Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saved By The Green!

I enjoyed another wonderful time! During my recent visit to the Green Mountain State of Vermont. It couldn't of come at a better time. As life continues the problems mount. Just recently I loss my 2001 Toyota Corolla. Which was beyond my control and was not my fault.I tried hard to regroup from the tragedy, and try very hard to remain positive.
Quoting that great philosopher of our time Jimmy Buffett "a tragedy better become a comedy very quickly, or your in real trouble".

So I purchased a new ride a very nice 2009 Elantra, and drove it to visit the land of Green once again! Like a great friend Vermont was there for me. Giving me peace of mind, relaxation and the ambition to carry on. Until I can sail away yet again.

I would like to thank Kathleen and Rick proprietors of the "Gathering Inn" located in Hancock. It does feel like home when I am here. And what a special place to be. The autumn spender in Vermont was outstanding was enjoyed. I rode my old Raleigh Road Bike over 100 miles during my wonderful week of quality time during this week.

I would like to thank my 2009 Elantra for doing a great job providing fun and safe transportation. Also a big thanks to Vermont. Thanks for saving me for the next adventure! To be continued!!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

In Search of My Italian Roots

All going to plan. I depart for another exciting adventure on January 6th, 2015. This trip is made possible by my 20 years of loyal service working for Canada Post. As I will have all the month of January off on vacation, less 1 day. Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) is also lending a hand to make this trip possible. As I took advantage of a great special price. Providing most of my air transportation.

I enjoyed many trips visiting the continent of Europe. As I love visiting the cities full of history and culture that has shaped our world. There are also many places of beuaty located in Europe. That will make you say "WOW"! Also all of my cultural background is from Europe. It is always a learning experience for me tracing my cultural roots.

The first week of my European vacation 2015. Will be spent in the Netherlands. Visiting with long time friend and mentor Peter V/D Weyden. I have enjoyed many wonderful times visiting with Peter and his sisters in this friendly and peaceful European Country.

My dad Sheldon Wolfe was raised by his mother Ann. My dad never knew his real father. As when my dad was an infant. My grandparents went there separate ways. Not sure of the year. But my grandmother and dad rented an apartment over a popular business in Toronto at that time. "Mazza's Fruit Market" was located on St. Clair Avenue in Toronto in the 1930's. Located right in the heart of the Italian Neighborhood. The Mazza Family treated my dad and grandmother as part of there own family. The head of the family and business Jack Mazza became like a father to my dad. It was Jack Mazza who introduced my dad to the sport of Horse Racing. Taking him to enjoy the Sport of Kings at Dufferein Park while he was a young man. My dad also had fond memories of playing hockey with the Mazza's oldest son Ernie in the Catholic Youth Hockey League.

I will always be grateful for the support and kindness the Mazza Family gave to dad and Grandmother. If everything goes to plan. I will arrive in the "Eternal City" of Rome to explore and enjoy. All of what this classic great city has to offer. Then on January 21. I fly from Rome to Palermo Sicily. To enjoy life on the southern most part of Italy.  This trip should also prove to a fantastic experience to enjoy more quality time. Also a chance to find a and enjoy. Searching for my Italian Roots!

The above photo is my fortune from a cookie received after my Chinese Boxing Day dinner.