Epilogue

We're back in Florida. Here are some final thoughts about this month-long trip to Tavira, Portugal, where we stayed in this apartment building. The trip back to Faro airport was a bit hairy, as the car service did not show up -- or so it seemed -- but Portugal has a funky way of listing…

Codacil

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments.  My wife and I are leaving Tavira on Wednesday, which is just as well:  it is suddenly cold and rainy, with ominously dark grey and purple heavy clouds rolling in from the direction of Spain and hovering low overhead; I doubt I'd…

The $1,000 Radio

Yesterday, I went to have a transmission flush for my SUV at the local Ford dealer.  I expected to pay around $200, and ended up paying $1,000 -- for sundry leaks and belts and other machinery that they said needed changing. Now let's keep in mind that the majority of Americans nowadays couldn't meet a…