Monday, June 30, 2014
Now, as for the musical, I thought the complicated love story between he and his wife Fanny was intriguing and kept my interest, however the score was forgettable except for a couple of songs.
MSMT's home is in the Pickhard Theater on the Bowdoin campus, and we pass this sculpture, by Swansville artist Joseph R. Query, of the man on each visit. If you've read the 1974 book, Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, you know all about Chamberlain.
He was a central figure in the historical novel.
The man's life was amazing.
A challenge at every turn
Today, I'll mow the grass.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Do you like merry-go- rounds?
Want to be reminded of them all day?
One of my favorite bands, the Hollies, had a hit with "On a Carousel".
Love the Graham Nash stuff.
Try getting this 'brainworm' stuck in your head all day.
Ah yes, we were innocent.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Anyway, we boxed in the front, painted them up, added a number, and we were ready to fly!
This hill was a favorite spot.
'bout 50 yards down there was a wicked left turn.
Then an immediate right.
Then a fast 75 yard downhill straightaway to the ponds.
This 'run' really tested the maneuverability and aerodynamic construction of your buggie.
Winner take all!
Friday, June 27, 2014
So very WRONG!
I've bored you enough, but let me just end with this.
Buses pulled into the school lot at 12:15 AM.
It ended up a six day adventure, not 5.
ps Hated the traffic; loved our kids!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
We spent the afternoon at Seaside Heights, NJ taking in the sights along the boardwalk. It still isn't back to its pre-Sandy condition by a long shot, and the devastating fire of last September didn't help either. Seaside seems to be back with its large pizza slices, sausage and onions subs and the squealing of the rides. However its sister city, Seaside Park, down the boardwalk hasn't been as lucky. To the right about 300 hundred yards or so the 'fun and games' and food shops end pretty abruptly. It seems to be in need of some TLC and maybe a dose of 'critical care'.
In another summer, let's hope all is well, with the boardwalk stretching as far as the eye can see.
"Don't Be Cruel"
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Back at the hotel at 11:30ish, the kids crashed.
The relentless heat, less than nutritious food all day and 9 innings of the ol' ballgame had taken it's toll.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Lounging at a wave pool in Allentown, PA
I spent all day yesterday at a waterpark with about 130 of my close and personal friends. I'm on my annual sojourn to Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore with a bunch of eighth graders. We hit NYC Sunday and later in the day ventured to our hotel in New Jersey. Today it's Six Flags and then off to Citizen Bank Park to watch the hometown Phillies battle the Florida Marlins. The days are draining but fun-packed. I don't know what to make of it. Most people given the chance to spend a beautiful summer week in Maine would not opted out and settle for a week with 14 and 15 year olds.
I find it invigorating.
And that's the truth.
What do you read into that?
Monday, June 23, 2014
You see, I lead no life of whimsy really.
Example time: I want a Jag in my driveway.
However, when I come right done to it, I don't really want a Jag.
Am I making sense?
Some mornings, I feel I'm just writin' words.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
My guess on this shot is somewhere during the winter of '66. That Chevy in the driveway puts this on Bishop Street, one of my old hangouts. That's not an iPod in my hand there, but what it is I have no idea. My guess is that it's some book. In HS with the Jesuits, I was constantly reading something. I'm also dating this by what I'm wearing here. It looks to be one of my paisley shirts under my corduroy double-breasted winter coat. This image was sent along to me from friend JL. I have no idea what I was up to in this photograph. When I got into high school and started chasing the fair gender, I had lots of days like this.
And I was a royal.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
One was that the day after school got out, this year that would have been yesterday the 20th, was really the longest day of the year. The framework was simple for the day. It was your day. Kickback. Try to do absolutely nothing other than what you really wanted to do. Sleep late. Enjoy that extra cup of coffee. Take in the sun. Tip a beverage or two. Be with friends or self. Smell the roses.
I tried hard to follow my own rules every year.
Every day is MY day!
Take pleasure in my flowering, yellow coreopsis this morning.
Friday, June 20, 2014
I've had a poster hanging on my back wall for years sent to me by the Admissions Director of the College of Wooster in Ohio. There are a few colleges out the there with the mascot, 'the Fighting Scots' and even less high schools. At last count I found only three high schools, across this country, carrying this moniker. It sets us apart from the boring lions, tigers, bears bulldogs and red storms etc. I think that is so very cool.
Usually, if I promise something, I'm one who carries 'the threat' out. When I mentioned to Elenka, back about nine months or so ago that when I retired I was planning on wearing a kilt my last day, she shook her head and uttered these words, "Oh no you are NOT!" The line was delivered with vigor. J- at first thought that only embarrassment would be the end product. To say the least, they mellowed to the idea over time.
The kilt was a hit!
The kids loved it.
My faculty loved it!
Even Elenka said when I left the house, "I must say, it looks better than I thought."
That was a seal of approval.
She can be pretty blunt.
btw This is a traditional Irish kilt.
I LOVE the sounds of a good pipe band too!
Thursday, June 19, 2014
So here I am, captured this past March in some down time by good friend, Lori. If I had a baseball card, a few vital stats on back would include:
Location: Bonny Eagle Middle School (Scottish-themed school... hence the kilt today. Pictures at 11)
Grades: 7 and 8
Subject: English, Reading, Writing
Number of years in Education: 41 1/2
Number of Years in same building: 41 1/2
Fellow Bloggers I've met:
BC from the Lou and Brattcat
On my radar: Lowell, SCreech, Sketchbook Wanderer.
"Class, any questions?"
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Elenka, Justin, Constance, Martin, Joanne, Diane so supportive. Elenka. What can I say. Dad was certainly right when he said that you were the best thing that ever happened to me. I have no idea what you saw in that twirpy guy in a suit at King.
I have a wonderful, creative best bud in J-. That word 'creativity' is thrown around a lot, but if you'd see his work you'd be amazed too. J-, you pushed me forward during times when I was having tough days. Thank you!
ps. Does Heidi Klum count as family? Love that girl. I got a 'missed call' this morning. I think she called to wish me well on my speech.
Living in a partial fantasy world helps too.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
#3 LOVE the Work We Do!
I don't know who said it, but it drives me now. IF you can't do the little things right, don't even think about tackling the BIG things in life.
I 'got lucky'...
My team is amazing! Donna helps me everyday with the little things and gives the confidence to go after the seemingly insurmountable.
After an interview process went the other way, and the person hired failed to perform up to expectations and quit. My boss called me into his office and said to me, "Well, where do we go now?" My retort, "Has that gal we passed on been hired somewhere? I want that blonde!" Six months after her hire and impressive work, he stopped by my room and said, "I'll never doubt you again, M-." Thank you Alexis!
Hossein, love you dearly. I've passed the Clan Stirling tartan tie on to you. Your zany sense of humor will take you far, along with your incredible enthusiasm for science. You guys added 10+ years to my career.
Rob, you have no idea how fortunate you were when 'lady luck' tapped you on the shoulder.
I've talked about how I feel about luck before.
It visited me here.
Monday, June 16, 2014
... for Birdman's Top 25-
#5 Play Music Loud!
Music flows from my room every morning, usually starting about 6:45 AM. I do believe, some days, my doors vibrate! Variety is truly the 'spice of life'. The following shows this adage. My playlist for TODAY is dotted with, in no particular order, The Kinks, The Who, The Beatles, The Moody Blues, The Byrds, Stevie Ray Vaugh, The Stones, The Boss, Southside Johnny and the Jukes, Dwight Yoakam, Van Morrison, Dropkick Murphys, The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Dead, Jimmy Cliff, Buckwheat Zydeco, Classical, any kind of Jazz, The Killers, Jack White, Radiohead, Rosanne Cash, Queen, The Talking Heads, Dire Straits, Lucinda Williams, BB King, Beck, Brad Paisley, British Invasion music, Bob Marley, Backwheat Zydeco, Celtic music, Dusty Springfield, Dean Martin, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Frank Zappa, The Four Seasons, The Bee Gees, James Brown, Jimmy Buffit, Journey, Lyle Lovett, Miles Davis, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Four Tops, Neil Young, Patsy Cline, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Steely Dan, Steve Miller Band, The Beach Boys, The Corrs, The Cranberries, The Pretenders, The Saw Doctors, U2, Warren Zevon and more. Tomorrow's another day... my playlist is subject to change.
Take a breath, Birdman.
As you can see, my taste is all over the place.
And yes, your favorite band is on my List... somewhere.
Now, the revelation... I'm a 'closet' ABBA, MJ and Cher fanatic!
You didn't think I was going to reveal THAT, yet.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
#10 Don't be Afraid to Use 'Restorative' Practices
I have never used any coloring agents in my hair. You can ask Elenka. Some people will not even believe her. It's true though. It's brown. It's curly. It's long, mostly. I keep it cut, due to complaints from my fans. A little product, sure. A little hairspray, sure. Now, as for the 'stache, with an auburn beard that I inherited from my grandfather's father, sure it needs a slight 'touchup' each month. I've never denied this fact. If you asked, you were told. Love my mustache that has been a part of my ensemble since my collegiate days. When the Beatles grew them for the Sgt. Pepper album in 1967, I got the 'bug'.
Been "Getting Better" ever since.
Well, at least in my eyes.
Happy Fathers' Day!
* Play "Getting Better" for today's BIG hint.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
#15 Discover a Passion
Mine is writing, and I try to show the excitement of it to all I come across. As some of you know, I have a daily photo blog. I've posted one of my photographs and a bit of my writing each day since 2008. I write at 5AM. I haven't missed a day. I'm pretty proud of that fact. After Thursday, you can still track me down and follow my comings and goings @ portcitydailyphoto. Better still WRITE!
Start a blog!
But here's my dilemma. Writing keeps THEM on track with me, but what about all these friends I leave on the 19th?
Over the last few months, I've been attempting to deal with this.
Pretty much to no avail.
Friends at work, how to I keep track of you?
I'll miss seeing YOU at work.
ps. Happy Flag Day!
Friday, June 13, 2014
#17 Long Friendships
I have a couple of long relationships from youth. Peter, Paul and Mark. They call us the three apostles. My friends from way back are few. You can really count them on two fingers. Some of my fondest memories surround Peter's mom buying us sixpacks. She'd tell the clerk her son was home from Vietnam. He musta come home every weekend. Heading off to all night fiascos at Serenity Hill Dance Hall, with these two pals, was just about a weekly ritual. I met Paul in Confraternity classes when we hit 7th Grade (7th Grade lasts a long time), and we continued our high school sojourn together with the Jesuits. In some shape or form, this trinity have been sidekicks ever since. And what can I say... could we have selected a better 'sondtrack' than the GREAT 60's hits? I think not.
... and on and on and on.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
#22 Wear Ties!
Be fashion forward!
Bow Ties are trendy!
Lovya PV where ever you are.
When he became my boss, I will always remember his quote, "Gentleman Look Good in Ties." I've lived by that mantra ever since I heard him utter those words.
We also spent 3 days together at a conference, a way from it all, at his Sugarloaf chalet. On a Friday afternoon on our return, I was headed back to my desk. He asked me, "Where are you going?" "Back to my desk and see how the week went, I replied." "No you are not. The desk will be there Monday morning. Go home enjoy a great weekend with Elenka." ... and I did.
Today, I'm wearing a dark blue shirt with a Salvador Dali tie.
... and I do believe, I look good!
Again, it is all about me, remember.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I introduced it this way...
How long will it take you to figure what I'm bidding farewell to?
Hints included everyday.
ps. BC in the Lou, annie's mom, Creech and of course Elenka cannot guess. They know.
Go ahead and GUESS!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I LOVE it!
Monday, June 9, 2014
I was alive and kicking, but the music just wasn't on my radar yet. I put coins in the Rexall Drug's jukebox and played the Everly Brothers "Bye, Bye Love", Wake Up Little Susie and "All I Have To Do Is Dream" over and over again, while Eddie played the pinball machine. That music and listening to Dell Shannon's Runaway, Do You Want To Dance and "Runaround Sue" on my transistor radio, while delivering papers were some of the first music that got to me. While working at Edna's Restaurant, there were some country western tunes that played on her jukebox that I tapped my foot to while washing dishes. I know that Floyd Cramer piano registered with me.
I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon with "Buddy" yesterday.
I knew every song.
Interestingly, I did not know that "True Love Ways", the Chad and Jeremy hit, was penned by Holly.
Always liked that one.
Why is he playing left-handed here?
On the Playbill for the show, it shows him right-handed.
Kinda strange for MSMT.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Stay tuned. In the next week or so I'll pass a few on. There will also be a bit of a revelation. Questions many of my blog friends have inquired about over the years, But for now...
Thank you Ethel!
Thank you Kevin!
Thank you Donna!
I will NEVER forget last night!
Saturday, June 7, 2014
It's Old Port Festival weekend here in the city. I was in attendance at the very first one, back 41 years ago this weekend. There were about 10 outdoor music venues, food vendors scattered everywhere, circus performers walking the streets, beer was flowing with police looking the other way and the sun was shinning brightly. As you might imagine, things have changed a bit over the years, especially the public consumption of alcoholic beverages. Sigh. The weather will be perfect this year too. Looks like close to mid-80s. Nice. However, I think I will be elsewhere today. I hear there is going to be a little shindig in North Sebago for some character, who has survived 41 and a 1/2 years in the same workspace. One hundred and fifteen and counting of his closest friends, gorgeous weather, a live band, delicious food, public consumption of adult beverages and knowing this crew, a few hilarious surprises along the way.
Let the festivities begin!
Party on Wayne!
Party on Garth!
Friday, June 6, 2014
Can a flowering plant, so simple and so delicate, be lethal? I'm here to tell you, yes, this morning. I did not know. As a small child, I was so excited getting the watering can out at my grandparents and watering 'my garden' of these small bell-shaped flowers. Did my grandmother and Mom realize how close to a hospital-run I was? There is an actual photo somewheres in an album showing me fast at work doing my watering. Consuming any part of this widespread, poisonous plant might very well lead to vision problems, diarrhea, vomiting and... gulp, possible death. Yikes! Get to a hospital fast, get hooked up to IV fluids and have electrocardiogram administered. Yikes again. This simple plant can cause some serious havoc. I even heard it made a cameo appearance in the finale of the hit series Breaking Bad.
Yikes, Yikes, and Yikes again.
Competing with a meth lab?
This beautiful flower?
There's evil in this world.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Saturday May 10, 2014
What pictures do you like to capture with your camera? I'm not a pretty picture kinda guy. I don't think most photographers would admit to this. What I set out to do is capture my world. Sometimes the photos that come together are of the 'big picture' variety, that make others say, "Hey, I know where that is." Lately though, I've been aiming my lens at small pieces of my day that I just seem to stumble over. Surprises abound. For example, in my photographer mind, this was not what I was aiming for with this umbrella and sweater. But arriving home and taking a second look at what I had in the camera, I smiled.
This was what was there.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
We still have a couple of bushes playing hide-and- seek amid the bamboo to the right of our house. When we moved in, there were quite a few white and purple trees, but winter ice storms have taken their toll. These days they are all but gone. Ice does a job on these beautiful, fragrant trees, but our bamboo just seems to get stronger and more widespread. Nothing kills bamboo, I guess. This tree, in my photograph today, was given to us by my mother's cousin Billy and his wife Barbara as a house-warming gift when we moved in in '77. It stood about 24 inches then. These days it's a lone sentry guarding the garden. I kind of wished we had put in a purple one to keep it company.
Oh, stop whining, Birdman.
Take in the fragrance.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Often, of course, we're shooting lots of pictures.
Many times though, the volume is small, but the day is still fruitful.
Adventures are rich.
Monday, June 2, 2014
There's still money in hot rods.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
So I settled.
I'm coming clean.
Believe it or not, Mom actually bought this stuff.
It was one way her dirty, little urchins would 'come clean'.