Monthly Archives: May 2018

West Coast Spring 2018 – It Begins

May 14 – 17 Upon our return from Cycle North Carolina I prepared for my last few days of working on campus and on Wednesday went there to be one of the featured speakers at the retirement celebration of a valued co-worker and friend, Jim Kay.  He was one of our most important hires for […]

Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride

April 19 – 22 Upon my return to Charlotte from Montreal we began preparations for the Cycle North Carolina (CNC) Coastal Ride, which we hoped would be the kickoff of our cycling season, given the bad weather we’d had all winter and my having been working full time,.  This annual ride rotates between three North […]

Montreal 2018 – Part Three

April 12-16 With the wedding scheduled to start in the early afternoon, we were up pretty early and with coffee made, laid into the “Francois” breakfast we’d assembled, Dillon requesting it as it reminded him of the picnic we’d had in Paris in 2015 with his then girlfriend Simone, Beverly, Francois and myself. With temperatures […]

Montreal 2018 – Part Two

April 12-16 As planned we hit the pavement early for a day of sightseeing, using a walking tour provided in a Montreal guidebook I’d purchased.  We walked for a mile or so towards the St. Lawrence River and once we reached Place d’Armes (which contains a monument to Paul de Chomedey, founder of Montreal) stopped […]

Montreal 2018 – Part One

April 12-16 We returned from Europe on Wednesday November 15th and three days later flew to Las Vegas to spend a week with the Mitchells and celebrate Thanksgiving with them, driving to Los Angeles for two nights and then returned for a Turkey Day of Mitchell-esque proportions, with more people attending than one could count, […]

Europe 2017 – The Legend of Jenny Manetta

August 24 – November 15 As promised (threatened?) in the last post, I’d like to talk a bit about Jenny Manetta, who we’ve referred to quite a few times while we recounted our month with the Greeks, and for those of you whose heads are spinning as I’ve time shifted major sections of the blog […]

Europe 2017 – Summary, Part Five

August 24 – November 15 The final country we’d spend time in is one we continue to find fascinating and wonder how we’ve let it slip past us during the course of our many visits to Europe.  This would be France.  Although we’d been to Paris many times when stopping in to see Francois and […]