Friday, June 29, 2012
Big Wheel keep on rollin'...
Thursday, June 28, 2012
An 'animal house' was not for me. I did not join a fraternity in college, and that was a very good decision. I never would have survived. College? Heck no. Life! This is indeed quite a building. My friend Kevin stayed in a room in the back of the third floor for a summer. When I visited, it was quite a treat. First of all the rooms have a maze-like quality to them and winding your way all the way up beyond the third floor you find a square cupola with seats all around. A cool place to sit and read and observe the comings and goings of a small town's life. Read? Do you do that in a frat? Hey Bluto?
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I hear there are people who put locks all over on fences, poles and other odd places. This chain, when fully extended, would connect to nowhere. What's this all about? I found this lock and chain on a pathway high above the beach. It was nailed to a pole. Why do people do this? Any idea? Makes for an interesting picture, but that's about it. What's it all about? Can you help me get a good night's rest? Try and answer these three simple questions. Why? Why? Why?
Monday, June 25, 2012
On our way to the beach, we stopped for breakfast in the first floor of this old church. Elenka needs it. Yogurt and cereal stuff, or a bagel and cream cheese. She needs it. Me? Give me a cup of java, and I'm good to go. This morning I broke down and bought a blueberry muffin, my favorite. Mistake. It was very dry and not very satisfying. Food critic? I'm sounding like Marchin. Sheesh! Now, I'm not a big church guy, but I do enjoy checking out old churches, especially if I can get a cup of coffee to go. I have passed this church countless times but not from this angle.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
One of my favorite magazines that I peruse, pretty much, cover to cover is MAINE. Each month they spend 48 hours in a city, town or locale in the state. This week I'll be doing my version. So if you're looking for inns, bread and breakfast homesteads, 'in' restaurants, spas, pricey storefronts you're going to be greatly disappointed here. Looking for those places when you are coming Northeast? Check out MAINE. It's pretty cool. They have recently done 48 hour spreads on Camden/ Rockport, Belfast, Kennebunkport, Mt. Desert Island, Lewiston/Auburn, Boothbay Harbor and Ellsworth just to name a few.
Ok, here my take. I'll call it "My Three Hours". Here are a couple of pretty recognizable, weathered shacks near Willard Beach. When I'm not checking out the sand for some of the 'finest kind', I enjoy getting a closer look at these two shingled buildings.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
See, even at a sunny beach with a purple bikini dead ahead, I can shake my head in utter amazement. Do guys talk this much? I think not.
Well, a least there was a bikini involved!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Yet there are items on my agenda that can, in time, make life anything but easy. When you live here in the Northeast, summer can be a fleeting thing. Weather can play a cameo role. A couple of summers ago, June and July were loaded with more moisture than you would want. At the start of a summer, you have what seems endless miles ahead, plenty to do with plenty of time, but before you know it days are creeping shorter. Ol' Mr. Summer Sun is on the wane and many of those plans can come crashing down around you. Over the next few months, I have things that need to get done, and those that I want to get accomplished or at least I do for right now. Sometimes it's a challenge to distinguish between the two and keep myself and those around me happy and enjoying these all too brief warm days around here. So, I'll take some trips, see some friends, do some celebrating, get an important project or two or three done, buy a book, get some 'me time' in and hit a beach or two. Oh ya, almost forgot the beach...
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Who might play you? Have some fun.
Monday, June 18, 2012
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Happy Fathers' Day DMN!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
It the birthday of Kobayashi Issa, one of the masters of the simple but elegant haiku. In his lifetime he wrote more than 20,000 haiku, celebrating the simplicities of life in 17 syllables. Let me try one.
Breezes blow gently
Sun's waking but so slowly
Ripples echo now.
Breezes blow gently
Sun's waking but so slowly
Ripples echo now.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
We were running errands the other morning in a steady rain, flying down Flaggy Meadow Road, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw this scene staring back at me. I don't often use this word, but I think cute fits here. Do you? I, also, don't keep track of these things, but I hear more and more llamas are showing up in the state. I use to just see them at 'petting zoos', but now you can drive by fields of them grazing.
All for their wolly, bully.
There, two musical references in one short post.
Sam the Sham would be so proud, I bet.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Ok, let's get something straight. In my other life, I threw rocks and tried to end with a thud the lives of fat, gray squirrels, big black crows, scampering chipmunks, and loads of nasty pigeons. Thank goodness I had a bad aim, because I missed them all, and I threw A LOT of ammo. After revealing all that, this next line might throw you for a loop. Would you believe me, if I told you, that I never hurled a stone in anger or in fun at a glass window? It's true. Never threw, broke and ran. Never! File this fact under one of those mysteries of life that I've talked about before. And I had many a chance. A shattering revelation, I know.
"For all your valiant attempts to end the lives of those varmints and such... two Our Fathers and one Hail Mary, son."
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
This large wooden bucket up back is filled with flowers reaching for the fingers of the sun this morning. Back on Stevens Avenue, I found a smaller version of one of these down in the dump, along side the Armory. When I went pollywog hunting in the cemetery ponds, it was a great receptacle for the young amphibians I caught. Later, after accumulating hundreds swimming about, I transferred them to a 5 gallon glass jug so I could watch them intently. Scrutinizing them, daily, and watching them grow their little legs and arms as they approached 'frogdom', was quite cool. When the jug started turning a slimy, ugly yellow-green and began to stink something awful, I knew the fun was over for another spring, and lugged the jug to the swamp down back and dumped the contents.
Free again! Free again!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Thanks Dina for getting me thinking...
The sun... well, perhaps Wednesday. I'm thinking positive here.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Growing up my all time favorite word had to be: Don't. Don't go past here. Don't swim here. Don't jump. Don't walk on grass. Don't read this. Don't miss Mass. Don't be late. Don't touch.
I can pretty much guarantee you, that if our gang ever came across a sign like this, (and we did, often), we'd try with all our physical powers to open said door. Mind you, I never used the words: smash, destroy, annihilate. All I said was open. Sometimes all that was needed was an extra nudge or a well placed, gentle kick. Beyond gates, locks, knobs, handles like this one, padlocks were another issue. We weren't too successful, but we didn't lack for trying. And when a door, to our surprise, suddenly flung open, what did we do? We went in, looked around, wondered why the sign Keep Out was posted on the entryway, closed it behind us and went upon our merry way. We weren't a destructive lot, you see, but wicked inquisitive.
I still have a dislike for that word. Don't get me wrong.
ps. Let me wager you this. Today, someone who has never read my blog will set eyes on this thumbnail and words Keep OUT and will be driven by some 'force inside them' to open and read. Yup, pretty powerful stuff those words: Don't and Keep Out!
Saturday, June 2, 2012