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The Weekly Smile for the 16th of December, 2019

It is that time of year…  When the days become shorter and the nights darker, people seem to come together more.  It is a time for the lights to push out the darkness, and a warm, well light house full of people can do that :)

Our local Lions Club had our annual Christmas/Holiday (we are not affiliated with a religion…) party.  I am a bit of an introvert (a lot of an Introvert!) and can be downright anti0social, but I still had fun and talked to quite a few people, including some that were guests for the evening.

I think I was a bit festive in my red sweater and red sneakers ;) Continue reading

The Weekly Smile for the 22nd of July, 2019 #weeklysmile


Hi all, there has been a lot to smile about over the last week.  Right now I am smiling because this heatwave is coming to an end ;)  Also there is that huge anniversary of the Moon landing – I’m a space nerd, so that is huge.  There are other things personally, like walks in the woods, kayak paddles, watching hawks fight, a flock of turkey, etc.  But I will pick something very strange – a haircut.

For most of my life I have worn my hair relatively long for a male.  Lately, however, it has been getting just a little unwieldy.  I didn’t mind the Beethoven hair jokes, but after the second or third “ma’am”, well, time for a haircut….

Here is before: Continue reading

Season’s First Turtleneck!


I have written that I wear turtlenecks pretty much from October to April.  When I say that, I mean almost exclusively turtlenecks.  Have you noticed that even though I post a lot of pictures from the beach or from a kayak almost all of my selfies have me wearing a turtleneck?  I even wrote post about it.  Last year, on Tax Day (April 15), I wrote about the last turtleneck of the season.  Well, today I wore my first for this season!  Sure, it is very possible I will wear something else coming up in the next few weeks.  In fact, I see warmer weather on the horizon.  However, from now until the end of March I guarantee that if you catch me at random it is more likely that I’ll have a turtleneck on than not!  OK, at random means when I am awake and dressed.  Smarty.   So it must be officially mid to late autumn – Trent is wearing a turtleneck!

No More Turtlenecks! (Until October….)

31 March - Turtleneck (and hat!)

31 March – Turtleneck (and hat!)

It must be spring.  Why?  Because Trent is no longer wearing a turtleneck!

Last October I wrote an post called “Turtleneck Trent“.  In it I talked about my turtlenecks.  You see, I wear a turtleneck almost everyday from sometime in October until sometimes in March.  It’s my signature, even more than the hat.  Occasionally I will go without the hat. Continue reading

Planned Work Slowdown


The freezing rain stopped and mist was rising off of the parking lot in dragon fire tendrils.  I was doing my after-lunch laps, a routine I’ve had for most of my working life.  I’ve written at least three blog posts about the fact that I do a lot of my thinking and creative work while walking and my post-lunch walk is one of those times I let my brain have free rein.  Well, yesterday I was thinking.  That is always dangerous, me and thinking, but this time it might actually be pulling back from danger.  I decided I’m going to take a blog slowdown.  I won’t shut it down completely and I’ll still read a few posts, particularly when I really can’t do anything else, but I’ll slow down. Continue reading

Selfie – Paris 2002

Selfie - Paris 2002

It was in the darkest days after the 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington. People didn’t want to fly so the airlines lowered their prices to entice customers. I did a little research and found that the exchange rate between the Franc and the Dollar worked in our favor. A little more research and I was able to find a nice hotel in the heart of Paris for less than $75 a night.

We had been in Paris in April 2001 and I had fallen in love with the city. I had longed to go back since my foot entered the outbound plane at CDG. Not being a jet setter I figured it would be quite a few years and I was heart sick. But just maybe….

Let’s see: cheap airline tickets, cheap lodging, great exchange rate, and Paris. This was a no brainer Continue reading

Demo – New “Hybrid” Self-Portrait

For my “First Monday Image” I was going to try something a little different. I had planned on showing a step-by-step example from idea to finished product of one of my little drawing-computer painting hybrids. This process usually takes between one and two hours. The problem is I could not think of anything to draw so I decided to do a self-portrait. Well, that changed everything.

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