Disappointment

Have you ever been disappointed?I think from time to time we all feel some of that-I know I do but why,why would I or anyone else feel disappointment.It has been a while since I have written so let’s catch up

There is a race going on in my life right now-filing for personal bankruptcy or foreclosure on a home I own in Sanbornville N.H.Bankruptcy will come first (I will be filing) but will this save my ownership of my home?Interesting question which I have done much research on but not being a lawyer I really can’t answer.Let’s get back to the topic of disappointment.

With all that has happened to me in the last two years,being a widower,not much money,wondering what the future holds for me it occurred to me-hey I am not that bad off!Look at what you have right now scott-yes you have a home and yes maybe you will lose it to foreclosure-yes you have food,some earned and some donated by caring programs and individuals,yes you are loved so take a good long hard look at what you do have and be thankful for those things that are a part of your life now and let go of what you do not have!

I have come to realize all that is a part of my daily life now that many others do not have and maybe will never have is a blessing that should be shared to inspire others to embrace hope when there doesn’t seem to be any at all.I’m sure that there are people who do not have to deal with a foreclosure because they have never owned a house.Don’t worry about things like that,you gain knowledge,support,and love from many areas-all you have to do is reach out and your questions will be answered.Don’t be afraid to ask for help,it will be there for you if you believe that and ask for that help-you are not alone.

Dedicated to Gretch.

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Building a Non-Camping Campfire

This is a task very few have attempted and accomplished and I happen to be one of those people.In order to do such a thing we first need to examine our environment.Let’s start here,we have a gas stove but no gas so it can’t be used.Next we check our oil tank in the basement-shit it’s empty so no hot water.OK let.s take a look at the laundry area and what do we find,nothing,no washer,no dryer so no clothes washing.The only functioning usefull item is a microwave.So now desire,motivation,creativity creeps into your being,you can feel gallons of blood racing to your loins,we are off and running to the great outdoors to start building

First we clean out the grill which has nothing in it of any value.Then we go into the woods and gather up little pieces of wood,then a little bit bigger pieces,and bigger and bigger until we have what a splendid supply of fuel for our campfire.Next we crumple up some paper,tear up pieces of cardboard,and place them carefully into the grill.On top of this go the pieces of wood we have gathered,small ones first and proceed to the biggest pieces.One match if you are careful will start the show as the flames slowly gain intensity and give off heat.Now we are ready.Install the cooking surface,put on chicken legs and green bell peppers and watch them sizzle.As an appitizer take english muffins and put them next to the chicken and cook them to a golden brown.They will be the first off the grill so spread some grape jelly on them and eat them while the other food continues to cook.Just about ready now so enjoy your chicken and peppers!I did,that was my supper today.Try it it’s cool!Love and inspiration to all.

The Nature of Responsibility and Decisions

During the course of our lives we all face a variety of circumstances-some that we create and some that seem to get thrown at us.So what do you do,how do you seperate the two,how do you make a decision at any time on dealing with your own personal circumstance.It’s like “Did I ask for this and if I did what course of action should I take?”

I can honestly say I have always taken responsibility for the decisions and actions that have formed my life-I never blamed anybody for my mistakes nor did I give credit to others for my victories in life.Therefore my belief is that myself,not fate,has formed and created everything that I am to this moment.So,to repeat,I take responsibility for my thoughts and actions.However,I cannot be held responsible for thoughts and actions that other people create which,from time to time,may have an effect on myself and my life.

Let me look at this in another way.If you find yourself to be quite happy most of the time,always happy and willing to help others,I believe people with the same chareteristics will become a part of your life.On the other hand,if your waking moments usually find you sad,angry,depressed and in general negative by nature,you will find the same in your life-it works both ways.So do you look at others or look at yourself?I have chosen to look at myself very carefully and have found many good traits and also many elements that need my attention.This is the part of my life that I am at now-changes need to take place if I am to live the rest of my life happily and secure.It is up to me.Wish me well please.

Love and inspiration to all.

Dreams”

“Well be watching over you”

“Going to help you see it through”

Garrison Hill Park,Dover, New Hampshire

panoramaimagesindexHello there,I have lived in Dover for almost a year now but sadly never paid attention to such a historical place as Garrison Hill Park.Well to remidy that situation, I walked to the top of a very steep incline to see this site for myself,June 22,2015.I’m glad that I did-it was worth the effort and it inspired me to discover more about this place and so I did.Here’s what I found out.

Garrison Hill Tower is a 76-foot tall observatory atop Garrison Hill(298 feet high)in Dover N.H.The current tower made of iron and painted green,was built in 1993 and is the third tower to exist on the hill.The park which it stands in is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.I’ll give you a brief breakdown of all three towers

Tower #1-purchased by Joseph Ham and Harrison Haley in 1880 consisted of a wooden observatory,65 feet high with a small restaurant at the base where you could get a small lunch and a drink.The purchase price was a whopping #1,000-a lot of money at the time I’m sure.Unfortunately,the tower burned down in 1911.

Tower#2-was a replacement tower built of steel commissioned by Abbey Sawyer,wife of Harrison Haley,in 1913.The second tower was taken down in 1990 due to safety concerns.

Tower#3-the one you see now was built entirely by volunteers.On a clear day,the tower boasts a view of the White Mountains all the way over to the Isles of Shoals.With a good camera,you can get some awesome shots of these locations and just what seems to be an unending view of the natural beauty of New Hampshire.Go see for yourself and enjoy!

E.6th Street Austin,Texas

index0525151322-00IMG_6303This here’s a story about E.6th Street,Austin,Texas.I had the pleasure of visiting this street twice,once mid-week during the daytime hours and one Saturday nite.Being a country boy from New Hampshire,I can honestly say I have never seen the beat of it.During the daytime when activity is low,you can stop and look at the various shops,clubs,and restaurants to get the feel of this well known and famous street.On Saturday nite-I’ll get to that later.

Just as curiosity killed the cat,I couldn’t help but wonder how all of this got started,the origins of 6th Street.I am certainly not a historian but did do some research on this subject and in doing so discovered many interesting facts about this street.It was easy for me to see what happens on this street as a normal and every day occurrence and think it has always been this way but such is not the case.I will share with you some of the past that I discovered

6th Street was formerly named Pecan Street under Austin’s older naming convention,which had east-west streets named after trees and north-south streets named after Texas rivers which I believe still remains.The origins of 6th Street go back to the 1800’s when most of the structures were built as two of three story masonry Victorian commercial architecture.If you look closely during the daytime,you will see that this is the case-many older looking buildings that still stand straight and will for a long time to come.

The area around nearby 4th Street and 6th Street has been a major entertainment district since the 1970’s.Many bars,clubs,music venues,and shopping destinations are located on E.6th Street between Congress Ave. and Interstate 35 and offer live music at one time or another during the week.Traffic is generally blocked on E.6th Street on weekend evenings,and football home games,as well as holidays and special events to allow the crowds to walk unfettered to the many venues that line the street.

E.6th Street,known locally as Dirty Sixth plays host to a wide variety of events each year,ranging from music and film festivals(such as South by Southwest)to biker rallies(such as The Republic of Texas Biker Rally) and the Pecan Street Festival.Due to the festivals positive turnout,the celebration became a biannual spring and fall tradition,honoring 6th Street’s original name,Pecan Street.The positive turnout that I mentioned attracted more than 300,000 people,generating an economic impact of more than $43 million in 2010.

Now a brief personal experience blog which I bring from memory of my Saturday nite at E.6th Street.First Nikki,Erin,and myself dined at a mexican restaurant named The Iron Cactus(I know I have already mentioned this)and then proceeded to walk the street checking out all there was to see and there was plenty!There was live music being played and when I say live,I actually touched the drummer(I like to drum)of one of the rock bands on the shoulder from the street-everything was wide open!There was acting,magic shows,turtle races,bands playing with great singing,anything and everything you could imagine on one small street.Actually it’s not small but there is so much to do in a small area it seems that way.So her I go wandering into a club that is wide open to the street with a rock band cranking out loud music and I start dancing wherever I happen to be standing with three nice looking babes-I was young again!After a few minutes of that we all high fived and I was asked to congratulate one of the girls for her graduation which I did do.The three of us walked around some more and my daughter bought me a 6th Street t-shirt which I put on and am wearing as I type these words.

That’s it for now hope you enjoyed as much as I did.Bye.

Tower of the Americas

Hello to all,back in San Antonio again with yet another tourist attraction called Tower of the Americas and man is this a tower or what!This is a 750 foot tower/restaurant located at Hemis Fair Park on the southeastern portion of Downtown San Antonio.The tower was designed by San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford and was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World’s Fair,HemisFair 68.

The tower has an observation deck that is accessible by elevator for a fee.In addition,there is also a lounge and revolving restaurant at the top of the tower that provides a panoramic view of the city.180px-Tower_of_the_Americas_San_Antonio_elevator

Construction on the tower began on August 9,1966 and was completed on April 6,1968 just in time for the worlds fair.The very top of the tower was constructed on the ground and then lifted by crane into place.During this proceedure,some of the cables supporting the top snapped  leaving it dangling precariously but oil field pipes were brought in to finish the job safely I would have liked to have seen that!

Landry’s Restaurant Inc.managers of the tower,undertook an extensive $8 million renovation of the existing restaurant and lounge which was completed in June 2006.The restaurant rotates slowly,and observation deck entry is included in the cost of a tower ticket.

Hope you enjoyed this short essay of an incredible structure,I certainly enjoyed seeing it in person!
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The “River Walk” San Antonio,Texas.

The San Antonio River Walk(also known as Paseo del Reo) is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River one story beneath the streets of Downtown San Antonio,Texas,USA.Lined by bars,shops,and restaurants,the River Walk is an important part of the cities urban fabric and a tourist attraction in it’s own right.

Today the River Walk,one level down from the automobile street level,winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with shops,restaraunts,connecting major tourist draws form the Alamo to Rivercenter mall.

You can take a tour on the canals themselves via barge or boat rides that they offer which wind around many turns and under bridges allowing you to view so many of the spectacular sites which are described to you by the boat operators who are quite knowledgable of the entire canal system.I will give you a brief background of how this all came to be and then give due attention to some famous people that I bet you all know or have heard of.Let’s go!

In September 1921,a disastrous flood along the San Antonio River took 50 lives.Plans were then developed for flood control of the river.Among the plans was to build an upstream dam(Olmos Dam) and bypass a prominent bend of the river in the downtown area and pave over it.Architect Robert Hugman then submitted his plans for what would become the River Walk.

Through the following decades the network has been improved and extended and currently provides tourist attractions and space for chain restaraunts and establishments flourishing to the point where City Hall in 2009 talked of limiting activity on the River Walk to maintain a distinctively local flair.Additions have been made to the total length of the canals to provide scenic views and also maintain flood control which has been quite successful.

Now for the people that I mentioned earlier.Alexander Murray Palmer “Alex” Haley(August 11,1921-February 10,1992) an american writer,wrote the 1976 book “Roots:The Saga of an American Family”.It turned into a TV mini series that was well received and had great influence on awareness in the United States of African- American history.Mr. Haley resided on the River Walk when this book was written.

The movie Selena which depicted the tragic death of Selena Quintanilla-Perez included one shot of the actress Jennifer Lopez standing on one of the bridges that traverse the River Walk canal system.I have not seen the movie itself but I’m sure many of you have.

I’m sure all of you has seen the movie Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock.Some of this movie was shot in New York but the bulk of the filming was shot in Austin Texas and San Antonio Texas.There were scenes shot involving the Alamo and the River Walk as well.The unforgettable swim suit contest was filmed in one of the plush buildings along the banks of the River Walk-I tried to get a shot for you but could not(boo).

So there you go I hope you enjoyed it,there is much more to know and see about San Antonio(like the Spurs basketball team).Take a vacation some day and check it out!Bye for now.
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La Antorcha de la Amistad

This is an incredible sculpture that you have to see to believe located in the middle of a traffic rotary (the intersection of Losoya, Commerce, Market, and Alamo Streets) in downtown San Antonio.

The city of San Antonio is amazing with it’s tall buildings modern in structure and surronded by older structures,all made of brick and stone. Most of the sidewalks are concrete I would think due to the high temps in the summer time.As you walk around viewing all of this you see many intersections,taxis,trolleys,and people just scurrying about to get to their destinations. Then,you turn a corner and there is a long straight street which showcases the Alamo-wham right in the middle of a busy city with most of it’s original structure preserved!

As you continue to walk,you turn another corner and there it is ,La Antorcha de la Amistad(Spanish for “The Torch of Friendship”) and what a sight it is!It really is amazing to have two historical sites so close to each other.It is a very enormous sculpture as it is called and very beautiful in the day time and even more beautiful at night when it is illuminated!I will give you some background on this figure since I had no knowledge of this at all but I do now.

The sculpture stands at nearly 65 ft (20 m), and weighs more than 45 tons (40,800 kg). The medium is enameled iron. It is located in the middle of a traffic rotary (the intersection of Losoya, Commerce, Market, and Alamo Streets) in Downtown San Antonio, an area known by international tourists for the Paseo del Rio, or River Walk, and the Alamo.

The artist of this sculpture is a well known man,Mexican sculpture Sebastian and was commissioned by the Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos(Association of Mexican Businesspeople)in 2002 and was unveiled on June 28,2002

As you can see,the structure starts at the bottom with two seperate legs that continue upward and then

seperately twist and turn never reaching a 90 degree angle.Eventually they circle at the top and join together to form one large circle.The inspiration for this sculpture was to show two seperate torches running from the ground and reaching out together,The United States of America and Mexico-running together in friendship.

I hope you enjoyed this journey to San Antonio and the beautiful things there.Next I will talk about “River Walk”.Bye for now.(Sorry about the split paragraph-it’s my laptop’s fault).
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Why God-Why Not Me

I have heard many comments concerning the belief in god and the bible and I have also seen the results of such beliefs. It is very easy to give the responsibility of your existence to another person or place.

I have chosen to believe in myself.

I have spent time reading the king james bible which I own and I find it to be very contradictory and confusing.

There are wonderful messages in the bible which I agree with but I never could understand why it would take over nine hundred pages to say “Love your self as you would love others”

It did not take to many pages to write these words but it is the way I feel.

So there it is my life that has been given to me and I choose to live it my way.

If there is a god that gave me this life I thank him but will go on with the gift that I have been given and ask for no help.I will survive.

I send to you my love and inspiration just as it has been given to me.

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