Icebreakers: Be they steel hulled ships, hand held picks, or cutesy words to nearby strangers; they have always been incredibly difficult for me to command. I made a new friend here in Carolina after being introduced. She was never married, but incredibly charismatic and social. Her charm filled a room and some spilled out. She … Continue reading There You Are
To my many friends: Thank You for you heartfelt worries. YES, I'm watching the weather and our unexpected visitor: Hurricane Matthew. I'm in Charlotte, NC. Visiting a "town square" example of New Urbanism and riding the rails on their transit system. (Red Star on Map) I was supposed to go to Charleston and onto Savannah … Continue reading Hurricane: Duck & Run .
We know that food photographers have a stable of tricks to fool the viewer. That appealing ice cream is really mashed potatoes sprayed with olive oil. Those cheerios are lying in thinned out glue or yogurt, certainly not milk. And that stack of pancakes is probably swimming in photogenic but inedible motor oil, because it … Continue reading New Urbanism: Give the People What They Want
I've been riding too much, just sitting, no exercise. My legs have lost some strength when I hold the bike at a red light, or try to push it back from a curb. So tonight I once again hit a local Anytime Fitness gym using my universal access keyfob. I tried to put my stuff … Continue reading Met at the Gym .
I had a weird day. I checked off a thing from someone else's bucket list. In Chincoteague, my surprise cohort had come directly from the Outer Banks of NC, checking off a long time desire to visit there. Hearing that, it struck me how I've never been to famous Kitty Hawk; one of the few places … Continue reading Two hour diversion to OBX .
I stopped at a quickie mart for a coffee refill, and a county sheriff paused across from me. Then he really paused. ... and made eye contact. "I like your Burgman". (Think fast : how'd he know it was mine? Oh, the red safety jacket, the day-glo yellow vest, the dripping wet helmet on my … Continue reading Is that your Burgman out there? .
She appeared in my life like a thunderbolt, she disappeared like the morning dew, and in the middle she changed the very way I have been looking at life. It had been raining the 2 days of my stay in Delaware, so I decided to press on to Chincoteague, the small coastal Virginia tourist town … Continue reading An Angel, with Cinnamon Tequila
I've had a great couple days. After leaving Toms River seeing Bill's new house, I drove down US-9 to Cape May. I learned the term South Shore. I had scallops at sunset overlooking a marina, after touring the kitschy motel resorts of adjoining Westwood NJ. Too cool. Zoning requires new construction (walgreens, wawa) to adopt 50's … Continue reading NJ and Baltimore .
I was told, earlier this summer, that I'm the kind of person that “never met a stranger”. That was very insightful, but there is one caveat to that insight. The cold call. I can address a group of 100, I can do a public Q&A session without being fully prepared. I can confidently introduce somebody … Continue reading Breaking the Ice (Schrödinger’s Stalker) .
I witnessed a really cool RE ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth today, to honor the first week of the new RE semester. It was all based on surprise, and required that they have a rectangular sanctuary. When you make a toast at a wedding or say "ready, set, go" at a race, its … Continue reading UU Monmouth: Cool RE Ceremony .