Oak Tree Falls For Absolutely No Reason

Cracked Limb of Red Oak Tree

Here’s what I woke up to a few mornings ago: BANG – WHOOOOSSHHHHHH – BOOOOOMMM!!!!! It was about 7am and I was laying there dreaming about unicorns walking to candy mountain. Of course I can’t remember all too well, but what it sounded like was huge shelves of paint cans…thousands of them…falling over in the [...]

Yellow Daylilies Are In Bloom

Yellow Daylily - #4 - With Fly on the Petal

Yes, the Daylilies are in bloom. We have a whole cluster in the front garden and they look great. If you have Daylilies, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say they look “chewy.” It’s weird, I guess it’s the thickness of the petals or something. They just look like they have real substance. [...]

White Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

White Yarrow - #2

I know I’ve been through this before. I already wrote a post about this a while ago, but back then, I didn’t know which flower I was looking at…White Yarrow or Queen Anne’s Lace. Now I know, it’s White Yarrow, or Achillea millefolium. We have one of these plants. One. I don’t know where it [...]

Airline State Park and Rail Trail

Airline State Park and Rail Trail

Up until a few weeks ago, I had no idea how cool rail trails were. I also didn’t know how popular they’ve become. We have been walking in the general vicinity of the house we live in for about three years. It’s a great place to walk and we have really awesome trails right in [...]

Asclepias Curassavica – Bloodflower

Asclepias Curassavica – Bloodflower - #1

The Asclepias Curassavica, or otherwise known as the “Bloodflower” is quickly becoming one of my favorite plants. Not because of its hardiness or anything, but more because of its beauty. The Iris or the Tiger Lily are “tougher” plants and on the same level of attractiveness, but there is something about the Bloodflower that I [...]

Wedding at Sharp Rock Vineyards

Sharp Rock Vineyards - Old Rag Mountain

I drove to Virginia a few weeks ago to attend my brother’s wedding. It was really great and I’d like to say a few things about it and share the pictures that I took. First, I’ll say what I have to say. If I post the pictures above the text, people will just look at [...]

Joby GP2-D1EN Gorillapod Flexible Tripod

Gorillapod SLR Flexible Tripod Bubble Level

The full name is “Joby GP2-D1EN Gorillapod Flexible Tripod for Digital SLR Cameras with Bubble Level.” I picked up two of the SLR versions because they can handle more weight than the lighter version. As you may have noticed, I am getting more into video. It’s very fun and I figured that a tripod might [...]

When Money Dies: The Nightmare of the Weimar Collapse

When Money Dies: The Nightmare of the Weimar Collapse

I picked up what promises to by a very interesting book. It’s called, “When Money Dies: The Nightmare of the Weimar Collapse” by Adam Fergussen. There are actually a few very similar titles because this book was reprinted, but they all mean the same thing. I find this topic quite intriguing because it’s not something [...]

Allen Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack

Allen Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack - Model 543RR

One of Amazon.com’s best features is each item’s review section. For almost any product, you can visit Amazon.com and check out the public’s opinion of it. Pretty cool. But there’s something a little weird about the people who write the reviews. If you visit a product page at Amazon and scroll down to the review [...]

Simon the Cat is My Blogging Assistant

Simon the Orange Cat

While I was writing the Hummingbird post, Simon decided to jump up on my lap to help out. He started to fall asleep, but I got a picture right before he did. Isn’t he beautiful? Related posts:Simon in the Cat HammockRaccoons In The AtticWe Found the Beaver Hut

Hummingbirds at Hummingbird Feeder

Droll Yankees Hummingbird Feeder - #2

I am quite excited about this post for a few reasons. First, we got some neat video of many of the hummingbirds that have been using our new hummingbird feeder, and second, I used the Youtube video editor. Let me tell you about the Youtube video editor. It’s really cool. I didn’t know how easy [...]

Our New Lavender Plants

Herb Lavandula - Munstead Lavender - #1

I almost called this plant purple, then I remembered that lavender is actually a color. Check it out, it really is. A few weeks ago, we acquired two Lavender plants after a long and arduous search. For some reason, every place we visited seemed to have a bunch of plants that looked just like Lavender, [...]

Crown Vetch For Hillside Erosion Control

Crown Vetch - #2

Crown Vetch is spelled two different ways, “Crown Vetch” and “Crownvetch.” Like many other things, people can’t make up their minds. Hey, I’m not complaining. Adds diversity. Onward and upward. From what I have learned, Crown Vetch is actually called Securigera varia and it’s nickname is Crown Vetch. It’s a very hardy flower/vine that is [...]

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

I am currently reading “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. Before I begin, you should really watch this interview so you can get a picture of what Ayn Rand’s personality is like: Ayn Rand Mike Wallace Interview 1959 part 1 Ayn Rand Mike Wallace Interview 1959 part 2 Did you watch it? Good. The Fountainhead was [...]

Jiu Jitsu: Second Blue Belt Stripe – Muay Thai: Purple Belt

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt

Just a quick update of the more exciting aspects of my life…Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. Last week, I earned my purple belt in Muay Thai and a second stripe on my BJJ blue belt. I have been doing Muay Thai now for about ten months and Jiu Jitsu for almost two and a [...]

Local Farm CSA is On

Box Filled With Vegetables

I picked up our first box of fruits and vegetables last week. Our day is Wednesday. Oh let me tell you…how exciting it is. I’m not sure why it’s like Christmas morning every time I go up there…perhaps it’s because I never know what I’m going to get. This year’s farming season is pretty much [...]

The Most Beautiful Sunset

Beautiful Sunset - #3

Here’s a little story for you. Okay, we went for a walk last evening over at the Connecticut Airline State Park Rail Trail (more to come on that later) and had a nice time. We walked about two miles. I don’t even want to get into it because I am going to write an entire [...]

The Least Photogenic Cat On the Planet

Finnegan the Cat - Position #3

I know I have written about Simon before and perhaps even Michael, but I’m not sure I have written anything in particular about Finnegan. Finnegan is our black cat. Well, he’s almost black. He has a small tuft of white hair on his chest. A trait I’m sure I’ll share with him some time in [...]

Cherry Picking at Belltown Hill Orchards, South Glastonbury, CT – 2011

Belltown Hill Orchards - Looking Southwest

I’m going to be straight with you right up front. This story has an unfortunate ending. You’ll see by the last picture. Guess what today is. That’s right, it’s opening day of cherry picking at Belltown Hill Orchards in South Glastonbury, CT. We wait for this day all year and when it comes, we hop [...]

Tiger Lilies In Full Bloom

Tiger Lily Up Close

If you recall my earlier post entitled, “Tiger Lilies Starting To Sprout,” you’ll recall that I wrote the post almost three months ago to the day. It took the entire three months for these flowers to get to the point of blooming. It’s remarkable if you think about it. I watch these things every day. [...]

Yellow and Purple Pansy

Yellow and Purple Pansy

This was an easy pick. We have these beautiful Pansies growing right along the sidewalk in front of the house. I’m not sure how they got there…I certainly didn’t plant them. What’s also puzzling is that they are growing right under what used to be huge Juniper bushes. Nothing really grew there before because of [...]

Sedum floriferum, Weihenstephaner Gold, Bailey’s Gold

Sedum floriferum – Weihenstephaner Gold – Bailey’s Gold - #2

Out of all the flowers I take pictures of each year, this is definitely one of my favorites. I think it’s because of the detail it offers. We have this particular flower growing in multiple gardens, so it’s quite simple to choose the best looking ones to get photos of. These beauties are called Sedum [...]

Purple Clematis – 2011

Purple Clematis - #2

I’m going to start off by saying that this year’s Purple Clematis is not as robust as last year’s. We’ve been getting a lot of rain, so I’m sure that has something to do with it. I managed to grab a few shots of some decent looking flowers during the last sunny day we had…probably [...]

New Buds On Lilacs

New Buds On Lilac Bush

You know it’s a nice Spring day when you start seeing pictures of buds on my blog. It happens year after year. It’ll continue to go on this way because it brings me great pleasure to walk around outside noticing what’s going on with nature. It’s one of my greatest enjoyments in life. Today I [...]

Tiger Lilies Starting To Sprout

Tiger Lilies Starting To Sprout

The Tiger Lilies actually started to sprout before the snow was melted off of them. It must be some miracle of nature or something how that works. If the plant can’t get any light and if they are still somewhat frozen in the ground, how in the world do they know it’s time to start [...]

Orange Belt in Muay Thai

Muay Thai Orange Belt

After a fairly exhausting week of classes, I earned my orange belt in Muay Thai. It’s funny, just yesterday I noticed the belts ranks hanging on the wall right above the clock in the gym. I have looked at that clock more times than I care to discuss. Strange how I never noticed those belts [...]

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut

Thomas Cole, View In the White Mountains

Back to Wadsworth we went. This time, we were on a new mission. Modern Art and the Renaissance is what we were after. The museum shifted some collections around and had some rooms closed off, but what we saw was really great. Much of what was there has been there for a while, but we [...]

Another Late Winter Walk in the Woods

Daffodils Basking in the Sun

Since the snow is about 97% gone, I decided to peel off my Winter clothing and go for a nice late Winter walk in the woods. I guess this is a follow up picture post to these posts: – A Cold Walk in the Woods – A Winter Walk In The Woods …and probably a [...]

First Daffodil Sighting

Late Winter Daffodil Growth

That’s right. I noticed them yesterday, just sitting there in the frozen ground. I wondered why, or how, they managed to start growing, but I stopped asking when I remembered that it’s a crazy world we live in. I just never knew that Daffodils are as crazy as the rest of us. There you have [...]

Christmas Tree Growing Strong

New Growth on Christmas Tree in March

It’s not so much that we are showing off how we still have our Christmas tree up, it’s that we are showing off our holiday spirit. If you are reading this and have already removed your Christmas tree from your crib (house), you really need to ask yourself why you did that. You need to [...]

CytoSport Cytomax Sport Energy Drink

CytoSport Cytomax Sport Energy Drink

As I sit here and write, I am just getting over another one of my famous two day long headaches I earn myself from dehydration. It’s really annoying. I have done this a few times. It’s not my fault really. It’s my body’s. I am a slender individual who doesn’t get thirsty much. I try [...]

Victory Storm King Stout

Victory Storm King Stout

A few years ago, we visited the Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT for a holiday dinner. I can’t seem to remember which holiday it was right now, but I am leaning towards either Christmas or New Years. It was cold outside, I do remember that for sure. We arrived a bit early for our reservation, [...]

Interesting Personality Traits of Entrepreneurs

A Handbook For Ethics - Traits of Entrepreneurs

As I mentioned in a recent post, I am reading a book called, “A Handbook For Ethics” by Robert C. Solomon. I am about a quarter of the way through it and am finding it very informative. You would laugh if you saw my task list. I am constantly jotting down ideas to write about; [...]

Beautiful Sunny Day With Ice On the Trees

Icicles On Birdhouse - Close Up

I’ll be the first to admit that it’s difficult deleting photos that look good. Usually, I suffer through it, but I get rid of most duplicates and only post what’s generally unique. This time I am throwing caution to the wind and posting some pictures that look like some others. If you look closely though, [...]

New Garant Roof Rake

Garant Roof Rake

I swear it was like someone installed a revolving door at the hardware store yesterday. If I had known that roof rakes would be the hottest item of the year, I would have bought a thousand of them over the Summer and set up shop on the side of the road during the Winter. These [...]

Yesterday Was a Miserable Day

Rainy Winter Day

I’m sure there have been more miserable days, but yesterday was pretty miserable. My mood changed yesterday. It went from being quite content with Winter to being a bit disgruntled with it. Winter turned into work yesterday. So far this year, I have been having a pretty good time. Every time it snows, I say, [...]

A Handbook For Ethics by Robert C. Solomon

A Handbook For Ethics by Robert C. Solomon

Just a few minutes ago, I wrote that I would be starting a new book. That book is called, “A Handbook For Ethics” by Robert C. Solomon. I picked up this book for $3 at the Book Barn and few weeks ago. The last time I looked on Amazon to see how much this book [...]

Homemade Snow Roof Rake

Screw Holding Driveway Sealer Squeegee To Extension Pole

There is a very hot item that isn’t on the market right now. It’s called a snow roof rake and the reason it’s not on the market is because all stores seem to be sold out. I started a conversation yesterday with a buddy of mine about roof rakes and he mentioned that he went [...]

Atlas Shrugged – Finished

Pages of Atlas Shrugged

Well, after many nights of reading, I finally finished Atlas Shrugged. This was quite the feat for me. The last thick book I read was 588 pages. This one was 1168. I really enjoyed every page. I am not going to get into a review of Atlas Shrugged. I’ll simply suggest you read it. It [...]

Winter Photos Near Shenandoah National Park

Old Snow Covered Barn in Shenandoah Valley - Virginia

My brother emailed me a few photos this afternoon. He lives near Shenandoah National Park and is mightily trying to keep up with us Northerners, so he sent over a few “snow” pictures. They are pretty nice shots, so I thought I would share. Related posts:Mayflower Inn It Is – Christmas DinnerHoneywell HWM-450 4 Gallon [...]

It Snowed…Again…Again

Looking Up Snowy Road

Okay, this is getting a little out of hand. Not that I am complaining, but seriously, my back is starting to hurt. To think, I was going to sell the snowblower. After one season (last year) of removing snow by hand, I got a little overzealous. That would have been a bad move. You know, [...]

It’s Snowing…Again

Driving Up Hill in Snow Storm - Freshly Plowed

Blog posts about snow never get old. The fact that snow falls from the sky never gets old either. It’s true. If you think about it, we (as people) tend to get excited every time it snows. We grumble about it later, but as the snow is falling, we are a tad bit more relaxed [...]

Yosemite National Park – Frazil Ice

This is a pretty cool video. It’s not really, really cool, but it’s pretty cool. It was forwarded to me today. I generally don’t click links, look at or watch anything anyone sends me, but I checked this one out. Yosemite National Park – Frazil Ice Related posts:Purple Clematis – 2011Sedum floriferum, Weihenstephaner Gold, Bailey’s [...]

BJJ Spider Guard Sweep and Bicep Slicer from Spider Guard

Wednesday night was pretty exciting. We had a few guys from other schools come in to our BJJ class to teach us a some things and then spar with us later on. There were three guys; two brown belts and a purple belt. Names aren’t important. In Jiu Jitsu class, all I see is belt [...]

After the First Big Snow

Snow Covered Trees in the Woods

It snowed about three times so far this season. The first two snowfalls were relatively small, with the last one being relatively large. By large, I mean about two feet. We haven’t seen snow like this in a while. I was asked to post some pictures of this latest storm. Here you go. And to [...]

BJJ Blue Belt First Stripe and Muay Thai Yellow Belt

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt - First Stripe

This is simply a historical post to remind me of when I earned the first stripe on my blue belt for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and my yellow belt for Muay Thai. The BJJ blue belt stripe took about 10 months to get. I knew it was coming up, but didn’t know when. I have been [...]

A Time Lapsed Vancouver City

There is a soft spot in my heart for time lapse video. This is probably the best one I have seen. This is time lapsed video of Vancouver City. It’s awesome. I just wonder who does video like this. I mean, to put out something this creative is awesome. It’s part of the reason I [...]

If You Liked Earth Yesterday…

…then I bet you’ll really like it after you watch this video. I have no idea, nor do I care what the secret is, I just liked the nature in the video. Check it out. I think you’ll like it too. The Secret – Planet Earth Related posts:Soaker Hose for the GardenBiodiesel, Photoshop, ZeroHouse and [...]

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

On Tuesday, we made a trip over to the Book Barn in Niantic, CT. I was on a mission and had my book list in hand. To prepare for this visit, I actually included the author of each book, instead of fumbling around just searching by title. I tried to make a date out of [...]

Carl Sagan’s Perspective on Earth

If there’s one thing I have learned so far in my life, it’s that perspective plays a large part in daily thought and activity. There are so many things that have to do with perspective, so many choices based on it. Yet so many people lose it or never even had it in the first [...]

Redwoods: The Tallest Trees

Speaking of redwood trees, I thought I would post a very good video that shows just how difficult it is to grasp a connected vision of one of these things. When I sit back to think exactly how tall a redwood tree is, I don’t find anything distinctly challenging. Then, after I really consider the [...]

The World’s Tallest Tree – Hyperion

It’s been pretty mild for the past few days. We have been taking advantage of the weather by catching up on some long overdue walking. While I don’t walk nearly as far as some people would like me to (eh hem), I do my share. Over the past two days, we covered about five miles, [...]

Global Health – 200 Countries Over 200 Years With Hans Rosling

I just stumbled across this interesting video. Amazing what people can put together. This is a video that demonstrates the life expectancy and income level of various countries around the world. Over time, both life expectancy and income generally increase. As you’ll notice, there is a disparity between the West and the East that shrinks [...]

Welcome 2011 – Richard Ashcroft and U.N.O.S – Are You Ready?

I thought this song was fitting for the first day of the new year. Awesome video by awesome Richard Ashcroft and the United Nations of Sound. Are You Ready? Related posts:What Just Happened With Rock of Love?Charlie The UnicornWatching the A-Team on Netflix

Jeb Corliss Base Jumping Videos

Now, these are the last videos I wanted to show you. I already posted them elsewhere, but you’ll see why I posted them here as well. Here’s what happened after I watched these videos: I sat back and wondered who is living life more, Jeb Corliss or me. I concluded that Jeb Corliss is. I [...]

Flying Above the Mountains

You have to see this video. It’s worth watching the whole thing. Of course you will, because once you start, you won’t be able to stop. It’s kind of like flying above the mountains. Above & Beyond – Good For Me Related posts:Epiphany Project with John Hodian and Bet WilliamsBack To Shine For St. Valentine’s [...]

One of the Best Snowboarding Videos Out There

I am happy to report that I have been in contact with my cousin and I quite possibly may snowboard this year. He has a few friends and a nephew who go with him, so it should be a good time. Maybe this old man can teach them something. I’m not sure what, but I’ll [...]

Muay Thai and Krav Maga

I haven’t mentioned it on this blog yet, but about four months ago, I joined a Muay Thai and Krav Maga school a few towns over. It’s been quite worthwhile. Here’s what happened – One day after Jiu Jitsu class, I was talking to one of the guys I train with. Unfortunately, this fella is [...]

Kuroshio Sea – Aquarium Video by Jon Rawlinson

Is it the movie that makes the soundtrack or the soundtrack that makes the movie? I have been asking that question for longer than I can remember and haven’t come up with the answer yet. Probably because there is no definitive answer. This next video is a very special one. I want you to watch [...]

Inspired Bicycles – Danny MacAskill

This is a remarkable video I came across a few days ago. It’s of a guy who can pretty much do anything on a bicycle. Make sure you watch it all the way to the end because the tricks get better and better as the video goes on. There are certain people in this world [...]

Turks and Caicos to Nassau Through the Exuma Islands

This has been a favorite video of mine for some time. I usually watch it during this time of year because of the weather. It’s getting cold around here and cruising on the boat in the video seems quite appetizing. Check out the video. Check out those sharks and those beaches. That’s my kind of [...]

Christmas Tree From Lebanon Christmas Tree Farm

Lebanon Christmas Tree Farm - Different Angle

We got our Christmas tree on Friday. Some would say that’s late, but I would say it’s right on time. We did our own cutting and now that Christmas is only a week away, I am confident this tree will last for a good long time. We usually have it up for about a month, [...]

Nice December Sunset

Late Autumn Sunset

Here’s another picture of a great late Autumn sunset. I know the picture’s quality is absolutely terrible, but it’s the thought that counts. What’s the thought? Well, it’s that I wanted to share a nice sunset with you. I had to zoom way too much to get this. The neighbor’s house was in the way. [...]

Snowboarding Scenes Filmed From Helicopter

As promised, I am posting some of my favorite videos. I have come across these in the past year and continue to watch them over and over. They do something to me. They make me think and I really enjoy that. This is probably one of the best snowboarding videos online. It consists of a [...]

A Rainy Sunday Afternoon

Wet Sidewalk on a Rainy Afternoon

It’s pretty rainy today. It’s rainy, windy and warm. What a combination. Well, I guess that’s better than being rainy, windy and cold. I would say it’s in the 50s. I just went outside to take the below photo and was surprised at the temperature. Not bad for December 12. I am just waiting to [...]

Northstar at Tahoe

I am really getting into this snowboarding thing. I have my old board and equipment hanging in the garage. Old, but still good. I hope I do it. I have no idea if I will, because I am not sure if my brain will let me go. It’s weird. I say that I want to [...]

A Few Reposted Videos

I am going to be posting a few videos on this blog that I already posted on my other blog. I just thought I would let you know. They are the greatest videos ever and you are going to thank me for posting them. Life changers. Related posts:Offending People by What You Write on Your [...]

Atlas Shrugged Movie

Yesterday, I wrote a post about the book, Atlas Shrugged. In that post, I mentioned that I did a bit of searching to see if there was going to be a movie about the book. Well, thanks to a comment, I now know that I movie will, in fact, be released in April of 2011. [...]

Atlas Shrugged – Part 3 – A is A

Atlas Shrugged - Part 3 - A is A

I think we are getting somewhere. I am on Part 3 of Atlas Shrugged and am thrilled that I have taken this book on. Like many people out there, I used to look at thick books and get discouraged. I didn’t think I would ever be able to finish them. Now, I realize that the [...]

We Found the Beaver Hut

Beaver Hut With Branches on Ice

All we needed to do was to walk a few more steps. It was beyond the damaged trees we had originally discovered. There are actually two beaver huts, or even perhaps three. We were looking on Google Earth this morning and we found the two huts plus one maybe hut. We’ll have to check it [...]

A Cold Walk in the Woods

Nice Green Moss Covering Fallen Tree in Woods

We decided to go for a walk in the woods this afternoon. It was a good thing to do to get out of the house. The development we live in is basically a road in the middle of nowhere. It’s one road with a cul-de-sac at the end. Behind all the houses on one side [...]

It’s Getting Kind of Cold Out There

Strange Sunny Stripe Across Trees at Dusk

I just went outside to get the mail and realized for the first time that Winter is certainly on its way. I brought the camera with me too. It’s been pretty cloudy today, but right before sunset there was a break in the clouds. The sun created an odd looking horizontal stripe across the Eastern [...]

GoPro HD Hero – Awesome Video

I am falling in love with what people can do with cameras. I am going to have to do some reposts of a few older videos I found through the year, but this one is really good. It should hold you over for a while. I am getting excited about snowboarding this season. I am [...]

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa For Thanksgiving – Old Saybrook, CT

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa Docks - #1

There’s something beautiful about the Long Island Sound. It’s something very forgettable, but beautiful nonetheless. The feeling fades so fast after we get back into town. By the time we pull down the driveway, it’s almost gone. It’s the strangest thing…feeling so far removed from someplace we were just over an hour ago. Each time [...]

The Post With No Title

It’s taken me over 20 minutes to realize that this is one blog post that doesn’t deserve a title. I couldn’t make a decision on how strong to be, so I didn’t make a decision at all. Seems to be all the rage these days. In the past 243 days, I have gone through what [...]

BJJ Blue Belt

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt

I would like to announce something very, very exciting. Last night, I got my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt. I put in a good eleven months to get this belt and as my instructor said last night, I have only missed one class…and that was because of a BJJ tournament. I have also been going [...]

Danny Glover and Felix Justice At Eastern Connecticut University

Danny Glover and Felix Justice At Eastern Connecticut University - #1

Hey, guess what we did Tuesday night. No, we didn’t sit in the basement and watch Lost. The rest of the world was watching Lost, but we weren’t. Good thing we saw it on the internet Wednesday evening because I would have been upset if I really missed it. Instead of watching Lost, we went [...]

NAGA Mr. Armbar T-Shirt

NAGA Mr. Armbar T-Shirt

After class last night, my man Mersh came up to me and handed me something. He said, “The minute I saw this at the NAGA tournament, I knew it had your name written all over it.” Hmmm…I wondered what it was. When I got in the car, I opened the bag and unrolled the shirt. [...]

Back To The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Interior of a Picture Gallery with the Collection of Cardinal Silvio Valenti Gonzaga

Ahhh, Sunday. What a fine day for a return visit to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art up in Hartford, CT. Again, this little trip was “suggested,” but I’m not complaining. Me complain? I don’t think so. I don’t want to make a long post out of this. All I really want to show you [...]

Mersh At NAGA New England Grappling Championship

Mersh at NAGA Jiu Jitsu grappling tournament - #1

Okay, here are some pictures and videos of who we like to call, “Mersh.” This nickname has become a necessity because his first name is quite popular these days. Mersh fought in two categories, “Men’s NO-GI Executive Novice” and “Mens GI Executive White Belt Middle Weight.” These are basically two beginner level categories. NAGA divides [...]

Buying Bare Root Norway Spruce Transplants

Evergreen trees - Screenshot courtesy of NurseryMan.com

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. The time of year that I start thinking about Spring. I know I have explained my obsession with trees in the past. It’s not such a bad obsession to have I guess. I mean, I am planting trees and that’s good for the air. It’s good for [...]

2010 New England Grappling Championship – Twin River Casino, Rhode Island

2010 New England Grappling Championship - Twin River Casino - #1

So today was the day we went to the New England Jiu Jitsu tournament run by NAGA (North American Grappling Association). It definitely had the potential to be a very long day. The guys who were competing had to weigh in at 8AM. They could do that or could have weighed in last night. One [...]

NAGA New England Grappling Championship


How exciting is this? Straight from the NAGA site… “On Saturday, February 6, 2010, NAGA brings the world’s largest grappling tournaments back to New England for its NAGA New England Grappling Championship. This tournament is open to all grappling styles, you do not need to be on a team or be a member of any [...]

Wrestler’s Sit Out From Turtle Position

I know the “turtle position” sounds a bit weird, but it’s extremely helpful when you are on the ground and in a jam. Basically, try to get on your stomach and curl up like a ball. There are a few things you can do from there if you are fast enough. Being in the turtle [...]

Good Bye Air America

Weirdest thing. I was going through my broken links with the broken link checker plugin I use for WordPress this evening and I came across a broken link entitled, “Air America.” I was like, “WHHAAAAAT???” I clicked on the link and was brought to a 404 error page with this text as the first paragraph: [...]

Our Christmas Tree Is Growing

Christmas tree growing buds

Today is January 21. I am guessing that most of the world has already taken down their Christmas trees. This year, we are running a little late in the Christmas tree removal department. We did remove all the ornaments though. Well, I didn’t. It was done one day behind my back. All that’s left are [...]

First Oil Change – 2008 BMW X5

2008 BMW X5 oil cap

Can you believe that it has been about a year and two months and I just got my first oil change in the 2008 BMW X5? The dealer says to bring the vehicle in for it’s first service at either one year or 15,000 miles. I didn’t here the “one year” part. I was going [...]

Writing In The Blog…Or Lack Thereof

Do you know what I wish I had? I’ll tell you. I wish I had an anonymous blog where I could write about the other 95% of my life. One where I could write about all the other things I do besides mowing the lawn, going out to dinner and installing water filters under the [...]

Sunday Dinners Are On

For the longest time, we have been trying to throw a little holiday party. The idea usually finds its way into the house around the beginning of December and then disappears towards the end. It’s a shame really because we are semi-fun people to be around. I think we would be fabulous hosts. Ever since [...]

Foods That Are High In Fiber

I am a firm believer of what you put in your body, you get out of your body. Haha. That was a joke. I have been coming up with tons of good jokes lately. It’s true that nobody laughs at them, but trust me, they are wildly funny. Anyway, if you are over the age [...]

Dead (Broken) Link Checker For WordPress

Last night, as I was doing my usual rounds of visiting my favorite blogs, I came across a very useful post written by none other than my uncle Bob. It was a blog post written about a really neat plugin for WordPress blogs called “Broken Link Checker.” This is one of those plugins that’s really [...]

Cliff Keen Compression Gear Short Sleeve Top – Rash Guard

Cliff Keen compression shirt tag

Okay, I’m not sure what the difference between a compression shirt and a rash guard is. From what I have been able to gather, they are pretty much the same thing. Please correct me if I am wrong. I have a very open mind. Here’s the deal. When I head up to do my Jiu [...]

Sunbeam Fleece Warming Throw – Electric Blanket

Sunbeam Fleece Warming Throw - Electric Blanket

I know I complain a lot about Winter. It’s in my nature. I always feel so stupid when I do because it’s not like I am the only one on the planet who has to deal with the cold. No one else seems to complain either. It’s a lonely job complaining about Winter. This Winter [...]

Banana Cream Pie From The Pie Guy

If you haven’t noticed, this new year seems to be all about weight loss. Everywhere I turn, it’s all about diets, nutrition, exercise and losing weight in general. We were watching the first “Biggest Loser” last night and a commercial for Jenny Craig came on. I turned around and said, “There is probably no better [...]

Fourth Blue Stripe On My Brazilian Jiu Jitsu White Belt

Fourth blue stripe on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt

Do you know what this is? Yeah, it’s my fourth blue stripe on my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt. That was easy. Do you know what it really is? It’s two months of rolling around and about 15 billion calories burned. Oh yeah, it’s also a lot of sweat. This is my last stripe for [...]

New Year’s Eve With Pink Champagne

Champagne bottle cork

I hope everyone had a nice New Year’s Eve. We did. A funny one, but it was nice. I kept telling people all day that I can stay up past midnight every other night of my life, but when it matters, I would surely fall asleep. Yup, I was woken up six seconds before midnight [...]

Christmas Dinner At Saybrook Point Inn

Saybrook Point Inn sign

My lady and I have a nice little tradition going. We’ve been doing it for a few years now and it really seems to be working out rather well. What’s the tradition? Well, it’s basically avoiding the world during the holidays and spending time with each other over a nice dinner. We’ve found some great [...]

Is Cutting Down A Christmas Tree Bad For The Environment?

So here’s a question – Is cutting down a Christmas tree bad for the environment? I’ll give you the quick answer. Probably. Everything we do is bad for the environment. When have we ever done anything good for the environment? Perhaps the question should be, “Is cutting down a Christmas tree as bad for the [...]

Lose Vs. Loose

I came across this funny post this afternoon about “Lose” vs. “Loose.” I know we’ve all seen it a million times…someone saying, ” I hope my team doesn’t loose the baseball game this afternoon.” Yeah, that loose is supposed to be lose. For some reason, people love the word loose. You would use “loose” when [...]

The BLIZZARD of ’09

Snowfall measurement

I would like to start off this post by telling you that I was just kidding when I wrote my last post regarding the massive impending blizzard-like snow storm we were about to get. My sister, brother and I had been going back and forth through email all day. They were sending pictures and snowfall [...]