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Block Island

Went back east for a bit. One of the places we hit was Block Island, RI. In many ways, the epitome of New England.

Random Amsterdam Pix

Here are a sampling of pix from out Amsterdam trip. The three previous posts below focus on our beer tasting adventures but the pics here show off the beauty of the city itself. Amsterdam is a great walking city and we will most certainly return and spend some more time there.


Just off the plane in Amsterdam and Mary and I met up with Aaron and Chuck from The Trappist at the Wildeman Bar. Tried some great de Molen beers. Met Peter from Beer Temple which we will hit later tonight. Who needs sleep? Let’s power on.

View from out hotel!

Wildeman Bar

Terrific de Molen beer

Nashville Revisited


Here are some random Nashville pics. We visited Nashville’s famous Parthenon which is indeed a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece.


Instead of being made of marble, this one is made of cement…

Inside is a proposed historic replica of the Athena (it stands 41′ tall)…

There are also replicas of the Parthenon statues…

…as well as a proposed re-assemblage of the arch figures…

Here are some random shots…

Stopped by Hatch Show Print…

And we ate some good grub!

Show pics tomorrow!

Back in Town

Always good to sleep in one’s own bed. TAG and Nashville pics up in a day or two.



My mom forwarded me this spam. I nevah get ti-ed of these heah…

Information on Boston and the surrounding area:

There’s no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock on Dock Square, no water on Water Street. Back Bay streets are in alphabetical “oddah”: ! Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, etc. So are South Boston streets: A, B, C, D, etc. If the streets are named after trees ( e.g. Walnut, Chestnut, Cedar), you’re on Beacon Hill. If they’re named after poets, you’re in Wellesley.

Massachusetts Ave is Mass Ave; Commonwealth Ave is Comm Ave; South Boston is Southie. The South End is the South End. East Boston is Eastie. The North End is east of the former West End… The West End and Scollay Square are no more; a guy named Rappaport got rid of them one night. Roxbury is The Burry, Jamaica Plain is J.P.
Route 128 is also I-95 south. It’s also I-93 north. Most people live here all their life and still don’t know what the hell is going on with this one.  

How to say these Massachusetts city names correctly:
**Say it wrong, be shunned**
Worcester: Wuhsta (or Wistah)
Gloucester: Glawsta
Leicester: Lesta
Woburn: Wooban
Dedham : Dead-um
Revere: Re-vee-ah
Quincy: Quinzee
Tewksbury: Tooks berry
Leominster: Lemin-sta
Peabody: Pee-ba-dee
Waltham: Walth-ham
Chatham: Chaddum
Samoset: Sam-oh-set or Sum-aw-set but nevah Summerset!

Frappes have ice cream, milkshakes don’t.
If it is fizzy and flavored, it’s tonic.
Soda is CLUB SODA.
“Pop” is Dad.
When we want Tonic WATER, we will ask for Tonic WATER.
The smallest beer is a pint.
Scrod is whatever they tell you it is, usually fish. If you paid more than $6/pound, you got scrod.
It’s not a water fountain; it’s a bubblah.
It’s not a trashcan; it’s a barrel.
It’s not a spucky, a hero or grinder,… it’s a sub.
It’s not a shopping cart; it’s a carriage.
It’s not a purse; it’s a pockabook.
They’re not franks; they’re haht dahgs; Franks are money in Switzahland.

Police don’t drive patrol units or black and whites they drive a “crooza”. If you take the bus, your on the “looza crooza”. It’s not a rubber band, it’s a n elastic. It’s not a traffic circle, it’s a rotary. “Going to the islands” means Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket.

The Sox = The Red Sox
The C’s = The Celtics
The B’s = The Bruins

Things not to do:
Don’t pahk your cah in Hahvid Yahd .. they’ll tow it to Meffa (Medford) or Summahville (Somerville).
Don’t sleep on the Common. (Boston Common)
Don’t wear Orange in Southie on St. Patrick’s Day.
Things you should know:

There are two State Houses, two City Halls, two courthouses, two Hancock buildings (one old, one new for each).

The colored lights on top the old Hancock tell the weatha’:
“Solid blue, clear view….”
“Flashing blue, clouds due….”
“Solid red, rain ahead….”
“Flashing red, snow instead….” – (except in summer; flashing red means the Red Sox game was rained out)   
The underground train is not a subway. It’s the “T”, and it doesn’t run all night (fah chrysakes, this ain’t Noo Yawk).

Order the “cold tea” in China Town after 2:00 am you’ll get a kettle full of beer.

Bostonians…. think that it’s their God-given right to cut off someone in traffic.
Bostonians…think that there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no R’s – except in “idea” ).
Bostonians…think that three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heat wave.
Bostonians…refer to six inches of snow as a “dusting.”
Bostonians…always “bang a left” as soon as the light turns green, and oncoming traffic always expects it.
Bostonians…believe that using your turn signal is a sign of weakness.
Bostonians…think that 63-degree ocean water is warm.
Bostonians…think Rhode Island accents are annoying.

Stormy Weather

We took a trip down to the central coast in the big crazy storm. It was a planned trip so we went despite the forecast.

My art…


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