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01-15-2016 Journal – Jamaican Me Crazy Coffee!   Leave a comment

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My better-half had two days off this week and that almost always means another shopping foray somewhere in Maine and a quiet enjoyable lunch off the beaten path.  The day was frigid but bright and sunny which required a minimum of two layers of clothing to keep from freezing. After much discussion it was left up to me to decide as to where we’d be spending our day.  I plugged in the GPS and were soon on our way to Bridgeton, Maine.

Bridgeton is a small town located along the New Hampshire border in the foothills of the White Mountains. It’s was almost an hours drive on windy snow covered roads through an area with minimal population.

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Comment: I need to make a note of something here. On these day trips our car conversation can get a little strange. My better-half has an ability much like the late Yogi Berra. She has her own vocabulary which she constantly uses to confuse me. We were quietly talking about the flu season and how we both have had a nagging cough at night brought on phlegm in the throat. She looked over at me and serious asked, “My phlegm is green and tastes boogery, does yours? Now you can see why I find it necessary to keep these day  trips to under a hour travel time. It’s to avoid these strange conversations and questions. Now let’s get back to Bridgeton.

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A little music and a lot of conversation later we arrived in the town and decided food was our first priority.

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The restaurant was small and tucked away between two businesses along Main Street.  We ate here last summer during another visit and were suitably impressed with the food, coffee, and the variety of artisan breads. The place was overrun with ski team members from UNH (University of New Hampshire) who were visiting from a nearby ski resort.

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I had my standard breakfast with bacon, sunny side up egg, home fries, toast, and an amazing mug of Jamaican coffee. I have to say I’m a bit of a coffee addict and this coffee was unbelievable.

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My better-half dug into a breakfast Stromboli that was well worth the long trip to Bridgeton.

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We did a little shopping  in a few stores not closed for the winter and I even stumbled upon quite the bargain. I found a soap stone sculpture of an Mayan soldier hidden away in a pile of items in the back corner of the shop. It’s the best $12.00 purchase I’ve made in years and will have a special place of honor in my man-cave.

We even discovered a die-hard artist bundled up and painting along a nearby brook.  Crazy, crazy, crazy!

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We returned home refreshed from the trip, well fed, and ready for the forecasted freezing rain storm expected soon.  Just another day in this Maine paradise.

I SURE COULD STAND SOME MORE OF THAN JAMAICAN COFFEE.

10-27-2015 Journal–Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter!   Leave a comment

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The last days of Fall are approaching with the leaves losing their vivid colors and one bone chilling night after another. We’re slowly running out of those nice bright and sunny Indian Summer days. There really isn’t all that  much upside to Winter that I can find.  Fortunately this state is filled with thousands of people who live to romp in the snow, go snowmobiling, skiing, and skating on the lakes.  It’s some sort of an awful winter inspired insanity.

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I didn’t include that small percentage of Mainers who claim to be ice fishermen.  I see those little shacks popping up on almost every lake and have heard for years all of the fishing stories from their occupants.  It’s more about getting out of the house, hiding from the wife, and drinking an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages that help make the fish seem even bigger for their stories.

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Yesterday required a road trip through the northern part of the county near the town of Naples located along the shore of Sebago lake. It was our one last chance to capture as many of those foliage pictures everyone seems to love so much.

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Here’s a shot taken of Sebago lake with the foothills of the White Mountains in the background.  Just looking at the coldness of the photo gives me the shivers. 

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I’ll certainly enjoy looking at these photos in a month or so when everything is frozen solid and covered with snow and ice.  Then I can begin my constant complaining about Winter and endless whining for warmer weather. I guess I one of those folks who just loves bitching and complaining about Winter. 

02-01-2015 Journal–Miscellaneous Winter Crap!   Leave a comment

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I’m almost fully recovered from he damn flu . . . . finally.  My ability to taste food has returned and my temperature has fallen back into the normal range. I’m feeling good and looking forward to the continuing insanity that will be the remainder of my winter.

I always plan for slow times in January and February but this year isn’t cooperating.  I started out with the flu in January, next a colonoscopy, then a car inspection, an annual doctors visit, a dentist appointment, and finally an eye exam.  After all of those pain-in-the-ass chores it will be the end of March and winter will be almost over.  Along with that list is the ongoing bathroom remodel which has been in limbo because of the flu.

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The weather remains snowy and snowy and even more snowy.  We already have more than three feet of snow and are expecting another foot or two within the week.  If you are a skiing, skating, snowmobiling or snowboarding snow bunny then Maine is where you need to be. 

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My house has two feet of snow on the roof and ice hanging everywhere else. There must be ten ton of ice and snow that at some point will come crashing down behind the house. God help any living thing that happens to be roaming around when that happens.  There could be deaths reported.

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I hope these steps survive the ice drop in one piece this year. In years past I’ve been required to replace rails and steps after they’ve been crushed by the falling ice.

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I love waking up to the winter view from the window in my bedroom but this is what I saw yesterday as I opened the curtains.  More freaking ice.  I suppose it could be worse and I’m almost positive it will be.  My better-half and I are heading out into the snow and ice with cameras in hand to see what we can see.  I’ll post any interesting pictures as soon as I can. 

It’ time to gear up and get moving.

12-27-2013 Journal Entry   Leave a comment

After spending the entire day yesterday laying around like a big lump I went to sleep and spent eight more hours doing the same thing.  I came awake this morning feeling somewhat better but still not quite back to what I consider normal.   More snow through the nite was just the cherry on top of this week. I’m afraid this winter has started badly with more than two and a half feet of snow before New Year’s Day.  I have the feeling we’ll be buried the entire winter.  Yeah for us!

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In past years I joked about SNIRT season here in Maine. That’s a mixture of SNow and dIRT for all you non-Mainers.  It could be a record setting year if this photo is any indication.  If this weather pattern continues with a snow storm every two or three days things could get really interesting.  Just west of here in the White Mountains the ski resorts are already celebrating. They have close to a five foot base and expert much much more.  They could be skiing well into April and May if they’re lucky.  At least someone is reaping the benefits from all this damn snow.  Unfortunately I  haven’t figured a way to make money from this snow but I’m continuing to explore many possibilities.

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The post-Christmas cleanup continues and will take a little longer than expected.  It’s hard to believe such a small group of people could create such devastation in just two days.  I almost had to use a snow shovel to clean the debris from the living room.  I actually lost my cat for a while when he burrowed into the pile and disappeared. 

I’ve just about finished my New Year’s resolutions and should be posting them in a day or so.  They would have been done sooner but I got caught up in my reading of Sherlock Holmes stories and put them on the back burner for a few more days.

More snow and ice expected tomorrow so hurry up and make your travel plans to come visit us here in Maine.  We have it all; SNOW, ICE STORMS,  SLEET, SLUSH and of course SNIRT. 

AND THANKS TO PEDDLER FOR THIS REMINDER

THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

10-16-2013   Leave a comment

The Winter season is upon us in everyway except for the snow which will arrive when it’s most inconvenient as always.  Everyone has been slowly abandoning their summer-wear and easing into that ever so attractive triple layered ensemble of t-shirts, sweaters, sweat shirts, gloves, hats, and parkas.  People watching takes an ugly turn every year at this time and I’ll sure miss the bikinis, thongs, short skirts, and beautiful tans.  It’s the worst part of winter for me.

It gets so bad at times that after a few months, usually in February, you might find yourself making a early trip to the local mall to have a coffee and watch the ever increasing numbers of people doing their morning walk. There’s nothing more sad than making an early morning visit to a semi-deserted mall just to watch other idiots trying to make some human contact and to get the hell out of the house for an hour or so.

I’m a little jealous of those folks who can’t wait for the snow to arrive so they have a place to play.  I’m way too clumsy to be a snow bunny.  As a kid I managed to injure myself on a regular basis during every Winter season without even trying too hard.  Skiing was always good for a twisted knee or an up close and personal relationship with the occasional tree or shrub.  Once or twice I was actually able to ski down a hill, knocking over other skiers along the way, and then ending up in a creek with thin ice and really cold water.  We skated on a remote pond for years and without fail I always managed to fall through the ice on a few occasions.

After decades of minor injuries from walking on snow and ice I gave up.  No skiing, no skating, and definitely no snowmobiling.  When my friends in Maine discovered my failures as a snow bunny they began to give me odd looks and began whispering behind my back.  This was the motivation I needed to get serious about resolving my winter issues.  After many years I’ve discovered the only winter activity I’m good at.

As you are certainly aware every ski lodge has things in common with the others.  There’s always a chair lift, snow, a big mountain, and a lodge.  My winter activities this year will be centered primarily around the lodge and it’s varied selection of things to do.  There are lovely rooms to sleep and play in.  There are hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and untold numbers of young and attractive individuals to meet and interact with.  My favorite thing in every lodge is that comfortable bar stool that sits at the end of the bar near the huge picture window. There I can sit, drink, eat, meet, and greet everyone.  The only possible injuries I might suffer would be from an accidental fall from the bar stool which would only involve a spilled drink and possibly a small bruise on my buttocks.  The other and more dangerous injury would be from one of the many skiers I see flying down the mountain just outside my window.  If by chance one of them loses control and crashes through the window, I could be seriously injured.  If I stay alert I should be fine but you never know.  It also requires that I surround myself with a bevy of alcohol drinking buxom women to help break my fall if the worst happens. As always my approach to everything Winter is SAFETY FIRST.

Hopefully this winter I’ll remain uninjured for another year. Along the way I intend to stay as warm and cozy as possible with all of my new female lodge buddies. I promise to do my part when it comes time to do a Jell-O shot or two off the stomach of an enthusiastic  female volunteer.

SKIING RULES

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