Today is my last day at work before the two-week winter holiday. Yesterday we had our annual office luncheon and Secret Santa gift exchange (thank you, Carmen!). I missed that part of it because I was doing our first-ever live webinar in financial training.
This week has already been interesting. On Monday the transmission in the Mustang basically fell apart, so I’ve been driving the Pontiac all week. (At least I know its transmission is in good shape.) I’ve been in rehearsal for a one-act play that I wrote for the New Theatre’s Miami 1-Acts Festival winter season. Normally the playwright isn’t involved with the play after the first reading or so, but in this case the director couldn’t find an actor to play one of the roles, so for the first time since 1995, I’m performing on stage. I’ve never acted in a play that I wrote, so this is an interesting learning experience as I occasionally wonder who wrote this shit?
I’ve also had a play selected for the Miami version of the national One-Minute Play Festival that goes on in January, so I’ll be meeting with the director of my offering for that sometime in the next couple of weeks.
This is my roundabout way of telling you that things are going to get a little quiet after today until New Year’s. Posting will be light and variable through the break, but I will be here when I’m not doing something else like working on another play still in the works or one of the several other projects, plus a crossword or two.
Who reads blogs over a holiday weekend?
Blogging will be light and variable until Monday. Enjoy the time with your friends, your family, a book, a crossword puzzle; whatever it takes to decompress. Oh, and if you go out and spend a fortune on Black Friday, don’t come crying to me when you find everything you bought for 25% more off on December 24.
I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon.
This is the unofficial end of summer for a lot of people in the Northern Hemisphere. Enjoy the last trip to the beach or to the mountains or wherever you find rest and peace.
This is where I’ll be. Or at least close to it.
I made it home safe and sound. The flight back treated me to a view of the full moon rising over the clouds somewhere between Northern Kentucky and South Florida.
I still have a whole week of vacation to go, so blogging is still on vacation time.
Getting ready to head back to Florida.
Before I discovered Florida, there was Lake Michigan in the summer.
From a trip to the highlands of New Mexico in 2000.
The crane statues I gave my parents for their anniversary have taken up residence in their new home.
I’ll be in touch.
Off to visit my parents for a while and then… well, I’ll let you know.
Today is another use-it-or-lose it day off. I’ve been looking forward to it not just because I get time off but because I’m going to do something special that has something to do with this picture below.
This house is located at 409 East Front Street in Perrysburg, Ohio. No, I’m not going to actually go back to Perrysburg, but in a way I will be.
I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.
I will find out later today if I get the whole day off or just the morning. Right now, though, I’m going to find out if I can go back to sleep until the sun comes up.
Combining a mandatory vacation day with a holiday weekend means blogging will be light and variable today through Monday.
Whatever shall I do?
It’s happened again. I’ve built up enough vacation time that I have to either take time off or lose the days. So today and, schedule willing, every other Friday for the foreseeable future, I’ll be taking the day off.
I call it taking one for the team.
As you leave Key Largo, the sign on US 1 says “Leaving Key Largo — Back to Reality.” Very true.
I’m catching up on the news from the Navy Yard: yet another mass shooting on a military base. Details are still coming in, but there are a number of fatalities and injuries.
Also, the United Nations is confirming that chemical weapons were used in Syria against civilians, but they’re stopping short of assigning blame.
It rained the entire time that I was in Key Largo, including some really heavy thunderstorms this morning, putting the kibosh on any plans to sit on the beach and gaze out at the ocean. But I had a good time with my friends who made me a birthday luncheon and plied me with chocolate. So despite the horrific news from the outside world, the day was not a total loss, and I’m grateful for the expressions of love and friendship from my friends and extended family.
Today is my birthday — 61 if you’re counting — so I’m taking the day off and going down to the Keys to unwind and enjoy the day with some friends. Thanks in advance for your good wishes — should you choose to send them — and I’ll see you later.
Vacation is over; I’m heading back to Miami today and back to work tomorrow.
As I alluded to last night, it’s been a bittersweet time: great to be with my parents and to go to Stratford, but also a goodbye to a place that will always be a part of my life.
Today is also the first day of school in Miami-Dade County. Best wishes to the teachers, staff, and kids, and yes, I’m also wondering where did the summer go?
See you when I get back unless I see something worth posting.
President Obama and his family are off to Martha’s Vineyard for eight days. Sounds like a great idea; everyone needs a little time off.
I too am out of here for a while: off on my annual pilgrimage to my hometown of Perrysburg, Ohio, and then on to Stratford, Ontario, for theatre and maybe even a picnic on the banks of the Avon River.
That means that blogging will be light and variable for the next week or so, at least in terms of the stuff that usually passes for content here. Check back every now and then to see if I have put up anything.
Today is another of my vacation days, coincidental with the long Memorial Day holiday coming up on Monday, so I’m going to go to a light and variable blogging schedule for the duration.
See you later.