January 02, 2013

Fastest Way To Tie a Tie

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December 09, 2010

Wedding Photos!!!

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The wedding photos are ready! Go to this website to view the slideshow:


If you want to slow it down, click on the button with the arrow pointing down, which will make another button pop up with little boxes. This will show you the thumbnails and you can browse through them at your own pace.

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December 07, 2010

George's Mousetrap

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George is setting up his new mousetrap. He has balanced our trash can on a stool to be level with the counter. He is now placing the bridge from the counter to the trash can, that has peanut butter on the end of it, to lure the mouse out onto the plank, which will then collapse from the weight and the mouse will fall into the trash can and be trapped for the rest of the night.

Outcome: no mouse in the trash can in the morning, but the bridge had fallen (or had been pushed?) in.


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August 12, 2010

Florence Griswold Museum

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June 13, 2010

Best Friends

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Shelby and Lily

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Summer is Here!

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George and Mom relaxing in the pool.

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Lady by the pond.

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Pretty barn in the afternoon.

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Aunt Barbara's Bridal Shower

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Last weekend AUnt Barbara threw me a wonderful bridal shower. It was such a beautiful day and we all had a great time!!

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Lily loved playing with Sophia,

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and Lily!

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Marnie and Chrissy

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Alison and Sophia writing and drawing the gift list.

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A monogrammed platter with our HCG, for Heather and George Chamberlain!

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We had a great day!

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May 13, 2010

Some Dusty Photos Uncovered

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April 20, 2010

Lily's Riding Lesson

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Lily is excited for her first lesson! She already looks like a natural rider!

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They started out with the horses being led. Mom is leading Lily's horse.

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About half way through the lesson Lily was on her own; look at her great form! She was trotting like a pro! I'll take some videos next lesson.

She had a great time!

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April 14, 2010

A Day at the Farm

Lily and I spent the day at Thirsty Boots Farm visiting with my mom, dad and sister. There was a lot to do!

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Lily collecting eggs

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We built an Awesome Fort!!! and had a picnic in it.

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A pair of blue birds were building a nest nearby in the trunk of the birch tree on the right; you can see a little hole near the top.

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Here is the back view of the fort.

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We went for a ride in the row boat.

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Mom joined us in her kayak with little Lucky.

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And then some riding for Lily! Here she is on Oreo.

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Oreo's closeup. Lily had such a great time riding! She starts riding lessons on Saturday!

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March 30, 2010

Spring is Here!

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November 29, 2009

Some Fall Photos

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Alison and Julie in Newport, RI

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Alison trying on hats

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Lily, Alison and Julie at the Watch Hill Beach

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Lily and Julie, Watch Hill Lighthouse

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Newport Pumpkins

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Pretty House in Essex

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Yellow and Red

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Robin near his nest

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November 24, 2009

Alison and Julie's Wall Project

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Alison and Julie signed up for a Stone Wall Building Workshop that was being held in Killingworth. They did a really great job!

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Andrew is a neighbor and friend of Julie's who has helped her with some of her stone wall projects. He was running the workshop with his friend Dan Snow, below.

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Julie and Dan Snow

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Here is the mostly finished wall. I am realizing now that I should have taken a picture of the section of wall next to this for comparison, but just imagine a tumbled down old stone wall. Great job Julie and Alison, and everyone else in the group!

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November 17, 2009

Our week on Brockway Island

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Back in October we spent a week on Brockway Island with our friends Jim and Gretchen. Brockway Island is the last privately owned island on the Connecticut River. It is located outside of Hamburg Cove, which is just north of Essex.

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It was a lot of fun commuting by boat! Here are Jim and Gretchen coming back from the mainland.

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The mornings were beautiful on the river, and we were up early enough most days to see the sun rise.

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George and Lily are up early to get the campfire going.

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An early boat disappears into the morning fog.

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The sandbar was a lot of fun to walk out on, especially for little Jeter who wouldn't stop freaking out.

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He was pretty excited!

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Alison, George and Lily are floating the afternoon away on the dock. That became an adventure, but was a great place to check out the traffic on the river.

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The Mary E out for one of her daily cruises.

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There was lots of exploring to do and lots of interesting things to find.

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George on top of a huge washed up tree trunk.

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Mom and Dad found a tree growing through a tire.

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And of course we took lots of boat rides! Here are Lily and Shelby with Jeff!

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Mom and Lily

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Lily loved swinging in the hammock.

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Sundown shadows

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When you are living on an island you have to have a party! What's cooler than an island party? Unfortunatly, it was pouring rain all day. But our guests were troopers and showed up soaking wet and slightly stunned from being pelted in the face with rain drops that felt like hail as they zoomed up the river heading into the wind. A few cocktails by the wood burning stove had them warmed up in no time...

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Ken and George

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Then the guys had to go back out in the rain to grill up some dinner... heh heh...

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The girls were still nice and cozy inside drinking the Hot Cider and rum that Pete brought...

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With all the rain, and a very high tide, we woke up to a flooded island.

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Not to worry; we had plenty of wood for the stove.

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It was sad to see the sunset on our short week on the island.
But we'll be back next year!

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We had a blast!

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October 25, 2009

Lily on the monkey bars

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October 24, 2009

Indian Pipes in the woods

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October 20, 2009

Dad's Birthday Dinner

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Dad's Birthday Dinner at the Brushmill in Chester

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August 29, 2009

The Rest of Camping

Our week of camping flew by! A week isn't long enough. Every day was the most fun, and I'm already looking forward to next year.

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The weather was perfect all week, and the beach was in prime condition for sunning and swimming.

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Tina and Lily

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Donna launching Robyn

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Lily's Lift Off

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Jamie, Robyn and Hanna

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Mia, Robyn and Hanna

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Robyn and Hanna

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Aiden, Donna and Jamie

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Noah had a cut on his foot that he had to keep dry, but he still maintains his cool beach look with his hip scooter and new hat.

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What are Lily and Hanna giggling at?

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Mia's taking the waves head on!

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Ways to beat the heat: George, Tina and Donna sitting in the shade

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Margarita's with George and Edy! Cheers! And the fan is a nice touch too.

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You can get out of the sun with a game of Pokemon, but you can't beat the heat- tough competition!

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Jaime and Aiden

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Aiden playing hana fuda.

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The evenings were nice for fishing, until the mosquitos attacked!

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With sunset comes the campfire; time to relax.

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Could you get more relaxed than that?

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He's loving that!

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Hee hee! And so am I!! For only $3.50 Jaime rubs your back, feet and head, and for 50 cents more she'll do your hands too. What a deal!!

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Bed time in the girls' tent.

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Up early and it's foggy! Noah, Hanna, Robyn and Lily

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Going to check how Yami's fishing is going.

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Hanna and Noah on a foggy rock.

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Lily, Hanna, Robyn and Noah

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Mia is also very good at climbing rocks; and she likes the big ones!

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Ripsticking has come a long way since last year; Robyn and Donna have mastered it. This is Robyn and Lily ripsticking in their pajamas.

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Robyn turning



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Another sunset

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You may be wondering how we keep the kids going all day long...

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Ice Cream

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Hot Dogs

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First Aid (and helmets)

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Lily after a cupcake.

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Hanna after a cupcake

Robyn after a cupcake

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Noah after a cupcake.

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Aiden while he's just frosting cupcakes!

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And how do the adults keep going?

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Dunkin' Donuts Turbos!!!!

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Donna has become an expert ripsticker- anything to do with those large turbos?

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George and Edy at the Pizza Pub on the last night of camping.

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George, Tina and Donna

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Tina and Yami

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Kevin and Donna

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On Sunday we went boating with George and Edy through Seldens Creek.

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What a nice way to end the weekend!

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Lily would like to do it all over again... especially because she has to go back to school this week.

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August 16, 2009

Hammonasset Camping!

It's that time of year again! Hooray! We've all been anxiously awaiting the arrival of George's family for a nice long week of camping at Hammonasset! Early to bed on Satuday after such a long drive, gave everyone lots of energy on Sunday for FUN FUN FUN!

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Lily and her cousin Robin

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Twins Aiden and Mia eating fruit... from Canada.

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Crab hunting in the muddy creek

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Aiden stuck in the mud; everyone got stuck at one point.

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Aiden got un-stuck, but not his shoes. Those are only socks under all that mud.

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Splashing was very effective to wash off the mud.

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Mia was the best splasher.

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Hannah going for a blue crab.

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Aiden and one of his crabs.

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Noah with his crab.

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Lily and Mia

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Heading to the channel, where there is less mud.

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Jaime and Mia

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Aiden humming to a snail to make it come out of his shell.

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The group chanting "Om" to their snails. Donna says "It sounds like a yoga class..."

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George is happy to be with his family.

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July 19, 2009


It is sad that half the summer went by while I was without a camera. It is happy that I HAVE A NEW CAMERA and it is awesome. So I will try to make up for the total lack of updates on my blog so far this summer, with lots of updates and awesome photos from now on, starting now!

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We've been boating a lot, and it is the most fun! There is so much to see when you get out on the river and in the little creeks. This is George imitating the take off of a heron. Compare below:

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Captain Heather

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Everyone is getting in on the boating this summer!

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This plane is getting ready to take off, after coming in for a very smooth landing right in front of Gillette's Castle.

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This is the Mary E, which is now docked in front of the CT River Museum, taking the place of the River Quest.

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We've also been out in the bus cruising. Some people go to the beach... we go to cemeteries.

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McCurdy Stone on McCurdy Road in Old Lyme, CT

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As great of a guy as he is described, there is no relation between this McCurdy and we McCurdy's.

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Hmmm... where did this guy run off to?

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More Boating!!!

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Whalebone Creek with Jeff and Joanne

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Julie swimming in Hamburg Cove

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See you soon!!!

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June 04, 2009

Joe Cocker Concert

Jim Stone took us to see Joe Cocker at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury. It was an awesome concert!!!

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June 02, 2009

The First Cookout of the Season

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Joey the Bijon, Jim, Bruce, Ron, Bunny Ears Keith, Bob, George, Julia, Heather, Pete, and Alison

This was sometime at the beginning of May. Yes, I'm very behind with my posts. I need to buy a new camera, because my Cannon Elph has broken. I was unable to take any photos of George's birthday and Scott's visit, but Scott took great photos with his awesome camera and as soon as I get them off our broken computer onto our new computer, I will be able to post those as well. And then as soon as I buy a new camera I will be posting away!

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April 15, 2009

Sunday Afternoon with Alison

George and I went to Watch Hill to see Alison on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
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We always have the best fun with Alison!

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January 10, 2009

Great Song and Cute Video with Curious George

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December 10, 2008

Good Bye George!

George is leaving for Florida today! Safe travels and we're all jealous. See you soon!

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Neat Food!

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December 04, 2008

Fun Video

Visit www.wherethehellismatt.com for more info. YouTube has more videos of him, including his outtakes which are very funny.

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December 03, 2008

Missing Summer!

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November 04, 2008

Election Day! I voted!

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October 21, 2008

Palin as President Preview

Please visit this webiste. Use the mouse to explore Palin's oval office. Clicking on different things will yield a result; you can click on some of the things more than once for different results (like the door, the globe). Try to find where she is hiding her rifle. Enjoy!

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October 18, 2008

Exploring some cliffs on the river near Gillette's Castle

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Big Nest on a Ridge

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Nice View of Essex

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October 03, 2008

Uncle Cameron Thompson

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Cameron Acheson Thompson, April 15, 1952- September 25, 2008

Please visit www.kathymccurdy.com for additional photos and some words of remembrance from his sister.

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September 12, 2008

The Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC

Joanne and Jeff went on a trip to Victoria, BC. Here are some of their awesome photos.
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September 11, 2008

Neat Chameleon

Photographer Unknown
Want to learn more about this cool animal? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chameleon

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September 02, 2008

Stone Walls






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August 27, 2008

Silver Lake, Vermont

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This past weekend Alison took me up to Vermont to meet her cousin Nikki and her husband Jay for a weekend of camping.

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Their good friend Rich joined us;

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And Scott and Jaime, and their dogs Moose and Niko, who are Nikki and Jay's neighbors.

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We camped on Silver Lake near Goshen, VT.

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Look out point overlooking Lake Dunmore

In the 1880's, Frank Chandler, missionary and owner of Silver Lake, built a road from Goshen to the lake through Leicester Hollow and erected a beautiful 50-60 room hotel/seminary at this site. Until it was abandoned in 1919, the hotel- with its motto of "Godliness, Holiness and Cleanliness"- offered respite and religious instruction. The hotel burned to the ground aound 1940. (From the information bulletin, Moosalamoo Association, www.moosalamoo.org)

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This is a view of our campsite from the lake and our beach where we spent the day.

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View to the lake from the campsite

Silver Lake

Native American History around Silver Lake

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The canoe provided great fun!

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Nikki, Jay and Alison off for a paddle.

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We lounged by the beautiful lake all day.

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Refreshing Margaritas...

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Night canoeing

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Alison and Moose

Jelly Antler Fungus

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Campsite in the morning

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Cooking breakfast

Also breakfast, due to necessity. We had to get rid of as much weight as possible so we wouldn't have to carry it out. It had to be finished.

Pretty field

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August 20, 2008

Camping with George's Family at Hammonassett

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Group Campsite

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Around the campfire

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Fun at the beach

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Hana toasting a marshmellow

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Lily, Noah and Aiden

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Mermaid Noah

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Kevin, Mia and Robyn playing washers

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Robyn and Lily in the bus

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Robyn as an octopus

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Aiden catching jelly fish

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Donna giving scooter rides

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August 11, 2008

A Day at the Shooting Range

Julie and Melissa invited me to go along with them to the New Haven Sportsman's Club for some shooting. Our friend Wolfgang has been a member there for about 3 years; this was our first time but I think you'll agree that we all look like naturals.

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First was this gun, which shot 22 calibur bullets.

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Julie shooting a revolver. I knew I wanted to try that next.

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Loading it...

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Then I saw the 45 automatic and headed straight for that. That made a pretty big noise.

This gun shot 223 caliber bullets, and made the biggest bang. It was the most fun to shoot out of all the ones we tried at the 50 yard range. Then we we taken to the 100 yard range to try...

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The Semi Automatic AR 15. This is the civilian version of the gun the US Military uses. It is awesome. As you will see in this video:

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August 10, 2008

Our New Boat: Feather

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This is our new Boston Whaler Super Sport. It is the most fun!

Mom and Dad came out on Saturday;


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And an evening cruise through Seldon's with Alison was the best way to end the day.

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July 29, 2008

Random Shots from the Past week

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Spiderweb in the morning

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Swans in North Cove

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Sisson Family Cemetery in the woods

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The Cemetery Wall

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July 23, 2008

Fun on the Beach

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Lily and Shelby's sand art

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Heath's Sand Sculpture

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Sand pants- patent pending...

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July 21, 2008

How cute is this?!

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July 16, 2008

Lesson of the Week

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July 14, 2008

Is this REAL?!

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July 02, 2008

Trapper Nelson's Homestead from the air

This is what Trapper Nelson's homestead looks like. I was bored today, so I've been exploring the world on Google Maps. Zoom in and out to see how far up the Loxahatchee he was.

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The white buildings near the center of the clearing are his cabin and his guest cabin. The group in the bottom left are his animal cages for his "petting" zoo. And the gray roof at the end of the little road was the picnic table area where he shot himself. Too much detail? More photos are in the blog post from our first trip in Florida, titled "Trapper Nelson's homestead".

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June 23, 2008

Patrick and Chrissy's Wedding

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The bride and groom

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Patrick and the bridesmaids

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Chrissy and the groomsmen

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The McCurdy Family

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Mom, Dad and Julia

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George and Heath

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Dad and Heath

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Mom and Heath

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Pat and Chrissy

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June 16, 2008

Science Experiment

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With this tube, we will be creating a Diet Coke Geyser.

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Prepping the mentos...

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Get ready!

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Whoosh! Next time we will change a few of the conditions to see if we can get a higher geyser. This one was ok, but didn't have as much force as we expected.

Check out this video for some amazing domino geysers:

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Mom's buddy Dandy

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A few Boston shots

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Cemetery on the Boston Common

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King's Chapel

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Town Hall; The Boston Massacre occured outside of this building. You can see the building in the illustration below.


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June 12, 2008

Check these out!

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Guido Daniele's amazing Hand Painting Art. Guido Daniele was born in Soverato (CZ - Italy) and now lives and works in Milan. Since 1964 until 1968 he attended Brera artistic High School and he graduated from Brera School of Arts (major in sculpturing) in 1972. In 1972 he started working as hyper-realistic illustrator, in co-operation with major editing and advertising companies, using and testing different painting techniques. In 1990 he added a new artistic experience to his previous ones: using the "body painting" technique he creates and paints models bodies for different situations such as advertising pictures and commercials, fashion events and exhibitions.
Official Home Page: guidodaniele.com

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June 09, 2008

Weekend Shots

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Lily and I found this great spot for a picnic lunch on Saturday.

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The best view in town!

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Looking at the Essex River Museum

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Looking towards Nott's Island

Then we were off to Mike Feeny's Burn Party, where activities included expert Scavenger Hunts with varying degrees of difficulty, sprinklers to cool off with, badmitton, bocce, eating the most amazing keilbasa dogs and hot dogs, and of course FIRE!

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New Friends, Brandy Lynn and Lily

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Good friends, Lily and Julie

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Mike Feeny's tree

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This is my fire: enthusiastically created and maintained by yours truly.

And finished off on Sunday with a GREAT paddle with Alison on the river from Essex to Deep River!
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This was the best paddle of the season.

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I wish I could do this every day!

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June 04, 2008


George is off for a paddle!


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Summer is the best!

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"Dan" by Lily

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This is our friend Dan, whose parents are Ken and Sue. Lily took these photos during our last cookout, and I think they are GREAT photos!!

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May 18, 2008

Heath on the porch

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I love the weekends.

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Tag Sale Score

A tag sale yielded these two coloring books from 1943:
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Playtime has begun kids!

They include some basic facts about a variety of weapons,

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and different types of tanks and vehicles.

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Do you play football? Then you're qualified! Sign up today!

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There are other ways to have fun at war:

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You can ride in a jeep that goes 60 miles an hour.

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These men are definetly having fun.

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These books also tell you how women can participate.

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They can do minor tasks as nurse's aides.

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Or stay trim and wear a cute uniform!

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Or, if you have a pair of red heels, you can pump gas.

Your pet can also get involved. Doesn't every pet owner want their pet to sit on burning garbage?

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Awww... this isn't a fun picture to color. Boo.

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Back to the fun!

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May 17, 2008

Some spring photos

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Daffodils at Thirsty Boots Farm


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Looking up through layers of branches


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May 03, 2008

Underwater Astonishments by David Gallo

This is an amazing video! You'll love it!

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May 02, 2008

I love the whole world. I love this song.

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Here is a photo of the cupcakes I made for the last VW get together. They were a big hit!
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Photo by Jim Rolston; thanks for the photo!!!

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May 01, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar."
--Drew Carey

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April 29, 2008

Bridal Shower at Winged Foot

The wedding is less than 2 months away, and the celebratons continue!

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Pat and Chrissy

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Julia, Heather and Chrissy


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Dad and Heath

Dad, Sue, Fj, Uncle Joe

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Uncle Cameron, Heath and Mom

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Pat and Will

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Julia and Heath

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Chrissy and Aunt Barbara

Pat and a new Cuisinart

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April 24, 2008

White Siamese Racing Pigeon

On Wednesday, this little visitor arrived on the deck at work.
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We didn't know if she was injured, but she looked very tired. So I brought her some bird seed and water.

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When I put the food down she came walking right towards me, and only stopped about a foot away. She gobbled up the seed and drank a lot of water!

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She was very hungry, but didn't appear to be hurt in any way. From some online research it was discovered that she was a White Siamese Racing Pigeon. A look at her tag told us she was from Triverton, RI.

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So she decided to hang out for awhile...

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A man that used to work here who currently owns and breeds pigeons stopped by to take a look. He said that she had lost a lot of weight and looked "stunned". He gave her some special pigeon food, which she really liked, and brought her home to take care of her and make her healthy again. So she is doing well and in good hands, and may soon be reuntied with her owner.

For me... it was a nice little distraction for the day.

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April 20, 2008

In Bloom

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April 12, 2008

George's New Crew Member

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Seagulls on the dock

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Buds of Spring

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Lilac Buds

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Lilac in color

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Lily's Fort

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Lily built a great fort today!

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Here she is looking through her "TV Hole".

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There is even room for a visitor!

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April 10, 2008


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April 09, 2008


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April 03, 2008

Heath and Dad

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March 13, 2008

Blast from the past

Look what I found:

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A JC Penney catalog from 1977. It's not often blog fodder just falls in my lap, but this is two solid inches of it! I thumbed through it quickly and found my next dining room set, which is apparently made by adding upholstery to old barrels:

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Also, I am totally getting this for my bathroom:

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There's plenty more home furnishings where those came from, however I'm not going to bore you with that. Instead, I'm going to bore you with something else. The clothes.

The clothes are fantastic.

Here's how to get beat up in elementary school:

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Just look at that belt. It's like a boob-job for your pants. He probably needed help just to lift it into place. The belt loops have to be three inches long.

Here's how to get beat up in high school:

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This kid looks like he's pretending to be David Soul, who is pretending to be a cop who is pretending to be a pimp that everyone knows is really an undercover cop. Who is pretending to be 15.

Here's how to get beat up on the golf course:

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This 'all purpose jumpsuit' is, according to the description, equally appropriate for playing golf or simply relaxing around the house. Personally, I can't see wearing this unless you happen to be relaxing around your cell in D-block. Even then, the only reason you should put this thing on is because the warden made you, and as a one-piece, it's slightly more effective as a deterrent against... you know.

Here's how to get beat up pretty much anywhere:

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Here's how to get beat up at the beach:

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He looks like he's reaching for a gun, but it's probably just a bottle of suntan lotion in a holster.

How to get beat up in a meeting:

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If you wear this suit and don't sell used cars for a living, I believe you can be fined and face serious repercussions, up to and including termination. Or imprisonment, in which case you'd be forced to wear that orange jumpsuit.

How to get beat up on every day up to and including St. Patrick's Day:

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Dear God in Heaven, I don't believe that color exists in nature. There is NO excuse for wearing either of these ensembles unless you're working as a body guard for the Lucky Charms leprechaun.

In this next one, Your Search For VALUE Ends at Penneys.

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As does your search for chest hair.

And this -- Seriously. No words.

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Oh wait, it turns out that there are words after all. Those words are What. The. Heck. I'm guessing the snap front gives you quick access to the chest hair. The little tie must be the pull tab.

Also, judging by the sheer amount of matching his/hers outfits, I'm guessing that in 1977 it was considered pretty stylish for couples to dress alike. These couples look happy, don't they?
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I am especially fond of this one, which I have entitled 'Cowboy Chachi Loves You Best.'

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And nothing showcases your everlasting love more than the commitment of matching bathing suits.
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Then you can relax in your one-piece matching terry cloth jumpsuits:
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I could go on, but I'm tired, and my eyes hurt from this trip back in time. I think it's the colors. That said, I will leave you with these tasteful little numbers:
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Very nice.

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March 07, 2008

George is HOME!!!

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Welcome Home George!

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January 15, 2008

Bizarro Letter

We received this letter at the office. The post mark was from Long Beach, CA. Pretty Crazy!

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January 14, 2008

Walk with Lily

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Some hangman fun.... hee hee!

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On our way home...

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Fondue Party

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The Fondue Tablescape

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New Tablecloth, argggg!

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Alison and Julie

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Dave and Keith

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January 07, 2008


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January 02, 2008

Some photos for George.... miss CT yet?

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Ahh... the Seal

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The River Museum

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Up River

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Down River

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Two Tugs for George

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The Rock in the park that is fun to climb.

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December 21, 2007

Wish it was summer... or I was in Florida.

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At least there are still awesome sunsets up here!

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And pretty mornings too...

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December 17, 2007

Goodbye George!

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George is on his way to Florida! He and the van will be dropped off in sunny, warm Orlando in about... 20 hours from now (noon on Monday.) Feel free to email him all of those nice thoughts that are going through your head right now.

Have FUN George! And Safe Travels!

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December 16, 2007


George is the best! His Christmas gift to me was a beautiful blue fondue pot. Which we of course put to use immediately!
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Our feast of chicken, pork, steak, veal, shrimp, scallops, mushroom, onion, and garliic. And of course Teriyaki, Hoisin, Yakitori, Honey Mustard, and Cocktail Sauces.

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Oh Boy, what fun we had.

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November 26, 2007

Lighting of the Boats Parade, Essex CT

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On Sunday night was the annual Lighting of the Boats Parade in Essex.
There were quite a few boats participating, however the video below shows one of the best.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Project

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We now have a new view from our bathroom!

I drew this free hand with pencils and my foam block to make a straight line. Then I filled in the color with craypas crayons that Julie gave me awhile ago for Christmas. I wasn't planning on this much progress; it was just supposed to be a sketch. If I expected to do so much I would have primed the wall. Too late now!

There is a sailboat heading for the sea, one out on the horizon, and one anchored in front of the beach. There is a kayaker over on the left shore, and some houses dotting the right hillside, one on top with a great view of the ocean. George has asked me to add a fisherman so he can picture himself there. (Not that he won't be fishing in paradise soon enough...) So you can look at the view and picture yourself in any number of awesome places. Oh, I also drew in a little bar on the beach, for Happy Hour.

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November 14, 2007

Bored at Work

This morning I changed the language options on the office coffee machine to Dutch. It is only 9:19am and it has already paid off with a good chuckle.

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November 08, 2007

Weekend Scoot

Off for a scoot on a beautiful fall day!



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Amazing view from Jeff's deck, with St. Joseph's steeple peeking over the tree tops.

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View of Gillette's Castle from Deep River

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Off for more adventure!

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November 05, 2007

Fall Ferry Ride

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George is heading across the river to mow, so I tagged along with my kayak to be dropped off on the other side.

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Gillette's Castle

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Beautiful day for a paddle!

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On the river

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2 VW's hanging out on a cliff, Whalebone Creek

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Selden's Creek


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October 25, 2007


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September 26, 2007

George and Edy Come for a Visit!

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Lily with her grandparents, Edy and George

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Playing Connex

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Ta Daaa!!

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Fun Time

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George's Fun Time: his nap

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Edy and her apprentice

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Lily and Bunny with matching sweaters. Please also note Lily's many missing teeth, of which she is very proud.

Lily's Photos:

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Grandma and Dad in the office


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Photos on the fridge

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Stocked fridge on lobster night. Mmmmm.....

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September 12, 2007

Labor Day Weekend Camping

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Lily and Shelby in the hammock

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Some adjusting...

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Jeff and Ken

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This is Jack the turtle, who Lily and Shelby found.

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August 14, 2007

Biggest Moth Ever

This moth is hanging out on the balcony outside our conference room. It is huge!!

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My friend Geff at work checked with a friend of his who knows about moths:

You’re right, it IS the biggest moth ever… at least in North America. My friend says it’s a type of Cecropia, or silkworm, moth.


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August 07, 2007

Congratulations Pat and Chrissy!!

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Congratulations on your engagement!!

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You are both so great!


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July 18, 2007

Selden's Cruise a few weeks back

My Idaho photos are coming!! In the meantime please enjoy these:

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Jeff, George and Abby

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I like the shadow in this one.


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George enjoying a cigar.

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Look who's driving!

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George and Abby

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Matt and Crew


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July 05, 2007

Whalebone Creek

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We're headed to Whalebone Creek!

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Nice Rod George! Let's see what you can catch with that!

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Nice Fish!




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Bird Spectator

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June 15, 2007

George's Birthday, May 21

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The boys, from the right: John, Bob, Carl, and George

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June 08, 2007

Broken Computer

I do apologize for the interuption in regular postings. Our computer broke. We won't get into who's fault it was.... as we still disagrgee on this issue.

Please accept my apologies! We bought a new computer but it was crappy and didn't work. Grr..... And the folks at Best Buy are very unhelpful. I don't recommend shopping there.... ever.

So, here are some postings that I owe you and will have up as soon as possible!

1. George's Birthday
2. Day on the River with Lily, Jeff, and Shelby
3. King Crab Legs at Bob's house

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Play Time with Emily and Heather

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April 29, 2007

Camp Hazen Family Fun Day!

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Get Ready for some Rock Climbing!

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Heath coming down

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Jeff made it to the top!

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George was having fun too!

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Canoe Ride

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And of course a bouncy slide...

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Hooray for the Weekend!

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April 23, 2007

Ancient Rainforest Revealed in Illinois Coal Mine

One of the fossils coating the mine's ceiling was a pteridosperm, an extinct seed-producing fern-like plant. Credit: Howard Falcon-Lang

Jeanna Bryner
LiveScience Staff
Mon Apr 23, 12:25 PM ET

Scientists exploring a mine have uncovered a natural Sistine chapel showing not religious paintings, but incredibly well preserved images of sprawling tree trunks and fallen leaves that once breathed life into an ancient rainforest.

Replete with a diverse mix of extinct plants, the 300-million-year-old fossilized forest is revealing clues about the ecology of Earth’s first rainforests . The discovery and details of the forest are published in the May issue of the journal Geology.

“We’re looking at one instance in time over a large area. It’s literally a snapshot in time of a multiple square mile area,” said study team member Scott Elrick of the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS).

Forest find

Over millions of years as sediments and plant material pile up, layer upon layer, the resulting bands become time indicators with the newest, youngest layer on the top and the oldest layer at the bottom. Typically geologists peel away a vertical slice of rocky material to look at material, including fossils, over a period of time.

A coal mine offers a unique view of the past. Instead of a time sequence, illuminated in the layer upon layer of sediments, the roof of an underground mine reveals a large area within one of those sediment layers, or time periods.

Miners in Illinois are used to seeing a few plant fossils strewn along a mine’s ceiling, but as they burrowed farther into this one, the sheer density and area covered by such fossils struck them as phenomenal, Elrick said.

That’s when they called paleobotanist Howard Falcon-Lang from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and William DiMichele, a curator of fossil plants at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

"It was an amazing experience. We drove down the mine in an armored vehicle, until we were a hundred meters below the surface,” Falcon-Lang said. “The fossil forest was rooted on top of the coal seam, so where the coal had been mined away the fossilized forest was visible in the ceiling of the mine.”

Forest snapshot

Here’s what the miners and other scientists saw underground: Relatively narrow passageways wind through the “cave,” marked off with stout 100-foot-wide pillars to ensure the roof doesn’t collapse.

“It’s like in some bizarre Roman temple with tons of Corinthian pillars that are 100 feet across and only six feet tall,” Elrick told LiveScience. “As you’re walking down these passageways you see these pillars of coal on either side of you and above you—imagine an artist’s canvas painted a flat grey and that is sort of what the grey shale above the coal looks like.”

The largest ever found, the fossil forest covers an area of about 40 square miles, or nearly the size of San Francisco. This ancient assemblage of flora is thought to be one of the first rainforests on Earth, emerging during the Upper Carboniferous, or Pennsylvanian, time period that extended from about 310 million to 290 million years ago.

A reconstruction of the ancient forest showed that like today’s rainforests, it had a layered structure with a mix of plants now extinct: Abundant club mosses stood more than 130-feet high, towering over a sub-canopy of tree ferns and an assortment of shrubs and tree-sized horsetails that looked like giant asparagus.

Flash freeze

The scientists think a major earthquake about 300 million years ago caused the region to drop below sea level where it was buried in mud. They estimate that within a period of months the forest was buried, preserving it “forever.”

“Some of these tree stumps have been covered geologically speaking in a flash,” Elrick said.

Because the spatial layout of the forest has been maintained, the scientists can learn about entire plant communities, not just individual plants.

"This spectacular discovery allows us to track how the species make-up of the forest changed across the landscape, and how that species make-up is affected by subtle differences in the local environment," Falcon-Lang said.

The fossil forest extends along the ceiling of two adjacent mines, the Riola mine and the Vermillion Grove mine, which are located in Vermillion County, just south of Danville, Ill.

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April 21, 2007

More mower...

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Spring is Here!!

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Mom and Sweetie, the barn cat

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Rooset for Sale! If anyone would like this rooster please let me know!

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George's New Mower!

Introducing! The Bob Cat Predator Pro:

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George is happy!

Heated Seats, back massage...

It even has a cupholder!

and I was just joking about the heated seats and back massage.

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April 16, 2007

The Flood

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March 31, 2007

Coming Soon....

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I'm finally updating the blog and I thought I would give you something to look forward to.

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March 18, 2007

Lily's New Pet

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This is Spike! He is staying with us for a week. He eats crickets and likes to climb.

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Snow Day!

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Lily's Fort

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Time for some sliding....

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This looks like a good hill for a slide...

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with a twist thrown in. Difficulty 2.1.

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And off for a walk!

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December 22, 2006


Hello Everybody! Due to George being in Florida with the computer, and the chip for my camera (yeah, that was smart) my blog will be taking a brief hiatus.

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December 10, 2006

Stromboli Night at Jeff's

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How one becomes a horse...


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Camping in December

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Morning Group

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December 01, 2006


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Happy happy happy Birthday!!!! Happy Birthday to yyooooouuuuuuu!!!

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November 21, 2006

Ode to Summer

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Early Turkey

George had a craving for turkey, so we made one on a Sunday. It was delicious!

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Dave and Julie joined us for the 18 pound feast,

George was happy.


but save room for Julie's desserts!

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November 20, 2006

Gillette's Castle

William Gillette was best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage, he also wrote, produced and performed a play entitled Sherlock Holmes (adapted from a version originally written by Conan Doyle). The play was praised by contemporary critics and audiences alike. Through his association with this play, he broadly amassed fans all around the world.

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Leading to the castle

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In 1912, while sailing the Connecticut river, Gillette spotted a hill, part of the Seven Sisters, over a ferry's pier in Hadlyme.

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View from the river!

He docked, disembarked and climbed up. He was so amazed by the view that he purchased 115 acres of land, the next month. He decided to build up a castle at this location based on the Norman fortress Robert the Devil.

Julie and the view of the river

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The material for the castle was carried up by an aerial-trolley designed by him. The castle's walls tapered from 5 feet thick at the base to 3 feet at the upper levels.

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The castle possessed 24 rooms and 47 doors, with puzzled hand-carved locks, which were also devised by Gillette. The main salon measured 30 by 50 feet and was 19 feet in height, featuring a complex mirrored system of surveillance that ended in his bedroom. He explained this as a means "to make great entrances in the opportune moment".

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The mansion was finished in 1919, at a cost of 1 million US dollars. Gillette called it Seven Sisters.

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Grand Central Station- Its small train was his personal pride. The train's layout was 3 miles long, and it travelled all around the property. Gillette also enjoyed strolls on his property in company of his guests, Albert Einstein among them.

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And on to our hike...

and rock hunt.

The train tunnel

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Have you heard of letterboxing? It's FUN!!!

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November 11, 2006

George in a skirt

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November 10, 2006

a few photos

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Julie and Lily

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Halloween Night Ride

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Loretta and Jesse

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A few weeks ago it rained and rained and rained. This is the Essex town dock underwater at high tide.

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November 05, 2006

Happy Birthday Mom!

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Kay Aurin and Mom

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Dave and Julie

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Pat, Chrissy and Bob Cashman

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Kay and Dad

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Everyone likes a Tiffany's box!

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From Dad

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Earrings from Kay

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Outside for fireworks!

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Pat, Chrissy and Mom

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October 15, 2006


A new blogger has entered the arena! Now that all the women in our family are blogging, you really have no excuse to not be keeping up with the exciting goings-on in our family. Ha ha!

Mom's blog can be found at www.kathymccurdy.com or www.thirstybootsfarm.com.

Julie's blog is www.juliamccurdy.com.

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October 14, 2006

recovery status: happy to be pretty again

After a few days and a shave George is looking much better! One can hardly tell it was broken; at least that's what we're telling George.

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October 11, 2006

George had an accident

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This is the email I received from George: "I took a tree limb in the head and broke my nose today just got back from emergency and they said they wouldnt straighten it. That i should got to a nose and throat specialist so I tried to do it myself I think it came out ok. wow what a day so far. How is yours going. See ya for lunch"

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Poor George!

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October 07, 2006

Our New Buddy

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This spider is currently residing right next to our front door. And it is quite large.

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It's a Garden Spider.

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September 26, 2006

Dad's Birthday

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Happy Birthday Dad!

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Dave, Dad and Mom

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Pat, Chrissy and Julia

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George and Heather

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Heather and the wall of fame

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The Birthday Boy!


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Mom and Julia

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Pat and Chrissy

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Happy Birthday Dad!

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Good Times

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Going camping

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Tom and Ken

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The Fire Pit the Guys Built

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Rainy Breakfast

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Ellen and Ruby

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Loretta and Glacken

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Jeff and Alison

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Dave and Julia

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Julia and Heather

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The spread

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and peaches.

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See ya!

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September 05, 2006

Added Convenience for the Camper/Traveler

With camping coming up this weekend, and George's annual trip to Florida in mind as well, this product just had to be featured on my blog.

The Bumper Dumper!

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Available with a bag...

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Or a bucket!

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The photos from August (that took me a month to post)have already been cleared off the main page. If you missed them, click on the August link to the right. I will try to keep up with my blog, post more regularly and as soon as possible after the highlighted event. I have received many hints. wink wink

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August 26, 2006

Cookout 8.19

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Julie and Lily

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Shelby learned to ride a two-wheeler today!

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George, Julie and Grace


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Cookout on Jeff's Deck 8.12.06

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Getting ready for a canoe ride.

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Getting on

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Getting settled

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And they're off!

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Ellen, Loretta and the shopping cart

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Cookout and Swimming

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What a 6 year old sees at a Farmer's Market

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Lily is at the Farmer's Market at Aslawn Farms today and she's in charge of the camera.

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Morning At Mom's House

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Picking flowers

George and Lily


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Mom's Party


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The Wall

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August 03, 2006

Water bridge...over a river!

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This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration. It took 6 years and 500 million Euros to build, and is 918 meters long.

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July 25, 2006

Weird Statues

Check out this funny link to see some absolutely bizarre statues around the world.


Here are a few of my favorites:

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Bizarre Boobs

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July 24, 2006


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This is Tippy. He was 17.5 years old when he died last year. Or no, 2 years ago. For a 25 year old, spending 17 years with a pet was really special. He was my best bud, my little prince. I miss him. I still have dreams about him though, and that is nice.

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July 16, 2006

Saturday night cookout

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All set up

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Hope and Grace

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Kids having fun

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Loretta going up,

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and down.

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Brian and Patty

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Sean and Jeff

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George and Hope

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Thank you Jesse!

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Girls in the bus

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Want to go for a paddle Ben?

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Off they go...

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More pie George?

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Duck Duck Goose

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Bloody Knuckles

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Sid and the spread

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Returning from their paddle.

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Sleepy Ben

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See you next time!

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Heath's new toy!

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Outside of Centerbrook Architects

First Paddle with Julie

This Rocks!

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George at Home

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Cook Out July 3rd

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Dave and George

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Jeff with multiple beverages.

Dirk and his ladies, Connie and Grissell

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June 14, 2006

Jeff's New Deck

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Perfect for gymnastics!

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The steeple belongs to St. Joseph's Church in Chester.

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Baby Chickens, wait make that chick.

Mom had 3 baby chickens.

Now there is only one because the dog ate the other two.

Stupid Tucker.

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May 08, 2006

EBC and Friends! 5/6/06

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Another beautiful day at the boat club.

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Isn't Jeff the coolest?

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There goes the sun...

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Unless you have a pair of orange sunglasses.

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Brian and Ben

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Matt, Ali and Sid

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Guys playing sports.

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Kids playing sports!

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Grace at bat.

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Just stopping by!

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Hope and Ben

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Jeff and George early

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Kids love the bus!

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Dirk and Grissell... and Dan

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Jeff and George late

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April 19, 2006

Happy Easter!!

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We are all outside today playing boules. It's just lovely!

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Julie pitching? throwing? tossing? what do you call it?

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hmmmmm....who's closer?

Patrick is the Official Measurer today.

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Bros playing boules

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Looks like a magazine ad "Boules... the tall man's game."

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And together now!

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or Pat. Who has the better form?

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Snacks!! Hi Chrissy!

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Marina and Uncle Jonathan

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Julie's Kayak

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Dad and Julie

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Pat and Chrissy outside...

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Pat and Chrissy inside. Perfectly coordinated, no matter what the environment!

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Mom Cooking

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Delicious Treats!


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Hope everyone had a great day and good things to eat!

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March 09, 2006

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

My great friend Mary is participating in a 2 day 39 mile journey to help raise money for and support breast cancer research. To contribute your support go to Mary's personal page listed below. Also, visit http://www.avonwalk.org for more information on this event.

The money raised helps fund medical research, clinical care, support services, educational and advocacy seminars, and community-based, non-profit early detection breast health programs. It's so easy!

Mary's Personal Page: http://info.avonfoundation.org/site/TR?px=2285073&pg=personal&fr_id=1160&et=sY-JqWXM4RqOcKu_ulMaAg..&s_tafId=55168

Here is how she has been preparing for her walk:

Greetings! I can't believe that the Avon Breast Cancer Walk is only 72 days away! I've been walking to and from work as much as possible and occasionally during lunch (2-3 hours a day). Recently, I've started Bikram Yoga (hot, hot yoga), hoping it will help me survive the 39 mile journey in mid-May. For those of you who enjoy yoga, you should check out Bikram - it's intense.

BIKRAM YOGA was developed by Bikram Choudhury, who claims that his method is the only true hatha yoga practiced in the West. Bikram has designed a sequence of 26 asana yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises that are performed in a heated room. The postures are vigorous and demand a lot from the students. The heated room, typically set around 95 - 105 degrees fahrenheit (35 - 40 degrees celsius) makes muscles more pliant and encourages sweating which acts as a purifier.

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March 06, 2006

Boo Hoo!!

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December 21, 2005


check out this great photographer


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color trick


Follow the movement of the rotating pink dot for a few seconds. Then concentrate on the black + in the center.

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December 15, 2005

Anti-teenager sound weapon

In November the New York Times profiled an invention that emits a high-frequency sound designed to annoy people younger than 20. Apparently, people older than 30 can't hear it. Howard Stapleton of Barry, Wales invented the device, called the Mosquito, to drive away teenagers loitering around storefronts. From the NYT:

A trip to Spar here in Barry confirmed the strange truth of the phenomenon. The Mosquito is positioned just outside the door. Although this reporter could not hear anything, being too old, several young people attested to the fact that yes, there was a noise, and yes, it was extremely annoying.

"It's loud and squeaky and it just goes through you," said Jodie Evans, 15, who was shopping at the store even though she was supposed to be in school. "It gets inside you..."

Stapleton, a security consultant whose experience in installing store alarms and the like alerted him to the gravity of the loitering problem, studied other teenage-repellents as part of his research. Some shops, for example, use "zit lamps," which drive teenagers away by casting a blue light onto their spotty skin, accentuating any whiteheads and other blemishes.

Using his children as guinea pigs, he tried a number of different noise and frequency levels, testing a single-toned unit before settling on a pulsating tone which, he said, is more unbearable, and which can be broadcast at 75 decibels, within government auditory-safety limits. "I didn't want to make it hurt," Stapleton said. "It just has to nag at them."

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Banks ban clocks to stop complaints


CLOCKS are being removed from NatWest banks — to stop customers moaning.
Insiders say the timepieces are being taken down so the public cannot complain about how long they have had to queue.
The decision is part of a £150million revamp which has already seen wall clocks disappear at several London branches.
One worker said: “If people have been standing waiting to see a cashier for a long time they can get very cross.
“With a clock there, it was difficult for us to disagree with them. Without one it’s harder for them to complain.???
NatWest spokesman Ronan Kelleher said a survey undertaken before the refit found clocks were not something customers believed would “enhance their banking experience.???

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