Tuesday, May 31, 2005
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Friday, May 27, 2005
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Friday, May 20, 2005
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Monday, May 16, 2005
What a great lesson!
I spent the last 5 hours learning to fly-fish. Our instructor, Warren Ray, explained the equipment, flies, and the casting techniques. We practiced in the parking lot for about half-hour, casting and the false cast. Then it was off to the pond in Connetquot State Park. This pond is for learning and all fish must be released, unharmed.
The Parkwood Outfitters, 631-563-1323, lent us all the necessary equipment including chest-high waders. We each caught about 5 to 8 trout, the largest of them, 6 or 7 pounds!
I was very, very happy with the lesson. I feel that I learned a great deal. I am now on my way to begin, what is for me, a new way of fishing.
Now I have to buy the equipment and practice, practice, practice!
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Why do most woman dislike going to Bridal Showers? I have to go to one on Sunday and I don’t want to go. My feelings have nothing to do with the Bride or the Groom. I like both people and wish them the best. And, it will be a classy event at one of the better restaurants. So, why would I rather not go? I think the purpose is no longer there.
When I was married in 1971, I was beginning a new life. I had been living with my parents up to that point and had nothing of my own. I just finished college, just started working, but was making very little money. I could not live with my fiancé before that; my parents would not allow it! Unless you are my age, you wouldn’t understand that….
I needed everything: sheets, towels, dishes, a toaster…It was the same for all my friends too.
Brides today, on Long Island, in general, are older and more established. They have been living on their own or with their boyfriends/fiancés. They have sheets, towels, microwaves and in many cases, even a cappuccino machine! They and/or their parents have already bought them everything they need and most of what they want. What do they need now other than the good wishes of friends?
The Bridal Registry: The happy couples, here on Long Island, go to the major stores and pick out what they want. They register at stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Williams and Sonoma. They make their wish list, things to replace the items they have been using for the last few years. It’s not things they need but things they want to replace. The shower seems so unnecessary!
Even buying the gift now is so removed from the event. As a guest, you can order the gift on the Internet and have it gift wrapped and shipped right to the registered address, selected by the happy couple. Why even go to the shower?
And please, I hope no one brings one of those pranks, sexual jokes: a rubberized penis! After living with a few of the boyfriends, the bride will have to pretend to be shocked for the benefit of Grandma! It seems so silly.
I will go to the shower and wish the bride happiness because that’s what we do for friends!
Friday, May 13, 2005
Today was the day to have my oil changed in my car. I knew we would be in the Nesconset area, so my thoughts immediately went to the best place to eat for lunch:
This restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch but it has the greatest food and best service.
The décor is all cows: black and white cow designs, cow photos, lights, mugs, and anything that comes a cow motif including a Harley Davidson enclosed in a glass case.
The menu has special pancakes and breakfast items but the lunches are spectacular. Sandwiches are very fresh, tomatoes are ripe red, lettuce is crisp and green and there are always specials.
Today I had the lobster roll, large chunks of lobster with fresh tomatoes, delicious cole slaw, and homemade potato salad.
If you are going for lunch, go early or you will have to wait on line. This is always a sign of great food!
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Our friend Dave has a 30' Newport. Great boat, very sea-worthy. He is a very competent captain, too. I always feel very safe on his sailboat. I've known Dave for over 15 years. Worked with him and traveled, too.
Of course, we brought along our favorite bottle of wine, Kendell Jackson Chardonnay. For two hours we sailed and watched the sun set behind some clouds, laughing and talking and telling him about our recent trip to Honduras. In January, Dave came with us to Bonaire to dive, but he couldn't make this trip.
Dave is such a terrific sailor that he rarely turns on the engine, even to bring the boat back to dock. He sails ever so slowly back down the river, until he gets right to his slip. He turns the engine on and backs in. Beautiful!
I've been on the Great South Bay for the last three evenings. Not a bad life. But then I'm retired now and don't have to worry about getting lesson plans prepared or waking up early. Good life...
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Monday, May 09, 2005
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