Why I miss Downton Abbey on Sunday Nights

Since “Downton Abbey” ended, I realized that I had a ritual on Sunday nights to watch it. I’d finish whatever else I was doing, maybe make something to drink and a snack, take the dogs out so they hopefully wouldn’t need to go out again for the next 1 – 2 hours, and then I could sit down undisturbed and watch the show.

I would watch it in the bedroom because my husband was usually watching something else in the living room. He absolutely did not want to watch Downton Abbey. No way. Yes, he’s great, but it can be – let’s use the word –  “challenging” to watch a show or movie with him because he often talks over the dialog. Then I have to tell him to stop, then he gets annoyed, and who needs that?

That worked out fine because I realized one of the benefits of watching the show was the “me time” it gave me. I’d rather go in another room, shut the door, relax and see what evil thing Mary was going to do next; what situation Robert Grantham was going to let slide; what Anna was going to hide from Mr. Bates; what hilarious acerbic thing Lady Grantham would say; or any other number of plots and subplots.


Then on Monday I’d call my mom and we go back and forth saying things like, “Can you believe what she did?” or “I can’t stand him!” and on and on. It was fun.

Now I call up and we talk about the weather. Ho hum.

Now my husband watches some some fishing show and talks to the TV and then to me and then to the TV again.

So I found a new way to have “Me Time” – I’m writing my own story!


April 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Wikipedia waits for you, and me

My Life is not a Web App

Can’t click “Pause” on the future


Or even slow it down


“Wikipedia Waits for You” (sung in the tune of Billy Joel’s “Vienna Waits for You”)

Empty dates await like empty tombs


I just donated to Wikipedia. Since I use their site almost every weekday as my after-lunch transition back to work, I figured it was about time I sent them a little dough. Merry Christmas, Wikipedia!

The page beckons like a crooked finger of a skeleton in a fairy tale

Appointment in Samarra

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Wikipedia waits for you

Macabre, maybe; my sense of humor has darkened over the past year. And I don’t want to watch the news any more. This is just me. Maybe it’s better not to say anything because some people take things the wrong way. Don’t take this the wrong way. It’s all in one crystal ball, swirling around like clouds floating over the oceans. Inextricable.

If and when



“Time before and time after”

December 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

Captain Jack Etzler: Breuil Boat Brochure

My father in law, Jack Etzler, who passed away in March of 2015, was a boat captain all his working life. After a few years in the Navy, he worked as a mate and then a captain.

We found this yacht brochure in his papers. It’s for Breuil Enterprise yachts, cruisers, and sportfishermen  in 1964. He is driving the boat on the front cover of the brochure, and he’s also on an inside photo. I scanned a few pages of the brochure and saved it as a PDF linked here: Breuil_boats_brochure_Jack.

cover of a Breuil boats yacht brochure 1964The Breuil Boat Company was located at Harbour One, 17201 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami Florida. It was started by Jim Breuil, who died in 2002. Harbor One is now known as Maule Lake Marina at the same address. News reports I’ve found indicate the marina land may be changed into condos, or maybe even floating islands built for the lake, similar to floating islands in The Netherlands.

Capt. Jack handled many types of boats in his day, from Miami to the Bahamas, to Greece and back. He fished tournaments and saw things that no longer exist such as large schools of giant tuna swimming in the sea. We plan to dedicate a commemorative plaque or stone at the IGFA museum in Dania for him. His wife passed away three months before him. He is survived by his son, Jay.

July 26, 2015 at 10:44 am Leave a comment


rosesMy friend, Rose, died in October.

December 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

In Memoriam: Greg Horne

My brother-in-law, Greg Horne, died on September 15, 2014. He was the person who introduced me to WordPress in 2007, back when there wasn’t much user documentation written for non-technical people. You had to type in your own HTML code to insert links. WordPress has come a long way. Greg was always helpful when I had questions back then.

Here’s a photo of him and my sister at Yesteryear Village, near the Morikami Gardens in Florida, 2006:

MorikamiWe all went to the Japanese gardens at Morikami that day too. He liked to take photographs. Here are a few:

MorikamiDid you see the little green lizard?

Morikami-lakeMay he rest in peace.

September 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Van Morrison singing “Comfortably Numb”

I heard this song in the film “The Departed,” and it stuck with me for days, so I looked it up and found this video of the live performance:


Van Morrison is singing with member of The Band and with Roger Waters during the Berlin performance of The Wall, the Pink Floyd album. Van Morrison’s phrasing is slightly different than the original studio version. He conveys a sense of loss from a larger distance that adds a poignancy to the song that is more pronounced than in the original. The original is great, no doubt, but this one adds another layer of interpretation to the song, one that adds more depth. Enjoy the video.

May 19, 2014 at 5:03 pm 2 comments

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

The older I get, the more I enjoying listening to Kurt Vonnegut:




April 20, 2014 at 7:42 am Leave a comment

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