Sunday, December 13, 2009

Swedish Farm Jazz

I heard Inga Swearingen on "A Prairie Home Companion" yesterday and totally dug her vibe. Her latest "First Rain" is right into heavy rotation. Kinda like a Swedish Bebel Gilberto or even Juana Molina. Swedish farm jazz, for sure!

A White Christmas

First Serious Chill

Right on the heels of that first foot of snow, we have several nights in the teens. It wont be long before the dock is iced in entirely. Good skating ahead!

The Pond With Ice

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

First Serious Snow

We had several dustings, then we had 4~5 inches last weekend, and today brings our first real winter storm. Have to love the holidays!

The Pond With Snow

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Northern Goshawk

This amazing Northern Goshawk has been on the hill for some time. I snapped this through the window in my office a few weeks ago.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

Really all I had to do was "show up", Zuki did all the prep. Plenty to be thankful for!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Leaves are Gone

Two weeks after pulling the boat, all the leaves are gone from the birch. It feels like Halloween!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

In-Between Season

It's now technically "in-between Season". I took the Nautique off the lift this morning. The air was upper 30s, the water was down to 46 degrees. Turned off PerfectPass and took the boat out and back, outside the boat gates; a make-believe, ceremonial, tournament repositioning move. Except I was the only one there. Sad.

Fun Machine

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

October on the Pond

The dynamic range of weather one may encounter in New England, especially in October, is substantial. This week has been mostly cloudy, cool, and damp. It didn't stop Brooke, Jim and I from getting in a quick lunchtime set today against the backdrop of near peak color. This season's wasterski days may be numbered, but they aren't over! Watch us on the webcam.



Heading North

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Late September Skiing

Paul and I agree that one fine way to start the workday is with a solid ski set. We had one this morning. Air and Water were both 62 degrees. Sunny, brilliantly 930 AM in late-September sunny! And wind just starting to get busy out of the South. We could sure use more of these!

Paul at the far side

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fall is Here

I can't deny the calendar anymore, September 21 has come and gone. This, however, is fine with me. I love fall. And fall in New England is the best. Luck has it that I don't have any immediate travel plans. And this is great; for there is no place I'd rather be than home, during Fall, in New England. The pond is hovering just above 60 degrees; and I have no plans to pull the Nautique for another few weeks. Maybe catch us on the Dubes Webcam. Or not. But one thing is for sure, the colors are awesome!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Summer's Last Stand

Our perpetually too-short waterski season in New England was truncated at the head by a rainy start and my own personal choices; I'm doing my best to make sure it isn't truncated at the tail. It was in the low 70s today, but the water temp was only 61. It takes two or three passes to literally warm-up, without resorting to a wetsuit. The `97 Nautique (not the 2010) is on the lift and with any luck we can get in another half dozen sets before this one is history.

Pond and Lake Moments

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Peace in the Rhythm of My Pain

Halfway over the Atlantic, middle of the night, glow of the keyboard like a fire's hearth against my fingertips. There's not a single empty seat and I'd be freaking out if the guy in front of me pushed his seat back again. Is it rude to push back? Keller Williams and String Cheese are jamming happy major chords. I'm optimistic about FPL and Prague. I'll get some sleep in a bit then motor through the international transfers at CDG on autopilot. ... The plane CDG/PRG could not be nicer; an A320 with about a 33% load factor. I have three seats to myself; and so does everyone else. A UniBall pen just blew out its viscous ink in my lab notebook - was able to contain the situation before it got ugly. Trying to decide between the $40 taxi or the the $10 bus/train dance - will try the later if my luggage went missing on the short connect through CDG. Where is my Prague map of bus line 119 to end station Dejvicka, to train line A station Zelivskeho? In my luggage, of course! ... Luggage went missing, needed the cab ride to center myself. Arrive at hotel in Prague. No luggage. Go see the Castle with Vaughn, Steve, and Kati. Dinner with Nachiket. Luggage arrives around midnight. FPL Monday good, FPL Tuesday better. Stay for Peter's keynote on Wednesday then PRG/CDG. Typing again CDG/BOS. Not one, not two, but three screaming kids within four seats of me. Note to self: do not sit one row behind the bulkhead. Alcohol should help. … Prague was nice


Cheat Sheet

Mixed Modes

Monday, August 17, 2009

Old Orchard Beach 2009

OOB has a both the Hampton-like touristo vibe and the hot, sandy beach vibe going for it. Despite the stress and demands of this summer, we managed three nights this year.

Volkswagen Factory

The Maine Drag

Max in Charge


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hickory 2009

It was so cool to see the group that turned out at The Hickory last night. Driving east on 28, turning into the parking lot of this unfamiliar haunt, I was just a little uneasy. But I saw Karen getting out of her car, and instantly knew this can’t possibly be bad. In a few minutes I’m meeting old friends and making new ones. People I just met are buying me drinks. And a really kind cross-section of our life in the 70s showed up. Way cool. … So the plan is to do this again soon. Lots of little (or not so little) gatherings. Candy is thinking of a 33-1/3 reunion for the class of 1976 lot. Mike and Mary Lou got the group thinking about Memorial Day 2010 event at Davis Park. We had some trouble choosing between showing slides and movies on a big white sheet; or booking Phish for a stealth Bushkill festival. … Thanks so much to Jim Blatter for hooking us up; and to the Hickory staff. Let’s do it again soon.

Shep and Karen

Sunday, August 09, 2009

The Trees Grow

My first substantial departure from home was not, as I suspect it was for others, going off to college. Although Rochester and Woodstock are separated by seven hours of Thruway; college never felt, for me anyhow, "away from home". My fledgling event was breaking out of the Bearsville orbit, jettisoned really, and moving to San Francisco. I recall my first visits home and the first thing that felt askew was that the trees looked bigger. The trees near my home. The trees on the village green. It was if my departure had somehow furloughed the arborists of Ulster County. The basal area of my teenage habitat had become swollen with grand oaks and towering pines.

Almost 40 years since I first sat (here) at the bar at Manitou House; and the dominant organic landscape change is the forest. There is something to be learned here, but I'm not precisely sure what it is. Aphorisms like "Leave it alone and it will fix itself" come to mind. But the way things were are not by any decree, the way things are supposed to be.

All of which fuels my excitement about getting together tomorrow night with some who were among the local shrubbery of the 70s.

Andy on Tractor

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Mid-Course Crashing

I suppose I'm getting wiser with regard to "course management", but I'm still a frickin' klutz. And it seems to happen a lot with relatively benign 22-off passes, in July or August, and in odd calendar years! Take these facts: back in 2005 out of 3-ball, my forearm incident. back in 2007, same place, fractured patella. 2009, two hours ago, nowhere near as bad, but cut up my toe and banged up my shin after I turned early and ran over 4-ball and went out the front. Hope this heals quick so I can get back on the water Friday.

Blood on the Pylon

Brian and Dave Ski On!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

On Somes Sound

Some snappys from our brief getaway down east. More on clicking through to the album.

Sunset at Low Tide


Crab Creek Girls

Pond at Northeast Harbor


Friday, July 24, 2009

Northeast Harbor

Susan let me tag along to the Crab Creek reunion of sorts up in Northeast Harbor these past few days. It has been great weather, coming to an end today with an eerie, perpetual rain. We're staying at "The Rock", a family compound on the eastern shore of Somes sound. Skip took us out for a sail yesterday in Betsy and Abe's boat, "Endeavor". Elizabeth (the other Betsy) left for Canada-ville today. Haven't uploaded my snappys yet, so I'll post one that is at least from Maine, 100s of miles from here...

The Rangeley Inn (winter 2000)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summer in Swing

Every year seems to have its moment when you are sure summer is here. This weekend was that extended moment. Even while down in DC last week for some serious business, I was looking forward to getting on the water, as the Dubes Pond Webcam had gone online. So, of course we skied, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

We had M+M over to keep the party going on the home front...

Thursday, July 09, 2009

It's Windy, perhaps

Paul makes it look so easy, he can talk about hamburgers. Shep puts in the miles. Dave skis seven (seven) -32 passes without blinking. And the boat crew offers Brian solace by suggesting, "It's Windy"!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Three Baby Phoebes

Three baby Phoebes hatched this morning in a nest on our house. Mom has been bringing them (presumably) tasty worm bits while dad flits about on a tree nearby.

Friday, July 03, 2009

I'm on a Boat Lift!

What a wet, stressed-out June. July feels like a bug in brandy. After a better-than-normal start in April and May, I think I got out to ski maybe three sets in June. Once before Bonnaroo, and twice after. This morning at the pond was just gorgeous. Team Nautique took its place on the shore station: Look at me: I'm on a Boat! (video link)

I'm on a Boat Lift

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dog Days of Summer

The longest day of the year: nice! But it's a different kind of wet here in New England.

Playing on Dock (SML June 2009)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Duffel Bag Filled With Rocks

Why is it that Summer is Kodachrome; and Fall is Ektachrome? At least in my mind anyhow (writes the color-blind one). I'm digging the return to familiar patterns; except that the center of mass is far enough away from stasis, so as to keep us on edge. Life's arc wouldn't be challenging otherwise. ... Good ego lashing today as I got a letter in the mail, I am not making this up, from a dear friend I haven't heard from in a decade that said, and I'm really not making this up, that I'm a "duffle (sic) bag filled with rocks". Harsh. So I can't help but ask myself how I messed that up so well? People talk about first impressions; this has me thinking that last impressions may also mean something. Or maybe one's view of someone just drifts as the memories fade? Or it may just be spot-on correct; although I hope not an invariant and universal perception.

Kodachrome Summer on Eastern Point

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bonnaroo 2009

Bonnaroo 2009 was "Shasta-rific"! It's cliche, but the Friday night Phish set was my best ever. Best surprise of the show was seeing the Beastie Boys. The Decemberists did "The Hazards of Love" in its entirety (and more). Kaki King, great as always. Much more.

View from the VIP Knoll

Team Shasta

Kaki King at Sonic Stage

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

wash uffitzi, drive me to Firenze

We left New Hampshire yesterday for the 13 hour drive to SML, VA. I kept reminding myself that hauling a 4 ton trailer means that more stopping distance is required. Yet there was still one incident that got my attention as eyes returned to the road ahead after looking at the GPS. Fortunately, we left Miss Melanie to the on-the-road intertube duties. Serious regression as we looked up the lyrics to Cavern, and debated various YEM interpretations. A surprisingly easy drive, considering the distance and the trailer. ... Arrived SML, drinks and dinner with the Hurt family. Today I have to figure out how I'm going to jump out of this impossibly small birthday cake for Lori.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Onteora Ski Team

Having fun; on and off the ski team bus. Click-through the photos below for the rest of `em.

The Fun

The Girls

The Boys

The Prize

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Onteora Candids

I shot several thousand still images on a 35mm Honeywell Spotmatic in the mid-1970s. The vast majority where shot on bulk-loaded Kodak Plus-X that I would usually push a stop or two. Being a teenager at the time, many of those photos were shot around my high school, Onteora Central School, on the days I actually attended. Many of the better shots, not necessarily the ones without gratuitous “birds” and “moons”, went into the `74, `75, and `76 OCS yearbooks. Most just sat in glassine envelopes for decades.
There are more than a few duds, but certainly some kind gems among this first tranche of 700+ “Onteora Candids”. A few of my faves, among many, are below; the rest in Smugmug on clicking through. Enjoy!

Fran and Lacey


West Shokan Bus

Jason and Tony

Mr. Fiedler




Mr. Wesselmann


Ellie and Sherry