Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Deep Ocean - Vast Sea - No Fish

Yesterday I did something I had never done before. We went deep sea fishing.

I week or so ago Nick Spano, and a friend of ours suggested that we do it, and it sounded rather crazy, so we went ahead with. Sunday evening we drove down to NJ and staid at a hotel from about 1:00AM to 4:30 AM. We then drove another hour to the ocean, ate breakfast at Dunkin Donuts, bought water and energy bars, and arrived at the dock. We had been worried that we had to make reservations or something, but as it turned out there was a whole line of boats and their captains competing to take us out, so we easily found the one we had been intending to go on, paid, and that was that. It was very foggy that morning as you can see in my first picture.

We left the dock at about 7:30. Everyone got sick except for me... which was strange because tend to get car sick... but apparently I was built for sea travel or something... I don't know... anyhow, after taking medicine, everyone but my sister Mattea recovered and after traveling about an hour out off the coast was able to begin fishing.

It was fun for the first half hour or so... but as time went by and no one caught anything I started to wonder what was up. Finally we moved to a new spot, and some people got a couple of fish, but still not much to speak of. It was especially frustrating when this boat with three old guys and this little fat kid pulled up right across from ours, in our spot, that our captain had found, using our ships SONAR and started reeling in lots of fish. After several hours of this, we moved again.

It got to be around 2:00PM and finally the captain decided to call it a day. We made it back to the docks in about an hour, ate supper at a Mexican Restoraunt where Lizzy could speak more Spanish that the waitress could speak English, drove six hours home, getting in around Midnight.

So... That all sound pretty grim, but really it wasn't. I atcually enjoyed that whole thing rather imensly, I had never been our on the ocean like that before, and just doing that was worth it. I discovered that I don't get motion sick, even when I everyone is my party is, and there is this huge mexican guy throughing up so loud that you can hear him across the ship, and I like fishing, it just would be nice if I we caught some.... Just the photos and videos I got alone were worth it though. You can see some of them on my Facebook. I would put more here, but blogger has been such a pain lately with how you have to format them on the page and it takes forever. It could be my browser, but I have tried a couple different ones and its the same. So there you have it, our Deep Sea Fishing Adventure!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Lone Film Maker

This is a video log posted by a guy who is attempting to make a feature film entirely on his own in Switzerland. I've been following along on his progress for some time now and you may have noticed I added a link to his site on my side bar a while back. He seems to be doing a really good job of it, and I love the idea. I'm concerned though that his videos aren't getting enough hits, so, for what it's worth, I'm embedding his latest post on my blog. Give it a watch if you have a few minutes:

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fair 133

Today marked the beginning of the 133 Troy Fair, and my 5th or 6th year of working there at the ThisWarmHouse booth (although it wasn't called that when we started). We have a really great team this year, and our booth looks really cool. I'll post some pictures later perhaps. Tonight was the tractor pull, and man... I think that gets louder every year... that or I get more sensitive to it. It's not even something I can really even describe you just have to feel it. Seriously, you could be completely deaf and you would still be able to feel it. So anyways, I'll be there 12 hours a day, everyday for the next week. 


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Natural History and Big Metal Wirily Things

We had a really good time in Washington D.C. We went to a couple of the museums and things, which I had never done before, and had always wanted to do. Here are some pictures from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art among other things:

Out side the Art Gallery:

At the World War II Memorial in Annapolis (that's the Navel Academy across the bay):  

The National Gallery of Art (looking down I was really exited to see the big red metal thing hanging from the ceiling, the name of which escapes me, but I have a stamp collection with it on it, although I always thought it was a little painting, so imagine my surprise to see it!) Also, you can see the  poster for the Afghanistan Exhibit. That was probably my favorite part. They had all these ancient Persian treasures that had been in the Kabul National museum. Now, as you can imagine, the Kabul National museum has been through some turbulent times in the past few years, and they thought all these golden treasures had been stolen or destroyed, but as it turns out, some of the curators had packed them up (at great personal risk) and hidden them and they were just discovered in 2004 and are on display now for the first time:      

Actually, my favorite exhibit may have been the Western Culture room (being an Anthropology major) where they showed the evolution on human civilization and had all sorts of awesome artifacts like these pots:

Here is Misha in the animal area joining the frenzy: 

Here is the T-Rex scull from the dinosaur area:

Monday, July 07, 2008

The Adirondacks

Last week we went to Mirror Lake in the Adirondack Mountains to deliver a Greenwood. Here are some photos from Whiteface Mountain. It is primarily a ski slope, but in the summer they offer rides up the side in gondolas. It was quite the experience riding up with my whole family of 8 in one of those things - screaming every time the thing jiggled no less. 

The rock on the very top, one which this sign rested, had a plaque that said it had been brought from Italy in honor of one the the U.S. Mountain Divisions that served during WWII. It was huge though, so I can't imagine how they got it up there, unless it was cut into small pieces and then craftily reassembled. 

The view was great!