Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rain

Boy did it rain today! So much rain fell that the lobby of the campus where i work flooded. So much rain fell that some cars on the main road met with water up to the windows. So much rain fell that one of my colleagues drove a distance of less than two miles and it took 75 minutes.

Boy was it a mess out there...yet, there were more reasons to be grateful. I only hope the west coast can get some more frequent rain as they need it way more than we,

Goodbye September!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Defeat ALS

I just signed up for the Defeat ALS Walk - for my local peeps, if you feel like taking the walk as well, join the team I created by clicking on the team page link on my personal page, the team name is "Friend of the Farrell's" - I am walking in honor of a friends brother. I know lots of people are always asking for donations and support and it's not always the right time, if you are unable to contribute financially at this time, then may I ask that you help by sharing the page? Thanks! - Chris

Click the image below to go to my page:


Monday, September 28, 2015

The Podcasts I am Listening to These Days

It's been a few years I think since mentioned the podcasts I am listening to - so here goes my current listens:

All Songs Considered - still one of my primary sources for new music to listen to, great show.

Fitzdog Radio - Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons either rambles solo or chats with another comedian, actor or some other celbrity - lots of fun.

Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast - Every other episode is an interview with an actor/celebrity. the show was built on interviews with real old timey stars but there are sometimes current stars. Every other episode is called "Gilbert & Frank's Amazing Colossal Obsessions" - here Gilbert and Co-host Frank Santopadre each recommend one of their favorite films.

Larry Miller Show - A standup and actor, just being himself and being cool. This is such a charming and neat podcast, totally infectious weekly fun.

Nick Dipaolo - This dude is a funny fuck, way too right wing for em but entertains me as he always has.

Piper's Pit - With the death of Roddy Piper, I learned he had a podcast and am working my way through the available back episodes,. What I've listened to so far is interesting and entertaining.

Pop Culture Happy Hour - Delivers just what the title implies - a really fun listen!

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me - A really fun news magazine/comedy show disguised as a game show.

Wooooo! Nation with Ric Flair - Another wrestling based podcast, which I find interesting for it's storytelling and behind the scenes banter.

WTF with Marc Maron - The gold standard in podcasts. You get a Marc Maron monologue and an interview (occasionally two)...awesome show.

In My Ears 2015 Vol. 13.25: "The Moon"

With the eclipse activity last night, my daughter and I sat for some time at the end of our driveway, to help pass the time, I came up with the following playlist featuring songs that reference the moon:


  1. Pink Moon by Nick Drake
  2. Moondance by Van Morrison
  3. Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne
  4. Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
  5. Shoot the Moonlight Out by Garland Jeffreys
  6. Can't Fight the Moonlight by LeAnn Rimes
  7. Talking to the Moon by Bruno Mars
  8. Moon River by Andy Williams


It was a nice way to help pass the time while watching the wonders of the cosmos.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cell Phone/Service Update

I had been with Verizon Wireless since 2002, when I called to cancel my service, the customer servant seemed confused and genuinely sad that I was leaving (I guess he's a good actor).

I sold my Verizon phone (an HTC One M8 that I didn't love), bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and am now with Cricket Wireless.

Loving it!

Insurances and Remodels

Just got my renewals for home & car insurance, might be time to get a quote or two outside to see where I am at.

I wish this stuff was easier, hate having to think about any of that stuff and wish I could rely on the fact that my loyalty to a company would matter.

I did a quick quote on Geico's website, homeowner's was about the same but Auto appears to be about $400 less...going to verify this week.
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I've given a good faith deposit to a contractor to secure his services for my bathroom remodel. I ordered the last major components on Friday - the bathtub along with the tub and shower thingies.

Of course the tub is a special order, 3-4 weeks away, which may delay the start of the project. Of course I called the contract, who was set to start 2nd or 3rd week in October - I only thought it was fair so that he can take on a job or reschedule so he can take jobs instead of waiting for my stuff to come in.

Feeling a bit stressed - leftover from the kitchen remodel nightmare last year...wish me luck!


Food Trucks, Music and Fun

I started my day with a visit to the Farmer's Market, a commonplace event for me on  Saturday but being in Maine the past two weekends, it was a bit of a homecoming; there's only two more weeks left!

This afternoon, I spent the day at an event called "Metrofest" in Framingham - there were bands all day, and all were very good. There were food trucks - I picked a bad one but the ice cream truck rocked it! There were all sorts of vendors and booths - including one by my school, I spent a lot of time supporting my colleagues in spreading our word.

It was a fun day...what did you do today?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lock the Freaking Door!!!

What is the deal with some of the people I work with? For at least the 4th time, today I walked in on someone in the employee rest room because they chose to not lock the door.

I've gotten to the point where I now open the door slowly, so today, there was barely any light passing through but it was enough to alarm the idiot inside that there was someone about to enter and got them to scream as if they were being attacked...just gave me a heart attack!

For heaven's sake, this is a college, we are supposedly professional people with some education - hard fucking hard it it to lock the door before to take care of your business?

I felt compelled to hang a sign...we shall see if it works.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Eleven Years of "Goth Baby"

Yesterday was the 11 year anniversary of meeting "Goth Baby" -


There's a whole story behind him...click the picture and see all the posts (or find the "Goth Baby" label to the right of the blog)

R.I.P. Yogi Berra


I guess the game had to end sometime. Yogi was a NY baseball icon, he was the bridge that made Yankees and Mets a single entity, New York baseball. Yogi's wit and humor will always stand the test of time, his memory will always be and I will mourn his passing only because the mortal world is just not going to be the same without him in it.

Rest in Peace Yogi, send our love to The Scooter (whose first words upon seeing you in the great beyond had to have been "Holy Cow!")

I originally wrote this on Facebook earlier today.

Monday, September 21, 2015

One Minute Ahead, The Next Behind and Pics

I don't know why, but I find it so hard sometimes to stay on top of everything. There are periods where I feel productive and on top of things, all caught up...then it seems a minute later that I feel a bit lost and behind.

Here's some pics from Maine:









Sunday, September 20, 2015

Mained

This was the second weekend in a row I spend time in the state of Maine. I also happened to spend a little time in New Hampshire this weekend, a brief visit to Mount Washington.

The odometer has seen some action!

This weekend was about a visit with some old friends, the Ten Broeck's

I have a few scenic pics, that I really should post, but I can't at the moment - perhaps I shall offer them tomorrow.

Just listened to a cool interview with Richard Thompson and currently listening to one with Lemmy.

How you doin'?

Missing my reunion gang and craving a trip to Illinois.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

College Application Seminar

It gets a bit more real each day. Today, my daughter and I sat through a college application seminar at her school....lots of information, dates, notes.

We're both slightly overwhelmed but in an excited and positive way.

I should write more, but I am at a loss for words.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hazing

I've never had anything good to say about fraternities, or sororities for that matter. but hey, wanna have a club, go for it. However, this hazing crap - time to take a hard line.

I have a pretty simple solution to dealing with these crimes, yes, hazing is a crime in my opinion - and I don't mean a harmless silly prank, but that's not what goes on most of the time.

Here's my suggestion for a solution to stop the madness: first offense, a $100,000 fine, immediate expulsion, a year in prison and banned from enrolling in every college in the U.S. for a period of 5 years; this is on top of any criminal charges that may be necessary for injuries or deaths.

Let's stop the abusive behavior and bullying.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Rest in Peace Tim

Learned today of the passing of a former colleague, who is the son of another former/current colleague.

I'd been mostly out of touch with Tim after he left to pursue his education, career and a stint in the military. We connected a couple of years ago on Linked in but remained mostly distant acquaintances.

Tim was a good kid, good worker, fun dude and was liked by all.

Heard from a colleague that his service in Iraq took a major toll and that in recent years he had suffered from depression.

37 is so young.

Rest in peace Tim!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Cabbage Island Clambakes - 2015

My daughter and I visited Cabbage Island Clambakes in Boothbay Harbor, Maine for the first time last year; we loved it so much, we went back this year - today! this year we are staying overnight - here are some pics of our day today:

This is the docks, the boat we took to the island is the one over there on the left:

From the boat, our sailboat neighbors trying to make it all happen:

Attempt at a panorama:


A Lighthouse:


Where they prep and serve the lobsters on the island:


Lining up for the trays of joy:

How ya like that plate:



Me and my kiddo making goofy faces on deck:

There's a bald eagle in this picture, way in the back atop one of the tree. The captain let us use his binoculars to get a good view, super cool:

This is the best shot of the trip...love it!




Goofing around with a Nemo guitar:

Goofing around with a Nemo uke:



Friday, September 11, 2015

Meme: Friday 5

5 questions I found on someone else's blog:

1. How long do u usually spend in the shower?
About 10-15 minutes or so.

2. How many bottles (shampoo, conditioner etc.) are lying around your bathtub?
7 - 2 sets of shampoo/conditioner, 2 different 2-in-1's, 1 body soap

3. What is your favorite type of shampoo? conditioner?
Not sure what my favorite is. I do know that Tresemme is my least favorite.

4. Do you always buy your shampoo and conditioner in a set (as opposed to buying different types for each)? 
Must be a set, what are you - crazy or something?

5. Do you prefer stationary shower heads or movable?
I believe every shower should be required to have a hand held in there, there are just parts of the human body too far away from the stream of water otherwise.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Cat Door

A few weeks ago I decided to move my cat's litter box to the basement. Since my cat is unable to open the basement door on his own, I left the door open, or tried hard to remember too. it had been my intention to install a cat door...and this past Sunday, I did.

Watching Oliver learn how to use the door and figure it all out had been interesting. Fortunately, he has not left any droppings in frustration. There was one occasion where he planted himself near where the litter box used to be and then just start screaming...at which point I picked him up, brought him to the cat door, and just held him in front of it and gave a slight nudge. I had to do the nudge thing a few times.

It seems he has it down now...cool!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

In My Ears 2015 Vol. 13

Here's what's been running through my eardrums since the last "In My Ears" post:

Garth Brooks - Blame it All on My Roots Box
-The Ultimate Hits
-Blue Eyed Soul
-Country Classics
-Classic Rock
-Melting Pot

This was a killer box set that had 6 music CD's and 2 DVD's with a book in a nice box for $25, for Christmas 2013. The 4 CD's listed above under "The Ultimate Hits" are all new recordings of cover songs...good stuff!

Rush - Vapor Trails (Remixed)
Rush - Grace Under Pressure
Vapor Trails is one of those Rush records I never heard until now, inspired by having seen them live for the first time - I liked this record a lot.

Grace Under Pressure is one I had been very familiar with but haven't listened to in at least a decade.

Genesis - Wind & Wuthering
Genesis - Seconds Out (Live)
This is me continuing my way through some old Genesis stuff. I hadn't listened to some of this stuff in decades, and some, not ever.

Colbie Caillat - All of You
Opening with the super catchy "Brighter than the Sun", this album never gives up and her voice has a captivating quality, I really like her.

Passion Pit - Kindred
Hard to believe it's been three years since Gossamer was released, this record captures their fantastic sound.

James McMurtry - Complicated Game
I first learned of McMurtry wit the release of 1989's "Too Long in the Wasteland". I loved what I heard back then but somehow, I lost track of McMurtry until I ran into this CD - I missed out on 10 albums in between (I need to catch up). Great record!

Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
Love this record so much, always have since it was released. Last year I listened to about half of Zevon's catalog, going to listen to the rest this year.

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, ans Sometimes I just Sit
Took me a little longer to be on board for this record, but boy am I on board...love the wordplay...so good.

Def Leppard - Euphoria
Def Leppard - Songs from the Sparkle Lounge
Still high of the amazing live performance I saw from Def Leppard this summer, this was my first time through both of these records and I listened to each several times. So impressed with how strong their songs are and have been through the years,

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Fall 2015 - The First Day

It's pretty hard to be surprised by any of the first day goings on at the college. I rely on the good stuff, seeing those who clearly came to learn, with a purpose and with focus. J get that not everyone is at that point and part of our mission is to work with those and get them there.

What consistently bothers me though is those that show up just not giving a crap. For example, I had one student who took her placement tests today (this is already a significant step behind, there was a decent size group in that same boat). It would seem that if you took the time to show up knowing you are already going to start out behind, that you would do anything it takes once you finish the placement exam to go ahead and register for classes.

This one girl comes to my desk with her scores on the placement test and asks, "when will these grade be loaded into the system?" I already knew where this was going, so I told her, those get put in manually, could be as early as tomorrow but if you are planning to take classes this semester, go downstairs and get in line to register right now.

She looks at me, gasps a sigh of death and disappointment and replies, "Oh, okay I guess; I was hoping to go home and do it online later."

What?

Monday, September 07, 2015

Road Dawgs at Fenway

Technically outside of Fenway but at the invitation of the Red Sox and for pay...that's pretty awesome! I missed the last show they did there but going to this one - kinda crazy that the Sox get to close off a public street and require a ticket to the game to get onto the street - but fuck them, I got a ticket and after the band plays, I am going home - why the fuck would I wanna watch the damn Red Sox? Heck, even their own fans don't wanna see them anymore this year.

Going to make a surprise visit to my friends kid who I helped move into town last week - got a little care package for her.

What are you doing for labor day?

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Lobster Fest 2015 at the Farmer's Market

Last year's lobster roll's sold out and I was shut out - worse, they sold out with the person directly in front of me.

While disappointed, I am so grateful for John ans Marie for having started "The Carve" at the market last year that knowing they did well was just fine.

This year, I vowed not to get shut out and they offered pre-orders - which made it smooth. I was the first of hundreds of pre-orders...it was a great day at the market and the lobster rolls were so fresh and delicious, really just perfect as was the beautiful sweet corn from a local farm and the slaw.

It was great to have my old buddy Chris and a colleague Peter come to the market as well!

Friday, September 04, 2015

Time for Another Dance with the Devil is Seems

Around two years ago you heard of my ridiculous saga with Verizon that resulted in me wishing them a big FU, cancellation of service, and a honeymoon with Comcast.

Called Comcast to try to negotiate staying with them, they can't offer any new "packages" until the current ones expire and can't cancel services more than two weeks from contract end date.

Current contract ends on 10/4 - I'll be cancelling service effective that date exactly two weeks before and making arrangements with Verizon to return to FIOS for another sting (despite hating Verizon very much).

I can't for the life of me understand this business model where they just don't give a fuck about keeping the existing customer. It's silly that I should be grateful that there are at least two providers so that I can switch back and forth, but it's still ridiculous.

A big fuck you to both Comcast and Verizon!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Bathroom Contractor Update

Back on August 20th, I told you about the first contractor who came to look at my bathroom remodel job. I was hopeful, but two weeks have past and I haven't heard a peep from him regarding an estimate (he did say he'd need about a week).

In that post, I believe I mentioned the contractor who had their assistant call me and basically tell me that full bath remodel, gutting it to the studs, was too small of a job. The bonehead finally emailed me to tell me himself and recommended someone local.

Lo and behold, I had previously received a recommendation from a colleague, coincidentally, the same one as the "job is too small" contractor who had not only come to my house to look at the job, but gave me an estimate days later.

Is it required that contractor take a vow to be a bit of an asshole when they get their licenses?

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Good Times

It was just a few months ago when I learned that my friends T & M would be seeing their second child off to MA to attend grad school. I am very grateful that they all took me up on my invitation to stay with me for a few days.

This past Sunday saw the arrival of T & M along with their daughter R. I suspect that in total, w had more one-on-one time than all the last decade combined.

Move in lead to some not to good surprises but in the end, we all stepped up ad R and her roommates are happily ensconced in their new apartment and already up to their necks in schoolwork.

Go gt'em R!!!