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Home in San DiegoSteve
09/11/2011, San Diego
Well I finally made it back to San Diego. I had an overnight weather delay in DC, but arrived in San Diego Thursday morning and within hours was in the middle of a blackout which effected over 7 million people. There seems to be a rumor going around that there is some sorta black cloud following me around. I have been in several areas over the past month and a half that have experienced some sort of weird weather or other strange occurrence. I have decided that I'm going to blame it on Global warming.
Goodbye New EnglandSteve
09/05/2011, Brattleboro, Vt.
Today is my last day in Brattleboro, tomorrow I'll start my journey back to San Diego where I will spend about three weeks visiting my Daughters and my friends. While in San Diego I will also start the process of stocking up on things we will be needing to take back to Si Bon. I have had an amazing time here in New England, Shaybo and I have been camping, we've been to New York City and we visited Boston and Portland. We've attended many parties, a Pop Warner fundraiser, a couple of birthday celebrations and a funeral. I've met so many new friends it's almost unbelievable...I was going to try to list them all on my blog...but the list was soooo long I decided to just give out a few thanks and hope I don't offend anyone I didn't mention. Thanks to Lara, Delaine, Chris, Matt, Pam, Courtney and Chris for allowing us to stay in your homes while visiting and/or after drinking to much. Thanks to the McKenney's, Ogden's, Currier's and Millerick's (pic) for welcoming me into your circle of friends with open arms...I will always refer to you guys as the Kampersville Klan. Thanks to Ryan and Brian for showing me the proper way to drive a golf ball. Thanks and condolences to the entire Fletcher family. So many other people are popping into my head right now...Megan, Robyn, Pat, Karen....ohhh s*&$ I've gotta end this blog now before it gets any longer. Last but not least A VERY special thanks to Kathy Brooks for welcoming me into her home...there's a saying comparing house guests and fish, that after three days they both stink...well Kathy put up with me for over a month. New England is a beautiful place but you guys (and anyone I may have left out) are who makes it a special place.
09/01/2011, Boston, Ma.
Since we were already in Boston to see the Sox vs Yankees, we decided to spend another day and try to see as much of Boston as possible. Originally we were going to take one of those hop on hop off tours, however due to our bad experience with the Duck tour in Portland and the fact that neither one of us mind walking, we both decided to walk the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail takes you around many of Boston's historic sites. So, we hopped on the "T" and rode it in to the Harbor area where we set off walking the Freedom Trail. We walked to Fanuel Hall, an area full of shops, restaurants and Historic buildings. We came across a street performer that was just starting his show, he was kinda a goofy dude dressed in a kilt and playing the bagpipes. I'm not sure what it is about me that seems to attract attention...but for some reason goofy picked me out of the crowd to hold his unicycle while he climbed on it. Sounds easy enough..but he made a big part of his show by shimming up the unicycle sorta half on half off, pretending to slip and fall and stepping on our shoulders and heads while he slowly made his way to the unicycle's seat (pic).
Sox vs YankeesSteve
08/31/2011, Fenway Park, Boston, Ma.
It was no accident that we just happened to be in Boston at the same time the Yankees were in town. Shaybo and I were going to go to Boston a couple of weeks ago. When we checked the Sox schedule and saw that they played the NY Yankees at home at the end of August, we decided to put off our visit, get some tickets and go to see the biggest rivalry in professional sports at what is one of the last remaining iconic baseball stadiums in the country. We arrived early at Fenway by way of the Boston subway system which is known as the "T". Fenway Park is a grand old stadium located in the heart of downtown Boston. During games the streets surrounding it actually become sort of an extension of the stadium, thus turning the whole area into a lively, festive venue. Sox fans and Yankee fans don't pull any punches when it come to their dislike of each other...however the few Yankee fans that were in attendance were treated well by the Sox fans, although they did put up with a lot of ribbing. One thing that never changes from stadium to stadium is that many fans leave during the seventh inning (not me)....and this game was no exception, so as I normally do, we left our seats in the far outfield (pic) and watched the last two innings from field level behind home plate...the Sox won.
08/28/2011, Brattleboro, Vt.
For the past 4-5 days somewhere around 65 million people on the eastern seaboard have been glued to The Weather Channel watching the progress of hurricane Irene. Most of the people in the New England region laughed at the idea that a hurricane would make it this far north...Brattleboro's latitude is 42 51'02"N, which is getting pretty far north. Last night it started raining at 1900...right on schedule. It rained heavily all night and throughout the morning but there didn't seem to be a lot of wind, just a steady, constant downpour. About halfway through making breakfast this morning we lost power and didn't get it back for about 3 hours. The rain let up a little in the mid afternoon and we decided to venture out and see if there was any damage...we didn't really expect to find much because none of us thought the storm was all that bad. As we headed towards the Downtown area of Brattleboro we were greeted by the closing of Main Street where it dips to the Whetstone Brook, Whetstone was now a raging river which basically cut Brattleboro in half. The "Brook" had now flooded a large section of the downtown areas streets, parking lots and stores. It was a very sad sight to see this cute little town now experiencing such devastation. We drove by the Brattleboro Marina and it is basically gone...washed away by flood waters. The rain has now started back up and it appears that there will continue to be additional flooding here in the New England area over the next several days.
08/26/2011, Portland, Maine
We just got back from a three day trip to Portland Maine. Portland was not very high on my list of must see cities, however Sharon went to college and lived in Portland for several years and has a lot of friends there, so it soon became a must see place for me. Portland is a very old seaport with much history from the early days of America. Most of the town surrounds a beautiful wind swept bay and harbor and many of the original old buildings have been rehabbed and turned into shops, galleries, bars and LOTS of restaurants. There is very funky, trendy..almost hippie feel to most of the downtown area. Portland was described in one book I read as having " the soul of an artist, the grit of a lobsterman and the hands of a craftsman", I would say that is a pretty accurate description. Portland reminds me of a combination between San Francisco and Ocean Beach (in San Diego).
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