Friday, July 30, 2010


Fridays for me have become ritualistic.  The soup of the day at work on Friday is clam chowder and I've had a bowl of clam chowder with oyster crackers and an ice tea nearly every Friday for a least a year now.

I've also been wearing my Nantucket Reds on Fridays since I got them Memorial Day weekend as sort of casual Friday kind of thing for the summer.

And when I get home from work on Fridays I make a cup of coffee (ice coffee today), sit down at the 'puter, and check out GQ's 'The Week in Style'.  I subscribe to GQ and I used to sip the GQ kool-aid, but I think my style has matured over the past couple of years and I don't think I'm as influenced as I used to be.

I like seeing what the celebs are sporting.  Some of them do great but most of the guys try too hard and fail.  And it makes me feel good knowing that I dress better than movie stars.  It's a weekly collection of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good

The Bad

and The Ugly

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mt. Tecumseh, 4000 footer #2

  Last Saturday, my wife and I climbed Mount Tecumseh near Campton, N.H.  This hike was highlighted by an encounter with "wildlife" (as you will see).  Mt. Tecumseh is 4000 footer number two on my list of 48.  I'm not doing them in any particular order yet, but I think I may go back to the Waterville Valley area on my next trip.
  Mt. Tecumseh stands at 4003' and is the shortest of the 4000 footers.  But I don't think short means easy in this case.  It kind of kicked our butts and I'm proud of my wife for climbing her first 4,000 footer.

  This hike can be broken up into thirds.  The first third of the trail crosses the Tecumseh Brook a couple of times and then up to an opening at a scenic view from a Waterville Valley ski slope.

The first brook crossing

and the second brook crossing

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

J Who?

I'm going to be a cranky old man for a minute.
  Does J. Crew make anything themselves anymore?  They're turning into a department store.  It looks like they've gotten their hands on some copies of Take Ivy and plan on making it their own, sort of.  "J.Crew has printed 300 limited-edition copies in a special slide case (and 700 copies of the standard copies of the book)."  is the news comes from an email I get from Thompson Hotels.  And I do think it's weird that a hotel chain is blogging about fashion trends like aviator glasses and Ivy style.
  J. Crew is current selling nearly thirty other brands other than their own on their website.  From jeans to bags to sneakers...the list goes on.  And it's not like you can't get these things from the companies that make them.  You can buy a Baracuta jacket from Baracuta.

Here's an example.  Let's look at the Tretorn T-56 sneaker.

Here is Tretorn from Tretorn, and here is Tretorn from J. Crew.  The Tretorn from Tretorn is five dollars less than what J. Crew is selling it for.  There are more examples, but I digress.

Take Ivy can be bought from Powerhouse, the company that is publishing it.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Not a very well thought out plan

It seemed like a good idea at the time.  I was trying to google this blog (Tea For One, as it was).  I'd like to at least be able to google my own blog and know that it is easy to find.  It wasn't even remotely one of the top results.  Tea For One is a Led Zeppelin song that I can't even hum the first bar to.  A bit hypocritical if you ask me.  So I decided to change the name and address of the blog to something more obscure (e.i. easily searchable on Google).

What I do know is the blues, and everyone knows that the blues start with Robert Johnson.  When I practice enough, I can play They're Red Hot all the way through.  In one verse, he and his babe bought a V8 Ford and they wound that thing on the running board.  Ahh, "The Running Board", that would be a good name for a blog.  But alas, it was taken (and not being used, damnit).  In another verse, the monkey and the baboon are playing in the grass and the monkey stuck his finger in the Good Gulf Gas.  Not as good as The Running Board, but good and available.

So I took it...and lost my blog roll, which is one of the main reasons I have a blog.  And I also lost my followers, yes, plural.  My lovely wife was one of my followers.  I can get her back.  But the other follower was a blogger named Tucker.

It was quite humbling when I found out that someone I didn't know, and blogger at that, was following my blog.  I had seen his blog before, however it was not on my blog roll.  Of course I immediately became a follower of his blogs and put them on my blog roll.  What I hadn't noticed was that he put my blog on his blog roll.  Now the name and address change to my blog has totally screwed that gig up.  Not a very well thought out plan.

Until I found out that someone was actually following my blog I never considered myself a blogger, but if you've ever seen What About Bob?, Bill Murray's character says "I'm sailing, I'm a sailor, I sail!".  Well, if I have a blog and I post blogs then that makes me a blogger.