Archive for July, 2008

Fundamentalist Forecast

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

In reading today's forecast, I wondered how the National Weather Service's forecast will look once we've been completely taken over by fundamentalists… Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds, and death to infidels. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 89. South ...

I protest [insert permit # here]

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

The USA Today reported that the Chinese government will permit public protests during the Olympics, but only in three specially-designated city parks. The catch? Protesters will also need to apply for and be given permits. Chinese activists say it's not terribly likely that the government will actually grant permits for ...

What’s that burning smell?

Friday, July 11th, 2008

This evening, whilst riding from Waltham to Lexington to pick up our dinner order from Lexington House of Pizza, I noticed a burning plastic smell. We couldn't tell if it was coming from inside or outside the car. Windows open… the smell got worse. Windows closed… the smell got worse. ...

Two more days in the Portland area

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

I missed blogging yesterday because I needed to do some work. Yesterday, we started out at the Portland Museum of Art. There was an exhibit of art about Georgia O'Keeffe. There were also three parts of an apple embedded in the museum wall. I think it might be a mackintosh. On ...

Biding my tongue

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

About 30 years ago, at a dinner with office and other acquaintances I heard someone say "butt naked" instead of "buck naked." I was too polite at the time to question it. And, since Al Gore had not yet invented the internets, I couldn't Google it to see if others ...

Fresh local ice cubes!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

We went out and about in the Portland area today. I already blogged about the worst lobster roll I've ever had. The ambience at Two Lights, however, was pretty darned marvelous. Here are some of the sights we saw. What's that sticking out of the chimney? The original "rock"ing chairs. Upon leaving Two ...

Two Lights – Too Awful

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

We had lunch today at Two Lights Lobster Shack near Portland, Maine. We had clam chowder and lobster rolls. This was absolutely the worst lobster roll I've ever had—and I've had plenty. This was the first lobster roll that actually was worse than having nothing at all. There were three ...

From Boston to South Portland

Monday, July 7th, 2008

We're in South Portland, at the Mall Comfort Inn… vegging out in preparation for getting Pizza by Alex in Biddeford for dinner tonight. I finally uploaded some pictures from the trip to the computer. On Sunday, we did some sightseeing with Katie, west of Boston. We went to Gropius House in Lincoln. ...

Peabody, Mass

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

We're at the Springhill Suites in Peabody, Massachusetts. We left home at about 9:45 am and reached Katie's apartment at just before 7 pm. Traffic was mostly okay, although we did lose perhaps 10 minutes or so due to an accident in Maryland. The tire pressure light keeps coming on in ...