So I was staring at all the stuff that I stuck in the spare room. I either wasn't sure where to put it or if I should keep it at all. I see things that I have carried with me for years and wonder if it's not time to part ways with selected items.
I have taken the last week of the year off. I have been yapping about permanently retiring and you never know, I may begin the new year retired.
I have been taking pictures as a hobby since about 2005. I make no claims as a photographer. I just point and shoot. I don't fully understand all three of my cameras and I really don't care. Still I do like taking pictures. Going through some saved pictures, if I want to keep them or just lighten my load.
Back in 2010 Arlene and I took a ride to Gloucester Ma. About 25 to 30 miles north from here. Specifically to the Hammond Castle. John Hays Hammond Jr. was a scientist who held over 400 patterns and is considered the father of remote control, specifically as it pertains to missile guidance systems. Anyway he designed and had the castle built on a cliff in Gloucester Massachusetts, overlooking the ocean. The Castle housed his collection of medieval artifacts, living quarters and his laboratory. I think it was built in 1926. The Castle sits on 7 acres and you can take self guided tours through most of it. It can also be rented out for weddings and various social events. I had a bunch of pictures and video clips that I took. I spent way too much time playing with the pictures and video clips. Still it kept me from doing laundry, washing the floor, or any number of constructive endeavors.
There are some shots and clips from a bit down the road at the Gloucester fisherman memorial.
I also found shots from a concert I went to in 1970 at the rock club The Boston Tea Party. It was one of the first solo outings after the break up of Cream, for Eric Clapton. My friend Jim took these pictures.
Here's one I took of The Who at the Tea Party.
I want to thank the folks who comment here for all your kind words. They mean a lot.
I'm outta here.