Sunday, March 29, 2009

Questionable Facts, Another funny email

It takes food 7 seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

One human hair can support 3kg. or 6.6lbs.

The average man's penis is 3 times the length of his thumb.

Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.

There are about a Trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Women blink twice as much as men.

The average person's skin weighs twice as much as the brain.

Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when standing still.

If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

Women reading this will be finished now.

Men will still be busy checking there thumbs.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Some of the food...

Really, what is a road trip good for if you don't stop to eat ??

Captain Crunch French Toast, from the Blue Moon Cafe in Baltimore, MD.

I heard about the place from the show on the Food Network called Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, hosted by Guy Fieri. Here is a map of all the places he's been.

His assessment of the French Toast was spot on accurate.It was delicious,. I stole a taste from another Team Hideaway member...

I had the Country Scramble, above, which was lightly scrambled egg over fresh country biscuits topped with cheese, bacon and country gravy and served with crispy hash browns potatoes...I could have eaten 2 plates full!!

As for the famous Maryland Lump Crab, it seems every place I ever see crab cakes on the menu boasts that they use, Maryland Lump Crab, NOT EVEN CLOSE, sorry Legal Seafood and all the other pretenders...If you want the real thing you have to go to Maryland or order your Crab directly from the source.

Here is a good source to order from and a great place to eat: G&M Restaurant and Lounge

and this is what their crab cakes look like when served up:

Tender, very little spice almost ALL CRABMEAT..The Best ever !!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Back Home Again

Arrived back home about midnight on Sunday. Here are some shots I got at the National Zoo...

The Prairie Dog was wondering if he would be paid for posing.

The Panda would not look at the camera!

The Lion was just chillin out.

The Tiger wondered if I had any food,

He got a drink and then kept looking ..

For something to eat...

More pictures...tomorrow!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Washington DC Photos

The Washington Monument above with the sun setting behind it was one of the last pictures I took on Friday. We really tried to get as much in as we could on what proved to be a beautiful day in D.C.

The Jefferson Memorial

The Capitol Building

The Museum Of Natural History

The Lincoln Memorial

The Korean War Memorial

The museum of American History, I think I look a little Presidential.

One thing I noticed when we started out on the National Mall was that it really could use some turf builder, that proposal to spend a couple million on some grass seed might not have been too far off the mark.

Did you notice , I still got some moves !!

Well, I'm tired and going to bed, if you click on the pictures and they are extremely large, I'm sorry..I don't have my usual editing program .

Friday, March 20, 2009

We Made it

Team Hideaway has made it to the Washington DC area!! Thanks to the wonders of portable GPS, we made it with little or no traffic, NYCwas the exception' but no worse than anything I've come up against in Boston.

Last night I delivered some Schmitts Chocolate Truffles to my cousin that lives down here and picked up a parking pass that we will use to park close to Washington's Metro System, their subway.

We then grabbed a late bite to eat for dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings, a chain but not bad food, a couple beers and then went back to the hotel

Today we are headed to the National Mall where I will get some pictures to post. The Smithsonian Institute is right there to and I heard from someone that knows that it would take a person an average of 17 YEARS to read about everything on display or archived in any 1 of the 19 Museums they have !!

We will try to get in as much as we can !

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Road Trip: Boston to Washington DC

The Tom's Hideaway Team is setting off for Washington DC this morning.

Hopefully I'll be posting via a laptop some pictures from our nations capitol and surrounding areas over the next few days. I will also try to add reviews of places we stop for food and drinks.

Things I'd like eat when I get there:

Maryland Lump Crab, but that might not be in season (-:

Captain Crunch Waffles

Shrimp and Grits

A Hot Dog from DC's favorite Ben's Chili Bowl which has served up Hot Dogs for 50 years and now boasts that it is 100% wind powered, as long as their Hot Dogs haven't gone green I am sure I'll be satisfied!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

An Irishmen had a bit too much to drink and was driving home from the pub when a policeman pulled him over...

"So" says the cop to the driver, "Where are you coming from?"

"Why, I've just come from the pub!" Slurs the driver.

"Well," the cop says, "Looks like you have had quite a few drinks."

"I did all right!!" the drunken irishman said with a smile.

"Did you know" The cop says; standing straight and crossing his arms across his chest, "that your wife fell out of the car a few blocks back."

"OH!, Than Heavens" says the drunk, "I thought I was goin deaf!!"

and another..

Six retired Irismen are playing poker in Jimmy O'Leary's apartment when Paddy Flanagan loses $500 in one hand, he stands, clutches his chest and then drops dead at the table. Showing respect for their fallen friend, the other five men continue playing standing up.

Michael O'Connor looks around and says, "Well boys someone is going to have to tell Paddy's wife. Who will it be??"

They drew straws and Billy Donnelly picked the short one. The men told him to be discreet.

"Discreet, I am the most discreet Irishman you will ever meet" "Just leave it to me, discretion is my middle name."

Donnelly goes over to Flanagan's house and knocks on the door and Mrs Flanagan answers and asks what he wants.

Donnelly tells her, "Paddy just lost $500 dollars in a poker game and is afraid to come home."

Mrs. Flanagan's face flushed red with anger and said " You tell him to drop dead!!"

"I'll go tell him." Donnelly said.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Skateboard-Sailing Anyone??

It wasn't a dream, right there in the beach parking lot we drove by a guy with his skateboard sailing apparatus. I wasn't even surprised!!!

People don skis and a para-sail nowadays,

why not Skateboard-Sailing..and then there is .....

ZORBING, created in New Zealand, seems pretty original and not quite as deadly as some other extreme sports....

Unless you try and use your zorb another way like this...

And of course give someone an idea and some of the sports pictured the next video slide show, may actually become real sporting activities....

Extreme Moto Cross Jousting, why not ???

The guy with Skateboard Sail, seems pretty normal really.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Did I say Spring???

Yesterday it was in the air...

Blue Sky, even the grass was beginning to look green in places

Walking on the shoreline in T-Shirts...

Even Love was in the air.......

Then I woke this morning and looked out the back door....

More snow !!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Spring coming !!

Breeds Pond - Lynn, Massachusetts

The lakes and ponds are melting. Spring arrives here on March 20th !!

The temperatures around here are rising and before you know it trees will be budding, the birds and the bees will be back!!

Screens will come down and windows will be opened...Fresh Air and Sunshine !!

I cannot wait.

My oldest son lives in San Diego where the sunshine and mild temps are pretty much year round and aside from an occasional wild fire, earthquake or mudslide it's a paradise!!

Here in New England we would not be surprised to see mild temps all through March and then be buried in a snowstorm in April.....It has happened !! (No Fooling on April 1st, 1997 a record 25 1/2' inches fell at Logan Airport in Boston)

Yeah, if you don't like the weather here, wait a minute, it will probably change.

I like the 4 seasons we get here.

I think there are times when every season throws it's worst at you.

Winter it's the frigid temps that are worse than the snow.

Spring we have had some flooding.

Summer it's not the heat, but the humidity that can really suck.

Autumn, well raking leaves can really get old fast.

But I love a good snowstorm and then right after we get buried, how the neighborhood kinda comes together, everyone helping each other dig out.

Spring, it's amazing, one day you notice buds coming out and the next it seems you are surrounded by a sea of green. Life everywhere.

Summer, the beach, a perfect blue sky, the smell of the Barbecue Grill and the taste of an Ice Cold Beer on a hot summer day...Awesome.

Autumn in New England, it's the colors, I mean people set there vacation plans around coming here to view the foliage, sorry guys I LIVE here..and I love it.

Sometimes life gets humdrum and boring, at least we in New England can count on the crazy weather here to change things up from time to time !

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Where I'm blogging from..

This is Kathlock, author of Blurb from the Burbs , the Burbs being down-under in Melbourne, Australia.

Kath in the sink, it's been very hot in Australia lately!!

Despite the fact that she fits in a sink and looks a bit young to have her own blog, she is quite prolific and has a great sense of humor.

In her last post , Blogging Beauty, she tells us a bit about where she Blogs from and she's asked me to do the same.

So here I go....

The Red Rocket, or what some readers may confuse with a well used but dependable old Toyota, is often the vehicle that gets me here and there and has also inspired my series of pictures called The Red Rocket Reflections, like the one taken for a previous Posting "Commonwealth Road", one of "The Rocket's " favorite destinations.

The Rocket has proved to be both a vehicle in the standard sense , getting me around, and a vehicle for my imagination.

Did I mention that it's turning radius is probably it's best feature. You can bang a U turn just about anywhere.

I've labeled these next photos to point out the Hot Spots and or important things to notice...

I write the majority of my posts just behind the window labeled Tom's Hideaway, just down a level and to the right is "Minnie" the house dog's favorite perch...., more on Minnie later......One of Tom's Team members is about to board the rocket, most of my Team Members have contributed pictures in the past.


The Spy Spot

Minnie has an entire love seat to herself, she also models for Tom's Hideaway and is the current Profile Model, she took over that position after Tom Bunny and Steve the Chicken.

Tom Bunny did go to California last year but doesn't really contribute much anymore.

Steve who is in the next picture may be headed to Washington D.C. later this month for a photo shoot. He's a little worried as there are a lot of Chicken Processing companies close to D.C. and he doesn't want to end up as somebodies lunch !!


The Control Room

This is the nerve center and as you can see Steve is at the desk and working hard. Pinocchio is coming up with story ideas, The Tommy Fund is still awaiting a Bailout, and I need to buy more Beer!!

Well I don't know if you have learned anything other than the fact that I communicate with stuffed animals and fictional characters, really I do !! It all started a long tine ago...

Oh, and Kath...

Tubs are so much more fun than Sinks!!