Author Archives: R. F.

About R. F.

I am a retired Professional Engineer who spent my working life in the electric utility industry. I am now a volunteer instructor at the University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

Mind Probing Bob & Marge – Stress

November 9, 2015,  77th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Seems a good time to write on stress. Kristallnacht unknown.? Google it. Kristallnacht,  a turning point in Nazi anti-Jewish policy culminating  in the Holocaust–the systematic, state-sponsored extermination  of the European Jews. A terrible day not to be forgotten. Imagine yourself there, synagogues burning, … Continue reading

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Mind Probing Bob & Marge – Work

WORK Lyrics -Anna Louisa Walker Coghill “Work through the morning hours; Work while the dew is sparkling, Work ’mid springing flowers; Work when the day grows brighter, Work in the glowing sun; Work, for the night is coming, When man’s … Continue reading

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MIND PROBING Bob & Marge – Relationships

In a funk this morning.  Waking early sometime in the night. Very dark.  Very Thirsty, probably mouth breathing.   Then staggering to my bathroom for cold water.  Up about 5:30 a.m. due to  Mochoa cat.  Meow, meow , meow – Paw, … Continue reading

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MIND PROBING BOB AND MARGE

Have you ever had your mind probed when you, the Probee, had no idea who, or what the Prober was?  Really, I am serious.  Have no fear, extra terrestrials are not going to probe bodily orifices, just your mind.  I am … Continue reading

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WASP (Not the Insect)

The emotional rush of being in love and a couple, both figuratively and physically, ended about when the relationship texts proclaimed, that is, about 2 years after making our informal commitment to each other.  Sure enough, we responded to the ancient call … Continue reading

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1970 – Pennsylvania

We have now moved down here and into the house on Beverley Hills.  It was heart-rending to leave Vestal as we had made several improvements to the house to personalize it into being our home.  Originally, we had planned on staying in … Continue reading

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For Marge

At one time in the past, we used to subscribe to the local paper, the LV Review Journal.  The paper had a weekly column by Stephen Kalas. Marge saved one of his columns, which I found and used as the preface … Continue reading

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Parting Words-May 1958

In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet speaks the following famous words “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”  Of course, since we know the play, things do not turn out as she expected for either of them. May was the last month … Continue reading

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Wilson Cottage – Syracuse University

I have rambled  about myself with little concerning Marge. Now I try to remedy that as best I can. This is a copy of the cover letter Marge sent me after, what I thought, was a disastrous first real date, the disaster due … Continue reading

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Fish Tales

Most of us have seen a photo of the earth taken from a satellite, or space ship of some type.  The earth, from this vantage, appears as a blue globe against a black field of darkness. Water covers eighty percent … Continue reading

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Flee Flu

An old gag goes like this “I opened the door… and in flew Enza.” In 1957 an influenza pandemic struck. It flew in with a vengeance.  A description follows from the web site WWW.Flu.gov. “In February 1957, a new flu … Continue reading

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Simple But Not Plain

Once, particularly in the heyday of automobiles in this country, “America’s love affair with the car.” was a common phrase. Yes, an advertising cliché, but with some merit. Can you, can I, be in love with a car? I am not  anthropomorphic … Continue reading

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Experimenting With Drugs

I experimented with drugs while at Syracuse University. Yes, and I am proud of this.   This activity was an added benefit of working at the Infirmary. The Norwich Pharmaceutical Company started in 1887 in Norwich, NY and  exists today as … Continue reading

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The Meaning of a Classic

Early Fall had arrived to Syracuse in September 1957.  Roy and I had settled in to our room at the Infirmary, and were walking  on a Friday evening. We had left the infirmary on  Waverly, walked east and turned south on … Continue reading

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Infirmary Blues (?) Syracuse Style

Have you heard of the S.U. Infirmary? Recapping a bit, Roy and I roomed together at Watson in years 54-55.  I lived in G. Cleveland 55-56 and Roy took a year off.  We roomed again in G. Cleveland 56-57.  We lived in … Continue reading

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Hedwig Cmielewski – Summer 1957

 Hedwig Cmielewski and I, in the summer of ’57 worked at Saranac Inn, NY.   This place appeared in the last post so no sense in repeating that.  I was back in my old department at Saranac Inn and this year there was … Continue reading

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The Brownstein Incident Grover Cleveland – 1955

Before I write anything, let me state that I am not anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic or have any similar negative traits.  I was not going to write about the above, as it might be misconstrued as such.  The whole thing was just … Continue reading

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Back to Grover Cleveland 56-57

A friend in need. I hope you have had lots of friends, and if some were in need you helped.  Lets go back to the ending of the Spring semester at Syracuse.  A friend of mine, can’t remember his name … Continue reading

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Donna Cianchetti – Goodbye – 1956

Who was Donna Cianchetti?  That’s a question that has been on what is left of my memory and mind for a week or so. I have already mentioned that I spent my summers working in restaurants, mostly resorts in the … Continue reading

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Pummeled by Pumpkins -1955

New York, The Empire State. It was in the 1950’s and still is known that way, who knows why?  Wikipedia gives the following note on the subject: the U.S. State of New York has been known by many nicknames, the … Continue reading

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Remembering Grover Cleveland – 1

I stayed at the Grover Cleveland residence for men for two consecutive years so the following posts will be a conflation of those two years.  The first year for me was as a sophomore and I covered that last post. The second … Continue reading

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Ages and Stages – The “Hairy Arms”

“What in the name of God’s green earth is the Hairy Arms?  Well, the short form of the answer is the name of the place I lived in my Sophomore and Junior years in College.  It was a residence for … Continue reading

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Ages and Stages-Class of 1958

Here I am, in 1954, at Syracuse University, a green as grass Freshman.  How did you feel, hope for, etc. when you started?  How did I get here where the student population alone is greater than that of my home … Continue reading

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Ages and Stages-Chapter 1

I have finally come to that point of  thinking I have something to share again.  And as I often do, I begin with a snippet that resonates with me and my story.  This one is from the singer Glen Campbell. If … Continue reading

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Religon and Rocks

It is time to bring things up to date a bit.  In doing so I have to go back in time a bit. In 1960 we married and in 1970 had our 10th anniversary.  Both our parents had urged us to … Continue reading

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Cars And Carpentry

What has the post title got to do with Marge, Bob or us?  In a way, an automobile is a tool. Its main purpose is to give us personal mobility.  We don’t have to rely on foot power, real equine … Continue reading

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The Green, Green, Grass of Home

April 7, 1970 was another step forward in transforming our new house into a finished home.  When we bought the house, the lawn work had never been completed, and we understood that.  The excavated material left from digging the basement piled … Continue reading

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Where the Hell is our Well?

The Way-Back machine is dialed to the first of March 1970. The water pressure in the house dropped, then stopped. Why? The first thing I thought of was that a circuit breaker had tripped. I checked this and no luck. Our big … Continue reading

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The Iceman Cometh to Beverly Hills

No this isn’t about our own production of Eugene O’Neill’s famous play.  It isn’t about play at all it’s about work.  My work, and it was not working out to be a good day for me. This all has to … Continue reading

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Slideshows

This gallery contains 23 photos.

MARGE AND PAT’S TRIP TO SCOTLAND IN 2007 MARGE IN BELGIUM 2005 SCOTTS WEDDING 2007 Marge’s Birthday 2008 San Diego  Pastor Swanson’s Installation 2007

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Winter Wonderland on Beverly Hills

 “It wonders me.” So said the Dutchman. The link “Dutchman News”  will take you to news and Dutch recipes, but no Dutch uncles. This is also a WordPress site and will open in a new window.  Click it, try it, … Continue reading

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Back to Beverly Hills

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things.  I do have a moustache, so maybe I am not really plagiarizing as I begin.  The way-back machine is set for January 1970 and the place is Beverly … Continue reading

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A Dark And Stormy Night

OK, that is a cliché, but it truly fits this post.  Lets take the Way-Back machine to January 1969.  Marge and I had planned on closing the sale in December of 1969 but unusual bad weather postponed the ceremony of … Continue reading

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Yur Savoy

How about ordering a hot meatball sandwich with a side of fries for $.75, or a burger with lettuce, tomato, and a side of fries for $.50?  All that was once possible when I was attending Syracuse University.  Of course … Continue reading

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Bride – Child

Horses are beautiful animals.  How useful they were to the human race for travel, farming, hunting, making war, racing, etc. As a boy, I remember them still being used as work animals, primarily for plowing, harrowing and otherwise tending to … Continue reading

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Thoughts For Food

One need common to all is to eat. I awoke early this morning and found myself remembering long past eating experiences.  This post is  are about eating when we were attending Syracuse U.  Back then, there was a little Italian restaurant on Genesee … Continue reading

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It was the Best of Years, It was the Worst of years – Last Episode

Writing is an unnatural act, as Charles Darwin observed.  It is so for me as it was for him.  I remember living in Binghamton when Ingrid was 3 years old.  We both enjoyed taking a stroll down Leroy street. One … Continue reading

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It was the best of years, it was the worst of years – Episode 1

Whoa!! I think I am channeling Charles Dickens,what about that!!  This not a tale of Two Cities though, it is a Tale of Two People.  Specifically Margery and I. While this entire blog is about us, this post is not about … Continue reading

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Inside Margery Sutherland

“All happy families are alike – Every unhappy family if unhappy in its own way.” Wish I had thought of that but Tolstoy said it first. I believe our life together was sometimes one way, sometimes the other, and often … Continue reading

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Bob’s Youthful Memories

I know you have seen the prologue to this site since I started it.  Please take another read as the subject is a topic that I am trying to come to grips with myself.  In this post I will do … Continue reading

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Marge’s Autobiography 1970-1980

I had not found a place to include some more of Marge’s autobiographical statements, and this seems a good place to pick up again.  At the time this segment begins, we had moved to Coopersburg, PA to the Beverly hills home.  She … Continue reading

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Beverly Hills, PA – House & Home

There was a song in the 1960’s “A house is not a home”  The lyrics then go on to  say that someone to love makes it a home. We certainly had love, but not a house.  We had been house … Continue reading

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Siegfriedale lane PA

Our first PA home was a rental farmhouse at the place below.  I don’t have a photo from then, and Google maps was no help as I don’t have an exact address and the lane is a quite rural one, … Continue reading

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Leaving Vestal

Have you ever had difficulty making a major decision?  You know, such as “Is he/she the right one for me, or not?”  “Should I buy this house/car/boat?”   Probably most of you have at one time or another.  I decision … Continue reading

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Marge – Music and Religon

This blog is about both Marge and I, but to date most has been about our life from my perspective.  I have quoted some of her letters and writing from the time we were dating, but nothing really from her … Continue reading

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Till death do us part

We married  in 1960. The service was conducted  by the chaplain of the S.U. chapel and as I recall the ending of the marriage vows finished with the phrase which is the subject of this post. This is then followed by … Continue reading

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Sailing

Sailing Curious how just writing about the past brings up almost forgotten memories. While I was working at the Ozalid plant, I teamed up with a man whose name was Maurice Lee, “Morrie” for short, He was older than me … Continue reading

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Vestal 1965-1966

  We lived in Vestal from the summer of 63 until the fall of 69.  Quite a few things happened then and I’ll do my best to remember them in sequence. in 1965 we were still members of the First … Continue reading

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1628 Old Vestal Road

  This is a Google image taken of the front of the house from the old Vestal Road as well as 3 snapshots taken last summer by Marge’s cousins.       Above are some recent photos of the house … Continue reading

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Binghamton, New York

This is the duplex we rented when we moved to Binghamton.  The photo is from Google Images and we lived in the house on the left.   We lived in this house and the street next to us to us … Continue reading

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