April and no showers

Posted by Michael on May 19, 2010 in Journal, The Trek |

Yesterday we woke up to find that we had no water.  Few things in the scheme of modern conveniences are more devastating than the lack of indoor running water.  Toilets function for one flush, and unless you have maintained a store of backup water for one purpose or another you have to take care of […]


Ambitious Goals

Posted by Michael on April 8, 2010 in Journal |

Recently I heard a former sports figure, who now inspires youngsters dreams of success say that if your friends don’t laugh at your dreams, you’re not dreaming big enough.  I’m paraphrasing, but that was the point of it. So even though March was better than the first two months of 2010, I find myself contemplating […]


February Made Me Shiver

Posted by Michael on March 8, 2010 in Journal, Rest Stops |

Not in the traditional sense of cold, though that happened too.  No, this second month of my DecaTrek left me with a continuation of the January disturbances.  Bad news on the phone, followed by good news, then bad again. How we move out of bed in the morning when we know the end awaits each […]



Posted by Michael on January 31, 2010 in Journal |

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. ~Henry David Thoreau The first month of the new decade turned out to be filled with a glut of the types of experiences that define the human condition. Starting out with hope and promise, I set myself plans to take more steps forward than […]


First Grade

Posted by Michael on January 17, 2010 in Journal |

After two weeks of my first College course in roughly 21 years, I am tickled to report the comment my Professor wrote on my first graded homework assignment. Wow!  This is without a doubt one of the best I’ve ever read! Grade: A The positive feedback is encouraging. Not letting it go to my head […]


Turning up the heat on the inside

Posted by Michael on January 5, 2010 in Journal |

This morning’s temperature was in the teens, and a film of ice had covered my car’s windshield.  After starting the car to warm it up, I dutifully grabbed my scraper and headed back out into the cold to clear off the ice.  A slight freezing drizzle of precipitation was dropping from the sky.  When I […]



Grade me

Posted by Michael on January 4, 2010 in Journal, On Ramps |

In all the times I attended an institution of higher learning, the price paid for those classes was either from scholarships, grants, or student loans. The cost of student loans, only became real many years later when the payments had to be made. Now at 43, I’m going back to finish what I left undone. […]



If at first I don’t succeed

Posted by Michael on January 2, 2010 in Journal |

Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent. ~William Cobbett I used to smoke cigarettes, nearly a pack a day of Marlboro menthol lights. I smoked for roughly 16 years, and tried quitting probably as many times. Each new year would bring another promise to myself to kick the habit. […]

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Posted by Michael on January 1, 2010 in Journal |

The cruel awakening that greets many a newborn child into the world.  This metaphoric slap however, greets me on the first day of 2010 with the realization of the journey on which I have set out upon.  What have I chosen for myself, and what kind of idiot decides to commit to journal his 10 […]

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