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03-15-2015 Journal – A Slow News Day!   Leave a comment

During all of my working life I prayed for a slow news day. A day where I could sit on my butt and do absolutely northing except relax.  I’ve finally reached a point in my life where I have days like that and I just don’t appreciate them like I once did.  Shame on me I guess.

Two days ago my better-half surprised me when she arrived home from work at 11 am, four hours early.  It was a good surprise and definitely not what you first thought when you read that.  We had half a day to just kick back and do whatever we wanted.  Since it was a sunny and freezing cold day we decided a quiet drive with our cameras would be perfect.  We made our way to the coast but taking pictures there in the winter is a major yawn.  Dirty snow and ice just isn’t anything I need more pictures of.

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‘Snore’

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‘Yawn’

After a half-hour passed we decided to just drive straight north to Portland  for a visit to a few of our favorite pubs.  Our first stop was a tavern along the waterfront called Three Dollar Dewey’s. This is a regular watering hole for us where the better-half can have her Shipyard beer and a side of fries and I can have an ice cold vodka-tonic with onion rings.  The drinks were grand and the food was even better. 

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This is the official T-shirt logo for Dewey’s which explains where and how the name of the bar was created.  Maybe next trip I’ll try for a $2 Feelie. Then we walked a quarter mile down the street to our second favorite place, The Dry Dock Tavern.

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The Dry Dock is a warm and cozy place to spend an hour or so in the cold Maine winter but it’s even better in the summer.  They have a large second floor deck which offers an unbelievable view of Portland harbor where you can relax and sip a cool margarita or two and catch a few rays.

We had a great day even though it was as cold as hell. The snow melt continues and in just a few weeks  Spring will actually arrive. 

I hope to make this summer one to remember.

02-02-2013   Leave a comment

And a big Happy Groundhog Day to you all. I almost decided to wear my full body gopher costume for the day but my better-half put her foot down. She refused to allow me to leave the house dressed like that.  She told me in no uncertain terms that I’d just have to be happy with what I wrote yesterday.  She can be such a buzz kill at times.

So instead I resumed my remodeling project and worked at it for most of the day. All of the electrical has been rerouted, installed and working as expected.  The insulation has been replaced with care and repaired in certain spots as well. The new vapor barrier has been installed and finally allows me to get on with the reframing of the closet and the new opening into my bedroom.  I’m still on schedule with final completion slated for sometime in late April. 

My Harry Potter obsession seems to be winding down. In the  the last two months I’ve read all of the books and seen all of the movies and it’s been a great undertaking.  All that remains now is the two X-box LEGO Harry Potter games which are sure to be difficult and time consuming.  I’ll probably be working on those two games well into the Fall but as with all obsessions I can’t wait to get started.

I surprised my better-half this afternoon with a Ground Hog Day night on the town in Portland.  There’s nothing less exciting than a night on the town on a cold February night in Portland, ME.  Luck was with us when surprise, surprise we found a decent parking spot  almost immediately. Anyone who lives here knows what a miracle that was. We made our way down Commercial street to the Dry Dock bar, tavern, and meeting place for all those people terribly bored with the winter weather. The second surprise was an extremely nice and competent waitress which doesn’t happen all that often either. Surprise number three, the food.  Without question this was the best little meal I can ever remember having.  It was three plates of appetizers with each one more delicious than the last.  Pork Wings followed by Crab Rangoon followed by hot and spicy Chicken Wings. Add to that a decent glass of Cabernet for me and a Shipyard beer for the better-half and you’ve got a great night going on. The place was an old building with the classic store front windows where you can sit and watch the world go by.  You can bet we’ll be returning here often.

We returned home for some quiet time and if my luck holds I’ll be chasing my better-half around the house until she lets me catch her.  As always it’s all about the chase.

Have a great weekend chasing whoever it is you chase.

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