Road Trip Diary Part 3: There and Back Again

Goodbye Oklahoma
Goodbye Oklahoma. Thanks for the hospitality!

After leaving Bartlesville, OK, we began our journey back to the homestead.  The drive home is always bittersweet – you’re sad to see your trip coming to an end, but happy to be heading back to the comforts of home.  Day one of the return trip saw us do the only backtracking of the entire trip.  We followed the same route from Bartlesville until close to St. Louis, where we bypassed the city and headed towards Louisville, KY  The rest of the entire trip found us following entirely different routes, which was very nice.

The most striking memory that I have of this day was somewhere on the road that morning.  I can’t recall if we were still in Oklahoma or had crossed into Missouri, but we came to an overpass with a person standing on it.  As we approached, I realized it wasn’t someone walking across, but just standing there.  The closer we got, the clearer the image – a large, bushy-bearded middle-aged man dressed in what you’d expect someone like that to be wearing (just use your imagination… you’re probably right).  And in his hand was a large confederate flag.  He was just standing there holding the flag over the highway beneath him.  Very odd.  Very southern.

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Road Trip Diary Part 1: New Brunswick to Oklahoma

For our summer vacation, my wife and I opted to take a road trip.  The end-point of our drive would be Bartlesville, Oklahoma, but more on that later.  It worked out to be a 67 hour drive, round-trip.  We left on August 13th and headed first to Gatineau, QC.  This was the longest day of the entire 11 day trip, with about 11 hours of driving scheduled to get us to Gatineau.  We were okay with that as we would be spending two days at our first destination. Continue reading “Road Trip Diary Part 1: New Brunswick to Oklahoma”

Cast of National Lampoon's Vacation with their car

Road Trip!

Later this summer, my wife and I will be embarking on a glorious road trip.  We had been debating what to do for my vacation this summer.  We tossed around a few ideas, but nothing seemed to be sticking.  One idea that we had floated around was to drive to Pawhuska, OK.  This one kept coming back up, even though we kept on dismissing it initially.  No matter what else we considered this one kept coming back into our mind, so we decided to look into it.

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A Visitor in my Own City

It’s been a good summer thus far, despite the fact that my wife had her gallbladder removed following a second visit to the ER in two weeks.  While she’s doing phenomenally well, and is recovering nicely, it forced us to be a little low key for a few weeks.  When I wasn’t working, we spent our nights and weekends bingeing Netflix series.  Even now, two weeks out of the surgery, she’s getting out of the house a bit more, but we’re still keeping things quiet.  And I must say that I’ve enjoyed the summer because of it.  It’s allowing us to enjoy the little things.  As much as we used to sit and binge TV shows periodically, I truly enjoyed the experience this time.  Even our outings are small scale, but fun.  This past weekend, we opted to do a stay-cation.

 

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Look, a new post!

It’s been a while since my last post.  I’d apologize, but that’s on me.

One day last week, getting out of the shower, I had a great idea for a blog post.  That’s what brought me to the site today, but now that I’m here, I have no sweet clue what it is I wanted to write about.  Instead, you’ll get a couple of short(ish) posts over the next few days.

I’ll start with an update on my reading challenge.  So far this year, I’ve read 17 books, with another 2 in progress, and a couple more in the queue.  It’s been a busy year, book-wise.  Granted, I’m not at 30 books completed like Adam Copeland (WWE Superstar Edge), but I’m quite pleased with having 17 completed.

Finished:

  1. Tales from the Haunted Mansion – Amicus Arcane
  2. Disney At Last (The Return, book 3) – Ridley Pearson
  3. The Obsidian Chamber – Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  4. Universal Harvester – John Darnielle
  5. The Lost City of the Monkey God – Douglas Preston
  6. The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
  7. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – JK Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
  8. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, book 1) – Stephen King
  9. The Universe Has Your Back – Gabrielle Bernstein
  10. Voilà pourquoi cette fille n’est pas ta mère, T1 – Justin Guitard
  11. Voilà pourquoi cette fille n’est pas ta mère, T2 – Justin Guitard
  12. Voilà pourquoi cette fille n’est pas ta mère, T3 – Justin Guitard
  13. Solving the Innovation Mystery – Steve Gladis
  14. The Search / D’aulnay’s Legacy – Louis Robichaud
  15. Full Wolf Moon – Lincoln Child
  16. Be Feel Think Do – Anne Bérubé
  17. Constellations – Nick Payne

Reading:

  • Meddling Kids – Edgar Cantero
  • The Book of Joy – His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams

That’s all for now folks!

 

 

Sh-Boom

Oh, life could be a dream (sh-boom)
If I could take you up in paradise up above (sh-boom)
If you would tell me I’m the only one that you love
Life could be a dream, sweetheart

Sh-Boom, The Crew Cuts (1954)

Over the past few years, there has been an ever-growing chatter as to whether our existence is real or just a simulation in some super powerful computer.  Reading these metaphysical discussions can end up causing an existential crisis of faith type moments in some people.  But that is only partly what this post is about.

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The Reluctant Leader

What makes a person a leader?  This is something that I’ve struggled with for many years.  The easiest definition I could find was the following:

Leader – Google Search

Seems simple enough, but what truly makes a person a leader?  Is it their knowledge?  Their charisma?  Their talent?  There doesn’t appear to be a single all-encompassing answer to that question.  Some leaders have a little from column A and a little from column B; others are purely column A or column B.  And still the rare mavericks have something from another page altogether. Continue reading “The Reluctant Leader”