About

The title of this blog was inspired almost 40 years ago when I drove into West Virginia for the first time. I was on my way to check out an apartment that had been rented on my behalf near WVU, where I would finish my undergraduate degree in Chemistry. After I entered the state, I hopped on a 10-mile segment of the then unfinished I-79. A sign near an unfinished Rest Area said “Welcome to West Virginia” with “No Facilities” on a small sign that was screwed onto the bottom.

The sentiment of that phrase has morphed from the whiney complaint of an 18 year old student who didn’t fully appreciate how lucky he was to even be attending college, to a badge of honor. In fact, “no facilities” has dominated my life and livelihood. As a systems developer, I have made my living creating what wasn’t included by the architects and builders. The systems that could be but weren’t, are the things I have spent 30+ years designing and building. Outside of work, I enjoy making things; furniture, cabinetry, new spaces in and around our house are all fertile ground for my hobbies.

I have other blogs, technical work-related things, but I’m not going to point them out here. This blog is for the stuff that doesn’t fit over there, the things that stir my interest but can’t be precisely packaged, categorized or targeted to a specific audience. I hope this blog attracts some of my existing readers, but I am not trying to build an empire of influence. As I mentioned in my profile, I enjoy woodworking, cycling, and photography. Previous hobbies have included a 30-year love affair with a Triumph Spitfire and routine maintenance of a couple of Dodge pickup trucks. Automotive work is a hobby I set aside as the Triumph aged and cars became more sophisticated. I still enjoy building and maintaining mechanical contraptions

I have also come to associate “No Facilities” with people, towns, countries and situations which can be described by a lack of resources, attention or opportunity or those situations where the status quo just doesn’t include everyone.

I have a small but loving family that I introduce over time. They are important to me, but they share information about themselves, or they choose not to share and I respect those choices. The topic I started this blog with, influence, is centered on this family, they are the people who consistently influence the course of my life.

29 Responses to About

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  2. I look forward to reading more of your blog!

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  3. nades3 says:

    I nominated you for a WordPress Family Award! Congratulations and thanks for your support of my blog! Find out more here: http://pittsburghmommyblog.com/2013/08/11/thank-you-for-the-wordpress-family-award/

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  4. John Hric says:

    Dan,

    I like the concept of your blog. I find a wry irony in the statement ‘ “No Facilities” screwed onto the bottom.’ How often the necessary is overlooked and out of budget. This is for your use and convenience. It will just be not quite so useful and perhaps very inconvenient. Especially if one follows the instructions from the GPS and turns into the river….

    “Welcome to West Virginia” with “No Facilities” screwed onto the bottom.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks for the comment John, and for following. It’s hard to describe how depressing it was to see that sign. I didn’t understand how minor an inconvenience it was and I try to focus on that. Still, I get sad when states (like CT) close rest areas (or close the building and drop in a porta-potty) to save money.

      I love your blog. So much beauty, so much to understand and you explain it all very well.

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  5. Dan, I’ve enjoyed reading your blog very much. Your posts are so informative and enjoyable to read. My best, Rose

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  6. gpcox says:

    It seems I see your Gravatar photo on every site I visit, so I thought I’d drop and say hello. It appears we have similar interests.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks for connecting. I don’t think I followed a blog as quickly as I followed yours after first seeing it. My father was in the Pacific in WWII but he didn’t share much information and he died way too early. I have always enjoyed learning more about that region.

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  7. Miss Lou says:

    You have really interesting diverse life.. Chemistry and contraptions eh?

    Spitfire! Really? Wow.. lol

    It’s wonderful to meet you (and any members of your family I may also encounter)
    Thank you for taking the time to participate in conversations taking place in my posts too! I greatly appreciate that!

    ML

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks. I’ve always thought it has been an interesting life. I’m trying to share bits and pieces of it and make it interesting to others. My daughter’s thoughts and experiences can be found at http://soundofswarming.wordpress.com You do a good job of encouraging comments. I like that about your blog.

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      • Miss Lou says:

        Thank you very much for your kind words.

        Sometimes I am introverted and don’t enjoy the company, virtual or otherwise.

        Most times, I love to talk to people about their lives and their journey and how they got the point they tare at.. and where they are going… and all that business!

        Thanks for the link to your daughters blog, I will travel over and take a looksies!

        ML

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  8. Dan, that is a charming “About” page. Nice work.
    Cheers,
    teagan

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  9. A thoroughly interesting page. I wholly endorse your decision not to share your entire family life here as well; whilst my family are without doubt the most important thing in my life, I don’t see that as sufficient reason to make their lives entirely open to the public, other than the occasional reference to them when and where appropriate or such time as they want to share more in my writing.
    I see you had a Triumph spitfire? I was lucky enough to own a Triumph Stag many years ago, and I swear it got more admiring looks than many of the much more expensive and flashy Porches that were so beloved of young city business men of the time (I was of an age when that sort thing was quite satisfying for me). Nowadays I drive a big old Land Rover 110.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I always wanted a TR6 but they stopped making them before I could afford to buy anything. It was a 79 Spitfire and it was fun but unreliable. I kept it long enough for my daughter to be able to drive it.

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  10. brickthomas says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your writing and look forward to reading more. Thanks for following.

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  11. Kelly Grace says:

    Hi Dan,
    There’s something so satisfying about working with our hands!
    My dad was a plumbing contractor and I learned to drive in a 1962 Dodge pickup truck on the old road that led to the dump! Dad never worked on cars, but he said a good mechanic was worth his weight in gold. I grew up around men of the trades and spent many Saturday mornings with my Dad on job sites. He had a lot of respect for framers and finish carpenters. He said most of his work was underground or hidden inside the walls, but the cabinet makers work would be seen every day by the people who’d live in the house. He said no woman he knew ever liked a kitchen with uneven cabinet doors or hard to open drawers. The details mattered.
    Your Tag cloud shows your wide range of posts and I spot a few common interests. I’m checking out a few selections from your blog roll too, so thanks for including that.
    Have a great weekend.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Kelly. I spent tine working alongside plumbers and electricians, it takes them all to make a house work. I hope you do find some interesting bits out here, it’s a little random, like my desk and workbench. I’ve just peeked at your blog. Don’t be surprised to see me following.

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  13. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post. I hope you will come again some time. Blessings, Natalie :)

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  15. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks Dan. Really pleased to have found your blog and look forward to lots of exploration. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel).

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  16. Dan, thanks for following Featured E. I also used to have a ’76’ triumph Spitfire! Loved that car and also tinkered with it. Actually, refurbished it from scratch one piece at a time! It was a great hobby. Best regards. Al

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