Toulouse

My Beloved Toulouse Highlights

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The Beautiful Boulevard de Strasbourg

        I have so many fond memories of Toulouse in the south of France, I couldn’t list them all here.  Perhaps I’ll add a separate page just for this.

        I’ve heard that the city has changed a lot since I was there in 1997.  It’s not the same friendly, open, safe place for walking around at any hour.   But since I’ll most likely never get back, I can be happy in my memories of such a terrific ‘walking city’, at least as it was when I was there.

One of my favorite places in Toulouse is L’Entrecote Restaurant.

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         Back when I was a teen and on one of many visits to Paris while living in London, I was fortunate to have the experience, now lost, French Fries stands along many of the main thoroughfares.   Until my first trip to Toulouse, I had never had any Pomme Frites like those in the Paris of my youth.   But when I tasted the fries at L’Entrecote, I was thrilled.  This is how French Fries were supposed to taste.  The outstanding entrecote  beef dish which is their hallmark, was equally sensational.

        It seems to me that it’s very rare to re-experience something after 40 years and have it be just as you remember it.  And we do remember.   So getting to have this delightful occurrence, sitting at a sidewalk table on a beautiful Toulouse evening, is now a new memory I intend on retaining forever.

to be continued…  maybe. 

 

 

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War of the Worlds

My “War of the World” Project

Feb 18, 2016

        I’ve decided to return to my obsession with the historical details of the H. G. Wells classic.

        For many years I’ve wanted to track the protagonist’s movements around the Surrey area of England.  Not sure why this fascinates me so much, but I’d love to see how our hero’s travels would look on maps from the period; 1897.  Wells goes to so much trouble to mention every road, village and point of interest along his path while running from the Martians.  I want to try placing all his actions on maps to show where he went and what occurred along his travels.

        Like so much of Wells stories and those of Jules Verne, I’m dedicated to staying with the historical period to see theses events as the writer may have.  Updating to modern times may be all very artistic, but for me, there seems to be a great loss of perception when moving out of the time the story actually took place.

So, as time permits, I’ll be tracking down maps and pictures of Woking, Horsell Common, Otterahaw, Chertsey and all the other locations Wells mentions in the story.   Should prove an interesting adventure.  Maybe not as challenging as creating Verne’s Nautilus accurately, but still a challenge.

Design and Imagination Concepts Update

Feb 14, 2016

I finally got to adding some comments and pictures showing the range of my strange imagination.

        I posted my concept for the leaning Trike; “Mariah”, on the Wind Riderz  Extra Stuff II page.  I also added  my “Clear The Deck” furniture concept under the General Designing page.   In that parent page I also added pictures from my old 3D software days while in kitchen and bath cabinet planning work.  These pics had no relation to kitchens, however, but to my home.

        I also updated the info on the WRz Origin page, just for some clarification.

        This gave me a most excellent feeling of accomplishment to finally get this info out, even if no one else sees it but me.  I haven’t done great things in design, but what I’ve done I’m proud to have accomplished at all.

 

Cowboys and Motorcycles

Bringing The Wild West to Today’s Cruiser Riders

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        I think the time has come for me to share my unsuccessful dream of developing lines of merchandise for the cruiser motorcycle riders.  As much as I had a passion to see all these products and services become real, the truth of what was needed finally got through to me.  Also the awareness of the depth of the ‘deep pockets’ need to finance such a venture became overwhelming.

        I believe that had it not been for the motorcycle accident I was involved in back in 2011, which was not of my making, I may have still pursued this venture.  But a great deal of my enthusiasm for  motorcycling left me.  Although I can still ride, albeit with some trepidation, I simply could not face again, even the possibility, of seeing the faces of all the people I care about, struck with such pain and concern in the emergency room.  I can live without a motorcycle, but not with that experience again.

So rather than continuing to still make this a business, I’m electing to simply get it all thoroughly documented, like I did with the Nautilus, and share the vision.  This ‘vision’, for the most part, may truly be just a childish fantasy.  Kind of like building a spaceship out of cardboard in your back yard.  But it was such great fun putting it all together.

        With all this in mind, I’m back working on my Wind Riderz  dream with a peaceful feeling of letting go.  Who knows, perhaps one day I’ll even write a book about it all.

 

 

Nautilus Update

Jan 31, 2016

        I’m very pleased to say I finally completed all aspects of my Jules Verne Nautilus pages.

        After a lengthy hiatus from all the intensive detailed work, I managed to get back into the project.  Now I find it rewarding to see all the related pages there and in order.  I’d like to report it completed, but this is one of those things that can always be updated, improved or revised.   But at least all the elements I wanted are there in their entirety.

          Now anyone interested in seeing a presentation of the Nautilus, as close as I could make it to the original descriptions by Verne himself,  can see every compartment, as well as external and internal views.   In addition, I include extensive notes on why I made every decision on the design and the purpose.   On reviewing these note, I’m pleased with the results of all my research for accuracy.

        This is the ‘completion’ of an effort started in 2002 with Visio 5.0 and much assistance from other Nautilus aficionados.   Soon, I plan on starting a new, 3-D version of the Nautilus using Visioner 3D, now that I know where everything is on the plan.   This may take a lengthy learning curve since I have yet to experience that software.

        Here’s hoping any visitors to my site enjoy this perspective on the famous submarine.

https://rdfarrell.com/nautilus/

RDF

No Simple Smile

Now that my initial Dental Implant surgery is complete and I’m living with my new temporary prosthesis, I can smile openly again.  Sounds like a simple thing, it’s not.

Although I don’t get my final, permanent prosthesis for six months,  these temps look just super to me.  And they’re non-removable so I treat them like natural teeth.  It will take about a week for the post-surgery swelling to go down, but that’s such a small price to pay.  I can smile again.

For nearly 8 years now, I’ve had to make an effort every minute of every day to not smile.  Every minute of every day.  Try is just for one day.  Trust me, the humor is lost immediately  It turns out to be more of a strain than even I realized.  Emotional and psychological as well as physical. And you’re constantly reminded by your tongue touching the back of your faulty teeth, or the spaces left behind.  Talk about restriction and restraint!

So now I can once again smile openly.  The feeling of new freedom can truly not be fully expressed in words. For me this is momentous. I like to talk about what I refer to as my small miracles I seem to see all the time.  But this one is no small thing.  This is a super gig miracle for me.

Positive Outlook – Positive Results

Finally received approval from the VA Medical Center for my teeth implant surgery next week, Wed, Oct 15.  What a huge relief this will be for my daily life.  I’m all spun-up in anticipation of being able to smile again after so many years of straining not to.

Good things do come to those who wait.  And believe!