Hello from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hello from Ljubljana, Slovenia Friday afternoon – July 19, 2019   (Fifth post of this travelogue)

We are in a great Airbnb in Ljubljana, Slovenia (Google Map link)

More Observations:

We still get robo calls over here, but the problem is that they come in the middle of the night {Grrrrr}.

Trying to use Google maps to navigate between locations in a town is a real challenge.  If you zoom in on any of the Google Map links from Italy, you will see than none of the streets run in any “planned” scheme. For reference, a good map would be:  (Google Map Link of apartment in Venice) [BTW, you can zoom in and out on those maps].  Most streets are only a block or two long (some main streets are a bit better about lending themselves to navigation.  In the photo below from Venice, you will see me standing in one of the hundreds of walkways that are in addition to what we would call streets (in Venice there are no streets, as there are no cars).  Google “sees” the walkways, but there could be 3 or 4 in a USA block length and it is really hard to tell which one Google wants us to take and they dart in various direction.  Worse yet, many of the walkways look like they are dead end, but simply take a jog.

One of hundreds of tiny walkways in Venice (Medium)


Now for some Venice highlights.

We traveled from Florence to Venice via train on Tuesday (7/16).  The apartment was on the second floor so  not so many steps to climb.  It was a quaint apartment.

Our Apartment in Venice (Medium)

Our apartment in Venice

Getting to our apartment was quite an experience.  There are no cars in the area of Venice we were in.  Instead, we departed the train station and boarded a water taxi.  The train station is right on the Grand Canal and the water taxi was perhaps 50 yards from the train station.  The taxi we took to the apartment was much like a bus with lots of stops and tons of people on the boat.  

View from our water taxi on the grand canal (Medium)

A view from our water taxi on the Grand Canal
on the way from the train station to our apartment

Our water taxi leaving Ospedale stop (Medium)

Our water taxi leaving our stop (Ospedale)

Our apartment was very close to a great eating/scenic area – perhaps three  blocks away.  We ate dinner on this plaza.

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice (Medium)

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo just a few blocks from our apartment. 
We ate dinner on the plaza with this view.

Wednesday we walked a bit over a half mile (well  sorta, we got lost a couple of times and probably increased that distance by 20-30% {grin}) to the two incredible locations shown below.


Doges Palace in Venice (Medium)

Doges Palace in Venice.  Notice bridge over the canal.


Basilica di San Marco (Medium)

Basilica di San Marco

After our walking tour, we went back to the same plaza restaurant we ate at the night before.  Both nights I had some white wine rather than my typical great beer.   The wine was great as well.

Thursday was our travel day to Ljubljana.  I will detail the train travel in the next post, but our trip to the train station was quite unique.  We had our challenges on the public water taxi, mainly getting our luggage on and off the crowded boat.  We decided to take a private taxi back to the train station.  Our first challenge was that they were all full that morning.  We worked with a great shop owner to call a taxi (neither of us could speak the other’s language), but we got the job done.  I  talked to what I thought was the taxi company and they said the fare would be 18 Euro – just slightly  what we paid for the public  taxi.  Well, something broke down in the communication and the fee was 70 Euro!  However it was a great ride and dealing with the luggage was not a problem.


Trash collection in Venice (Medium)

While we were waiting for the water taxi, the trash boat arrived.
It collected trash from all the businesses in the area and
private folks brought their  trash as well.


Inside our water taxi on way back to train station (Medium)

A picture of Pat in our rather fancy private taxi back to train station

Tain station in Venice (Medium)

Approaching the train station in our expensive water taxi

That is all for this post.


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Hello from Venice, Italy

Hello from Venice, Italy Wednesday afternoon – July 17, 2019   (Fourth post of this travelogue)

We are in a fun little Airbnb in Venice, Italy (Google Map link)

Before we get too far into this post I would like to  catch up on a couple  of things. 

The first would be the luggage situation.   As we noted before, we had a great plan where we would put one suitcase inside another and then pack our stuff in two suitcases.  The thinking behind this plan is that Stampin’ Up! always gives the demonstrators great pillow case gifts and also lots of other “handouts”.  This adds up to quite a bit of weight and volume.  So our plans were to put our travel clothes (for the rest of the trip) in two medium size suitcases and use the one large one for the SU stuff, plus some  cruise clothes we would not need.  It turns out the large suitcase was quite full and heavy.  We had planned to store that suitcase in a locker in Rome, but the “hidden cost” were quite high.  Plus the extra bag fee on American Airlines was going to be $100.  So the next option was to ship it home – again potentially quite expensive.

So, for the first part of the trip after the cruise we were dealing with three suitcases and two carry-on cases.  Our first experience dealing with all that luggage was getting on the train in Rome.  Here is a text that Pat sent the girls that describes our adventure:

“We’re going to ship a suitcase home with our cruise clothes in it. We’ve been toting 5 bags around including our two carry ons. I think we were a comedy of errors today. We made it on to our first train and while we were getting ready to get off, I set one of our carry ons in the aisle and it rolled to the back of the train car. Then we made it to Florence and the same bag fell off from the curb and landed in front of a taxi. A lady grabbed it for us; I think the taxi driver might have driven over it. I forgot to mention that as we were getting on to the first train, we were surrounded by some young ladies and one man who were trying to “help” us with our luggage. A train person saw it and made them get off the train. They were pickpockets. It’s been an interesting day, but we made it.”
The second thing I wanted to mention was how SU treats their demonstrators.  Many businesses do not recognize “the hand that feeds them”.  SU, on the other hand treats their demonstrators as an extremely valuable part of the business.  And it really shows on these incentive trips.  They pay for that air fare (working with us to assure we get the flights we want), pay all of the basic cruise costs, cover the tips for all of the employees of the ship and they even paid for our transportation from the ship to the rail station in Rome (over 140 Euro). They would have covered the cost from Rome to the ship, but we felt the bus departure time was later than we wanted.
Lastly, I  wanted to mention that we mostly travel in Europe via Eurail passes.  The pass is a bit expensive, but it lets us take any train in the huge Europe train network for 15 days (the pass type we bought – there are other options).  I don’t think we save any money over flying to each city, but the train takes us to the center of each town where other transportation (such as taxis) are readily available.  In addition, we get to travel first/business class.  We do have to pay to reserve seats, but that is about 10 Euro each.  I should add that, sadly, Uber is not a factor in Italy – and maybe other European countries.

OK, now let’s get back to our travels.  On Sunday we took the bus from the ship to a train station in Rome and then took the train to Florence.  Aside from the” issues” Pat mentioned that part of the trip went pretty well.  We stayed in a cute Airbnb (Google Map Link)

I  have attached a photo of the apartment building.   The only issue was that the apartment was on the third floor (in Europe they call that the second floor above the ground floor).  We still had the five pieces of luggage but the host helped with two of the larger ones.

Our Apartment in Florence (Medium)

Our apartment in Florence is on the third floor of the tan building

Our schedule gave us one day in the city.   In the morning I drug the large suitcase to a Mailboxes Plus which was highly recommended.  Unfortunately it was well over a mile from the apartment over cobble stone walks and roads.  To make matters worse, I did not discover that my GPS system was not working properly (cellular data not turned on) so I got lost a couple of times.  It took me almost 2 hours to get there.  The ladies were super nice and even gave me the “student” discount.  I told them I did some teaching and that made them fell well founded in discount.  They kept calling me “professor” and we all grinned.  It takes a lot of paperwork, but we got it all done and the cost was about $150 which I was glad to pay. 

After I got back to the apartment, Pat and I strolled about a mile down to the Church of Santa Maria del Fiore.  We had been there before and marveled at the grandeur of the setting.  We even had dinner on the plaza.  I have included a few photos of the area.


Scooters in Florence (Medium)

On our stroll I took this photo of the typical
line up of motor scooters


Street leading to Church of Santa Maria del Fiore (Medium)

This is the street leading into the plaza
It was a slight drizzle and the temperatures
were very comfortable


Church of Santa Maria del Fiore (Medium)

There is no way to describe the magnificence of this area.
Even the picture does not  do it justice.


That is all for this post.

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Hello from on the Tyrrhenian Sea

Hello from on the Tyrrhenian Sea

Drafted Saturday  Afternoon – July 13, 2019   (Third post of this travelogue)

Uploaded 7/14/19

Well, we are ending our Greek Island cruise aboard the Jewell of the Sea.  This cruise has had some negative issues mixed in with the typical great cruising experience.  This ship was built in 2002 and refurbished in 2016.  There are places where it really shows its age.  For one thing, our closet doors fell off.  We heard of other issues as well.  It also seems very crowded on this ship.  That leads to quite a few delays at the elevators and lots of folks in relatively small areas which then leads to very loud background noise.  As some of you know, I have very sensitive hearing and there have been times that it has been unpleasant.  I told Pat I need to find ear plugs that look like hearing aids.

The other major issue was the internet.  We purchased a rather expensive option with reasonable expectation of a decent connection.  If you read the post about not being able to upload our blogs, you will understand my frustration.  At times the connection was less than dial-up speed.  While I understand that the connection is via satellite and there are tons of folks on the system, it just frustrates me that they brag about their wonderful service.  Even in the middle of the night where traffic should be much less, the speeds are unbearable.

OK, so much for the bitching.  It is after all, a cruise paid for by someone else – how bad can that be {big grin}.

I am writing this from the balcony of our room where it is quiet and I can look out at the beautiful deep blue water of what the map shows as the Tyrrhenian Sea.  When I say quiet, it is actually a bit noisy, but it is the soothing sounds of the ocean waves.  I think we were in the Mediterrian  Sea during parts of the trip and we have also been in the Ionian and Aegean Seas.

Our Ship (Medium)

This is a photo of our  ship at the Dock in Civitavecchia

We left the port of Civitavecchia on Sunday 7/7.  The first day was an at-sea day as we traveled to Santorini, Greece (Google Map Link)

Santorini was a beautiful setting.  We had not booked an excursion.  Instead, our plans were to do a quick tour of the city.  To get from the ship to the dock, we used tenders.  From there we took the cable car to city far above the dock area.  The cable car was fun, but many folks complained about the cost (12 Euro each way for 2 persons).  Many folks encountered long lines, but we were able to travel up and down without much delay.  Once we got to the top, we did a bit of looking around and bought a few trinkets.  However, it was unbearably hot and we quickly decided to go back to the ship. 

Cable cars at Santorini (Medium)

This photo shows the cable car and the long path

to the city which can be walked or you can

 ride on a donkey


Our Ship from the Santorini (Medium)


View of the harbor from the top of Santorini

Our ship is on the right

I should note that all of Europe is experiencing a massive heat wave.  Most days the temperature gets close to 100* and with high humidity, that is very uncomfortable.

Our next stop was Mykonos, Greece  (Google Map Link)

We chose to stay on the ship and relax.  Again, the heat was a major factor in that decision.

Our next destination was Athens, Greece  Google Map Links

We booked a hop-on hop-off bus excursion around the city.  Many folks chose to hike to the Acropolis.  However, the tour guide had the following warning:

“Guests must be able to walk approx. 1 ½ miles over steep inclines and uneven surfaces with approximately 200 steps to get up to the Acropolis.”

Obviously we did not feel comfortable with the hike.  We later heard several folks mention how difficult the hike was and our evening table mate fell – fortunately she was not seriously hurt. 

Our bus tour was fun.  We normally avoid the upper deck, as the sun beating down can be a killer.  On this bus, the upper deck was covered, so we had excellent views and a nice breeze.  The heat wave broke a bit and our temperatures were in the mid-80s.    Of course, the main attraction is the Acropolis.  We were able to view part of it from the city.

Part of the Acropolis (Medium)

This is a view of the Acropolis from our bus

Our view of the Acropolis from our bus (Medium)

This is a telephoto from our bus

Another view of the Acropolis (Medium)

And another view

The last port was Katakolon, Greece  (Google Maps Link)

This was a very small city.  It is said to be the birthplace of the Olympics.  Again we chose to relax on the ship.

Today we are sailing back to the port of Civitavecchia where we will dock tomorrow and depart the ship.  From there we will continue our travels.

That is all for this post.

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Hello from Civitavecchia, Italy (Upload delayed one week).

Hello from Civitavecchia, Italy (Upload delayed one week).

Drafted Sunday Afternoon – July 7, 2019   (Second post of this travelogue)

***Uploaded 7/14/19.  As noted in a previous post, the ship wi-fi broadband was very slow downloading with almost zero upload bandwidth.  Simple messages could be uploaded, but pictures failed to send.  Very frustrating.***

We are on the ship (Royal Carribbean “Jewel of the Seas”) in the port of Civitavecchia.  The port is perhaps 70 miles from the heart of Rome.  We took a private car (actually a wonderful van) and it took us over an hour to get here and cost 130 Euro.

Now, I will try to catch up on some observations about our time in Rome.  As I mentioned in the first post, we were on the second floor of a building in the center of historic Rome and also the center of evening activity.  There we perhaps 30 restaurants (with outside seating) within a short walking distance.  That was the good news.  The so-so news is that our apartment was over a bar that played loud music from about 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM.  Shown below is a tray in the apartment with ear plugs {big grin}.  I noted previously that the noise did not keep us from sleeping.

Ear Plugs (Medium)

The bathroom in the Rome apartment was a bit strange (see photo).  When you used the toilet,  you had to have one foot in the shower floor.

Rome Bathroom (Medium)

From our last post you saw a picture of the restaurant taken from our window.  Next to the restaurant seating was an area where several folks were playing chess (see picture).  The fellow on the right brought the chess table and seemed to be the person to beat.  They were there each day starting around 1:00 and stayed for several hours.  The tree in the photo is a fig tree.

Chess Game (Medium)

eral hours. 

All of the streets in the area are cobble stone (see photo).  Some areas had stones missing and walking was a bit of a challenge for us old folks.

Cobble Stone Streets

I mentioned that we spent quite a bit of time touring Rome in 2008.  We made that trip with Pat’s cousin and her husband.  For that trip we rented an apartment in the same general area.  As a part of one of our strolls, we located the 2008 apartment.  For documentation purposes the address for the 2008 apartment was Via Dei Cappellari 60 (GPS:  41.896916,12.4697828).  Our apartment address this year was:  Piazza del Fico, 22.  (GPS:  41.899460, 12.470623).

On one of our strolls, we walked to the Tiber River.  I is a beautiful river.  Looking across the river we saw is Castle Saint Angelo. Here is a link:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castel_Sant%27Angelo.  Part of the castle dates back to 123 AD. Several Popes used the castle starting in the 14th century.  It is about a quarter mile from there to the Vatican.
Tiber River (Medium)
Thursday night we splurged for a dinner on the Piazza Navona in a fancy street restaurant.  That is a huge piazza and quite famous (see photo).  Our dinner cost about 51 Euro for fancy pasta dinners (just pasta – no sides or bread) plus a beer and bottle of water.  The next two nights we dined on pizza in the room for about 13 Euro (enough for two nights).  For our breakfasts, we bought bread and cheese at a market.  We sort of skipped the third meal each day via some snacks.
Piazz Navona (Medium)
That is all for this post.
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Travelogue Posts are on hold

Travelogue Posts are on hold

Tuesday Morning 7/9/19

Sadly, the rather expensive internet system on the ship does not have the broadband width to upload posts with pictures. 

I have tried for two days to upload another post about Rome (with several pictures) and it just crashes.  I talked to the IT guy and he confirms that there is a problem.

I am pretty sure that this text only post will upload.

I have saved the Rome post and will continue to draft other posts, but they will have to wait to upload until we get off the ship and find a good wi-fi system.


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Hello from Rome, Italy

Hello from Rome, Italy

Saturday morning – July 6, 2019   (First post of this travelogue)

I am starting this post at 11:42 AM which is 3:42 AM Denver time.

This travelogue will document our travels through parts of Europe.  The main activity is a cruise around the Greek Islands – a trip earned by Pat via Stampin’ Up!  This is the 14 incentive trip that Pat has earned and we have enjoyed travel to some amazing locations.  There are reportedly about 400 demonstrators who will be making this trip  (a few more earned the trip,  but “cashed out” for various reasons).

We are staying at an AirB&B in the heart of the historic district of Rome (Google Map Link)

We left Denver shortly after 11:00 AM on Tuesday (7/2) and arrived in Rome at bit after 9:00 AM Wednesday.  We had a connection in Philadelphia with a bit over 1 hour between flights (too close for our standards).

The Rome airport is quite a distance from the city and transportation is quite expensive.   The private car cost us 65 Euro (1 Euro = 1.12 dollars as this is being written).  The port that we sail out of is even further and will cost us 130 Euro.  SU does furnish a bus from one of the Rome hotels to the ship, but it leaves later than we feel comfortable with.

This AirB&B is a mixed experience.  The unit is quite nice, but we have had issues with the hot water heater and we are right in the middle of the “night life” area over a bar that plays very loud music until about 1:00 in the morning.  The hot water issue has been a challenge (Pat took a cold shower the first day and both my first shower and her second shower had hot water for a few minutes.  The noise has not been too big of an issue.  For many years I have traveled with Bose noise cancelling ear buds and that really helps.  Pat sleeps pretty soundly.  So, we have not suffered too much from lack of sleep.

The weather here is quite warm (mid 90* each day).  We had scheduled ourselves in early prior to the sailing of the ship so that we could adjust to the time difference and to let us relax for a couple of days.  Our lives have been very hectic prior to the trip and we needed some down-time.  Pat has been very stressed about her dad, as he had a very bad spell just before we left (he is reportedly better now).  Even when he is OK, we still see a rather rapid decline in his quality of life and we have concerns that he will pass when we are gone.  Pat is reconciled to that possibility (as much as she can) and we plan to continue our trip if something does happen.

If you look at the map, you will see that we are right in the center of the historic Rome area.  Our apartment is located between the Coliseum and the Vatican.  We had not planned to do any major sightseeing, as we did that in our 2008 trip (starting post for 2008 Rome travelogue).  Instead we have been taking strolls to various attractions in the surrounding area. 

Attached is a picture of our apartment building.  Our apartment is on the second floor of the building on the right side of the photo. 

Our Apartment in Rome

Our Apartment in Rome

I am also attaching a photo taken from our  window that shows one of the many open  air restaurant/bars in the area.

View our our apartment window

View our our apartment window

There are a ton more details to post, but I will leave that for the next one.

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Hello from Prescott, IA

Hello from Prescott, IA

Drafted Thursday evening  – May 16 2019   (First post of this travelogue)

Published Saturday evening – May 18, 2019

This has been a bit of a strange trip.  On Tuesday (5/17/19) I drove Pat and her sister Judy to the airport so they could meet up with cousin Linda and they then flew to Kansas City.  There they met cousin Jeanne and drove to St Charles, MO for a genealogy convention.  The convention was from Wednesday through Saturday afternoon.  On Sunday the four ladies drove back to Kansas City.  Judy and Linda flew back to Denver while Jeanne and  Pat drove back to Prescott where Jeanne and Bill live. 

My original plans were to leave Evergreen around 5/1 and drive the bus to a car show in Dewey. OK.  However, I ran out of time to get the bus ready for that leg of the trip.  Plan B was to drive the bus to Prescott but I still did not have time to get it ready.  So, we went with plan C which was to drive the Camry. 

I left Evergreen Friday 5/10.  In the old days I might had driven straight through to Prescott (650 miles and over 9 hours).  However, I have a ton of Holiday Inn points, so I stopped in Kearney, NE for the night.  That made the drive fun and much easier on this tired old body.

Sadly we have not been back here for over two years.  We have really missed all of the great folks and have been doing our best to visit with as many relatives as possible. 

The weather started out cold and damp, but it got up to 90* on Thursday. 

We left Prescott Friday morning around 7:30.  We hit some rain early in the day, but that cleared up fairly quickly.  Our trip home was fairly uneventful till we hit Fort Morgan.  As we passed the water treatment plant a huge ground fog crossed the highway.  As soon as we entered the fog, it turned pitch black and we could not see even a few feet in front to the car.  Fortunately the cars in front of us kept going and the car behind us slowed down with us. 

When we got home, we saw that there were several tornados in the area but the Fort Morgan event was not reported as a tornado.  We did not see any signs of the really bad weather thank goodness.

That is all for this trip.

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Hello from Dillon, CO

Hello from Dillon, CO

Sunday afternoon – March 17, 2019   (First post of this travelogue)

Pat and I are in Dillon with the Bergman family.  Today we are watching granddaughter Madison ski race at Vail. 


Last night we stayed at the Dillon Inn (Google map link)

Madison and Damon came up early Saturday so that Madison could do her training.  Kelly and Molly picked us up around 2:00 PM and brought us here.  The drive was not all that bad since it was fairly late in the day.  Going home will most likely be a different story.

The snow is pretty deep wherever you look.  Yesterday Damon pointed out a huge avalanche on the side of the mountain between Frisco and Breckenridge.  This whole area had had a huge amount of snow this year and this has resulted in a record number of avalanches.  There have been several closures of I 70 this year.

Today we left the motel around 6:30 and drove to Vail for the race.  On the drive we saw a large number of avalanche slides including a couple that covered I 70 within the past few weeks.  In the summer you don’t notice the slide “damage” but it is sure evident in the winter.

Madison is number 202 and all of the racers are girls.  That give you an indication of how popular ski racing is.  In her first race she placed second in her class and eleventh overall.  I will be sending this before her second race, but we are hoping she does as well – hopefully better.


Madison (Medium)

All of us (Medium)

That is all for this trip.


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Hello from Everett, WA

Hello from Everett, WA

Friday morning – March 8, 2019   (First post of this travelogue)

Well, I am once again back in Everett, teaching at Boeing.  This week I taught two classes:  Bearings (a Boeing one day class) and Mechanical Drives (3 days).  I like teaching at the Everett facility, as it seems to be more laid back than the Auburn plant.  The only issue is that the classes start at 6:00 AM.

Both classes went well.  This group seemed to be more involved than some of the other groups.  They also set a fun level of “give and take” on lots of fun discussions.

I almost was not able to teach this class.  Saturday I went to the hospital emergency room to address a pretty significant relapse of the vertigo I have been dealing with for 5 months.  All of the tests (including an MRI) eliminated any “terrible” cause.  It apparently is an inner-ear issue.  Then Saturday night I became very sick to my stomach several times.  However, Sunday morning I felt good enough to try to travel.  That turned out to be an OK decision.  Both my stomach problem and my vertigo became minimal issues.

As is always the case when I have a choice, I am staying at a Holiday Inn Express facility.  I have stayed at this one several times and they always give me a good upgrade.

I have been renting my cars from National for the past year or two, if I am renting at the airport.  I am a member of their Emerald club (sounds impressive but it is the first level).  In Seattle, and many locations, you simply go to the rental area and select any car from the Emerald island.  They always have a good variety.  This time I chose a Nissan Frontier truck.  It is a great little truck with lots of power.  I did some checking and it is not highly rated in its class, but I think it is a great vehicle and fun to drive.

The weather here this time of year can be less than perfect.  This time it is not only cold and wet, but they had some significant snow.  The snow melted rather quickly, but the folks here are not used to snow and tend to panic rather easily.

As I did last time, I scheduled my flight home the day after the class.  Everett is only 40 miles from the airport, but the traffic can be horrific.  The route is right through downtown Seattle where terrible traffic jams are the norm.  Besides that, I get to relax in my room and enjoy a somewhat leisure morning – as opposed to the 4:00 AM wake-up alarm for the days I am teaching.

That is all for this trip.

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Hello from Kearney, NE

Hello from Kearney, NE

Thursday evening – February 14, 2019   (First post of this travelogue)

I am in Kearney teaching a four day class that includes bearings, lubrication, and shaft alignment.  The class is being held at the Ockinga Conference Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska, Kearney (Google map link). 

The customer is the 309 Task Force (same as the Lincoln assignment about a month ago. 

The following is an excerpt from my travelogue for the Lincoln trip:

The 309 Task Force is a very interesting organization (link).  It was created via state legislation over 30 years ago.  Here is a description of the results of that legislation:

”The Mission of the 309 Task Force is to address the state’s sizable need for deferred building repairs and improvements to the extent possible with available funding, utilizing those funds wisely and efficiently.  The Task Force was created to be an independent entity to prioritize on a statewide level, and then fund the highest priority building renewal projects.  The four types of projects allowed are deferred building repair, fire/life safety, energy conservation, and ADA projects.  The Task Force works with state agencies on over 3,000 existing state buildings.

A significant part of their funding comes from cigarette tax.  One of the major functions of the task force is to fund training for the state employees who are charged with maintaining/updating the building.

This class had 5 students.  That is a mixed blessing.  Less cats to herd, but less experience shared among the students.  As was the case with the Lincoln class, these folks have a pretty significant variation in their background.  The class went well and we even had enough time to evaluate a different dial indicator alignment process.  The process seemed to work at the Lincoln session but we had some issues with this evaluation.  I will have to contact the company that wrote the software and see if we can figure out what is going on.

I am staying at the Holiday Inn Express hotel which is a mile or two from the college (Google map link).


Rather than fly, I chose to rent a car and drive here.  I requested an AWD or four wheel drive and they rented me a 2018 Ford F150 truck.  It is a fun vehicle to drive.  The drive out here on Sunday was uneventful.  It is around 380 miles from our house and a bit over 5 ½ hours driving time. The weather was good and the radio has a USB port, so I could listen to my music.

Monday the weather was terrible – black ice everywhere.  The sidewalks were covered as well as the side streets.  The main streets were not too bad.  However, walking anywhere resulted in sheer panic.  The truck was covered by a sheet of ice that was almost ¼ inch thick (and no scraper in the truck).  The past days have been cold, but no black ice.  It is scheduled to snow tomorrow which is the day I drive home.  Hopefully it will not be too bad.

That is all for this trip.


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