Summer Journeys Cars/vans packed to the gill with luggage and family RVs lumber down the road bicycles on back hanging on for dear life Vast oceans are crossed tiny island are invaded by swarms of tourists Envious? Yes, sometimes wishing I can join Financial burden is my delay But when I stop to ponder and… Continue reading I’ve been everywhere man, well almost

Tough time searching for retail location in Oregon and Washington

I am angry tonight, for the past 6 months I have searched the greater Portland, Oregon Vancouver, Washington area to relocate my successful pipe shop to as it is growing and in need of more room.  Vacancies abound in these two great cities and instead of renting the owners prefer to let them sit empty loosing money. …… Continue reading Tough time searching for retail location in Oregon and Washington

Modern Pioneer

Part 6  The Push to Portland   Thursday, May 7th, 8 a.m.  I step outside the morning sky is painted orange, the air cool, refreshing and further notice the space where my friends flatten Audi lay just 24 hours ago is now empty.  I hope he makes Denver ok.  Wait a minute; a Navy adage…… Continue reading Modern Pioneer

Modern Pioneer

 Part 5   Wednesday, May 6th, 1998 8 a.m.  With mind clear and body well rested, I slip the key into the door, unlock it, take my place in the driver’s seat, place the key into the ignition switch, pause and to myself:  please, please, please, please, then turn the key.  The continuous clicking of…… Continue reading Modern Pioneer

Modern Pioneer

  Part 3     Monday, May 4th 8 a.m.  The free continental breakfast Super 8 offers energizes, and, standing alongside the Volvo with the transmission in neutral, key in the ignition and switched on, parking brake released I push.  Come on, come on, come on, yes!  The Volvo breaks its stationary bond with the…… Continue reading Modern Pioneer