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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!

Approaching Infinity, Scituate, MA (6.4.16)

Visiting Cohasset (6.4.16)

Approaching Minot Light off Cohasset coast (5.29.16)

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

08:55 AM EST [Link] Razing Begins [comments: 0]
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Looks like they've started to tear down the property next door at Earth-1 to put up a new condo. New neighbors are in the future. Should be better ultimately than what was there before which was basically just an empty loading dock. Should increase property values. House values in the immediate area are selling for just over a million dollars. Once the Green Line is finished, that should rise things up a bit as well.

Monday, December 10, 2018

10:34 AM EST [Link] Memorable Monday - LBI 2011 [comments: 0]
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Strung up some physical snowflake lights across the front of the house yesterday, and found the timer that turns them on and off depending on when the sun goes down. Hopefully it looks pretty good, might need to get more or adjust them somewhat. Can't stand the lights that folks have that project onto their houses. Makes me think the house has measles.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

03:39 PM EST [Link] Friendsgiving 2018 [comments: 0]
After getting some breakfast at a new place in Foxboro that we'd never been to before, we had to pick up some orange and pomegranate liqueur for a friendsgiving night we're attending this evening, along with some groceries from Trader Joe's and a quick Christmas Tree Shop run. I need to roast some special carrots in a bit as well. More later....

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Happy Thanksgiftmas! One of the desserts from last night's party with friends. The Cointreau got to us eventually.

Also been working on this year's holiday card...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

03:18 PM EST [Link] My Art on the Walls [comments: 0]
Here's a pic of one of my prints on glass. Came out pretty good, better in person, hard to photograph the glass without glare getting in the way. Also have some other ones on the wall, including

Kennebunkport, Puffins off the Maine Coast, Seals off the Cape (one of my favs), and a scene from Long Beach Island LBI, which I can't seem to locate in the archives at moment.

rockport_glass <BR> 103k image)Possible future choices:
Sunset Drive
Scituate Skies
In the Fog
Cliff Sights
Paine's Creek Visits
Chasing Sunsets
October Sunset
Light the Night
Good Harbour
Off to Sea
Boston Swan Boats
Good Day Boston
Maine Boats
Fall in Braintree, and
Mama and Baby Seal

This is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, as most of these are just from this year only. I would like to catalogue all my better photos and possibly get them into production. Any interest in any of these?

Saturday, December 1, 2018

06:01 PM EST [Link] Luminary Night (Updated) [comments: 0]
ll120118 (50k image)Started off the day (and yesterday) raking up leaves. Even though I filled 4 bags worth so far it still looks like I haven't raked at all. Oh well, did what I could. This afternoon we hit some little libraries. LD got some books and I found some weird book from the 70s called She: Understanding Feminine Psychology using Jungian concepts and using some greek myths as correlation, the myths of Eros and Psyche . Read it, didn't put much weight into it since it was written in the 70s and possibly woefully outdated. Still was fun to just see what it said though - plus it's so short I finished it in a half hour. Probably not real high on the feminists crowd but it was a product of the times. Also got it's companion book, He: Understanding Masculine Psychology, using pretty much the same premises. I also picked up a Japanese author's novel "A Pale View of the Hills" about a woman whose eldest daughter commited suicide. I just started this one and so far it is very appealing.

My Rockport print arrived yesterday, looks pretty sweet. Not sure where to hang it as of yet. I once again went to having it printed on glass, which really makes it pop and looks clean. Also yesterday I watched this Dateline episode entitled "Death Trap" which I thought to be one of their best. You may recall the story of a bank robber in PA who had a bomb around his neck which he couldn't get off. I never realized the super involved plot behind that. Also watched a couple of Cold Case episodes. That show was SOOO good.

Tonight we got our yearly luminaries lit, after dinner in Newton at a place called District 118, and lit them up and placed them under a tree in the town common. Poor LD did something to her ankle and is has been having some pain, so she needs to keep resting it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

01:38 PM EST [Link] Seas of Blue, Motif No. 1 Shot [comments: 0]
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Another summer shot.

Monday, November 26, 2018

08:55 AM EST [Link] Strange Roosters [comments: 0]
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A strange sight seen along someone's house in Newton. A collection of tall metalwork roosters planted in a lawn. Sometimes a roadside attraction can just be something in someone's front lawn. Other than checking this strange sight out, most of yesterday was pretty chill. Food prep for the week, catching some old episodes of Cold Case, admiring the tree, getting some new books from a little library. Pretty chill, overall.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

07:58 PM EST [Link] Simple Saturday [comments: 0]
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Nantucket Lightship Boston Harbor Circa August 2018

Today's activities: Sanctuary visit where LD gets some major goat brushing time, breakfast at a diner, and putting up the tree and other holiday accoutrements. Oh, and making turkey soup!

10:38 AM EST [Link] Black Friday 2018 [comments: 0]
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Friday, November 23, 2018

02:48 PM EST [Link] What Lies Beneath [comments: 0]
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Thursday, November 22, 2018

08:18 PM EST [Link] Selling Mega Mansions Idea [comments: 0]
So after eating all the stuff we made today, I ended up watching 4 hours of the 7-hour special, The Clinton Affair. I'm finding it to be a very good show. However after 4 hours LD wanted to take a break from watching it, so flipping around a found a show called Selling Mega Mansions on some network that caters to rich people. Anyways the show follows this realtor named Billy that shows off mansions in Florida to these rich prospective buyers. The best part though is that they show the actual address of the places. So I got the silly idea to actually write to the people (that supposedly purchase a place by the end of the episode) at the address. Something along the lines of "I saw you on the show and wondered if you like the place, are still there etc etc., what didn't the housing inspector find, and would you guys write back to me?" Wouldn't it be wild if they actually wrote back? HAH! Not that that's creepy of me or anything.

It just seems weird to me that they'd actually show the actual address of the places on the show.

07:54 AM EST [Link] Happy Thanksgiving 2018! [comments: 0]
Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. May you all have a wonderful time this Thanksgiving, with friends and family. Enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

01:27 PM EST [Link] Juke It Up! [comments: 0]
Happy National Jukebox Day! It's easy for us to celebrate, because we actually have a real one!

Monday, November 19, 2018

01:47 PM EST [Link] Throwback to Nicer Days [comments: 0]
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Rockport, MA sunrise back in September 2018. Might make this one available as a print.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

02:59 PM EST [Link] Goodbye Sean [comments: 0]
Today I cut up Sean Connery the Pumpkin, as he was starting to rot. However, we saved some of his seeds and hopefully, if we are lucky, his progeny will live up to his greatness. Best time to plant the seeds are in late May so we will store them someplace dry until the time comes.

I finished that book I mentioned a few days ago. I highly recommend it - it had me sobbing by the end. For some reason I've felt very emotional this weekend, something that doesn't usually happen to me in that way. (sarcasm) I heard Mercury is in retrograde, that must be why.

Oh! LD found some wacko channel that actually plays old "Cold Case" reruns. Great show!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

09:30 AM EST [Link] How's This for Home Decor? [comments: 0]
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New additions to the jukebox in rotation (the records we got in NH are pristine -sweet!) are Journey's "I'll Be Alright Without You", Prince's "Kiss", and Guns n' Roses "Sweet Child Of Mine." Out of rotation this round are the Doors, and two Buddy Holly singles.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

09:17 AM EST [Link] Ax Throwing and New Read [comments: 0]
There's a bar opening up in town soon where you can throw axes. We're thinking of going someday. Anybody in? Heh! Could be a good stress reliever.

Next up on my reading list (It's been a while): The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, a tale translated from the Japanese. I read a review of the book in Time magazine waiting in a doctor's office and it sounded pretty good, so I'm going to give it a shot.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

05:20 PM EST [Link] Baby Goat Yoga II [comments: 0]

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Baby Goat Yoga is the best! Click for a higher resolution version.

Afterwards we had breakfast at a place about 1/2 away, got some new records for the juke at an Antique store where we'd had good luck in the past, and hit Wegman's for some groceries.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

08:24 PM EST [Link] Freddie [comments: 0]
Went, out of spontaneity, the see Bohemian Rhapsody - the story of Freddie Mercury, with our couple friends this afternoon. Movie gets two thumbs up from me!

Got to get up early tomorrow for a special trip!

09:16 AM EST [Link] A Night Out [comments: 0]
Headed into town last night to catch up with some of LD's friends from her High School days and who have two kids looking at colleges now. I had a really fun time, but the kids are so talented! The son wants to go into theatre and the daughter is this amazing artist as they were kind enough to show us some of their work. Truly impressive! I wish them all the best of luck! Think we ended up being there for 3 hours or so! (which was a slight bummer since our validated parking ticket didn't cover that long a time - missed it by 2 minutes!) so had to pay the full price. But it was worth it, the food was excellent, the talk interesting, and as the garage was connected to the restaurant we didn't have to get soaked in the torrential downpours last night! It was all a spur of the moment kind of thing, we're glad we met up!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

08:33 AM EST [Link] Powderhouse Square [comments: 0]
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Powderhouse Square, Somerville, in autumn. I grew up in this neighborhood right down the street. I can remember climbing over those rocks in the foreground on the way back from CCD.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

01:36 PM EST [Link] Superlines [comments: 0]
If you liked Mr. Line from a week or so ago (I finally did beat the regular levels - the challenge ones I could never solve), you might like Superlines which is similar and made by the sme folks! Good brain teasers!

08:33 AM EST [Link] October 2018 Highlights [comments: 0]
Just some highlights of some things/places I can remember. We do so many things and visit so many places in a month I can't possibly list them all, but here are some that left an impression on me and make me happy:

Long Valley NJ picking pumpkins and gourds/ Chester NJ
Venom movie with Mike (after the aborted free screening downtown)
Trip through Johnny Appleseed country (after Alpaca Yoga)
Sanctuary visits (found a new diner Kelly's Place)
Apple Grader visit at the the Big Apple Farm / Purple Rooster visit
Red Sox World Series winners/celebration
Sean Connery the Pumpkin (under vicious attack by squirrels but standing strong!)
Little Library visits
Hooksett (impressive rest area!) / Laconia (Lake Winnipesaukee) / Center Harbor / Gilford (breakfast @ the local airstrip) NH overnight
Funspot arcade plays / dinner from Hart's Turkey Farm
Halloween candy give outs
Halloween House Party 2018 with homemade treats and dancing to the juke w/ friends!

Monday, November 5, 2018

01:44 PM EST [Link] Gabrielle the Llama [comments: 0]
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Oh, you know, just a Llama resting by a riverbed. No big deal.

09:08 AM EST [Link] Daylight Savings Time Ends [comments: 0]
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Autumn Scene along a river

Kept waking up a bunch of times this morning before I really had to. Body has to get used to the new time settings I guess. Spent a bit of yesterday at the sanctuary as it was such a nice day and the animals seemed to be really affectionate.

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Spinach the Cat looks out.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

04:09 PM EST [Link] Halloween House Party 2018 [comments: 0]
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2-Headed Skeleton Man, Mac and Cheese Pepper Pumpkins, and Rat Loafs

Good time last night at our Halloween House party. Above you can see some of the items that we spent all day making. Not shown are the Spider Peanut Butter cookies and the Mummy-wrapped meatballs. Below is one of the drinks that were being made of which I had quite a few and made getting up this morning a bit difficult.

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One of the drinks provided, Zombie Screwdriver

Also jammed and danced all night with the Jukebox! Most play we think it ever got! Glad to say the party was a smashing success, and I think our guests were thoroughly impressed!

Friday, November 2, 2018

02:07 PM EST [Link] Productive Friday Morning [comments: 0]
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Motif No.1 Approaching Sunset, Rockport MA

Getting things around here today and it feels good, all before the early afternoon. Got a much-needed haircut, got some gas for my car, replaced the screens in the door with the glass panes for winterizing, pulled some dead plants (mostly the wild tomatoes and whatever was in the raised beds), did grocery shopping for tomorrow's festivities, went to the pet store to stock on some supplies, did some work/emails, finished a load of laundry, watched an episode of one of my favorite shows on the DVR, ate lunch at BK, checked up on some other items for LD, and it's not even 2:30 yet! Awesome sauce!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

09:45 AM EST [Link] Handing out Treats for Halloween [comments: 2]
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Not to many kids this time, but some of the cool costumes I saw were this kid dressed up as a dinosaur which was so big on him he could hardly walk, a female Deadpool, an Angel, the Moon with stars, and a parent dressed up as a nun. Very diverse group this year actually. We thought we might not have enough candy but it turns out that we did. I actually ended up eating some of it over the course of the night and then felt a little ill after, and that never happens. Then of course I woke up late this morning to get into work, but I eventually did make it in. Bunch of meeting today too -- blah. Not feeling it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

06:34 PM EST [Link] Back in Bizness [comments: 0]
I actually was able to find a WiFi router I liked and installed tonight and I'm back to printing pictures wirelessly! It took me a little while to figure out why I couldn't get it working and wired up properly until I realized it's a Modem/Router combo instead of just a router like I had last time. Once I figured that out the rest was super easy. Other than that, busy working and getting psyched for the weekend - planning on having our couple friends over for some Halloween snacks and libations.

Red Sox parade tomorrow! I had planned on attending but my schedule doesn't really line up for it. Oh well, definitely going to the Celtics one if they win.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

04:40 PM EST [Link] Down the Lake [comments: 0]
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Things I forgot to mention: There was snow up in NH while we were there which made getting around a little treacherous but we managed. Eventually it turned to rain but travelling home in it still sucked. Kudos to LD for persevering. After getting home we also watched the Sox take game 4. Nice comeback in that one although generally baseball is just too long. Full on food prep mode for the week right now.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

06:31 PM EST [Link] New Hampshire Overnight [comments: 0]
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Chief Chocorua, Meredith NH

We got an invite the stay Friday night over in the Lake Winnipesaukee area up in New Hampshire so we took them up on it. nhtopo18 (62k image)Headed up Friday and came home late this afternoon. On the way up we stopped at this rest stop in Hooksett where I noticed this pretty cool huge topographic map of the state that was done in the 40s under FDR and then forgotten in storage for decades. Which they then restored and have on display - it's pretty impressive in person.

Last night we had a nice dinner at a place called Canoe, and then today, even though the weather was horrible, spent some time getting breakfast by the Gilford airport (great little place called Kitchen Cravings) and then wrapped it up with some arcade game playing at Funspot - the largest arcade in the world by their admission, they have every game ever made there just about. I played Ladybug, Zookeeper, Mr. Do, Venture, and some pinball - all my old favorites.

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Racking up a high score on Mr.&Mrs. Pacman Pinball

At the end got some turkey dinner's from Hart's Turkey Farm, which has great meals involving, you guessed it, turkey. New Hampshire, in general though, is a little strange.

Driving around I noticed this pretty cool statue of an Indian out on the lake. Naturally, I had to learn more about it.

Friday, October 26, 2018

11:27 AM EST [Link] Cabin the the Woods [comments: 0]
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Visiting friends up in NH for the weekend. Updates when I get back!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

01:08 PM EST [Link] Gametime - Mr. Line [comments: 0]
Pretty good little puzzle game - Mister Line. I currently appear to be stuck on Level 59.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

08:39 AM EST [Link] Autumn Breezes [comments: 0]
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Full fall effect here now. Watched the Sox last night win Game 1 - that was pretty sweet. Ordered a new wifi router - hopeful to set that up sometime next week. Also, I did not end up a billionaire.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

10:27 AM EST [Link] LayingLow [comments: 0]
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Been spending the last couple of days trying to get over a cold. Thankfully feeling better now - basically just needed to lay low for a bit.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

09:22 AM EST [Link] Good Mystery Book [comments: 0]
Just finished reading Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, which I found in a Little Library last week. Have to say it was really good - I had never read any of her stuff before. Easy read - read it in less than a day, also it pretty much grips you to want to follow through to the end. It's considered to be the best book of hers ever.

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Had a pretty good time last night. The movie was OK and all. Sony couldn't really follow the actual storyline since Disney owns most of the Marvel properties now, so they had to change things around a bit. Seemed to me to end up being much like a Godzilla type movie in the end. Afterwards however, I was able to bring home a big pumpkin that our friends grew and nicknamed Sean Connery. Why the name? It's a long story from the last time they visited us. Kind of an inside joke that others wouldn't understand.

Friday, October 19, 2018

10:07 AM EST [Link] Chicken? [comments: 0]
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Woke up this morning to the next door neighbor's kid screaming about something, don't know what exactly as I was too sleepy to actually raise my head to look out the window and see. Thankfully it was over in a couple of seconds, whatever it was. The project that they are making that I couldn't figure out what the hell it was at first is beginning to take the shape of some sort of patio with possibly a trellis overhang type of design. Not sure how great that'll be since I never saw them use any cement or mortar for anything. Just sand?

Going to see Venom tonight with a pal. Boyz night out. I also need to play some Mega Millions tickets just because and run to CVS to pick up some stuff for the Ladydoc.

Red Sox are going to the World Series again!


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