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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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Capr 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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Iris from my Garden 2016 (6.1.16)
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Endian Goose Chicks, Wellesley MA (5.30.16)
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Turkey Strut. Westwood, MA (5.30.16)
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Cormorant Convention 2 (5.29.16)
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Approaching Minot Light off Cohasset coast (5.29.16)
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Kingston Coastline (5.29.16)
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Mermaid at Tiny Tall Ships Festival, Somerville MA (5.14.16)
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Goose Chicks (5.13.16)
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Close Up Bunny (5.12.16)
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

09:01 PM EST [Link] State House [comments: 0]
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Shot on cellphone before heading over to the party - 12/07/16.

03:31 PM EST [Link] House Measles [comments: 0]
I don't care for those Star Shower Motion Laser Lights. Makes me think the house that it's shining on has measles. Blech.

All prepped a holiday party tonight at the Intercontinental! I'm curious to see what it's all about, maybe see some faces ...

08:23 AM EST [Link] Moving through Time [comments: 0]
Why must time be a dimension?

Today's food for thought!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

08:24 PM EST [Link] ZooLights! [comments: 0]
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Woke up to the house being cold, like, real cold. I tried messing with the thermostat controls and due to my clumsiness it fell off the wall and into the cat's water fountain - thereby messing that up. Luckily LD has some contacts and a guy that does this kind of work was able to check it out and get it working again. Basically a motor in the furnace is on the fritz but he got it up and running again for a now, however, I went ahead and purchased the replacement which he'll put in before the end of the week. We also got a new thermostat and it's better than the previous one.

While that was going on we decided to hang some lights and I went ahead and set up the lighted reindeer on the lawn. Might need to move stuff around a bit later but at least it's all there.

A few days ago I saw an article that showed how to decorate fall pumpkins for the holidays so taking the pumpkins we picked from Jersey back in October (which are still good!) I went ahead spray painting them white (primer coat first). later we'll spray it with the silver glitter spray we also picked up. I was able to start on one pumpkin but then it started getting dark so I had to stop to....

Check out the ZooLights at the Stone Zoo with our new friends (M&M!). I hadn't been to that zoo since I was, like, 12 so it's been a while. I will say they do do a wonderful job with all the lights all over. Some of the animals we're also out as well. I even participated in a wine tasting they were having. It was a fun night, but we didn't stay out too late - got to work in the morning and supposed to get our first taste of a little snow just in time for the morning commute.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

06:29 PM EST [Link] Alpacas, Bumble, Luminary [comments: 0]
We can get a lot done in a day if we put our minds to it. Started out by me stuffing envelopes with the holiday cards that will be getting sent out soon. A customized floor mat in the shape of a vinyl record arrived with our names on the label and the words "Spinning since 2008", which I placed in front of the juke in the sitting room. Went to a bunch of stores to pick up some holiday things and other goods, including a few new pucks for the air hockey table. LD wanted to check out this alpaca farm that we've been to a few times to pick up some things since they were having an open house so we did that in the early afternoon. On the way back passed by a giant Bumble - almost as big as the house it was in front of. Finished up the early evening with a visit to the yearly Circle of Hope Luminary display which we always partake in.
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Here come the 'pacas!
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Biggest Bumble I ever saw!
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This year's Circle of Hope Luminaries.

I guess the guys that I use to place some of my photos on glass saw the one of me with my puffins shot off the Maine coast and were interested in showcasing it somehow. Kinda cool - we'll see what happens. For the record, I did finally hang it up on the wall here. That particular photo is actually a much wider shot with more birds to the left and to the right but I had to crop it to fit the largest dimensions that they could do. Perhaps in the future I might might a triptych out of it - three separate pieces to form the whole.

Friday, December 2, 2016

02:13 PM EST [Link] Look up! [comments: 0]
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"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."

I actually shot this on my cell while finishing up some yard work. Never know when inspiration or just the right moment is going to strike. Looking forward to the next few days ahead, swanky company holiday parties, our yearly luminary visit to honor our passed loved ones, checking out lights at a zoo with our new friends, getting more decorations set up, and possibly visiting goats again. This year's holiday cards have arrived (creatively designed by LD!) and will be sent out soon.

10:08 AM EST [Link] Tripod Time [comments: 0]
My new tripod finally arrived! Now maybe I can start experimenting with long exposure shots!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

03:46 PM EST [Link] Here we Goat Again! [comments: 0]
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Warming by the campfire...with a duck.
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Here I Goat again!

It's hard to find good affordable 45 rpm storage racks, I am finding. The juke only holds 100 at a time so any extras we have or decide to swap out, I would like to display next to it in a appealing way. We have a couple of LD's Dad's holders from the 50s which are really cool - maybe I'll just end up using those. I've been buying a bunch of things online this weekend - maybe a bit too much.

Starting to decorate the house with holiday stuff. I managed to get the big wreath out on the front door, but still need to set up the reindeers and other lights. Also looking for a new xmas tree for the sitting room this year. Blue Spruce type looking (artificial).

Saturday, November 26, 2016

07:34 AM EST [Link] My Photograph in Glass II [comments: 0]
Spent most of the day yesterday over at a friend's house. Nice, quiet, laid-back kind of day. She actually did do some Black Friday shopping at like 1 am - crazy, more like just to see the social experiment. Doesn't really seem worth it if you ask me, maybe it is for some people. I'm content just to double click the mouse and add to cart. Of which I'm actually doing right now. Buying a new portable battery for myself along with a new tripod (looking for something really sturdy with remote shutter activation), and some other things. For small business Saturday I bought some gloves made from alpacas fur at a local alpaca farm.

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Latest photography printed on glass. Puffins from Eastern Egg Rock, off the coast of Maine, August 2016.

What are the odds of both headlight bulbs on LD's ride both going out at the same time? But, that's apparently exactly what happened. What a coincidence - lucky a pretty easy fix, to new bulbs, and viola, back in business.

Late Afternoon Update: Back from doing some of the 'usual' shopping, also prepping the place for decorating for the holidays. Looking more into some netting with lights to drape over the spruces, etc. Started looking for xmas trees too. Had a late breakfast at Zaftigs in Natick. Bought some more food supplies for the sanctuary, in anticipation of possibly visiting tomorrow.

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Alpaca visit today.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

06:22 PM EST [Link] Zzzzzz's [comments: 0]
Much be too much tryptophan - real sleepy.

Good day to be taking naps. Which we are, and I'm mot a nap-type person.

09:48 AM EST [Link] Happy Thanksgiving 2016! [comments: 1]
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Happy Thanksgiving All! This guy was kind enough to pose for me!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

11:08 AM EST [Link] Thanksgiving Eve [comments: 0]
Shut off water hoses outside the house...check.
Replace screens in doors with storm panes...check.
Rake up remaining oak leaves...check.
Final(?) Lawn mow of the season....check.
Pull up garden plants spent for the season...check.
Bought pre made Thanksgiving dinner with everything already done...check (1st time trying this)

Monday, November 21, 2016

07:16 PM EST [Link] Morristown Green [comments: 0]
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Morristown Green in late November.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

09:21 AM EST [Link] Never a Dull Moment [comments: 2]
Didnt appreciate having to evacuate the hotel last night at 2 in the morning in the snow (snow!?!) due to the fire alarm (apparently something happened in the kitchen) but thank goodness all is well. Just a little sleepy.

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Another Pre-Gala Shot.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

08:59 PM EST [Link] Pre-Wedding Game [comments: 0]
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Taking shots before heading over to Seton Hall for Kirsten's wedding.

Friday, November 18, 2016

07:12 PM EST [Link] First Ever Mani [comments: 0]
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I went for my first ever manicure today, filling a spot that was left vacant by someone who was supposed to go so rather than lose the money, I decided to take their place. I was hesitant to go because I didn't really consider it "man-style" but times are different nowadays and guys get them, so I figured why not. I will say, I don't think my nails have ever been this clean in my life!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

10:21 AM EST [Link] The Feels [comments: 0]
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

08:32 AM EST [Link] The Last Vestiges of Color [comments: 0]
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Along the bike ride in this morning.

Today is Geographic Information Systems Day, but it's also National Fast Food Day, which is what I'd rather celebrate.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

05:25 PM EST [Link] Wet Ride [comments: 0]
After seeing the news this morning I knew it was going to pour late this afternoon, but I decided to take the bike in anyway. I got my rain gear ready knowing I would be in for a treat later. After the workday I got on my bike and blasted out of there - and I'm glad I decided to ride too. One, I found it somewhat exhilarating even though I got soaked to the bone, but more importantly, I wasn't stuck in traffic. I could see around 3:30 it was starting to get bad, and from prior experience I know that those cars are going to be stuck at Alewife for over an hour before they can even get on the roads out of the place. That's how nasty it is - literally over an hour to move 1200 feet. So I may be soaked but it was worth it!

Oh, this isn't going to be a regular habit. Once the weather really turns, I'm done - but going to try to take it as far as I can. Getting exercise and I think all the riding's made my shoulders broader.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

03:57 PM EST [Link] Over the Moon [comments: 0]
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Shot along a pond in Norton.
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Just Smile!
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Belle, the horse getting some sun.
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"The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep."

Visited the sanctuary again today - needed stress relief you could say, hanging with the animals at this amazing place. Dropped off the food we got and even chatted with the owner of the place for a while. It can be so tranquil there, and the animals all pretty much have their run of the place, but you can feel the care and the love. Truly a magical little oasis, so glad we found it. Later in the evening I tried my hand at shooting the moon - learning a bit about the manual settings ISO, shutter speed, and all that. Trial and error.

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Shooting the supermoon.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

05:25 PM EST [Link] On the Down Low [comments: 0]
Got a haircut today (I usually get the "No.2 all around" but this time went with No.3) getting ready for the big shindig next week - want to look sharp! Bought some food to bring to the animal sanctuary tomorrow - probably try to do some stuff around the house. Keep reading some of my books, making plans to hang with our new friends again. Oh, I did order one of the puffin pics I took over the summer on glass, can't wait to see how it comes out - I figure it's going to look pretty sick!

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One from the archives.

Friday, November 11, 2016

06:54 PM EST [Link] Shots from 11/11/16 [comments: 0]
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

09:51 AM EST [Link] Bike Lights/Lenses [comments: 0]

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A shot from last week.

I think might look into getting these kind of bike lights. Looks pretty cool. I'm actually seen some people riding around with these.

In some good news, my new lens cap arrived today so I'm pleased about that.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

07:03 AM EST [Link] Feeling [comments: 0]
United States of Anxiety.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

08:07 AM EST [Link] Get it Over With Already [comments: 0]
The best part of finally getting this election over with is finally not having to have those New Hampshire politician commercials on the screen over and over and over again. I don't even live in New Hampshire! Perhaps I will listen to Deepak and make oil paintings of Angel.

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It's becoming apparent to me that as it gets dark early now I'm going to need to get some kind of illumination for my bike. I don't think I want to do the boring headlight thing tho - maybe something involving blue LEDs wrapped all around the frame and tires somehow. That might look cool too.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

04:00 PM EST [Link] Catching the last of Autumn [comments: 0]
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I seemed to have lost my lens cap to basic canon shooting lens which is maddening me to no end. I decided to purchase two new ones online but am mad at myself for seemingly misplacing the cap. I've become somewhat forgetful of things lately and it's been concerning to me of late. Chalk it up to getting older?

Saturday, November 5, 2016

04:17 PM EST [Link] Fall Cleanup Continues... [comments: 0]
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As seen by above, still lots of work to be done, but it does make a pretty picture. Mostly spent the day chilling out, but also a bit of cleaning out the basement and rearranging some things around - deciding what to keep, what to donate, what to trash. Making progress. I finally threw out the Alstroemerias, they lasted a long time, but as they wilt they start dropping their leaves and petals and it makes a mess, plus cats so, off they went. I'll refill the vase with something else. Last night, did some cooking - haven't done that in quite a while, scheduling and all. Made some crispy chicken - not much to prep on that one so it was pretty easy. Plan on cooling some salmon and pork this evening sometime - two different dishes in one night. Perhaps I'll get a pic taken with my customized apron, which I haven't actually used yet but have had for a few months now.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

08:59 AM EST [Link] Revisiting Castle Hill [comments: 0]
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From a few years back. I want to return soon!

Currently on the reading list:
Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick (review) and
Dining Out in Boston: A Culinary History by James C. O'Connell.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

08:54 AM EST [Link] Tricks and Treats [comments: 0]
Didn't get too many kids last night, I kind of thought that we wouldn't. I don't know if it was because it was on a Monday or maybe the interest just isn't as high as it was in the past. I know for me this year it wasn't too much. I would've just sat in the dark and let them pass by, but LD lightened me up and I came around and helped dish out candy. I didn't even dress up this year, but I did get to pick up my fancy suit!

I was able to finally sell the 6 person tent I selected as my gift for 25 years of service. I'm never going to use it, so I'm glad I was able to make a 100% profit on it. (Admittedly, I did sell it for half the going rate, but that's better than the zero dollars it was collecting in the garage wasting away).

Sunday, October 30, 2016

03:48 PM EST [Link] Quick Jaunt To the Park [comments: 0]
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Finally got the leaf blower today. Will begin in earnest using it later in the week. I got this particular model because I liked the gray and lime green color scheme on the body. Maybe it reminded me of the green machine big-wheel I used to ride around in for hours when I was 6 years old. Actually, I tried it out already and it appears to be quite suitable for my needs, so it's all good.

Low key weekend, catching up on rest, cooking in-house, yadda yadda yadda. Had a quick guest for dinner last night before they went into Boston to see a play called Mala. I have to pick up my new suit tomorrow for the special event next month - kinda looking forward to see just how fancy this shindig is going to be - and it promises to be super fancy, definitely the fanciest thing I've ever been to in my life!

Friday, October 28, 2016

02:32 PM EST [Link] This week's cut flowers [comments: 0]
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Back to buying flowers for the vase for my lady!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

01:38 PM EST [Link] Happy Halloween TBT! [comments: 0]
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Arlington, Massachusetts

10:22 AM EST [Link] Brickbottom Throwback [comments: 0]
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Here's a pic I took a few years ago out the window at a place called Brickbottom, just outside of Boston that showed up in my feed, so I figured I'd update it a little bit and repost. For the update I blurred out most of the background and just left the focus on the train in the lower left corner. I feel it's a cool photo but I'm not totally satisfied with it. It was shot with an older camera that I had at the time and I can't seem to get the colors or brightness/contrast just right. This is a location I would like to shoot again someday with the tools I have now. The thing I like about this photo is it's a view of town you don't usually see, and includes an MBTA railyard.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

09:27 AM EST [Link] Still Biking! [comments: 0]
Whew! Still averaging at least twice a day biking into work. These mornings are starting to get real brisk - downright cold even. In the past, I generally would only ride in the best of conditions, but I'm pushing myself a bit this year - going to try to do it for as long as possible. This year, by far, is the most I've ever ridden.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

07:11 PM EST [Link] Goat Love II [comments: 0]
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Spent a few hours at the animal sanctuary today.
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08:02 AM EST [Link] Entertaining Success [comments: 0]
I'd have to say last night was a huge success. I was a bit nervous doing all the cooking for our guests, but the rain stopped and held off just long enough to grill all the meat and various veggies. And I am pleased to say that it all came out better than even I expected. Really lucked out this time. I think I made a really good impression. We also got to play with all our various toys with our new friends, chat about various things, even showed off some of my various photo books which they liked. So I think they really enjoyed themselves. I know that I did. We don't entertain others often but this was really fun! This couple is most likely going to be our new double-date/hang out pals. We've got some stuff for the future lined up already! They're pretty cool folks.

Friday, October 21, 2016

12:47 PM EST [Link] Fall Cleanup 2016 [comments: 0]
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This is a wonderfully colorful time of year in New England, but I kinda hate having to do the fall cleanup. There's so many leaves here, all over the decks, patio, etc. I really need to invest in a leaf blower/vacuum. Like, serious. Got guests coming over this weekend so kinda want to place to look really nice. Even got the game room up to snuff with a polished air hockey and foosball tables, and of course the Ms Pac and Juke are going through their tuneups! But it's mostly making the place look nice. I even get to grill for others this weekend! I did find time to take an autumn snap however, of what's left of the garden, pulling the last of the cucumbers and peppers. Leaves falling on the crushed stone of the garden path photographed above.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

11:35 AM EST [Link] TrumpBookReport [comments: 0]
A moment of hilarious respite from the horror.

Literary Classics Through Trump's Eyes


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