Archive for May, 2007

Food for thought

Friday, May 25th, 2007

I don't want to read too much into this, but, right after Mary Cheney's new baby was born, I hear that Dick Cheney was spotted at Home Depot buying a new grill.


Thursday, May 24th, 2007

According to BBC news, fast-food giant McDonald's has launched a petition to get the dictionary definition of a McJob changed. McDonald's says this definition is now "out of date and insulting." This is very McStupid.

Chinese writing predates the Earth!!!

Friday, May 18th, 2007

According to a BBC science news story published today,, Chinese writing is thousands of years older than previously thought, and by implication actually predates the Earth itself! Chinese archaeologists studying ancient rock carvings say they have evidence that modern Chinese script is thousands of years older than previously thought. State media ...

MFA to Quincy Market and Back

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Today, Karen wanted to go to the MFA in Boston. There's this special deal sponsored by the Bank of America, whereby you can get into a bunch of different museums for free just by showing a BoA bank card. I flashed my check card, and they handed us two $17 ...

Portsmouth, New Castle, and Peabody

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

The Portsmouth UU church began its one-service-at-10 am thing today. That meant being up and out early from the Comfort Inn. The service was their child dedication service and a flower communion. At the dedication, six or seven children were dedicated. After the dedications, each child was then carried or ...

Augusta to Portsmouth

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Today, we drove from Augusta, Maine to Portsmouth, NH, via Hallowell, Wiscasset, and Portland. First off, we decided to park in Hallowell and visit the shops. Hallowell seemingly is known for two things: Slate's (a restaurant) and antiques. Slate's burned down (largely… but it's brick, so it didn't burn to the ...

Augusta, Rockland, Brunswick, Augusta

Friday, May 11th, 2007

This morning, we decided to head east to the coast in search of lobstah. We didn't see any of the roadside lobstah shacks on Route 17. We did stop to take a look at the 2nd oldest canal system in the U.S. When we got to the coast, we decided ...

From Burlington to Augusta

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Today, we drove from Burlington, VT to Augusta, Maine. In St. Johnsbury, we stopped to say "Hello" to Robert Burns. Going through the White Mountains, we saw a nifty looking castle, as well as some white stuff that could easily pass for snow. Some was close enough to touch, although most ...

May 9, 2007: In and around Burlington, Vermont

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

We left the hotel a little late, and decided to head for lunch. Al's French Fries Lunch was had at Al's French Fries. Apparently, Al's is the place for burgers & fries in the Burlington area. We both had double cheeseburgers (a little smaller than 5 Guys' burgers) and we split a ...

The Road to Burlington (Vermont)

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

We're at the Smart Suites in Burlington, VT. The layout is nice, but the living room/kitchen area is un-air conditioned. Its cooling off depends upon the bedroom air conditioner's ability to cool both. Jake D's Roast Beef Out of the gate, we'd skipped breakfast, so we were hungry for lunch. We stopped ...

The Shamrock Likker Stoar

Monday, May 7th, 2007

McLunch We got a very late start this morning. I called to make 2 pm reservations to see the Zimmerman house in Manchester. We got to Manchester at about 1 and decided to get salads at McDonald's. McDonald's has this sign that advertises their southwest salad, "fried or grilled", $3.99. That's ...

Southern New Hampshire… May 6, 2007

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua We began the day by driving to Nashua to hear Rev. Steve Edington deliver a sermon about Kurt Vonnegut. It was good and engaging, although the sound system could use some work. I definitely need to read Vonnegut's stuff. The people were quite friendly, and Steve was ...

Haverhill, MA Comfort

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

We're at the Comfort Suites in Haverhill, MA. We were planning to stay at a house from up in Salem, NH. But, it turned out to be not worth the $1,000 it would've cost. Plus, it was about 10 miles round trip from the main road, which would've made ...

Not Lower Macungie

Friday, May 4th, 2007

We're at the Comfort Inn in Upper Macungie, PA, near Allentown, PA. The new van handles/drives nicely. The Odyssey got between 20 and 24 MPH on the highway—at most—under optimal driving conditions. The Sienna has gotten 25.9 so far, and that includes stop and go traffic from the Route 50 ...