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Gloucester Cruise (Easter, 2017) - Stacy Blvd. Shot
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Baby Bunny we called Cottonball, Norwood MA (backyard - Jun 18, 2017)
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Gloucester Boating (weird sky), Spring 2017
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Gloucester Cruise (Easter, 2017)
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Red Barn in Snow, Bolton MA (Feb. 2017)
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Long Beach/Beach Haven, NJ (December 2016)
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Surf City, NJ (December 2016)
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Supermoon November 2016
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Fall Cleanup (October, 2016)
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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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Cape 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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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

09:00 AM EST [Link] The Joys of the Valley [comments: 0]
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Autumn in the air, Rockport MA 9/16/18

So yesterday the Somerville house basement flooded in the deluge, even with the sump pump going gangbusters. Once everything dried out, the hot water tank had to be re-lit and the furnace needed to dry out, but everything appears to be back up and running now, so no harm no foul. It's just a pain in the neck whenever that happens. It's mostly because the house sits in a valley between two hills and there a lot of impervious surfaces and the city infrastructure is pretty old and has a hard time keeping up if the rainwaters come down too fast. That's life though.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

07:41 AM EST [Link] In The Fog [comments: 0]
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Fog burning off Thatcher Light, Rockport MA

Stay dry today peeps, as the remnants from what was hurricane Florence sends some rain our way. Todays pic is kinda how I feel today - in a fog, dreary, tired, and not wanting to do anything really. Lazy. For this pic I clambered up some rocks and saw the lighthouse in the distance and thought I would frame the shot as so. It was sunny out but foggy where the lighthouse was at the time - actually more of a haze and it wasn't the greatest part of the day to take shots due to the position of the sun, but I made it work.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

04:37 PM EST [Link] Rockport Overnight [comments: 0]
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View out the window, Rockport MA - 9/15/18

Part 1 of Ladydoc Appreciation Day was an overnight stay at a place in Rockport that I'd been wanting to try for a while. It was very relaxing. Oh, the night before we went out to the movies and didn't get home til pretty late so we were a little wiped. The movie itself was ok - to me it was pretty great for everything except toward the end when it got less mystery/thriller and more campy. Fun outing, nonetheless.

This morning we were up before the sun to get some sunrise shots along the coast where we stayed. After breakfast we hit a number of small coves all over Rockport to see what we could discover. I'll be processing some of the better pictures over time and will share them. We then had a nice lunch in G-Town, some beach time hanging on the sand and LD getting a dip in, and then it was finally back home to get back to the grind. I'm planning on grilling tonight (hamburgers came out really well - pat myself on the back), and then we'll do food prep for the week. The nice thing is though that toward to end of the week, it'll be time for LD Appreciation Day Part 2! Another coastal location, hopefully another relaxing, fun filled adventure.

On the negative side, I seem to have messed up my shoulder (tone of knots - I think that go back to the Schooner Event a few weeks ago) but perhaps a massage on Thursday night will fix it.

Friday, September 14, 2018

09:49 AM EST [Link] Tree Guys [comments: 0]
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Light and shadow.

I'm over here watching over the tree guys finally address the two trees in the back yard that got damaged all the way back in March when we had those really bad storms. There's like 5 spidermen running around with ropes and ear protection! It's good to be finally getting this done before the next winter / bad weather event occurs around here. I also got around to hanging up the other stained glass piece in the sunroom. Now both pieces are hanging proudly.

Tonight we're off to see the movie A Simple Favor with our other couple friends. I know nothing about this movie other than it's supposed to be some sort of thriller.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

10:07 AM EST [Link] Cloak and Dagger Soundtrack [comments: 0]
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While processing the above picture from the Schooner Festival a couple weeks ago, I ened up listening to the Cloak and Dagger soundtrack on Youtube - good music! Really adds to the show!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

09:13 AM EST [Link] Plans Come Together [comments: 0]
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Took the car in for an oil change this morning, got done, took it back home, got on the bike, and pedaled into work today. Getting stuff done. There was a great house we rented in Nags Head, NC some years ago that I really liked - I hope it makes it okay through the hurricane. It would be a shame to see such a nice place get wasted. Also, the wild horses although I read that they have a way of surviving events like these.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

10:34 AM EST [Link] Perspective Matters [comments: 1]
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Got a bunch done today, grocery shopping, food prep, even had an hour at the sanctuary, and generally just getting stuff done for the upcoming week. After supper, we can chill and await the Sunday Scaries!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

09:47 AM EST [Link] Changes of Plans [comments: 0]
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Well, we were supposed to head down to Dartmouth today to meet up with a old friend, but come to find out she has laryngitis and is feeling awful, so I guess we'll need to occupy ourselves with something else to do today. In the meantime, here's another schooner shot from last week. I've been trying to go through my photo sets to see what might be of interest.

You can definitely start to feel the fall beginning in the air up here this morning, as it's a little crisp but nice. I was able to hang one of the stained glass pieces in the sunroom yesterday as a test, regarding placement, structural integrity, etc. May end up moving it again or possibly reinstalling it in a different way. Once it's perfect we'll start on the other piece.

Update: Ended up taking a ride down to Newport, RI. Also stopped in for lunch at a place called the Safari Cafe which is part of the OceanCliff Resort and Hotel not too far from Castle Hill. This place will need to be investigated further as a possible stay someday - really nice views of the ocean there. Anyways shots from all around Newport I took and will be processing what I think are the best ones shortly.

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Our lunchtime view

Friday, September 7, 2018

02:05 PM EST [Link] New Washer/Dryer In [comments: 0]
The new Samsung washer and dryer are installed and I've just run the inaugural load! Pretty fancy stuff - you wouldn't think I'd get excited about a washer and dryer but the electronics geek in me likes learning all the features and the digital readouts. Nice thing about the washer is it doesn't have the dumb tube in the middle taking up space like the old one did and I get a little fascinated watching it intelligently balance the load on it's own. While it was running, I did fire up the Ms. PacMan arcade machine we have down there and played a few rounds - haven't done that in a while. Gotta have some friends over for a game night one of these days - there's foosball and air hockey too. I had to move the hockey table out of the way so the delivery guys could get the things in and out but I've returned it to it's rightful place now and is ready to rock.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

08:21 AM EST [Link] Boston Scene [comments: 0]
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Little heavy on the nautical shots lately? Well, I told you I did like them! This shot came out kinda cool. I like the tones in this - almost like a drawing but not. Helps that I just happened to be there when these items were there as well, so for me, it's part being in the right place at the right time, and then just touching up the tones that I find pleasing.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

08:03 AM EST [Link] Love of the Sea [comments: 2]
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Schooner Festival, Gloucester MA 9/2/18

I've always had a thing for nautical. I like taking shots of boats and I like being near the ocean. I'm not sure where that comes from - maybe from growing up in the city and I like the change of scenery. Maybe because Boston is a port town and it's always been near. Definitely it's the smell of the ocean air that usually puts me to sleep after a while. Little known fact you might not know about me however, is that I never learned to swim. So I just wade around up to my chest. Anyways, these particular boats are really awesome looking - so sleek and from a when the only power was the wind. I personally like the way this shot came out - you should see the full size version - it's stunning to me! If you really look you notice things that you don't see at first - like the guy standing on the prow of the rightmost boat, and the fact that there are actually five schooners in this shot and not 2 (they are behind the two in front).

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

10:55 AM EST [Link] End of Summer Grind [comments: 0]
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Ugh - finding it hard to get motivated today after having such a nice, relaxing long Labor Day Weekend. Actually, I have been able to get a few things done, so it's not a total waste. Just other places I'd rather be at the moment. I'm sure most of us feel that way, right?

We've discovered that doing food prep is much better when you have the jukebox on churning out the tunes.

08:58 AM EST [Link] September Starts [comments: 0]
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Nantucket Lightship

Monday, September 3, 2018

09:45 AM EST [Link] Happy Labor Day 2018 [comments: 0]
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Introducing two new members of the family today - a new Samsung Washer and Dryer! The old dryer was crapping the bed and LD never liked the washer she had, so brand new appliances. Yay! Should be installed by the end of the week!

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Sad to see that the garden is starting to fade for the year. Overall, our flower production this year was off the chart, but to be truthful, our vegetable production pretty much sucked. Ah well. Still have some blooms and the butterfly bush is going gangbusters - I think that's going to be really nice after a few years if we can keep it healthy. Unfortunately our peppers were eaten by Chips the Chipmunk, and our zuch's except for one never hit full production mode.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

08:44 AM EST [Link] Saturday Schoonering [comments: 0]
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Parade of Sail, 2018

Had a great time at the BBQ last night. A lot of laughs were had, it was a good time. But today's another day and I'm currently in Gloucester solo wanting to photograph the schooners in today's Parade of Sail. I'm right here on Stacy Blvd waiting for the ships to pull in. I debated about whether to go or not, I am a little tired, but I somehow got to resolve to finally decide and here I am! Plys, how could I pass up such a beautiful morning along the coast?

Saturday, September 1, 2018

09:05 AM EST [Link] Downtown Friday II [comments: 0]
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One last trip for a while into Boston on Friday - the last day of August. Trying to get a couple more shots of places/things I missed the first time around. While there I also picked up a "Lock" for my mom. She uses this pamphlet that comes out weekly to help her out on what to play in the daily lottery. It's essentially a couple of pages of various numbers that are supposedly due to come out soon. Does it work? Well, there does seem to be numbers in there that do come out, but 1) you have to pick those numbers and play them which too many quickly becomes expensive and 2) they'd all come eventually, right? But she likes it so whenever I'm in the area I pick it up for her. Used to be able to get it in Davis but they don't seem to carry it anymore. I tried looking for other places this pamphlet might be but it is rather elusive to find.

I also went down to the seaport (again) as it's my favorite place in town (I have a thing for the ocean, and nautical stuff). Got to get right next to the Nantucket Lightship, which was cool. Never been that close to it before. A lightship is basically a boat used as a lighthouse to help other ships navigate. They are used in waters that are too deep or otherwise unsuitable for lighthouse construction. Also took a couple of crowd shots around various areas, something I don't usually do. Stretching my wings a little bit.

I also went into the King's Chapel. Never did that before but I said what the hell. Cool thing I liked about that place was the pews are basically booths. That was new to me - I'd never seen anything like that, with cushions that go all around the perimeter of the booth mostly. I found this to be actually awesome and wonder why I've never seen anything like this in any other church I'd ever been in.

All this walking has sure made my legs and feet tired. But can't stop now - having a couple of folks over this afternoon for some BBQ and libation. Hoping I don't screw it up!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

08:03 PM EST [Link] Reflections [comments: 0]
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08:03 AM EST [Link] Gonna Be a Big Mess [comments: 0]
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End of Summer Swan Rides - 8/24/18

I actually did end up going down to the town meeting to listen to the bridge closure discussion last night. It's not pretty. That bridge basically more or less carries 4.7 Million cars of traffic in a year and that's all basically going to be diverted onto the side streets and especially the street that I live on. Buses will also need to use the route. If you take the bus, you're not going to be happy because there won't be any access to those stops along the square so you have to walk a half mile to the nearest one and then get on the bus that's also sitting in the same traffic. Not great news for the high schoolers who use the bus to get to school and activities either. Probably going to add a lot of time to their commutes. Not sure how the businesses in that square will cope with deliveries and dumpster removal and all that. The problem is that it's such a major thruway but there really isn't any other way to get around there that does not impact the surrounding neighborhood. And this is supposed to last for an entire year - even to pedestrians. They will have to walk so far out of the way to get around it's probably not worth it to even go that way for anything. Glad I don't abut the tracks - can't imagine what those days would be like listening to them construct things all week - possibly on nights and weekends schedule permitting. The city can't control that though - that's a state decision. They may end up making the street I live on a one-way to deal with it, also not sure how those new crazy zigzag bumpouts will also impact the increased traffic load. How are we supposed to get out of our driveways with so many cars coming through? They also said they'd have to contact Google Maps and Waze about things so those apps don't have everyone driving down to get around the closure. Even though the detour they proposed goes pretty far out of the way around the city. It's going to be a big mess.

Anyways, I didn't stay for the whole meeting, I just wanted a gist of what the proposals were and none of them are really that great but there's not much they can do given the situation. I think I may be on camera in the crowd so I'll have to catch the recap on the local access channel just to see myself and maybe hear more of what they were saying since the microphone they used was terrible.

I did ride my bike today, despite the heat advisory warning and oppressive heat. It's not that long a ride and as long as I stay hydrated I feel pretty good.

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Seaport District, 8/24/18

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

10:40 AM EST [Link] Downtown II [comments: 0]
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The city is having a meeting tonight regarding closures of bridges in town and I'm seriously considering going and hearing what they have to say as the main one on Broadway will be closed for a year to all traffic and sounds like a very big deal, and I'm wondering what mitigation will be in place. It would be the first time I had ever attended one of these community get togethers. This is all part of the Green Line Extension Project - the city is expanding the oldest subway line further into Somerville and Medford.

I've been experimenting with my photography again as shown above. What do you think? I'm trying to give it a film like quality. This may just be a phase for me. I think it looks cool, but I think I might get tired of the look after a while - seems somewhat dystopian. I've had experiments in the past where they looked good to me at the time but when I look a year down the line at them, they don't seem all that pleasing to me. I suppose it depends on the content of the image as well. We'll see - it's only bits and bytes afterall.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

10:43 AM EST [Link] Reading is Fundamental [comments: 0]
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Read a book. I didn't always like to read believe it or not. In school, actually I hated to read - maybe because we couldn't really chose what we wanted to read. Was never that much in Shakespeare and such, although I didn't mind Of Mice and Men and Flowers for Algernon. My thirst for reading actually came about in my 30s (I guess my 30s when I somehow awakened). I happened to be watching C-SPAN of all things and they basically dealt with authors that would write about American history. On this particular episode they were taking about Carrie Nation. Anyways, I was fascinated by the story - it had the history aspect, but also the personality of the person aspect (you can't beat an old lady dressed in black and being strangely tall smashing barrooms with a hatchet) and that really stirred something in me, enough that I wanted to know more and check it out. So I read it, and at about the time I finished it I had decided to try my hand at making a website (this was the 90s and was all new). Anyways, through that is how I came up with the name for site (mainly because I just couldn't come up with anything else for a domain name - but I digress). Anyways, after that I would watch future episodes of the show and if I found the topic interesting I would go check that out. And that's how I got to where I am today. I do not like to read fiction as I find the true life stories more fascinating and inside of me I have a thirst for learning about various things - so I tend to be drawn toward people who made a difference or found something new, or persevered through adversity, or sometimes I would be just curious as to how something came to be and by whom, so I would want to learn more about that. That's why I'm actually not too bad at the game show Jeopardy - all this trivial knowledge of various things that I had read.

08:16 AM EST [Link] A Different View [comments: 0]
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I took this view of Acorn Street because the actual street was being dig up with construction. Walking by I could actually see some of the pipes that run underneath the cobblestones. They did look pretty old! Anyways, it proves that you can always get something from the area, even if the main draw is unavailable, and that's how I like to view my philosophy on life. I guess I've become a positive person. I wasn't always like that though. Growing up I was the most anxious, worry about everything, super quiet type of kid. In fact, I still sort of clam up and get anxious when I'm with a group of folks, probably fairly normal behavior to a lot of people - but that's a story for another time. I think around my 30s I came to realize that in the long run, everything will just work out in the end, one way or another. I'm not saying that one shouldn't worry about things - just don't let it overtake you, and try to make the best of what you've been given. Sometimes you'll surprise yourself about what you can find. That's definitely happened with me.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

10:28 AM EST [Link] Perspective [comments: 0]
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It's all a matter of perspective, right? Today is all about getting ready for the week! Making tacos this week for the food prep! Did have some time and got a new book out of a little library we passed by - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, so that's next on my reading docket.

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Well, I'm off to the final summer concert on the common series here to see if I can win the final raffle. I've come up empty every time I've tried so far. Maybe this time I'll get the gift certificate. Probably not, but I can't win anything if I don't at least try! Update: I didn't win - better luck next season.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

12:44 PM EST [Link] Old Ironsides [comments: 0]
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Here's the shot of the USS Constitution stretching her legs out in Boston Harbor yesterday morning, which I just coincidently happened to be near at the time.

LD was kind enough to let me tag along with her gym class this morning so I could use their hot tub while she did her pool workout to ease my tired muscles. It felt really good. Then we had to go down and get one of her tires patched because it kept leaking air over the last couple of days. Come to find out, there was a screw in the tread.

I want visit Quincy sometime soon. Known as the City of Presidents because both John Adams and John Quincy Adams were presidents from there, but that's not why I want to go. I want to visit the original Dunkin Donuts location. The ad says it's been retro-renovated so I'm wondering if they made it look like it did back in the day. Quincy's also known as the location of the first Howard Johnsons but I am not as interested in that.

Friday, August 24, 2018

08:35 PM EST [Link] 152 Was the Friday Count [comments: 0]
LD had to go into work today so I tagged along and played Boston tourist and ended up taking over 150 photos from various parts around the city. I think I may have got some good ones, including the USS Constitution turning around in the Harbor, which was totally unexpected to me, but I also was down the seaport, the Garden, the North End, Beacon Hill, yadda yadda. Needless to say it feels like my legs and feet are going to fall off. So, expect me to post a bunch of them over the next couple of days as I go through them. Hopefully they'll be some gems.

I was amazed at the level of various construction projects that are being conducted all over the city. Not a good to be a tourist at a bunch of the usual highlight spots - even Paul Revere park is now inaccessible. Suppose it will be nice when done. The just finished a bunch down at the seaport, and I have to admit, they did a wonderful job. Easily the best part of the entire city if you ask me.

Crashing the night by watching this 3 part Pam Smart show on iD. That is some crazy fucked up shiznit. Truth is stranger than fiction! (ps, she isn't convincing me otherwise of what the trial results came out to).

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

08:04 PM EST [Link] New Chips [comments: 0]
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When I went into the 7-11 up the street this afternoon, I was finally greeted with these two new Lays potato chip flavors, so naturally I just had to try them, fully not expecting too much from them. So what are my results? Well, the ketchup flavored one actually does taste somewhat like a chip dipped in ketchup. It's not bad at all - in fact, I can chomp on those while watching Law and Order reruns on Ion all night. However, the Lobster Roll one was really disappointing - to me it just tastes like a regular chip. I mean, I know it isn't actually going to be like a lobster roll but come on! A look at the ingredients lists the Lobster Roll seasoning as basically just salt, butter, sugar, and onion powder with some red bell pepper. Uhmmm, I guess there is no lobster roll flavoring ingredient in and of itself! Maybe process some actual lobster into the mix? Probably too cost prohibitive, plus maybe that would be gross. Like I said though, I didn't taste any lobster roll. Guess I'll still be going to Maine for those - haha!

These are only limited time flavors (they do have some others but many are regional only so I think one can only get the lobster roll flavor if they live in New England). So if you would like to try some yourself, you better get down to a place that has them on sale. You can actually look for places that have it on Lay's website if you're really curious to find them.

I had to try them.

11:01 AM EST [Link] Thoughts on Thoughts [comments: 4]
Are people finding this blog boring nowadays? I used to be more introspective in in the earlier days (which you can read some of the better ones over on the sidebar on the right - so "emo"), but now I pretty much use it to showcase pictures that I take, with a little commentary on the side. Would folks prefer to see more thought put into the entries? Not that it'll happen, but I would take it under advisement. Truth to tell, I don't think I'm all that interesting. I'm pretty basic, and through the use of photos, more or less shows what I've been working on, and hopefully through that, can get a picture into my current world. I do like to try to capture the experience of what I am seeing with others through my photography - maybe they can get a glimpse into who I am that way. Or at least what I thought "looked cool."

Still, I do think I should write a little more - just hard with life going on and all. Maybe I can start by getting around to writing reflections on my latest birthday perhaps? The hardest part is finding where to start. I can usually end pieces on a high note, but the beginning is where I seem to have the most trouble. Once I can get the ball rolling, I can pretty much finish the piece, but I need a spark. I haven't had any spark lately. I need to go find something to ignite it. Like rubbing two sticks together until finally a spark makes a flame. As an aside, I never could get sticks to light no matter how long I rubbed them together. I know not every thought needs to be profound, but I feel like for me to write anything of import, it needs to be. Otherwise it's just a list of the day-to-day ennui that we all go through as we move throughout our day. A checklist of what I did, although to some extent I suppose that helps shape me into what and who I am.

Perhaps I could write about memories, reveries, experiences that shaped me and continue to. Hell, even this entry is starting to sound introspective in and of itself. Or am I deluding myself into thinking this is actually "good?" Would anybody really care anyway, outside of my circle of loved ones and friends? Perhaps all this book reading I've been doing lately is somehow inspiring me to want to do more, to share more, to be more than I currently am.

Ultimately, I just do this for me. Perhaps it's time for me to listen to myself, no matter if it's good or not, interesting or not, profound or not, and just let the words flow from my consciousness. Maybe others would find the ride enjoyable, humorous, thought-provoking, or just a way to waste a few seconds of their time. Maybe I just feel a need to want to discover myself a little bit more.

I think I will start rubbing those two sticks together now and see what happens...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

10:02 AM EST [Link] Goat Pals! [comments: 1]
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This is probably my favorite shot from last Sunday at the Sanctuary. It's a picture of Bean and Buckley - two rather young goats that like to hang around with each other. Goats are actually very sociable animals.

I looked up some more little library locations close to my bike to work route and found two which I checked out on the pedal home. They didn't really have anything great in them, but one did have a collection of Far Side cartoons which I took and finished already. Checking out these libraries has got me into reading again (although I never quit) but has increased my quantity and maybe even opened me up to some other genres that I generally wouldn't check into. Then when I'm done I end up sticking them back into a different library for someone else to possibly enjoy.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

07:40 PM EST [Link] Peekaboo! [comments: 0]
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Peekaboo! Can't hide from an alpaca!

Found a really cool little library in Canton MA today - definitely going to hit that one again sometime later. Spent a good part of the afternoon at the Sanctuary today - hadn't been there in a while. Then it was off to Trader Joe's and later ended up grilling some dinner on the BBQ - Chicken and Salmon, and getting food prepped for the week. Finally went down to the town center to try to win the raffle, but again came up empty. There was some german band playing there - since it wasn't in english couldn't understand a word - not my choice in music for sure.

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Mrs. Turtle and some veggies.

08:57 AM EST [Link] Jack Chains and Future Plans [comments: 0]
Finally went to to Home Depot where we got some jack chain and some other hardware to get around to hanging this two stained glass pieces for the sunroom. We had to get some assistance from a guy who works there on just how to do it proper which took a while. Luckily we didn't get drenched yesterday as the timing was pretty good as it poured while we were in there but slowed considerably after we checked out. I have the chains attached to the pieces, now I just need to drill the supports into the wall. Saving that for later today.

Also booked stays in Rockport and Maine for the upcoming Ladydoc Appreciation Day in September! Both by the ocean, one where I've been wanting to try out for while, and one she's been wanting to try out for while. Got to try to change it up every year. I couldn't keep it surprise from her this year though - it's just been getting too difficult now to do that.

The latest find I picked up in a little library and have been reading is called Archaeology of the Bible. It's a little dated having been written in the 70s, but I find that ancient civilization stuff sort of interesting.

Most likely have to bail on the alpaca yoga this time due to certain circumstances, however, it will remain on the radar and we will keep checking to see if there's ever another one. It's up by Johnny Appleseed country, a place we visited a couple of years back, so it's a bit of a haul. We do have a plan B for today however!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

09:03 AM EST [Link] Date Night Boston [comments: 0]
Yesterday's highlight: Last night we managed to get try the last night of the 2 week event Dine Out Boston by hitting a local steakhouse called Sofia's. I ended up getting the Short Rib Pappardelle, which was really tasty - I had never had anything like that before. But the best part was LD's dessert which was Oreo Cookie Truffles. She said the chocolate taste was amazing. Best she ever had, direct quote.

Earlier in the day, the cat had a vet appointment, and thankfully he checks out fine for a 17 year old little guy.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

10:00 AM EST [Link] My Strengths [comments: 0]
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July, 2018

So I while back I took a test of some sort to determine my strengths, or personality traits. My top five were Harmony, Consistency, Context, Empathy, and Achiever. Quite an interesting look into myself and I think it's pretty accurate. So, in order from the most strong on down:

Harmony meaning I look for consensus. I don't enjoy conflict; rather, I seek areas of agreement.
Consistency means I am keenly aware of the need to treat people the same.
Context meaning I enjoy thinking about the past. I understand the present by researching its history. This is SO me!
Empathy meaning I can sense the feelings of other people by imagining myself in others' lives or others' situations. And finally,
Achiever meaning I have a great deal of stamina and work hard, and that I take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.

Overall, not too shabby, anyone that knows me really well would probably agree with this assessment. Guess any negative faults I may have are further along down the list of possibilities (again, these are only the top 5 from a total of 35), but let's focus on the positive!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

08:02 AM EST [Link] Distance [comments: 0]
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Back to the grind, find it hard to wake up in the mornings this week, can't seem to get the motor running. Hitting various little libraries through all the different towns we visit - some times we actually find pretty decent stuff - but is dependent on whatever happens to be in there when you look. Some of the more ornate ones are actually pretty cool little works of carpentry art. Anyways, might try alpaca yoga, yes, you read that correctly!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

08:35 PM EST [Link] Shipwreck [comments: 0]
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The Sunday Scaries are the anxiety that sets in on Sunday nights with the impending return to the office, school, or work. Whether you call them The Sunday Scaries, The Sunday Blues, The Fear, The Shakes, The Dread they're there.


12:03 PM EST [Link] View Atop Cape May Light [comments: 0]
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

02:40 PM EST [Link] Achievement Unlocked! [comments: 0]
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North Cape May, NJ 08/08/18.

First Sunset of a New Age! I've levelled up, in videogame parlance. Some things done over the last few days: staying at a remarkable historic Inn with a nice pool and huge jacuzzi tubs in the room, checking out some little libraries in the area, all clustered together and yes did get some new books and left some, climbed Cape May Lighthouse - all 199 steps in over 95 degree heat but had to see some amazing views of the white sands and clear blue ocean, dinner inside a former church serving up some amazing Italian dishes, sunsets from various locations (we are big on sunsets), another quick celebration in Montville, and too many others for me to recall right this second.

Needless to say, it was all worth the wait, to get to this part of my life.

Friday, August 10, 2018

07:28 PM EST [Link] North Cape May at 50 [comments: 0]
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Couldn't be a more perfect way to celebrate my birthday. Thank you Ladydoc! Got lots of pictures and stories to process, in due time, but for right now, here's a pic in North Cape May where we frequented and watched a sunset together.

Monday, August 6, 2018

08:24 PM EST [Link] Salad and Ships [comments: 0]
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Today's culinary choice, Basil, Tomato and Mozzarella salad from the garden!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

05:38 PM EST [Link] More Birthday Parties [comments: 0]
Today I got to go to someone else's birthday party - but this one was a friend of ours who just hit the ripe age of 80 (and I thought I had it bad). Nice thing about this one was it was at a function hall, early afternoon, and was done in a couple of hours. Pretty good! We ended up sitting next to some girl and her parents who were all a little whack, but I could relate to them a little bit in some ways. Couple of interesting stories to relate. The girl who keeps the plate full for the whole time and then crazily starts gobbling it down toward the end. Let me tell you, this chick was a real firecracker. The mother who tries to set said up girl on dates with the kid working the event, even though she's almost 30 and he's probably still in high school. Naturally there is some friction between the girl and her mom. Ya think? The father who speaks softly, which I thought was just the way he is, but actually because he has no teeth and doesn't want to show them, so would rather just talk softly then getting it addressed and covers his mouth with his hand while saying something to someone so you can't see what he's saying while at the table with others overtly. Guess everyone's family is a little nuts somewhere, makes me think my own family isn't in the minority on craziness. Actually, I found them fascinating and I had a pretty good time listening to their stories. I wouldn't mind seeing them again someday and listening to all the drama, although I probably never will. Beats looking at PDF documents all day.

12:30 PM EST [Link] Castle Hill 2018 [comments: 0]
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09:14 AM EST [Link] PreGame Festivities [comments: 0]
Last night I was taken out to a pre-birthday celebration dinner by LD and our couple friends. I chose a place in Plymouth that I had liked in the past, and although it's a pain to get to, and not anywhere near the waterfront, and an hour or so wait time, I think everyone enjoyed the meal and I had a great time. Then we went and they had a cake specially made for me (with input from LD as to what the theme of the cake should be)! I must say they hit it out of the park.

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I probably should do some reflecting on what this particular birthday will mean to me, and I tried to write some thoughts down for a few minutes, but then gave up and went on and read a book, or watched tv, or something. I suppose I should get on that. Ultimately, it doesn't matter what the number is, what matters is are you happy with yourself and your life? And I can truly say that I blessedly am. I'll probably get around to writing something more a little later in the week though - some people (i.e. LD) love to know my thoughts!


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