travels

outside philly

Camping in Acadia

Camping in Acadia

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit Maine’s Acadia National Park. I was a reasonably successful camper, surviving timed showers (4 minutes!), thunderstorms, slimy cheese from the cooler, various creepy crawlers, and a whiny kid at the campsite next door. Acadia is the only US national park comprised solely of donated land, […]

Lititz:  At last, shoe man!

Lititz: At last, shoe man!

Special K did not have his annual Fourth of July roof deck party, so I went home to check out Lititz’s annual Fourth of July extravaganza. Because I’ve been stalking Shoe Man for the past year, I asked Moon Pappy to make an unscheduled drive-by. Success! In front of Shoe Man’s house was a large, […]

Riversharks versus Barnstormers

Riversharks versus Barnstormers

Because of the upcoming home purchase, break between jobs, and trip to Maine, I am in extreme cheapskate mode. Just ask the poor bastard who had to help me at the Verizon Wireless store. I gave him the business about mail-in rebates versus instant rebates and marched out the door in a huff. One fun […]

Ommegang > Dick Cheney's Thighs

Ommegang > Dick Cheney’s Thighs

A few readers have privately expressed dismay at seeing Dick Cheney’s picture on top of the weblog and have asked could I please put up a new entry? Fair enough, so I’m ending the week with a much happier image: New York’s Ommegang brewery. I visited Ommegang back in May and will update later with […]

Poconos, somewhere near New York

Poconos, somewhere near New York

Wow, so this is nature. Specifically, this is the Upper Delaware river, near Lackawaxen, PA (New York is over on the left). The water was so warm and inviting that I didn’t mind falling off the dock onto swarms of tadpoles.

Bizarre Cooperstown Moment

Bizarre Cooperstown Moment

Someone turned an ugly portrait of the pope into a jigsaw puzzle and then displayed it next to a decorative, flashing-light moose plaque. This shocking exhibit is but a few steps away from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, an institution that embodies the national pastime and moral fabric of our great nation.