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Two Heads Are Better Than One November 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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A few weeks ago, we took advantage of FREE admission to the St. Pete Museum of History.

Our favorite exhibit ~> Signs of the Times.

We enjoyed wandering around the colorful memorabilia . . .

Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs . . .

We watched a funny video which included surprising (and silly) signs from around the world including this sign (in English) from Russia . . .

No drugs or nuclear weapons allowed inside the restrooms.

The exhibit also included toy wagons and fire trucks . . .

In an adjacent room, we saw a 2-headed calf born in 1925.  Two heads.  Two tails.  Six legs.  The stuffed calf, which lived for 6 weeks, has resided at museum for 90 years.

The calf finally got a name this year ~> Half ‘n’ Half.  Other names considered – Topsy Turvy, Moo Two Gai Pan, and Double Stuffed.

A more recent acquisition, a 2-headed chicken born in 1930 near Tampa, lived for 8 months before heading to the taxidermist for stuffing . . .

After touring the museum, we enjoyed lunch at Moon Under Water, a British Pub, opting against any chicken or beef items on the menu . . .

I got Chana Masala (spicy chickpeas) with Naan bread and sampled 2 curries with basmati rice.  Delicious!

BFF opted for Fish & Chips . . .

His lunch cost more than the advertised lunch special at the museum . . .

After lunch, we walked around the waterfront and then took the Trolley back to the car . . .

It felt good to sit down . . .

Another option along the waterfront is to have a Lunch Date with a borrowed bike . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Bon Appetit! November 1, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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During my senior year in High School, our French teacher had a brilliant idea . . .

To maintain our interest and keep attendance high in the months leading up to graduation, she had us take turns cooking for the class on Fridays.

Over the course of the semester, we enjoyed:

Croque Monsieurs et Mesdames
Potatoes Dauphinese
Quiche Lorraine & Salad Nicoise

And . . . Cheese Fondue

We sampled soups, casseroles, and coquilles:

Onion Soup . . . but, of course!
Potato Soup
Potato & Cheese Casserole

Poule au Pot
Macaroni au gratin
Les Fruit de la Mer au gratin
Coquilles St. Jacques

A cheese tasting . . . mais oui!

We also enjoyed delicious desserts:

Walnut Cake and Cafe au Lait
Apple Tartine
Cream Puffs

Chocolate fondue
Chocolate Eclairs
Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Crepes . . . c’est magnifique!

Cheese, butter, and chocolate ~> Brilliant!

Bon Appetit!

 

“Wanna Hang Out?” October 23, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Less IS More, People, Travel & Leisure.
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As teens, we knew how to “hang out” ~ something to eat, something to drink (iced tea or something stronger), and something to focus on while yakking.

We played pool, ping-pong, and Pong.

We played Boggle, Scrabble, Thistle, Cribbage, Yahtzee, Master Mind, Battleship, Backgammon, Bridge.

When the weather was pleasant, we played volleyball, badminton, Frisbee, croquet.

We shot hoops ~ Around the World or H~O~R~S~E.

(Left to our own devices, we did NOT play dodge ball or crab soccer ~ we left those tortures to the school gym teachers.)

We worked on Crossword Puzzles and Jigsaw Puzzles ~ including a 12-foot-long scrolling crossword I received for Christmas one year.

We took turns playing the guitar and choosing the next album to listen to ~ Frampton, Aerosmith, Boston, Bad Co., Bowie, The Eagles, ELO, Bob Seger, Dave Mason, Bread, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Springstein, Skynyrd, Little Feat, Pure Prairie League . . .

So many great tunes in the 70’s!

On Thursday nights, we hosted impromptu “Hatch Basement Parties” for anyone available.  Easy preparation:

✔Beer
✔Pizza
✔Chips
✔Dip

Done!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Old Menus October 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.
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I get a kick out of old menus . . . both the description of the food AND the historic prices.

In 1970, we toured Washington DC and Williamsburg as a family, spending two days in DC (the Smithsonian, the Supreme Court, the White House, the Treasury, the Mall), two days in Colonial Williamsburg, and a day at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.

While in Williamsburg, my parents took us to lunch at the King’s Arms Tavern, considered at the time an expensive place to dine.

Check out these prices from the menu I saved:

Peanut Soup . . . $0.45 a cup or $0.65 a bowl

Virginia Ham Sandwich . . . $1.35

Pecan Pie . . . $0.55

Aah . . . soup to nuts for just peanuts!

 

“Here . . . Have a Teddy!” August 31, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Travel & Leisure.
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We saw a short segment on the news a few weeks ago showing an airline passenger who needed 28 stitches after being bitten in the face by a dog.

On a plane!

The 50-pound dog was allowed on the flight as an “emotional support animal.”

Other animals that have been allowed to fly for free as emotional support animals ~> a turkey, a pig, and a duck!

QUACK!!!

What next?  An emotional support alligator?  Tarantula? Cobra?

Perhaps it’s time to rein in political correctness in favor of common sense by telling passengers that their right to fly with “emotional support animals” is limited by the rights of other passengers to fly the friendly skies.

Then hand them a teddy to hug for the duration of the flight.

Aah . . . that’s better!

As part of her investigation, the reporter applied for and received an “emotional support animal” certificate for HER dog by filling out an on-line form and paying $149.  That’s all it took so that she could bring her dog on her next flight for “emotional support.”

That’s Quirky! August 19, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.
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After lunch, we headed down Richmond Road through Sorority Row, pausing long enough to snap a shot of Tri Delt (Delta Delta Delta) . . .

On our way to the Peanut Shop for “provisions,” we turned onto Prince George Street where we ran into a zebra-striped unicorn outside Quirks . . .

The unicorn sported a stellar horn and espoused a sound philosophy . . .

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? ~ Dr. Seuss

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Campus Tour August 17, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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While in Williamsburg, we took advantage of gorgeous summer weather to tour the campus of William & Mary, my alma mater.

We stopped in at the Alumni House . . .

Checked out the Stadium . . .

Toured the Sadler Center . . .

Inside . . .

And out . .  .

We stopped to admire its stacked stone walls . . .

Then crossed the street to The Daily Grind, a coffee house housed in Lodge 2 (former campus housing) . . .

From there, we hiked through the woods around Crim Dell . . .

Enjoying the meandering path and dappled shade . . .

Until we spied the Crim Dell Bridge through a break in the trees . . .

We walked further to get a closer look before crossing its curved planks . . .

On the far side, we stopped to read the dedication plaque . . .

“. . . that one may walk in beauty, discover the serenity of the quiet moment, and dispel the shadows.”

After dispelling the shadows, we trekked across campus to Lake Matoaka to check out the new amphitheater . . .

And its inviting stage . . .

At this point, we were hot, tired, and famished . . .

So we hoofed back across campus to the College Delly to split a 3-Way Cheese Sub & a basket of fries . . .

Washed down with a Ray Ray’s Extra Pale Ale from COTU (Center of the Universe) Brewing Company . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Tree With A Split Personality August 12, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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We bumped into this tree near the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg.

It’s got a split person-ality to it.

I wonder whether its caricaturish carvings inspired Disney to create the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom?

I see definite similarities . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Colonial Architecture August 9, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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BFF and I enjoy walking around CW (Colonial Williamsburg) . . .

Admiring the colonial architecture . . .

Pausing to rest and take in the sights from a shady vantage point when our dogs get tired  . . .

Speaking of dogs . . .

DOG Street (the Duke of Gloucester Street) runs one mile from the Wren Building at W&M (the College of William & Mary) to the Capital at the far end.

Up and down the street are well-tended gardens . . .

Bursting with color . . .

And beribboned with inviting pathways  . . .

On the street proper, horse drawn carriages clip clop . . .

Atop the paved and car-free thoroughfare . . .

Their echoes interspersed with the sound of musket fire from the Powder Magazine . . .

Weary travelers may stop for a quick quaff at Chownings Tavern . . .

To quench their thirst with a pint (or three) of ale . . .

As long as you mind your P’s & Q’s, local residents never sit in judgment . . .

Mid-way between the College and the Capital is the Palace Green framing the opulent Governor’s Palace . . .

Within the Palace walls, you’ll find sculptured gardens . . .

And vine-covered trellises promising a respite from the heat . . .

You might be amazed by the shaggy maze . . .

Or intrigued with the rather barren grape arbor . . .

But even if you view the garden as a real hole in the wall . . .

It can still be the perfect place for a mindful moment . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Kennedy Space Center August 7, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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In June, we visited Kennedy Space Center in Titusville FL for the first time in decades.

We had a blast checking out stuff that blasted off into space . . .

The scale of the exhibits is mind boggling . . .

They just keep going and going and going . . .

Everything is so high tech . . .

And other worldly . . .

And tall . . .

And taller . . .

With lots of hands-on exhibits . . .

And glow in the dark installations . . .

With a touch of whimsy here and there . . .

Just for grins and giggles . . .

But the biggest grin of the day for me was this extremely high-tech schedule of upcoming launches:

You’d never know we visited in the digital age!

Aah . . . that’s funny!