Papa’s World – Saint Bonaventure Golf Course.

Saint Bonaventure University Western New York outside of Olean N.Y.

We lived in this area most of our lives together

The hills – rolling meadows

the lush greenery and yes snow.

But we also belonged to the Bona’s Golf Course!

Situated right next to the very large cemetery

and right across the highway from the University –

sits a nine hole course where we attempted to play golf

sometimes twice a week!

There are special holes here I remember

one is at the tee box of number FIVE

where you are up on a knoll

looking down but out across the trees to the campus

and the hills in many colors of the fall.

Just a beautiful peaceful view.

And then number SIX

where I recorded my only HOLE IN ONE!

Looking across number TWO fairway to number THREE!

The beauty of the course in all seasons

well – in my thought – not SNOW! LOL

But people cross country ski here in the winter.

And now – a brand new clubhouse built overlooking the course

in the exact same place as the old one

which I all the time hit!

The new clubhouse at Saint Bonaventure University

The old club house held many memories

of dinners – events and celebrations for us to remember.

But now – it is brand new

offering a view of numbers one – two and three.

And in the splendor of the fall foliage

The last time we were there

the course was in excellent shape

and I still see the views in my mind.

The course can be challenging

and sort of lulls you to wonderment of the views.

Number SEVEN – very hard to hold the green

if you are short it will roll 75 yards back down the slope

too far and you are in a steep back with 12 in rough!

In its splendor – lush green – views for miles.

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If you are ever in Western New York –

about 65 miles South of Buffalo and you play golf

Just across the road from Saint Bonaventure University

sits a nine hole course we learned to play together

Take the time to take it all in and play nine!

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Papa’s World – back home now is Ocean Keyes – beach – S.C.

Papa – walking the beach – after spending Christmas in NVA!

When we moved 21 years ago – from Western New York –

to Northern Va. my thought was we are now in the South!

We actually picked up another four to six weeks of better weather

on either side of winter!

We liked the area – going into Washington DC on a regular basis.

We purchase three homes while there – two that we actually built.

We had most of our family follow us there.

But – it still got cold and three times –

an accumulation of snow greater than in all the 50 years we lived in the snow belt!

You can change your looks – but mother nature does what it wants to do!
Although I am not going into the water – 2 days before New Years eve – people in the water on North Myrtle Beach!

Now – we are calling this home until our home we are building if finished

some time in the next 4 to 6 months!

The first thing we did the next day after returning HOME – was do our walk on the beach!

Home has a different meaning now – and we have become comfortable now here.

Enough that when you have that yearning to go back home

visions of what awaits you run through your mind!

We both have always been drawn to the surf – beach – water and sand.

While dating almost 40 years ago – we spent a week in the outer banks

with my brother and some of his friends.

That is when our bond for the ocean became a fixed state in our minds.

Our Vacations revolved around different trips with our children

to beaches up and down the East coast!

It was a fun time in our early life together – the kids remember and have carried on the tradition of beach vacations!
Sherry – walking while running her internet – network marketing business – http://www.sf.juiceplus.com

Home is where the heart is – and while we could not find a home here –

we are building one close – 14 miles away at another beach address –

OCEAN ISLE BEACH in North Carolina!

It is a 30 minute drive North of here – so we can often come back to walk!

There are two beaches there within 4 to 6 miles –

Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach!

Home is where your heart is – and now our hearts are in the deeper South!

Where warm is Sun – no snow – ice – and 50 plus degrees every day!

The call of the beach – our hearts are here!

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Papa’s World – homeless and when friends meet!

Dottie Sherry Cindy Buck Jim

Dottie & Jim and I go way back – I was there when they got married.

Jim & I worked together and played softball together in the mid 70’s.

We met Buck and Cindy through them and ended up moving

into their neighborhood next to them and Mike & Carol.

Everyone smile – Cindy – down – smile – Cindy down – look this way!

Believe it or not – this picture was not easy to get –

They all were doing something other than looking! Lol

Now tradition demands a little Fireball –

And Cindy and Sherry are in charge of that –

Calling the “SHOTS” so to speak!

Jimmy is the organizer –

placing them the perfect way! Lol

Now – a couple of us – Cindy – Mike and I –

like to cut it with Rum Chata !

I am not much for wine or the hard stuff

but I can do the shots this way!

Now Captain Mike told his son –

“THESE GUYS CAN DRINK” !

BUT – we were on the boat for a total of 8 hours –

and I could not even sip my beer –

The boat would make you chip your tooth!

Cindy Sherry Me Carol

We really did not have that much!

A lot of water –

some beer

and everyone laughing!

Sherry & Cindy

The boat was beautiful – powerful and lots of room.

A 300 HP. V8!

You would have to get it up to 15 MPH just to have it plane out!

Mike said the fastest he had ever gone

was somewhere South of 50!

I think at one time Jimmy got it up to 35 MPH!

And that my friends was as fast as I wanted to go!

Thank you Carol and Mike for the weekend
Thank you to our friends for being our friends
A lot of years here – friends!
“The Johns – Lake Chautauqua – established 2019 “
What friends mean
Dottie Cindy Sherry Carol “TURN THE MUSIC UP”!
Captain and first mate!

A end to a very nice long weekend –

HOMELESS AND WHERE FRIENDS MEET

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Thank you Carol and Mike

The lake house established 2019

THE JOHNS!

Papa’s World – another chapter on being homeless

“THE GOOSE WHISPER”

You look out the window – and there they are – 50 to 100 strong!

“GET OUT OF MY YARD” he shouts!

And out the door he runs!

They can wreck havoc on your yard! Leave nasty deposits –

so when walking in shoes or bare feet

you can feel it as you step on it!

Carol and Mike

We moved in almost 34 or 35 years ago –

right behind them at our old home in WNY!

We were neighbors for 12 or 13 years!

Sherry and Mike

We shared many moments of laughter –

racing riding lawn mowers –

playing friendly jokes on each other –

and me trying to compete with his beautiful lawn!

Sherry driving Mike’s boat

He has his own business – starting by himself

and today his crews go nationwide!

Carol now works with him after retiring from the college scene!

Together with their son – they have built this business

into a first class operation.

They purchased this home a year ago and then the boat.

We have all gotten together at various times –

but this is the first time in WNY at the lake house.

And it is beautiful!

Long dock leads to the flags and then the house.

Friends all these years – jokes – laughing –

he will never retire –

he loves what he has started and adding to all the time.

Just like his lawn all those years ago –

not one blade of grass – out of place – no weeds –

green – manicured to perfection.

“THE GOOSE WHISPER – CAPTAIN MIKE”

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Papa’s World – our travels being homeless – continued!

Not only is Mike captain of the boat – but head chef in the kitchen!

This couple – who have been our friends for almost 34 years –

have provided all of us first class digs – eats and fun for a long weekend

at Lake Chautauqua in North Western N.Y.

A Native American name meaning “Bag Tied In Middle”

or “Where the fish are caught”!

It is a natural lake some 27 miles long!

We all grew up in NWNY & NWPA and were friends and neighbors

before we moved away – but Mike & Carol still live here.

We get together every so often – that’s what friends do.

We have fun – laugh – some beer – wine and a few shots –

good eats and now – as guests at their lake house

they purchased a year ago!

Carol & Mike

We had planned this trip months ago – long before the pandemic.

We made sure everyone was healthy – having all practiced social distancing

and self isolation looking ahead to our long weekend together.

Jim Mike Sherry

Sherry – Buck & I are retired – Carol has retired but chooses to help Mike

in his owned business which is country wide.

Cindy and Jim will be next to retire and then Dottie!

Mike – well he could right now –

but as he says “WHAT WOULD I DO” ?

He said he will never retire – why should he?

He comes and goes and now every weekend is at the lake.

Captain Mike – Dottie – Cindy – Sherry – Carol and Buck

FRIENDS – for over 34 years all of us.

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To be continued!

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Papas World – adventures of the homeless – continued!

We had planned this weekend for a very long time.

The lake is in Western New York – by Jamestown –

and is called Lake Chatauqua – a Native American name.

It is natural and 27 miles long!

Our friends were our neighbors for 12 1/2 years before we moved –

and we have gotten together nunerous times along with our other friends.

Now when we are together we do have a few drinks –

a lot of laughter and fun!

This time – it was BOATING – 8 hours worth in 2 days!

And a few shots to get us going – hard to sip on the boat!

We were so relaxed that we choose boating over golf!

And being together as friends –

Sherry driving the boat – which had a 300 HP. V8

inboard – outboard motor – and it would fly!

We had eight people and there was seating for another 3!

We all took turns and it was awesome!

The boat is stored on a lift under a canopy –

and another cover is snapped on to keep the insects out!

It is 23 feet long –

makes one want to boat!

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To be continued!

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Papas World – adventures of the homeless.

We have started on our journey of being without home ownership!

We were invited to spend a long weekend –

at a house on a very long lake in Western New York State.

It would be a weekend with friends – and a little R&R.

The view of the lake and boat was fantastic.

Speaking of the boat – we had eight people and everyone had a seat.

With a couple more seats available!

The lake is a natural one – 27 miles long!

And it seemed in the total of 8 hours we were on it

we about covered every inch of it!

The house was beautiful – views everywhere.

It was a beautiful lakefront home with dock and boat lift.

Thank you for reading Papa’s World –

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To be continued!