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Hi everyone. I haven't written for a while so I thought I'd make an entry just let everyone know I'm still alive. A lot has changed since my last entury. My health is good and I still work for the same company, although it's been reacquired by another company and a lot has changed at work, but basically I have my job I am it's a little different than it was, but it's not that bad. Kent is in South Africa for a month. He left a couple weeks ago. I think the worst part of it is he got... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at Bill and Kent's Place Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Bill and Kent's Place
One of the things that is so interesting about living in New England is the fact that there is so much American history here. I know that most New Englanders take that for granted because they grew up here, but when you come from a state in the west, like Idaho, it's quite interesting to see a gravestone that will state that the person was buried at the age of 22, in 1678. I spent yesterday at Coventry Lake (real name is Wangumbaug Lake) just relaxing for a day. After a couple of hours, I drove over to the Nathan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2012 at Bill and Kent's Place
I just came across this. CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) is apparently, under the surface, talking about more than just political issues. Enjoy. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at Bill and Kent's Place
There have been times in recent years that we have considered moving back to the west coast, where we would be closer to family and friends. Living in Connecticut, we sometimes feel that we in the middle of nowhere when it comes to being able to connect with family back home. There was a time that I didn't care about that so much, but as I grow older, I have this desire to reconnect with them. And from my experience last summer in Idaho at our wedding reception, it was clear to me that, although many in my family "don't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at Bill and Kent's Place
It Gets Better. That's what we tell gay kids these days. After nine suicides by gay teenagers who were relentlessly bullied in school, people started to talk about bullying. Specifically, being bullied because you are "different" (what they really mean is, being gay or lesbian or transgendered). This has spawned everything from Ellen Degeneres tearfully giving a plea for tolerance, to Dan Savage launching his web site, "It Gets Better Project". I'm not putting any of this down, but I think it's time to have a dose of brutal honesty about this problem. I introduce another dead gay teenager... This... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Bill and Kent's Place
Good to hear from you DJ. It has been awhile. Thank you for your well wishes! Life is a journey. There's no telling where it's going to take you. So, we might as well try to enjoy it, as though we have a choice. :)
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2012 on A Year in Remembrance at Bill and Kent's Place
Last year had a lot of milestones in my life. I haven't posted in awhile because so many things have been happening. I haven't felt that I've been able to write about some events, but now I feel that I can. One of the biggest events of the year, and my entire life, was a celebration of our wedding. As some of you know, Kent and I got married, yes, officially married in the State of Connecticut on October 15, 2010. It was a quiet wedding - just the two of us, our two cats, and the Justice of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Bill and Kent's Place
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
Today is our 37th anniversary to being together, our first anniversary of being married, and Kent's birthday. A lot to celebrate. We started last night by going to a concert featuring renowned violinist Gil Shaham. It was a fantastic concert and I'm a huge fan of his. Tonight, we are going to Cavey's Restaurant for a nice celebration dinner. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
I've tried to come up with words to express how I feel about today, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Words fail me. There's really nothing I can say that hasn't already been said on millions of blog posts around the world. So instead, I'm going to share what we did on this day of remembrance. We had our usual weekend breakfast of bagels, accompanied by cream cheese, capers, salmon, onion, and fresh tomatoes. It's become somewhat of a tradition for us. Sometimes I will make a frittata or something along that line, but most often, we will have our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
Sitting on my deck listening to the magic of the Scarlatti sonatas, taking in late summer. It's amazing such beings lived. And yet here I am, sitting centuries later listening to this, taking in all the green of the forest around me. Would he ever thought that he would offer so much all this time later? I tell you, everything is connected. Think about it. Do you think your life is singular? Did Scarlatti? Perhaps he did. But he didn't live in our world, where everything is so connected. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
Sasha passed away on August 9th, 2000, at 4:15p.m. Rest in peace, my dear dear friend. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
I started playing the violin again tonight. I haven't played in twenty years. I was like I was a new student of music. And yet, not. I played just some scales, concentrating on placement, bow arm, tension, with no vibrato. Vibrato is gone, but it will come in time. It is the least of the problems involved. It was rough, but after playing scales for thirty minutes, I could start to feel my fingers and bow arm loosing up a bit. And, the sound improved tremendously. I have a lot of work to do before playing anything of substance. My... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
I had a nice weekend. I went to dinner with a friend Friday night at Costa del Sol in Hartford. If you like Spanish food, they are remarkable. I don't go there often because it's a bit out of the way for me, but I do enjoy it there. The rest of the weekend was slow for me. But I accomplished some things. I was happy with myself, being able to successfully buy the right lights for our bedroom closet, and installed them without a hitch. Kent usually does this sort of thing. I know it sounds like a small... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
I love eating out and exploring new cultures. But I just can't get my head around seeing "beef intestines" on a menu. You kind of lose me there. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
Kent is in South Africa again. This time seems more difficult than the other times. He'll be there for three and a half weeks. He left last Thursday. On top of that, his phone doesn't work and there's very little that he can do to keep in touch. I feel like half of me is gone. I probably need to just bury myself in work and keep my mind occupied the best I can. This weekend was rough, but two friends visited last night and we all went out to dinner in Hartford. That was a nice diversion. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
Thanks Bill. It's great hearing from you! I hope all is going well with you.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2011 on A Beautiful Day Yesterday at Bill and Kent's Place
We are in Idaho now. Yesterday, we celebrated our wedding with our families in Caldwell, Idaho. It was an amazing experience for both of us. We had around forty people show up. Most of them I haven't seen in decades. I try to get back to Idaho once a year. I've been doing this for the last four years or so in an effort to get to know my family again after being absent for over twenty years. I honestly didn't think that it would be possible. It seems that it's harder to break back into a family once you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
Had a nice day. Took half a day off, went to Mashapaug Pond to... think and meditate. It was so peaceful there. I had a nice lunch right on the shore. I was the only one on the lake. Sometimes, you just need time to yourself. Things have been going ok. Work is pretty intense right now and stressful, but I'm coping the best I can. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
It's been a bad week for me. In fact, it's probably been the most stressful week I've had in the last three years. I haven't been feeling well for the last couple of weeks. I've gone to work, and in the morning I feel pretty good, but by 3-4:00, I'm exhausted. At that point, I usually come home, and rest awhile. Then I work more in the evenings. And because of all of this happening, depression has started to creep in. Fatique and depression seem to be partners. You won't find one without the other following, it seems. At least,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
It's definitely a Monday given the vulgarity-laced email I received from one user. How do I cope with this? Well, you can make a choice on how much you are going to care about an email like that. Here's what I did with it. Went to get a cup of coffee Put on the Mozart String Quartets, K387 Delete offending email All is now good! Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place
For dinner tonight, we are having salmon with a special barbecue sauce that I made. I took some apricots and prunes, chopped them up finely, then cooked them all together with some vermouth until the vermouth was all gone, leaving just a sauce of the fruit. I then added to that a bit of jalapeno peach barbecue sauce to add a bit of spice. I then covered a fillet of salmon with this mixture, all wrapped up in tin foil that will go in the oven for twenty minutes at 375 degrees. This will be accompanied by roasted asparagus, rice... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at Bill and Kent's Place