Try as I might, I still can’t get enthused to any great degree to weigh in on the news of the day. In recompense, I know our esteemed family of readers will appreciate the news feed from World Net Daily which now appears in the right sidebar.

What I can do, in the spirit of the holiday season, is offer some memorabilia of personal history, which in contradistinction to the ubiquitous news environment should help bring the blogosphere a little closer to what most of us believe it is really about in the first place; namely, endless prattling on about one’s own life. When I first started blogging many years ago, a wise mentor told me I’d do best to write about things on which I had a uniquely informed perspective. My life, it turns out, is aces in that category. I recently needed to do some organizing of mountains of family photos, so the time seems ideal to branch out in that direction.

Joe, Dad and Grandpa, 1967
Here is me with my late dad and late grandfather, Christmas 1967. I still own that hat.Coyote Enterprises
This is me sitting in a sprint car at A.J. Foyt’s “Coyote Enterprises” headquarters in the early 1970s. My dad was a PR executive with Purolator – which was a major sponsor of Foyt’s racing team – and I spent several summers at the Coyote shop in Houston.

Key West 1979
About 8 years later, this is in Key West after my 1979 high school graduation. The familiar beard and anomie had even then begun to take shape.

Wedding in Rome
Fast forward about 18 years to my best friend’s wedding south of Rome, held at an amazing venue – an ancient Christian church built onto a pre-Christian Roman temple. It was a pretty spectacular experience which all who attended will no doubt remember forever. A fantastic family and friends get-together.

More of this incredible history below the fold.
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