The Cusp of Fall

Well Fall is quickly approaching which gives one pause to consider summer, but we are attempting to delay fall as long as possible! Getting away for labor day weekend, one of the last attempts before the craziness of the school year starts with my job. Nearing the cusp of fall this summer has been great. We saw tons of great bands, visit friends old and new, and just enjoy each others company. I find it hard to pick one event as the end all of the summer, be it 3 hour walks at the beach in Maine, finding out our friend sally is having twins, the 12 hour road trip or seeing my always favorite Kirsten Hersh and the great Matisyahu.  What I think personally I will remember about this summer is being able to spend quality time with Kathy. Taking a lot of fridays off, it was nice to just have lots of weekend to spend with my wife. One does ever appreciate the time one can spend with someone you truly care about. It makes you realize just how great some people in your life are and how some surprise you daily in just how amazing they are.

Cape-tastic

We just got back from a nice weekend at the Cape. My Aunt rents out a little cottage by a private beach in South Dennisport, and she was nice enough to let us stay for the weekend.
The beach nearby was small and sea-weed covered, but it was nice to hear the ocean when we opened up the windows to the cottage to sleep at night!

The first night we were there we hung out in Hyannis-about 20 minutes south of Dennisport. We had some sandwiches at a little Italian cafe and then headed over to the Cape Cod melody tent to see yet another concert–this time Susan Tedeschi.

The Cape Cod melody tent is indeed a tent. It’s a relatively small arena so no matter where you sat you felt close to the stage–and the stage rotated!

She put on an absolutely amazing show. Her backup band consisted of a kickass saxophonist, keyboard player, and drummer. She was very sweet and humble about herself in between songs, but boy, that woman can belt it out! The one unfortunate part about the event was we had the misfortune of sitting in front of a VERY loud, very obnoxious drunk couple who talked through the whole show. They kept making comments about how bad Susan’s butt looked in her jeans (which it didn’t look bad! They just couldn’t find anything better to do). And whenever she sang a slower song, they blabbered on about how they couldn’t stand her slower songs. I wanted to turn around and deck them one, but they seemed like the kind of obnoxious people who would just talk louder if you asked them to shut up. So Chris and I moved outside where we could still hear and see Susan, and we enjoyed the rest of the show much better that way. (I hope those 2 drunkards get what they deserve one day!)

Day 2 of our stay we went to visit our good friends Sally and Shaari, who recently moved to Sandwich, MA from Northampton. It was great to visit with them, their new house was gorgeous and we had a nice time chatting and hanging out. We played frisbee with their adorable black lab, Dixie, went out to lunch and relaxed on a beach in town. We also found out the exciting news that they are expecting-gulp-twins!!

The rest of our day was spent playing rummy out on the front porch of the cottage (I totally kicked Chris in the butt with that game!), walking by the shore and eating out (mostly). We had some okay meals–Royal Pizza had decent pizza and Cafe El Dolce had nice sanwiches. The Sundae School had the best ice cream, and Woolfies bakery had nice blueberry iced coffee and cinnamon twists. Sunday morning we ate at the Breakfast Room, which was mediocre. The raspberry french toast I ordered looked like it was covered in pepto bismol–and kind of had that consistency too. Oh well, you can’t win em all…

We saw a lot of cool places to look at for next time we go.
It was only a short stay at the Cape but we had such a good time we’re hoping to go back later in the fall or earlier next summer. Gotta love being by the ocean!

10mph

Chris and I just got back from seeing an amazing documentary film called “10 mph”. It’s about a group of guys who decided to do a cross-country tour from Atlanta to Boston on a Segway. They were in Brattleboro for a one-night viewing of their film and a post-show talk.

I’m so happy to hear that Netflix picked this baby up, because it is a must-see. It’s not only about reverting to a simpler way of traveling, but it’s about meeting people along the way who’ve pursued their passions in life, and about finding beauty in unexpected places, and figuring out where you want to go in life with what’s given to you. It’s funny and touching, and I’d easily give it 4 stars for a documentary.

It sucks that this individual mentioned in the movie, “Pat”, promised to give them 20k to support them in the making of their film, then renegged when they were already halfway across the country. I’m hoping that, with enough publicity, they’ll gain that money back and more. (Pat,man, wherever you are…. you’re a douchebag.)

They’ll be having a drawing after their documentary viewing tour in which one lucky person will win a Segway. How cool would that be?

check their site out : http://10mph.com/the-film

Better than closer to fine

On Friday we went to Lowell, Mass for their summer music festival. They have bands almost every week and sometimes more than two a week and it is just nice.

We went to see the Indigo Girls with Melissa Ferrick as an opener.

We arrived at Lowell a few hours before the concert was to start and it was crazy busy. Last year when we went to see Dar Williams we had to problem setting up our blanket then going and heading out to town. Not so with the Indigo girls. The place apparently opened at 8am for a bit then they closed the gates till 6pm and there was a lot of people there, always a good sign of things to come.

We decided to go to a cute little cafe for a snack while we waited for the gates to open again. During this time Kathy pounded me at Scrabble even when she gave me points for all these made up words I spelled. After a nice banana-and-nutella crepe, we decided to head back.

So we headed back to drop our blanket down, and went to grab a drink before the concert started. I had a dirty martini and Kathy had a frozen blueberry martini. They were so-so.

There was definitely an aura of general amicability in the air when we sat down on our blankets. Everyone was there to have a good time, no matter what their background may be.

I do have to say that Indigo Girls concerts tend to attract a unique crowd of people; this isn’t just your regular old apple-pie folk concert. People from all walks of life: young and old, punk and proper, gay and straight. The Indigo Girls tell stories with their music that attract all who have lived some part of what they sing.

Melissa Ferrick opened for them and did a stellar job. She made the crowd laugh with her random jokes and jams in between sets. She did a real funny version of the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Give it Away now”.

Last year the Indigo Girls had to cut their concert short because of thunderstorms. There was no alternative arena set up, and when there’s an outdoor concert, wires + lightning= bad news. So they were only able to play a short set.

This year hopes were high as most of the day was clear and there wasn’t a drop in sight. Well, as luck would have it, the Indigo Girls no sooner than commented on what a lovely night it was then a few raindrops fell after their second song. Everyone looked at each other like “Oh,no, not again!”, but they continued on, and luckily Mother Nature was kind enough to let them finish their set without any more rain.

And what a set it was. The two are impeccable live. They sang all of their hits and a few beautiful gems from their new album. They had that “southern hospitality thang” going on with alot of “thanks, ya’ll” in between songs. They played well over an hour and a half and sang several songs for their encore. Perhaps it was the warm, inviting summer air and the all around good vibes from everyone there, but the music just reached into our souls and spread goodness all around. When “the girls” began to strum the first chords of “Closer to Fine” everyone just stood up and cheered…

What do we have to say about the night? It was “Closer to Fine”; in fact, even better than closer to fine.

R.I.P Hotties

Today is a sad, sad day for the donut empire. Chris and I have just found out that the GREATEST donut shop in Orlando, and in THE WORLD, just closed its doors. Yes, folks, Hotties Donuts is officially closed.

You may be wondering why 2 healthy vegetarians would be so upset over something which seems so opposite their lifestyle. Aren’t donuts the devil? Well, if you come to this conclusion then you must not have tasted the aforementioned donut!

We discovered said donuts on a (long, healthy) walk to a (healthy, vegetarian) Indian restaurant which we loved to eat at in Orlando. We spotted the (fattening, unhealthy) donut shop across the way on our walk back.
We looked inside the window and found that a. Hotties does not, nor has ever used trans fats or animal-derived fats in their baking., and b. There were a lot of unique flavors to try. So we agreed that, since we had walked for over an hour, it wouldn’t hurt us too much to try just one. So we asked for a chocolate donut with peanut butter in the middle. When we sat down and bit into it, we realized what insane things people might do for such goodness.

So we took to walking to Hotties donuts nearly every other day in the Florida, oftentimes forgetting about the Indian restaurant across the way. We tried mint-chocolate donuts, orange-glazed donuts, and Boston creme donuts that would make Dunkin Donuts hang themselves by a noose in defeat.

I am certain grown men have wept when biting into a Hotties Donut. I was certain that I’d have pregnancy cravings of pickles covered in a Hotties cinnamon-glazed. Hotties wasn’t just a donut shop, it was a sensation. It put Krispy Kremes around the world to shame.

Now that I hear of the news I’m not sure what we’ll do. When we take our next trip to Florida, what will be our motivating factor for those scorching, long walks? (You see, Hotties did actually motivate us to walk more, so therefore it essentially was good for us….kinda…) It’s sad that we’ll never bite into a peanut-butter chocolate again. Hotties, we’ll try to carry on without ya, but it’ll be hard….it’ll be hard….

George Bush has crapped on our healthcare system

Today I had a patient who just returned from a 2-year military stay in Iraq (“this time it wasn’t my choice to go over there”, he told me). He presented with severe decay and advanced periodontal disease. He was so frustrated with the quality of dental care in the military, and it made me upset to hear it. He still paid his insurance premiums every month, only to receive the absolute bare minimum of care. He got no regular cleanings, and if decay was spotted on a tooth, even if it was a small and easy to restore spot, teeth were just extracted there. He did not want to lose teeth so he refused to have them deal with the decay. So he is now dealing with some major restorative work that could’ve easily been prevented.

I know we talked about healthcare in a previous post. But this outrages me, and it’s frustrating that, in all aspects of healthcare for military personell, this case is not surprising. Not only is there a nationwide healthcare provision deficit, but the lack of healthcare provided for our military-in and of active duty-is simply atrocious. Injured vets are paying out of pocket and/or yet to recieve care for benefits promised to them from the army? When all the troops come home (I should say “if” the troops come home), this problem will only magnify tenfold and increase mistrust in our government (trust and government no longer go hand in hand). I’m not an apple pie and Ford kind of American, but doesn’t this just seem unpatriotic?

Summer Home Ownership

A few months ago we got the Condo appraised and it was suggested that we just do minor touchups. Well it is summer and with the prospect of finding a house anytime soon being as likely as me running for pope, I have done little in the way of those “touchups”. The weather is just way too nice and the weekends too short to spend them painting, scraping, or replacing items besides the fall is much better weather wise for that type of stuff.

So I have been obsessing of late with replacing the flooring on our second floor (sans the bathroom which I already did) mainly due to the carpet we have. I freely admit it was home depot special carpet we bought right after some water damage to replace the horrible stuff that was already there. At the time we needed something ASAP and with kathy in college, whoever could put it in quickest won. The carpet is starting to show it’s age and the installers did less than a good job putting it in. I could attempt to re-stretch it but risk opening some of the seams even more.

So my obsession with what type of flooring to replace the carpet with started. Looking online, all the big box stores, a couple local places, and in CT didn’t really help that much. There are a ton of choices and the ever important cost/value/comfort/environment factor. With Kathy’s allergies too, it becomes a big factor in what to get to minimize any chance of the flooring making them worse.

Well last night at 11pm or so I took the plunge and ordered some solid bamboo flooring from a place in CT, decided that I had to end the obsession. Might as well take the plunge and do the hallway, closet, and stairs and order the bedrooms next week or so. I would have loved to get Teragren which every professional found thought it was good (it is in the dental office Kathy works with too) but given that we are going to be in the condo for not much longer it made no sense (it is pricey). I am thinking of this as good practice for putting in a solid hardwood floor which I have only done once before.

So my obsession hopeful has ended for the time being, now the fun part will begin soon, ripping stuff apart.