February 25, 2019

The first time I visited Florida was in 1973. I was a 20 year old sophomore basketball player at Illinois State University, we had a game at Jacksonville. I was underwhelmed, but intrigued by the winter sunshine, warmth and palm trees. It was not until about 1980 that...

January 1, 2019

This retirement thing has created and presented an entirely new set of challenges, and opportunities.  Not necessarily in that order. In my book introduction I mention my only regret in life is that I was not more generous with my space and time. I find myself at a sta...

November 5, 2018

When I started my ride-share adventures in May of 2017, my goals were to learn more about the city of Atlanta, meet a lot of new people, have some fun, and last but not least get off the couch.  Let me assure you ride-sharing as a driver did not disappoint, but the end...

June 14, 2018

So June 15, 2018 finds me turning the tender age of 65. I suppose it's safe to start using the "R" word (Retirement) There are some recent employers who might say I started retirement 15 years ago. I beg to differ, but that's a story for another day. In my retirement-d...

May 18, 2018

If you have been following the news lately, then perhaps you know UBER has unveiled it's new policy changes. It has a catchy P.R. phrase called "Turning The Lights On." It has to do with the company trying to change the culture of silence around sexual violence, and se...

April 30, 2018

I AM BAAACK!!!! The last time we visited in this space, I was writing about some of the really bad things that had happened in and around the ride-share industry. I wanted to touch on some ride-share safety tips which for the most part I thought were common sense, I ha...

March 1, 2018

The past several months have been a public relations nightmare for the ride share industry, especially here in Atlanta. Of course the corporate battles about money and other legal matters don't affect local drivers very much, but we do take notice of local shootings, r...

February 20, 2018

Ridesharing has allowed me to see so many areas of Atlanta, which is truly a world class city with both splendor, and squalor. It is the latter that has grabbed my attention and caused a great deal of concern. It amazes me that in a matter a a few miles you can go from...

January 11, 2018

Mostly because of the threat of really bad weather, championship weekend in Atlanta was not the big party blow out I was expecting. Temperatures started dropping and there was talk of freezing rain. It seemed to slow the flow of traffic, on foot and in cars. The short...

December 10, 2017

I so wish I could tell you that during the Dec. 8, 2017 Atlanta snowstorm, that I was out dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh going over the hills and laughing all the way. But, no it didn't happen quite like that. In fact I could not get over the hill...

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Politics Heating up

 

The national political landscape continues to intrigue me on many levels. Donald Trump talking loud and letting his real feelings come out. Most of the candidates would never do that, but follow Trump's poll numbers and his statements are even more disturbing. Meanwhile back at the White House, President Obama continues to knock them out of the park. Last week it was the Affordable Care Act and Gay marriage. This week it's restoring relations with Cuba. He will go down in history as a great President who got positive things done.

Independence Day 2015

My son Eric is among the many young men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. I look upon him with an enormous sense of pride. We are fortunate to have people like him and his comrades protecting our freedom both at home and abroad. The world had better be glad that there is a United States military. Otherwise life for us all would be very different. So take out a moment and salute a soldier. Thank him or her for their service and then enjoy your 4th of July.

Happy Birthday Eric Whitlow

31 years ago my son Eric Whitlow was born July 6, 1984 at Champlain Valley Physicans Hospital in Plattsburgh, N.Y. What a great day it was, Eric is now a Sergent in the United States Army stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. He has served three tours of duty in the middle east in Iraq,  and Afghanistan. A soldiers, soldier. He has grown up to be a really responsible, and outstanding adult. Very proud of you young man. Keep up the great work.

 

SAE Dragon Awards. 

Congratulations to students and staff at the SAE School on their successful end of the year academic awards and achievements. Really a great group of people doing some fabulous things. Keep up the good work.

It's Been A Great Summer.

Wow. What an action packed summer it has been. Cindi and I went to some great concerts including Stephanie Mills and the Whispers. Then it was Chicago and Earth, Wind, and Fire. Then wrapping up the summer we went to see Brian Culberson and Eric Benet. Stephanie is still of great voice, Phillip Bailey is still hitting the high notes with EWF, and Chicago's horns have never been better. The only thing missing that night was Maurice White, and Peter Cetera, but somewhere I am sure they are sitting back and very proud of the foundation they laid. The Whispers  seemed to be a little off their game the night we saw them, but Jazz genius Brian Culberson continues to awe the crowd with his incredible jazz talent. Atlanta is a great place for many things, and it's summer concert schedule is second to none.

2015. What A Year!

Needless to say 2015 was an incredible year.

Let's see.. there was traveling, new responsibilities, and last but certainly not least, a marriage. Yep after all these years Cindi and I decided to make it official. As I said in our vows. "The arc of our lives always seemed to bend towards each other." We have a great love story that was often misunderstood by everyone except the two of us. We are in a great place at a great time. I so look forward to the future.

 

Summer Looms On The Horizon.

 

Hard to know exactly what to expect for the upcoming summer months, but I will most certainly share the events using this platform. I absolutely look forward to returning to my hometown of Michigan City, Indiana and attending my 45th high school reunion. Back in 1971 we had a graduating class of over 900. The herd has thinned out quite a bit which is why I think they started having the reunion every five years. That's just my theory. I look forward to seeing those of us who are still on this side of the grass. Just a little humor there.

 

 

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