Did you Ever Wonder Why?

So ever since 2011, when we moved here from Bucks County, PA, I’ve fallen in love with the south. So many things are different in a very positive way. The warmth of the people, the pace of life, the cost of living, etc.

But there a couple things that have perplexed me and left me “wondering why.” One is the phenomenon of busing kids versus parents taking them to school. Up North, almost everyone seems to ride the bus (elementary school age). Here the opposite exists, with parents spending a lot of their days  waiting to pick up and drop off their kids. Google street view has some examples below locally here in South Carolina.

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While up North, layouts dont need to accommodate the “parental processional” twice a day. See below.

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The southern setup makes commuting during school hours much busier than it would otherwise be. Parents spill out onto the roads, sometimes snarling traffic.

So why is this? I’d love to hear others opinions! When I look at the demographics (it appears that the mix of bussed kids versus driven kids).



I may be off base. Help me de-mystify this phenomenon!


Thankful for the 4 Fs

Its the time of the year to count your blessings. Throughout the year, I, like many others, will occasionally whine and complain. Every now and then its nice to sit back and count your blessings. I reflect on what’s really important to me as I inwardly mumble “quite ur bitchin”!


Thanks to my immediate and extended family for making my life complete. Thanksgiving is a time for family and sharing all that we have with each other.


In my case, my family includes my 4 children who all happen to have fur.


Virtual and physical, online and offline, I am thankful for all the friends that I have made recently or over the many years, I have rekindled some friendships from high school as a result of social media.


Making friends and networking is one of the beauties of social media. As I move south, I have made good friends through a “self-selection” process online that matches interests, styles and personalities and then chosen to meet those people face to face. Much more efficient (and fun). Thank you all for enriching my life!


So I forced this one to be “an F”. Fitness is important. Maintaining good health and quality of life is paramount.



As I lay yesterday in an MRI tube for a silly wrist injury and thought, “this is horrible”, I caught myself. I said to myself that this is just a small artifact of aging and that at my age I am still able to do the things I love athletically and physically. I remembered riding across the state of PA last year and thinking of the kids I was doing it for. The Make A Wish foundation helps kids who do not have the good fortune to have the good health that I do. Thank you for my good health and allowing me to help others that don’t!


And even without the other 3 “Fs” aligning perfectly, I am grateful when I remember that life is richer and fuller when you think about smiling and having fun! It makes each day that much more fulfilling!


Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Moving can be stressful

We have been planning to move to Greenville, SC for 4 years after falling in love with the area. In 2008, we bought a beautiful lot on Cherokee Valley Golf Club north of town. Greenville has been rated in top 5 places to retire this year by Fortune.

Lot in Cherokee Valley

The lot is now for sale since its beauty didn’t make us realize it would be a bit far for me to commute to my work location in Kings Mountain, NC, even a few days a week. If this location is for you, drop me a line !!

When we went down to Greenville to check out the housing market last week, we fell in love with the East End of Greenville. The area south of I-85 in the Five Forks, Greer and Simpsonville area has a great balance of location, attractions, airport and proximity to down town.

Of course, we fell in love with a home in nearby Greer, SC. We went to put in an offer on Friday and the homeowner withdrew their house from the market. After the disappointment wore off, we realized that there are so many more important things in life such as family, health and happiness. And that right house will surface when we are ready to move (after selling our place below)

We will be sad to leave the few family members and dear friends we have here, but we are executing our early retirement plan and have some equally wonderful friends awaiting our arrival.. My friends at CB Hearthside will help us list our place here in Doylestown just after Super Bowl 2011, when the spring housing season begins

If you know of anyone who is interested in moving to Doylestown and the wonder that it and Bucks County has happening, let us know!





Welcome to Googleville?

By Dan Fletcher / Greenville Monday, Apr. 12, 2010 (via TIME magazine)



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It would have been easy to mistake the thousands of people assembled in Greenville clutching their colored glow sticks and chanting the name of an all-knowing entity for worshippers at some sort of kooky New Age outdoor revival. But it wasn’t God who inspired this crowd of 2,200 to gather on a recent Saturday night. It was Google — and the chance that this South Carolina city might be able to coax down the manna of super-high-speed Internet from tech-giant heaven. (See 10 tech trends for 2010.)

Since Google unveiled plans in February to build — for free — an ultra-fast fiber-optic network in one or more U.S. cities, local officials across the land have been engaged in quirky battles of one-upmanship to get their hometown chosen as a demo site. Topeka, Kans., renamed itself Google for the month of March. The mayor of Sarasota, Fla., went swimming in a shark tank as a publicity stunt. And Greenville organized a “We Are Feeling Lucky” campaign — a play on Google’s second most famous search button — with enough glow sticks to form a massive Google logo in a downtown park. (See historical photos on Google Earth.)

How much speed does it take to inspire such fervor? The broadband network that Google is offering may cost as much as $1 billion to build and will be able to transmit 1 gigabit per second. That’s fast enough to download a feature-length DVD movie in about 70 seconds — and more than 100 times as fast as the typical connection available in the U.S., which ranks 22nd in the world in network speed, according to Akamai, an Internet-analytics firm. The Google guys are doing this to help spur the U.S. to overtake Romania and other we-can’t-believe-we’re-slower-than-they-are countries.

Greenville’s geek-savvy campaign was a fast operation too; it came together in less than 14 days. Highlights included a YouTube channel and a cartoon with instructions on how to participate in the glow-stick event (plus a tout for the town as the birthplace of a co-inventor of the laser, which gave rise to fiber optics). “We’re a city in the midst of reinventing itself as a tech community, and we think Google Fiber could really help,” says Aaron von Frank, the baby-faced 31-year-old tech developer who spearheaded the effort to get Google’s attention as local officials completed the documentation necessary to keep the city in the running. (See the story of Google’s doodles.)

Competition is stiff: as of March 26, the deadline for cities to submit information, Google said it had received more than 1,100 applications. It will analyze each city’s demographics and infrastructure before deciding on one or more locations by the end of the year. “One of the top things we’re looking for is to develop the network as quickly and efficiently as possible,” spokesman Dan Martin says. “We’re not looking for special treatment, but we do want to find a community that wants to work with us.”

If efficiency is Google’s main criterion, von Frank says he likes Greenville’s chances. “It’s a tight-knit community that comes together to get things done,” he says. In short order, thousands of people formed a Google chain. Now Greenville has to wait to see whether faster connections will follow.

See the best pictures from Google’s candid camera.

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Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1977123,00.html#ixzz0jyVKHUfj

The Greenville Saga Continues


Just returned from a weekend in Greenville, confirming our love for the area. We stayed in the golf cottages at Cherokee Valley Golf Club. We spent most of the weekend trying to confirm our decision to build there on the lot we purchased in August, 2007. We visited the lot to see the 6,700 square foot McMansion going up next door.

Now I have nothing against large homes, but on a 0.3 acre lot!!

On top of this we find out that this (Cherokee Valley) semi-private course with intentions to go private sounds like it will be public ad infinitum. We found a house style that we thought we would like to build, a traditional Southern look like the second photo here. But could we make it work.


We set out the second day after taking a ton of photos of our lot to look for a golf club more like the one we have here. We fell in love with Greenville Country Club and then started to think that although the mountains are beautiful, its a bit too remote. I dont know if I can live without proper broadband and 3G wireless. I am spoiled?

Also the commute seemed better if we settled closer to the I-85 corridor since I would be commuting to Shelby, NC area a few days a week to work.

We’d certainly be sacrificing an amazing view to move closer to town, but would we be happier?


We had a great dinner at Saskatoon on Saturday night in town, recommended by new online friend, Trey Pennington. Very unique and good!

We met with a builder, Jason Bergeron of Bergeron Builders, on Sunday via a realtor. We realized that, although building has slowed dramatically, new home costs per square foot have not. So now, we’re thinking possibly buying a used home.

Of course to do this, we would need to sell our lot next to the McMansion. Many folks might argue that a home of this value would increase the inherent value in our lot.. We’ll see.

All in all, another great weekend Upstate, but one that gives us new information that answered some questions and raised others…stay tuned.