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Random photos and thoughts

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I can’t seem to settle on any one thing to blog about tonite… so I’m just going to post some photos that I like.  Perhaps add a few thoughts along the way.

1964 MB 600 Pullman

Now that’s a big ride… with the top down champagne will spray in your face at 35mph.

141 Ridgewood Ave

The house I grew up in.

When we lived there it was all white with forest green shutters.  A short walk to The High Lane Club, scene of explosives and fish homicide, as a friend put it.  A lovely place.  My Dad paid $35,000 for this place in 1959 and today it is up for sale in the high $300,000.

57 Cad Man

Light em up

Always liked these two photos – the smirk on this guys face –

The patch mad kit

This is my kit for tomorrow — breaking out the patch mad – we finally have permission – a decree from Washington D.C.

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May 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Crunchy Onion Chicken

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This is actually FRENCH’s Crunchy Onion Chicken – and it is goo-ooo-o-ood!

You know when you come home from a hard day of dragon-slaying and sit down at the computer with a Manhattan (or two), you start to get hungry.  Then, you remember – two months ago you made this recipe from the can of French’s French Fried Onion Rings… and now you have to have it!

So here you go — bon appetit!  (KSA — please help me with my French!)

I’m leaving the photos LARGE so you can read the recipe.  I made a killer Eggplant Rissoto the other night and I have plenty left over… so that’s what I’m having with this chicken tonight – pairing it all with a bottle of Pinot Grigio.  In about an hour, I’ll update this post with the results.

The inspiration!

The Method

OK — here’s the result – it was good… kinda had a couple of glasses of wine with dinner… so— le-see, that’s two Manhattans and two Pinot Grigios… and here I am tryin to make this all good.

Here’s the pic.

Buon Apitito!

Does anyone else go to bed at 8:00 PM ??

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May 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Casa Feliz – Winter Park, FL

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Casa Feliz, a Spanish style masonry farmhouse complete with bell tower, arched doorways,  and courtyards,is a prime example of the work of designer James Gable Rogers II, Winter Park’s best known architect.  For over 60 years, his prolific work helped to define the unique residential character of Winter Park.  Rogers is also known as the architect of other Florida landmarks including the Florida State Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee.

The painstakingly refurbished home is now open as a museum on Sundays from 12-3.

Casa Feliz - Winter Park, FL

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May 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Something about boats and sailing

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While on Anna Maria, I ran across this yacht dealer and looked over some of his offering.  This, I guarantee you was just a fantasy adventure.

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Many to pick from —

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Would have made a lovely sail —

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Adeline would suit me well, I’m sure!!  A beautiful sailing vessel.

Cortez 4This love knot would have you in pain very soon!  I couldn’t believe it was still afloat.

Cortez 5And there’s something nice about a power boat too.  Sure looks nice, eh?

I didn’t buy – I’m sure I’ll sleep well.

View from a deck chair

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Downtime on Anna Maria Island.

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Like being there (sort of …)

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My younger sister always gets me Cape Cod Life for my birthday.  My second issue came in today’s mail.  I love reading through it, perusing the ads, the photos, the art and antiques.  It brings me back to much earlier times.  The last time I was on Cape Cod was 1984 – we rented a house for a week with the whole family.  We knew then that we’d be moving south to Florida at the new year.  I’ve been back north many times, but never back to “The Cape”.  In high school, we had a house in Wrinkle Point (Bass River).  I had a job (one of the worst!) washing dishes at the Riverview Lobster House in Yarmouth – it was close enough that I could walk to it.  I made enough money to buy a few things that summer (first madras jacket 🙂 ), but mostly what I wanted to do was just loaf – go to the beach – and just hang out (although I don’t think we said “hang out” back then).  Things took a nasty turn economically then (somewhat like these days), and my parents had to sell that house.  After I moved to Florida, my sisters continued to go to The Cape summers with their children and families.  I know they enjoyed it.

As I turn these pages – it brings me back . . .  Thank you M.A.

Cape Cod Life

Cape Cod Life

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This is the tenth anniversary of John F Kennedy Jr’s passing.  I think of the Kennedys and Cape Cod Massachusetts as one.  Once our whole family went to Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis.  As we were leaving the Kennedys were coming in.  We took a photo – but it never came out.  That sure would have been a keeper – but eh – not in the cards.

John F Kennedy Jr

John F Kennedy Jr

When Richard Blow’s book American Son – A Portrait of John F Kennedy Jr came out in 2002 I snapped it up and read it quickly.  I was keenly interested in reading about John Jr.  I truly believe that Richard Blow was wrongly criticized for writing the book.  On the TV interview show The View – those farting hens (who never read the book) ripped Mr. Blow a “new one” and ever since I bash the show and its sagging troupe whenever the show is mentioned – they are a waste of time and airspace and provide little benefit to the public.  I remember writing to Mr. Blow through the publisher – actually thanking him for writing the book.  If he made money from it, so what, it really doesn’t matter does it?  JFK Jr is history, and history needs to be written.  Thank you again Richard!  Its a great book!

American Son - Portrait of John F Kennedy Jr

American Son - Portrait of John F Kennedy Jr