Sunday, May 31
Whether building sandcastles w/ the young or propping up the bar at The Ritz (Oak Bluffs, MV) this shirt is a serious GP... Purchased to be part of Popeye costume about 10 years ago, and it might be 20 years older than that, it somehow got in my summer rotation haha.
Friday, May 29
"This is the first volume of the Neil Young Archives series of box sets, produced by Neil Young himself. Volume I covers the period from his earliest recordings with The Squires in Winnipeg, 1963, through to his classic 1972 album Harvest and beyond, including studio and live tracks with the legendary Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and Neil Young with Crazy Horse."
From The Independent; "...if the rest of Young's career is covered in similarly exhaustive fashion, his fans will not just be able to immerse themselves in it, they will probably be able to build a home from the boxes and live in it."
Harris Tweed jacket and tattersall shirt. Elbow patches optional. If available, I say yes.
Yes also to a bow tie. Not all the time but definitely not afraid of them.
Often go for the hi/low, so here going with well worn older Carhartts. These from an amazing selection at workers.
No salt water for 3 hours in any direction from southern Vermont, but that doesn't stop the nautical theme; monkey fist keyring.
No fuss belt. Under $60. Orvis shot-shell, or maybe farrier's style or Narragansett Leathers or similar.
Quality pocket square/bandana. This is Japanese dyed chambray from The Hill-Side (found via Secret Forts).
Liking these JCrew/Sperry chukka creations.
Estwing axe. Just because. It is a thing of beauty anyway.
Box of donuts. From Mrs. Murphy's Donuts Manchester Center, VT. Blueberry cake for the win. (Image via RoadFood, a new find for me.) What do donuts have to do with being a librarian? The inspiring reference tutor Allen Smith was fond of saying; "Show me a town that denies funding to a library, and I'll show you a librarian who stays in the office. Show me a town that funds its library, and I'll show you a librarian who takes donuts down to the fire department. Who goes down to the city hall and goes into offices asking if they need anything. You have to be proactive. It might come as a shock to some of you, but a large part of the success of that library is your personality and the way you treat people." Take that to the bank.
Airstream Bambi equipped with a satellite internet access set-up like the Datastorm G74 or similar (download speeds of up to 1MB!) Stay with me folks... rural libraries do not all have internet access, forget about access being available to all rural homes (take Vermont for this example, Vermont has 182 public libraries, 174 of these libraries have Internet access; 160 of these have high speed access. That’s 14 libraries with dial-up and eight with nothing, more detailed info from a post at librarian.net.) So, load up the internet-enabled bookmobile and head out to serve the community.
Reading list if you need something.
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky.
Where the Rivers Flow North by Howard Frank Mosher.
Tall Trees, Tough Men: A Vivid, Anecdotal History of Logging and Log-Driving in New England by Robert E. Pike.
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (read today via Gutenberg Project.)
Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie
Thursday, May 28
Frames visible with winter honey still there.
Here comes the queen. Out first.
Try that again, maybe use gloves this time...
Leave the workers to wiggle down into the frames and get settled.
Mason jar is full of sugar water to keep bees close.
The frames hold the honeycomb or brood comb within the hive (each level of the hive is a "super"). The frames are a key to the modern hive since they can be removed to inspect the bees for disease or to extract honey.
Further reading on the construction. Shallow supers, deep supers, movable hives, etc...
This process of installing new bees does not require the use of a smoker, that is for slowing down/pacifying bees during any inspection/work on the hive/stealing honey...
2 parts personal recollection.
1 part current event.
1 part dad comment (may substitute rural comment)
ebay or barn_score to taste.
shake and serve over ice.
Wednesday, May 27
Was listening to this record (yes record...) w/ the wee boys this morning so had to bounce it to the top of the posts... Sean Connery reads Peter & the Wolf. Gratuitous brogue action... Listen. The boy is just old enough to follow along, and using the turntable makes it seem like an occasion. The other side is a guide to the orchestra again narrated by Sean. "Thish is the shtring shecshion" etc... brilliant.
Tuesday, May 26
Saturday, May 23
Friday, May 22
Thursday, May 21
To quote Gerard Depardieu (?-ed.) "I'm not (right) wing. You are the one with the wing. All your ideas are from the same place."
I like MPW because he is practical and from the trenches of buying and selling food but at the same time can still romanticise it (he uses the word "romantic" in several interviews about the lifestyle of a farmer). The interviewer seems to expect one answer but is basically told to buck up. Been sitting on this one for a while, thoughts??
"Assemble & Conquer will serve as the venue for all of our design. It will be the hub for shipping to our supporters worldwide. Patrons of the space will have direct access to RAW, RAW Private Stock and The Positive Kit, as well as products from a handpicked lineup of brands that we respect. Our inspiration comes from those we’ve read about or met along the way, as well as those who are a part of the family we’ve created. This spring, our worldwide skateboarding family will have a place to assemble." -via their 3/29/09 post.
As before, I'm not a skater atall, but appreciate the clean aesthetic, upright and breathing collabs (Western Edition x RAW Marvin Gaye Tribute... out of sight) and community involvement.
"The Aquarium, also known as Long Wharf, devised its namesake as a skatespot from its adjacency to the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. The land upon which the spot sits was once the center of Boston's shipping industry. Today, because of it's cracked marble tiles and 100 plus year old ledges, it serves as the proving ground for present and future generations of the city's skateboarders." - Kevin R. Susienka for RAW