Sunday, March 17, 2013

I can't wait for the weather to improve, at least temperature wise. For too many years I have not taken advantage of all that I have around me. Getting a camera started me on my journey and I hope to continue it as the weather improves. Of course I will be going back to a certain island at the beginning of June. I am in love with this place and would even consider moving there if I could afford it. It's been since early September since I've had any real time off. Oh sure I've had two long weekends off since then, but one was a few weeks back thanks to a big snowstorm. We weren't allowed to drive and public transportation was halted for a day. I remember telling my boss, "You won't see me tomorrow."
By the way, not allowing driving was a good decision by the Governor. It was much better to deal with 25 inches of snow with as little disruption as possible. I have a car not a tank and driving to work through two feet of snow is not my idea of fun all wheel drive or not. 
I would like to go to Vermont. I have been there once back in the '70s. It was memorable, not because I enjoyed the scenery or the music festival I was going to attend, but because my friend and his girl friend had a huge fight on the way up including her throwing a can of soda (full) at him from the back seat as we drove down the highway.  He then tried to throw it back at her .I won't go into the particulars but it was essentially a two and a half hour ride up, more fighting in the parking lot, and two and a half hours back,with some fighting, then silence the rest of the way. Not one of the nicer road trips I have taken.
There's plenty to see and do in New England. I have been to Maine a couple of times but I'm sure there's more to see and do. I've been to Rhode Island a few times and it reminds me of a smaller version of Massachusetts, and a different accent. I've been through Connecticut heading to New York but have never stopped there. I really don't know if there's anything I want to see there but then again I haven't tried to find anything interesting there. There still is plenty for me to do and see within a 25 mile radius of Boston. I can't wait for the nicer weather so I can head back to New Hampshire. It's such a beautiful place and not very crowded. The Boston area alone has almost 4 times the people than the entire state. And best of all the border is only 20 to 25 minutes from my drive way. 
Happy St Patricks Day to all who celebrate. We will be celebrating in the typical way with a corn beef and cabbage meal at my sisters. My lady friend an I will be heading over there around 2 o'clock this afternoon. Of course there will be a bit of a twist as the only Irishman in the group will be my brother in law. The rest of us are Italian so I will be providing desert from Mike's Pastry here locally. Mike also has a location (the original) in Boston's North End. The very Italian North End. If any of you out there ever make it to Boston you must go to the North End. You will be transported to Europe. It's loaded with restaurants, pastry shops, Italian food stores, pizzeria's and sidewalk cafes. You will never get a bad meal there. The smells are heavenly as you walk down the street, not to mention Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church (one if by land, two if by sea). It's all very Italian. Just don't drive in you'll never find a place to park. The streets are narrow and winding. It's all part of the original Boston peninsula before all the land reclamation. It's quite easy by public transportation. You'll love it!

And yes we will be getting snow Monday night into Tuesday. About 4 to 6 inches. There are still piles of snow here and there from the last big one a month ago. My back still aches after the seven hour shoveling marathon, including a snow blower. I view snow as just an unnecessary freezing of water.

Well that's all for now kiddies. It's still not quiet 8 a.m. Sunday morning. I am an early riser. I have been up since 5 and had my breakfast. I am going to plop myself on the couch and watch a dvd. Possibly take a snooze, then get ready for the big meal this afternoon.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

I'm outta here.


  1. I would love to visit Boston after watching Boston's Finest. I am seeing a lot of Hyde Park and the south end of Boston. That show is fascinating!
    Enjoy spending time with your lady friend and your sister's family. My dad was Irish so I always celebrate by wearing something green. :-)
    Take care Bro!

  2. Boston sounds like a lovely place to visit. I think I would love the old north end. Such places and things interest me. Isn't it just funny that there is always so much to see close to home and you never quite do. I think we feel we can see it at anytime and go elsewhere. Big mistake. Italian or not, Happy ST Patrick's Day.

  3. Hope you enjoyed your family meal Paul. Hope you don't get too much snow
    Best Wishes Sheila .