Who is this Blogger, Anyway?

“Just the facts, ma’am”

My demographics:   I’m the mother of a grown son, married for almost 36 years, currently living in New Jersey, and counting my under age, below minimum wage jobs as a babysitter,  was a member of the work force for five decades, before joining the ranks of the financially independent on December 1, 2011.

History-from ancient to modern times:  I spent my formative years in a little town in Southeastern Massachusetts and was lucky enough to go to college in student heaven, also known as Boston.  After graduation and a brief stint as a social worker, I made my way to Toledo, Ohio.  The  next four years were spent wandered through the Midwest as a college traveler (seriously, that’s what I was called), talking to professors about textbooks.  During that time, I acquired a husband (while I was talking, one of the professors was doing more than just listening),  a true appreciation for the wonder and beauty of expense accounts and the knowledge that I was far, far better at sales than social work.

Next stop, Houston, Texas.  We arrived during the height of the oil boom, and left 4 years later at the commencement of the oil bust.  The job that I took solely so that we could qualify for a mortgage turned into a 30 year career.  Come to think of it, I started TWO careers in Houston: employee benefits /group insurance sales and mom.  Yep, our son is a native-born Houstonian.  Back then, other Houstonians considered being born in Houston a source of great pride, given the number of bumper stickers proclaiming the city to be their personal launching pad.  I’m not judging, just stating a fact.

We’ve been in New Jersey for almost 29 years.  Although I have never watched Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Real Housewives of New Jersey (or housewives from anyplace else, for that matter), based on what I have gleaned from TV clips and brief asides in newspapers, I can safely say that those shows bear NO resemblance to MY Jersey reality.  Not so with our governor, whose favorite TV show, I’m guessing, is The Sopranos.

What’s left to say?  I am intensely curious, with a spirit of adventure that is tempered by my very strong aversion to anything with potential to cause pain.  I love travel, photography, reading, gardening, yoga, music and propelling myself through space (biking, dancing, walking, dancing while walking).  I’ve never considered a lack of proficiency in any of the previous activities to be a hindrance. Well, I AM good at reading.  And possibly walking.  For everything else, I count on abundant enthusiasm to make up for my shortcomings.

Let me propose a toast to you, my reader –okay, I won’t kid myself– my family and close personal friends who log in so that my feelings won’t be hurt…

Thanks for reading….please feel free to comment on any/all posts.  Did I mention I prefer conversations to monologues?

21 thoughts on “Who is this Blogger, Anyway?

  1. Shelley,
    I thought I got on your blog last month but realized I just visited a sight from your trips/vacations. You are trueley amazing – and may I add a terrific dancer. Stay safe on
    your next adventure and I look forward to seeing all the fun and exciting new picutres.
    Tinks

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  2. Addedum
    I read the questions wrong and Bri came in to tell me this
    Oh – I think you did the Spansh speaking, bought the wine with Augusta and Mike
    and everyone bought gifts – BUT you bought me the most special gift.
    Oh I didn’t read the question right about the snail/horn sorry. Mike you probably was the best – I mean – you create beautiful violins – so you must of made it HUM the best

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    • Thanks for the positive feedback. Yes, it took a while, but eventually I found some bloggers that have made it past the half century mark. I would put them on a blogroll, and eventually will, when I get around to figuring out just HOW. Most of the blogs that pop up when you look under “retirement” are about finances, which is not what interests me after working for insurance companies most of my life!

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      • De nada Shelley. By the by, I owe you a big thank you. Why? I was fascinated with your map, showing places that you plan on going to (Travellerspoint.com) and visited the site. I signed up for an account and will plot my trip today on their site, then place it on my blog. I have been looking for something like this for the last couple of weeks, but Travellerspoint.com is perfect. Again, thank you for directing me there via your own map.

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      • That is EXACTLY why I put it there, with the link, so my blogging buddies could easily get to it. So you are very welcome. Here’s the thing: when you export it, you can only choose either a KML or CVS format. I chose KML, then used the “grab” function on my mac to copy it, which turns it into a TIFF file, which I then pulled into Photoshop elements so I could save it as a jpeg, and then upload to wordpress. Whew. There may be easier ways for those that are technically in the know, but this method worked for me. So, I hope this hint will save you time and aggravation. Of course, the other option is to just post the link, but I wanted to make it easy for my family.

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      • You read my mind . . . I was wondering about that and I will attempt it with my PC first (I have had other issues with uploading video to WordPress via my MacPro), then try it with IOS platform. Ironically, I will be using a Samsung Android OS (tablet) while on my trip, so something like this I need to get accomplished ASAP, because I doubt this upload via Android. Again, thank you!

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  3. I also prefer conversations, but would much rather have them face-to-face, sharing a bottle of wine, than confined to the enforced literalness of on-line writing. (No smiles, shrugs, changes of tone, bits of whimsy or affection or dismay, heavy sighs or winks.) Still, the written words are better than no words at all. Bon voyage.

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    • Thanks for stopping by. I’ll have to most on over to your blog. I’m discovering that my favorite part of blogging is discovering kindred spirits and accumulating “keyboard pals” which is the 21st century version of pen pals.

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  4. Nice to find a fellow voyager! I believe we could be kindred spirits! (It would be better if we didn’t live on different sides of the country, because I’m pretty sure we’d share a glass or two of wine! Anyway, I’m in the process of moving my content over from blogger (lots of work), but I’m glad I found another boomer/blogger/adventurer!

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    • We DEFINITELY are kindred spirits! I’m guessing you live in California, based on your different sides of the country comment.
      What I love about blogging is establishing connections with like minded people that I otherwise never would have met. You have just joined the very special, very elite group known as my virtual pen pals.
      I don’t blog as often as some, but I always enjoy checking up on my pen pals activities, binge reading and catching up.
      I saw that you have been at the retirement game for 5 and a half years, about a year longer than me.
      Loved your line about Frank, Warren and Jimmy!

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  5. Thank you for introducing yourself to me Shelley. I love what I read here and can’t wait to read more. I’m pressing the “Follow Me” button right now!

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