October 30, 2007
October 16, 2007
Meanwhile life does go on. While in (and on the way to/from) I was reading Michael Thomas Ford's latest novel "Changing Tides" It was great and now Jim is reading it and can't seem to put it down...
A great read and as always, Ford keeps you guessing for a while...
After I finished "Tides" I started "First Person Plural" by Andrew W.M. Beierle. Jim had been reading it and we just swapped books when we were finished.
Another well written book with an interesting twist: Conjoined twins, one gay, one straight, and a life full of overcome obstacles...
That's all for now...
Over and "Out" from Toano, VA
October 2, 2007
Saturday afternoon, we took the "F" streetcar down Market Street to the Embarcadaro, and then down from the Ferry Building (Pier 1) to the heart of Fisherman's Wharf (Piers 39 and higher). Where we grabbed a cable car and of course, had to stand on the runners like the true tourists we were. We had dinner on the Wharf and then headed back to the Castro for a nightcap and bed.
These are the public toilets (free) which go through self cleaning cycles after each use. The doors open and close automatically, which is one of the reasons I never used one....
This was taken from the top of Coit Tower looking down the hill... I think I see Ms Madrigal!!
Monday morning was spent recovering from Sunday night's wine social, drinks before dinner, wine with dinner, and drinks at each bar we visited... Jim lay in bed, while I went down to the garden and pretended to read "Changing Tides" (the newest from Michael Thomas Ford) which is actually very good and is set in Monterey.
Monday afternoon we set out for the Wharf and the Park Service's official cruise TO Alcatraz... There is only one cruise that actually takes you to and drops you off on the island. We chose to go on one of the evening tours which has more narration and offers access to parts of the prison that are not open to the public on the day tours.
We had a great time on Alcatraz and the views of the city at night were spectacular. The views from inside were not as great!
Tuesday was my birthday, and we did more walking and exploring, cable car riding, and chocolate eating and shopping...
The cable car museum and powerhouse.. If you look at the I-beam you can see the words "California", "Mason", and "Powell", the 3 main lines. The white machines in the foreground are actually keeping the cables running all the time.
No visit to San Francisco would be complete without a visit to Ghirardelli Square. While the actual chocolate factory has moved to Oakland (I think) the shops and Ice Cream Parlor were wonderful... Another free sample??? Sure.
We had a late lunch at E & O Trading Company and then headed down to the theater district to see "Mama Mia" which was awesome and very entertaining. Jim had us sitting 4th row center, I had a grand 52nd birthday! Thank you Baby!
Ok, this is taking longer than I thought... Wednesday through Saturday events will be detailed in my next post!
Over and "Out" from back home in Toano, VA
September 6, 2007
The last time I was there was 20 years ago, while I don't expect things to have changed all that much, it will be interesting to see the same things through different eyes...
September 5, 2007
|My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:|
Viscount Thomas the Festive of Much Bottom
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title
I'm not sure exactly how to interpret the title, but... if "the foo shits, wear it" ...
Over and "Out" from a busy day off in Toano, VA.
August 28, 2007
August 24, 2007
I was raised, was married (the first time), and raised all of my children as a fairly good catholic. Some years ago I had a falling out with the church. The thought that I would not be forgiven for being gay and happy somehow just didn't seem to demonstrate the teachings of the faith I had always been a part of... Yet Pope John-Paul II assured me (at the same time he condemned me) that the priests involved with children of their parishes, caught years after the fact, would all be forgiven, as they knew what they did was wrong. What a relief... I wonder if they asked for forgiveness before or after they were caught?
I tried, not too long ago, to re-enlist in organized religion. I found an Episcopal church that I really liked the feel of and really liked the similarity to the service I had always been a part of. I began dating Jim (long distance) shortly after and found that I was spending more and more time in Williamsburg, hence missing the services at my new church in Richmond.
Eventually I moved to Williamsburg/Toano and left St. Thomas and the attempted re-connection with faith behind... It has only been over the past few days that I have realized that faith is not something that can only be had by entering the doors beneath a star or cross. It truly is something that travels with you wherever you go. Like FATE (which I also subscribe to), FAITH is a part of what makes me.... me.... It's not something you get in return for placing coins or checks in a basket, it's not something you can teach yourself to do, it's something that you just have. Sometimes it hides itself deep inside and comes out only in times of other emotional distress, other times it hangs on the edge of your shirt sleeve for all to see...
While visiting The Way I See It (one of my regular reads) I listened and watched two versions of the following video. I have always enjoyed the original, however, Wynonna's story and rendition is truly inspiring, soulful, and hanging right there on that sleeve for all to admire:
Over and "Out" from Toano, VA
August 19, 2007
August 14, 2007
I have had my hands full with happenings at work that I will write about soon. For those regular readers, I apologize. For those who have sent me notes of concern, Thank you!
I will return soon!
Over and "Out" for today, from Toano, VA
July 25, 2007
July 17, 2007
July 9, 2007
July 5, 2007
July 4, 2007
June 29, 2007
June 19, 2007
We only had one day without sun, which we used to explore the shops and other sights in Corolla and nearby Duck.
That's it for now... Over and "Out" from Toano, VA
(Oh, and happy belated Father's Day too)!
June 9, 2007
June 1, 2007
May 28, 2007
May 24, 2007
May 19, 2007
On a side note, for any "Extreme Makeover, Home Edition" fans... American Signature (Value City Furniture's, American Signature Furniture's, and Rooms Today's parent company) is now a participating sponsor, supplying the show most of the home furnishings and accessories seen weekly. Check out their websites...
May 16, 2007
"The pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"
"I shudder to think where the country would be right now if the religious right had not evolved,"
May 8, 2007
May 4, 2007
April 30, 2007
Again, the photo maybe somewhat of an exaggeration, but I can assure you that our arms, legs and backs were feeling not too great, after we were finished.
I work later tonight (training with store closing procedures) and have been asked to fill in for the manager that has been training me for the rest of the week... Indoctrination by fire??
Over and "Out" from "Springtime in Toano"...
April 22, 2007
April 20, 2007
Ross Abdallah Alameddine
Christopher James Bishop
Brian Roy Bluhm
Ryan Christopher Clark
Austin Michelle Cloyd
Kevin P. Granata
Matthew Gregory Gwaltney
Caitlin Millar Hammaren
Jeremy Michael Herbstritt
Rachael Elizabeth Hill
Emily Jane Hilscher
Jarrett Lee Lane
Matthew Joseph La Porte
Henry J. Lee
Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan
Lauren Ashley McCain
Daniel Patrick O'Neil
Minal Hiralal Panchal
Daniel Alejandro Perez
Erin Nicole Peterson
Michael Steven Pohle, Jr.
Julia Kathleen Pryde
Mary Karen Read
Reema Joseph Samaha
Waleed Mohamed Shaalan
Leslie Geraldine Sherman
Maxine Shelly Turner
April 18, 2007
April 17, 2007
April 8, 2007
April 7, 2007
My old Sebring got traded in... and this Equinox is awesome!!!
More to come, from Snowy Toano... Over and "Out"