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It’s been a terribly long time.  So much has happened; so much has changed.  Though I traveled that road “paved with good intentions,” hitting the keys on my keyboard in the proper order and punching the < POST > button never became reality.

Now, worrisome thoughts arrived.  Could I enter the website, as in days past, and attempt writing an article?  (Obviously, this thought was purely self-induced mental torture – here I am.)  Would the dear readers remember me?  (Similarly self-induced, but … – are you there?)  Can I produce prose once again that’s worthy of publishing?  (You get the picture.)

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This first attempt at a return to glory seems doomed from the start.  I’m treading the dangerous waters of “Low Batt” in addition to recently funky Internet connections. All that aside, here goes ….

For those of you, dear readers, who wonder about my health and its probable cause for my absence, I’ve good news.  For a person of my youthful age, I’m in very fine shape now.  Episodes in hospitals have seen to that.  Without boring details, I will say that the pacemaker (with 15-year battery) implant and a massive change in my medication regimen, have set me straight.  The other tedious times spent in ICUs were worth it.

For those of you, dear readers, who are expecting wisdom and sage advice … that’s a work in progress.  The knife’s edge may have become dull, but the honing is ongoing.  Here’s hoping that I won’t disappoint.  There are plenty of topics to choose from, but I’ll try to stick with those in which I have an inkling of knowledge.

For those of you, dear readers, who look forward to weekly installments … time will tell.  This note – hardly an article – with all of its rough edges, is a starting (or is that “re-starting”) point.

“Tax Time” will soon be upon us.  I imagine an article or five on this confusing topic may be in the making.  “Provincial Life,” too, deserves some treatment.  Progress that’s wending its way up North, and changes – desirable and not so desirable – cry out for recognition.  Other “fun topics” are called for as well, to break monotony or seriousness.  I’ll see what I can do!

For this one, however, it’s “Low Batt” time – both on the tablet and in the cranium.  I’m looking forward to rejoining you once again.

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Paul is a CPA and a retired tax accountant, having served companies and corporations of all sizes, as well as individuals, in public accounting practices. Prior to what he refers to as his "real job," he served a 24-year career in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer. It was during this career that he met and married his OFW spouse of 40+ years, Emy, while stationed in London, UK. (Though he pleaded for the assignment, Paul never received orders to the Philippines.) A "Phil-phile" from an early age, Paul remembers his first introduction to the Philippines in the primary grades of a parochial elementary school where, one week each year, children donated their pennies to purchase school supplies, food and other necessities for Filipino children in need. That love for Filipinos continues to this day. Calling Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte--in the far northwestern part of Luzon--home (just about as far away from Davao as one can be while still being on one of the major islands) Paul prefers a more relaxed provincial life style, and willingly shares a different view of the Philippines from "up north"!

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Welcome back Paul. OB

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Thanks, OB – it’s good to be back. Heck, it’s good to be anywhere! ?

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Gee Bob – disqus this, FB login that. It’s going to take some getting used to around here! ?

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Good to see you back in here! Looking forward to hear more from a fellow Probynsiano.
Take care,
Pete

Paul Keating
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Paul Keating

Thanks, Pete. “Da Probince” certainly isn’t what it used to be. Progress might be slowed, but can’t be stopped. ?

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Paul Keating

Don’t set the bar too high, John. You might scare me away! ?

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Paul Keating

Thanks, Dennis. Now, you’ve set me to task, seeing how I’ve taken away the topic of discussion for you and your friend. I’ll have to work on something that the two of you can talk about. ?

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Dennis Glass

Paul, great to see you back again. Me and an expat friend were just talking about you, or rather your absence. Good to see you have returned.

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john Reiter

So o o o Good to hear from you again . You have been missed but certainly not forgotten. Intelligent and thoughtful comments are always welcome. Paul your comments are all of that and more. I for one certainly missed your comments and thoughts. I look forward to hearing much more of your thoughtful and clearly described ideas. Good to hear you are doing well and getting better each day. God bless and keep you in the palm of his hand.

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