The Beat Goes On

Thoughts on Travel, Career, Spiritual Matters and Other Stuff

The Model

As mentioned several times on this blog, I am an aviation geek. This is a long-held passion that started in my youth. When I was a child, many of my friends were building great looking plastic models. I decided it… Continue Reading →

Backup Assist – Giving Up Control

After 12 years of faithful service, my pickup truck became too unreliable to continue as my primary vehicle. I tried everything I know to help the old truck keep going longer but was told it needed a new engine. I… Continue Reading →

Big Bend National Park

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. It has been four months since I have written a blog entry. Most of you know I have been dealing with the personal tragedy of the passing of my daughter. I thought… Continue Reading →

The Drone

For the past month, I have been obsessing about owning a drone. The appeal of drone ownership is tied to flying and photography. Through my vast research on YouTube, I have seen some awesome videos made with drones. I have… Continue Reading →


There are plenty of serious, disturbing events so far in 2020. One fallout from the COVID19 pandemic is a lack of distractions—specifically, a lack of live sporting events. I have tried several solutions to satisfy my desire to watch sporting… Continue Reading →

A Long Time Ago In a Galaxy Far Away

It was 43 years ago this week when my view of movies changed forever. This was the year Star Wars was first released. I recall waiting in line at the Galleria Theater in Houston for my first viewing. I was… Continue Reading →

Working From Home

The idea of working from home is not new, but the concept has received much more attention and participation during the COVID-19 pandemic. I recall when this idea first began with Friday being the usual day to work from home…. Continue Reading →

Lend a Helping Hand

I have not posted on this blog in a while. You might think that during these strange times, it would be a target-rich environment for writing topics. True, there are plenty of high-flying subjects in the news and our lives…. Continue Reading →

The End of Innocence

I love a happy ending to a story. Maybe the cowboy rides off into the sunset, or they live happily ever after. As much as I like these types of endings, they do not represent real life. You might be… Continue Reading →

Act 2 – The Transition

We now arrive at my 3rd entry on the subject of early retirement. To date, we have discussed the required planning and preparation necessary to not only retire early but to retire anytime. When buying a big-ticket item, I have… Continue Reading →

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