I Dream of Ice Cream

I love ice cream, particularly nut ice cream. For years, my very favorite was Breyers butter almond. Then it disappeared from the ice cream case at the store. I think my love of ice cream began at a young age when we used to churn our own ice cream. How exciting that was–putting together the ingredients, packing the ice cream churn with chunks of ice and ice cream salt, closing it and beginning to hand-crank the churn. The churning at first was not bad at all, but as the ice cream began to form, the churning became more challenging. The first thing to come out of the churn was the dasher. Everyone fought for it, especially the kids, who wanted to lick it clean before the bowls of ice cream were handed out. Today ice cream churns are electric and, I guess, they do a reasonably good job. However, the delicious taste of home-made ice cream in the “good old days” was a combination of good taste and energetic effort. I will admit that there are some good brands of ice cream in the supermarket refrigerator displays but nothing like the original home-made ice cream.ice cream churn

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Comparative Misery

Recently, I watched an old movie that starred Judith Dench and Maggie Smith, two excellent actresses. They were starring in a movie entitle “Ladies in Lavender.” The story involved a young man who washed ashore and was rescued and cared for by these two elderly sisters, one of whom (Judy Dench’s character) finds that she has become obsessed with the young man. Her sister (Maggie Smith’s character) has been married and has experienced the joys of being in love. When the young man leaves to become a concert violinist in London, Dench’s character, though consoled by her sister who recognizes Dench’s love for this young man, throws herself on the bed and sobs miserably. Reader, I’m about to tell you something very trite but forgive me. When I saw this scene in the movie, I reached into my own soul trying to feel the depth of sorrow felt by this character. The closest I could come up with was a recent weekend when my computer was in the shop, and I was computer-less. Yes, I’m embarrassed to suggest this comparison so please forgive me for such a trivial comparison to love gone awry.

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Getting Smarter

One of the best jobs I’ve ever had was working as a tutor for Get Smart tutoring, a business owned by Jim Linkenback, I learned of the job through a friend who was already working with the Linkenback organization. I applied and was accepted as a tutor in English, study skills, basic math, and French. After several years as a tutor, Jim, who had become a close friend, asked if I would be willing to take over the job of testing students in order to discover their strengths and weaknesses. I agreed and so became a tester and evaluator instead of being a tutor. I teased the boss about the name of our business, Get Smart, and urged him to change the name to Get Smarter. The business was unique from other tutoring services as the tutors went into the homes of the student for tutoring. While working together, Jim Linkenback and I became best of friends. Eventually he sold the business. For years since the business was sold, Jim and Jo have scheduled an annual Get Smart dinner reunion.

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YouTube Creations by Dimitrios

Dimitris has a new hobby–creating Vlogs (travel videos) for YouTube. He has been watching a guy based in Dubai who produces these kinds of videos. They are smooth and sexy. Dimitris’ first efforts are amazing to me but certainly indicative that he has a lot to learn. Already, he has improved by learning how to edit, how to add titles, and how to fade into and out of. He has dreams of becoming professional to the point that he will have a long list of subscribers who share his videos with others. He has agreed with me that checking too often does not help to indicate the speed of growing watchers. Therefore, I take a report from him only once a week regarding his total number of viewers. The video below is one which is a combination of places he has visited and filmed in Dubai, UAE. If you’ve never been to this area, you will be amazed. Subscribe and watch other videos by my creative partner.

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Blog Building

When I was a young man, I had a favorite birthday and Christmas present request: Tinkertoys. I remember working on projects, such as Ferris wheels, and running out of pieces, dreaming of the day that I would have the gigantic set of sets. That never happened, however, and eventually I moved on to assembling stick-model airplanes. Airplanes were much more intricate in construction and required working with balsa wood and using glue and then sprinkling the paper which streamlined and tightened the plane’s exterior. I loved the intricacy of these projects but was impatient with the time required to do a good job. As an adult, I have not tried to create tangible projects like the Tinkertoys and model planes. Instead, I work at creating blogs, and believe me they can be as challenging or more so than any project I ever attempted in my youth. In fact, the earlier projects had pieces and diagrams that helped direct me to a finished project. The blogs begin with an idea and then must be constructed in a way that gives satisfaction not only to me but to my readers. All of these projects were outlets for creativity, and I hope I never tire of creating.

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Sunday Evening Routines

Sundays are church days for Dimitris and me. We are at King of Peace most Sundays unless we are out-of-town. After the worship service, we grab something to eat on the way home, frequently a Whopper at Burger King. Dimitris then communicates for an hour or so with his mom and sister, either by phone or by Skype, while I spend much of the afternoon watching three of the national Sunday news broadcasts from NBC, ABC, and Fox. After dinner, we watch both the local and national news before beginning a movie on DVD or a Rays baseball game. This past Sunday, our routine changed when we learned that the Rays had played and lost to the Texas Rangers in the afternoon. When we switched on the evening news, we found nothing but a NASCAR race being broadcast that had preempted both the local and national news. Now, we had to make a decision in regard to how we were going to spend the rest of the evening until bedtime. As a result, we ended up watching two old episodes of the “Dick Van Dyke” show, having a bowl of ice cream together at 8:00, and then splitting up to do our own things: me, listening to a recording of “Victory at Sea;” Dimitris, checking out how to improve his YouTube video creations. We went to bed grateful for not having to spend an evening alone and thankful that we have each other for company.

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Timeless (revised)

I don’t remember the last time I wore a wrist watch. Of course, now-a-days, people don’t worry about checking the time with a wristwatch as they have their iPad or smart  phone which takes care of that problem. However, I don’t carry an iPad with me nor do I bring my cell phone along with me everywhere I go. I am iPad-less, and my cell phone “lives” in my car. The reason though that I don’t want to know the time every minute is that I can be obsessive about time. Before I took off my watch, I would glance at my watch every couple of minutes which made the time appear to pass so slowly. Even in church, I was forever checking on the time. When I was given a gold chain bracelet as a gift and put it on the same arm as my wristwatch, it snagged and bothered me. I then shifted it to my right hand where it interfered with my hand when I was moving the cursor on the computer….so I took off my watch and have never worn one again. The time-watching also carries over to the odometer in the car (which, of course, I can’t get rid of). When I’m driving on a trip, I tend to over-watch the odometer which makes the trip seem longer. I have learned that there are still plenty of time indicators so that, so long as I get where I’m going when I need to, a wristwatch is not that important.

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