This was the year I first became interested in following the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball.  I loved many heroes on that team:  Al Kaline, Rocky Colavito, “Storming Norman” Norm Cash, Frank Lary, and Jim Bunning.

The Tigers won 101 games that year, but the AL Pennant Winners, New York Yankees, won 109 games!   On August 31, 1961, the Tigers were only 1-1/2 games out of first place, but they proceeded to lose 8 straight games, including 3 to the first place Yankees at the beginning of September.  And, that was the season, and the hopes of a young boy (me) were dashed.  But, as my Dad would say, wait until next year.

Every Spring, at the start of a new season, when every team has a 0-0 record, baseball fans everywhere have the eternal hope that this will be the year for their team to end up the world champions.

For me, I would have to wait 7 more years for the Tigers to become champions in my lifetime.


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Random Thoughts


I set up a WordPress account  in 2017.  I published one small introductory blog post in August of that year.  This is my second blog entry.

Seth Godin encourages his readers, listeners, and followers to blog.  So, here I go again.  (that sounds like a song…..) I’ll try to provide blog entries regularly going forward; as, I like to write and share my thoughts on life, Alzheimer’s, baseball, and much more.

I live in San Antonio, Texas.  This has been my home since 2004; and, prior to that I lived here from 1996-2001.   In between, I lived with my wife Sharon and sons Steve and Dave in Bountiful, Utah, about 10 miles north of the Mormon Temple in downtown Salt Lake City.

I grew up in Rochester, Michigan, in Oakland County, about 30 miles north of downtown Detroit.   When I left Michigan in the early 1980’s, I lived in Houston, Texas for 15 years, where I used to say “I love the heat.”   (I don’t say that so much in recent years)

I am trained as an accountant and financial professional, earning my MBA at the University of Pittsburgh.   For the past 15 years, I have been blessed with employment by Construction Outfitters International, Inc. (COI) in Boerne, Texas, working in contracts, pricing, and finance.  COI is a private firm providing construction and other services, primarily to the Federal Government.

My wife Sharon is a Registered Nurse.  She had a great career in nursing, working in the fields of cardiology, emergency room, and risk management.  She retired in 2014.   In 2015, at the age of 61, she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.  If you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s symptom’s prior to the age of 65, it is characterized as early-onset (also known as younger-onset).  Sharon was likely impacted by the disease in the later years of her working life; but as best I can tell she worked hard and contributed to her profession until her retirement in 2014.

I first heard of  early-onset Alzheimer’s circa 2011, when Pat Summitt, the highly successful women’s basketball coach at Tennessee announced she was diagnosed with it, at about the age of 58.

Alzheimer’s affects Sharon’s executive planning skills and hurts her short-term memory.  Overall, she is still a lovely, caring woman.  Increasingly she relies on me.   Mechanically, she is still a good, safe driver.   Alzheimer’s has not yet taken her depth perception; but she is challenged navigationally.

That is my blog for today.  More to come in my next post.


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