Archive for the ‘City’ Category

Ron Paul Accepts Nomination

April 1, 2008

In an unprecedented move, John McCain has stepped down from the Presidential race, citing his age and need to spend time with his family.

“My son is about to graduate from the Naval Academy, and that being said, I have decided to concentrate on the finer things in life”, said the Senator from his posh Arizona homestead.

“Reality begins to sink in. The dollar is at an all-time low, and we are strapped for cash because of our overspending. I realize that I am not the man for this job. I humbly hand over my support to Dr. Ron Paul, and trust that most Americans will begin to see the light.” “Ron Paul is a man of strong conviction that opposes the Patriot Act, Real ID, and this unjust quote>War on Terror</quote.”

Ron Paul is set to appear on a nationally televised conference at 11:59 PM EST 4/1/2008 from his campaign headquarters in Texas. Early statements are that he will humbly accept the Republican Nomination for the 2008 Presidential Election.

Meanwhile, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have switched parties claiming this to be an outright infringement on their rights to oppose the Constitution. In today’s broadcast on Rush’s radio show, he has finally come out and admitted his love for Hillary Clinton, and his strong admiration for her thighs. Hannity is going for Obama, for “he is the Great White hope”.

Troops are already returning home from all corners of the world. The dollar skyrocketed to an all time high. Federal Reserve executives have been found lying around the grounds of the Eccles Building in Washington DC, in apparent mass attempts at suicide. Fortunately, the building is not a high rise, so only minor injuries were reported.

More news after tonight.

Back From Beautiful Burlington!

October 8, 2007

Took a ten day trip visiting family in Connecticut and exploring Vermont. The Burlington area was beautiful, though the colors have not changed yet. On Wednesday, I took a 20 mile bike ride alongside Lake Champlain. No, I did not see Champ, but I did behold some gorgeous scenery. I will definitely be making a stop in Burlington again.

The Sox did not crumble as I previously predicted. They finished strong and swept the Angels in typical fashion. The Angels have little success against the Red Sox in the playoffs. Here’s hoping that the Indians can get it done this week. ALCS starts Friday, and the Sox have made it once again!

Plenty has happened since being on hiatus. Ron Paul has raised 5 million dollars in record speed. Finally the media has to take recognition that those for liberty are serious. Buh bye McCain! You’re done, even before you know it. Move over Romney and company, here comes a real man. Beware Hillary, we’re coming to stop you too. You have no chance if you face off against Dr. Paul.

I created an adsense account, debating on putting it up on this site or not. Not that this site generates a lot of hits, but the extra cash could come in handy. If not, I’ll probably just put it up on my very inactive guitar blog.

After being out for about 10 days, I feel more at ease with everything. The world moved on without my needing to go to Drudge Report every hour, or checking the lines on ESPN. Oh yeah, the Patriots continue to roll over their opponents. Dallas v. Patriots this coming Sunday. Finally, a game worth watching.

Final Inspections This Friday!

June 12, 2007

We have closed on the house. Final inspections are this Friday. Move in date is slated for 7/10! It will be awesome to be on our own once again (we’ve been spending the last 2 months with my brother in-law). Hopefully nothing substantial will come about from these inspections. The house appears to be solid and in tact, but one can never really know until a professional has inspected it.

The community we are moving to has a great lake across the street, a vibrant downtown (Denville, NJ), and is close to all the amenities everyone wants these days. It will also be nice to NOT have TV anymore. I am the type of person who is better off without it, otherwise I spend too much time zoning in front of the American god. We threw out our television during the first year of our marriage. After all, as one is an artist, the other a musician, we felt our time was too valuable to waste in front of the TV. God spoke to us on that. Throw out your TVs!

I’m a bit sweaty right now. Just got back from a hot long walk during my lunch. I have extended my walk to a total of 4 laps around the campus, which equals to about 2.5 miles. I decided that changing into a tee shirt is worth the trouble after all. Right now I’m cooling off in my cube. I’m thinking of getting one of those desktop fans just to help expedite the cool off process.

Found this great site that features mostly Denver Metro pictures, but also some decent skyline shots of other cities and towns. I was very impressed with the city of Denver when I stopped through back in April. In fact, the picture around my title is of the downtown Denver area featuring a couple of my bikes on my roof rack. I will definitely try to spend some more time in Denver in the future.

If Only My Camera Had Batteries

June 11, 2007

We went to the city Saturday and decided to hang out mostly in the Upper West Side.  We parked on West End Ave between 96th and 97th streets.  The spot was a lucky spot because it left what I thought was enough room for maybe a motorcycle after parking.  Was I shocked 6 hours later when I saw a VW sedan parked in that spot.  I would have loved to see the amazing patience and skill it would have taken to fit into the spot.  Literally, there must have been about 3 inches between the front and back of that car.  Unfortunately, my camera’s batteries were dead, so you’ll have to be impressed using your own imagination.

I had the pleasure of carrying my daughter on my shoulders the entire 10 miles we must have walked.  I think she is going to be a city girl, because she had a good time.  Riverside Park is a favorite of mine, and now I appreciate it more through the eyes of my 1 year old.  Maybe someday we’ll have enough money to live on the Upper West Side.  Haha!

There were plenty of mothers with their children in that neighborhood.  I am left to wonder if these kids only see their parents on the weekends when they are not working.  The price of keeping up with the Joneses is not worth the penalty of depriving your children of a quality childhood.

A visit into town always helps me to get the stress out and relax.  God has given me a bigger heart for that place.

City v. Suburbs

June 7, 2007

I grew up in the suburbs with a longing for all things urban. While the neighborhood I grew up in can probably be classified as a more urban area of a suburban town, it was still in the middle of a large suburban big box town. The downtown was neglected and the parks were occupied by mostly bums (now I understand the neighborhood is starting to change).

I’ve lived outside NYC for about 8 years now. Growing up, it was a dream of mine to move to the big city (despite being a major Red Sox fan). Alas, every town I have lived in has been a suburb. Sure, I can fit in with those who frequent Washington Square, and I am always stopped and asked for directions by tourists, but I have never been able to escape small town America.

The good thing about the suburbs outside NY, is that there are plenty of villages to hang out in. Some even rival the finer neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Montclair, Morristown, and Hoboken come to mind. So, my wife and I are more and more avoiding the malls, and hanging out in our local downtowns. This has been something we’ve done for years, but we are to the point that when we do have to shop at a Target, or other major monster shop, it is with our fingers crossed, and our faces clenched in disgust. Big box shops just don’t offer it to us in a way that cities and villages do.

I hate driving. Now, I don’t mind the occasional afternoon drive with no place in particular to go, but driving to the grocery store, driving to work, driving to the post office, driving to this, that, and there, leaves me tired and stressed. It is amazing that many people just 20 miles east of me do not have a need for a car. I rely so much on my vehicle, that if I were to lose it, I would probably be out of work. This is why I am going to attempt the 15 mile commute on a bike eventually.

We are moving to a suburb. The house finally came out of attorney review and we should be in the house by July. The town we settled on was Denville, NJ. That is another 10 miles west of the city. 30 miles. On the train line, and if I decide to drive in (apart from rush hour), it would probably take about 30 minutes to hit the tunnel. Denville has a decent downtown that seems to be growing. We’ve done some hanging out in town, and already know some locals. Very nice town. Still the suburbs.

We’re still young. Maybe our next purchase will be in the city. Maybe it won’t be as important to me by then. I’m just glad I’m not in the town that I grew up in.