New tech toy..

This blog can hardly be called a “Tech Blog”  Maybe I would fall into the “Travel Blog” or the “Walk a mile in my shoes” blog.  Writers are supposed to write about what they know, right?  I like my electronic toys.  I try not to follow the current trends, but when I do, I try to run to the head of that trend’s pack.

About a month ago I bought a Roku 3 for our family’s Samsung HD TV. Back when we bought the TV, money was real tight and the cost difference between the Smart and non-Smart TV was enough that we bought the “dumb” TV. Smart vs. Dumb, what does that mean? A Smart TV can go on the Internet and view content that might only be available on-line.

An example of that would be ESPN 3. This Internet only channel broadcasts some of the second market or smaller colleges men’s lacrosse games. I can watch ESPN 3 on my phone or laptop. Neither of them have a real HDMI output. The phone has one, but the picture does not come out well when plugged into the 55 inch HD TV. And not just lacrosse, ESPN 3 covers a HUGE range of sports from all over the world.

The ROKU 3 (purchased from Amazon with free delivery) delivers HD content from the Internet. That assumes that the content is HD to start. We have also watched via Livestream other college lacrosse games.  Since we also own a VIZO  Smart TV (for the kids), we have a Netflix account.  The Roku and Netflix play well together.

Are you a tech (geek) with a HD “dumb” TV? Buy a Roku 3 with confidence. The Roku people have thousands of channels available. Some are free, some are subscription based. They even have an “adult” section that they don’t advertise but a quick Google search will show you how to find you way there (if that is your thing).  And you can play games like Angry Birds on the Roku 3!

Thanks for reading and enjoy having 1000’s of channels to watch with nothing on!

Namaste

 

Tampa trip wrap up..

I think I have covered the entire five days in various blogs. As I look back I have missed a few things that may be of interest.  Missing from the Clearwater, Florida is a video that I shot of a street performer.  Here is that video

Monday we traveled home from Tampa to Philadelphia. When we landed in Raleigh – Durham Airport we found out that our flight from RDU to PHL was cancelled. We learned this as we stood on the jet way waiting for our  gate checked luggage to arrive. We flew on one of those regional jets that have no overhead space. While we are waiting one of the passengers that had flown first class was complaining that his bag did not come up in the first group. He said, I’m flying first class!  The gate attendant was not impressed.

Seems he was traveling to PHL as well. I said my flight to PHL is cancelled, he said same here. Then a college age girl came up the jet way and asked about the flight. Cancelled I said. She said why?  I told her that I don’t know why. And really, what difference does it make? You won’t be able to convince someone to un-cancel the flight. The most important thing at that point is to find the next flight before your fellow passengers do. There are not an unlimited number of seats.

I called the Delta 1 800 number and went into a queue, call me back in 10 minutes. I looked over at the counter and saw the attendant finish up with all the customers that had been standing there. I walked over and explained my problem. She took care of my re-booking and gave both of us 20 dollars for lunch and dinner since we were going to be stuck for a while.  We went to a white table-cloth restaurant and ate good on Delta’s dime.

The flight home was uneventful as was the drive to the shore.  I hope you enjoyed the trip, we sure did!

Namaste

 

Set your intention..

Greetings from foggy Manahawkin tonight.  We spent the weekend between the Manahawkin mansion and the Best Western Plus in Dunmore.  Sound like quite the dichotomy of locations (at least from the titles of the locations). The reality was quite a bit different.  Dunmore, PA is one of the towns that Marywood University can be found in. The other is the city of Scranton, Pa. As long time readers, you would know that DS2 is a student at Marywood. A senior in fact. Graduation, possible grad school and a job are all looming in the not to distant future.

This weekend was all about a Wind Ensemble concert, dinner with the parents and Sunday mass. I guess he may have done some studying and whatever with his friends as well.  We arrived in Dunmore/Scranton at exactly 4 pm. The concert was scheduled to start at 4 pm. My DW had a continuing education class to attend in Atlantic City Saturday morning that caused us to leave for school later than usual.  It was nice to make it in time and not have to enter the concert hall during the show.  The concert went well. We enjoyed, but may not have understood, all the music. I have come to realize that I can enjoy the university level music without understanding it. I am making progress!

After the concert DS2, his GF, DW and I went to Coopers Seafood Restaurant for dinner. For all of you Office fans, Coopers is alive and well six months after the show went off the air. The menus are redone, the food tweaked and the selection of beer (draft and bottled)  is probably unrivaled in the city of Scranton. If you go there, ask for Pat. She is a our favorite waitress. A single mom, our age with a daughter attending Seton Hall Law School after graduating from the University of Scranton. Her daughter was a student of the wife of one of my uncles when she was in elementary school. Talk about a small world.

Saturday night we stayed at the Best Western Plus in Dunmore. They had a party in the “party room” which was under our room. The music stopped at exactly 11 pm. That was great. Sunday we attended mass at Marywood University. As long time readers (same assumption as before) you will know that DS2 plays his trumpet during mass. His GF is in the choir.  A fun thing for me, is that my DW has been welcomed into the choir whenever we are in town. This morning was no exception. It was cool to see my son, my wife and my son’s girlfriend all singing/playing during mass.  I can’t sing. I can however take pictures. Yes, I did.

Sunday after mass we went to the Buck Town diner in Dunmore. Eat here. Simple enough statement.  Elegant, no. Reasonably priced, good tasting food, yes. Good table and kitchen staff, heck yes! We drove home listening to the Cincinnati Bengals playing football on Sirius. They absolutely sucked in the first quarter and could do no wrong for the rest of the game.  The final outcome being a resounding win for the Bengals.

Tonight we went to gentle yoga with Gabby at Hot or Not Yoga in Manahawkin.  Tonight’s class was the perfect cap to this crazy weekend. Dinner was flank steak, red wine and mashed potatoes. DS1 was over for dinner. He was off from work for a few days and spent the weekend at home. Tomorrow he heads back to his apartment and off to work on Tuesday.

Me, I have a stress test with my cardiologist  tomorrow morning. Then I will work from home and probably go to a hot yoga class Monday night.

I hope you enjoyed living in my shoes for the weekend. I will add some pictures below.

Here is a link to the Wind Ensemble concert pictures.

Here is a link to the Sunday Mass pictures.

 

Thanks for reading.

Namaste

 

Halloween 2013 – Jersey Shore edition..

No, not that Jersey Shore edition!  I’m sure that there was or will be an episode like that. But this is not it. We however have pictures and video from Halloween 2013.

We don’t have small children anymore. If you follow this blog, you already know that. Halloween used to be a huge event here at our house. We would spend the better part of October building a haunted maze on the front lawn complete with scary effects, fog machines, strobe lights, music, you name it, we had all kinds of crazy stuff.  Then, the kids grew up, life got more hectic and the Halloween tradition of the crazy maze in the front yard stopped. We still have all the stuff, maybe next year.  I have one more epic display to do.

We both got home from work around 5:30 pm so we missed the smaller children.  As a matter of fact, we must have missed most of the children.  It was pretty quiet around here.  I took some pictures that I will share at the bottom.

I also went to the Belmar boardwalk to look around and shoot some video. I posted the video on YouTube and will re-post it here.

Enjoy the pictures and the video

 

Namaste

 

2012 in review or Happy New Years!

First off, to those that have read and visited my blog, THANK YOU!  Yes, I’m shouting. 

Below is the end of the year report that detail where you are all from, how many times you visited, or if you have been naughty or nice.

Enjoy! 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Last chance for romance..

There might be a song title in there. Hmmm. Thursday night here in New Jersey.  This will probably be the last quiet night for the next six weeks or so here at the ole homestead. DS2 returns from school tomorrow. DS3 returns on Saturday. Tonight DS1 is visiting “she’s not my girlfriend” for the night. That means we are empty nesters for the night.  Big plans are in order. First we had leftover meat loaf, mashed potatoes and a salad to for dinner. I brought home a small keg, what do they call these things?  See the picture below. Christmas Ale from the Breckenridge Brewery in Colorado. Interesting Christmas Ale. 

After dinner we are resting. I am in “the chair”, she is on the couch reading a book on her Kindle. I type, she reads.  Tonight the Bengals and the Eagles are playing football. Since we follow the Bengals we will watch on the new tv. We don’t have to share when nobody else is home. Tomorrow I am off. This is my last day of vacation for 2012.  I work for a company where you use your vacation, or loose your vacation.  My DW is working tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon I am getting my hair cut  (and colored) for the holidays.  Friday night our company is having their annual Christmas Party. I am on a strict three drink diet so I can drive home afterwards. This is an employee only, no spouses or such, allowed.

Last night was the 121212 concert to benefit Sandy survivors. You probably are among the estimated 2 billion people that saw some of the concert. I saw most of the show, going to bed at 11:00 eastern. I’m sure somebody out there is saying, “You went to bed without seeing Paul Macartney?” Yes I did.  I have a few personal observations from the show.

  • Bruce and the band were excellent
  • Rodger Waters is an odd duck. Duh!
  • John Bon Jovi was excellent
  • The Rolling Stones – good, Mick is skinny as ever. Keith Richards looked lost
  • Alicia Keys was good. I don’t know her music. Whatever her first song was, it ment something to her. She pounded the heck out of those piano keys!
  • The Who, Rodger, keep the shirt buttoned, please! And skip the tea..
  • Eric Clapton, I’m a passing fan. I was impressed how he pushed that trio with his guitar. The young man on the drums was sweating up a storm and seemed happy to have kept up when they were done

Quite the enjoyable night for sure!

Here are a few pictures from the last few days. Enjoy!

Namaste

Giants win, Cincy wins, what happened to the Saints?,,

Sunday football, week two. The Giants looked like they were going to start the season 0-2 until they woke up in the third and fourth quarters. Cincinnati bounced back from a thrashing by the Ravens on Monday night to win. And the Saints? Who Dat? I think they can’t get their coach back quick enough. Other teams played today, these are the three that I follow.

We spent a good part of the day defrosting the upright freezer in the cellar today. We just can’t seem to get enough water in the basement so we make the best of any and all opportunities.  The freezer door was not closing properly for some reason and the inside was getting full of frost. Remember yesterday’s thing about ten years and throwing away? The freezer probably has not been defrosted in at least that long. When we got it defrosted and clean, the door was still not closing correctly. We put the frozen things back in and bungee corded the door shut. We got the freezer with the house in 1987. Maybe its time to get a new one.

Last night my DW and I did the hot tub hop. She lit lots of little candles on the deck and we enjoyed 40 minutes of warm bubbling water. We even saw a tremendous shooting star. The shooting star seemed to last four or five seconds. It lasted long enough for me to see it, say something, and for my DW to turn her head and see it. It was quite bright.

DS1 went out to a friend’s house last night after dinner. Tonight he is at another friends house for dinner and such. I imagine he will be home soon since he has to get up early for work in the am. Working six days a week does not allow him much down time.  You know the story about idle hands..

College children, DS2 had a Jazz Band dance at the university tonight. He was in the band, not doing the dancing. He said that he enjoyed it. DS3 posted a picture on Face Book of him dressed in his ROTC “outdoors” gear. Complete with his pack and helmet. I’m sure there is a story behind the picture, we just have not yet heard it.

Tonight’s picture is of DS3 in his Army stuff. Enjoy!

Namaste

Day 191, the Shearing..

Finally Friday, which follows Thirsty Thursday and Hump Day Wednesday.. Today is Friday, January 6, 2012. In one week it will be the first Friday the Thirteenth of 2012. Oooooo. If that sort of thing bothers you. Things were quiet here. I worked from home. While watching files transfer from one computer to another I put some of the cellar back together and did a few more loads of laundry. We are pretty caught up in that department.

This evening the four men in the house all went for haircuts. Two of us went at 4:30 and two of us went at 5:30. The same lady that cut our hair tonight has been cutting our hair forever. She has watched the kids grow up in her chair. She is also a Parrot Head (Jimmy Buffett fan). We attended several concerts with her and some of her friends in the early 2000’s.  She is now a grandma and has custody of her two grand children. Her daughter and the father of the children have substance problems.  I get to hear at each visit how the kids are doing. She never thought she was going to be raising children, again.

Tonight’s going to be a little short due to the writer feeling under the weather. Hopefully I can get outside in the sunshine tomorrow. These three pictures are from DS3’s Facebook page. Back on January 1, I wrote about he and his girlfriend dressing up like tigers for New Years Eve. Here are the pictures. They are cute!  Enjoy.

Namaste

 

Back home on the post 96 ranch..

We survived another weekend in Scranton, PA.  Survived my be perceived as a bad trip that we struggled through. That certainly was not the case. We both like visiting the city and seeing our children. It gives us a sense of control. But in hindsight, a false sense of control. We unfortunately did not get to do everything we had hoped for over the weekend. The uncertainty of the weather coupled with the schedules of the university and the two children left us running here and there (not willy nilly, thought)

Sunday was a good day in Scranton. It was rainy, grey and cold. Just like it was most of the time my family visited when I was a kid. Very nostalgic. All we needed was dirty snow piles on the side of the road, and things would have been complete. We tried to eat breakfast at the hotel, but the dining area was packed and there was a line. So we ate at Chicks Diner which is near where the Proferra’s Pizza building used to be. Now the building houses Steamtown Hot Yoga.   We sat at the counter since things were busy. Talk about chaos! It was a wonder that anybody actually got food to eat.  But really, it was fun to watch. We got our food in a timely fashion and it was good.

After breakfast we picked up DS3 at his school and drove across town to DS2’s school. DS2 has been singing in the choir this year at mass since he was not able to play his trumpet. October 1 was the day he was allowed to start playing again. That was yesterday. He played yesterday. When we got to Marywood and sat down in the chapel for Mass we were surprised to see him there with his horn. He played his trumpet today in Mass. After all the “stuff” we went through with his eyes in the last five weeks it was really great to see him wearing his contacts and playing his horn like nothing had ever happened. 

After Mass the four of us ate brunch at Marywood. The food was fine. DS3 says that his school makes better omelets. We (DW and I) picked at this and that since we had eaten at the diner two hours earlier. After brunch we walked DS2 back to his dorm and with a hug, we said good-bye. We took DS3 shopping for things we could not get the day before. Then we stopped up to see my parents and ended the trip back at the University of Scranton. After a hug and a handshake we left DS3 at school.

We stopped at the Northern Lights Espresso Bar for coffee for the ride home. They make excellent lattes. The business is run by the same nuns that run Marywood University! Go figure. Northern Lights is a short walk down the hill from the U and has all the usual trappings one would expect in an espresso bar in a college town. The coffee certainly beats Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. After we got out coffee we drove home. Traffic was not so bad. The best part of the ride was listening to the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills. I’ve written before about the home team announcers for the Bengals. They were entertaining again today as well. It was a nice distraction and I was not sleepy during the ride at all. That was a good thing.

Back at the ranch, things are fine. A quick food shopping trip. Then I made Veal Francese for dinner. Yum, yum. And here we are. TV time and another week starts. Tonight’s picture was taken last weekend at the Marywood parents weekend. They had a photo boot set up and it was free.  In these pictures DS2, DW and I are hamming it up for the camera.  If you click on the picture, it enlarges. Enjoy!

Marywood Family Picture

 

Maybe we are old fashioned under post 82

This blogging thing has taken on a life of its own.  My blogging time is usually after dinner. This is subject to change as time and activities change. Here we are after dinner, me in the “chair” and my DW reading a book on the couch. The kitchen is clean, the house is ready for the work week.  We just finished dinner. We had steak and mashed potatoes with a salad. We skipped the vegetable tonight.  While we were eating dinner by candle light we listened to the Cincinnati Bengals football game on Sirius.

You ask, dude, the Bengals? Yes, the Bengals. My DW has a good friend whose son is the long snapper for the Bengals. So we follow the team. This family rented us their house in Florida for four years in a row during spring break. I certainly enjoyed spending two weeks on the Gulf Coast each year. Eventually the lacrosse coach made it known that if our son expected to play varsity lacrosse, two weeks in Florida in April was out of the question. The high school lacrosse season is in the spring.  Anyway, there we were, porterhouse steaks (mine with Montreal seasoning) mashed, salad, a nice Merlot and football on the radio. Question time, have you ever listened to a football game on the radio? We do most weeks. Not always during dinner, but most weeks. I seem to enjoy football on the radio with good play-by-play announcers.  We poke fun at the silly things that they say as they call the games. Do you think our parents did the same?

See, so we (the Limeguy family) are old-fashioned. I guess you need to look past the HD TV, the high-speed internet, Twitter, Facebook, smart phones and all the other trapping of modern civilization. We are old-fashioned. I remember as a child listening to football games on the am radio in my room. The local country station used to broadcast football on Sundays.  Maybe our kids are not old-fashioned, but they certainly have the training from their parents.

Children, hmmm. DS1 played some word feud with me around lunch time. That would be a little early on a Sunday for him. Maybe he was working a game for the University. DS2 has a Jazz ensemble gig tonight. Marywood has a social advertised as “Come dance with us”  on their website. The Jazz ensemble is performing this evening. I guess he is playing percussion of some sort. DS3 had a choir performance last night. Today he had brunch and homework. Tonight he had pizza for dinner. Tonight’s dinner (at home) was right up his alley. We enjoyed it in his honor. 

This coming weekend he will be at Camp Smith near Peekskill, NY for the brigades FTX (fall training exercise).  A copy of the weekends schedule can be found by clicking here.  Ok, I will step aside and answer the that one question. That question is, you write a blog, add pictures, embed links to documents, websites and videos, and you still consider yourself old-fashioned??  My answer is, yes.  The Royal Warrior Battalion has a web presence on Facebook (chant like us, like us, just kidding). You can follow the doing of DS3’s ROTC brigade.

Picture time boys and girls.  Todays picture comes from yesterdays walk over the causeway which received absolutely no press coverage from our local paper. Hmm, maybe time to change local papers. Enjoy!

Bridge walk 2011