Sunday, March 15, 2015

Friend list on Blogger

I was looking at my friends list. The majority were carryovers from Spaces and a few newer ones since I have been on Blogger. Alas most of my Spaces friends blogged for a bit then just stopped. I'm sure there around on the internet in some way, shape or form but I just blog here and that's it. I have thought about thinning out the herd because for most of these people they haven't been around for over 4 years. It's a shame because I really liked them and had contact with them besides just comments on a blog. I have spoken to many of them.
I don't have a very large list of friends here to begin with and if I delete some of the people my friends list would really look pathetic compared to what I see on other folks blogs. I mean 100, 200, 400 "friends" and I have a pathetic 32. At least it looks pathetic compared to other lists. Then again if everybody on these long lists blogged frequently, perusing blogger would become a full time job. And though I am semi retired and have more time on my hands, I can't see me sitting in front of a computer screen for long stretches of time just reading and commenting. Still I miss some of those people. I had a lot of fun back in the days of Spaces. There was one particular group who seemed to know one another though they were living in Pennsylvania, California, and I think Arizona and Hong Kong. I weaseled my way into that group and I shared many a laugh with them. I spoke to them on the phone and I have to say I really liked them all. And things were much looser then. The language and subject matter was a bit cruder and that was right up my alley. Heather, Angie, Sophie and Raven were great fun and I miss them. This is not to say that the people who do show up on my blog nowadays aren't fun, it was just a different group. Believe me though I don't get 15 or 20 comments like I used to I do appreciate those who do show up here and I certainly don't want to put these folks off.

So here I sit on a rather nice Monday afternoon, though I know I won't finish this blog until tonight or tomorrow or next week, I was just thinking about those people that I got to know back 5 to 7 years ago and wondering what's going on with them now. As I said it's a nice afternoon and there is snow melting going on but we have a long way to go to eliminate a total of 8 feet of snow. Side streets are still narrow but I think the worst of it is the pot holes. These are not holes filled with pot, (marijuana for you who didn't come of age in the late 60's and early 70's. That certainly would make it easier to deal with all this crap. Ah the fun of my youth!) but filled with water. You have no idea how deep they are and in some situations they are deep. I know first hand as I ruined a wheel and a tire on my car, and replacing them was not cheap. Around $600.00.
Still the weather is improving and as of today our trip to Martha's Vineyard has been booked. I informed Arlene a bit earlier and her spirits lifted. Not that she was down in the dumps, but her recent injury really bothered her. Still she is progressing and she is very happy that all is set in stone. I don't know how many more times we will go there. This will be the 10th time since 2010 and we have not tired of this place yet and we are so fortunate to have this available to us not all that far away. Last time was the best. We pulled out of my driveway at 6 A.M. arriving at the pier in Woods Hole Ma. in an hour and 10 minutes. The ferry wasn't booked solid and they asked us if we would like to get on the ferry a bit earlier than our scheduled time. Well DUH! By 9 A.M. we were on the island. How can you beat that? We showed up at the hotel and they said our room wasn't ready yet. 11 A.M. is check in time. We said, "Not a problem!" We  just walked downtown (about a 5 to 10 minute walk depending on how fast we walk) and go for our now traditional breakfast at Linda Jeans! I'd post a picture of the place except that despite the hundreds of pictures I've taken down there I never took one of Linda Jeans. All I  know is  Arlene was quite happy when I told her that we were ready to rock 'n roll. That all reservations were set. I am quite happy as well.

But getting back to what I said at the beginning of this thing, I could easily get rid of a good number of friends as they have not blogged in several years but then I would hate to cut ties with these people who I truly liked. Then again in the grand scheme of things these are truly tiny, superficial things. I am grateful for the folks who do show up here.

At this point I have to say It's been almost a week since I started this entry. It's now Sunday March 15. It's almost like a diary. Dear diary today I remembered that I had started a blog almost a week ago. In the meantime I have worked for three days and have four days off. Not bad. Today is St. Patrick's Day. My sister is making corned beef and cabbage and she invited Arlene and I for dinner. My brother in law is Irish, my sisters and myself are Italian and Arlene is half and half. Later on I will go out for a few pops with my friend Dave who is full Irish. Last night I was at Arlene's She told me she had some photos on her camera but didn't know how to get them off. There were some pictures of her daughter and some pictures from the Vineyard that we both took and some of Boston from a harbor tour we took three years ago.

Sunset at Oak Bluffs

This is sunset about a ten minute walk around the corner from the above beach. This was our view as we went to dinner.


 Well that wraps up this long winded, long time coming blog. I'm off to be Irish for a day.

I'm outta here.


  1. I am half Irish. My dad was full of blarney or something anyway. He was a grand person and I miss him a lot. I can close my eyes and see him sitting in his back yard listening to the Cardinal game on his little transistor radio. I miss the days of spaces too. Most of my old friends from there are on facebook so I am able to keep up with them that way.
    I have not been able to blog for awhile now but my friends have been true and commented on each update I
    do. Unfortunately I am going through another rough patch but I am hoping things start to look better. You have been a good friend through the years Paul and I appreciate you.

  2. I bet that feels good to have your vacation all set now. Nice photos! Good to hear Arlene is getting better.
    I miss spaces too. But I know time marches on and things change. We have our memories. The news had five minutes of various people showing damage from pot holes from torn tires to bumpers and broken axles. There goes their tax refunds. I have less followers than you but only a few or even a couple comments. I miss the cruder but funny humor too, right up my backyard opposed to your alley. Have a nice day being Irish!

  3. Boston Boy, Hey what am I , "chopped liver?" LOL. I am glad I picked you up at Beth's. Speaking of Beth..she's in my prayers, bless her heart. Those pictures of the vineyard are wonderful ...That had to cheer Arlene up. My gosh, you people will have pot holes galore. Once a radio personality here said, " a man sees a Stetson hat in the middle of the road, stops his car , picks up the hat, there's a man under it...The man driving that had stopped, says do you need help? says the man in the hole, I'm on my horse. " Pot hole humor, LOL. Remember when we could get rims , cheap at the junk yards...dang. May have to stock up. Blessings for a better week. xoxo,Susie
    p.s. glad we are friends.

  4. Oh you are so right about the Spaces days. We all miss that closeness we had and I think when Facebook came along everyone found a faster easier way to keep in touch. So many dropped out of blogging I do agree with you. I, on the other hand, did not... I keep two blogs going all the time. Odd I know but I just can't give it up. I created a private group at Facebook called Spaces Family and YES we are all there and leave messages for each other there. It's a way to keep part of the past. Simpler days we wish we had back. I enjoy your blogs and all the photos so much, please know you are blessed with my good wishes for good health and happiness. ;-)

  5. Great photos. I seem to have lots of idle blogs on my blog list as well, and I haven't been posting as often as I used to. I guess its just life. Things happen, people live their lives and on and on.

  6. Yes Paul those were good days and a few people are no longer with us also. I remember dear Duckie for one. Wonderful vacation to look forward to the both of you must be getting excited.
    Enjoy your posts .