Sunday, July 29, 2007

We got the game in :)

Thought we would be rained out. Cyclones got pounded but it was fun.
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Oh well

Watched the first place Mets get clobbered by the last place Nationals.
Not the best of performances. Great seats though. Supposed to be going
to a Brooklyn Cyclones game today but it looks like a rainout is very
possible. Sigh...
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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Chinese Dim Sum Breakfast

At the Tung Yi Fung restaurant in Flushing NY. This is the good stuff
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Friday, July 27, 2007

Take me out to the ball game

Field box seats! Good stuff.
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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Today's watch

The latest addition to the collection. Pretty high quality Swiss diver.
Really more of a test of the Sidekick's camera. Pretty good detail for a
phone I think.
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Everyone should read this

Link to Article

I had been on the fence about the 2008 election until now. If Giuliani gets the nomination, he's getting my vote. This article discussing his energy independence stance is the first I have seen of late that really sets out the case properly. Every time we buy oil from the middle-east, we are literally paying our enemies to kill us. If we stopped financing our oponents, we could win this war on terror, literally without firing another shot.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

This is going to take a while.

That hole in Lexington Avenue is now even bigger now that work has
gotten started. Looks like traffic is going to suck around here :(
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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mi Casa

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Another fun NY day :(

The view from my window. Yesterday's explosion site. That's a tow truck
at the bottom of the hole.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Jeez! I thought I was done with the EL lines

Flash flood just took out the underground subway. Have to take the J to
the Canarsie line into 14th street. No joy :)
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Queens as seen from Manhattan

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Nice day

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Baseball Art

A caricature of my son done by an artist at Citizen's Bank Park in
Philadelphia, home of the Phillies.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Up high

35,000 feet and 52 floors :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Will flying ever not suck :(

Enjoying a 2 1/2 wait at an un-airconditioned gate in Laguardia.
Business trip to Atlanta. Looking forward to two sweltering days
there, assuming we ever get in the air. If you have any illusions of
the romance of air travel, forget it. This is right up there with a
city bus ride.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Garden is looking terrific lately :)

Considering that a few years ago this yard was an ivy choked mess, I think things have come along nicely.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

One of the best vacations I've ever had :)

One of the buildings on the Middleton Plantation

The interior of a freed slave's house

Another view of the interior

This a a freedman's house. A freed slave lived here. The original slave quarters on the plantation were destroyed by the Union army during the civil war. (Ironically by a NY Volunteer Regiument)

The blacksmith shop where slaves worked

The carpentry shop

Some of the agricultural tools used then

My son, Jordan. Some of the trees here were amazing. This one was in the neighborhood of 300 years old. One is reputed to be 900 years old!!

A very fine restaurant on the plantation. Excellent food.

The one manor house that was rebuilt after the war by the Middleton family. Two others were completely destroyed.

The remains of the main manor house

The trees were covered with Spanish Moss (which is neither Spanish nor moss) and something called resurrection ferns, which appear dead until it rains, then they turn green and grow.

A man-made body of water on the plantation. I believe it was used for rice cultivation.

My brother with his fiancee and one of the tour guides

The beginning of the plantation tour. An unusual place by Northerner standards to say the least.

Fort Sumpter as our boat approached

The interior of the fort

Another shot of the fort interior

Fort Sumpter-Where the Civil War began

My relative's back yard. I guess he is my great uncle. That is the Intra-Coastal Waterway.

Another view of Ike's back yard.

The pool at the hotel. Always a hit with the kids

I met whole branches of my family I never knew existed. Great folks. We had a series of get togethers at the houses of two of them who lived in Charleston. Food and fun all around. I'm looking forward to our next get together in a year or two. Charleston is a truly beautiful city. A real effort is being made to preserve the old architecture, something I wish we New Yorkers would do :( . A lot of history here too which really appealed to me. I have to admit, I could see myself living there very easily.

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