Collectively ‘the Cousins’ – Tony, Connie and Rusty – in order of height though not necessarily importance, that would be the reverse order. We have a small family research site and a very comprehensive personal family tree, those links and some of our favorites are on the left of this page.
Connie was with JC Penney for a long time mainly in HR and training in the corporate office in Dallas. After Penney’s she managed a high-end furniture store – Gabbert’s – again in Dallas until they decided to close the store. After that she was a regional manager for two patio furniture stores, now retired (early).
Rusty is our rescue dog, owning us since November 2011. He’s 19-20 pound bundle of bone and muscle with links back to the Siberian huskies. Well, the way he takes us for multiple drags each day he must have some Husky blood in him somewhere. He hates the rain, and I can’t say we blame him – we’d rather have sun too. We bought him a cute yellow slicker – he doesn’t think it’s cute.
I’ve worked in IT since 1977, in England, Oman and Holland – for Hewlett-Packard and Shell International and finally in Dallas for Optek Technology in 1998, I met Connie in November 2000 and we married in January 2001. Technically I still work in IT as a consultant from home – I love that short commute to my office at the dining room table each morning.
We love travel and have visited England every year since 2001 with occasional side trips to Holland. Belgium, France and Ireland. We visit the English side of the family and so far have organized two reunions of the Taylor clan, a third one is scheduled for our next trip. Connie’s family are all in North Texas so not too much travel involved there. The love of travel and change led us to buying a used RV (‘Arvey – well what else do you call an RV) in October 2012 and we’ve made a handful of trips since then, normally a week-long stay on an RV resort somewhere – check out the ‘Arvey trips category. Wait until we get to the Rand McNally GPS – nicknamed Randi.
The next steps are under discussion – we believe we could travel full-time in an RV, not necessarily ‘Arvey, so we keep looking at one with a bath and a half and a king bed and more space. Later this year we are planning an extended trip – about 7 weeks – in ‘Arvey with Rusty and Randi up the East Cost to Williamsburg, round to Gettysburg and back to Dallas through Kentucky and Arkansas – about 3000 mile round trip.
The discussions are over, the trip was a success and we decided in late August 2014 that we can travel fulltime, as long as we had a new RV with a full and half bath – the Fleetwood Bounder 36E is perfect. We bought Arvey Junior on September 10 2014. Our house was sold by October 30th and the estate sale emptied the house by October 24th, apart from some items we just couldn’t part with that are now in storage. Phew !!!
So now we are snowbirding in Aransas Pass, South Texas from November through March and travelling the United States for the rest of the year. So that’s where we are – somewhere in the US.