Amid stunning blue weather and Japanese maple trees in full crimson glory, I stumbled across this scene on my morning walk.
It’s not my car, but damn, it pissed me off. WTF? The jerk-offs not only had to steal this Nissan Maxima’s wheels, but they also bent the car’s door panel using a plastic milk crate as a make-shift platform. Classy.
And the cherry on top? The crime was committed only a few feet away from Councilman Peter F. Vallone’s house — a symbolic reminder that all his chatter about crime increasing in the 114th Precinct is most definitely not over-blown.
- Crime wave rocks Astoria (nydailynews.com)
- After years of decline, murders up in New York (reuters.com)
- Crime makes comeback Pol urges more cops after spike in auto thefts, homicides (nydailynews.com)
The Library of Congress is constantly uploading many archived photos to their Flickr account, and I couldn’t resist searching “Corpus Christi” to see what was on file. Turns out nearly all of the images are from the Naval Air Base during the second World War. Most are in color, which is pretty amazing considering the time. The photographer for these three, Howard Hollem, was obviously talented.
On Friday, after years of saving, planning, daydreaming and discussing, we took a huge leap into adulthood: We bought a weekend home — a cabin, a place we can escape to, a place to enjoy being surrounded by nature. The cabin sits on 10 acres of fairly pristine Catskills forest, on the side of a steep hill, bordered on one side by a little-used country road, and on the other side by a brook that cascades downhill across our acreage, so we can always hear rushing water.
After closing on the cabin, we immediately moved in, and spent the weekend there, clearing debris from the shed and exploring the property, which includes a waterfall, swimming holes and many granite and shale rock formations. And plenty o’ trees.
We’re planning to spend all of Thanksgiving week here, then we’ll shut the cabin down for the winter (maybe next year we’ll be more prepared to go up and enjoy the snow, but for now it’s more our spring/summer/fall home). Thankfully, our first weekend went pretty smoothly — the heat worked wonderfully, the hot water was toasty, and the views were every bit as amazing in November as they were when we first viewed the property back in the summer. Oh and stars! So many stars!
A gorgeous cover of the Springsteen song by Bat for Lashes. And I love it when a cover artist isn’t afraid to flip the gender so the song suddenly takes on a new edge it didn’t have before. “Tell me now baby is she good to you?”
I saw this band play earlier this year in Mexico City. Not sure why I suddenly had to Google them and listen to them, but I’m glad I did.
I spent the last week at my parents’ house in Texas. My father, ever the engineer, and my mother, ever the creative, helped me construct a new-but-old cover for my Kindle.
I’ve had my Kindle for a couple months now, and the screen already has a couple of little scratches on it – yikes! But I thought paying $60 plus for an Amazon-approved cover was a little ridiculous. So, I Googled around and found a way to use an old book. I went to the awesome Half-Price Bookstores in Corpus Christi (one of the few progressive places in town) and deemed the $1 “Eyes of Texas Travel Guide: Panhandle & Plains Edition” the right size to protect my precious e-reader.
To make the cover, I used a $1.50 exacto knife to slice out the pages. Meanwhile, my Dad used the panel from another book to serve as support for the elastic straps that hold the Kindle in. He sawed in holes for two diagonal side strips across the top, and one wide strap across the middle. We then secured strips of $1.39 black elastic to the back of the support board with epoxy. And then epoxied the board to the cover. My Dad also woodcut two small pieces for the bottom, which support the Kindle and also keep the Kindle protected from getting squashed when the cover is closed. See the photos if this isn’t making much sense!
My Mom then found some old material I could use to cover the bare, ragged binding. I cut and hot glued the material down, making sure to keep it loose enough to open the cover all the way, folding it under itself like a magazine.
After letting the epoxy dry, my cover was ready for use. I’m now loving it as I leave my beloved Texas and fly home to NYC.
If I were to do this again, I would probably coordinate all the colors better and use less epoxy. And move the lower tabs to make it easier to access the on/off switch. The cover looks pretty homemade, but that’s OK with me, as it was a labor of love and teamwork. And it cost $5.
(P.S. – this entire post was created using my Droid phone and the terrific WordPress app while I waited for my plane.)
(See another WordPress.com blogger’s nifty duct tape Kindle cover idea, too!)
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