Author Archives: Ray V.

About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.

334 /500

I came across this image on Instagram while I was in Texas. It is a piece of musical history.   The story behind Wild Horses. Rolling Stone Magazine lists it as #334 out of the 500 greatest songs of all … Continue reading

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It’s The Way We Do It Down In South Carolina

I’ll be back on the road again tomorrow….960 miles to Houston, but who’s counting. This will be a multi-purpose visit and I’m looking forward to all aspects of the trip. If all goes well, I just might tell a few … Continue reading

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Sorry Lands’ End, I’m Out

Soon after hitting the “Publish” button for this story, I will be shaving off the beard that I have had for almost three years now. Doing so for a variety of reasons, I will be using my Schick razor because … Continue reading

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Just Another Day

I am safely back in South Carolina after my trip returning Mom home. And, as usual with such trips, I return with a story to tell. Some facts:  The trip, from start to finish took 17.5 hours.  (I left at … Continue reading

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Just Try This

On Sunday, I went with my mother to the church I grew up in. She and dad were very active in the parish over the years and their contributions are too many to note. Aside from going to the early, … Continue reading

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Nothing like a good ice storm (I am in NJ) to get you motivated to help your mother clean out your recently deceased father’s office. I found this little piece of history, unknown to younger generations. Snow tomorrow and the … Continue reading

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A Day To Remember

Let’s start with the fact that I’m not a “holiday” guy.  Between the funeral home and fire department, I had very few holidays off.  I have also been told that I have been a grumpy, old man, even when I … Continue reading

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My Tradition

Where were you on Thanksgiving in 1967? It was a special day. . .  the first Thanksgiving that Arlo played this song. Nothing else to add, except the back story. Alice’s Restaurant Kid, enjoy the song/story and conjure up some … Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone

Wherever I have lived, I usually found a “favorite” tree.   My all-time favorite was destroyed during the ice storm in February 2014… the big one. At our current home, there is a Maple tree at the end of the … Continue reading

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Mission accomplished. Yes, some days I question my sanity.  I had to be back for work today for a number of reasons, so spreading the trip out was not an option. Backstory, here:  Saddle Up. That post was written a … Continue reading

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