Papas World – a special kind of friend – my hero.

When you are growing up – at least in my case – you look up to someone.

That person to me was my older brother – by ten years.

My sister was 15 years older – and I really do not remember –

much of her being home – although she took care of me

those first three years of my life along with my grandma

as both my parents were working.

I was sort of the second coming of the family –

and then almost four years later – my younger brother Mike.

But the thing I remember is my older brother Roger.

He was “COOL” as they said back then –

and quite the ladies man – his nickname I later found out –

across the upper portion of his H.S. varsity jacket –

was ” Anyface” !

I was told many a story about him from his friends

and I would hang out on the fringes – when they were all around.

He had a club in our basement – in the backroom –

and he had drawn pictures of Disney cartoons on the wall

and painted them – Chip and Dale – Mickey Mouse – Donald Duck.

And they were really lifelike.

I do not know why and I think they are still there.

He would put boxing gloves on me –

and I would wail away at him or his friends

they – the gloves – were bigger than me

back then I was skinny – so much so –

my Mom would not let me take my shirt off

as she said people would think she was starving me!

Somewhere – he is looking down – that smile on his face-

When he went away to college – I moved into his front of the house room.

This was Rogers room I would think – and I was excited

for he was MY HERO!

I would ask Mom – did you get a letter? Is he going to call?

Will he be coming home?

I could not wait to see him.

And that continued even after I grew up and moved on.

I would always ask those questions of her.

When he did come back home – it was a occasion.

A celebration – dinners – laughing and story telling.

And then – the last twelve years of his life –

once again we became close – very close.

We talked at least once a week and we would go and see him.

Once he came here – and a couple times back home in Eldred Pa.

When my mom and sister were still alive.

He was my Hero in early life and continued to the day he passed.

Roger
age 75
my friend and hero

I regret that we could not spend more time together

he wanted us to move to Florida and live with him.

But – life gets in the way.

I feel good because the last four years of his life

we spent 9 weeks each Winter with him

In The Villages – Florida – doing some golf -sipping some brews –

laughing and remembering –

those were the best of times I shall always cherish

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My brother was my hero growing up

and to the day he was gone – still was

and today I think of him often

Hero’s are rare – once in a lifetime

I was fortunate to have had him.

Thank you Roger for all the good times.

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Papas World – golfing- staying in touch – 38 yrs.

We played softball together in the mid ’70’s

and continued until I turned 40.

Then I played volleyball –

sometimes we played together

when I turned 48 –

I was getting too old – I turned to golf

and today – we still get together

drink a few beers and swing away

me more often than him! LOL

My buddy Jim

I am 9 years older – but we first met on the softball field

I went to his wedding

and we have been friends ever since.

We worked together before we moved

and along the way he introduced me to his friend Buck!

Buck Tom Jim
the three Amigo’s
as my wife Sherry says!

We ended up living right across the street from Buck and Cindy.

And we all would meet up-

and to this day some 35 plus years later – we still do!

Sherry Buck Cindy Dottie

Every 4 to 6 months we try to do this –

going from one house to the other

Buck and Cindy live just South of Wilmington N.C. now.

Jim and Dottie now live in Va. Beach area.

And of course we live SW of DC.

Our journey from back home – NWPA and SWNY has evolved

But we still stay in touch!

Sherry Dottie Cindy

These three together laugh and laugh –

and they sneak the fireball!

Esp. when we golf – it almost always is guys vs. the gals.

And let me tell you – NO STROKES !

Jim wants to give strokes -and they will whip us!

We have played for years and years even up

and most often it comes down to one stroke difference!

Jim and Sherry

We all were Bills fans – we kind of adopted the Redskins

only because when we moved -no one carried the Bills.

We tried for three years – there were two Sports bars

but it took a long time to get to them in DC traffic.

So – we still followed the Bills and watched the skins.

Cindy Jim Sherry Dottie

But Cindy and Buck – Dottie and Jim have remained die hard Bills Fans!

We got together this season in Wilmington

and all went to a Sports bar called the Lazy Pirate –

where we watched the Bills win!

Cindy Buck Sherry Tom

On our trip to Northern California – at a Sports bar –

in old town Sacramento!

We have been trying to get Jim and Dottie to come along

with us on one of our trips.

Maybe this year they will!

Sherry Dottie Buck
Cindy Tom Jim

It will happen one of these times

Maybe Nashville – or Gatlinburg or Oregon!

Who know where it will be next!

This is us

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We are blessed to have friends such as these

TOM BUCK JIM
the three AMIGO’S
Buck and Cindy’s house
is in the background

Papa’s World – when you have no sense of direction

I know exactly how he feels

When ever we go anyplace – I most likely will be the driver ! And if you know how I feel – I do not like to drive – I like to look – I am a gawker !

I ALSO GET LOST – I THINK I AM GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

But – my wife – Sherry – will say – no – you turn left not right !

Always take a picture when you start out
!

Rule number one when you golf with me – always take a picture at the start that way when you know the beginning of the course – after you make a wrong turn – been there – done that !!!!!

When we go on a long or short trip – I always put the address in the GPS or Sherry uses her phone because she says – ” The GPS in the car is weird ” You can’t trust it !!!! Now – I just look and think – “WHY DO WE HAVE IT ” ?

YEP – either made a wrong turn – or a great shot

On the golf course – that is me – I have gotten lost – when you play a new course – you follow the signs – hoping no one has changed them ! But even then – I have done it – wrong turn – in Oahu – from tee to tee – was a journey through the mountains – and jungle – and rain forest – I got lost !

Made wrong turn and had to double back ! The girls didn’t and wondered where we had gotten off to !

Who is teaching who !!!!

The twins – they love my computer and You Tube – now I am not a “TECH” sort of guy – my wife says it is “ME” when things go wrong – she is absolutely right if I am driving – but the computer – that thing has a mind of it’s own !

I swear – I just look at it and something happens – maybe that is why she tells me she doesn’t want me within TEN FEET of HER computer !!

YES – I AM A BELIEVER!

I know – there is no such thing – there is no BIGFOOT – but strange things do happen to me – like the phone rings and when I answer – I had been thinking of them!

Or the time – in the parking lot of work – early morning – stars still out – I looked up and saw a cluster of individual lights moving across the sky in formation – moving back and forth as they passed above me – like 7 or 8 satellite’s flying over head !

YES – I SAW THAT !

I DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE !

When I drive and she is not paying attention – a voice comes from the car – rather annoying –

but it is because I made a wrong turn – I missed the turn – I was too late to turn – and I have NO SENSE OF DIRECTION !

That is me – ” RECALCULATING ”

I know just how MOSES felt while being lost in the desert for forty years – that is WHY I drive and she gives directions –

but I STILL MAINTAIN –

I BELIEVE IN BIGFOOT –

I HAVE SEEN UFO’S AND IT WAS THAT DAMM COMPUTER !!!!

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Papa’s World – just THINGS in my life!

GOOD MORNING

We have been busy the last year –

Friends have visited – almost all of them –

at different times –

So we have toured D.C.

Played golf ( 2 different times – different friends)

We have just sat back and talked –

We entertained overnight a Movie Star

and a World class musician on the piano – accordion and organ.

We have traveled the country –

A DAILY PRACTICE

We both are into health –

Sherry is a certified Health Coach

after a life of Lab Tech – Office payroll – Billing – Manufacturing –

Manager – Logistics – Outside Sales –

And now a SSC ( Senior Sales Coodinator )

for Juice Plus Company

We travel – her team is countrywide.

I DO ! Both in vows
and now in life

We live life for ourselves – our friends – our family

and our kids and grand kids.

OUR FAITH
AND CHURCH

We do many things at our church and for our church

Book club ( Sherry has monitored for NINE YEARS !

Wednesday night social ministries

Altar guild

Communion assistants

SAS committee ( Steward ship for all Seasons )

Icon class

Photography

Editorials

We belong and practice our faith.

OUR LIFE IS FULL
And many people fulfill the above

I live life one day at a time – to the fullest –

I have experienced in my life

Four times of near death

I therefore look ahead one day at a time

This is but a few moments in our daily lives

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PAPA & MORMOR
As our grandchildren
call us
Tom & Sherry

Papa’s World

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Papa’s World – after the escape room – GOLF !

Good morning
Of course – part two of why
we are all together
Guys vs. Gals
GOLF

That is what we do – and this has been on going for years !

This time we only played nine holes –

On Sunday morning – as we also had to hurry home-

change and rush to a PIRATE BAR to watch the “BILLS ” !

That is my next blog – but today – we gave strokes !

As much as I did not want to – we did ! LOL

Buck Dottie Jim Sherry
discussing the course
before we had to be there
at 8:00 AM.
Sherry
putting green
at Magnolia Greens
golf course
Buck and Cindy have lived here
for I guess 15 years
or more !
Cindy Dottie Jim Buck
greens were fast even with dew on them !
While every one else was putting
Sherry was chasing ducks !
LOL

The match was nine holes –

We had to give them THREE STROKES !

And two replays ( do not know about that )

Jim made that deal !

Me – after all these years

know better

they will kick your butt !

Plus – we had to use everyone’s drive at least once

Ended up using Bucks four times – mine three times and Jim’s twice.

They started us on the back nine
of 27 holes
The Azalea course
which the 24 th. fairway
runs right behind their house !
View of the 24 th. fairway
behind Cindy and Buck’s
house in Magnolia Greens

The gals went out first –

and we could tell if they were playing good

The antics on the green we could see and hear !

The three of us that are retired
keep telling the youngsters
that this is what you have to do !
YEAH RIGHT !!!!

The course was in really great shape –

and we never saw anyone until the 24 th. hole

a two some playing behind us !

Cindy Sherry Dottie
selfie before they started off

The gals played well – we could tell that this was going to be tough !

We watched them tee off – all three right down the middle-

That is their game

US – it is right or left !

They took a picture on one of their drives

all three balls were right beside each other

in the middle of the fairway !

Buck Tom Jim
The three amigo’s
friends
Jim and I go back
to playing softball
in the late 70’s early 80’s
Buck and I
39 years
We watched as all three
hit this island green
par three – with water on three sides
they were putting for birdie!

We were sailing right along – one under par after six holes!

We were getting ready
lots of chatter

We were playing good – actually making putts !

One putted first three holes !

Jim checking score
That is when we started to sweat

Those THREE STROKES were going to be big in the end !

DON’T GIVE STROKES
they will kill you
they never lose balls
and are always in middle
and on the green most times
in regulation !
Sherry Dottie Cindy

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Jimmy – on 24th. fairway
with Buck and Cindy’s house
in back ground
across the pond !

We had boggy’s on the last three holes

and they were watching and waiting for us on the last hole.

Giving them the three strokes

we ended up winning by ONE STROKE

and if we had not one putted those first three holes

well – as always – luck plays a role !

Sherry
CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH
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where friends meet family
The 24 th.fairway
life is good
friends are forever
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