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

 

Triumphant ride into Manahawkin..

Maybe one of the last Tour De France blogs for this year. Today was the final day the Map My Ride (an app for your phone) Tour De France Challenge.  The challenge, if you have been just clicking Like and not reading (just kidding), has been to ride your bike for at least 20 minutes each day the riders in the Tour De France ride their bikes.  I completed the challenge this morning at 8:55 am. That noise you heard was the cheering throngs lining Lime Guy Bouvard cheering me on to the finish. The reality was quite different (as it usually is). I did finish my nearly 25 mile ride this morning around 8:55 am, but there was nobody home except for my DW. The neighbors were hiding behind their air conditioning. A quiet morning in the neighborhood.

I finished the challenge having ridden 306 miles in 23 rides. Out of 24,956 participants, I am ranked number 2939!  Not bad to a 53-year-old man who could stand to lose a few pounds.  It was a lot of work. There were lots of mornings at 5:51 am when the alarm went off that I wanted to roll over. Now what? I will ride less frequently, but the health benefits should continue.  And, it has not rained here in Manahawkin in the morning since at least June 29 th!

Children, where are they today? Funny that you should ask. Let’s see, DS1 is in Philadelphia with a childhood friend after spending Saturday in NYC at a concert on Governor’s Island.  He is scheduled to come home after work tomorrow. DS2 is on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his girlfriend and her family. They had a very long drive from the Jersey shore to Cape Hatteras yesterday. I’m glad I was not in the car. DS3 is on the train from New York’s Penn Station to Long Branch, NJ. He spent the day in NYC with his girlfriend. She lives out on Long Island, so the city is a good central place for them to meet.

My DW went to yoga this morning.  I took a short nap after riding while she went to class. Then we went grocery shopping. See, the Lime Guy life is not all glamour and Hollywood parties! I worked in the garden this afternoon harvesting a 5 gal bucket of tomatoes and cucumbers. Most of the tomatoes got ground up for sauce and frozen for the winter. I will probably be bringing cucumbers into work to give away this week.

The boardwalk in Seaside Heights is open! Really. We went there Friday night and there were not many people. Get out while you can, summer is going to pass you by!

Here are a few pictures with captions.  Enjoy, and thanks for reading..  Who needs PRISM? Just read the blog, dude!

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

Figured I would stop by..

Heck, it’s my blog, I better stop by! I am the victim of one thing leading to another this week.  Here’s a quick run down (not excuses)!

  • Friday – worked from home,  went to Buckalew’s on LBI for dinner. St. Patrick’s Day nonsense. Food was ok. This was our first time on LBI since Sandy.  The island seemed quieter than normal.
  • Saturday – worked on FAFSA’s for the two college children, completed them.  Crappy weather. Made home-made fish n chips after my DW told me to stop looking for a restaurant that would cook them since I like mine the best.
  • Sunday – groceries, cooked mussels with white wine sauce for lunch and Guinness Irish stew for dinner. My family are not big corned beef eaters. Sunday was St. patrick’s Day.
  • Monday – worked, played lacrosse. I did not score any goals. The goalie had my number that night. He stopped three-point blank shots of mine.
  • Tuesday – worked, adult school yoga. We had our first Rita’s of the season.
  • Wednesday – dinner with DS1 since my DW was working at the Men’s Health Night at her hospital. We stopped by on our way home form the bar (restaurant) to say hello. First day of Spring.
  • Thursday – today, worked and cooked dinner. My DW had a union meeting at 5 pm today.  Today would have been my mothers birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom!

Kids, hmmm…  DS1 worked. DS2 and DS3 continue to pursue their educations (right boys?).  Nothing really special this week. DS2 won some cologne in a raffle at his school. He bought tickets thinking it was perfume for his girlfriend.  I guess it is, in a way…

Pictures,  click here to see pictures from Men’s Health Night. Click here to see pictures from my trip to Pt. Pleasant Beach today.  There will be a few from each set below.  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

 

Snowpocalypse 2013..

Maybe I’m being premature to write the epitaph of the “biggest snowstorm in the last 100 years”, but what the heck. We made it through Sandy and Irene.  Bring on the Snowpocalypse 2013. Is snowpocalypse even a word?  After the Mayans failed to end the world back in December, events that end in “pocalypse” haven’t quite carried the weight that they used to. DS3 sent me a picture from Marywood University this morning with Snowpocalypse as the message.

We were planning to go to Scranton for the weekend. We still may, we will decide around noon time Saturday. No sense driving on the highway if the highways is plowed to New Jersey specifications! And, the overnight low for Saturday is predicted to be 5 degrees. I can skip that.

This week has been incredibly busy at work. I worked two hours late night Tuesday and was in the office 2.5 hours early on Wednesday.  (Atta boy, right!) The project that I was finishing started in October! Really.  Everything ground to a halt for the holidays and my vacation.  Everything turned out well. Now I am setting my sights on the multitude of smaller projects that have popped up since the beginning of the year.

We received our relocation package in the mail yesterday from the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce. St Johns county includes the area around St. Augustine, Florida.  Time will tell.

Here are a few pictures with captions. Enjoy!

Namaste

 

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