Abandoned Again

Word Fix At 56

He felt alone. And cold. He knew this adventure would not end up in success. This was a different feeling than about 2 hours ago. They had fun just talking about different things. Nothing earth shattering but enough that they could make each other laugh. That was important to him. And now she was gone.

DJ

Flint Michigan

Flint Michigan
Flint Michigan

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Flint Michigan is where I grew up, went to high school, and worked my first few jobs. I was a substitute school teacher where I learned around 6 am what school and grade I was to teach. I worked as a real estate salesman, a job my Aunt got me with her influence with the broker. I learned from that experience that I would never succeed in any sales position. I worked for the  Buick Motor Corporation for a few months (graduate school looked a lot more interesting than lifting hoods and fenders and putting them on the assembly line). I spent the next eleven years working for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. This was a perfect example of nepotism in the work place as my dad, and uncle worked there. “Oh your George’s boy”. OK your hired and we want you to start next Monday. I  was never given a drug test, never even filled out an application).

When I was growing up in Flint, it was a great place to work because of the auto industry and the suppliers that furnished them parts. The auto industry died  out and so did the soul of Flint. Now it is the murder capital of the US.

I’m going to Flint this weekend for a family reunion and catch up with cousins that I had not seen in quite a few years, also school friends from High School and College. I left Flint in January 1980 and have only been back for funerals and a high school reunion.

I will post later on how things went.

DJ

Pat on the Back—Cancer Survivors

The Daily Prompt:

Tell someone you’re proud of just how proud you are.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SUCCESS.

Cancer Survivors
Cancer Survivors

Annual Race for the Cure 2013, Raleigh, North Carolina. A truly inspiring sight. After I finish, I just stand there and watch and clap as they all cross the finish line.

Castle — A Word A Week Challenge

This is Thornbury Castle Hotel in South Gloucestershire in England. Thornbury CastleWe were one of the few guest that DID NOT fly  in! One of my memories was as my wife and I got to the top of the winding stairs to our room, with a key as big  as my wife, she dropped our new camera and it went rattling  down the stairs.Main EntranceParking Lot for the Thornbury Castle Hotel

Psychotherapy — Back to School

The daily prompt today is:

If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?

My answer is Psychotherapy.

Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud

I do have an undergraduate degree (B.A) in Psychology. I had planned to continue this line of  study but something called “Viet Nam” came along that interrupted my plans. Attending Graduate School did  not quality you for  the cherished student deferment (2-S). A letter from the Selective Service was one of the  first letters I received after graduation. At that time they instituted a “Lottery” system instead of the  regular draft. I have never any good in gambling and lost this time too. I got  as far as Ft. Wayne in Detroit. I had already received my Bible and was standing  in line in my underwear when the Doctor called me aside and  informed me that the Army  didn’t want to draft me because I had a previous  heart condition  which I had actually out grown. I was given  a bus ticket home and that was my service career.

I should  have gone  back to Graduate school at that time  but money was an issue. So…I started my employment career.

I  wish I could go back to school today but I’m afraid too much time has elapsed and I would  have to start all over  again. Not that much time left for me.

Thanks for the inspiration from the Daily Prompt.

Up on the roof

The Word a Week Challenge — Roof.

The challenge is to post a picture or use whatever genre you prefer to share what your take on the word is.

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City
St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

The Ultimate Roof. St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Thanks A Word a Week Challenge.

A Word a Week Challenge — Curve

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Mara Serena Safari Lodge

On Safari in Kenya. Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Cape Buffalo, Cheetahs are in your back yard.

A Word a Week Challenge

Fly on the wall

Winston Churchill and Ike Eisenhower.
Winston Churchill and Ike Eisenhower

f you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

Winston Churchill shows off his famous ‘siren suit’ to General Dwight D Eisenhower, during a tour of Allied invasion forces in Kent, 12 May 1944.

If I was a fly on the  wall  I would like to know what that conversation was like. “You show me  yours, and I’ll show you mine”? “Too much cleavage Mr. Prime  Minister”? “Nice Mr. Prime Minister, but I have more buttons.”

Thanks to The Daily Prompt

No Place Like Home

Raleigh, NC
Raleigh, NC

It’s always very comforting to come back home. Either from a short trip or from  a long  vacation. Staying with  friends, family, or even  nice hotels  is nice  but  coming home….ah..how wonderful. I’ve lived in Michigan, Arizona, California, and North Carolina. Be it an apartment, condo, or  home, the though of  arriving home makes me feel calm. I’m back on familiar turf and I LOVE IT!

Inspired by The  Daily Prompt