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

 

Dust up at the Windmill..

Not really, but pretty close.  Dust up, means a fight or argument. Much more than just words passed between two people or groups.

So, into story telling mode I go.

The date was Wednesday, August 14, my first day back from my “relaxing” vacation. My knees hurt and I was a little overwhelmed by the events of the past few days. See the previous blog posting to get up to speed (or not..).  I went to the Windmill to get two hot dogs with chili and cheese. A comfort meal for me. And I had a coupon, so one of the hot dogs was free. I walked into the Windmill and there was only one person seemingly in line.  He was kind of standing where the line goes, kinda looking spacey and lost. I stood behind him and waited my turn. He got his hot dog and turned suddenly to go and get some condiments, nearly knocking me down. I just smiled and he walked around me and got his relish and stuff, walked back the counter, paid for his food and went to sit down.

My turn, yes, comfort food approaches. I am somewhat of a regular at the Windmill. I usually go there three out of four weeks each month. It really depends on the coupons and what is on special. I tell the lady at the counter what I want, and she relays the order to the lady working the grill. She stepped away from the counter to fill my drink. While she was gone, two older (older than me) women came in the stood next me at the counter. Not behind me (like in a line or que), next to me. Ok, I thought, tourists that don’t see the need to wait in line. They tried to get the attention of the grill lady who saw them and looked away. She knew what they were up to. Lines were not for these two. Not today, not ever.

I got my two dogs and the ladies were still next to me chatting. I wanted to put mustard on my dogs, but the ladies were between me and the mustard. I asked the ladies to excuse me so that I could get the mustard. The lady closest to me said, NO. I raised one eyebrow and looked at her. She stepped back. I said “It’s a good thing you moved or I would have given you a shot with my elbow!” They just stood there and watched as I put the mustard on my dogs. They made some other comment as I walked away to find a seat. I  expressed another thought to them not quite under my breath.

Wow, that sucked, But comfort food. Yum. I sat down at the middle table outside. Behind me were four elderly gentlemen eating their lunch. In front of me was a 30 something mom with a baby in a car seat. The baby and car seat were in the middle of the table. The mom was working on getting a bottle ready as the husband and daughter went inside to get some food. Then an elderly couple in their late 70’s, maybe early 80s, walked up behind me and sat down at her table. I figured they were the grand parents. I thought that table is going to be crowed with the baby and all those people.

The mom says to them “My husband and daughter are going to be sitting in those seats”.  Hmm, I guess they are not the grandparents. The woman says that they just want to sit down and that they had eaten already. When the mother asked again about them sitting there, the elderly women told her that a friend was in the bathroom and they were waiting for her.  Ok, not my problem. So the husband gets up from the table and sits at my table, with his back to me. Never acknowledging that I am sitting there. I watched all this so I’m just going to let them slide, for now.

The elderly women asks the mother about the baby, trying to make small talk since the barged in uninvited. The baby’s name was Kennedy. Oh, the elderly women exclaimed. And then the mother offered that the daughter in the restaurant was named Reagan and that the have a son named Logan. The elderly lady remarked that they named all their children with Irish names.  So, the friend in the bathroom comes out and they get in their car and drive away. End of the story? Almost. The husband comes out and sits down with the daughter and mother to eat his lunch. The mother looks at the husband and asks “Did you know that we named our children with Irish names?” He just looked up at her and looked back down at his food.

I don’t have any pictures to go with that story. Here are a few from Monday afternoon when we got home from Lake Placid. This seems to be my personal little black rain cloud.

As I write this, DS1 asks why there is no hot water in the house.  Just breathe…

Namaste

So close yet so far..

This post includes a link to a photo shoot in Bradley Beach and Avon By the Sea.   This afternoon I took my roast beef sandwich and drove to Avon By the Sea to see how they fared and if they were ready for Memorial Day. Avon By the Sea and Bradley Beach are two towns just north of Belmar.  Yesterday’s blog was focused on the rebuilding of the boardwalk and beaches in Belmar. As I drove through Belmar today, part of Ocean Ave was closed to traffic. There were news trucks setting up for the governors visit. I guess it was sound bite time to let the world know that the beaches are open the boardwalk (mostly) is open for business.

Once I got over the drawbridge that crosses the Shark River, I drove north along the ocean looking for places to park and take pictures. I am happy to report that Bradley Beach has their parking meters installed. Not yet in Avon By the Sea nor Belmar for that matter. They still have two days to resolve that dilemma.  I stopped at various points and took some pictures. The link to those pictures is here.  After I finished taking my pictures, I got stuck at the drawbridge while a fishing boat went under and out into the ocean.  Once on the other side of the drawbridge, the roadblocks were gone and the news trucks were closed up.  So close to the governor, yet so far.  Maybe next time.

DS3 and I went to Manalapan to play lacrosse tonight.   I did not have any goals.  Neither did he. Somehow we wound up on opposite teams. I really wanted to play on the same team as him. He might, might, pass me the ball..

Here are a few pictures from todays photo shoot.  Enjoy!

Namaste

This post is number 550..

Really!  I’m stumped, that’s for sure.  Today DS3 arrived home from college. He was on LI with his girlfriend for the past few days.  Everybody is back home, yea!  No really, YEA!  Now I just have to figure out where all the cars will be parked when DS1 brings home the big red truck at night. And who has to get figured into the bathroom schedule in the morning.  It will all work out. My DW and I went to yoga tonight. Next Tuesday is the last adult school yoga until October.  We will have to find a Tuesday night class somewhere to attend over the summer.

Today for lunch I took my ham and cheese sandwich down to Belmar (aka Almost Ground Zero for Sandy) to see how they were doing with the rebuilding of the boardwalk. As you can imagine, I shot a few pictures, well actually a lot of pictures. The big question is, Will they be ready for this weekend? My answer is kind of. The boardwalk itself is complete. The ADA ramps and the stairs are still under construction. And the worst part is… they haven’t yet installed the parking meters along Ocean Ave!  I am willing to be bet that the meters will be installed and working by Friday, noontime at the latest. This is NJ after all.

Here are a few pictures from the photo shoot today.  Here is a link to the entire set of pictures.  Enjoy!

Namaste

New Pope and a trip to the beach..

Today the Catholic Church got a new pope. I’m sure you saw the news everywhere,  I certainly did. I will admit to watching the announcement being broadcast live on the internet. I wonder if that was a first.  I don’t remember the same excitement (?) with the choosing of the previous pope.  I did not get the job, that is the bottom line. I guess I’m not old enough to be pope. That is what I will keep telling myself.

I have been absent from the blogging world as of late (as you may have noticed).  April’s challenge will be to post something relevant, every day for the entire month.  This month, I’m just not there yet. I do have a short story to share, I have some minor editing to do then it will get whelped and sent out into the world. Chris, interested in some light english language editing? Not content (hopefully), just grammar?  Let me know.   This one feels special to me.

Today I went to the beach in Belmar, NJ to eat my lunch and take some pictures.  I have included some below and this link will take you to the Drop Box folder with all 55 pictures.  The beach in Belmar was hit pretty hard by Sandy.

Yoga last night was good!

Enjoy the pictures and smile everyday! 

Namaste

 

Sandy update and a litte sunshine..

A quick shout out to the two readers from Italy yesterday! Wahoo to you. Also thanks for reading.

The big bad winter forecast for the northeast has so far missed stopping by in New Jersey.  Go figure. I was seriously thinking about buying a snow blower based on the forecast. I will grant you that we are only halfway through the month of January, but it was in the mid 50’s today. I walked my mile plus tonight and had worked up a sweat by the end.  I was walking fast and I had a light jacket on, but still.  I like the warmer weather, it helps with the heating bills.

Wednesday night my DW just got back from getting her hair done for vacation. She looks marvelous! I need to find my hair cut person for Friday.  Sunday we fly to Florida for some sun and some lacrosse. I will hopefully be meeting up with one of the people I met on Twitter.  She and her husband life just outside of Key West. She posts a picture of the sunrise in Key West every morning. I am almost never awake for the sunrise. If you are on Twitter and want to see a Key West sunrise every morning, search for @barbiedoll0087 on Twitter.

I went down to the Windmill with my coupon today for lunch. The Windmill has great hot dogs and coupon specials by the month via email and in the Wednesday newspaper. My favorite coupon is the buy one, get one free coupon. Today’s coupon was a hot dog and a soda for 5 dollars. I also got a bowl of split pea soup. The soup was good, just not as good as the soup my MIL makes. I took my food to go and drove down to the beach in Belmar.  Belmar was pretty hard hit by Sandy. The entire boardwalk was destroyed. The governor was supposed to be in Belmar today for the ground breaking on the new boardwalk. I missed him. His schedule and mine just did not work out. His loss.

Pictures will have captions.  Hopefully the captions make sense.  The two-week post Sandy pictures can be found here via Drop Box. The current, 9 week  post-Sandy pictures can be found here via Drop Box. Here are the pre-Sandy pictures, also via Drop Box. It’s crazy that I was down on the boardwalk shooting pictures a week before the hurricane.

Enjoy!

Namaste

 

Flying on my own tonight..

The last two nights I’ve had DS2 as my wingman writing this blog. He poked me one night and sent me pictures the next night. With just a little inspiration, I can make up the rest.  I have been thinking or wondering, if it is correct to blog about the blogs you follow?  Hmmm. I decided that I would share a few of the blogs that I follow just in case you were looking for some variety.  So, in no particular order are the blogs that I follow:

My DW just walked by and asked “What are you doing?” I said “Working on my blog, making a list a few of my favorite things!” There could be a song in there. I would have to ask my oldest sister about that.

I worked in the office again today. I was  able to have a mostly peaceful day since the resident “not sure what word should go here” was not in the office.  At lunch time I went down to the Wind Mill for hotdogs. Afterwards I shot two videos. One video, seen here, is of the trash pile at the Belmar Marina. This trash pile was created when some of the debris from Hurricane Sandy was collected from the streets of Belmar and the surrounding area.  The second video, seen here, was shot on Ocean Ave in Belmar. You still can not drive on Ocean Ave and if you linger too long, the rent – a – cop will chase you away.  It was chilly here today and the camera in my phone did not focus as well as it should. Maybe when I dropped in it in Scranton two weeks ago I did some damage.

One picture to go with the two videos. This is a picture of my lunch. Oh, Wednesday is buy one, get one for senior citizens.  I had a BOGO coupon from the internet. The restaurant looked like the senior bus had stopped by. That is not a bad thing, just really busy. Maybe next time I will visit on Thursday. It is less crowded on Thursdays.

Enjoy!

Namaste

Two dogs, chili and cheese

Kicked out of church, again..

I got kicked out of church again today at lunch time. Some people, me included, consider the “Great Outdoors” to the Church of the Open Sky. Ok, maybe it is only me that has that belief. No matter, I went down to the beach on Belmar to shoot some pictures and see what happened during and after the storm. While I was walking around, minding my own business, a local, summer cop, rousted me and told me that I could not walk on the street.  In his defense, he is probably tired of chasing disaster tourists.  In my defense, the sign on the  jersey barrier said that the road was closed, like to cars.  There was no mention about people. And, any of the work being done was far down the street from where I was standing.  He gets the Yertle the Turtle Award for the day. King of all the he can see. Google it..

Pictures – before and after. I’m sure you will be able to figure out which is which.  Here is a link to all 28 pictures that I shot today. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3qi0a0h81s2tirc/9C0dZ0OkPk

Enjoy!

Namaste

What storm?..

 When I left work this evening the sky to the north looked ominous. It has been 90 to 100 degrees and humid for the last three days.  The skies lighted as I drove south. We never had any thunder or rain this evening. Maybe later tonight will be our turn. One of the two customers that have my personal cell phone number called after dinner in a panic since his credit card software was not working. I needed information from the office so I got connected to my computer at work. Almost immediately I was disconnected and could not get reconnected.

I brought up the regional radar and there was a huge red and purple blob over my office. I tried several other machines at work and eventually they all dropped off when their battery backups failed.  Tomorrow should be a joy as people get to work and find out that nothing is working. Me, I have a 7:30 am appointment with a customer working from the kitchen table. I may work from home after that. 

Tonight DS3’s car came home from the shop. The mechanic said that their was no damage to the suspension and such of his car. The car did need tires, we knew that when we bought it. We put four new tires on the car. They also put a few screws into the plastic part of the bumper so that it would not hang down. Our next project (DS3 and I) is to figure out if we can replace the plastic bumper cover.  It would appear from doing web research that the part is available for 50 dollars new and the old one should un-bolt and the new one should bolt back on. I hope the damage is just cosmetic.

It seems that DS3 (according to Facebook) is back in a relationship. It’s tough to keep track.  Back on Sunday when we had not heard her name for a few days we asked and were told that it was over. I guess not.  DS1 worked today. He spent a few minutes after he came home telling me stories about work. That was kind of neat. DS2 worked the evening shift. He came home a few minutes ago. He is battling with his employer to get more hours. They want to keep everyone under 30 hours. It’s tough to pay bills and set money aside during the summer when you work less than 30 hours a week.  DS3 was off today. He hung out with one of his high school ROTC friends.

I ate lunch in Belmar at the boardwalk. It was nice to breathe the salt air and eat my sandwich. It really was not very cool at the beach. Maybe next to the water it was cooler, but back on the boardwalk it was as warm as back at the office (10 miles away). My DW worked a full day. She went to yoga tonight while I worked tech support. I was going to go with her. I need centering..

My pictures tonight come from my visit to the boardwalk. Enjoy!

Namaste