Saturday, February 18, 2012
Last spring we hosted an exchange student from Graz, Austria. That's the city that Arnold Schwarzenegger comes from. Our daughter-in-law works for AFS and, through no fault of his own, poor Bernhard found himself without a host family. If one couldn't be found, he would have to go back. Well, dear old Dad is always a soft touch for a hard luck story so we welcomed him into our home.
One day we were watching some travelogue on TV and they showed Niagara Falls. Bernhard seemed very interested so I asked him if there was any thing like that he'd like to see while he was here. Grand Canyon? Too far. Old Faithful? Ditto. Niagara Falls? 8 hour drive? That's doable. We hit Niagara in June, then we went to New York City ... also 8 hours from Niagara.
Something cool we did. Bernhard wanted to get shirts from Hard Rock Cafes. We got one from DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlantic City easily enough. Then there are two in Niagara ... US and Canada ... and two in NYC ... Times Square and Yankee Stadium. We tried to go to Toronto, but two more hours from Niagara was a little much. Still eight shirts, not too shahbby.
I got this way cool picture at Broadway and West 34th Street in front of Macy's with just my little Kodak point and shoot by setting it on a flat surface and letting the shutter stay open for a couple of seconds.
It is amazing what you can do even with a little camera.
I was surprised to find New York a friendly city, not cold at all. It was eminently walkable and there were bikes everywhere. Just about anything you could want is always within a few blocsk of where you are, it seems. I actually liked it.
Friday, February 17, 2012
My brother David teaches at The New Mexico School for the Blind & Visually Impaired in Alamogordo. www.nmsbvi.k12.nm.us/
Dave forwarded me and our niece Andrea, who is also a runner, an email announcing the opening of the Wilson Bridge Half Marathon registration for the October 7 race. OK, so it's another half. Except, last year they had 11 blind runners and this years they are looking to have 30 or more. But to do this, they will need guide runners to run along. (It doesn't hurt that there will be a deep discount but I din't know about that until I talked to the race director tonight.) wilsonbridgehalf.com
Notice that this bridge, a part of I-95/495 the Capital Beltway, as a pedestrian lane. Very thoughtful design.
Upside is that it's a half marathon in Virginia, so I cross that state off my 50 States list. It starts in Virginia, goes about 100 yards in DC on the bridge, then finishes in National Harbor in Maryland.
Downside, it's only a week before the Baltimore Running Festival where I will run the Half Marathon this year. So, as I said, I spoke with the director and he indicated that he has need for volunteers to also help guide runners around town during the week before. There will be penguins so I can run slow if I desire.
Every race has some cause for which you can raise money.
I hate raising money.
This way, I get to assuage my guilt without fundraising. And I will probably have a good time too.
And my brother is thrilled that I will be helping a cause he is involved in.
Friday, February 17, 2012
In June 2010 She(WMBO) and I went to Ireland with two of our friends whose parent were born there, Clare and her brother Tom. It was a really good trip and we really enjoyed ourselves. One evening, actually our 37th Anniversary, we went to dinner in a restaurant in Westport, Ireland that we had discovered on a previous trip and had thoroughly loved. On that occasion, it was my 50th birthday.
Westport is as the name implies a port in the West of Ireland in County Mayo. There is a small street that runs along the water front called the Quay (pronounced Key). At the end of that street tucked in a far corner is the Quay Cottage. And directly across from its front door is a boat ramp.
That far north, tides run to the extremes. It was fascinating to observe a boat at the ramp floating when we went in for dinner and two hours later that boat was sitting on the grounds, though I would not have tried to walk on it. It was an interesting looking boat and so I took several pictures of it. This is one of my favorites.
After we got home, I was looking at some pictures of Westport on Google Images, for what reason I don't remember and I came across this photo on a travel site for Ireland.
My thought was, "At least they could have had the decency to tell me that I was taking a photograph of a 'Kodak moment.'" Clearly, well now clearly, the boat was at the ramp as a tourist photo opportunity. Hmm.
Oh well, I like mine anyway.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I stepped out today in the rain to head for the mall and I was carrying my camera ... just because. I looked at my car and I decided that it would make a good photo to share:
My Mobile Trophy Case
There was a time when I would not have been caught dead with a bumper sticker on my car. Most of the joke ones are stupid. "Caution: In case of Rapture this car will be unoccupied" and "In case of Rapture, can I have your car, dude?" Political ones just invite road rage.
But I decided that smugness about my running was just right.
She(WMBO) HATES them. Hates them all.
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