Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
and plan the first lobster feed this year, and the weather was most accommodating. There were four couples, one of whom had never had lobster or steamers before but were anxious to try them. George Peck, shown in picture, bought 8 pounds of steamers and the two of us went to Walt's place a few miles from here off a dirt road. Walt is a widowed Maine farmer who also runs a lobster boat and sets his traps right in front of the campground. When we got there, Walt was tending his traps so we picked out our lobsters, weighed them, and left him a note. We'll settle up later.
Although I had previously used it for Frogmore Stew, we christened my new stainless cooker on a batch of steamers. After we had polished off the clams, the lobsters went into the pot while Jackie watched apprehensively. At this time of year, of course, all lobsters are "hard-shells." So nut crackers were required, and the newcomers soon figured out how to manage. If there is anything more satisfying than a lobster feed on the shore, it is introducing some enthusiastic new folks to the experience.
Monday, June 23, 2008
21 Jul Belfast, ME to Magog, QC
22 Jul Magog, QC to Brighton, ON
23 Jul Brighton, ON to Emmett, MI
25 Jul Emmett, MI to Empire, MI
29 Jul Empire, MI to Sault Ste Marie, MI
1 Aug Sault Ste Marie, MI to Marquette, MI
3 Aug Marquette, MI to Copper Harbor, MI
5 Aug Copper Harbor, MI to Kewaunee, WI
7 Aug Kewaunee, WI to Lake City, MN
From then on the schedule will be the same as posted on the very first post of this blog.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
We spent a bit of time setting up and greeting several old friends. As a matter of fact, there should be two couples knocking on the door momentarily for our first happy hour in Maine. Because of a cool fog and some nearby thunder, we will do it inside.
We also decided to extend our stay here a week. I'll update the itinerary shortly. Guests have arrived.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
For supper tonight at the “Surf” in Nashua we are looking forward to a reunion with Leslie Jelalian, a co-worker and good friend. During the nineties we fought a number of corporate battles together.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tonight we went to granddaughter Melissa’s athletic awards banquet. She’s president of the first class to have spent all four years at the new Nashua North High School. In that role she took over the mike to present an unscheduled photographic scrapbook gift to the outgoing athletic director. Later she was recognized as a three season athlete and scholar-athlete and was also awarded a $500 scholarship by the boosters club. I think it is worth noting that, of the 190 senior athletes, 70% were designated scholar athletes (B+ or better for all four years). We were obviously proud of all of them. Four of them were kids I had tutored in the sixth grade.
Yesterday provided a warm and sentimental reunion. Eighteen years ago a young couple named Michael and Michele Ferrazanni, operating on a shoestring, opened a small Italian restaurant on Canal Street in Nashua almost across the street from the big old mill building where I worked for Sanders…now BAE Systems. I fell in love with the place and in particular with his entre he called calamari frito. It reached the point where I didn’t have to order. At that time the development program for the F-22 was moving into full swing. It was a many faceted operation with multiple contractor and Air Force affiliations, many of which were hosted in Nashua. As a result, I often hosted supper meetings for visitors at “Ya Mama’s”. I’m sure there was an appreciated economic effect for the new business, but Michael would have been just as gracious and accommodating with any customer. Ten years ago their clientele had outgrown what could be accommodated on Canal Street so they moved to larger, nicer digs in Merrimack. It was just after I retired, and Durelle and I were invited to their “soft” opening the evening before they opened to the public. Since then, when I have been in the area, I have tried to stop in. Yesterday was one of those days, and, as luck would have it, both Michael and Michele were working. Although it has been off the menu for fifteen years, I ordered calamari frito. To the puzzled look on the waitress I said, “Just tell Michael.” Within two minutes an unordered complimentary appetizer appeared on our table, and I knew I had been recognized. They later stole a few moments from a busy lunch hour business to stop by and visit. Michele is now breast-cancer free for eleven years. Michael popped out of the kitchen, glowing and a bit sweaty from obvious exertions in a hot, busy kitchen on a hot day. He greeted us warmly with a vigorous handshake and a big kiss for Durelle. The phrase, “It’s just like old times.” came to mind. To top it off, I spotted and spoke with the unchanged Ken Stevenson a Sanders cohort from those days.
Although this summer’s itinerary targets a lot of new experiences, it also includes the opportunity to renew many long time friendships. Yesterday was a perfect example.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Well, last night was Senior Prom night in Nashua, NH. Here's Melissa, lovely lady, class president, and all round great gal. After the revelers climbed back into their limos, Durelle and I, son Mark with Heather; Dave and Meghan (Melissa's brother and sister) and great-granddaughter Brielle headed to Smokey Bones for supper.
During the meal a couple of topics arose that really highlighted the difference in the generations. Durelle wondered aloud if anyone still used dance cards. Of course no one had heard of such a thing, but Dave thought it was a great idea. "You mean you wouldn't dance every dance with your date?' During a mention of current cell phone capabilities I said that the first phone I ever used had a crank. Meghan said, "Oh, I think those old rotary phones are cool." So, I guess we are now officially "old farts."
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
My original intent was to post a picture with almost every blog, but not until today did I figure out (thanks, Dan) how to configure (compress) the pictures so as to minimize the bandwidth that you have to download. So, here are three pictures. Most of you will recognize the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kill Devil Hill on the outer banks of NC. The second one is Durelle and Belle relaxing on a piece of driftwood at Canp LeJeune, NC on our first night on the road. The third picture, as you might guess, was taken in Intercourse, PA. I didn't frame it very well, but it shows an Amish horse and buggy next to a 45 foot Class A as they delivered homemade whoopie pies. We will be here in Brookline, NH until the 22nd and I won't be posting every day. Talk to you later.
Monday, June 2, 2008
as promised, here is a picture. This was taken on the 29th when we stopped at Lake Anna to visit the Wegners. They were our almost next door neighbors and mentors in 1960 and have been close friends ever since. Lake Anna in northern VA was built to provide a "cooling pond" for a nuclear power plant in 1968, I think. It has provided a major economic boom to the area. Between happy hour and supper we took an hour long tour of the lake.
Today was a "crash" day. After 1100 miles in the past week, it is good to stop for a while. We'll get caught up on laundry and normal maintenance stuff and sit in the recliners and read. We are looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends. As I figure things out, I will be including some more pictures.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
We were on the road by 0730 because we were erroneously anticipating a 480 mile day. I had reprogrammed our route on the Delorme Street Atlas and failed to remove all the outdated designated "vias". We really only had about 390 miles, but the software had me backtracking to pick up a no longer relevant "via". Some of you will know what I am talking about.
We took 30 east from Intercourse to 100 north to I 78 east to I 287 north and east over the Tappan Zee bridge. The toll was $22.50! Then we took I 684 north to I 84 in Brewster, CT thence to the Mass Pike for one exit and I 290 and I 190 north to route 13 to Brookline, NH. We had lunch at the CT welcoming center at exit 2 in CT arriving precisely at noon. Again I ran the generator all day because the fridge does not want to run on propane. Good news! When we set up here, the fridge decided to run on propane. I guess there was a piece of soot or ash preventing ignition that got jostled away over the course of a kilo-mile.
We are looking forward to staying in one place for three weeks and making connections with family and friends here in NH. I promise that by the next post, I will have figured out how to post some of the pictures.