May Day

I recall as a kid of 10 or 11 years celebrating May at school with a fair.  My part in the celebration was dancing around that silly pole with a dozen or more other kids with ribbon in hand weaving in and out and round and round until the May pole was wrapped.  To this day, I have no idea what it was about other than obedience.  I did as I was told.  Now that I’ve got that rant out of the way, I’ll move on to whats new.

First on the list, Mann resigned his position of Webmaster for the Corvette Club of Richmond.  Of course, a lengthy 2 month notice was given and the intent is to resign the club when the notice is up.  After a couple of years of a variety of frustrations, Mann decided that he’s not a Corvette Club of Richmond kind of guy.  Oh well, our life is rich with a wide variety of other interests all of which are positive experiences so why let a bunch of negativity spoil the fun.

Speaking of fun, our motorhome club rallied at Fort Monroe the weekend of  April 14 -17.  As usual, we had a great time with this group.  For some reason, there’s always a huge emphasis on happy hours, eating and the socializing that goes along with these activities and this long weekend was no exception.  Mother Nature looked on us with favor when we were surrounded by storms spawning tornadoes but were spared.  Carolyn   handles communications for the club.  Read her account here if you’re interested.  You can also click on this image  for a few photos taken at the event.

We usually don’t spend a lot of time talking about things and stuff but every once in a while, something really special comes along.  The Duff household  finally replace the aged TV in the family room with a beautiful new 55″ LED / LCD TV.  Wow!  What a difference!  At the same time, Mann fired DirecTV  and hired Dish Network who provided us with a great high definition satellite setup that features a wonderful Digital Video Recorder.

Easter Sunday, we were blessed with a wonderful holiday meal and the presence of daughters  Amy and Katie, Amy’s husband Scott and Katie’s friend  Rachelle Rios.  Our life is filled with blessings for which we are hugely grateful.


There’s more.  The tires on our primary car, a Jeep Liberty, have grown more and more noisy over the past couple of years.  It’s one of those things that you have to experience to fully appreciate.  The noise level has grown to a point that you can hardly hear yourself think at any speed above 20 MPH.  There’s no hope for any meaningful conversation if the car is moving.  On the other side of all this deafening noise are two people that insist on not being wasteful.  Of course we don’t want to replace tires that aren’t worn out.  There’s still plenty of tread left to pass inspection for another year. On the othe side of this argument was the possibility that our marriage might be suffering because nonsense.  Reason overcame us and we bought new tires.  We didn’t just buy tires, we went nuts and bought 5 new tires never wanting to hear from the old ones again.  Elvis (we name all of our vehicles)  immediately went to the shop for a super duper 4 wheel thrust alignment to be as sure as we possible could that the new tires would remain smooth and silent.  Wow!  This is amazing.  The ride is so smooth and quiet; it’s almost mesmerizing.  It’s marital bliss.

Except for one thing, two days later, the tire monitor indicated low pressure.  It must be a bad sensor or a valve stem is leaking.  Check the photo.   It’s a 6 inch long nail sticking out of our brand new tire.  One step forward, two steps back.  can you imagine the disappointment?  Oh well, that’s why we spring for the road hazard warranty.  Back to the tire shop, repair the new tire and we’re back on the road.  Hopefully time will heal the hurt.

Coming up soon, we have Mothers Day in Portsmouth, a race weekend at Virgina International Raceway for the Rolex race and a visit from friends Larry and Gerry Clark.  More on these later.



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