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Somerville Bike Path (10.18.16)
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Natick Falls, Natick MA (10.16.16)
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Sunset at Ten Pound Light, Gloucester MA (9.24.16)
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Rooftop Pool, Gloucester MA (9.24.16)
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Prospect Hill Tower, Somerville MA (9.20.16)
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View of Boston from Prospect Hill, Somerville MA (9.20.16)
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Bigelow Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetary (Sept. 2016)
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Winslow and Tiki (Sept. 2016)
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Pemaquid Point Shot, Maine August 2016
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Zen along Ocean Point, Maine (August 2016)
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Mystic Seaport Dusk, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Rocks and Roses along Penobscot Penisula (8/9/16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #3, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #2, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #1, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Rock Harbor, Orleans Cape Cod Sunset July 2016
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First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod MA July 2016
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First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod MA July 2016
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Chatham Light Beach, Chatham MA July 2016
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Chatham Light, Chatham MA July 2016
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Highland Light, Truro MA July 2016
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Capr Cod Windmill, Easton MA July 2016
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Greyson the Alpaca, Hubburdston MA July 2016
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Mystic Seaport Sunset, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Sea Lion, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Sailing around Windmill Point, Hull, MA (7/2/16)
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Sailing around Windmill Point, Hull, MA (7/2/16)
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Boston Light (7/1/16)
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Point Judith Light Area, Narragansett, RI (6.12.16)
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Lighthouse Mailbox, Somewhere in RI (6.12.16)
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Pemaquid Point Maine 2011 (re-issue 6.6.16) - I'm jonesing to get back there. I have a thing for lighthouses and puffins. Maybe this summer!
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Approaching Infinity, Scituate, MA (6.4.16)
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Visiting Cohasset (6.4.16)
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Approaching Minot Light off Cohasset coast (5.29.16)
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Iris from my Garden 2016 (6.1.16)
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Endian Goose Chicks, Wellesley MA (5.30.16)
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Turkey Strut. Westwood, MA (5.30.16)
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Cormorant Convention 2 (5.29.16)
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Approaching Minot Light off Cohasset coast (5.29.16)
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Kingston Coastline (5.29.16)
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Mermaid at Tiny Tall Ships Festival, Somerville MA (5.14.16)
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Goose Chicks (5.13.16)
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Close Up Bunny (5.12.16)
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Portal @Assembly Square, Somerville MA (May 2016)
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Downy Woodpecker Sighting, Norwood MA (May 2016)
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Goats! Boonton NJ (4.23.16)
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The Look of Wonder, Boonton NJ (4.23.16)
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Goats! Boonton NJ (4.23.16)
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

10:22 AM EST [Link] Brickbottom Throwback [comments: 0]
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Here's a pic I took a few years ago out the window at a place called Brickbottom, just outside of Boston that showed up in my feed, so I figured I'd update it a little bit and repost. For the update I blurred out most of the background and just left the focus on the train in the lower left corner. I feel it's a cool photo but I'm not totally satisfied with it. It was shot with an older camera that I had at the time and I can't seem to get the colors or brightness/contrast just right. This is a location I would like to shoot again someday with the tools I have now. The thing I like about this photo is it's a view of town you don't usually see, and includes an MBTA railyard.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

09:27 AM EST [Link] Still Biking! [comments: 0]
Whew! Still averaging at least twice a day biking into work. These mornings are starting to get real brisk - downright cold even. In the past, I generally would only ride in the best of conditions, but I'm pushing myself a bit this year - going to try to do it for as long as possible. This year, by far, is the most I've ever ridden.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

07:11 PM EST [Link] Goat Love II [comments: 0]
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Spent a few hours at the animal sanctuary today.
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08:02 AM EST [Link] Entertaining Success [comments: 0]
I'd have to say last night was a huge success. I was a bit nervous doing all the cooking for our guests, but the rain stopped and held off just long enough to grill all the meat and various veggies. And I am pleased to say that it all came out better than even I expected. Really lucked out this time. I think I made a really good impression. We also got to play with all our various toys with our new friends, chat about various things, even showed off some of my various photo books which they liked. So I think they really enjoyed themselves. I know that I did. We don't entertain others often but this was really fun! This couple is most likely going to be our new double-date/hang out pals. We've got some stuff for the future lined up already! They're pretty cool folks.

Friday, October 21, 2016

12:47 PM EST [Link] Fall Cleanup 2016 [comments: 0]
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This is a wonderfully colorful time of year in New England, but I kinda hate having to do the fall cleanup. There's so many leaves here, all over the decks, patio, etc. I really need to invest in a leaf blower/vacuum. Like, serious. Got guests coming over this weekend so kinda want to place to look really nice. Even got the game room up to snuff with a polished air hockey and foosball tables, and of course the Ms Pac and Juke are going through their tuneups! But it's mostly making the place look nice. I even get to grill for others this weekend! I did find time to take an autumn snap however, of what's left of the garden, pulling the last of the cucumbers and peppers. Leaves falling on the crushed stone of the garden path photographed above.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

11:35 AM EST [Link] TrumpBookReport [comments: 0]
A moment of hilarious respite from the horror.

Literary Classics Through Trump's Eyes

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

08:26 AM EST [Link] Biking Autumn Commutes [comments: 0]
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Scene shot while biking to work this morning.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

04:08 PM EST [Link] More Foliage Shots [comments: 0]
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Another from yesterday.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

07:19 PM EST [Link] Today's sights [comments: 0]
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Pemaquid and I in August
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Buying a new suit today!
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Indian Burial Ground, Natick , MA
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Cows in Dover, MA

Friday, October 14, 2016

09:12 AM EST [Link] Fall Cleanup Prep/Gratitude [comments: 0]
That time of year approaching again, taking out the AC, replacing screens with glass panes in doors, dealing with leaves, it's fall cleanup time!

I'm working on a 'gratitude jar'. It's an interesting idea, so why not!

I also need to buy a new suit this weekend for an upcoming event next month! Ugh.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

12:16 PM EST [Link] Gloucester Sights [comments: 0]
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Gloucester, MA

Monday, October 10, 2016

11:03 AM EST [Link] Pumpkin Picking [comments: 0]
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Trolling around the patch yesterday, Montville NJ.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

11:12 PM EST [Link] Dinner and a Show [comments: 0]
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Saw Jersey Boys last night and dinner at Blu before the show. The show itself was great, but having seen in on Broadway a few years ago, it's just not as good as that one - but still good, and great seats! 4th from the front, you could see the makeup on the actor's faces!

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Here's a different angle, taken from the window of Blu, just before downing my watermelon martini.

Tonight, swam in a deserted pool in Florham Park, NJ just about an hour ago - truly glorious. It was an event fulled day, that's for sure, between driving, planning, cooking, visiting some other peeps, etc...

Thursday, October 6, 2016

10:51 AM EST [Link] Happy Thursday [comments: 0]
bsh16 (125k image)Happy Thursday! Here's a pic I took a little while back of the Old State House. I like the grittiness of this one, personally. Looking forward to the weekend, with a trip to the Opera House to catch a play, and then some field naturing.

Also, what's up with all these supposed clown sightings?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

09:51 AM EST [Link] Luke's Diner Popping Everwhere [comments: 0]
Balls!! Sorry to miss this. Luke's Diner Pops Up in Brighton This Week - Free coffee and Gilmore Girls!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

01:51 PM EST [Link] Psychoanalysis Comics! [comments: 0]
Strange "Psychoanalysis" comics from the 1950s!

I'm going to have to track physical copies down!

09:08 AM EST [Link] Time Marches On [comments: 0]
I remember seeing this item in a record store up in Gloucester with LD a couple of weeks back and thought it was a pretty unique item. The book itself was also actually the record (instead of vinyl it's actually made out of thick cardboard). I remember reading on it that it was a wonder of technology (certainly at the time, but now..no.) . They were selling it for a few bucks (copy looked a little beat up), should've picked it up just to hear what the song sounded like. I also liked the fact, that it said on the cover that it could actually be washed! It appears to be from 1955.

All in all, September was pretty good, with the aforementioned trip to Gloucester, along with trips to Mount Auburn, a quick Jersey jaunt, visiting the Sanctuary, climbing Prospect Hill Tower, playing some street pianos, doing a bunch of backyard grilling for us and guests, and a bunch of swimming in various pools! Still averaging biking in twice a week!

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Today's throwback pic - St. E's.
I apparently took this shot two years ago today.

Monday, October 3, 2016

08:20 PM EST [Link] New Faces, Old Faces [comments: 0]
The various visits last weekend were fun. A little of some new faces, and a little of some familiar faces. It was a good weekend to do hang outs since it was rainy and a little gross outside. Other than that, pretty much life as usual, busy day today at work, just getting ready for the next weekend!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

10:24 AM EST [Link] Water Aerobics [comments: 0]
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Just sitting on a fish. With the
weather turning cooler, it's time to
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The instructor at the gym where LD goes said they could bring a friend as it's her last day there before moving to NC. So I went to the pool at the gym for water aerobics today! Never thought I'd ever find myself there doing exercise with a bunch of women (and one other guy). It was fun though! Got to admit, it was hard to get out of bed this morning, it being all rainy, gloomy, and a little cold (but not too bad) to go do it, but I felt I needed to push myself and I'm glad I did. Naturally I hit the hot tun after it was all said and done. You'd think there'd be photos or some kind of celebration for the lady leaving, but didn't seem like there was any to be found.

Tonight - game/pizza night with some folks I never met before. Wish me luck! Then tomorrow, off to another house party!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

08:53 AM EST [Link] Happy National Coffee Day! [comments: 0]
Going to be pretty caffeinated today!!

National Coffee Day Freebies

Update: I was actually too busy today to check any of these out (pout) - plus I'm not sure how accurate this was because I heard the DD's around here were charging 66 cents.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

08:11 AM EST [Link] Madcap Recap [comments: 0]
Rode the bike in today. Generally don't like to do that in the rain, but it's just a drizzle and it's supposed to clear up later and I'm trying to not use my car if I can to ease wear and tear until I can get my hands on something new (used actually, still looking). It's not the rain that really bothers me, it's more the puddles because my bike tends to kick up dirt and water in the rear.

Checked out one of the Street Pianos yesterday afternoon down by Lesley U, pretty cool. There was a nice little congregation of young folks there checking it out - perhaps they were students. Also last night, watched the debate tucked into my comforter because it's starting to get a little chilly now - the question becomes, as it does every year, how long can we go before having to turn on the heat, right?

I still need to write up about last weekend, maybe LD can guest write that on for me! It was a day to celebrate her after all, and how grateful and lucky I am because of her. I had a good time - the roof deck is definitely the best part of the place - I found it interesting that the water line of the pool and hot tub is even with the decking. Sort of like an infinity pool but you could walk around it. It's also really close to the bar, prompting me to wonder if anyone ever fell in. Guess the staff has to watch that pretty carefully.

Hope this week goes by quick - planning on a game night with some new people and a pancake breakfast near Buzzard's Bay. There was talk of me trying out Bubble Soccer but I don't see that happening... yet. And the week after that, I booked tickets to another musical! One we've seen before on Broadway but I was itching to see another live show.

Monday, September 26, 2016

07:20 PM EST [Link] Play Me I'm Yours [comments: 0]
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A little Moonlight Sonata outside Lesley University College of Art and Design

12:15 PM EST [Link] More Beauport [comments: 0]
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The Greasy Pole
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The Hotel
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Joan of Arc
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White Egret sighting along road
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*growing pains
*views and vistas
*roof deck pool/hottub/mingling with folks
*climbing rocks
*vinyl record finds

Sunday, September 25, 2016

03:58 PM EST [Link] Beauport Overnight [comments: 0]
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Look toward Ten Pound Light
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Swimming in pool before hot tub
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A different Gloucester Fisherman statue...

More thorough write up forthcoming...

Friday, September 23, 2016

06:17 PM EST [Link] Creeper [comments: 0]
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

08:46 AM EST [Link] Two Years Ago - Saybrook [comments: 0]
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Sunset - Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Not sure what I did to my right shoulder, but it hurts like a MF. Might have to take it easy for a bit.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

01:05 PM EST [Link] Hade [comments: 0]
If you're looking for a lunchtime diversion check out this game Hade (it's still being developed). I can't seem to figure out Level 11! Arrgh!

Oh, I finally figured that level out - not sure why that one took me a while. Our brains are weird.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

07:35 PM EST [Link] Scaling Prospect Hill [comments: 0]
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Climbed to the top of the tower this afternoon, it has finally finished being renovated. Great views of Boston from up there. George Washington raised the first flag there!
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View toward Boston - Zakim Bridge in background.
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

02:34 PM EST [Link] Reading Morning [comments: 0]
Finished reading Patient H.M. today. What an amazing story, from the patient, to the backstory of the doctors, to the science, and finally the personal connection of the author - highly recommended. I couldn't imagine living like HM did, not being able to remember anything from one minute to the next. But then again, not remembering that.

Here's some more of the story. You can also google HM for tons more.

Now I want to visit the MIT Museum even more, not just for the robotic stuff (which I still haven't gotten around to), but to also view the slice of his brain there!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

06:07 PM EST [Link] Mount Auburn Trip 1 [comments: 0]
While LD is off on a solo adventure this weekend with her girlfriend, I decided to take a jaunt out to Mount Auburn - a test run so to speak. Here's a few photos from this afternoon.

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Bigelow Chapel
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Mary Baker Eddy Gravesite
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View of Boston from atop Washington Tower
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Only wildlife seen today - wild turkey
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Primrose Path
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Washington Tower

Thursday, September 15, 2016

08:21 PM EST [Link] Happy Birthday Boston Light! [comments: 0]
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(America's very first lighthouse and still going - 300 years old yesterday!)

02:54 PM EST [Link] We Tried! Thanks Though! [comments: 0]
Thanks to anyone and everyone who voted for my picture of the Lagoda. Looks like I;m going to come in 2nd place with 19 votes. The number one vote getter has 601 votes which seems suspect to me since everyone else has below 20 votes, but whatevs. (And I don't think the picture's all that good but no sour grapes!)

Monday, September 12, 2016

08:55 AM EST [Link] Mondaze [comments: 0]
Back from a weekend in Jersey and woke up to a flat tire on my car.

Mondays are so much fun.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

07:20 PM EST [Link] 9-11 Never Forget [comments: 0]
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Taken in Morris Plains, NJ 9-11-16

Friday, September 9, 2016

09:11 AM EST [Link] Photo Art [comments: 0]
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Photo art editing a pic I took last weekend.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

08:01 AM EST [Link] Chicken Feet? [comments: 0]
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What is up with those feet???
Scene from last weekend.


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