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Monday, August 6 2001

Only one chance to go around

Friday's entry elicited only one response, but it's a very good one. Judy Rose wrote:

Thumbs-up on the spending of your "spendable money" on the things that really matter!! While we're on the subject, remember when people spent soooooo much money on a living room set, they had the whole thing encased in those horrible plastic covers to "keep it nice" for the next century?... and how about leaving the cellophane on the lampshades to "keep them nice"...that made things REAL attractive!!! And Oh!!! just one more thing...what IS a dining room set?...LOL.

The best vacation we ever had was in 1987, Hobe had just retired and we loaded up our truck camper and headed for New Mexico. We were younger and healthier then, so we didn't mind a few inconveniences like no bathroom facilities, and I forgot to mention, we had to crank up the roof of the camper every night or we couldn't stand up in it! We didn't care...all we needed was a dry place to sleep, and something to heat a can of soup at the end of the day, and our little camper provided that. We had a ball and spent very little money!!

We saw some beautiful places and did some fun things....Would we do it again???? You bet!!!...

So, go for it as long as you're able Jon....we only go around once, so we need to make our one chance count. Right???

Hope you and son Mike have a blast on your trip to UK!! By the way... since you couldn't take a nurse with you.... please wave to my relatives in Great Britain!...... :-)

That "we only go around once" slogan has been a philosophy I've lived by (among others, more complicated principles) ever since my brother, Gary's, death in a car accident when I was 15, he 19. It hasn't made me a daredevil, by any means, but it has shaped my opinions on most choices in life.

Realizing that I would have only two or three opportunities to make extended visits to Pennsylvania with my children, I decided that I'd rather go in debt than miss the opportunity to really introduce them to our part of the state. On one trip we did everything from the National Park Service-escorted Amtrak trip from Johnstown to Altoona to Indian Caverns, the Broadtop Railroad, and everything in between. We did many things I'd wanted to do all my life, but which I waited to the right time, with someone to share it with, and the wait was worth it...but waiting too long would have been an opportunity lost forever.

I'm not sure which trip of my many ones ranks as number one. I'd have to play back all the tapes...but who has the time? Besides, the road trip down through the Great Smokeys to Ashville, across North Carolina to Kitty Hawk, back the shore route to Cape May and Wildwood, New Jersey, with two buddies in my first new car ever isn't on tape and might get the distinction. After today's, there are only four more entries by me before the departure on vacation 2001...we'll take a closer look at some of those trips the rest of the week. Meanwhile, your input is still valued.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Final take on differences between men and women

DRESSING UP A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the garbage, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. Men don't dress up unless they absolutely have to.

OFFSPRING A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house. .

Sent by Mike Harrison


God is more interested in making us what He wants us to be than in giving us what we think we ought to have.

Sent by Zan

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