“Happy Daddy’s Day Thoughts”

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom.”

–Umberto Eco

I never had a Father. I did most certainly have a Daddy.


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Mile Marker: 14 Years And Counting



Earlier today, I published my annual Flag Day acknowledgement with the original text of the “Pledge of Allegiance”  This is my second blog post for the day and it has good reason to be published.

Today marks 14 years since I have “penned”(typed) my first blog posting at “On The Road With Dave”


I’m not sure that back in 2004, when I first hit the “publish” button; if I thought it would still be around in 2018.  Yes, it had periods of time where it sat dormant. Yes, there were times when I had nothing to say. But, there was never a time I thought about hitting the “delete” button or calling my web host provider and telling them to “shut it down” or “I’m not sending another payment


It has now been just over three years, since I came back to blogging; and took the site out of an extended hiatus.  I’m still so glad I made that decision.

Here are a few numbers that I’ve put together.

Since 2004, there have been

1400 Blog Posts Published. (As of this publishing)

366249 Words Written

1291 Images/Photos Uploaded

74 Categories Added

1283 Approved Comments/18350 SPAM Comments Blocked

332,000 Visitors (Give or take a thousand or so; depending on the app doing the counting. My original app that tracked visitors was discontinued in 2010.) My ego believes the count is probably higher.

111 Countries Have Visited, including Djibouti, Latveria, and Wakanda. (Just kidding about Djibouti…no really…that country did visit)

I still procrastinate about some improvements that need to be made at this site. I still haven’t migrated to the dedicated WordPress server offered by my web host and I haven’t included a site-specific Privacy policy for my European Union visitors. That will come with the new server.  My “Comment” feature does include the plug-in’s privacy terms.

And, I have yet to write about the death of my mentor and raison d’être for this blog .  Just not ready to tackle that; just yet.  Dammit Eric!  You had more “great stories to live”

All in all, it has been a great adventure and I look forward to more adventures.  If you haven’t visited the Historical Marker One here at “On The Road With Dave”;  let me urge you to go absorb some more of my self-reflective drivel.

I’ll be around chalking up another year of blogging in anticipation of what lies ahead to greet me when this thing turns 15.

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“With Liberty And Justice”

“I pledge allegiance to
the flag of the United
States of America and
to the Republic for
which it stands, one
nation, indivisible, with
liberty and justice
for all.” 

Flag Day 2018

American Flag lit up by the sun on a cloudy day in Great Falls, Montana

“Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.”

–James Bryce

Pledge Text 1924-1954

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“Sunday Thoughts”

Chef, Author, and Television Host, Anthony Bourdain died on Friday, June 8, 2018. He was 61. In the coming days, I am planning on including at this blog, a tribute to Mr. Bourdain. Words have failed me in the last few days. Today, rather than publishing my words, I think publishing a few of Tony Bourdain’s words would be much more appropriate.

anthonybordain_final2b“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel—as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to.”

–Anthony Bourdain

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”

–Anthony Bourdain

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
–Anthony Bourdain

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