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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.

Why now?

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.

1950’s

Time & Place

School/Work

The Good

The Bad

1957 State College, PA

My Birthday, 12/28/1957

1958

1959

My earliest memory is riding a tricycle down the hallway of what appears to be our trailer. 



1960’s

Year/Location

School/Work

The Good

The Bad

1960

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.

1961

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!

1962

Pittstown, NJ

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.

1963

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.
My 1-year-old brother fell into the pool and was pulled out by a man who worked for my grandfather. Saved his life.

1964

Whitehouse Station

1st Grade

Got my own bedroom.

Transferred to a new school halfway through 1st grade. A bully terrorized me almost every day on my walk home.

1965

2nd Grade

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.  🙁

1966

3rd Grade

Many trips to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park during the 1960s.

1967

East Whitehouse

4th Grade

The Ryland Inn

Longer walk to school but with new friend, Betty-Ann. We had to cross busy Rt. 202!
Loved going to the Ryland Inn a St. Bernard roamed the restaurant.

Dad is often away on business and sibling rivalry begins. 

1968

5th Grade

Redington Twp Elemenatry School

Dad brings gifts from Germany/China.
Started riding bus to school. 

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.

1969

12 yrs. old

Riding my bike along the ravine behind the house.
I got a pet alligator.

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.

1970’s

Time & Place


School/Work

The Good

The Bad

1970
Reaville, NJ

7th Grade

Daniel K. Reading Middle School

Physical fighting w/brother.
Took over his paper route when he was sick and a German Sheppard bit my leg.

1971

8th Grade

Cousin exclaimed "look at him run!” at a  family reunion. 1st time I consciously thought something was wrong with me.

1972

Hunterdon Central High School

Class of '76

Freshman

Spent the whole summer in Germany. Best time of my life.

1973

Sophmore

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.

1974

Junior

Got my drivers license!

1st car crashed into in parking lot by a reckless driver. Mom blamed me and my friend.

1975

Senior

Hung out with friends at the Circle Diner. French Fries & Gravy!

1976

Graduate
High School

Best party ever with HS friends. 

1977

Keystone Jr. College

Made life-long friends!

1978

Keystone Jr. College
Bayliss Industries, Inc.

Started working for my Dad.

Bar hopping often with HS friend Walter!

1979

Started dating our secretary Michelle!
Raritan Valley Community College

The 1970s was one hell of a decade to come of age!

1980’s

Everyone Knows The Eighties Rocked!

Place & Time

Preoccupation

Good Stuff

Bad Stuff

1980

Raritan Valley Community College

1981

5 yrs w/Bayliss Ind.

1982

1983

Flemington, NJ

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.

1984

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.

1985

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.

1986

Nielsen-Wurster Group
Hillsborough, NJ

Full-charge bookkeeper then promoted to Manager of Finance.

Sold house moved to MD (worst life choice ever).

1987
Westminster, MD

LMT Enterprises
Columbia, MD

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).

1988
Ellicott City, MD

Account Temps
Robert Half
Ruff Roofers

Pointed out error on Acct Temps assessment test and became a star employee.

1989

Jared's Birthday, 3/5/1989

1990’S

Hard Times Ahead

Place & Time

Preoccupation

Good Stuff

Bad Stuff

1990
Catonsville, MD

TREMA, GmbH
Servna Park, MD

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!

TREMA
North America, Inc.
Reisterstown, MD

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. 🙁
Many disagreements over spending.

1991

Catonsville Comunity College

Diagnosed with CMT

1992

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.

1993

Indianapolis Speedway

Erica is diagnosed with Lissencephaly 

Brother tells Michelle we should let Erica die because she will never contribute to society.

1994

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.

1995

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.
I am arguing a lot with Michelle.

1996

Bayliss Technologies files for bankruptcy and is re-organized. I am kicked to to curb.

1997

Middle River Aircraft
White Marsh, MD

Obtain Microsoft Certified System Engineer certification.

Intense arguing w/Michelle

1998

1099 IT Work

Bought house in Littlestown, PA

Almost lost house in Littlestown, PA

1999

Home Sales Co.
Hunt Valley, MD

Land position of Systems Administrator

2000’s

The Daily Grind

Place & Time

Preoccupation

Good Stuff

Bad Stuff

2000

Accused by State of NJ in multi-state Grand Theft auto scheme.

Legal fees +$10k

2001

RIP Erica, 4/5/01 - succumbed to pneumonia in sleep

2002

2003

Started a DJ side hustle to fill the void over losing Erica.

Lasted 10 years,

2004

2005

2006

2007
50 yrs. old

RIP Mother, 12/18/2007

2008

2009

Cat & Tito Married, 9/14/2009

2010’s

Place and Time

Preoccupationn

Good Stuff

Bad Stuff

2010

10th Anniversary with Home Sales Co.

2011

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.

2013

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.

2014

2015

Started Jupe's Treats!

2016

A return to #BHS

2017

2018

RIP Dad, 1/15/18 - fell and hit his head on way into a doctor's office.

2019

20 yrs w/HSALES
Retired on Disability

3/28/2019

My website in honor of of the memory of Erica

Adopted Artemis!

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

2020’s

Place & Time

Preoccupation

Good Stuff

Bad Stuff

2020

Moving Day!

3/26/2020






1 day before Pennsylvania mandated shutdown for

COVID-19

(3/26/2020).

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

COVID-19

Stopped by a cop because he thought I cut him off. He charged me with drunk driving.

2021

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

Irritability

2022

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.

2023

28

Time to Move On

Let’s concentrate on the future now!