Thursday, June 26, 2014

I'm Back!

A selfie of Pat, Lar and me outside Yesteryear's Photos in Rehoboth Beach

Miss me?  I've been absent these parts (blogosphere) for lo these past week or so.  I think this is the longest in between blog postings for me since I started this blog nine years ago.  

So what caused the absence?  Several reasons, but the main one being I was just too busy being the Host with the Most entertaining our house guest (me and Bill) from Canada.  Yes, we had an event packed week.  From the time we picked up Pat (our guest) from the "bus station" in Dover last Monday (June 16th) until I deposited Pat at the Park 'n Ride in Rehoboth this past Sunday (June 22) to begin his 24 hour bus journey back to Toronto, Canada.  

Pat ready to begin the first leg of his 24 hour ordeal journey back to Tornonto

First, many thanks to my hubby Bill for breaking his privacy rule and having a houseguest in at Casa Tipton-Kelly for a whole week.  Thanks Bill!  Bill puts up with a lot from me.  In fact next week will be our 50th anniversary since we met on that rainy Saturday night at the Westbury Bar in Philadelphia and began our long journey as "Bill and Ron."  Happy anniversary Bill, 50 years is a long time to endure Ron. And only one man could do it and that is My Bill.

Lar and Pat waiting for their closeup at Yesteryear's Photo in Rehoboth Beach


This is just a short post to let you all know I'm still alive (but exhausted from long days and short nights).  I go to work again today.  Should be able to catch up tomorrow.  And by the way, the previous blog header that showed the lady with three arms……fake. I took a panorama shot and she moved (how dare her).  

Today's blog header is one of the annual old time photo I take with my long time friend Lar (since third grade - 60 years ago!) who birthday is this Friday.  Since Pat was down I decided to take a threesome picture of poker playing cowpokes (my drag old time photos are over).  This is one where we caught Lar cheating with a card up his sleeve and one under his hat.  Dastardly!  

A Motley Crew (isn't that the name of a band?) for sure.  Only men a mother could love, and our mother's LOVED US!


It is "All Good in the Hood" folks!



30 comments:

  1. Ron,
    Good to have you back, I was becoming a bit worried that you might have been ill. Good to hear you're in good health and just a happy state of exhaustion from a very enjoyable week. Congrats to you and Bill on 50 years.

    Jack

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    1. Thanks Jack! We crammed a lot into one little week. We're still recovering. I'm way behind in my daily naps!
      Ron

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  2. I knew what you were up to because of Facebook. I am glad y'all had a great time together. Are you planning anything special for your 50th anniversary?

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    1. Nadege,
      We did have a good time. Bill felt left out though which is too bad because he was invited along but what we did just wasn't his thing and I respect that. However, he sitll felt left out. Life isn't easy.
      Ron

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  3. Anonymous4:30 PM

    Hi, Ron. I'm glad you explained about the 3 armed woman! I figured it was something to do with a panoramic shot, but it was really interesting that it didn't seem to appear on the bottom of the picture. So good to hear you had some well-deserved fun, and glad to see you back blogging. ~~~ NB

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    1. NB,
      Thanks! I could never stay away from blogging for long. I was giving it some serious thought but in the end decided to keep on blogging.
      Ron

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  4. I figured you guys were out partying like you were 22! HAHAHAHA Good for all four of you. I'm glad you had a wonderful time, not that you'd have had any other kind!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      Larry and I never grew up. We look in the mirror and say "Who is that old man?" I've managed to drag Pat down with us into immaturity. Why not?
      Ron

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    2. Why not? You absolutely certainly should! Wheeeeee!
      Jay

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    3. Jay,
      We will always be young at heart and in our minds (you too) even though our bodies begin to fail us. When I go I'll still have the outlook of a 16 year old, looking forward to the best is yet to come.
      Ron

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  5. Glad to see you are back. Love your big huge smile in these pics! I guess you had a great week!

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    1. Thank you Karen! Yes, we had a great week. Bill wasn't too happy because I was gone so long but being the host took me away from home. I took last week to do things I normally don't do when I'm by myself.
      Ron

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  6. And I understand your predicament will Bill. I love to travel to see my family and friends... Husband does not. Then I feel bad ... When I shouldn't. Ugh.

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    1. Karen,
      You understand. When Bill and I lived in Philadelphia, I liked to visit my parents just about every weekend. That caused a problem too. I also liked to visit friends or have them over which was also a problem. Bill is just a very private person. I try to balance things. Sometimes successful, sometimes not. But what I won't do I isolate myself. That's another reason I moved to Delaware. We were too isolated living in the middle of the woods in Pennsylvania. It's a shame we have to feel bad because we want to see our family and friends. But you're right Karen, you shouldn't feel bad. It's ironic but my father was the same way with my Mother He didn't like it when she visited her family. His family was alright but not hers. And of course visiting her friends was totally out of the question. He kept her on a short leash. Growing up I could never have my friends over at our house. One time I did (a friend) and my parents came home early from a trip. Boy did I catch holy hell not to mention I was so embarrassed by him shouting at me and my friend. Something my friend nor I have ever forgotten. So ironic I married a man who feels the same way. Maybe it is my fault.
      Ron

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    2. You understand. When we lived in Philly I liked to visit my parents and/or friends on the weekend. Bill didn't like it he preferred to stay at home, alone. More than a few times I had friends over for dinner and that caused a problem. One of the main reasons I moved to Delaware was to get away from our isolation of living in the middle of the woods at the end of a long, winding (500 foot) driveway. Ironically my father was the same way with my Mother. He didn't like her visiting her relatives or friends. Visiting his was all right but not hers. I try to balance things out here, respecting Bill's desire for privacy and my need to "get out" and see the world. And you're right, you shouldn't feel bad because your husband does not like you traveling to see your family and friends. I used to feel guilty too but no longer.
      Ron

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  7. How could Pat endure a 24 hr bus ride that long? I'd go insane and they' have to kick me off the bus. I just couldn't take it! Is he afraid to fly or what?

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    1. Stan,
      I couldn't take a 24 hour bus ride either. And all the switching between buses. Hearing Pat describe his transfers made me dizzy. Is Pat afraid of flying? No, he's just cheap.
      Ron

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  8. I wrote a comment on your blog earlier today but I think I accidentally hit "preview" instead of "publish". It seemed to have vanished before my astonished, myopic eyes.

    Anyway, I was rather worried about your long haitus from Blogland - - but I'm happy to know that you were having a good time. It was nice of Bill to break the rules and allow a house guest at Casa Tipton-Kelly. I like that old west header photo!

    By the way, I'm glad that the woman in your previous header photo didn't really have three arms. That scared the jeeters out of me!

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    1. Jon,
      I didn't receive your earlier comment. I've had comments disappear too. Usually ones that are long and I've put a lot of thought into. Just happened this morning too! So I had to recompose my thoughtful and clever response to one of the commenters to my blog posting.
      It's not like me to take more than a few days from posting my blog but it was unavoidable this time. I was so busy hosting and then dealing with Bill, I just didn't have the energy for posting blog entries. I have to be in the right mood. The "energy" has to be there. My energy just wasn't there Jon.

      I love taking Old West photos. I'm convinced that I was a grizzled old cowpoke in a previous life. More of those photos to come in the future Jon!

      No, that woman didn't have three arms but there are some strange people around here Jon, especially the Summer Crowd.

      Ron

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  9. Yes, I had noticed - there'd a conspicuous gap in my blog-life. Now all is explained and all's right with the world again. (Again? - if only!)
    Btw: Don't they have railway connections between USA and Canada? I do believe they do. Or is it that the costs was the deciding factor?

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    1. Ray,
      I saw "Married Life" last night on my Netflex DVD rental. I'll check your blog to see if you reviewed it. I'm so far behind on my blot reading and I apologize for that. I love your movie reviews but you're right on the mark.
      Yes, there is a railway connection between the United State and Canada. I'm also checking out that possibility. However, the cost isn't that much different from taking plane and it is another LONG trip, with connections to be made. Even so, I may take the train. I don't mind riding in a train but I can't take a long bus ride like Pat did.
      Ron

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  10. Anonymous10:58 AM

    How disappointing she was not a real three-arm girl.
    Juan.

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    1. Juan,
      There are some strange sights down here in the summer but the three the three armed girl wasn't one of them. If I get enough nerve, I'll take some pictures of those folks.
      Ron

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  11. Ron - just a super time in your home town. You truly are the best host!! Yes - and I was a little wiped out from our schedule and the long bus trips. Pretty well back together now. Great old time photo at the top - thank you very much for that. By the way - in case folks are wondering - that's me aping the Ron Tipton Stance in front of the bus which was taking me home.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,

      Thanks for making that LONG trip from Canada. You were a delightful guest. We'll have to do it again!
      Ron

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    2. Pat,

      Your visit was all my pleasure. I'm glad you had a good time. We'll have to do it again!

      Ron

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  12. I figured you were off having fun. did pat make it back to toronto in time for pride today?

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    1. Anne Marie,
      Just got of FaceTime with Pat. He told me the Toronto Pride Parade was today. I missed it. Actually I've never been to a Pride parade nor has Pat. I was at the first March on Washington in 1979 and then thirty years later in 2009. That's it for me and gay parades. I'm making plans to visit Toronto the third week of August.
      Ron

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  13. It's nice to see you 'back in the saddle' as it were.

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    1. Oh I'm back in the saddle, for sure.

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