The Purple Alligator

Here are some brilliant entries into the Bulwer-Lytton Literary Contest. Submissions need to be in soon so don’t delay. If you send me your sentence I’ll forward it on and claim credit. Not so Humble submissions from literary geniuses I know.  They are all winners! Winner Shortest Novel Category Sorry, but I’m retired from doing anything … Read more

What to do? What to do?

Propeller tip from March Field Officers Club Circa 1927 Fame, notoriety, and celeb status will do that.  Now being published and all, I fear being mobbed down at the outlet mall.  It happened to J.K. Rowling, it could happen to me. To calm my nerves and pass the time, I decided to try my hand – or … Read more

The Road Not Taken

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost was first published in 1915 in the Atlantic Monthly. Arguably his most famous poem. Also, his most misunderstood. Generations of us grew up believing that if we took the road less traveled, went our own way, and carved our own path, it would make all the difference in our … Read more

The Write Stuff

Why write?  I’m really not sure.  Lillian and I have been recording our travels since 2007.  These blogs to family and friends were just quick updates on our whereabouts rather than a serious attempt to string together a coherent story.  Practice helped improve my prose, but the places were the real story.  The pictures chronicled our adventures and were what … Read more

California Dreamin’

Been here a few months, and I haven’t even sued anyone.  Everyone in California sues everyone else.  Why not?  I think I should.  Sooner or later, everyone does.  Maybe I’ll sue the guy who flipped me off.  I was only going eighty-five.  How was I to know that the fast lane is only for Elon Muskers?  How much coal does it take to … Read more

Big Fish

Montana We never saw the big sky of the Big Sky State.   We never saw blue sky at all, just gray.  A depressing shade of gray.  The gray was continuous from high overhead until it coated the Bitterroot Mountains and soaked the land.  Sometimes in layers of a fog like murk, but mostly like a painting with outlines of … Read more

Are we there yet?

Ellensburg Washington The Railroad put Ellensburg on the map, but water keeps her alive. Driving Interstate 90 east from Seattle you pass many ski resorts, hiking/biking trails, waterways and camping locations. At Snoqualmie Pass, you’ve crossed over the Cascade Mountain Range. Now on the eastern slope you descend into the Kittitas Valley. Hayfields, haystacks, and … Read more


Update as of May 10, 2021.  Canada still won’t let Americans across the border.  This is just fine with me.  Continue reading to find out why.  They say COVID is the reason.  But I suspect a more sinister plot.  In 2019, Lillian and I traveled to this inhospitable land. Here are our notes from that dangerous trip. Canola Oil (L) Lillian’s … Read more

Road Religion

Lillian and I just made a mad dash from Seattle to Camarillo Ca and back.  It was a good week.  We got to give a quick hug to my and Lil’s mom.  We are now back in Seattle for Jennifer’s birthday and springtime in the Northwest.  In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of … Read more

The Minivan

Disclaimer:  These stories are a product of my memory.  The parts I can’t remember are made up.  The parts I can recall are completely fabricated. It seemed the perfect vehicle.  It seemed to offer a form of luxury not known in our previous fleet of compact cars.  Those previous priceless gems worked for a while, if only to leave mother … Read more