August 2006 Archives

zombify this

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I just stumbled across this wierd website. So this is my test of it's best (or should I say only) feature: user types in a word, words, or phrase and gets the code to display the text in a zombie font. I have absolutely no idea of what use this is to me, but I thought it would appear really cool on my page. I guess you'll be the judge of that.

ps. The period is a nice touch. However I see they stuck their own link in the last line. I could easily remove it, but who am I to deny these hard-working artists some advertising?

Zombie Letters from

Faso Sighting

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A short drive to Hudson this evening brought us to the doorstep of yet another new eatery, Ca' Mea. We had heard good things. Too bad, it was mediocre at best. Nice environment, if a bit cold, and servers a'plenty, but unimaginative dishes to read about. Well, I thought, pure Italian food need not be fancy, so I expected to be impressed by what I tasted. Not so. As dissapointing was the wine-by-the-glass offerings, whch were not listed on the menu and about which the server had very little information besides varietal. They were average; and we tried four of the 6 available: 2 white, 2 red. The highlight of the evening was the loud crash from across the room. All eyes zoom in on John Faso, the GOP gubernatorial candidate in this year's election, as he timidly brushes glass from his place-setting and covertly checks his necktie for wine stains. The atrocious thing was that it took any server (remember I said there were plenty? and the room is not large...) about 5 minutes to get to the table to rectify the situation. Most diners (and obviously the House) had no idea who he and his wife were. Hubby says Ca' Mea will be shut down in a month. I say sooner based on the food. The only downside to that is that they have a neat website for naught...

vicki's entry

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My college-age neice Vicki came to the beach house for the final weekend of our trip and has something to say:

Our trip to Topsail Island was nothing short of relaxing. We all had a great time walking along the beach and riding the waves all afternoon.

Here's the path to the beach from our house:


More photos to come.

a natural bridge

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We made a trip to follow the footsteps of hubby's boyhood treks to Natural Bridge, Virginia last week. You've likely never seen anything like it. Here's a couple photos:

the bridge

natural bridge.jpg

natural bridge rt11.jpg Another shot of it (you drive over the top of it on route 11 to get there, you can spy a bit of the guardrail on the top left.

1600 year old  tree crop.jpg An amazing 1600 year old arbor vitae tree.

heroncrop.jpg This heron was 6 feet below us in the stream. Look at the span of it's outstretched foot. It was very intent on catching a fish.

wild morning glory.jpg

I spotted this stunningly simple white flower on the forest floor, it looks like a wild morning glory to me, with just the tiniest bit of trailing vine to hint at where it came from.

3 swallowtails.jpg

The girls (we brought along a spare to entertain the tween) found a trio of swallowtails sipping from a puddle under the bridge. Once disturbed, they fluttered about us like something in a dream.