• Dear Dad,
Ten years ago today forces of nature took you from us, your loving family. And each and every day since, we’ve missed you with a prevailing grief that never fades.
But I have learned over the past decade that, even though you have physically departed from us, your spirit remains….strong and true. You live on in our hearts, minds and souls….with a powerful force like life itself.
I find myself asking “What would Dad do?” at almost any important juncture or decision. You continue to guide me each and every day….just as you did for the first 50 years of my life….and you were here.
I still think of you the instant I smell freshly-brewed coffee in the early morning. Every time! I so vividly remember wakening briefly in the early mornings, when I was living at home or visiting, and smelling the coffee you were brewing well before dawn each day. And I knew you were up….and all was well with the world….and blissful sleep would return.
As I promised you, I have done my level best to look after your beautiful bride, my awesome Mom….and love and protect her in every way I can. My abiding wish is for her to thrive….even in your absence.
I endeavor to live the later decades of my life with the same grace, intelligence, sense of humor, patience and dignity with which you lived yours. If I can do it half as well as you, I will consider it a life well-lived.
With deepest respect and admiration always….
Your Loving Son,
Nick
  • All American….
Gorgeous vintage (1923) poster advertising United States Lines’ SS Leviathan beginning her trans-Atlantic service.
Leviathan was an American symbol of power and prestige for the post-World War I nascent Nation. She was exceedingly popular among loyal travelers….and served as the flagship for United States Lines throughout much of the Roaring Twenties.
Oh, to have journeyed aboard such grandeur….accompanied by such national pride!
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»Photo: via Paul Malon
  • Drag Race!
Two Hungarian locomotives appear to eyeball each other as they stand poised for a railroad drag race….
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»Photo: Krisztian Birinyi
  • Golden Gate….
Just in case anyone had any misconceptions about why the Golden Gate Bridge is named “Golden”….just take a look!
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»CLICK the photo for a golden high-resolution version….
»Photo: T. Malachi Dunworth «CLICK for more of his stunning portfolio….
  • Don’t mess with a boomer!
A United States Navy Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine during a rare surface appearance.
The U.S. Navy has 18 of these awesomely powerful submarines, affectionately, and respectfully, known as “boomers” by their crews.
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  • The world is mine!
A giant world traveler rests pierside in Hamburg, Germany….returning to its endless adventure within hours….
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»CLICK the photo for a giant view of this giant….
»Photo: Mick57
  • Wave sculpture….
                      Rolling waves rumble
                           Power and beauty as one
                                A living sculpture
                                                — Nicholas Sabalos, Jr. (1954~)
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»Photo: Pierre Carreau
  • So kissable!
Don’t you just want to give her a great big kiss on the lips?!
AIDA Cruises' AIDALuna at Pier 90 on New York City's West Side….with her beautiful and unique lines, rampant luxury, and those beckoning lips.
OK….this has been yet another unabashed display of pure ship lust!
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»Photo: NJ Photographer
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For those wondering….here’s a, ummm, full body-shot of AIDALuna….(She’s staring at me!)….
  • Tornado-driven!
A funnel cloud drops from the leaden skies behind a Ryanair flight departing East Midlands Airport in central England recently.
The flight made it safely to its sunny destination in Spain….and the funnel cloud never touched the ground nor caused any damage.
Funnel clouds — tornados that never touch the ground — are rare in England. But, this one formed as the remains of old Hurricane Bertha moved over the British Isles.
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»CLICK the photo for a great close-up view….