Growing up

Maybe every generation feels the same way, but it sure seems that life was simpler when I was growing up. In junior high and even high school, physical education class was like elementary school recess; we were free to do as we pleased. So we would play tackle football, without pads of course. Many times […]

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You Can Run But You Can’t Hide… It’s New Year’s Resolution Time

Doesn’t it seem like it was just yesterday that we made last year’s ridiculously optimistic New Year’s resolutions? You know, the ones where we were going to get back down to our high school weight and run a marathon each week so we could wear those five-size-smaller clothes in the back of our closets. So […]

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Christmas unTraditions

All families have their own Christmas traditions. Most everyone decorates the tree while Dad cusses over lights that don’t work; young siblings eat the ornaments; and Mom complains about the needles all over the carpet. The needles are really not that big a deal when you consider the Polish, who for some reason think it’s […]

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Holiday Booze … er … Cheer

Well, it’s the holiday season during which we all like to get plenty of … cheer. This can take many forms – ranging from egg nog, to hot rum toddies, to 190 proof-throat- blistering Everclear. In other words, cheer is often times defined as alcohol. Alcohol doesn’t really make life more fun, but it sure […]

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Driving Me Crazy

It’s difficult for many of us to accept the fact that, as we get older, there may come a time when we really shouldn’t be behind the wheel any longer. I saw this a while back while leaving the doctor’s office. As I walked across the parking lot to my own car, I spotted an older […]

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Why I Hate The Internet

There are a lot of things I find annoying in our world of today. But many of my top ten have to do with the Internet. I believe that somewhere, there is an entire room filled with techno-wizards who labor long hours to come up with aggravating tricks to force us to notice ads and, […]

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It’s Been a Whole Year

It’s been a year since my father passed away. I continued to make blog posts for a while after that, though the truth was, my heart just wasn’t in it. Same for last Christmas. Lacking any yuletide spirit, I went down to Tampa and rented a condo for a month. No tree, no presents, no […]

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(Part 2) Cruising with the Hatteras

Pete’s Pub is one of my favorite places. Back in the early 1950s, Pete’s father, Randolph Johnston, feared that the world was headed for ruin. So he loaded up his family and moved to Man of War Cay in the Bahamas. Here, he was able to buy a rundown sailboat that he and his family […]

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Cruising On The Hatteras

In an earlier post, I related the experience of purchasing our new 55-foot Hatteras sportfish boat. It was a good boat, and we had many adventures in it—after we recovered from the shock of Bubba’s suicide. You can read about the incident in Chapter 39 “The (Second) New Boat” on my website: http://frankwilem.com. After the […]

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About Time

My father always took punctuality quite seriously. He was fond of saying, “If you arrive right on time, you’re late.” For example, if he were invited to someone’s house for dinner at 6:00 pm on a Wednesday evening, he would try to arrive by, say, noon on Tuesday. “Better to be a little early than […]

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