Saturday, April 29, 2017

In It

So, what have we been here, two weeks?
Maybe it's three...
It's been a blur.

Still tourists, for sure.
A "local" badge is hard earned in these parts.
It may be a while before I earn that mantle.
But as mentioned before, there doesn't seem to be much hostility towards the new guy in these parts.
In person, at least...

The unpacking keeps us busy, still.
It's kept us out of the kitchen, too.
Which is OK, a good excuse to get out and about.

I'll call it a town here, 'cause it seems pretty small
Smallest city I have lived in since the hometown kind of small.
Don't quite need to use the GPS sized town, for me at least.

We have gotten to a few of the breweries here.
There are a lot of them.
Ventured to some restaurants.

This song has been heard at more than half of the places we have hit up.

Maybe there is some sort of town playlist, that gets passed around?

Strangely, there is a homogeneous vibe to many spots we have been to, beyond that song.

Every brewpub I have been to has some sort of beat salad, a pastrami sandwich and signature (similar) burger on the menu.
I guess that is fine...
Kale, I can't think of one restaurant I have been to that doesn't have kale all over the menu.
I've probably had more kale in the past few weeks than I had last year.

On another subject, my vehicle and dogs are entirely undersized, as compared to local expectations.
Maybe not expectations, perhaps standards...

Ideally, I think a lifted, crew cab, heavy duty diesel truck would be the rig.
Color options seem to be either white or back, with any accessories blacked out.
Flatbed option not required, but does score extra points...

There doesn't seem to be a preferred dog breed, but the bigger the better.
Obviously, husky or mountain dog breeds demonstrate ones commitment to the local cause...

And one behavior note, observed only in our immediate neighborhood...
There is still a fair amount of construction around our place, residential, new homes getting built.
Those job sites get porta-johns, honey buckets or whatever your local vernacular calls them.
They are just scattered around job sites and street corners.

Now in my experience, those plastic shit pits are to be avoided at all costs.
Nobody wants anything to do with anything in those things...
But here, they seem to function as public pit stops.
Mail men, random folks passing by, driving through.
More than three times I have spotted somebody stopping for a bio break and getting on their way.
Like it's no big deal to stop and dump in a random box on the side of the road.
Which is weird...

Also, a blue Patagonia puffer jacket seems to be required.

Anyway, let's not dwell on all of that.

It's the (not so) Wild West.
Freedom and big skies.
Actual tumbleweeds on windy days.
Ice cold rivers and snow capped mountains.

So, yeah.

Here we are...

Friday, April 28, 2017


Just gonna go ahead and back into this weekend...

(Photo credit.)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cooking Tips

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I wish I knew this a few weeks ago...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday Trike

What I fond most compelling about this picture is the look of smug satisfaction that guy has...

Monday, April 24, 2017


Man there were a lot of days over the weekend...

We had Earth Day, you know, for the Earth.

There was Record Store day, for those stores that still sell records.

Of course we also had people celebrating 4/20, because that is a thing.

All important, I guess, though I will leave the prioritizing to you...

People got together to march for science, as well.

How unfortunate, that we have come to that...
If you care to bandy about phrases like "make America great again" it seems like you would embrace science, as it led to a good deal of prosperity and growth, here.

Anyway, I didn't get down with any of those events I guess.
I just took things out of boxes...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Preach It

(Asses to asses.)

Friday, April 21, 2017


Thursday, April 20, 2017


OK, here is some baseball nerdery.

What if Barry Bonds went without a bat for a season?
Here is the deep dive on that question...

It is baseball season, after all.
Not that I have had a chance to see more than an inning or two, since it started.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Just look at how satisfying that single sheet of paper is, with the study of positive and negative space.

From what I read, this was an assignment for an Albers led course...

At the Bauhaus.

Done by student Arieh Sharon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


So, I guess the official closing of the Rhode Island place is now done?

Thanks for the memories Lil Rhody...
And the oysters.

Mainly the oysters.

Monday, April 17, 2017


Well, we are here now...

After watching some crummy movers pack and load our stuff into a big orange truck...
We set off in two cars, with two dogs, a cat and some crucial gear.
For six days.
Through booming thunderstorms, huge winds and thankfully little spring snow...
Three thousand eighty seven miles of driving.
Then watching all that stuff from the truck spill into our new domicile.
And rummaging through some of the hundred fifty boxes populating every corner of every room...
To find the bits that make us productive professionals.

We seem to have arrived at our new lives.
Just today...

Those mountains peak out, over town, if I walk out my front door and look left.

Most of town lies between here and there.
A tiny city, full of people in earth toned jeans and puffy jackets.

People that are nice.
Just randomly.
It seems weird, but that may just be too many days back east, swaying my my opinion...

We have found the grocery stores.
Some beer and some brunch.
A pizza place that delivers.
The nearest Mexican food.

Seen rain, snow, hail and sunny skies all in the same afternoon.

Here we are.

I think I like it...