Happy Anniversary Weekend !

This is a huge anniversary weekend for me. I’ll observe one in this blog post, and then I’ll observe another one in tomorrow’s blog post, and then I’ll observe yet another one in Sunday’s blog post.

On November 30TH 1987 – the Monday after Thanksgiving that year – I boarded a plane in the Washington D.C. area (my original hometown) – for Miami Florida. I had never been there before, and I knew very little about it other than the fact that the weather would be much sunnier and warmer than the Washington D.C. area. I arrived in Miami that night, and I awaited my military transportation from Miami to Homestead AFB. It eventually arrived, and I arrived on the base during the wee early morning hours of December 01ST 1987. I was Active Duty in the USAF back then – an A1C / E3.

Hurricane Andrew destroyed Homestead AFB on August 24TH 1992, but then it was partially rebuilt. (Its geographic location ultimately saved it.) I returned to the base almost 19 months later upon its grand reopening as Homestead ARS (and then Homestead ARB). I still work on the base today. Nowadays (and for the past 11 years) I crunch numbers and count money.

So Happy 31ST Anniversary to me at the airbase near Homestead Florida. I arrived when I was 20½, and now I’m 51½. I wasn’t expecting to spend most of my life working there, but that’s what’s happened. I thought that I had seen the last of the airbase after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, but here I am 26 years later. I think I have another 5 good years in me before it’ll be time to pack it up, retire, and move away from this Homestead.

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Sunday Scripture

I have returned home from vacation up north. In one of my longest vacations ever (14 days) I visited my mom, brother, sister-in-law, two nieces, and dog up north of Cincinnati Ohio. I flew up there on Saturday November 10TH (Veterans Day holiday weekend), and I flew back home to South Florida on (Black) Friday November 23RD. It was probably my final trip to Ohio for awhile, as in about 5 months my family will very likely move SW back to north of Dallas Texas – where they lived previously from 2006 to 2013.

The weather up in Ohio was mostly cloudy, wet, and miserable with 20s, 30s, and some 40s. On my 9TH day there we actually crawled up above 50°F for the only time. I returned home with dry, flaky, cracked, white skin with isolated spots of blood. The healing process began immediately as I stepped foot in our moist tropical air. It was almost 80°F with relative humidity near 70%. No more cold weather for me aside from perhaps a dozen mornings between now and the end of March. We’ve actually got a powerful cold front in the forecast for this Tuesday. We’ll have a rather chilly 48 hours from Wednesday morning to Friday morning with afternoon highs in the low-70s and morning lows in the mid-50s. No complaints here. I survived 14 days of winter up north !

My last two Sundays felt a bit empty, as I was without my church family. I was definitely looking forward to this day – the day the LORD has made. We rejoiced, and we were glad in it. It was great to be back home with my church family celebrating our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Our Lead Pastor Bob spoke on “Knowing God ” – our Creator. He began with this Scripture:

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak. Night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word. Their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. The sun rises at one end of the heavens, and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat. (Psalm 19:1-6 NLT)

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Welcome To November

Greetings Brothers and Sisters of my extended church family all across the globe. November is here. It’s my favorite month of the year – by far – and it’s not even close. I love November due to a variety of reasons.

Daylight Saving Time ends. I don’t like Daylight Saving Time. I wish it were abolished forever. I like Standard Time. I like the sun up early in the morning. I like the sun down early in the evening. I like the real time zone. I wish we stayed on Standard Time permanently. Florida actually passed a law earlier this year to stay on Daylight Saving Time permanently. They can’t do that unless Congress votes to allow it. Congress is ignoring it for now. I hope they continue to ignore it indefinitely. I already set one of my clocks back an hour. The battery actually died in it today, so when I replaced the battery I set it back to Standard Time. It looks good now. I’m looking forward to this Sunday morning when that clock’s time is correct.

I usually feel my coldest weather of the year every November – not because I live in South Florida – but because I visit my family up in Ohio – north of Cincinnati. I like cooler weather – not colder weather. Here in South Florida we start feeling the 60s in the morning instead of the 70s – and the 70s in the afternoon instead of the 80s. Sometimes we even feel the 50s at night.

Up in Ohio I’ll feel the teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, and I’ll probably see snow as well. I’m not a fan of Cincinnati weather in the winter. Every November I visit my family up there, and we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas combined in one fun-filled week. We call it #ThanksChristmasGiving, and it’s been a family tradition for us for about 12 years now. This year I’m actually going up for two weeks. It’ll be the longest #ThanksChristmasGiving in modern recorded history. It may also be the last one in the Cincinnati area. My family may be moving back to the Dallas Texas area next summer.

On Thanksgiving Day we start with a hearty homemade Breakfast (cooked by my little brother – age 43), and then we open all of the presents underneath the Christmas tree. My two nieces – ages 8 and 5 – love that part of the morning – even though it usually only lasts for about 15 minutes. They then play with their new toys for the rest of the day. Dinner begins cooking shortly after Noon while the NFL is on the tube. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner is served right around 3 PM, and then we barely move after that – while continuing to watch football.

So there’s my November for you. I’ll be blogging less in November because I’ll be with my family having all of that fun. My Thursday, Friday, and Sunday blogs will take a break for a couple of weeks, but I’ll continue to post my all-new Top 10 hit music chart every Monday through November.

Tomorrow I’ll post my normal Friday blog, as I’ll go RETRO back to the first weekend of November of 2008.

Have a nice evening my friends, and welcome to the weekend and this wonderful new month of November !

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The World’s Littlest Skyscraper

A new weekend has arrived. Let’s start with something fun:

On my recent vacation to visit my family out west in the Wichita Falls Texas area me and my cousins visited “The World’s Littlest Skyscraper” in Downtown Wichita Falls. It was a fun visit. An antique store occupies the bottom floor. We went all the way up the narrow staircase to the top floor where there’s a small museum.

You can read all about how this historic building came to be – celebrating its Centennial in a few months – on Wikipedia.

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Sunday Scripture

I have returned home to South Florida after 5 days in North Texas and in the air between the two distinct regions. I enjoyed my time with my family out west, and I’ll start posting photos of my trip on Flickr (which will also cross-post here on the web site edition of this blog).

Due to maintenance problems my early-morning flight from Miami to Dallas left nearly an hour late – and that was enough to miss my connecting flight to Wichita Falls Texas. That gave me a 5-hour layover at #DFW instead of the expected 1-hour layover. That was plenty of time to enjoy an early-Lunch and read a book that I’ve been blessed with – “How To Worship A King” by Zach Neese.

Due to weather problems (fog) my mid-morning flight from Wichita Falls to Dallas left 3 hours late – completely wiping-out my expected 3-hour layover at #DFW. I walked briskly (and used Skylink) from Terminal B to C. As I was approaching the gate for my connecting flight to Miami they were already calling for all passengers in all groups to board. I barely made my connecting flight with minutes to spare.

I’ll be flying again in 41 days, and hopefully it will go much more smoothly and expected than otherwise.

Wherever you go and whatever you do – you will be blessed. (Deuteronomy 28:6 NLT)

My 29 States

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These are the 29 states that I’ve visited during my lifetime of 51 years. I’ve done pretty good from Texas to New York !

Arkansas was my 29TH state in September of 2016 when I drove north from Louisiana along I-49 into Texarkana (and then into Texas).

There’s a small possibility that I may have visited a 30TH state – New Jersey – either as a little kid (as part of a school field trip to Philadelphia), or upon returning home from Desert Storm in March of 1991. (I just can’t remember.)

North and west of Texas is mostly uncharted territory for me – aside from Arizona (Hoover Dam and the northern rim of the Grand Canyon), Nevada (Las Vegas 3 times from 2002 to 2005), and Hawaii (March of 2006 as part of a cruise).

Before my time is done here on Earth I’d like to claim all 50 states. I think the state that I’d like to visit more than any other right now is Maine. I actually have two friends who live in Maine who once lived here in Homestead Florida !

Bear With Me

Happy Thursday night. A new weekend has arrived, and I’m looking forward to it. Tomorrow (Friday) night I’ll go #Retro with my Top 5 hits from exactly 20 years ago on Sunday July 12TH 1998. Then on Sunday I’ll share Scripture with you, and finally on Monday it’s my brand new Top 10 personal hit music chart.

But as for tonight it’s something simple – just a goofy photo of me and a bear – from inside a souvenir store on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada.

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