Author Archives: Ol' Philosophizer

About Ol' Philosophizer

Having had the opportunity to develop wisdom and maturity over six plus decades doesn't mean that I'm always inclined to use what I've learned. Instead, I choose to believe that "60 is the new 16," at least when this creaky old body agrees to let it be so, and that is why my family cringes during those infrequent flights of fancy when I set out to prove that I am undaunted by my lack of judgment. The rest of the time, though, I'm either dispensing my scattered thoughts on our blog, or dreaming up new ones after I've settled in for a nap.

How A Bad Expedition Spawns A Tradition – Conclusion

One of the under-publicized advantages of being old is that people tend to ignore the fact that you repeat yourself when you speak. I’m not sure that forgiveness applies when you write, however, so I am faced with the dilemma … Continue reading

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How A Bad Expedition Spawns A Tradition – Part II

The trouble with telling long stories is that I sometimes forget where I was when I paused, and I start re-telling the same things all over again. Fortunately, as this is a multi-part blog post, I was able to read … Continue reading

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How A Bad Expedition Spawns A Tradition

Fifteen years ago, I decided to take up the sport of kayaking. At an age (50+) when I should not have been so, I was much too cocky in my innate ability to paddle a kayak. Thus, I didn’t bother … Continue reading

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The Cornish Coast Deserves A Toast

Men, I ask your absolution in advance. I am about to make a confession that might stir agreement deep in your souls, though most of you will remain silent. What might that declaration be? Simply put, it is this. Sometimes … Continue reading

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…Then A Talk to the Driver

At the time Elizabeth R and I set forth on our hike northward from Big Ben, we assumed that getting to our restaurant in Islington would be our adventure for the day. We had no idea that getting back would … Continue reading

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Chugging From Churchill To Chaucer

We jump forward to Wednesday, Monday’s hike having limited Tuesday’s activities to recovery and another unsuccessful hunt for a waxed cap. Feeling our age more than our oats, we prudently decided that a large portion of our travel on this … Continue reading

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Championing Churchill’s Chartwell

This time, it was my idea. At the risk of being drummed out of the Loyal Order of Put-Upon, Vacationing Husbands Everywhere, I make this confession. It was I, it was me, it was myself who suggested touring a historic … Continue reading

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The Door To Frogmore Was Forbidden On Friday

Queen Victoria:  “We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist.” Reality set in on Friday. Our fifteen day trip to England had started out rolling along smoothly … well, okay, “fairly” smoothly … but now … Continue reading

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How I Artfully Advocated Avoiding Artifacts

Steven Wright:  “Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” NOTE: This is the third installment of what is likely to become a never-ending story about our recent trip to England. It’s not that Elizabeth R and I … Continue reading

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We are Team New Zealand

Elizabeth R and I just returned from two delightful weeks in the UK (much more on that much later), most of which was spent in the B&B of two transplanted Kiwis. So, even though we are kayakers and not sailors, … Continue reading

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