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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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Thursday, November 23, 2017

10:57 AM EST [Link] Happy Thanksgiving 2017! [comments: 0]
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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! This guy was kind enough to pose for me a little while ago! Lots to be thankful for! This pic of mine was even shared to the instagram community by IgersMass this morning!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

01:34 PM EST [Link] Happy Juke Day [comments: 0]
jukeday2017 (97k image)Today is National Jukebox Day so here's a picture of ours to celebrate. Speaking of which, I have to put some new records in it that we got over the summer and that I've finally got around to printing the labels out for. Yeah yeah all the technology in that machine can fit on the size of a thumbnail now but there's just something cool about watching all the mechanicalness of it do it's thing. Plus, it's such a great conversation piece when we have guests over.

Today started out like it was going to be a problem with the furnace not working properly but thankfully it was just a switch that needed resetting and all is fine. It acted like it wasn't receiving the inputs from the thermostat settings, but we had a guy we know come over who lives around the corner who knows about these things and discerned and resolved the problem real quick - thank goodness.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

07:53 AM EST [Link] Different Side of Nubble [comments: 0]
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Was going through some old pics and came across one from 2010 when we were in Maine. This is taken from actually behind the island the lighthouse stands on while we were on some sort of boating excursion, hence the different angle. If I remember right, the water was really choppy and we felt pretty sea sick but managed to get through it. Looking back now it was worth it to get this particular shot though.


Monday, November 20, 2017

01:59 PM EST [Link] Instathanksgiving [comments: 4]
Going to try something a little different this year. Yesterday we got all the needed ingredients to basically do all of Thanksgiving using the Instant Pot, which includes the turkey itself. Looking forward to see how it all turns out. We can do it since it's just a small gathering. Will keep updating on this to see if it's a hit or a miss. As an aside, that Pot is pretty amazing with what how many different things you can do with it, and it's done so fast, quick, and easily.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

09:47 AM EST [Link] Starting to miss Summer [comments: 0]
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Orleans, MA

Also, where the hell did this year go? Almost over already! Feels like a blur.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

10:27 AM EST [Link] Next on the Reading List [comments: 0]
Two books I noticed that just came out that I think I'd be interested in reading over the next month or so. Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind, and Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

09:52 AM EST [Link] Taking a Dip [comments: 0]
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Still around, just been either too busy with work/life, or just don't have anything really worthy of mentioning at the moment.


Friday, November 10, 2017

12:58 PM EST [Link] Bridge Over the Charles [comments: 0]
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Newton, Ma

Thursday, November 9, 2017

12:24 PM EST [Link] Website Server Work [comments: 0]
Webhoster is upgrading server from Ubuntu Linux version 12.04.5 LTS to 14.04.5 LTS. What does all that mean? - should be nothing - just a note that the site may be unreachable for brief periods of time while the upgrade happens. So sit tight if you don't see anything, but overall, disruption should be minimal.

Update Complete: Things seem alright to me.


Monday, November 6, 2017

07:55 PM EST [Link] Up and running [comments: 0]
New photo printer is up and running! This is cool, it's fast but I especially like the fact that I can print to it wirelessly, which is what I've been playing around with tonight and it's working like a charm. It pays to upgrade once in a while!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

10:45 AM EST [Link] Busy week [comments: 0]
Busy busy - my sister moving back home (just showed up at the door with a U-Haul full of stuff and said she's back - needless to say, although my Mom loves seeing her, this was unexpected and a bit jarring - should be interesting to see how it turns out since they don't get along all that well), hitting a concert last night (highlight- "Jon" handing a pick to LD personally! - The Jovi tribute was great, but the other two were just so-so, more like just an excuse to get plastered for most folks anyway - and there were some doozies as per usual, including a somewhat uninhibited woman grinding into LD and her friend), dealing with the basement (luckily after two different contracting folks checking out - overall no damage, just have to let it dry out over time and we should be good - I'll have to be more vigilant about certain things clogging up around the place but overall good news and I was able to glean some good tips about how to help prevent this from happening in the future). My photo printer arrived last week so I want to try to set that up early in the week and try it out. Also my MsPac desk toy arrived and it is very tiny but it does work as advertised - still can't beat the real full size one we have in the game room.

Here's a pic from the Cosmic Meditation we did under the Swissnex Dome at Boston Hubweek 2017 from a few weeks ago:

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

09:50 AM EST [Link] Halloween 2017 [comments: 0]
We must have greeted at least 50 kids last night, and they were mostly younger tots with their parents. Now to eat all that leftover candy.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

08:31 AM EST [Link] Walking on Water [comments: 0]
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Nothing worse than finding out the finished basement has some flooding. Actually it's not all that bad but it has gotten beneath the carpeting in spots. Trying best to dry it out now with dry vac and humidifiers and will then assess the best way to move forward. I don't feel it rained all that bad the other night but I guess it did? Will have to further assess how the runoff for that particular day was different than any time before. I don't think we were the only ones in the neighborhood with the problem - it's just that this never happened before so it's a little concerning.

In other news, I ordered a new color photo printer. The old epson just wasn't cutting it anymore plus this new one will be able to do 5x7s as well as 4x6s. Also it's built to run with Windows 10 and has wi-fi printing capability which blows the old circa 2006 printer I had away. I also finally ordered one of those tiny arcade Ms. Pacmans I blogged about a while ago. More like a little tchotchke desk toy for me to play with.

Oh, and it's Halloween so gotta help hand out treats to the kiddos.


Monday, October 30, 2017

10:18 AM EST [Link] Weekend Update 10/27-10/29/2017 [comments: 0]
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Couple of pics from over the weekend, some animal visits (apparently as of late they are having a horse stay in with the goat barn which doesn't allow us unfettered access anymore, and that's a real bummer because that's the main reason we go, but hopefully it's not a permanent thing), checking out some foliage sights (mostly around Newton and Westwood, but no place in particular - just around), getting caught up with things at home (including making a bolognese in the Instant Pot - that device is pretty amazing! Glad I bought it for LD last Xmas). Got some much needed massages on Sunday, Other than that, nothing earth shattering.

A while back I was musing about, you know how sometimes you'll see a person, usually an elder, and they are really hunched over? I was wondering about when they go to lay down, do they straighten out, or are they still hunched? I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner, but months later it occurred to me that perhaps they just lie on their side, thereby still being hunched. However, if they were to lie flat, would they straighten out? I suppose not because then they wouldn't be hunched over in the first place, right? Plus for them it's probably painful if not impossible to do so. Ok, this train of thought is really weird.

I did start reading a new book, although it's actually a fairly old book now - Love is a Mixtape (one of LD's old books lying around actually that I decided to give a spin). For some reason I had a hard time starting it but it's getting easier now. It reads a little dated to me, but I suppose that is to be expected.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

06:10 PM EST [Link] Halloween is Coming [comments: 0]
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Shot from a cemetery in Arlington, MA

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

09:36 AM EST [Link] Colors [comments: 0]
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Haven't had much to say lately - just that I've been feeling pretty tired these days and trying the get up in the mornings is getting harder and harder.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

08:21 AM EST [Link] Oldie But a Goodie [comments: 0]
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Birds enjoying the New England Autumn

Sunday, October 22, 2017

08:32 PM EST [Link] Today's Adventure [comments: 0]
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Leaf peeping along the Charles. Went looking for some foliage locations today - stumbled upon this place.

Also had to get around the Charles Regatta this weekend - forgot that was happening, and made a chicken pot pie in the Instant Pot (although it came out more like chicken soup).

12:07 PM EST [Link] Autumn in the Air [comments: 0]
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12:04 PM EST [Link] Painted Lady and the Man Date [comments: 0]
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Painted Lady Butterfly

Went on a Man Date last night. Saw the new Blade Runner (which is one weird movie) with one half of M&M while the other half hung out with LD. We had a nice dinner and then went to the movies while the girls must have been chatting away with eachother and drinking pumpkin martinis. I did have fun though - a little bro bonding.


Friday, October 20, 2017

02:40 PM EST [Link] Details Create the Big Picture [comments: 0]
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09:44 AM EST [Link] Dreaming of Angel [comments: 0]
So last night I had a dream. In the dream, LD and I appear to be watching over the three kids. Oreo, our cat, is there as well. There's a lot of screaming and running around going on. We appear to be in some sort of house/warehouse with little stairs everywhere, surrounding what appears to be a mini bowling alley lane, no pins or gutters, and kind of small,but I distinctly remember seeing the guide symbols. The kids are chasing Oreo up and down the stairs. He is keeping ahead of them but there's only so many places he can run and will probably eventually tire, it being three on one. We yell at them but nothing seems to happen. As all this is going on, I look to the ceiling. It's all a mess of thin steel, or perhaps iron, pipes criss crossing into what appear to be rafters. Angel is there, looking down on all of us and the activity, rather nonchalantly - a look I had seen many times before. She is watching Oreo get chased but just keeps watching. Then she looks at me, nonchalantly as well, as if it's just business as usual. I climb up on one of the staircases closest (the setting doesn't really make any sense to me). Everything else drops away as I raise my hands to Angel but can no way reach her and she doesn't really move anything, just keeps looking at me. Just then Josh - the youngest of the three kids, rolls some sort of small steel bowling ball down the lane, making noise as we all look to see what caused the noise. When I look back up to the rafters a second later, Angel is gone.

I don't know if there's any supernatural meaning to certain dreams we may have, but in this case I'd like to think that maybe there is. I'd like to think that Angel's sending me a message that's she's watching over us and that all is well. I awake just then and my eyes are teary. It's been 4 months now but it was definitely a sign worth waiting for.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

11:04 AM EST [Link] Gruesome [comments: 0]
That was a pretty gruesome injury last night to the Celtics' Gordon Hayward. Bummed that it probably going to set us back a bit but I feel more for the guy. Hopefully he can get well soon and maybe contribute. Seeing it live on tv when it first happened was pretty cringe-worthy. 5 minutes into the first game of the season. Unreal.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

08:53 AM EST [Link] Fall Is In The Air [comments: 0]
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Boston Common.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

04:52 PM EST [Link] Cosmic Meditations [comments: 0]
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We went down to Hubweek 2017 at Government Center this morning to partake in something called Cosmic Meditation. We lied down flat looking up under this big dome that projected onto it cosmic imagery while meditating. There was a photographer there so maybe you'll see us in the Globe or something. We also checked out some of the other exhibits there, then went to Brighton and bought new sneakers.

Friday, October 13, 2017

03:05 PM EST [Link] Fri-yay Vibes [comments: 0]
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Kind of a busy Friday, between getting an oil change this morning, and then taking my mom to get her license renewed, then meeting LD for lunch, and even trying to catch up on a little work. So here's a picture from York from a little while ago.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

07:42 AM EST [Link] Pumpkin Patch [comments: 0]
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Carefree youth frollicking through the pumpkin patch.

Monday, October 9, 2017

08:47 AM EST [Link] Jerz Weekend Sights [comments: 0]
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Parsippany, NJ

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Long Valley, NJ

What a whirlwind of 24 hours. We're exhausted. From trying to find a hotel room (everything was booked solid throughout in a 25 mile radius for some strange unknown reason) to the long drive back and forth. Still, all in all, a pretty good quick visit. And I got this year's gourd from the field.


Friday, October 6, 2017

03:30 PM EST [Link] Impulse Buy [comments: 0]
Think I'm going to have to get the Tiny Arcade Ms. Pacman to go along with the full size one we have in our game room! Just because I collect those kind of things.

10:56 AM EST [Link] Seascape [comments: 0]
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Cape Cod, Sept. 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

09:20 AM EST [Link] October Sunsets [comments: 0]
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Paine's Creek Beach, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

03:28 PM EST [Link] Dead Derailleur [comments: 0]
Next to read is book #14 on my list: Surviving Jersey: Danger & Insanity in The Garden State. I picked it up tonight at a nearby venue that I heard the author will be at, although I won't be staying for the talk. Also, I've been editing the left photo sidebar so it works again - minus the database issues.

Great. On the way home from work the front derailleur on my bike snapped right in two. Nice metal piece. Well, I can still ride it though - can't shift gears but hadn't been able to do that in a while anyway. I think next spring I'll bring it to the shop and have the whole drivetrain assembly redone as it probably needs to be done anyway. Just how far can I take it before it totally craps out?


Monday, October 2, 2017

07:29 PM EST [Link] New Laptop is Sweet! [comments: 0]
Back in business!!! Now just to download my programs - restore my settings, etc. and I'm golden!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

08:24 PM EST [Link] Happy October! [comments: 0]
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Other things from today: car washes, dropping off books at various little libraries, cooking up out grown eggplants, and using the instant pot to cook chicken breasts.


Friday, September 29, 2017

10:40 AM EST [Link] Morning Glory [comments: 0]
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These beauties we planted earlier in the season are starting to pop all over the deck. I'm trying to guide it to get it to go over the railings and up along the top and the sides of the deck. I think it'll look cool when it does that. This particular one has two different colored flowers, blue and a purple, although you can't see the purples from this particular picture.

Also my laptop might arrive later today! I ended up going with an Acer 15.6-Inch FHD Notebook (Intel Core i3-7100U 7th Generation , 4GB DDR4, 1TB 5400RPM HD, Intel HD Graphics 620, Windows 10 Home) in Obsidian Black. I don't need anything super powerful these days - just the basics, although I probably won't begin messing with it until Monday night.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

02:34 PM EST [Link] Hubweek 2017 [comments: 0]
Thinking of hitting up some events at this year's Hubweek. Went to one last year and it was pretty cool, we got some cool swag too!

07:55 AM EST [Link] The Culprit [comments: 0]
Got around to plugging in the new power supply on the rig. Everything worked again until I plugged in the video card so I think that's toast. Not really worth getting a new one at this point. So I disconnected the hard drive and luckily at work I'm borrowing an external drive enclosure and 250GB USB drive, so I'm copying all my files right now to the drive. Now I'll need to think of another place to copy them to but at least I have the files! Special shoutout to Chuck for helping me out BIGTIME with the resources!

Actually I just popped on a new laptop. It was time for an upgrade anyway. Should be here in a few days.

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