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Lemons or Lemonade?

These are times where a bit of extra effort is required to find the "silver lining" in the Covid-19 situation.  Nevertheless, in spite of all the horrible things occurring in our nation, saddled with the worst President ever, we have been able to find many rays of light here on Hidden Hills Drive. Being sequestered on our little two acres isn't so bad.  It has encouraged me to spend more time on the patios, just contemplating life and appreciating the beauty all around us.  Dorothee has been relentless in her stewardship of our property.  Every year she plants hundreds of ...
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Man and Machine – Moto Guzzi 850T

I've always been a sucker for a perceived bargain.  Time and time again, I've chased after a promising "deal" (car or motorcycle), and just as surely have suffered the rude reminder of the old adage "you get what you paid for".  Yet, in spite of years of "lessons learned", I seem to persist in pursuing my unattainable quest. My most recent "steal" came about somewhat by accident.  During a routine browse through the motorcycle section of eBay, I spotted a classic(?) Moto Guzzi listing for which bidding seemed to be languishing at a value I judged to be sub-par.  I'd ...
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75 and still kicking

Reaching 75 years old seemed like some impossibly far off prediction just weeks ago, but, here I am, 75 (May 3, 2020) and still breathing. This whole coronavirus 'thang' has certainly put a damper on traditional birthday celebrations (you know, dinner and drinks out at a fancy Austin restaurant, etc). Nevertheless, My 75th was just about as perfect as a guy could wish for. My leisurely morning began with greetings from my "girls", Chloe (left) and Sadie, always eager to share some love and activity around the house: Then Dorothee "surprised" me with a lovely present (well, thanks to a ...
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A new family member

Earlier this year, we decided it was time to add a second pooch to our family canine collection.  After much study, it was decided that a Labrador would be a great choice.  Research found a nice mom-and-pop kennel located between Austin and San Antonio, just a 45 minute drive away.  It turned out to be a great choice. Chris and Linda Gray at Seven Oaks Kennel  seem like the perfect, caring, non-puppy mill family.  Turned out, a new litter had arrived in early January, and there were a couple of female yellow labs still unspoken for.  We made a deposit ...
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Guadalajara Mexico summer 2019

Each year Dorothee and I ponder over a locale that can provide a respite from Austin's brutal August Summer.  This year, on the basis of recommendation from our friends the Mericas, we chose Guadalajara, and it turned out to be the perfect choice. For the curious, Guadalajara, at a population of 1.5 million and growing, is the 2nd largest city in Mexico.  More importantly to us, the elevation, similar to Denver, assures moderate summertime temperatures (daily highs between 75-85), all the while its latitude assures mild winter time temperatures as well.  The city seems much smaller (population-wise) that statistics would ...
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