Archive for May, 2015

My Meandering Mind

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

I finally became curious enough about the term "Morris Dancing" to look up its etymology. According to my dear friend and expert in all things, N. Ternet, it's derived from the word Moorish. So, it might've referred to dancing done by the Moors, which is a European term applied to ...

Lock 32 Park Near Rochester

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

I'm in Rochester, NY for a friend's ordination at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester. I arrived at about 15h yesterday, and had decided to visit Lock 32 Park, hoping there'd be a canal footpath. There was. Next time I'm in northern NY and need a place to hike, I'll ...

Hotel Room Hacks

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Rochester, NY. The internet speed is about 1Mbps Down and 500K Up. I.e.—very slow. Also, the hotel doesn't have automatic doors at the front, which means that one person has fun trying to get the luggage cart in/out. Other than that, however, the hotel ...

Kitchener to Rochester

Monday, May 25th, 2015

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Rochester. Its internet speed is "high speed" in the same sense that Fox News is "fair and balanced". It's not the worst in the world, and certainly better than dialup. But, it's not the speed one needs to stream Netflix or Amazon, either. And, it's ...

Guelph, Ontario

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Yesterday, I asked my friend Jess for any recommendations about photogenic places around Guelph. Following her suggestions, I visited the Guelph University Macdonald Stewart Art Centre's sculpture garden, the Guelph University Arboretum, and The Covered Bridge. I also did a drive-by to take some photos of the Basilica of Our ...

Scarborough, ME to Farmington, NY

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

I'm at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Farmington, NY. The internet speed here is dreadful. Farmington is truly in the middle of nowhere—about 20 minutes to the nearest supermarket. When I come back to upstate NY next weekend, I won't be staying here again. And, it's not just the ...

Boston to Scarborough and ET Sightings!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

I'm at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Scarborough, Maine. The internet speeds here are about 6 times faster than at the Springhill Suites in Peabody, where I was last night. On the way here, I jumped north to Wiscasset for a lobster roll at Red's Eats. Yum, as usual. I also ...

Home to Boston

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Peabody, Mass. The internet speed here is dreadfully slow—only about 720K. I don't know if that's their best speed, or if maybe it's slow before there are three busloads of kids with laptops who are all online right now. The drive up from Virginia was ...

25 Things I Associate with Virginia

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Somebody posted a list of 25 things they insist that anybody from Virginia has done. I'm from Virginia—10 years in Norfolk and almost 50 years in/near Alexandria—and I'd actually literally done only 12 things on the list. For example, I've never played cornhole, and I refuse to believe that ...