Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wow; it's been over a year since I've added to this?  Amazing!

March 2013, Finally took my life-long buddy Victor Youcha and his wife Linda up on their invitation to visit them in Mexico!  Had no idea about the lake they lived on - the largest inland lake in Mexico!  He's a chiropractic doctor who's doing very well.  I had fun, did a lot of hiking and walking, ate a lot of great Mexican food, took a lot of pics (see my Facebook page "Pikecology"/ Robert Pike. Ask me to show you the stone-age hand tool I found on an island in the middle of the lake!

June 2013; My All electric Tesla arrived!  Had to rebuild part of the garage (the shelving needed to be re-sized; I asked a couple of carpenters for estimates; ended up doing it myself!). Also had to hire an electric company to install the charging outlet.    This car is FAST; 5.4 seconds 0 to 60…no gas! All electric.  Have since taken it up to Vero Beach and Ft. Myers (free charging stations there).  Very deluxe, fun car.  Go see more at Teslamotors.com

Late July-Early August 2013; celebrated turning 68 with son, Jimmy; visiting Hawaii! Amazing trip; warm water, clear skies; two great helicopter rides, and a 27 mile Bike-coast down one of the largest Volcanoes in the Pacific!  Amazing.  Looking forward to going back and exploring the other islands.

Uneventful Fall-Winter 2013; a few dates, off and on and off with the nurse (since 2006) - that's obviously going no-where - she's sweet, but way too occupied earning money to support her adult child (who lives with her father in Massachusetts).

Just discovered "HowaboutWe" and posted several dates there. We'll see how that plays out.  I'm on Match, POF, and OK Cupid as well.  Ladies, pay attention!  You've got a champion dude here still unattached!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

https://challenge.meyouhealth.com/2013/2/13/replace-a-sugary-snack-with-fruit-2#/

I recently discovered "Clementines" ....seedless tangerines! Wish they could grow them all year long! Awesome snack fruit. Also, try dried cranberries; a little more costly than raisins, but such a nice flavor!.

And did you know that when to decapitate a pineapple, you can grow new fruit from the cap? It takes a couple of years, but if you're in S. U.S. Fla or California, you gotta do this! Let the cap dry out first; then soak it in just clear water in a clear glass. Change the water when it gets cloudy. When the roots start showing, put it in a 2-5 gallon pot with some fresh soil, and Voila! Pretty house plant (sunny location) and great fruit! When the fruit pops out (a beautifully colored flower, I might add) throw some fertilizer on it, and don't let it dry out. It's a slow grower; plant lots and you'll have a bunch; I have 9 in this years' crop!

https://challenge.meyouhealth.com/2013/2/13/replace-a-sugary-snack-with-fruit-2#/

I recently discovered "Clementines" ....seedless tangerines! Wish they could grow them all year long! Awesome snack fruit. Also, try dried cranberries; a little more costly than raisins, but such a nice flavor!.

And did you know that when to decapitate a pineapple, you can grow new fruit from the cap? It takes a couple of years, but if you're in S. U.S. Fla or California, you gotta do this! Let the cap dry out first; then soak it in just clear water in a clear glass. Change the water when it gets cloudy. When the roots start showing, put it in a 2-5 gallon pot with some fresh soil, and Voila! Pretty house plant (sunny location) and great fruit! When the fruit pops out (a beautifully colored flower, I might add) throw some fertilizer on it, and don't let it dry out. It's a slow grower; plant lots and you'll have a bunch; I have 9 in this years' crop!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Read two years' worth of articles on Global warming, Gardening, and the Everglades here;

http://southdademonitor.com/index.php/component/search/?searchword=Pikecology&ordering=newest&searchphrase=all
Retired; Getting there, being there; NOT EASY!

Retired from public school teaching in June 2012. Thought this retirement thing would be easy. I immediately sought other employment; was so excited that a school close to me (a charter school with an A rating) hired me.

Wow; was I in for a surprise.  The work there was intense!  It's a lot of work prepping three different class types (Honors and regular Physical science and Honors biology) and going to meetings, and testing, and planning, and more meetings.

Phew!  So I reluctantly resigned at mid-term.  I left a lot of supplies; a stereo and microphone set that I had purchased, a printer that my aunt let me have and tons of school supplies. But that's what teachers do.

I've been pretty healthy. Practically no back issues (thank you Total Gym!) and some arthritic aches and pains, some Prostate issues but nothing serious.

 On then off, then on then off again with the nurse lady friend. Off, hopefully, for good this time.

So how do I spend my retirement? I just sit home and read?  Do I plan a trip?  Take up golf? Go fishing?  Move? 

Whew!  Not easy choices!

More about the lady friend.  Sweet, intelligent, pretty.  But we've just grown apart.  Guess that happens to me too easily.  Married too many times; they were good women - I'm a good man;

But, as Alvin Toffler says in his book "Future Shock"- "Unless you're truly in sync with 99% of your personalities, you're 10x more likely to grow apart in this modern lifetime.  100 years ago life was shorter, choices were fewer; you married, had a family, lived a (much) shorter life, and passed away.  Today's choices have increased more than 10 times; the opportunity to meet different people, grow in different directions also multiplied.  So I'm a victim, of this, I guess. 

So now I'm alone, on JDate, and Plenty of Fish...and searching.

Reading;

Got a wonderful gift at the "County Science teacher of the Year" awards; a "Kindle".  Read the books my son "put" on there (don't ask me how to do it...he showed me once; I could probably figure it out if pressed; and I feel that pressure coming).

But I've been remiss in picking up books....it's like I have too much time on my hands - it's almost like I feel like I'm wasting time just "reading".

Writing

I've been writing for the South Dade Monitor for a couple of years now.  Everything from Global warming to Gardening.  Go to http://southdademonitor.com, click on search, and type in my name to read any of the 16 articles I've written over the past couple of years.

The wedding

What a highlight of my life! Jan 20th wedding of my son James, to his beloved, Amanda (see the pic, below).  I gave him  a good amount of $$  to help; and still have money left in my account thanks to nice retirement benefits.  So the joy of the wedding was a natural high.

The money

Don't like to brag or be too specific; but let me put it this way; you hear lots of teachers complaining about salaries, but not many complaining about the retirement benefits.Good news also; my mortgage will be paid off soon!

My account is growing, and I'm not scrimping.   I just brought the car in to fix all the nicks and dings - nearly $2k worth.  But I'm worth it.

I'm starting to see this retirement thing as not too bad....

I'm committed to daily blogs; a nice way to share my thoughts with the world, I think. I'll post more on the Environment, Health issues, gardening, the latest issues in the news.  Stay with me, and feel free to comment!

Robert

Monday, February 18, 2008

Not sure what they mean by Team members; but Pat's my ladyfriend, James is my son, and Kendra's my daughter...