My Top 10 U.S. Presidents

This is arguably my first post on a serious subject. I am working on another, but it’s a bigger project that will take some time.  I understand that a few of the men on this list are not viewed as politically correct and did things that are considered heinous by today’s moral standards. But IContinue reading “My Top 10 U.S. Presidents”

Early Midwest Trips III

If you’ve kept up with this report the past couple days, you may be wondering why we traveled to Indiana so often during this period. In addition to feeding my various cravings, another reason for these repeat trips was to keep close tabs on the young daughter of our Bloomington friends. She was in herContinue reading “Early Midwest Trips III”

Early Midwest Trips II

We hit the road for Kentucky and Indiana again two years later to see another significant Lincoln-related sight, visit our Bloomington friends, and, of course, sample more regional food specialties.  Rather than driving straight through, as we did in 2010, we stopped in Pittsburgh for the night. One of my closest friends lives there withContinue reading “Early Midwest Trips II”

Early Midwest Trips I

Due to personal circumstances, I haven’t posted here for almost a week. I left my job of 26 years in early September after accepting an optional buy-out offer. That left me with lots of time to write blog posts, not to mention the uptick in my cheesesteak intake. But I’m too young to retire andContinue reading “Early Midwest Trips I”

Lunch Truck Heaven: Denver 2016 (conclusion)

Later that day, after our great food-truck lunch, we went to the luxurious and classic Brown Palace Hotel for afternoon tea. The lobby is spectacular and reminded me somewhat of the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia. They also had a bar named after one of my favorite historical figures. The tea service itself was a realContinue reading “Lunch Truck Heaven: Denver 2016 (conclusion)”

Lunch Truck Heaven: Denver 2016

My only trip to the Mountain time zone took place in 2016, when my wife and I flew to Denver. We initially planned to hit a couple other spots outside of Colorado’s biggest city and state capital, possibly Colorado Springs or somewhere scenic in the Rockies. But we made what I consider to be theContinue reading “Lunch Truck Heaven: Denver 2016”

Wilhelm Furtwangler: Titan of the Podium

It was on this date – November 30 – that my favorite orchestra conductor, Wilhelm Furtwangler, died in 1954. I’ve been meaning to post on him for some time and the anniversary of his passing makes this the perfect opportunity. The Hungarian maestro, Arthur Nikisch, was the leading conductor in Germany during the late 19thContinue reading “Wilhelm Furtwangler: Titan of the Podium”

Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part three)

The next morning, we headed north into the Midwest to visit our friends in Bloomington, Indiana, where my wife attended Indiana University. A few of her closest friends from those days went to work for the school after graduating and never left Bloomington.  The route from Evansville to Bloomington took us right past Washington, Indiana,Continue reading “Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part three)”

Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part two)

I was beyond eager to start trying out some of the Nashville restaurants I had been reading about and drooling over from the photos on the roadfood site for the previous decade-and-a-half. We only had one full day and two significant meals scheduled before heading north, so I had to narrow down our options andContinue reading “Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part two)”