When I was a kid, my family occasionally visited our Atlanta relatives at their summer place on Lake Rabun in the mountains of north Georgia. After I was old enough (maybe 10?), I got to take the train from Charlotte to Toccoa … Continue reading


It happens every two years. My sister plans a weekend not too far from the Atlanta airport for us to get together with our kids and grandkids. It’s a great way for the east and west coast cousins to stay … Continue reading

My Most Expensive Meal Ever

Last weekend we splurged to celebrate Lorette’s first step toward retirement: going from full time to four days a week. We ate at Cafe Juanita in Seattle and opted for the chef’s tasting menu along with the select wine pairings. … Continue reading

Three Retired Amigos

Jeff, Max and I are retired. Several months ago we decided to start a ‘Boys Day Out’ to explore the local landscape. So far this has included visits to the Museum of Glass, the western art collection at the Tacoma Art … Continue reading


Ah, the joys of being the retired tag-along spouse of someone who has to be in meetings all day. So while Lorette was getting smarter, I was free to explore the city. First stop for me: Boston Common, America’s oldest … Continue reading

Cape Cod

Lorette had a medical conference scheduled in Boston for the last part of April so we decided to travel several days early and explore Cape Cod, a place neither of us had been to before. For the most part, the … Continue reading

Wintergrass 2015

Wintergrass is a music festival that began in Tacoma 20 years ago and moved to Bellevue in 2009. While still focused on Bluegrass, it has evolved over the years to include a variety of Americana, roots, acoustic, and even international genres. … Continue reading