ Cousin Dino's

The Woodfords @ Cousin Dino's

How long will it be before Donna and I move back to Sin City? Our […]


The Good Citizen

When we were loading the car for our Las Vegas trip last Thursday morning, I asked Schatzi if she was ready to go (we’d always planned to bring her along, but hadn’t told her until then). She perked up, ran outside, relieved herself, and jumped into the car. Throughout two all-day drives, throughout four days […]


Update: Las Vegas

Last day in Las Vegas NV . . . we drove here Thursday to spend the long weekend with our kids and grandkids. We’ll drive home tomorrow.

It’s been a great weekend so far. My son Gregory managed to borrow a couple of BMW motorcycles and we went riding up in the mountains. The next […]


Paul’s DVD Reviews

“Never judge a book by its movie.” —J.W. Eagan

Body of Lies (2008) Did you enjoy watching Bruce Willis bleed in the Die Hard movies? Then you’ll love Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies: he suffers enough to satisfy the most hardened CIA enhanced interrogator. The real hoot is Russell Crowe as a slobby middle-aged […]


Paul’s Book Reviews

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” — P.J. O’Rourke

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume !: The Pox Party, by M.T. Anderson An astonishingly rich historical novel, right up there with the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. I am […]


Walk a Mile in these Shoes? No Thanks!

Two miles into a bike ride this morning my rear tire blew. Donna and I carry spare tubes and can fix flats, but this was the tire, so I was pretty much out of luck. The group I was riding with was ahead of me but someone saw me stop, and pretty soon Donna doubled […]