Sunday, August 31, 2008
It's apparent that Moore is so ridiculously absorbed in his self-appointed role of attacker-in-chief on the Bush administration that he has failed to note that Gustav is poised to place millions of people in harms way, do billions in damage and potentially destroy a great American city.
It's time for Michael Moore to admit he's just as out of touch as those he has spent the last 20 years attacking.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Well, you are out of shopping days. This is it!!! It's MY day. Today I am 38 35!
I'd first like to thank my son John for coming into the bathroom while I was showering to wish me a happy birthday. Emma's amazing hug got the morning moving. I'd also like to thank my GF and the kids for the pile of presents I am not allowed to open yet. I'd like to thank the Phils and especially Chris Coste for the come-from-behind win last night that put the Phils in Phirst for my day.
This year has been a year where I have grudgingly had to admit that I am aging. My waist is thicker. My hair is thinner. The mornings after are harder. There is some gray in the whiskers. I notice myself struggling to remember things that I used to know right away.
But while the deterioration of the body has been something I notice regularly, reflection shows some real positives this year. It's been a year of strong professional growth for me. I've got new challenges at work that make the day fly by. My life at home is happy and very fulfilled (the waistline thing shows that to some extent). The last month especially has given me lots of great time with the kids and seeing them grow and experience life is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
No, I haven't written that book. There just never seems to be time. But in the last year I've read dozens of great ones, many on planes to some of the great places I get to go with my job or family. After 20 years of trying, I finally got to participate in a D3 Final Four, calling a game and doing analysis for the folks at D3Hoops.com. I saw Santa Fe, The Turquoise Trail, Sedona, and got back to so many places including Maine, DC, Phoenix, and Orlando.
I'd like to thank all of you who make my life special. Now go buy me something!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
We've got a few things to do today and then we are headed over to Delco to Grandma's and Pop's. From there we will be going to Linvilla Orchards to do some peach picking and maybe see if the Concord grapes are ready. I am told that the white peach picking is excellent, and white peaches are about my favorite fruit on earth, so we'll bring home a bunch.
After Emma's nap, we'll head home to make some dinner. I've got the grill fixed and the weather is perfect, so my guess is that we'll grill again tonight. Last night we grilled ham steaks and they came out crispy on the outside and sweet and tender on the inside, with just a hint of bacon flavor. We had a great side of yams a la Char, with brown sugar and cinnamon as well as some leftover mac and cheese. We finished the night watching the Phils pick up the sweep over the Dodgers while we enjoyed our home-made brownies!
Have a great day!
Monday, August 25, 2008
He's a good guy and while Michael Bradley does an acceptable job filling Jody's chair on ESPN 950 AM, he's no Jody. Another Delco Guy would like ot wish Jody a speedy recovery and we look forward to hearing him again soon!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
We're enjoying the wonderful weather here in CMP for another day. In a few minutes, we're headed over to the Ransons so we can make last night's leftover filet mignon into steak and eggs.
Friday, August 22, 2008
I got out of the city early today and we made it to Cape May Point before the traffic got crazy.
What four things do you want to do before summer ends?
- Get away one more time. Check!
- Teach the kids to fish. Check!
- Have a glass of wine on the beach. Check!
- Get through a few more books. Working on it.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
At least there is for me. Some of the other family members do puzzles, but there isn't anything more boring to me than doing a puzzle.
Except maybe watching Olympic synchronized diving.
So I read six books in seven days and felt pretty good about it. Most of it was your basic light beach reading, but it still felt good to be reading more than usual.
Nelson Demille's Wild Fire is a far-fetched post-9/11 thriller that seems to have been written to be made into a movie. The book's hero, John Corey, is the typical guy I like to read about, a wise-cracking smart Aleck with an authority complex who always gets the hot woman. Sound like anyone you know? 3 out of 5 stars.
Michael Connelley's Echo Park is 2006 installment (I got it on remainder, you think I can afford hard covers?) of the Harry Bosch series of detective novels set in the Los Angeles area. A number of interesting twists and Connelly's usual knack for bringing us great LA settings makes this one of my recent faves. 4 stars out of 5.
Augusten Burroughs' Possible Side Effects is the funny but ultimately disappointingly pointless 5th of Burroughs' memoirs and the material is starting to get a bit thin. I mean how many essays can a guy write about his life as a recovering alcoholic, OCD nearly-psychotic gay man? Apparently more, since there's a sixth book out. 2 out of 5 stars.
Dennis Coupland's Miss Wyoming was not at all what I expected, but it was well worth the wild read. Part social commentary on the cult of celebrity and part gonzo Hollywood buddy book, this is a fun story that has some very poignant moments. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I picked up the last 2 books at the Colonial Pharmacy since the Book Port has left The Port. The books weren't bad, but god it's weird to buy books at a pharmacy.
Linda Fairstein's Bad Blood has her signature cool characters (another wise guy detective), a series of very cool settings, but an almost intelligible plot line. The romance subplot is forced and the overall feeling is a bit of a mish-mas. Some great historical references and a pile of stuff to look up on Google save this one. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
My final book of the week was a new author for me and a book that is hot off the presses. Richard Montanari's Merciless was interesting for me primarily because the thriller is set in Philadelphia and has a number of settings that are part of my everyday, including Spruce Street and some others that I had never heard of in the City of Brotherly Love. The story spins a bit out of control, but the characters are well-cast and the tone is dead on for a cop novel. 3 stars out of 5 (3.5 if your a Philly guy/gal).
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
This is Bengali the Tiger from the Popcorn Park Zoo. He was a pretty cool part of a great Saturday. Unfortunately it's been a rough few days since then for Another Delco Guy.
Between this darn cold, work and ex issues, I am laying in bed happy for the respite from the world.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Somehow I've got a cold. In August. How the heck is THAT possible? I had been trying to tell myself it was just the ragweek coming out and my allergies kicking up, but this morning I am forced to admit this is an actual cold.
I've never heard of anyone getting a cold in August, but as I lay in bed this morning feeling the cool breeze, I thought it felt like September already, so I guess my body has been fooled by the mild late summer we're having here in South Jersey.
Despite me not being 100%, we're headed to The Popcorn Park Zoo today, a small rescue zoo in Lacey Township, NJ and from there to find some good beer at Basil T's. A late afternoon trip to the Seaside Boardwalk may cap off the day if everyone is up for it.
We're outta here! Have a GREAT day!!
Friday, August 15, 2008
What are your four favorite breakfasts?
- A bowl of cereal with lots of fruit and some cold milk
- Some hearty bread, toasted medium covered with a bit of butter and some good blackberry jam
- Manhattan Bagel ham, egg and cheese on cheddar
- Pecan-encrusted Jack Daniels French Toast - with good Madagascar vanilla
Ok - so what's on your favorite morning meal plate?
Coach K proves he can coach pro players.
8 alarm fire leaves hundreds homeless, yet the Inqy is worried about the millionaire who built the places.
Michael Phelps is apparently part fish, brings home his 6th gold medal in 6 attempts.
American women take gold and silver in individual gymnastics. Great photo here.
Phils haven't been this futile since 1962.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Apparently President Bush is enjoying the Olympics. He decided to motivate Olympic beach volleyballer Misty May Treanor the other day. It worked, as Misty and her teammate Kerri Walsh won and moved on in defense of their Olympic gold medal.
What the heck. The guy's got a high-stress job and he's on vacation in Chin. I think it's good that he's cutting loose. I mean it's not like he's shooting lawyers or anything!
Monday, August 11, 2008
I am teaching for two days at a seminar for newbie college admissions counselors. I got a chance to do it last year and jumped at the chance when I was invited back.
It's simple. I, like my dad, am a Battle of Gettysburg buff. The new visitor center opened in April and I wanted the chance to see it as soon as possible.
Well the storm clouds are gathering, but I am going to go up and see what the National Park Service and The History Channel have done to help folks understand the massive conflict that took place on these 6000 acres.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
We're at Matt's today tearing off two ancient, decrepit shed from his house. They were added by my grandfather, who definitely was not a carpenter. One shed is completely gone, the dumpster is here and the other shed is partially demolished.
Another Delco Guy is running a bit late on his return to The Haven to help Lil Bro out, but the siren song of Manhattan Bagel stopped me cold.
While the service at the Maple Shade location is delsutory at best, the ham egg and cheese on a cheddar bagel is a personal favorite.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Another Delco Guy is finally home for dinner and what a dinner it is! We had a wonderful selection of cheeses for an appetizer. Then a nicely marbled ribeye cooked over a real charcoal fire, parsley potatoes, and sauteed snow peas were joined by a 2004 Sterling Merlot.
Now we're watching the Phils and enjoying the unseasonably cool and dry August weather.
Pretty soon I've got to get to get to bed since I am due at Matt's house tomorrow to help with some home improvements.
Have a great weekend!
My birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I want to give everyone a chance to get out and pick me out something nice.
Thus this week's Friday Fantastic Four:
What Four Things Do You Most Want for Your Birthday?
- A Kodak Easyshare EX-101 digital picture frame - I've got a million photos and only so much space to show them in my office. This solves that problem, holding thousands of images and featuring wireless upload!
- My own waterfront peninsula. I saw this place listed on my recent vacation in Maine. The house would have to be torn down, but 8.9 acres right in Kennebunkport is a STEAL at just over $5 mil. Don't worry. I'll share with the family and friends!
- I'd like a hybrid. And not a hybrid car, but a hybrid scooter. For just zipping around town and such. And being cool.
- I'd really like to see Alaska's Inside Passage. 7 days from Seattle with a balcony ought to do it for me! Glaciers, mountains and a nearby bar sound perfect!
Only 19 shopping days left! Hurry!!!!
So what do YOU want for your birthday
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
We've stopped for lunch in Hartford at a pretty cool place called City Steam Brewery Café. It's a amazing set of rooms, spread over nine levels. The beer? Let's give it a C+. My Blonde on Blonde stock ale lacke flavr and finish. The Belgian White had some spice but no body.
Well it somehow seems fitting that it's POURING rain as we cross the Piscataqua River and head out of Maine and into New Hampshire.
It's been a good trip but not a great one. The kids really enjoyed spending the week with their cousins. We got two beach days in despite the fact that it rained every day we were in Vacationland. We hit some good brewpubs and avoided outlet malls, so I'll call it an overall success.
We'll see ya back in South Jersey in about six hours according to the GPS.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Just a few hundred yards from the Maine House is Strawberry Island, a rocky penninsula that only is accessible at low tide. It's one of the boys favorite places to come all week. Today the weather and tides are cooperating and they are exploring the rocks and tidal pools.
So far we've found two different kinds of crabs and a sea anemone. They're still looking for more!
Monday, August 04, 2008
We're continuing the brewpub lunch vacation today at the southern-most outpost of the Shipyard Brewing Empire. Incongruously located in what looks to have been a strip mall in Eloit, Maine, the place is brand-new and spotless. No cask-conditioned ales here, but the Export is malty and has the classic Shipyard yeast strain clearly evident.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Frankly it's a frigging miracle that I've been in Maine for four days and I am just now getting to Shipyard Brewing's Federal Jack's Brewpub.
We're on the deck overlooking the boatyard. I am sipping a cask-conditioned IPA that's both silky smooth and has a nice dry finish. The GF has a summer wheat and clam chowder. We're both wating on the best lobster rolls in the area.
We're on a Brill Company trolley manufactured in Philadelphia in 1904. The car still runs on the line at The Seashore Trolley Museum in Arundel where the volunteers have restored it and use it to take visitors on a 3 mile round trip to Talbott Park.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
So Another Delco Guy must be at a brewpub. Today it's John's favorite, Gritty McDuff's on Fore Street in Portland's Old Port.
It's crowded and the service is slow, but the Best Bitter is amazing as always and they have triangular crayons that don't roll off the table for the kids.
Friday, August 01, 2008
We've explored New Castle Island and looked at some forts infested with giant, aggressive mosquitoes. Now we are replenishing our fluids at a favorite Portsmouth stop, the Portsmouth Brewery. I'm a big fan of the brown, while the GF is enjoying a sweet, banana-scented hefeweizen. The kids are having Sprite.
My sister Carin's birthday was yesterday and we celebrated at the Wayfarer's Thursday Pot Roast Night in Cape Porpoise. Big, flavorful chunks of perfectly-cooked pot roast with side of steamed carrots and wonderfully buttery mashed potatoes. The chocolate fudge cake for dessert was also excellent. The portions were generous and the bill wasn't too bad, even with having to pick up two bottles of wine at Bradbury's.
We were sad to see Matt and Heidi head home last night, but also very happy to inherit their room. The beds are way more comfortable than the sofa bed contraption I spent the first night on.
We got food yesterday at HB Provisions, stopped at The Port Bakery and after the cleanup headed to the beach. The weather was perfect, with temps topping at 83 and a nice sea breeze keeping things cool. A heavy fog came in at about 3, ushering us back to the house for showers before dinner.
I think we're headed south today, perhaps to the zoo and butterfly preserve. And maybe Portsmouth Brewing ...