Friday, June 30, 2017

Road Trip Blues

It seems that I am destined to never have a truck with an unblemished windshield.

I had replaced the windshield in the Sonoma a few years ago and almost immediately caught a rock that grew into a huge crack that remained until the truck was towed away two weeks ago.

This morning, during the second hour of the current road trip my Ram caught a rock on the windshield. I took a picture of it. Ugh.

I'm reminded of the statement, "and that's why we can have nice things."

I think I can get the divot filled if it will hold until we get back.

Well it's a jungle on the highway.

-- Bob Doan, writing from somewhere in North Carolina near mile marker 152

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ready, Set, Wait

Sometimes it seems that I get prepared to accomplish or enjoy something and then I have to wait for it!

It happens all of the time.

I am prepared for a big event and something makes me wait!

Vacations can be like that. An incredible amount of preparation goes into the lead-up to the main event, but then it becomes a waiting game.

Sometimes we do need to just wait for it--but wouldn't it be nice if we could just get started?

The Fourth of July Weekend, is upon us, but wait--it isn't a weekend this year. The 4th is on a Tuesday and so there really isn't a weekend.

I wonder how many people are going to take Monday off to create a four day weekend instead of waiting for the actual holiday? The smarter move might be to take Wednesday off and create a weekend in the mid-week.

But, no matter, we just need to wait for it.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Who Turned off Summer

Looking Over Baltimore on a Hot Sultry Evening
Last week I celebrated the solstice and the arrival of the best season of the year. 

This morning it was 53 degrees when I woke up and went outside to do my pool maintenance before struggling off to work.

Who turned off summer?

I need the 90's and the sultry humidity! I want to see the humidity and heat hanging in the air.

I know the heat will return soon enough and people will be complaining, but it is almost July and I expect to be enveloped by a blanket of hot, humid air when I step out of the air conditioned buildings that i work and live in. How did we survive before air conditioning?

I remember lying in bed on hot summer nights as the air hung damp in my room, unmoving, and I longed for a breeze. It was similar to when I moved into the the six story dormitories in Coral Gables, Florida, and found they didn't have air conditioning. But I got used to it. 

Since then, I guess, I have become an air conditioned creature. But, I still long for the hot air and the smells of the summer.

Soon enough, I am sure.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Planting flowers and doing yard work is rewarding. I complain about it while I am doing it, but I love the results.

Saturday, Mom, Dad, Chris, and I spent the day sprucing up the house. Mom and Dad really appreciated the help and work.

It was a long day, but worth it in the end. Mom and Dad were right there all the way.

I think gardening lowers blood pressure. Lol.

-- Bob Doan, writing from Danby, NY

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Musings - June 26, 2017

1. Amazingly, this is the last week of June. July is standing in the wings ready to make a grand entrance.

2. I saw this barn in Danby on a cool but clear evening. The colors were so bright I had to snap this image.

3. Sitting in a hospital waiting for Mom's surgery and the delays have begun. Ugh!

4. The Orioles won a road series for the first time since April. They also tied the Major League Baseball record for most games allowing five or more runs per game. They allowed only three runs on Saturday to end the streak, but yesterday they allowed five runs in their 8-5 win.

5. What happened to summer? It was 50 degrees this morning in Central New York.

6. Vacation season is upon us.

7. I love the smell of a fresh mowed lawn.

8. I enjoyed watching a thunderstorm arrive yesterday. The cool air and the ozone smell preceded the arrival of the rain and wind.

9. It is fun to look back a week and then project forward. What was I doing last week at this time? What am I doing now? What will I be doing next week? They are all very different answers. That is exciting.

-- Bob Doan, writing from Corning, NY

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dinner Out

Last evening we headed out to dinner after a day of hard work around the house. Mom and Dad were in great form and surprisingly the restaurant was not too busy.

It was an enjoyable dinner and made even more special because we had all worked hard around the house planting gardens and mowing lawns. The place looked great by the time we were done.

Spending time with Mom and Dad was the highlight of the day, however. Sometimes I get so involved in the hectic pace of my own life that the joy of sharing a relaxed dinner put with my parents gets lost in the noise.

After dinner we stopped at a small ice cream shop in Danby to enjoy the sunset. I couldn't believe how cool the evening had become. The crystal cyan sky was stunning as it met the hilly horizon in the distance.

It was so cool that I had to put a long sleeve heavy shirt on to stay warm while sharing an ice cream cone with Chris.

It was a perfect ending to a great day.

-- Bob Doan, writing from Ithaca, NY

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Projects

Saturday is project day. Last Saturday I played golf in the morning and general contractor in the afternoon.

The microwave died corresponding with the first day of summer vacation. That is a crisis because it stops the production of popcorn to feed the grandsons.

In the photo, I had removed the non functioning microwave and was about to begin the installation process for the replacement.

I remembered when I first installed the microwave. We have lived in the house long enough that we are replacing appliances that have already been replaced. This is the second microwave I have installed. Last year we installed the second dishwasher. It is a good feeling to have been living in the same place long enough to be replacing replacements.

I wonder about today's projects. What will be on tap?

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Longest Day

The longest day has passed. 

Daylight stayed on my doorstep until almost 9 PM until the day slipped away into darkness. 

I enjoy that day every year when the light keeps the darkness at bay for the longest amount of time. From now until the winter solstice the days will progressively become shorter. But for the next month I will revel in the longer days.

The past three days were 14 hours 56 minutes and some seconds long with daylight! By December the daylight will be down to 9 hours and 24 minutes. Over 5 and a half hours of difference. 

Summer is off to a great start. 

The hot and long dog days are coming in a month to punctuate the arrival of summer. 

Bring on the heat, the fun and the vacations. Not to mention the pools.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Record Not Wanted

It is an ugly record in the annals of baseball. 

The Orioles have already set the American League record for giving up 5 or more runs in consecutive games and by my reckoning they stand at 18, with last night's 5-1 loss. They broke the American League record somewhere around 16 consecutive games and with the streak now at 18 they are two games shy of tying the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies at 20 consecutive games of allowing 5 or more runs. 

But, despite the terrible pitching streak the Orioles are only 5 games out of first and 1 game below .500!


The team is suffering a spate of injuries which add to the already bad situation.

Hopefully, however, this is the August-September slump happening a couple of months early and the team will get back on track soon. 

At least they won the game I attended Tuesday night, 6-5. But still gave up 5 runs!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


It happened while I was asleep last night. 

The solstice occurred and Summer arrived. It is the best season of the year. 

The trees are fully green and the cicadas have been gone for about a month. July is around the corner and I just got in from getting the pool ready for another day of heavy use by the grandsons. I love the summer pool scene! The pool is in exceptionally good shape this year and that makes it all the better.

The official arrival of Summer brings with it the vacation season and the continuation of the outdoor living season. The weather has been spectacular lately. It has been hot and steamy--just like summer weather is supposed to be. The 10 day forecast is nearly perfect. A mix of sun and rain with highs in the near 90's or 90s and lows in the high 60's or low 70s. 

Even the Orioles, the Boys of Summer, got it right last night an delivered a win to close out Spring and begin the Summer run for the World Series. I am a bit concerned that they have allowed 5 or more runs in each of their last 17 games, but hopefully that will turn around soon. 

Bring on Summer and let's enjoy the heat!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Third Eye Blind - Review

It was a hot and sultry Sunday night in Baltimore when Third Eye Blind played at the Pier Six Pavilion

It was my first concert at the Pier Six pavilion and I really did not know what to expect. The venue is covered open air and the sights of the city mix with the atmosphere in the concert area to create a unique environment for the show. 

Stephan Jenkins
Baltimore, MD
June 18, 2017
Third Eye Blind presented an energetic and musical show. The highlight was celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first album which was played complete and in order, except for the last song, God of Wine which was the appropriate closer for the show. Full disclosure, I like Third Eye Blind but I do not have all of the music memorized, but the music I have memorized is almost entirely from the first album. 

Shadow in the Lights
The band came on stage just after 9 PM and played a 30 minute opening set of newer music before transitioning to the first album. The setlist from the show shows that 21 songs were played. 

The set for the show was stimulating and bright. Working without the massive big screens of many entertainers, the show was reminiscent of a classic rock concert of two decades ago. I liked a comment that Stephan Jenkins made about being a real rock band with no added backtracks or synthesizers. 

The crowd was nothing short of adoring and clearly knew all of the words to all of the songs.  The band was awesome and the drummer, Brad Hargreaves, of course, stole the show during a couple of sequences which highlighted his abilities. 

This was a great show for a great classically organized rock band. The energy was infectious and most of the crowd did not sit down for the entire show. There were no "slow" songs and only a couple "slower" pieces.

It should be noted that this is an adult band and the lyrics deal with topics that are not suitable for the younger generation. 

Great show, high energy and exceptionally performed music! 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Musings - June 19, 2017

Summer Flowers Blooming in my Garden
1. The summer solstice is Wednesday. The longest day of light for the year will arrive. And then it will be passed.

2. The forecast for the past few days has been for rain, yet none has materialized.

3. I enjoyed a very different Father's Day. I spent time individually throughout the day with each of my children and grandchildren.

4. Third Eye Blind gives a great concert. It incredibly exceeded my expectations last evening. Unfortunately, we did not arrive home until after midnight. I fear I am going to have a very long day.

5. The red Sonoma should be removed from the driveway today. It will end an era.

6. We discovered a new place to relax in Baltimore. It is called Sand lot and it is right on the water in Fells Point with libations and lots of food. 

June 18, 2017
7. Baltimore has a pretty skyline, especially at sunset. 

8. The Orioles have figured out how to win again! They took a weekend series from the Cardinals, but it was with the bats and not pitching. The winning scores were 15-8 and 8-5. Way too many runs given up.

Quote for the Week

"Our fathers bear an awesome responsibility -- one that they shoulder willingly and fulfill with a love that asks no recompense. By turns both gentle and firm, our fathers guide us along the path from infancy to adulthood. We embody their joy, pain and sacrifice, and inherit memories more cherished than any possession."
Ronald Reagan
Proclamation 4845 -- Father's Day, 1981, May 20, 1981
-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Where does Chocolate Milk Come From?

This is serious, although I am still mystified.

According to a report in The Denver Post, 7 percent of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

The article, titled, The surprising number of American adults who think chocolate milk comes from brown cows, is really a very deep and interesting discussion about how detached from our food chain Americans are becoming. 

The article summarizes the problem as follows: “At the end of the day, it’s an exposure issue,” said Cecily Upton, co-founder of the nonprofit FoodCorps, which brings agricultural and nutrition education into elementary schools. “Right now, we’re conditioned to think that if you need food, you go to the store. Nothing in our educational framework teaches kids where food comes from before that point.”

The education system, including parents, needs to ensure the entire food chain is known. And it extends beyond chocolate milk and cows.

Brown eggs versus white eggs?

A pickle is a cucumber?

French fries come from potatoes?

Wine comes from grapes? (I had to throw that in)

I am glad that I grew up in rural America where I watched and sometimes helped farmers milk cows, we had a garden, and understood where food comes from.

Drink up and remember that a farmer somewhere is milking cows for their milk, plain white milk no matter the cow color. 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Right, Wrong, and The Rifleman

Growing up, television was much different than today. We had the choice of three networks and four channels. Three channels were form Syracuse and represented the networks NBC, CBS, and ABC. Our fourth channel was from Binghamton and was a CBS channel. 

TV was black and white, our color TV was delivered during my 12th birthday celebration. We still only got four channels and had to move the antenna on the roof to see them clearly. 

One of my favorite TV shows was The Rifleman about a widowed rancher who was raising his son during the post-Civil War period in the Hollywood-style Old West of New Mexico. Unlike the TV shows of today, this show had a definite sense of right and wrong. It also portrayed civic responsibility in the idea that sometimes community came before self. It also highlighted the concept of defending those weaker than you. The show aired form 1958 until 1963, but was in reruns for many years afterwards. I can still find it on occasion. 

I realized, the other day, that much of what I learned about right and wrong and community and service came from watching The Rifleman and similar shows.

The show always portrayed a clear sense of right and wrong and it seemed, in my memory, to revolve around a conflict where "bad" showed up required someone to step outside their quiet life and take action to restore order and protect the lives and property of neighbors and friends. The show also portrayed the judicious application of force to protect and serve, a concept that escapes many today.

I'm not sure there is too much of this moralistic storytelling on television today. I find it harder and harder to watch shows on a recurring basis because morally they are self-interest oriented. 

They don't make shows like The Rifleman anymore. I wonder, is that a good thing?

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Friday, June 16, 2017

New Truck

2000 Red GMC Sonoma
Well, it finally has happened. My red Sonoma has reached the end of its trail at 179,990 miles traveled. 

It still starts and moves, but needs some likely expensive work. No fluids are leaking and even after the mechanical catastrophe happened almost two weeks ago, the faithful spirit of the Sonoma deposited me safely in my driveway after a sometimes harrowing and extremely slow 20 mile ride home. 

Ram 1500 Big Horn and Me
Enter the new truck!

Chris and I shopped around and decided to get a new truck to replace the Sonoma. A trucks the size of the Sonoma are not produced anymore, it was clear that we were going to get a larger truck. It turns out, I didn't fully realize how much larger until i actually saw both trucks together. 

Imperfect Size Comparison
The new truck is a Ram 1500 Big Horn. It is not really new, as it is a 2016, but it is new to me. I'm still getting used to the size and creature comforts. 

The Sonoma was power nothing--that's correct I had to manually roll down the windows and the door locks were manual as well.

The new truck is power everything with more options than I could imagine. Even the tailgate has an electronic lock. Who knew?

I am anxious to take it on a longish trip and see how it feels for hours on the road. It certainly rides more like a car than a truck!

My hope is that some 16 years and 180,000 miles from now that this truck is still serving faithfully like its predecessor! 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Thursday, June 15, 2017

End of the School Year Party

End of School Year Party
June 14, 2017
For the students and teachers of the Howard County Public School System today is day one of summer vacation! 

What that meant was the the end of the school year party was conducted in my pool yesterday afternoon. And it was a fantastic party. 

I really enjoy sharing the pool with friends and family. It makes all of the work and expense worth it when others can share the fun and joy.

The end of the school year party has almost become an annual event and Chris and i look forward to it every year. It gives us a reason and a date to have everything up and running. This year, despite the forecast for thunderstorms, the weather was fabulous!

And another party is in the books. Cue summer, let's play!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Makayla and the Fox

Makayla, Defender of the Yard
The day got off to a racing start this morning as Makayla defended our  yard from a fox.

Ugh. It all happened at 4:40 AM (that is 0440 hours for the military mind). What does the 0 stand for? Oh my goodness, it's early!

I had seen the fox a few days ago. I had expected a fox to return to the neighborhood because of the rabbit explosion. Rabbits are everywhere! Through the years I have noticed a cycle of that starts with abundant rabbits, then a fox arrives, then less rabbits are seen. And the cycle repeats.

This morning the fox was in the driveway when I let Makayla out for her morning constitutional. I always look outside before I allow her out, but I admit I look for larger animals, like deer. I did not, in the darkness, see the fox. 

Makayla did! For the next ten minutes the fox chase was on and Makayla pursued the fox, which was crying the whole time, through the adjoining neighborhood. Fortunately she tired of the game and came home with the promise food.

At least she was not injured.

Hopefully the fox will stay out of the driveway, but there are a number of rabbits living near the drive and so I fear that it will be a long summer of fox sightings. It is a scrawny fox, too. 

I will do a better job making sure the area is clear tomorrow.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer is Cleared to Arrive

Endless Summer Hydrangea in Full Bloom
The last two evenings erased the last vestiges of Winter and Springtime. With the crowning of the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins on Sunday night and the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors last night, summertime has officially begin. 

It takes a long time for some sports to end. Hockey and basketball began during October and now eight months later they have finally concluded!

On to baseball, except the Orioles are turning in losing scores that look like football contests. They lost 10-7 last night. By one count they have given up 44 runs in their last four games!

But the weather is hot, the pool is cool, and the summertime flowers are abounding in the gardens. June is slipping away so quickly I can't believe it. The solstice will be here all too soon. 

I just enjoy each day and each moment because i know what is lurking just a few months away.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday Musings - June 12, 2017

My New/Used Truck at the Dealer
1. The weather is finally getting to be summer-like. Highs in the 90's and lows in the high 60's or low 70's. 

2. I found a replacement for my truck. It is a 2016 Dodge Ram Big Horn. I take possession of it tomorrow!

3. My 2000 GMC Sonoma has been a faithful servant for the past 10 plus years. I will be sad to see it leave, but the time has come. 

Jackson and Me after the Game
June 11, 2017
4. A long, rain filled GORC Intramural U10 baseball season ended yesterday with a playoff loss for the Dodgers. Jax and the team were devastated  not at the loss but at the way it ended with the umpire making two bad call for two outs in the bottom of the last inning which deprived the team of the comeback they were serving up. 

5. One of the kids on my baseball team asked me if my puka shell necklace was candy. 

6. The deck staining job continues to grow. Now, because the colors don't match, we have to do all the rails balusters. 

7. The pool is fantastic, especially on a hot summer-like day. Why does winter even need to arrive and spoil my outdoor days.

Sidney Crosby Lifts the Stanley Cup
June 11, 2017
8. The cicadas have disappeared. I wonder where they went but there was no excessive noise yesterday. 

9. The Penguins win the Stanley Cup for the second straight year!


Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail - The New York Times

Democrats in Split-Screen: The Base Wants It All. The Party Wants to Win. - The New York Times

How the British right went so very wrong - The Washington Post

Quote for the Week

"You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man."
Ronald Reagan
Remarks at a Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day , June 6, 1984

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Sunday, June 11, 2017

More Fun with Decks

Deck Work
It seems that this is the summer of decks. Last weekend I was helping Patrick and Tina and this weekend my deck needed some maintenance and updated stain. 

Chris Clearing the Plants off the Deck
First up was to replace one of the boards. While it should have been easy, one of the screw heads was stripped and I had to pry the board up. I cut a new board to fit and we were ready to deck wash and then after it dried refresh the stain to protect the decking. 

We had last stained the deck about four years ago and it is remarkable how much wear was evident. It was a perfect day for the activity. The humidity was low and so drying time was reduced. 
After the First Coast of Stain

In the end it came out very nicely. It looks good and now we just have to refresh the railings so everything matches. The brighter redwood color is nice as well. Looks like it is going to be a long summer of staining the deck.

It was nice to be able to fall into the pool at the end of the hot workday! Yes, someone finally swam in my pool which has been open for over a month!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Weekend Weather and Activity

Jeremy Teeing-Off at the Tournament Yesterday
As I have been writing, it has been a long time since we have had great weekend weather. 

This weekend is it!

The weather looks fantastic, or mostly so, and the outdoor projects are abounding. 

I am excited about the prospects of high 90 degree days in the coming days. That will finally make it worthwhile to bring the pool up to swimming temperature. 

Today, however, looks to be a day to refresh the stain on the deck, mow the lawn, and change the brakes on the car. Tomorrow will be a hot day for a a baseball playoff game, but baseball is supposed to be a summertime sport.

I have also been truck shopping and am totally disillusioned. It is hard to find the truck of my dreams. I know what I want and it does not seem to be out there right now. At least I have time to look. 

Weekends are the busiest.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Friday, June 9, 2017

Summer Despite the Temperatures

Hydrangea Blooming
June 8, 2017
Technically, it is still the Spring season until June 21st. That is when the calendar officially heralds the beginning of the best season of the year. But, we all know, at least in the United States and in the Northern Hemisphere, that the unofficial beginning of Summer was a couple weeks ago with the Memorial Day holiday.

That written, the summertime flowers are beginning to bloom and despite the cool weather with 50 degree mornings and high 70 degree afternoons, the season is progressing. Yesterday the morning low was 48 degrees and the afternoon high was 73 degrees. Definitely Spring-like conditions and not conducive to swimming in my pool. Today should be a bit more Summer-like with the high reaching about 83 degrees. This morning, however, the temperature was only 58 degrees as I was working around the pool.

Today should be a needed change of pace because I am playing in a golf tournament. 

I guess my weekend is beginning a day early. 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Truck Shopping

Dodge Ram
The truck shopping has begun in earnest. Fortunately, it is not yet critical because my summertime car, the Jaguar convertible, is happily taking over the load. 

There are so many options out there. Big trucks and smaller trucks. Do I want a Dodge, Ford, Toyota, or Chevy?

Ugh, decisions, decisions. The only think that I am sure of is that I don't want a white truck! I don't know why, but white is not my favorite color. 

Although I have wanted a new truck for a while, I was generally happy with my truck. It is hard to think of getting a different truck, but repairing my truck seems to be out of the question. Although, left to my own devices I probably would.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Deck Work Continues

Working from the Lower Deck
Some projects are not meant to be finished in one or even two weekends. 

Such is the situation with Patrick and Tina's deck. The project is probably more complete than not, but there remains a long way to go.
Close-up of the upper deck

The lower deck has the boards installed, but the upper deck remains. We spent the better part of last evening working out the first couple rows so the the complete will get closer.

It isa process and I am looking forward to the end of the projects party.

I have to remember that projects like this are a marathon and not a sprint.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

When Sleep is Elusive

It doesn't happen too often, but occasionally I wake up in the middle of the night with a lot of issues on my mind and I can't get back to sleep.

It is happening right now. It is 2:50 AM, the house is dark and quiet--too quiet for me to go back to sleep. I turned on the fan about 30 minutes ago to generate some white noise and drown out the voices in my head going over the jam packed day ahead.

I need to be at the top of my game today--there are a lot of things that need to be done. For instance, meetings to attend and decisions to influence. I love what I do on a day-to-day basis, but sometimes big and impressively important actions get my mind running down multiple rabbit holes simultaneously. And I can't sleep.

I want the day to begin so that I can tackle what lies ahead. But I need sleep to be on my game.

So I am up. My mind is calming as I write and compartmentalize the plans and actions for the upcoming day. 

Sleep will return soon and with it my anxiety at not sleeping will dissolve.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday Musings - June 5, 2017

Putting on the Decking
June 4, 2017
1. June arrived during the past week and the temperatures are finally beginning to become more summer like.

Tina with a Friend on the Nearing Completion Decking
2. Rebuilding a deck on someone's house has become the modern version of a barn raising. Friends, family, and neighbors show up to help encouraged by copious amounts of food and drink. 

3. Patrick and Tina are rebuilding their deck and I enjoyed helping them this weekend.

Riordin with a Tennis Ball
4. Give a cat a ball and watch the fun begin. Chris and I watched Riordin play with a tennis ball for a very long time. At one point he thought he was a soccer player.

5. The pool is becoming more inviting as the temperatures climb to the 80's. 

6. Is it just me, or are drivers in the highways becoming more aggressive and less considerate?

7. My truck developed a major problem yesterday. It is just shy of 180,000 miles and it may be time to say good-bye and replace it.


After London Attack, Prime Minister Says, ‘Enough Is Enough’ - New York Times

Quote for the Week

"Sometimes when I'm faced with an unbeliever, an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve and, when we finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there's a cook."

Ronald Reagan
Remarks to Soviet Dissidents at Spaso House in Moscow, May 30, 1988

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Sunday, June 4, 2017

My Girl

June 3, 2017
Chris snapped a few images of my girl, Makayla, yesterday that are some of the best ones ever taken of her.

She was in the yard relaxing while Chris and I were working. The sun really caught the highlights and these are just great shots of a great dog. 

Kaye, as I call her, is very faithful and loves to be around. She is driven by food and treats but is the greatest watchdog on the planet. She keeps track of everything happening in and around our yard.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Friday at the Ball Game

The View from Third Base
Friday's are good nights for baseball. I actually had tickets to see the Orioles, who defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2, but I traded them in to attend and coach the GORC U10 Intramural Dodgers. 
Coach Mike with the Boys After the Game

I actually love coaching the boys as they learn to love the game of baseball. Last evening was a great game. As the shadows lengthened, they staged a great comeback by trying and then winning the game 12-7 after going down 5-2 early. 

A combination of timely hitting, great fielding and, of course, awesome pitching secured the hard fought victory. Jackson contributed to the victory with a solid hit that scored a couple of runs and good fielding at third base. 

The team needed the win to set the tone for the upcoming week in which they have four more games to close out the season. There are so many games because of rainouts earlier during the season. 

Another game today! Let's hope for another win.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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