Riding the Trails in Maine

Oct 28, 2013 Author Guy

Had a business trip to Maine and I thought it would be good to meet up with some friends in the area. We haven’t seen each other in over 2 years and I planned my trip so I could spend two whole days with them.

Took the girls horseback riding at Camp Fairhaven in Brooks, Maine. We had a total BLAST. It was affordable, which helped the old wallet, and the staff were relaxed and very casual about everything. They didn’t make us ride single file on the trail like some places do, and we didn’t have to just walk on the trail – we took a side path for a short distance and found a big flat granite rock to sit on and appreciate the view.

They let us experiment with handling our horses and jumped in to help when the girls got nervous or had any questions. They even let us unsaddle and brush down the horses, which some people might think is just work or chores, but for us it was a treat to spend the time with animals and help take care of them.

It was a good day – I hope I’m not too sore tomorrow!

My TV Show Critique

Oct 10, 2012 Author Guy

Just watched “Nashville,” the new TV show, and I thought it was pretty good. I appreciate that the producers took great pains to do real location shots, like the real backstage of the Grand Old Opry and the real courthouse. Thank God people will know what it looks like here instead of Hollywood filming everything in L.A. and trying to bullshit people into thinking California scenery is what all of the country looks like. California has a very distinctive look to the trees and shrubs and even the houses – it looks nothing like California around here – trust me on this.

The storyline was believable but not anything close to real life for most of the music business people that I know. The music was good but I would not expect anything less from T Bone Burnett. This show could be the next “Dallas” – that wouldn’t be so bad.

Time for Pumpkins

Oct 2, 2012 Author Guy

Something about the chilly nights and the big harvest moon make me want to go buy some pumpkins and put them on the front porch. I don’t even have any kids to entertain with pumpkin carving, but to me the pumpkin is a seasonal symbol that everyone can embrace. You don’t even have to carve it into a scary face. Just putting a pumpkin on the front porch says that you care about your community and that you are celebrating or at least observing the change of seasons.

This weekend I plan on finding some charity or church that is selling fresh pumpkins and buying a couple. I might even buy an extra one and give it to my neighbor across the street. That old fucker never does anything to decorate his house. Maybe he can’t afford it or maybe he doesn’t think it is important. But if I give him a pumpkin for his front porch, then at least I get to look at it and enjoy the sight of the pumpkin and not just his plain, bare porch with ugly concrete steps.

Of course, if he just tosses it in the trash then I will be pissed off. But that is a possibility when you try to do something nice for people who don’t appreciate it.

Too Hot to Cook

Jul 22, 2011 Author Guy

I like to grill because I think the food tastes better. And I like being outdoors. Except this whole week it’s close to 100 degrees – even more if you take into consideration the heat index or “feels like” temperature of 125.

When its this hot, the oven heats up the kitchen so much that the whole first floor goes up at least 5 degrees. At least if I’m grilling that keeps the heat outside. Now if I could just show my woman how to make a batch of brownies on the grill.

Mr. Groundhog – the Rodent of Honor

Feb 2, 2011 Author Guy

Today all eyes are on the groundhog. Does he see his shadow? Does he come out of his burrow and stay out? Will Spring ever come?

Well, the official word is that the groundhog in Pennsylvania has seen his shadow and he is going back to sleep for another 6 weeks – at least. Bad news for the people who wanted an early Spring.