Born In The USA…

5 Jul 2015 – 4 Mile Race


Fri: lunched with Linn and Debbie downtown at Le Peep Cafe***good burgers. Many places were closed on this 4th Jul weekend.

Passed by the SC State House with the demonstrators for the Confederate flag issue. This is as far as many demonstrators go here in CAE/SC :-) Some people have too much time to get technical about a flag!


A pleasant ‘Family Neighbourhood Social’ on this lovely evening. Appreciations to the Clearview home owners’ association for setting this up.



The dock is now repaired and newly painted. A good time was enjoyed by all under interesting clouds with a peep of the rainbow.



Sat: bright and early at the ‘Born in the USA 4Mile Race’. Neither Linn or May are born in the USA! But Jeff and the grandchildren (except for #3) are born in the USA. Congratulations to Linn for placing (27.16). Way to go to #2 and Jessica. Good job to everyone who took part in this.


Waiting for the last runner and what a touching sight of a grandfather running with his toddle grandson. Made my day.


On the highway after the race – #2 was not happy when we suggested that someone is going to have BBQ pork for this 4th :-) Happy 4th!


Thank you to Haley & Brian for sharing where the fireworks are best viewed from. #3 and Wil enjoying their swim before the fireworks. Blessed with good neighbours and even got to see Jupiter and Venus before they start to drift apart. Only one decent shot after the sunset. Appreciations to Linn & family for a beautiful evening on the lake.


Congratulations to SIN for its 1st World Heritage Site, my favourite garden there. Bringing back fond memories of the best SIN Orchid Festival in 2003 I helped to set up there (ie personal rating)..



Sun: getting ready for another adventure – catching the Amtrak to Winter Park/FL. Random pix of downtown CAE around the area not too far from the station…


2 above pix credits to various sites.

Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white – Mark Jenkins

Jupiter And Venus

2 Jul 2015 – Goodbye To Half Of 2015

Mon: unpacking and repacking – something I never look forward to, thus procrastinating and doing every other thing. Not sure why this is so, considering the way I travel. Even cleaning house and doing the laundry are better chores!


Tue: Venus and Jupiter have gradually converged in the night sky the past month. They passed within a third of a degree of each other tonight, was unable to see them but had a lovely evening stroll.


The two planets will then stay within two degrees of each other until 4Jul, when they’ll drift out of view. This will happen again in 2023. Tonight was too cloudy, but lucky enough to have a glimpse of the full moon before the clouds moved in. Will keep a look out for the next few nights.


Jupiter & Venus will be so close in the night sky they’ll look like a double star! #space

gOa0hfqT-M8CIf ‘Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus,’ it is no wonder why men and women are so far apart :-) Jupiter will at least stay within two degrees of Venus for a few nights :-) :-)

Rains and winds blew by late afternoon creating some pine needles and cones on the driveway. Even sweeping the driveway is better than anything to do with packing!

canada-day-flagWed: hello Jul and Happy Canada day to my family & friends in Canada and to all celebrating this day. 1 Jul 1867 Canada became a new federation with its own constitution by signing the Constitution Act – formerly known as the British North America Act.

Happy Birthday Canada!

11659240_10204059556720378_8133070541990686691_nAll the recent news regarding shootings, terrorists, hate-crimes, and other issues etc have been noted and seen with awareness. When I am unable to contribute anything constructive or positive to the situations, it is better not to discuss them, but it does not mean that I agree or condole to such actions.

1 Happy Canada Day

4 Happy 4th for USA

14 Happy Bday Keith and Happy Bastille Day/France

17 Happy Bday Nancy Bowman

19 Happy Anniversary Linn & Jeff

20 Happy Bday David Yeoh

21 Happy Bday Albert Chua

22 Happy Anniversary Dika & Mark B

23 Happy Bdays James & Lucas

25 Happy Bday Winnie/CA


Appreciations to Chuan’s sharp eye sight for spotting an error in this downloaded quote. Thank you for letting me know. Edited.

Happy 40th Jeff

30 Jun 2015 – Goodbye June

Sat: after a Fri evening watching all kinds of TV programs and a good night sleep, am ready to run errands. Thank you Jeff for picking me at the Hardees as the Super 8 lobby was locked! To give an idea of the area :-)

Getting the food, etc ready before Jeff’s family arrives and a nice catch up with Linn while we were on the road.



Down town CAE where Cupcake DownSouth*** donates 100% of the proceeds from a Charleston Love cupcake. Do enjoy visiting this part of town.


Zoës Kitchen is a fast casual restaurant chain headquartered in Plano/TX. Linn likes the Mediterranean-inspired food here and she ordered beef, chicken, salmon and shrimp kebab + a bunch of sides at the Irmo branch We now have enough food to feed an army :-) :-)


And of course Party City to save on the clearing and washing of dishes. But it still bothers me to know and see what wasteful consumers we are…


Cindy, Terry&Dee, Kristy&family, her mom-in-law, Kathleen, David&friend, Charles who just arrived from UK after his 1yr basketball playing there,  Tiffany&her 2 boys and us all were here to be with Jeff’s ‘over the hill’ celebrations!


A lively evening with the game of spoons. #3&#5, the boys were wiped out in bed while #4 was completely engrossed with Dee’s Ipad. Everyone enjoyed the evening. Camera was acting up and rather unhappy with many of tonight’s pix.


Sun: Jeff’s actual Bday date. The others left while Terry&Dee stayed on to join us at church. Pastor Dick Lincoln gave a good sermon and coincidentally today’s bulletin also has the announcement with #1 as a new member in Shandon Baptist Church.



Lunched at Harper’s***in 5 Points. Some interesting places around there.


Glad that they managed to end the day with a family sunset cruise on Lake Murray (pix credits to Linn). Jeff will need this cane :-) :-) :-) after a week at Douthat State Park (Millboro/VA), USC Medical School Residents’ Graduation, Patrick’s 50Celebrations and his Over The Hill Celebrations. Happy 40th to a dear son-in-law who is loved and respected by his mother-in-law! He is a wonderful husband to Linn and a great father to my grandchildren.

Life begins at 40 – but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times – Helen Rowland

‘Greyhounding’ in 2015

27 Jun 2015 – Been There Done That
Thu: dep Clarksville/TN 15.10hrs with a delay of 45mins.


Arr Nashville/TN16.15hrs with a layover of 1.5hrs.


Picked up passengers at Murfreesboro/TN and a toilet break at Manchester/TN.


Arr Chattanooga/TN 20.20hrs with a 15min toilet break and then continuing to Marietta/GA to drop off passengers before hitting ATL/GA at 2310hrs with 4.5hrs layover.


Fri: ATL/GA station was packed due to delays with the bus to DC. A nice surprise from a Muslim group (Greyhound Angels!) who was serving free food at the car-park, tasted some rice and stew. Quite good ‘Greyhound Magic’ considering what is sold at these stations! Eyes could not keep open to focus on the camera for this last section of the journey…



Dep ATL/GA on time 04.30hrs with a short stop in Augusta/GA (looks like a delightful place thru’ the Greyhound windows!). Arr CAE 0900hrs and way too hot to walk out to the main road. Took a cab for the 0,5mi and had to pay a minimum US$10. Considering the heat on this narrow road with backpack and baggage, cab was the choice!

Bus journey – 9hrs 10min. Layovers – 6hrs US$62.

Been in SC, NC, VA, WV, MD, TN and GA within 2weeks; 26+hrs driving time, 16.30+layovers costing US$197.05 have certainly been like watching movies! Am Greyhounded out (if there is such a word) for 2015. All worth it to catch up with friends.


After 4hrs brunch at Denny’s, needed to find a hotel to rest for a night before Jeff’s 40Blast :-) Super 8 across the road from Denny’s. WiFi and TV to put me to sleep! The weather outside at present is that you can fry and eggs on the sidewalk and according to the weather channel it is 98°F feels Like 102°…

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative – Oscar Wilde

Wilma Rudolph

26 Jun 2015 – An Inspiration To Runners

Clarksville where this incident happened. Sad, but what kind of parent is this who knows that her child needs ‘EpiPen’ and yet be so irresponsible and thoughtless???


Tue: Nancy was invited to Hananoki Japanese Steakhouse and went along as her guest. Interesting 1hr talk about ‘Financial Facts’.


Dinner was served after the talk and the steak was OK. Probably not their best for a group who was provided with dinner at no cost for attending the talk, thus it will not be fair to rate it. Was informed later by Matt that this is the best restaurant here.



Wed: from historic locations to contemporary architecture, Montgomery Central High School (Cunningham, app 20mins from Clarksville) was completed in 1970. It is an unusual and interesting structure situated on a man-made lake and featuring concrete shell construction.

We were trying to find Wilma a few days ago on the river front where she was supposed to be. But alas she was not there and no wonder as she ran away in the event of more floods!


In 1960, she became the first American woman to win  3gold medals at a single Olympic Games. May she now RIP in her new home at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.


Lunched at Liberty Park Grill***next to the WR Event Center. Good salad with a good view to end this hot touring day. Grateful to Nancy for driving me around.


Appreciations to Matt & Kristy for having me out to their home. Good to see him and his family. Matt has been in K thru’ all his school years, including UF with Jeff. He crossed paths with Linn when we moved to FL in the late 1980s. Difficult to believe that Josh and Ellisa are now both in the U…


Thank you Nancy for putting me up and putting up with me near the little people! Thank you Linda for the use of her washer and dryer. It was a pleasure to meet a lovely local lady who is born and bred in this delightful place.


It’s not the days in life we remember, rather the moments – Walt Disney –


24 Jun 2015 – Montgomery County Tennessee

Mon: the only place in the world which has 4Es, 2Ns and 2Ss in a name!,_Tennessee

Clarksville visiting with Nancy and what an interesting and delightful place with an area of 95.5 sq mi/247.4 km2 and a pop of 132,929+ The area around here was first surveyed by Thomas Hutchins in 1768 and my first visit now in 2015.


Having gone thru’ wars and natural disasters (1999 tornado & 2010 flood), Clarksville has now been restored to a place well worth visiting.


Now it has rebuilt much of the damage as a symbol of the city’s resilience. Where one building on Franklin St once stood has been replaced with a large mural of the historic buildings of Clarksville on the side of one that remained.


Customs House Museum and Cultural Center – over 35,000 square feet of exhibit space, hands-on activities and special events.



The Montgomery County Courthouse – 1st one laid in 1796 and the 6th one in 1879. Repaired in 1900 after a fire and in 1999 after the tornado.




Madison St United Methodist Church completed in 1882 was also destroyed in the 1999 tornado. Thank you to the lady who showed us around the sanctuary.


Received the ‘Journey of Faith‘ with appreciations and thanks.



Public Square


Cumberland River is a major waterway of the Southern US. The 688-mile-long river drains almost 18,000 square miles/47,000 km2 of southern KY and north-central TN. In Apr-May 2010, due to extensive rains, the river overflowed its banks and flooded Nashville and Clarksville.  The downtown area was ordered to evacuate.


The public library has been in this location since 1995. After several attempts to start a library, a library opened its doors in the basement of the courthouse offices in 1894.

Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things – Daryn Kagan


22 Jun 2015 – Past & Present



Thu: Pokey and I had a pleasant quiet day catching up with online stuff at the local library (residence to Frank) and Panera Bread. Both places rather slow on their networks, but better than none!



Interesting Ghost Tour of HP by Rick Garland at 3 of the most haunted houses there. Highly recommended and well worth the US$14.



Fri: a walk thru’ town. HP is the only place I have been where the Town Hall, Police Station, Post Office and Olde Towne Liquors in the same building :-)


Good to catch up with Miss Wiggy, Lizard & Loon who arrived this afternoon. HiHills, Franklin and Joe returned from DC this afternoon too.


Appreciations to Pokey and HiHills for all the yummy breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks ie all the food consumed at Highacre.



Sat: so very nice to have caught up with my hiking buddies over the week but also time to go our separate ways.


Thank you to HiHills and Franklin for getting me to the Greyhound in Roanoke/VA to catch the bus to Clarksville/TN.


Roanoke/VA – Wytheville/VA 1hr, layover 40mins by a McD; Wythville – Marion/VA (Hungry Mother State Park!), parcel drop-off. An unusual name and an interesting legend to read.


Sun: Bristol/TN 10mins layover


Johnston City/TN 10mins layover


Knoxville/TN 1hr layover


Nashville/TN 3hrs 15mins layover.


Finally Nashville to Clarksville/TN 1hr on the bus. Appreciations to Nancy for meeting me.

Total bus journey – 8hrs 45min. Layovers – 4hrs 30mins US$66.50.


Happy Father’s Day to all fathers. Fond memories of my own father and thank you for life.

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow – Shakespeare