The Quarterly Look

So everyday life happens, getting in the way of writing, thinking, reflection….all of those areas where one needs a bit of quiet time or isolation to properly explore.  I find the grind of work, home duties, sleep and all other daily minutia take over each day like a well fertilized kudzu.  Clearly, I need more hours in a ‘day’.

This year I’ve challenged myself to read more.  Not news snippets on the internet, but books, those solid, box-like things which are made of wood pulp.  So far in 2014, I’ve finished several, none of which require deep thinking, but those which provoke my thinking about various viewpoints I have.  These are mostly books by people who are prominent in today’s media or entertainment businesses.  Authors of books I’ve completed looks like this:  Colin Cowherd (ESPN Radio host and high-thinker), Willie Nelson (an American original poet and philosopher), Bob Dylan (also an American original poet and philosopher), Bob Rotella (golf psychologist), Joe Scarborough (Republican television host on MSNBC whose “Morning Joe” show is vital to my morning routine) and one of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers (to improve my value to my team for numerous upcoming trivia night contests).  I have to say all of this reading has helped me think more clearly and be a bit more deliberate in my daily life.

So, today in St. Louis, we’re experiencing a touch of Key West weather.  Temps to reach 92 with humidity levels of 80% and a dew point over 70.  Walking outside is like stepping into a classic steam room except the pollen in the air makes it tougher to breathe.

My son is targeting University of Chicago to pursue a Philosophy degree following his senior year of high school.  Plans are to take that forward and possibly get a law degree.  We’ll see, his ever-changing thought process is unusual and entertaining to watch.

My oldest daughter is preparing to start her student teaching in August at a very good school district in StL.  She will graduate college in December.   My youngest daughter, the competitive dancer, is still unsure of her college plans, so University of Missouri looks to be in her future.  She may/may not go into Nutrition/Dietetics, who knows, she just doesn’t seem to be too concerned at this point as she goes into her senior year of high school.  *sigh*


My wife and I are planning a California trip which will take us from San Francisco to San Diego in a two-week stint.  I’ll provide details in my next post in September!





Far and few between

One of my internet “must stops” is Key West Lou.  If you are a fan of Cayo Hueso and frequent there as much as I do, you’ll understand the affinity I have.  Louis is a former attorney now retired living in the Keys.  Alway consistent and never missing a day of his blog, he is a prime example of how I wish I maintained this piddly little posting spot.  My posted thoughts here are certainly few and far between.  Not only a daily blog does Lou produce but he’s also on the radio and internet waves with live broadcasts of his legal hour.  Very interesting and now that he’s on Youtube, his archives are available to watch.

I’m a Key West daydreamer.  After traveling there now 6+ times in the past 8 years, I’m a somewhat regular and pseudo-local when it comes to the Chart Room, Blue Heaven and BO’s Fishwagon.

There’s not much better than bike riding around the island, sweating and enjoying the sounds and smells of Key West Bight.  I just wish I could build up points/miles quicker to get free airline tickets!  I’m premature in my retirement plans, but it will contain a nice rental condo or apartment in Key West.  I’m not the buying type, especially for overpriced conch houses that come with weather-related risks.  The investment is just a bit too risky for $500-$700k later in life.

Nothing I would like more right now than to be by the pool at Dante’s or enjoying the cool air conditioning of the little boutique, Cuba! Cuba!  My wife is in lock step with me, too bad we have another 20 or so years to work!!!  😦