Flashes of Memory

Flashes of Memory
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     Flashes of Memory   One unplanned adventure was so short-lived that the bits and pieces of the story framework were so scattered throughout his latest dream that they had to be assembled during consciousness to be cogent. The...
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In and Under Flying Things

In and Under Flying Things
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   In and Under Flying Things Re-printed from Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester   Memoirs might flow as narrative accounts to those who compose them, or be read as non-fiction histories by those who...
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An Unlikely Survival

An Unlikely Survival
  Although I no longer fly airplanes my passion for it still runs hot in my blood.  I spent a little over 2,000 hours of my life piloting small airplanes and they are among the most precious hours of my life.  During those hours I had many occasions to learn the...
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Perfect Timing Prevented Disaster - Grandpa Eugene Silas Holcombe

Perfect Timing Prevented Disaster - Grandpa Eugene Silas Holcombe
Roaming The Mountains By John Parris As it appeared in the  ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES Sunday,  June 19,  1966    Perfect Timing Prevented Disaster   DILLSBORO – The eastbound freight – a doubleheader panting to be away – stood on the main line.  It was ready to leave town as soon as Conductor Eugene Holcombe delivered...
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Don't Give up on Hope

Don't Give up on Hope
  "Keep the faith.  The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment when you are about to give up hope".   My life has not always been easy.  It has been better than some and worse than others.  I has been up and down and pretty...
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My brother the tractor driver

My brother the tractor driver
We moved into the house that my dad built on Lake Serene when I was 7 years.  My dad bought the lot from my mothers parents.  It was a large lot, about 1 1/2 acres right on the waterfront.  It was beautiful!  My dad had designed the house and did most...
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Fish Bait or Shark Bait?

Fish Bait or Shark Bait?
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Fish Bait or Shark Bait?   The Belgian ex-paratrooper and the Footloose Forester met at Sal Island, Cape Verde under circumstances that are long forgotten.  It didn’t matter; the rough and tumble Belgian was coming to...
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How a Bucket of Paint Saved my Life

How a Bucket of Paint Saved my Life
(image- Daily Herald , Provo, Utah 20 Feb 2013) This morning, 19 February 2013, after I finished a few  things around the house, I had a job to finish in Provo, Utah.  Over the past week, I have been working on repairing a wall in the Jolley Apartments, a rental owned...
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Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Hurricane Sandy   Many tragedies of Hurricane Sandy during the latter days of October 2012 have already been told, one at a time.  Most stories, however, may never be told.  Those that have been most affected...
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Things that go "bump" in the night... Fraidy Cat Moment # 3

Classic horror movie plot:  Couple on a date, hoping to make out and there is an "intruder" inside the house! For a while I was dating a great guy named Ron. My boys were really small and they liked him.  Evan must have been maybe 2 and Cody 4 years old. ...
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Things that go "bump" in the night... Fraidy Cat Moment #2

Ghost Stories.... Almost 3 months ago I moved to small town in Texas and into a home that was built in 1920.  It is quirky to say the least. There is plenty of work to do to restore this home and I imagine it will keep me busy for years and...
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Elva and the Infamous Segway Tour

Elva and the Infamous Segway Tour
  I happily left my job in corporate America on Friday, September 23, 2011.   Being “free at last,” I decided to take a trip to the wild side of life (you must understand that the greatest risk I normally take in my life is cooking without a recipe ). Anyway,...
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Pretty Little Snake

Pretty Little Snake
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   C for Costa Rica The Switzerland of Central America is known as the country that has the most stable democracy in Latin America. Costa Rica is also a magnet for studies in tropical ecology, whether...
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Two stupid teenagers, two semi trucks and speed only make a good recipe for disaster.

Two stupid teenagers, two semi trucks and speed only make a good recipe for disaster.
An example of an '88 VW Jetta.  Ours was dark navy blue.   Another close call... When I was 16 I got my driver’s license.  At sixteen and 2 two weeks I had my first ticket  for speeding!  I just couldn’t keep my foot out of the gas.  It was just...
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Another close call with a semi truck...

Another close call with a semi truck...
This is an example of a jacknifed trailer. Yeah, well it seems like I have this...pun intended....fatal attraction with semi trucks.  See, back in 2004-5 my brother and I were on I-40 westbound headed toward Nashville, TN.  We were going to pick up some off-road tires for his Tacoma.  We were...
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go ahead help someone in trouble

DRIVING ALONG INTERSTATE 495 IN THE BOSTON AREA IT WAS RAINING PRETTY HARD.  I WAS TRAVELLING IN THE HIGH SPEED LANE WHEN I NOTICED SOMEONE AHEAD OF ME COMPLETELY STOPPED IN THE SAME HIGH SPEED LANE. I WAS ABLE TO SEE THE CAR IN TIME TO QUICKLY PULL OVER INTO THE...
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Close call....One of many!

Close call....One of many!
Generally, this is the car I was driving at the time...But Dark Navy Blue.  1998 or so Mazda Miata. Close calls eh?  I’ll give you a close call! Back in 2001 my cousin Heather came to visit me at my home in West Knoxville, TN.  She was staying about 20 miles...
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Tubing--A Close Call

As my body bounced against the rocks, my thoughts raced!  "Is this the way I will meet my demise?"

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Just One of Those Things

Just One of Those Things
In the “dark ages” of mid-twentieth century life was pretty much an “assume your own risk” proposition whether at work, at home, or at play. There was no OSHA, no safety requirements for toys, games, child seats, helmets and so on, and very few rules or laws dealing with personal behavior...
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It Wasn't What We Expected Part-3 The Finale

As the van with it's nearly bald tires reached the crest of the deep snow-covered mountain pass we were exhausted after pushing it up the last 100 feet or so. It was desolate and we all asked ourselves why in the world we would ever try to do this. In airplane...
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