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honda03842 06-18-2015 12:13 PM

A Thought
Millions yearn to live for an eternity, yet can't figure out what to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

honda03842 06-18-2015 01:11 PM

Most of you are not where we are but you’re heading there. We’ll be 73 shortly, having spent 15 years traveling North America. In a sense a marvelous dream realized.

When we began our travel adventure, though triggered by the death of a friend, we were not conscious of our own approaching end. It’s only recently that I’ve considered ‘measuring time left’, at least in the sense of considering the real possibility.

When we were younger a young man noticed storm clouds gathering while surfing less than a ½ mile from our home. He and his pals, recognizing the danger, immediately headed to shore. While walking up the beach he was struck by lightning on the first strike. A doctor watching from the wall ran to him only to find him dead. Unfortunately the young college student had a wet suit with a plastic zipper; a metal zipper might have saved him. Instead the lightening bolt went down his spinal cord instead of a metal zipper.

This young man was the brother of our son’s girlfriend so we attended the funeral. It was absolutely the saddest funeral. All these struck, some what dazed students, many experiencing death for the first time. Funerals are easier on the old, both the dead and the living, the young are wound up in possibilities, death is not in view. Recognizing the possibility of death can make a difference in one’s choices.

When my college roommate died I made the choice to pack it in and travel, in her wonderful way Ginny supported me. Now that we’ve traveled for 15 years and recognize the end’s coming I believe we need to more tightly focus on our remaining years, not that I think the end will be here soon, but sooner than it was a day ago.

As a sidebar, I am happy for our 15 years of travel, actually they are the topping to a wonderful life. The travel years were so fulfilling that should death come knocking I believe I would feel satisfied by life.

We plan to continue our travels in our ever loyal Scamp, focusing a little more on favorites, places and each other.

Raff 06-18-2015 01:49 PM

Well said Norm. Gotta make the most of your life while you're here. As the saying goes, you can't change the past, you might not have a future, the present moment is the only guarantee.

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SoloMatt 06-18-2015 01:51 PM

Beautiful post.... thanks for sharing this!

MRClaus 06-18-2015 02:05 PM


honda03842 06-30-2015 05:39 AM

A couple of thoughts
Many have wondered how much data we use monthly now that we watch TV via the Internet. Before TV on the Internet we used 5 Gigabytes a month, with Internet TV we used an astounding 124 Gigabytes this month. Ginny jokes about the Gigabyte police showing up, however we have seen no throttling of our service.

We have just completed the Inspector Morse series, a wonderful British detective series, really 33 movies. He died last night in the final show. It was kind of sad for us on two levels.

In the series Morse is very successful at his job but truly unsuccessful at life. He leads a lonely unhappy life. All through the series we hoped he would find some measure of happiness, particularly someone to share his life.

For me living happily is the goal. My first job mentor told me the purpose of life was to maximize fun. I guess I translated that to happiness. There was no doubt that Morse needed a small fiberglass trailer, a like soul and ....

It's what follows the 'and' I wonder about. What allows our time on the road to be 'a happy time'?

SoloMatt 06-30-2015 08:16 AM

Well, for the record, I don't watch TV, nor do I have a like soul to share my life and I feel pretty happy. IMHO, happiness doesn't come from others, it comes from within! :)

MRClaus 06-30-2015 08:47 AM

Good Morning Norm

think happy thoughts

ps say hi to ginny :cool:

honda03842 06-30-2015 09:01 AM


Originally Posted by SoloMatt (Post 531992)
Well, for the record, I don't watch TV, nor do I have a like soul to share my life and I feel pretty happy. IMHO, happiness doesn't come from others, it comes from within! :)

I can't disagree with a single thing you wrote. It's certainly not necessary to be coupled to be happy.

In the case of Inspector Morse coupling seemed to be something he desired but could not achieve.

As to TV, we dropped traditional TV because there didn't seem to be much for us to watch. Internet TV is different and we find it a nice break from the past, no or few commercials, a choice of great shows, and the ability to see the complete series in relatively short order.

CampyTime 06-30-2015 12:41 PM

Norm, I read almost all of your posts on this site, no matter what you write about.

Your writings about life and love are inspiring. You are blessed and because of love, share your blessings with others here in kindness, help and friendship. I have been the recipient of your willing, detailed help to which you benefitted or profited none.

You just helped to help, just one person to another. I think you are a fine human being.


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honda03842 06-30-2015 01:18 PM

Thank you Wendy, very kind of you. I still seek to get better and am always puzzled when I see things not working for people. I know Inspector Morse is a fictional character but he represents people who are somehow trapped. In this case though definitely smart and cultured, unable to escape some part of his genes, education and/or culture. WE owe it to ourselves to become the most we can become.

It's a reasonable thought that each morning one asks 'How can I make today better?' It's in asking that we find answers. It's not a trite thought for each of us has more power and ability than we exercise.

It's funny I said exercise because I'm back at it, taking a break while emptying the house. As I age, it becomes obvious how important it is to get yourself in a reasonable state. Weaknesses that a younger body could over come are no longer possible.

I laughingly think what I'd do if some one gave me a 65 pound sack of potatoes to carry all day. The fact is before we began RVing I carried that extra 'body' weight for years. Ginny and I have been laughing as we we sorted through 1000's of pictures, throwing out some of the 'fat Norman pictures', rewriting my personal history. (Of course there are no fat Ginny pictures, I do not have a death wish.)

I do not mean to imply that creating a better today is all about exercise, it's not. Really it's more about behavior.

Off the track, but my mind is on the topic after last night's Inspector Morse, the dying of a fictional character. (We follow another fictional character, Moone Boy, who has a fictional friend. Fictional or real it's important to have some one to talk to about the day to day, even if it's yourself.

Thanks Wendy.

CampyTime 06-30-2015 01:35 PM

All very true. Right now, I talk to God and myself about the day to day. The God part won't change. He knows I'm lousy and loves me anyway.

The "couplered" part I hope to change (just made that up, in light of our trailering). One never knows what's blowing in the wind, except change.

I too seek improvement; for myself, my relationships, in life. Life goes on each day, in blessing, and agree that striving for betterment and goodness might ought to be a goal for each one of us.

No thanks necessary, as I can't help but to notice the good in you. You're just too obvious. 😊

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MarkyVasquez 06-30-2015 05:42 PM

My goal is enjoying life. We can't be angry and happy at the same time. I get up every morning grateful for everything and everyone in my life. I've learned to forgive others and to humble myself.
I enjoy using technology. I have various books on my kindle including a bible, use my iPad, and enjoy watching TV. Through Facebook I found several of my relatives and friends across the country that I hadn't talked to in 35 years.
I also know that happiness is a choice.

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SoloMatt 07-01-2015 09:28 AM


Originally Posted by MarkyVasquez (Post 532105)
I also know that happiness is a choice.

This becomes more and more clear to me every day!

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