TripAdvisor

A couple of months back, I started writing reviews for the travel site, TripAdvisor.  Now with 22 reviews published, I find myself in the top 15% of all TA reviewers with nearly 5,300 “reads”.   Of my 22 reviews, the most popular has been the restaurant Halyards on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. With over 940 views,…

Fear the Walking Dead

The AMC, The Walking Dead, has been a hit for the last 6 seasons.  Here’s the good news: TWD is now filming season 7, with its premiere in October ’16.  Here’s the bad news: the success of TWD launched a series with a concurrent storyline, Fear the Walking Dead.  Set in Los Angeles, California &…

Mike Spurgeon

A couple of weeks ago, I learned that a long-time friend of mine, Mike Spurgeon, had died after a massive heart attack. Mike was 56. Mike, and his former wife Alice, were our neighbors many years ago (Briercliff Drive in Orlando). I rarely caught Mike without a smile and enjoyed many evenings sitting on our…

Robert Frederick Savadge

May 9th marked the seventh anniversary of the death of my father, Robert Frederick Savadge.  It seems almost incomprehensible that it has been seven years, but the calendar doesn’t lie.  To mark the occasion, I am re-publishing Pop’s obit, as I have done once before.  Yes, I know it already exists on this site, but…

Exercise and the Fine Art of Mountain Biking

In my quest to finally lose weight and get physically fit, I purchased a mountain bike.  But not just any bike, a Cannondale Trail 29r (in Mariner Blue).  I chose a mountain bike for its versatility and to take advantage of the many trails around Gastonia.  For a week, the bike sat in my Gastonia…

Life is a Journey

Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as having said, “Life is a journey, not a destination”.  If you subscribe to this concept, the journey will present many twists, turns, ups and downs. Some experience great, almost unbearable, loss along the way.  Others seemingly “glide” through life, either untouched by loss or oblivious to its presence.  Still others amass great financial wealth, although…