I am presently interested in my Italian heritage (genealogy) and my Italian family background in the Italy. A town called Conca della Campania, between Monte Casino and Caserta, Italy, is where my Grandfather was born, and possibly my Grandmother. This has kept me busy. A photographer hired by me, took photos of the area, and later my cousin Ralph Simeone visited there too. We have found traces of our past. I hope to get there soon and was only sorry that we did not have all this information when I visited the boot. We have found the home our ancestors were born in and my cousin and I now cherish the piece of the tile roof we each have. If you have any information on this village, let me know.
I used to fish a lot in fresh water, mainly for bass, and when we lived on Barnagat Beach Island, New Jersey where my restaurant was. I fished salt water only occasionally. I usually kept an eye on the beach with my 4 wheel drive Jimmy, fishing only when the fish were there and actually biting. It is too much like work otherwise. I let the tourists find the fish when possible, then I drove to the beach and caught them!
We now have a home in Winter Park, Florida with a private lake. The restaurant is gone and I can now enjoy my boat, the "JerseyGirl" and the monster bass all year long. I am working on starting a new career. Retirement, it's for old people (whatever that is) not for me. I want to keep active. To me "old" is always 15 years older than me.
I enjoy graphic arts programs on my computer, a Macintosh G3 Tower Power PC. My wife is studying Spanish on my other computer, a Macintosh 7100 PPC. We both enjoy photography, video recording and cooking. We love to travel together and do so whenever we can. Take a look at the photographs on this page and you will see traveling can be an obsession. Improving the lawn and my small water garden and mini pond keeps me busy for now, along with updating our 50's ranch home.
My wife and I really did travel in the past and we have been throughout the South China Sea area and the countries of southeast Asia. Our travels have included the most interesting places, such as Canton, China (Red China) and Vietnam. (We were among the first Americans to visit Vietnam after the U.S. began relations again.) We have also visited the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, Italy, the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Brunei, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Burma. (My wife, independently could add about 8 more countries to this list.) We have sat at Hemmingways Long Bar at Raffles Hotel in Singapore, spent both a Christmas and a New Years at sea. (Christmas in Thailand was a real treat!) We have visited the Hill Tribes of Thailand and the Head Hunters of Borneo. We wandered ancient Buddhist Temples in jungle forests and have seen the Barong Dancers of Bali. We gazed on the glory that was Rome, the ruins of the Forum and have seen the destruction that was Pompeii and the smoking volcanos of Naples, Italy. We have photographed the volcanos of the Ring of Fire in the South China Sea as we cruised among the many islands. We have conversed in Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Malaysian and even some Vietnamese. We have spent 23 hours on one airplane and 5 hours in traffic jams on ancient buses in Jakarta and Saigon. We have been to the Canals of Venice and the Floating Markets on the Canals of Bangkok. We visited floating homes in Vietnam and floating restaurants in Hong Kong. We have visited the palaces of the King of Thailand, the Sultan of Brunei, the Emperor of Japan and the former Presidential Palace in Saigon. We have even gazed upon the faces of the Boogie men of Indonesia. Add to this the thrill of walking ancient ruins in Mexico and even Red China. If you travel and have been to any these places, I know how you must enjoy talking about them as I do. I have included some photographs of our trips below. If you plan to visit one of the places we have been to, let me know and I will give you some advise on what to do and see. Also, at the end of this home page, visit some of these places we have been to, by clicking on the places of interest. Ciao for now!