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We Moved to the Mountains on June 15, 2003

On the road again
Goin' places that I've never been
Seein' things that I may never see again,
And I can't wait to get on the road again.

Willie Nelson
CBS Records
I like the road of any kind, 
for they intrigue me still.
I wonder what's around the bend,
or just beyond the hill.

Rachel Harnett (Age 95), 
Tucumcary Literary Review
, Los Angeles

Bob Jensen at Trinity University
Bob Jensen's home page is at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/ 

Erika Telling Secrets at My Retirement Party on May 14, 2006 at in the Great Hall at Trinity University


June 24, 2013

Hi Dan,
When we retired, both Erika and I wanted to escape heat, humidity, city congestion, high crime worries (we had burglar bars on our big house), and traffic jams. This meant moving from San Antonio and its 1.4 million residents after 24 years.
 
We wanted four-seasonal living and country living (but not total isolation).
 
We considered moving to the mountains of California (the where we have two sons and 12 grandchildren), the nearby mountains of northern Nevada, northern Wisconsin (where we have a daughter and two grandchildren), Iowa (my home state where I inherited a home in town and the family farm), Maine (where we have a son and daughter and two grandchildren), and nearby northern New Hampshire and Vermont. We loved our lecture visit in New Zealand and gave NZ some thought for retirement, but we quickly decided that this was too far from family and friends.
 
Eliminating California, Wisconsin, and Vermont were no-brainers based on taxation analysis. Maine is also a high taxation state, but there was some lure of ocean front property where I once owned a shoreline cottage and 12 acres. However, between 1978 and 2002 the price rise in shore front land eliminated Maine entirely from consideration. This left Nevada versus New Hampshire. The prices of homes we liked in the Nevada mountains and near Lake Tahoe eliminated Nevada from consideration.
 
Actually, we stumbled upon our retirement home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I had done a gig in Niagara (courtesy of Linda Kidwell). We then rented a car at the Buffalo Airport with the intent of driving across upstate NY, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine to visit our two children near the University of Maine.
 
Along the way we spent two nights in the Franconia Inn in Franconia, NH. On our way to breakfast at Polly's Pancake Parlor (via a mountain back road), we passed a For Sale sign by a cottage on a mountain golf course that really caught our eye because of the view. Less than a month later we owned it even though we did not know a single person in northern New Hampshire. The only person in New Hampshire I knew was a former college roommate who retired down south in Manchester, NH.
 
As an accountant I did know there were some key tax advantages in NH such as no income tax or sales tax. I was a bit casual in my analysis. I did not discover the 15% real estate transfer tax until after I'd made an offer on our retirement cottage and four acres of very expensive scenic land. I was not aware of the view tax that now costs me about $4,000 on top of my property tax. And I was not aware of the pesky 5% tax on cash interest and dividends after a $5,000 exemption. Fortunately, this tax does not apply to any of my TIAA retirement income or capital gains on investments.


 
Here's the first Webpage I put out about our NH Cottage ---
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/NHcottage/NHcottage.htm
 
This has worked out well in terms of making friends and about the right amount of distance for visits to family in Maine. The distances to family in Wisconsin and California are bit too far, but the Manchester Airport is served by the wonderful Southwest Airlines that takes us within 40 miles of each family household. I do miss living near a college campus and culture, but with email I'm probably closer to college friends than if they lived next door.
 
And my chores mowing, pruning out trees in our woods, planting and nurturing three flower gardens, and blowing snow keep me young and fit. I actually like winter, although the following weather report at near by Mt. Washington before we moved had us wondering if we made mistake: Yesterday (June 23, 2013) we had a wonderful buffet breakfast with friends in the Mt. Washington Hotel, but there was a time when Mt. Washington worried me ---
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Tidbits/Hotels/Hotels.htm

 
Wednesday, January 22, 2003
 
Are we nuts?  Soon we will be viewing Mt Washington from our new home--- 
  Conditions at 5:00 a.m. on January 22, 2003  

 

 
  Weather: Blowing snow and freezing fog  

 
  Temperature: -34°   Visibility: 100 feet  

 
  Wind Chill Index: -79°F   Relative Humidity: 100%  

 
  Wind: Northwest at 117 gusting to 142 MPH   Station Pressure: 22.80" and falling  

 
Average snowfall:  40 inches per month  
Where are the palm trees?



 
We Moved to the Mountains on June 15, 2003
(although I did not retire from Trinity University until 2006)
 
On the road again
Goin' places that I've never been
Seein' things that I may never see again,
And I can't wait to get on the road again.

Willie Nelson
CBS Records
I like the road of any kind, 
for they intrigue me still.
I wonder what's around the bend,
or just beyond the hill.

Rachel Harnett (Age 95), 
Tucumcary Literary Review
, Los Angeles

 
 

Current weather report from Mt. Washington --- http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/

The history of our cottage is rather interesting. It was the structure called the Pavilion when it was a golf clubhouse and later on Brayton Cottage on the grounds of a huge resort. In 1973, all the structures in the resort were demolished except for three summer homes on the golf course and a small power house.  The power house is now our barn, and one of the summer homes that was saved was originally named Brayton Cottage. George Foss purchased the land and Brayton Cottage.  He poured a fine basement where the hotel's dining room once stood atop a hill. Brayton Cottage was then moved over this basement. The views are spectacular. The front side overlooks the Kinsman Range (about 10 miles away), the Twin Range (about 20 miles away), and the Presidential Range (about 30 miles away) of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The backside overlooks the Green Mountains of Vermont. On a clear night we're supposedly able to look down on the lights of 27 villages, although I've never spotted all of those villages. Pictures of the history of our cottage are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/tidbits/2008/tidbits080824.htm

The Pavilion in 1910 on its original golf course location

 

It amazes me that I'm already several years intoretirement. Where the heck did the first year go? Andy Rooney was right about life being like a roll of toilet paper. It spins ever so slow when you're a kid and ever so fast after you retire. Now September with its autumn colors is about to spin forth. The days are already much shorter, and I'm hauling up my sweat shirts from the basement. I'm writing this on the morning of August 10, 2007 and the temperature dropped below the 50 degree mark. Our furnace even kicked on. The days are growing shorter in this spin of things.

Today I feel September blowing in on the mountain winds.

 

 This is a view of Mt. Lafayette about ten miles away in the Kinsman Range.  Lincoln Mountain can be seen between Lafayette and Cannon. Only Cannon Mountain has ski trails and an aerial tramway. Between Lincoln and Cannon is a mountain pass called the Franconia Notch State Park. After he retired my father took on another job managing the Kossuth County State Liquor Store in Algona, Iowa. The ear of corn next to my monitor was one of his collected Jim Beam bottles of bourbon. Just to the right outside the picture is another bottle in the shape of an Iowa hog. The picture below was taken in the summer. To the right of Cannon Mountain are the Three Graces (also known as the Cannon Balls) and North and South Kinsman mountains.

 
 
My close friends Lon and Nancy Hendersen own the Sunset Hill House down the road from our cottage. The above picture is the first slide in their promotional slide show at http://www.sunsethillhouse.com/
 
 
 
In the Autumn of Life in the Autumn of 2006 in New Hampshire's White Mountains
From Our Living Room About a Mile from Robert Frost's Old Farm House
Three mountain ranges are visible in the above picture taken in an earlier foliage week:
The Kinsman Range (about 10 miles away showing the pointy-headed Garfield, Baby's Cradle, and Lafayette)
The Twin Mountain Range (about 20 miles away showing North Twin and South Twin)
The distant Presidential Range (about 30 miles away showing part of Mt. Washington with its wind-swept dome in the clouds)
Our closest mountains (Cannon, Three Graces, North Kinsman, and South Kinsman) are to the right and not visible above.
It's been an absolutely breath-taking foliage season this year under a nightly awe-inspiring full moon this week.
We've been blessed!

Here are a few links to my view pictures:

Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Pictures.htm

Blogs of White Mountain Hikers (many great photographs) ---
http://www.blogger.com/profile/02242409292439585691

Especially note the archive of John Compton's blogs at the bottom of the page at
http://1happyhiker.blogspot.com/

Question
Are their trails in our White Mountains of New Hampshire that have ice in summer as well as winter?
See "The Ice Gulch, Would I do it Again" by John Compton, August 5, 2011 ---
http://1happyhiker.blogspot.com/2011_08_05_archive.html

Okay, you might ask, is there really ice in the Ice Gulch, even in August? Yes, there is! The next photo shows one small patch of ice. There were many larger patches, but they were at the bottom of some of those deep gaps that I mentioned above. I took some photos, but none of them really turned out, even with using a flash to illuminate these dark, dank, deep spots.

 White Mountain News --- http://www.whitemtnews.com/

Bob Jensen's threads --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Threads.htm

Bob Jensen's Home Page --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/

 

Nearby Ski Slopes (as appearing in a Franconia Notch email message on February 1, 2011)
Ultimate winter sports within the Western White Mountains at 3 of the best areas for all the right reasons, all within 25 minutes of each other where you can view the best and favorite mountains from all sides! Winter snows have never been better, grooming has become an art and the deep base is there for a full season through 3 more months of fabulous winter fun & adventure! Re-discover and experience the uniqueness of each and their proximity to each other. The flavor of each will bring you back again and again because it gets better each time this season, the rarest in a decade! Be part of the moment, the event, the experience and the history!

 
Most Vertical Challenge is...
 
Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia, NH; buried in snow unbelievably timed with weekends and vacations. Voted #1 Value in the East by readers of Ski Magazine, also rates high on scenery, diversity of terrain and family learning facilities and trails. Explore Mittersill after 20 idle years and ride the new double. The new Cannon! 2011 - bigger, better, busier - Bring the family to the home of world champions - still! Home of the 1st Ski School in the country, New England Ski Museum, Aerial Tramway, Old Man of the Mountain Memorial site and the recreation trail for snow machining connections to northern trails to Canada!
 
The Highest is...
 
 Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH  with extensive youth programs and a perfect home base for all types of winter sports and activities. Home of the 1st Super Pipe in the East in Loon's Terrain Park, Largest Adventure Center for Kids and families. 3,050 feet to the top. with plentiful lifts and gondola rides. Facilities for ice skating, X-Country skiing, snow tubing and snowshoeing- all the ways to play!
 
The Largest is...
 
Bretton Woods Ski Resort at Omni Mt. Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH.  Slopes and trails throughout the largest ski area in the east.  The newest adventure, is its canopy tour zip line, open year round so you can soar over snow-crested tree lines and mountain slopes below; a lifetime experience like no other.  The resort is home to group tours and events and offers Adaptive Sports & Recreation program for people of all ages with disabilities.  Very family oriented, Bretton Woods has the largest X-Country trails, with snowshoeing and tubing- only the largest area can accommodate so many programs!

 

More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Pictures.htm

White Mountain News --- http://www.whitemtnews.com/

 

Stories About Growing Up

·         Short story entitled My Glimpse of Heaven:  What I learned from Max and Gwen
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/max01.htm

 

·         Short story entitled Mrs. Applegate's Boarding House (with Navy pictures)
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/tidbits/2007/tidbits070723.htm

 

·         A Year 2000 message of love from my wife, Erika.  
She describes how a Munich street urchin became Cinderella filled with love and joy --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/erika/xmas00.htm 

 

·         A Year 2001 message of love from my wife, Erika 
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/erika/xmas01.htm 

 
 
I see from my house by the side of the road
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife,
But I turn not away from their smiles and tears,
Both parts of an infinite plan-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.
Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)

For earlier editions of Tidbits go to http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/tidbitsdirectory.htm

For earlier editions of New Bookmarks go to http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookurl.htm

 


Question
When asked about the meaning of life, how should Siri reply?

One the AECM I recently asked Barry Rice what happens when he asks Siri about the meaning of life ---
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siri_%28software%29
Siri's answer was too superficial.

Now there is a Website that should probably programmed by Apple into Siri software.

"Scientists and Philosophers Answer Kids’ Most Pressing Questions About How the World Works"" by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, November 5, 2015 ---
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/11/05/big-questions-from-little-people/

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,” Carl Sagan famously observed in Cosmos, you must first invent the universe.” The questions children ask are often so simple, so basic, that they turn unwittingly yet profoundly philosophical in requiring apple-pie-from-scratch type of answers. To explore this fertile intersection of simplicity and expansiveness, Gemma Elwin Harris asked thousands of primary school children between the ages of four and twelve to send in their most restless questions, then invited some of today’s most prominent scientists, philosophers, and writers to answer them. The result is Big Questions from Little People & Simple Answers from Great Minds (public library) — a compendium of fascinating explanations of deceptively simple everyday phenomena, featuring such modern-day icons as Mary Roach, Noam Chomsky, Philip Pullman, Richard Dawkins, and many more, with a good chunk of the proceeds being donated to Save the Children.

Big Questions from Little People ---
http://www.amazon.com/Big-Questions-Little-People-Answers/dp/0062223224/ref=sr_1_3?tag=braipick-20
One child's question I might ask is why used copies cost a penny more than new copies as of November 12, 2012?

"Noam Chomsky Spells Out the Purpose of Education," by Josh Jones, Open Culture, November 2012 ---
http://www.openculture.com/2012/11/noam_chomsky_spells_out_the_purpose_of_education.html

Bob Jensen's links to the meaning of life ---
http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Bookbob2.htm
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In your dreams of retirement, which of these scenes appeals to you the most?
My choice in Picture Number 1

 

Get busy living or get busy dying.
Stephen King (Shawshank Redemption)

If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
Lewis Carroll

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
Gilda Radner

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it."

Mother Teresa

 

A 2005 holiday letter from my cousin Mark Jensen who ended his career helping starving people in Africa

Institute of Agriculture Tumaini University:  It is becoming a reality.
The Mgongo farm will have four demonstration plots going in December of 2005. The Institute will also have demonstration plots at Mpanga farm and Lulanzi Farm. We will be starting a farmstead (for security of stored equipment and harvest) at the Mpanga farm along with the beginning of a Rice Project.The Institute is an outreach project of the University of Minnesota, Sokoine University and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). We will be receiving research information and technical help with our projects but no financial aid. Our goal is to increase the food production in the Region of Iringa so they can feed themselves plus have extra to market.

We need your help in several ways. Prayer support which I know my family is so good at because of your prayer support for me during my two major surgeries and three chemo sessions of four plus months each and now a clean bill of health so we will be leaving on September 19th.

We also need people to help in running the Institute both here and in Iringa.

We also need financial support demonstration plots will cost $1000 plus each ( 12 to start with), farmstead buildings of $2000 each (need 4 by December) and initiate rice project if possible $20,000 plus. All monies (large or small amounts are greatly appreciated) go to the projects and none for administration or salaries. A sincere thank you to all that have already given to the Institute.

Our Jensen roots are rural so we feel it is a natural fit for us to help the poor in rural Iringa. For tax deductible reasons checks can be made out to SPAS (Saint Paul Area Synod) Institute of Agriculture ATTN: Myrna and addressed to me. Please pass on to family, friends and anyone else you feel may have an interest in this project.

Mark and Terry Jensen

Mark Jensen,
Director Institute of Agricultural Development
TUMAINI UNIVERSITY, Iringa (Tanzania, Africa)
13025 Dahlia Circle #208
Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA

E-mail: mtjensens@earthlink.net 
Phone: 952-829-5326

Bob Jensen's main Website is at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/
Bob Jensen's threads are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/threads.htm
Bob Jensen's multimedia is often served up from http://www.cs.trinity.edu/~rjensen/

 

Videos From Bob Jensen's Personal Camera (the pictures are clear but some of them lost a bit in the video) ---
http://www.cs.trinity.edu/~rjensen/EdTech/Video/Personal/
The Tidbits.wmv video is narrated.

For earlier editions of Tidbits go to http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/TidbitsDirectory.htm
For earlier editions of New Bookmarks go to http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookurl.htm 

My Theme Song
Train of Life
(Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline)
--- Click Here

My music download page --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/music.htm
My electronic literature page --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/ElectronicLiterature.htm


Poem Written When I Was Teaching in Texas and Only Visiting for the Holidays

In six days, twelve hours, and two minutes 
I'll be home
After driving into those hard winds and snow

In six days, twelve hours, and three minutes
I'll stand in the doorway
After wading up to those powdered stairs

In six days, twelve hours, and four minutes
I'll see those loving smiles
That brought me all those miles

In six days, twelve hours, and five minutes
I'll wrap you in my arms
That held you all those wonderful years

 

In seven days, seven hours, and ten minutes
I'll awaken with icy breaths
Upon those warm shoulders

In seven days, eight hours, and nine minutes
I'll feel warmed and welcomed at the windows
By those dying and flickering candles

In seven days, eight hours, and twenty minutes
I'll break bread and give thanks
While gazing in awe at those soaring peaks

In sixteen days, twelve hours, and four minutes
I'll taste the salt upon my tongue
While casting a parting glance at those tears

 

 

Happy Holidays for the Year 2003

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An Irish Blessing 
http://www.jessiesweb.com/blessing.htm
You may have to scroll clear down to the bottom of the page to turn on the audio.  
Then scroll back up to the top to watch the animation while the music plays.

May the blessing of light be upon you,
light on the outside, light on the inside.

With God's sunlight shining on you,
may your heart glow with warmth like a turf fire
that welcomes friends and strangers alike.

May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes
like a candle in the window
welcoming the weary traveler.

May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you
falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul
with the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.

May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you
carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean,
sparkling after in the sunlight.

May the blessing of God's earth be on you.
And as you walk the roads,
may you always have a kind word for those you meet.

May you understand the strength and power of God
in a thunderstorm in winter,
and the quiet beauty of creation
in the calm of a summer sunset.

And may you come to realize that,
insignificant as you may seem in this great universe,
you "are" an important part of God's plan.

May He watch over you
and keep you safe from harm.

Bob Jensen's home page is at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/