Ya see Arlene's car will not pass the emissions inspection and it has a rejection sticker. The car itself is fine. She has been going back and forth to the dealership. The problem is in the electronics. A few modules have been replaced and still they can't get the readings that they are looking for. Long story short, they (the dealership), had recommended to take the car for a fairly long highway drive. Sunday turned out to be a fairly nice day. I suggested we take a drive to Gloucester. It's about 35 miles by highway from here. Maybe 40 to 45 minutes at least on a Sunday, by highway. Supposedly a long sustained drive will cause the engine computer to gather some info to produce a reading as to how clean the engine is running. Blah blah blah...
This has been going on since March. Once again the car is fine. It runs well. So last Friday Arlene asked me if I wanted to go on a drive on Sunday. "Sure." I replied. What I didn't know was that I was driving. Initially thought I could video some of the ride up, hit one of the two beaches that I know of in Gloucester and take some pictures and video.
Bulletin Bulletin Bulletin! I've just been handed a bulletin bulletin bulletin. As I am writing this I have received a call from Arlene and her car passed! The long drive worked. Now back to our program.
One beach, Good Harbor, is one I am familiar with as back in the 70's my circle of friends and I went there quite a bit. My friend Earl's family had a cottage there. His mother had inherited it and now his sister lives there. It wasn't on the beach though ($$$) but it was a 2 minute walk to the water. What I found amusing about the cottage was that the only place where you had a view of the ocean was from the toilet seat. Anyway we decided to check out another beach as I had never been there. Wingaersheek Beach. I looked up the origin of the name and it's too long and boring to explain. It's of Dutch/German origin concerning some guy who did something back in 1670. For the most part it was a nice day. The temps were in the 50's with a bit of wind and the sky was a clear blue. All in all a nice day.
Here's an exciting shot of a bit of the parking lot.
Having nothing to do with the beach, as I write this I am listening to the Red Sox home opener. It was almost game time when they announced that at the end of the national anthem there would be a fly over Fenway Park by two fighter jets. I went to my front door guessing from what direction they would be flying towards Boston and sure enough just as the singer sang, "...land of the free..." they flew right over my street. It was pretty neat. And by the time the singer sang, "home of the brave" I could hear the jets on the radio.
Ok here's a short video from Sunday. In advance I apologize for my dirty lens. I did wipe every lens and the inside of the camera but apparently not very well.
A couple of local items going back into the history of my hometown.
Here's a picture of a brick house not too far from where I live. I have driven past this house for what could be a thousand times never knowing anything about it. It is one of the oldest brick houses in the country, built around 1670-1680. The Peter Tufts House. He's the one who's family donated the land that Tufts University is built on. This is not my photo.
In the "I'm moving" dept., Though I still have much to do I have the mover all set up with both moving and moving back. There's still quite a bit to do. Boy has this been an expensive month. So that's about it for now. I know I have some blog visiting to do and some food to eat.
I'm outta here.