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

NAGA

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 [...]

Peter Gabriel

Can I ask you a question? Thanks. Do you think I grew up living under a rock? I must have because I am the biggest loser when it comes to music. When people ask me what I like, I can only thing of something like four bands. My lady and I merged all our music [...]

It’s Starting To Snow

Let’s talk about snow. I have heard it’s supposed to, but I’m not going for it. My brother already received 15″ in Virgina and my sister probably a foot in Maryland. It’s 9:29 and I see only a few flakes. I think this whole thing is going to blow over. Mark my words. *** UPDATE [...]

Lord Of The Flies

Hey, guess what guys…I finally read Lord Of The Flies. I know, I think I was suppose to do this back in high school. I wasn’t aware of this, so it didn’t happen. For my birthday, I received the book. I finished reading it the other night and then decided to watch the movie. That’s [...]

We Are A Very Unhappy People

Did you see this “study?” (that’s right, click the word “study”) As you can see, people from Connecticut are the second least happy in the nation, only to be followed by people from New York (gee thanks New York). I knew there was a reason why I yell all the time. Finally, I can say [...]

Funny Fortune Cookies

Funny fortune cookies

Last night, we ate Chinese. While the food was good, the fortunes needed a bit more…how should I say…effort. Here, take a look: My favorite, by far, is the one that says, “You are going to have some new clothes.” That’s awesome. I guess they ran out of fortunes over there in China. Now we [...]

USPS Tracking – Seriously?

Can I ask you a question? Why does USPS tracking exist? I mean c’mon. It doesn’t update at all. The word here is “tracking.” I would assume the system would “track” the package. Ya think? Well, not exactly. I’m sure that you all have ordered and have had packages delivered by FedEx and UPS. You [...]

Visiting Madison Center, CT

Madison Beach looking West towards Chipman Point

Have I told you lately that I enjoy the Connecticut coast? So it snowed on Saturday night. We didn’t let that stop us on Sunday. Sunday’s weather was perfect for a ride in the car to see what was going on down in Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Clinton, Madison Center and Guilford Center. I really wanted [...]

First Snow 2009/2010

Night time snow on Arborvitae

If you live anywhere in Connecticut that is North of the Southern edge, you probably got snow on Saturday night. Oh yay. Yeah, it’s back. I thought it would just fall and melt really fast like it normally does this time of year. Whelp, it’s not gone yet and it’s Monday. I do see some [...]

New MoistAir 14 Gallon Humidifier

MoistAir 14 gallon humidifier

Well, I did it. I sprung for the MoistAir 14 Gallon Humidifier. It works pretty nicely. A few weeks ago, there was a snap in the air. I thought, “Oh no. Here we go again.” I had to light up the pellet stove and with that comes dry air. I woke up a few mornings [...]

Hunt Christmas Tree Farm in Coventry, CT

Hunt Christmas Tree Farm in Coventry, CT

For information on Hunt Christmas Tree Farm, please click here. ————— Here we go, Christmas tree 2009. Thursday was the day. We didn’t know if the weather was going to cooperate any more than it has and there is nothing worse than trying to find and cut down a Christmas tree in the snow. Actually, [...]

Local Radio – Hmmm…

6ft 3.5mm M/M Stereo Audio Cable

You know, I was going to start this post off with a rant about how much local radio really bugs me. Then, I thought better of it. I try not to do too much insulting these days. What made me want to rant about radio? Was it the years and years of listening to the [...]

Visiting Old Saybrook, CT For Thanksgiving

Private home near South Cove in Old Saybrook, CT

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Okay, enough of the pleasantries. This Thanksgiving, my lady and I had dinner at the Griswold Inn in Essex, CT. Since we had been there a few times before, this wasn’t a huge deal for us. What was a huge deal was the fact that dinner was buffet [...]

How To Remove Whitespace From HTML Code

HTML table code - before

Yes folks, there is an easier way. It’s common knowledge that whitespace in HTML code creates unnecessarily larger file sizes, increases bandwidth usage and slows down page load time. The only real reason to add whitespace to your code is for organization, but I have rarely found that helpful. Many HTML editors take the liberty [...]

How To Make A Favicon

By this time in your life, you have surely seen those little icons in your browser to the left of the website URL in the address bar. Those little 16 pixel by 16 pixel icons are called “favicons.” I guess they are named that way because you see them when you “favorite” a website. By [...]

Courvoisier Cognac and Christian Brothers Brandy

Courvoisier Cognac and Christian Brothers Brandy

The other day (the same day I forgot my wallet), I was driving around. I drove through our little town here because I needed to pick up some stuffing mix and vegetable broth. I stopped at the local food store and bought what I needed to buy. On the way back to the car, I [...]

How Long Does It Take To Turn Into A Herb?

Nerdy sweatshirt

I am going to tell you a short story. Okay? Okay. The other day, my lady decided that it would be a good idea to clean out a closet that she had claimed a long time ago. She made it hers way back when we first moved into this place. It happens to be the [...]

Deploying mod_deflate On Your Apache Web Server

If you are closely tuned in to the web world as I am, you may have heard that Google may include “web page load time” as one of their ranking factors in 2010. I heard about this, saw a few videos about this and read about this. Apparently, when Google talks about changing what makes [...]

Branford, CT and the Thimble Islands

I have been discovering so many things about the state of Connecticut. It’s really an interesting place with such a variety of weather, lifestyle and landscape. An area that I have been getting to know a bit more is the Western Connecticut shoreline. After this Summer’s many visits to Essex, CT, I decided that it [...]

Why Can’t It Be November Forever?

Courtesy of Intellicast

Isn’t November the perfect month? I mean, if you live in the New England area, you’ll surely agree that we have had the most spectacular weather. I think Mother Nature is making up for giving us a lousy Spring. Oh yeah, I remember that. Rain, rain and then more rain. About half way through July [...]

Not Enough Sleep

I haven’t been getting enough sleep and I am afraid that I am getting dumber because of it. I am sure you know about my fear of Winter darkness. Well, I don’t exactly fear the lack of light, I fear the short days and the being inside way too much for months on end. I [...]

Motorola Droid Case

Snap on case for Droid - corner view

After a few days of using my new Droid with only a screen protector, I decided that it was time to get a case. When I bought the phone up at Verizon Wireless in Glastonbury, the sales guy showed me some cases. I didn’t really like any of them there, so I figured I would [...]

How To Upload Music To The Droid

Micro USB plugged into the Motorola Droid

I told you I was going to write about how to upload music to the Droid in my last post. I mean, getting songs over onto this thing is one of the great features, right? By the way, I was laying on the hammock this most perfect afternoon listening to some tunes through the new [...]

Listening To Pandora On The Droid

The Droid Market

Okay, so last night I figured out how to get some music on my Droid. It’s really easy. If you need help, let me know. Perhaps I will even write a post on how to upload music to the Droid. Who knows. What I do know is that I now have a music player. This [...]

How To Turn Off AutoComplete In OpenOffice Writer

Open OpenOffice Writer and click on Tools and then AutoCorrect Options...

There is this really annoying feature that OpenOffice Writer offers that I couldn’t figure out how to turn off. It was so annoying that I figured that I would write about it here, just to help out the few souls who need to turn this thing off like I did. The feature is called “Word [...]

My New Motorola Droid

Motorola Droid

I read somewhere a few days ago that pictures and video on the internet don’t do the Motorola Droid justice. Boy, they were right about that. In person, this thing is phenomenal. After Jiu Jitsu practice this afternoon, I somehow ended up in the Verizon Wireless store in Glastonbury. Don’t ask me how I got [...]

Third Blue Stripe On My White Belt – BJJ

Three blue stripes on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt

I met with my Jiu Jitsu instructor this afternoon to go over the blue belt curriculum in good detail. It’s very helpful to have these one-on-one classes to really get things squared away. I think I did okay, because when we were finished, he gave me another blue stripe for my white belt. When I [...]

Six Months Of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Passing guard

And I still just love it. I want to do this forever. Each time there is a class, I can’t wait to go. Of course, laying there flat on my back all sweaty at the end isn’t that much fun. Oh who am I kidding, yes it is. If there is anyone who practices Jiu [...]

New Pine Trees From Home Depot

Four spruce trees

I love writing about this kind of stuff. It fills my heart with happiness. I got the greatest deal yesterday when I went to the Home Depot. It came in the form of four pine trees for the price of one. When I visit the Home Depot, I usually walk in through the garden center. [...]

Grass Seed Germination

Kentucky Bluegrass grass seed germinating

This is a simple post. There are two things I want to show you. 1. A Kentucky Bluegrass seed germinating 2. The new Pennington Smart Seed sun and shade mix grass seed popping up through the compost I put down last week Boy, they aren’t kidding when they say that Bluegrass seed takes over four [...]

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT

The Hartford Times building - downtown Hartford - now closed

I have oftentimes described myself as a Utilitarian. Each time I described myself this way, I can’t say that I remember knowing what that term meant. I always kind of figured it was something like, “must have some sort of utility” or “get all the feel good stuff out of the way and let’s get [...]

Microsoft Security Essentials Reaches 1.5 Million Downloads In One Week

It’s around week two right now, but this is pretty big news as far as software downloads go. In one week, there were 1.5 million downloads of Microsoft Security Essentials. That’s pretty damn good. I’ll tell you why so many people took Microsoft up on their offer…because they are sick and tired of paying way [...]

Google Voice – Get Your Invite

I’m not even sure I am going to head down this road. I don’t want to use too many tools offered by one company. It is a good idea though… Here’s the problem. Google offers the tools that rock. I mean seriously. I have mentioned this before, but it’s true now more than ever. I [...]

Why Did Windows Vista Fail?

I was reading an article entitled, “Mac fanboys should get a life and some Windows 7 common sense” today and came across a line that piqued my interest. The line was this: “Vista was a Windows failure.” When I read that line, I stopped cold for a second or two. I started thinking and asking [...]

Leaf Mulch and Leaf Compost

Area in the woods where I dumped last Autumn's chopped up leaves after I bagged them

I told you I was going to take some pictures of the leaf mulch and compost. You should have never doubted me. My little plan of mulching the leaves into the grass instead of raking them up is working out very well. You would be amazed at how much you can condense a big pile [...]

The Dyson Air Multiplier

Have you seen this? I guess the launch was today, because the new “Dyson Air Multiplier” is all over the place on the web. It’s funny, because as I was looking for videos to post here, they were being posted to YouTube pretty rapidly. Basically, this “bladeless” fan consists of a stand (with a fan [...]

John Deere X300 Mulching Kit

John Deere X300 42" deck

So, I have basically shifted into reverse from where I was last year at this time. If you remember, I got a rear bagger for my John Deere X300. The reason I got the bagger was to suck up all the leaves that fall off the trees. Just to let you know, it does a [...]

Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lenox and Lee

I believe these are Empire apples at Windy Hill Orchard in Great Barrington, MA

On Thursday of last week, we decided to head up to the Berkshires for some apple picking. Every year, we end up going too late and are rushed by the end of the season. Of course there are still apples to pick, but many of the varieties are already gone. This year, we thought it [...]

An Update On Posts By Email

Due to popular request, I have decided to reactivate the posts by email feature I had going a while back. Apparently, people don’t like visiting my blog. They like getting my posts emailed to them. Is there anything else I can do for you guys? Anything at all? Breakfast in bed perhaps? Anyway, this time [...]

Where The Wild Things Are Movie

How awesome is this? “Where The Wild Things Are” was totally my favorite book back when I was a kid. Sure it was one of those alternative meaning types of books, but it was still good. We are going to have to put this on our movie list. Related posts:It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie BrownDuran [...]

Google Wave – Putting It All Together

Well, most of it anyway. Seriously. I just heard of this thing called Google Wave. Now, I use a lot of tools on the web and many of them are offered by Google, but when it comes to sheer continuity, this tops the cake. Google Wave basically merges many functions of GMail, orkut, Friend Connect, [...]

Microsoft Security Essentials – Free Anti-Virus

This is the big news today. From what I am reading all over the web anyway. Microsoft has taken the beta version of “Microsoft Security Essentials” anti-virus software out of beta and allowing the public to download it for free. For free? What? I did a little doubletake at this one. I have been looking [...]

Peter Mulvey and Brianna Lane at Infinity Hall

Out in front of Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT

Have you ever met anyone who was cooler than you are? No, I mean much cooler than you are. Day in, day out, we meet all types of people. The people we meet are generally what we are used to…people who are in the hardware store, the grocery store…people we see driving around on the [...]

Atlanta, GA Drought and Flood

This is so weird. I just happen to be looking around at the status of the drought in Atlanta, Ga. I wanted to see if all the rainfall has actually cured it. Sometimes, even when you have flooding, it’s not enough to stop a drought. I didn’t find the answer to whether or not the [...]

Visiting Block Island – Again

Old fishing boat at Point Judith, RI

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this post is worth over 38,000 of them. I apologize. I deleted about half of the photos I took yesterday, but so many of them were good that I didn’t have the heart to cut any further. You’ll just have to look at them. I think I’ve [...]

Schooner Cruise Up Connecticut River

Sailboats on the Connecticut River near Essex, CT

Well, we finally did it. We took the schooner cruise on the Mary E. up the Connecticut River. This was something we were supposed to do about a month ago. When we got the great idea, the weather was nice and cool. When it came time to actually drive down and get on the boat, [...]

Herb Lavandula – Munstead Lavender Plant

Lavender - up close

Since we were in the neighborhood the other day, we stopped by Paul’s and Sandy’s Too to get some nice fresh corn. They get their stock from Gotta’s Farm. I think we went to Gotta’s to get the tomatoes and peaches I was talking about earlier. While at Paul’s and Sandy’s Too, we decided to [...]

BMW Hybrid Concept Car Gets 62MPG

This morning, Yahoo! had a story about BMW new hybrid concept car. It supposedly gets 62.5 mpg. Not bad. The car has two electric motors and one turbodiesel engine. BMW claims that the car can reach 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and easily exceed its limited top speed of 155 mph. Not bad again. Certainly [...]

Kanye West and Taylor Swift Oh My

I usually don’t get into insanely stupid things such as the most recent debacle between Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Maybe I should. You know, I do happen to come across these types of things during my day and I do usually have an opinion on them. Okay, I’ll keep this short. Can anyone say [...]

Some Late Summer Photos

White Chrysanthemum buds

I got up nice and early this morning. I didn’t know this, but Laura had taken my recommendation of setting the alarm clock to go off an hour earlier. I think this is the first step to getting old. When I hit 4AM like Seinfeld’s grandma, that’ when I call it. I made the coffee [...]

I Am Addicted To Pranks

Sometimes, when I am just sitting here doing nothing, I’ll go over to YouTube and search for “prank.” What I find is sometimes horribly funny. Here, I’ll show you one of my favorite prank videos real fast… Isn’t it the best? I have gone through so many of these. I really love the hair dryer [...]

Watching the A-Team on Netflix

This was probably my father’s favorite show while it was on. I remember him sitting on the couch staring at the television set with those glazed over eyes. Every time something action packed would happen, he would start laughing and screaming and trying to get you to come over to see what was happening. None [...]

Is The End Of Summer Really Here?

This is not good. I don’t like the hot, sticky heat, but it feels like I was complaining about the cold just a few days ago. Is it me, or was this the shortest Summer ever? All I am saying is that I can’t do this again…for another year of my life. Freezing cold and [...]

Mulching Leaves Into Lawn

I keep thinking…if people mow their lawns, bag the clippings and rake up all the leaves, where does the lawn soil get any organic material from? It’s an interesting question and one that I haven’t found the answer to yet. I used to bag the lawn clippings. I was having fun doing it too. Then, [...]

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Last night, we watched Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. What a weird experience. A few years ago, I read the book. I kind of remember parts of it, but what I remember the most is that I got lost a lot. There was stuff that just flew right over my head. I remember the beginning [...]

Installing a New Kitchen Faucet and an Under Sink Water Filter

Under kitchen sink looking up at botton of old faucet

I have always wanted an under sink water filter. I’m not sure why, especially since we have a whole house filter. I guess it’s because the whole house filter is all the way down in the basement and I keep thinking the water gets all screwed up traveling through the pipes. I like the idea [...]

Dethatching, Aerating and Overseeding Lawn

Bare spot in lawn with hole from tow behind plug aerator

This is a project that I have been waiting all year to do. It’s called, “Overseeding the lawn” (the correct time of year). Every time I have put down grass seed, it was during the hottest, driest time of year. The seed didn’t do much because there was nothing much to do. Eventually, I think [...]

Red and Yellow Delicious Semi-Dwarf Apple Trees

Red Delicious Semi-Dwarf Apple Tree tag from Lowe's

Since it was fairly cool outside today, I am in the mood to write. Yes, outside temperature has an impact on indoor activities. If it’s too hot out, I tend to get lazy. If it’s chilly out, I get to work. Today was in the lower 70s and that’s just fine for me. Now this [...]

Website Magazine Professional Membership

Website Magazine cover

So I did it. I broke down and upgraded my Website Magazine membership to the “Professional” level. Now, I know you remember me writing about Website Magazine before. It’s the magazine just for web professionals, such as myself. As I stated in my earlier post, it’s about time someone came out with a magazine for [...]

Getting Down With Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

So Jeff (Jiu Jitsu instructor extraordinaire) emailed me this morning and asked if I was up for an hour long workout this afternoon before some of his private lessons. I wrote back telling him that I was and that I would meet him at 2:30. It’s really awesome getting one on one time because I [...]

Tomatoes From Gotta’s Farm In Portland, CT

Large ripe red tomato

I am really doubting that you remember last year’s tomato adventure. If you don’t, you can read about it by clicking the link right before this sentence. It was so much fun that we decided to do it again. I bet this is going to become a yearly thing. Hey, that’s fine with me. I [...]

Yes, I Am Here

I know, I know. I am such a loser. Believe me, I really wish I was in the mood to write. I have the content and the time, it’s just that I really haven’t found the motivation to write any blog posts lately. As a fellow blogger recently suggested, it may be the weather. I [...]

New 2009 BMW 328i xDrive Sedan

New Country BMW in Hartford CT showroom

This was an exciting day. I had trouble holding back from writing yesterday because I wanted to wait for some pictures. I guess it was worth it – now I can write everything in one post. Okay, here goes…Laura has been driving a 1999 Honda Civic since, well 1999. The car served her well. That [...]

Trolling, Flamebait, Birthers?

If there is one thing I love, it’s all the stupid words that internet users make up for silly people and silly occurrences. Seriously, I do love them because they are quite entertaining. There is this web forum that I visit pretty frequently. It’s hosted by one of the developers who created some of the [...]

Second Blue Stripe On My Jiu Jitsu White Belt

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt with two blue stripes

So, I am a few days shy of my four month mark in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Can you believe it? I remember a little over four months ago. I was driving around going nuts trying to find some sort of martial art to keep me physically fit and to maintain my body’s lethal-ness. Okay, well [...]

Funny Cat Pictures

I know I have some furry little cat lovers out there. I know who you are and I know you are going to love this website chock full of funny cat pictures. Personally, I am far too tough to love cats. I prefer dinosaurs and monster trucks. Still, I found these cat pictures very funny. [...]

Happy Friday

I guess it really doesn’t matter if it’s Friday or not, we work seven days a week ’round these parts. Yeah, we should really stop that. Well, it’s kind of hard to stop working when it’s like 100 degrees and absolutely disgusting outside. I have been intermittently venturing out daily for some small landscaping projects. [...]

Simon The Cat Sleeping In The Drawer

Simon the cat sleeping in desk drawer

Simon likes to work almost as much as I do. That’s good, because there’s lots of work to go around. Most of the time, Simon sleeps on my lap as I work here at the desk. Sometimes, when I get up to do something, he’ll jump up on my chair and attempt to sleep there. [...]

What Does “LOL” Mean?

When I was writing my “Emails From Crazy People” post, I was like, “Man, my readers are totally going to love me for bringing them such uplifting humor.” I did. I really did. Well, while some people thought that emails from crazy people are funny, I got more action from writing LOL. Now, I’m not [...]

Crazy White Water River Rafting

Ever since we took our canoe rides down the Farmington River, I have been thinking about doing some serious white water river rafting. I have heard about a crazy river in West Virgina. Well, after looking through some videos, I am having second thoughts. Related posts:Jumping Rope For ExerciseVisiting Block Island – AgainNAGA New England [...]

The Rest Of The Summer

Laura and I are watching Lost over again. During the first go-round, either I missed a few episodes or she did. Neither of us had the complete picture of what happened during season 1, 2 or 3. Let’s face it…things really didn’t start getting hot until maybe season 3 or 4. Anyway, we are all [...]

Emails From Crazy People

For all my friends, this one’s for you. If you are like me, you have a number of websites or blogs that you check daily, just to see what’s going on. I have a few blogs written by friends and then a few blog/websites put together by communities. These communities are quite entertaining, let me [...]

Goodbye MozyPro And Hello Jungle Disk

I am a backup maniac. I backup and then backup the backup. Then, I seal up the backed up backup, stick it in a safe and plunge the safe in concrete. Even with all that, I will probably lose data eventually. I didn’t get like this overnight. I’ve had…let’s say…experience. You know, it’s strange – [...]

Update On Blog Feed And Read By Email

I recently decided to stop outsourcing my blog feed control as well as the “read by email” feature. It’s amazing where one finds one’s blog posts out there on the vast internet. It’s like, “Gee, I didn’t know some 90 year old guy in Singapore wrote that. I thought I did. But there are no [...]

Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut

I just wanted to write a quick something about a little gem I found yesterday called Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut. We had to go to a baptism yesterday in Millbrook, NY. We did that, ate and left. On the way back to CT, I decided that taking the scenic route up and over Rt. [...]