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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Another this and that

Becca and her boyfriend, a/k/a the Princess and the superhero, had a great time in Jamaica.  She posted lots of photos on Facebook.   They spent a lot of time sitting on the beach.

Did I mention that we refer to Jen's boyfriend as "Bar Boy"?  It's because of how and where they met.   He's got a full time job at a hospital, and he's going to school to become a nurse.  But every summer he takes a job in a bar on Fire Island, working weekends to earn a bit of extra cash.  Jen and a group of her girlfriends were in the bar one night...and the rest is history.

For those of you not from New York, Fire Island is a barrier beach along Long Island's south shore.  Robert Moses State Park occupies the west end of the island, Smith Point County Park is at the east end, and the middle is taken up by a number of summer communities -- Ocean Beach, Cherry Grove, Kismet, Fire Island Pines -- that are accessible only by ferry.

When I was in college, I spent two summers as a parks department employee, assigned to Robert Moses.  Lots of people used to park at Robert Moses Field 5 and walk down the beach to Kismet, ths avoiding the cost of the ferry ride.  I suppose they still do.

I was thinking about that time when I drove home from Jones Beach the other day.  When you leave Jones Beach and drive east on Ocean Parkway, eventually you connect with the Robert Moses Causeway, the road that give you access to Robert Moses State Park.    I spent a lot of time driving over that causeway....

That's how everything started, you know.  Drew spent many summers workng at Jones Beach, and his sister worked at Robert Moses.  A casual summer job led to the relationship that has defined my life.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New hat

I don't uually do a lot of selfies, but I wanted to show off the new hat.

Monday, March 20, 2017

A bit about Long Island

An article that explains a lot about Long Island attitudes:

21 Things That...

My favorite quote:

Talking S*** About Billy Joel
Everyone on Long Island has “that one time I met Billy Joel story.” Billy Joel made a career out of writing music that makes direct references to places on Long Island and our unique lifestyle. Most stars who grow up on the Island end up leaving and moving to wherever famous people go when they skip their hometown (cough, Howard Stern, cough), but not our Billy.

Jones Beach health walk

Guess where I was?

Better shot:  

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Yes, that's an aerial view of the famed Jones Beach,  I had my iPad with me, and my "Find My iPhone" app is set to "satellite view".  That blue dot at the  right side of the screen was my iPad, at Field 6, the easternmost parking lot in the park.  If you look towards the left side of the screen, you will see a parking lot just before the tip of the island.  That's Field 1, the westernmost lot in the park.  The boardwalk runs from Field 6 all the way to Field 1, a distance of two miles.

I know it's two miles, because The Powers That Be have marked out a health walk along the boardwalk.

You walk from Field 6, past the East Bathhouse, Central Mall, and the West Bathhouse, where you see the one mile marker:

You continue walking until you get to Field 1, where you find this sign:

Then you turn around and walk back to Field 6.

I was reluctant to go, I was concerned about the recent snowfall.  I need not have been concerned, there wasn't much snow around.  But if you're curious, this is what snow looks like on beach sand.

On a cold winter day, you're likely to see things that you might not notice during the summer -- birds (gulls, terns, geese, pigeons), ships off the coast (headed towards New York Harbor), airplanes (the beach is on the flight path to JFK).

Found a few scofflaws:

I guess gulls don't know how to read.  But they do keep watch.

The sea has penetrated into the dunes.

The view of the famed Jones Beach Water Tower from field 1, about a mile and ahalf away.

Great walk.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Political advocacy

so awhile back, I joined a political advocacy group.  We do many things -- write letters to newspapers, hold rallies, volunteer with other organizations, petition government officials.

We are lucky to live in a Congressional District represented by a Democrat, a guy who believes in political advocacy and works with our organization.

Yesterday I went to the Congressman's Town Hall.  He urged us to write those letters!

So I urge you all to do it, too.

Our voices must be heard.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fake news

Fake news and celebrity  death hoaxes are not a child of the internet. There is one I blogged about several years ago, which I am reposting today.

I wish Ringo Starr a long and happy life

but does anyone else here get the irony if Paul winds up being the last surviving Beatle?

remember the "Paul is Dead" hoax?

I remember finding out about it when I was about 10, we went to visit my parents' friends, and their son -- who was a few years older than me -- showed me a newspaper article detailing all of the "clues" that supposedly proved Paul died in 1966.  The rumor  started in 1969, some 3 years after the "death", and quickly spread.

 The clues included how Paul was portrayed on the cover of the Abbey Road album, and that John allegedly said "I buried Paul" at the end of the song "Strawberry Fields" (he actually said "cranberry sauce").  there are references to an auto accident in "A Day in the Life" that supposedly describe Paul's death as well.

He looked really animated for a man whose been dead  over 40 years when I saw him at Citi Field last July.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Music for St. Patrick's Day

I love The Irish Rovers:

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