The Life and Times of Douglas R. Bayliss
I was in therapy for a while and my therapist was impressed I had already started a timeline. I was only trying to reconcile any possible Mandela effect my mind plays on me regarding the past. Putting things in chronological order seems to straighten things up for me.
Why are timelines important?
A timeline is a list of important events arranged in the order in which they happened. Timelines are often used in history textbooks and biographies — they explain what happened during a certain period of time or to a particular person, starting with the earliest event and moving forward through time.
I’m trying to work on my ancestry and am now in the mode of my own recollections. Who knows maybe someday it’ll give my offspring a glimpse into the life of their father and grandfather.
Importantly, I hope this will help me stop dwelling on the past so I can pick up creative writing again. Speech and Creative Writing were my favorite classes in high school and college.
All About Me
Thank you for visiting. I may come back occasionally with more pictures or if I’m reminded of something else. I’m sure there are lots.
Time & Place
1957 State College, PA
My Birthday, 12/28/1957
My earliest memory is riding a tricycle down the hallway of what appears to be our trailer.
Sky Manor Airport
We lived at Sky Manor while Pop-Pop built our 1st home!
Another early memory is of Great Grandmother, Nana sitting on a chair in the kitchen. She seemed very old.
Asked Mom how hot the iron was she said to touch it and find out. I think from this early age she lost my trust.
I remember going for walks with my cousin Nancy in the woods behind Sky Manor. We would get afraid of the wicked witch in Hansel & Greta!
Nursery School at a local church.
Day trips to Sky Manor. I loved going here it was much fun!
I cried and cried every morning when dropped off at nursery school. Why?
I must have been mad about something asI turned and walked down the hall with my head cocked back. Oh, boy was mom ever insulted and mad. I argued that I was only looking at the ceiling but got my mouth washed out with soap.
Started Kindergarten at 6 years old because of my birthday.
Riding Tractor w/Grand Father to mow airfields. Airplane rides.
My best friend parent's owned the Pittstown general store and post office. Would go there for candy.
Got in trouble for biting an older girl's finger but she was teasing me on the school bus.
Got my own bedroom.
Transferred to a new school halfway through 1st grade. A bully terrorized me almost every day on my walk home.
Walk to corner 5 & 10 store to buy candy.
Mom broke up a friendship with a neighbor girl. We were best friends. Never saw her again. 🙁
Many trips to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park during the 1960s.
The Ryland Inn
Longer walk to school but with new friend, Betty-Ann. We had to cross busy Rt. 202!
Dad is often away on business and sibling rivalry begins.
Redington Twp Elemenatry School
Dad brings gifts from Germany/China.
Dad tries to help me with homework and belittles me for counting on fmy ingers but the school used a counting man with fingers to teach math. Talk about conflict. Quarreling with brother continues while Dad is away on business.
12 yrs. old
Riding my bike along the ravine behind the house.
Mother screamed so loud the whole neighborhood heard (Dad was away on business). Dad pitted me and my brother against each other with boxing gloves in front of a business associate.
Time & Place
Daniel K. Reading Middle School
Physical fighting w/brother.
Cousin exclaimed "look at him run!” at a family reunion. 1st time I consciously thought something was wrong with me.
Hunterdon Central High School
Class of '76
Spent the whole summer in Germany. Best time of my life.
Dad's company Bayliss Industries was on RT.31 and the school bus let me off so I could work there! I thought it was so cool testing these big spray nozzles.
Got my drivers license!
1st car crashed into in parking lot by a reckless driver. Mom blamed me and my friend.
Hung out with friends at the Circle Diner. French Fries & Gravy!
Best party ever with HS friends.
Keystone Jr. College
Made life-long friends!
Keystone Jr. College
Started working for my Dad.
Bar hopping often with HS friend Walter!
Started dating our secretary Michelle!
The 1970s was one hell of a decade to come of age!
Everyone Knows The Eighties Rocked!
Place & Time
Raritan Valley Community College
5 yrs w/Bayliss Ind.
1st Presbyterian Church in Reaville, NJ
Married Michelle, 9/24/83
Still at the church, my brother was wise cracking our marriage would not last -within earshot of Michelle.
Rented 2nd floor of an old house on historic Broad Street.
Dad sold us to a competitor for "mutual benefit." Bayliss is wholly owned subsidiary of Andersen 2000, Inc.
9 yrs. with Bayliss Industries!
Catherine's birthday, 3/1/1985
Bought our 1st home behind Daniel K. Reading school.
Dumped by Andersen due to irreconcilable differences. Bayliss Ind. is shut down.
Full-charge bookkeeper then promoted to Manager of Finance.
Sold house moved to MD (worst life choice ever).
Trained 7 bookkeepers on how to use an electronic spreadheet.
Bitch boss fired me on Christmas Eve because I made her look stupid (she was).
Pointed out error on Acct Temps assessment test and became a star employee.
Jared's Birthday, 3/5/1989
Hard Times Ahead
Place & Time
Hired as project manager for TREMA's 1st US-based project. The customer was WR Grace in Curtis Bay, MD. It was very much profitable. Go me!
Finally settled on the sale of our home in NJ and we bought a house in Catonsville.
Dad left WR Grace and joined TREMA, NA. as President
By now I have developed an accumen for buisiness and corporate finance.
Since Dad got company shares he thinks is my boss, not a collegue. 🙁
Catonsville Comunity College
Diagnosed with CMT
Erica's birthday, 5/3/1992
TREMA North America is now Bayliss Technologies.
Parent company dumps us over irreconcilable differences with my Dad (all financial not engineering). Dad purchases the company in a bid to keep it alive.
Erica is diagnosed with Lissencephaly
Brother tells Michelle we should let Erica die because she will never contribute to society.
Children's Wish Foundation grant Erica a 7-speed trike!
Dad fulfilled his dream of hiring my brother, but it spelled the end of career there.
He questions me often on why we take care of Erica and not put her in an institution.
We land a huge contract for a hazardous waste disposal system.
My Brother jumped across my desk and attacked me after I accused him of manipulating our dad.
Bayliss Technologies files for bankruptcy and is re-organized. I am kicked to to curb.
Middle River Aircraft
Obtain Microsoft Certified System Engineer certification.
Intense arguing w/Michelle
1099 IT Work
Bought house in Littlestown, PA
Almost lost house in Littlestown, PA
Home Sales Co.
Land position of Systems Administrator
The Daily Grind
Place & Time
Accused by State of NJ in multi-state Grand Theft auto scheme.
Legal fees +$10k
RIP Erica, 4/5/01 - succumbed to pneumonia in sleep
Started a DJ side hustle to fill the void over losing Erica.
Lasted 10 years,
RIP Mother, 12/18/2007
Cat & Tito Married, 9/14/2009
Place and Time
10th Anniversary with Home Sales Co.
Son's of Italy Bull & Oyster Roast!
Co-admin of computer network promoted to "department head." My job sucks now because he is an ass.
Annual Memorial Day Picnics lasted 3 Days!!
Hard now to lug around heavy stuff so stopped DJ business.
Also no longer fun. Michelle & I seldom agree.
Started Jupe's Treats!
A return to #BHS
RIP Dad, 1/15/18 - fell and hit his head on way into a doctor's office.
20 yrs w/HSALES
My website in honor of of the memory of Erica
Harney Rd on market w/Joy Daniels
My new car after truck was lost imcrash
A kid drove through a stop sign in front of me. I dislocated my elbow, fractured my arm in two places, cracked my collarbone, bruised my lung.
The driver's passenger was killed. 🙁
Don’t Look Now Here Comes COVID-19
Place & Time
1 day before Pennsylvania mandated shutdown for
Closed Littlestown in a parking lot because all offices were closed. Thank God our realtor was dedcated to sell!
Closed in Carlisle in a tag & title office, No mask required but staff was freakinng out.
Places are closed everywhe due to
Stopped by a cop because he thought I cut him off. He charged me with drunk driving.
Went to court and beat the DUI charge!
Caught COVID-19 and for 48 hours I layed in bed while COVID-19 tried to kill me.
The whole ordeal lasted two weeks.
Waited over a year for our house title because COVID-19 gave folks a reason not to work.
Mask mandates. Depression
Long-term COVID? I know I'm old but odd things going on. Still glad I didn't get the jab. Otherwise I'm fine.
Time to Move On
Let’s concentrate on the future now!