This weekend I am heading out-of-state to my kid sister’s house, which is just over the state line actually. But it is still taking me out of my home state and is usually a five and a 1/2 hour drive to get there. It is a trip that is long over due and I’m getting excited seeing her, her husband and their 3 sons.
If the weather is nice, and it is supposed to be a good one, I am sure we will be spending a good amount of time outside enjoying their spectacular backyard that they have worked so hard on since moving there 6 years. I’m sure the boys would rather be outside since we all have been cooped up all winter long. They have all ready been grilling and eating on the patio for the last couple of weeks. Her husband is a good cook, especially outside on the grill.
The playsets virginia beach have arrived that they ordered online so I’m sure I’ll be helping them get assembled and ready to use by the boys and their friends. So it will be a good productive visit and I’ll be properly fed and entertained. Let’s hope the weatherman’s forecast will be accurate and let the games begin.
When I first started blogging I would share on my blog a funny story or joke that had come my way via the Internet, but then I heard that if you place content on your blog that isn’t “original content” that you could be placing your my blog in jeopardy with the Google Gods. Now of course no one wants to do that. I have a lot of questions, ideas and opinions on this issue. I wish someone at Google could and would talk to me about it so that I could relax a bit more and feel comfortable with what I place on my own personal blog.
But in the meantime please enjoy this short little humorous story that I couldn’t resist posting here on my own personal blog today. Maybe even one of the Google Gods will get a kick out of it as well and leave me alone!
Exercise For Folks Over The Age of Forty
Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute and then relax.
Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags. Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I’m at this level.)
After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.
If I have the chance to travel to the DC area next week for an interview I hope to have a couple extra days to drive around the area and do some spring sightseeing. One thing I’ve always wanted to do is book a “boat and breakfast” package to sleep aboard one of the sailboats in the Annapolis Harbor. The Windward is a 74 foot sailing schooner that takes people on 2 hour tours during the day. On Saturday nights they allow up to four couples to book their special “boat and breakfast” package which includes a 2 hour sunset sail on the Chesapeake, docking in Annapolis for you to have dinner downtown, and then return to the ship around 11pm to sleep aboard the schooner in one of the 4 staterooms. In the morning you are served breakfast on deck and you have until 11:00 am to re pack your duffel bag and head out. It sounds like great fun, and with the right mix of other couples could be a magical evening for everyone.
There are three areas in Maryland that I love and would certainly consider living there if I had a good employment offer. Frederick, Baltimore, and Annapolis. To be honest, I love Annapolis, the state capital, and have spent dozens of weekends there on sailboats and in bed and breakfasts for summer weekends. I’m sure that UMT Marine, with their website of http://www.umtmarine.com does a lot of work for people and plenty of businesses in that area.They would expect nothing less than the best and UMT Marine is knows for their commitment to old world, custom crafted marine technology. You really should check out their website, it’s pretty impressive and full of interesting information in the manufacturing of Custom Marine equipment.
If I get the job offer I’m expecting, I won’t hesitate to call a broker to get started looking for a house. Spending some time tonight on various websites to get a feel for prime real estate in the Baltimore area and also checked out the Annapolis area so that when I have my job interview next week I’ll know what I can handle for housing and relocation expenses.
This year might be the year for me to focus on camping trips and fly fishing. With the bad economy still making life harder and harder, a lot of people are not going to be able to travel as extensively as they had been five years ago. I’m sure that a lot of the more exotic locations, like Las Vegas and Orlando, will once again have a huge drop in tourism this year. But people are accustomed to getting away while having fun and recreation on their weekends and their vacations. So I suspect there will be a lot more camping and day trips for American families again this summer.
Some of my summer plans include at least a one week-long fly fishing trip out west. I have enough frequent flier miles saved up that flying is not an issue for me which saves me a huge chunk of money. I can still fly to Washington State, Oregon and Northern California on free flights until this coming September. In fact, I’m planning a long weekend trip to Oregon next month. I’ll miss the Klamath Falls Spring Trout Derby, but the area is great for fly fishing well beyond that time.
School will be out in just a few short months, makes me wonder if kids get sent away to summer sleepaway camps anymore? My parents tried that when I was really young and I don’t remember much of it. I think I was only about 6 years old, and had never slept away from home anywhere all by myself before that horrible experience at such a young age. So it must have been quite a shock to a little kid to be put on a bus with a bunch of kids that are complete strangers and sent off to big tent way up in the mountains.
I remember crying at night when they told us we had to go to bed and I didn’t have my bed – all I had was a sleeping bag in a big smelly tent with a bunch of kids who all giggled and whispered for hours after we were supposed to be asleep. The morning was even worse, waking up to a soaking wet sleeping bag, mine wasn’t the only one I can tell you that. It was hot and smelly and I remember not wanting to tell anyone about the wet sleeping bag, dreading the thought of having to crawl in back in there in that type of condition. Some how someone must have figured out the sleeping bag problem (they must have smelled it) and by the time we were told to head back in our respective tents for the night I think I wasn’t the only one who was relieved to find a nice clean and dry sleeping bag.
I think if I had been older I would have like it. But I think 6 was just too young for me. And we I never gave sleep away camp another chance. Live and Learn.