feb 28 2023
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Monday, February 27, 2023
that started out to be naan-- nice simple... dietetic indian naan.... and then i saw the brown sugar...
Sunday, February 26, 2023
now here's something you may not have thought of.....
Since William Huber moved to California, I'm very nearly desperate for an artistic photographer. today or tomorrow but not much further.. why would I be so desperate/---- well I would like to do a calendar with the dogs and the stone walls at Meredith.. and Tim thought a calendar might be fun also seeing as they're his stone walls ----- in the calendar there are always January and February photographs that are usually lovely snowy looking scenes.. so that in August when you're trying to put the calendar together there is no way I know of to fake snowstorms....
we have more snow coming next week.... and it could be the last photographable snow .
well let me take that back---there was a Blizzard couple years ago--it was the day we were going to shoot a movie in Harvard square---and they wanted fresh snow which they were getting I think probably about 18 inches of it so far.. as I parked my car, I noticed I was right behind a huge snowmaking machine.. which the movie business had ordered.. because they wanted fresh looking snow which they were getting but they didn't want to take a chance and having piles of plowed up snow mixed with sand—so they covered it,,,, in the blizzard...
I believe that was the Blizzard where I met the guy who decided to bottle the snow in the water bottles that everybody had and sell them to people or across the country that were not having a Blizzard.. totally absurd... except he was selling them ! that movie went on for 10 days and I continued to see him bottling the snow
and I never got a final count on how many he sold but the fact he sold any was a statement to creativity.. I could see the fancy directors in Hollywood with a bottle on their desk of Boston's Blizzard.-----that's not an awful lot different than the vials of puppy breath that we sold and still sell if anybody wants one.--We sold those for $8 each... and one camera person return a vial to me for a $5 refill.
moving on to other wacko movie stories.. There was a movie where they hired a guy who climbs trees (an arborist??) To climb a specific tree in Manchester, and. Tape the leaves back on the tree..
I was involved in a situation on wingaersheek beach where they didn't like where the sun was so they blocked it out and put up another one.. or how about the dog-- a dane---- in a BMW convertible beautiful red--with his feet up on the dashboard going 50 miles an hour... which we couldn't do where we were so they moved in a mammoth fan on a trailer to make the hair of the driver and the ears of the dog blow backwards... That was our Harlequin dog feisty did that commercial.. Then there was me with my bag of crabs being paid for six days ---4 in the morning till 6 at night keeping my crabs alive as the tide went in and out so that the minute the director called for them they would be alive and dripping wet and no they didn't want lobsters they wanted crabs ...you don't argue.
Was kind of where I ended up with that barrel with the straps over your shoulders that can be worn for a party...
I believe the IRS ruling is that if you buy something which you need for your business or at least you intend to need for your business---it is deductible--well I was a legitimate member of the Massachusetts film Bureau.. And I knew that the film industry could require absolutely anything at any time so if I purchase something to have just in case someone asked for it ----it was deductible.. .. I am certainly no tax accountant but that concept started accidentally When some director called for A beat up wooden ladder---which I had--and suddenly made money with it---so therefore it was part of my business --The fact that it then got painted yellow and is leaning on the wall in the bathroom holding up towels.. didn't matter... at one point it made me money. it is a super space saving towel holder...
There's a lot of that stuff around here---or at least there was until janine's cleaned house or barn or arena...
i still have the barrell should anyone need one...
Saturday, February 25, 2023
wowing as i wander...... just off rt 1A there is a gun park....... in ipswich.. 30 acres... clubhouse... meetings etc...and we cannot have a dog park ? one of the cp's told us how to do it... we need to get organized.
Friday, February 24, 2023
FEB 24 2023
mark gets the gold star on his forehead for the plowing job. -- and i think he sanded too..
someone sent me a sliding dog. which convinced me not to even try
I have had tremendous response regarding the dog park business. I can't believe how far Ipswich is behind the world ----and I'm sure it is caused by a small group of people who got on some board or another and told me why can't I keep my dogs in crates like everybody else in this town --they have no respect for a dog and frankly they have no respect for someone who owns a dog.. while paying taxes too..... because the rest of the world have lovely parks with benches and picnic tables and all sorts of toys related to agility.. then my daughter Gwen of course found the ones that serve beer ---Can you imagine it a dog owner drinking beer in a park that's owned by Ipswich??? this just is never going to happen... but it's interesting that the rest of the world can do it and have no trouble the trouble that the neigh sayers of Ipswich will quote is that it would be awfully noisy and it would be very very smellyyou'd be walking around knee deep in feces-- I can hear it now----- somehow the Rest of the world manages...
I do have to quit there because of details farrrrrr too argumentized than the dd can cope with...
I will try the newspaper...
well i tried having a brighter side.....the neigh sayers have got to me..... maybe tomorrow
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Lots of help on the dog park bit.. Mostly unanimously ipswich is way behind the times.. I can remember when somehow I was in front of some town official or another who was of the mentality “why can't you just put your dogs in a crate like everybody else”... and that's the Ipswich where I live...
now even better than that-----I think it was Beth who sent me-----"I just watched a bit on the Murdaugh trial on YouTube and they have someone testifying about sound - I really don’t understand the context in the trial. I did hear him say that sound dissipates 6 decibels for every “twice distance”. .. That's what I spent so much time trying to explain to Ipswich when I got told to put my dogs in a crate like everybody else.. hopefully that will come down to haunt those people involved.. we do have a new town manager who so far sounds reasonable I should make an appointment...
that's another thing I would like to explained to Ipswich... all it takes is one loud mouth to take over any concept and then there's too many people who will just follow the loud mouth.. oh you can't have a training facility in Ipswich because it would smell 600 feet away.
Right----why can't they test this kind of thing--- well where is the science department of the high school..
Is science in Ipswich the process of memorizing facts—or could it possibly be developing a thought process—of proving statements made
At random.. wouldn’t that be a shocker...???prove????proof???? Q.E.D
Geometry was my eye opener .. take a statement then prove it. 3 points form one and only one plane--- prove that geometrically... when it is obvious practically with the 3 legged milking stool--- or tripod etc...and practically how many matchbooks have you slid under the 4th leg of a table so it becomes in the plane of the other 3????—one whole year in high school with a very impossible woman standing in front of me saying prove it !! she would not believe anything til you proved it...i did not realize then what wonderful mental exercise it was..... --- one other high school teacher. Mr Brown. Physics... climbing up on a table so he could demo dropping things... and he was so tall he had trouble standing straight.. and then the pendulum which would not hit you in the nose as long as you just let it go and didn’t shove it.
I always try and get some simple math/science fact in the news when possible.... the dog park design will get me into the most area for the least fence is a circle--- or if only straight lines..... A square---- for example only----
10 x 10= 100 sq feet of play area for 40 ‘ of fence....
1’ x 100’ would also. give you 100 sq feet but need 202 ‘ of fencing. Ok you would have trouble playing. In 1’. But I said concept only.
my point will be. more fencing to stretch out running..
Chew on that for a while.
Gwen .... in north carolina gets the prize photo.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
We're out of hay and it's snowing gonna turn to rain and the truck from Canada is not going to be in till noon .. By noon it'll be raining but we're gonna have to have to get the anyway and they'll just have to feed out the top layer quick ---they feed it out so quickly in this weather then I'm going to go ahead and get it and we'll put it in the barn Meredith they use about 8 to 10 bales a day that's a week's worth in this weather it can't go sour at that time the next problem is the truck from Canada is very late such problems as I have.
Moving on with the dog park problem and looking around at what's available--. Ipswich is actually one of the worst dog oriented towns around ----I haven't yet found any that restrict the leash to six feet This is getting to be a problem for a lot of people besides me to get the details I'm going to need to really really hit it head on because what I would like to do is to have it be a law that if you can't have a dog running loose that the town has to have a a dog park for their dogs citizens certainly for their dog owning taxpayers
what really frosted me is we have some sort of shooting range in Ipswich for gun shooters and we don't have a dog park so I have some research to do not my favorite so just to take a bite of the problem within size if anybody could whittle away at Essex County in Massachusetts look up all the towns and find out what the regulations are and get me a what they would call it a spreadsheet with information that would be very helpful general tackle eastern Massachusetts and stuff like that but I'm really getting an education here hopefully.. that gun bit... imagine that... deal with a gun shooting public... I guess that would be a wise decision otherwise they'd shoot you at least if a dog gets out of control all you get is bitten I guess I better go but I need I need help on this guys come on the article the first article will hit the news tomorrow but the second article I want to have people respond to it and really get something going I don't know whether John would be fussy about whether people had to be from Massachusetts or not at any rate let's get some heavy duty pot shots.... one liners.
Some of the responses I have had are really quite sophisticated and pleasant and how people enjoy sitting around while their dogs were up and play there's even one dog park which involves a small farmhouse where a group has a knitting club while the dogs play we. In Ipswich are just way behind .
Have at it guys I'm counting on you
Monday, February 20, 2023
big morning in the email department--basically words of encouragement from 3 men who are important in my life. steve, charlie and john.. i was worried that the article i wrote for the ipswich news was a bit too snarkey about this town not having a dog park....but john seemed to like the fact that it would get people talking.....SNARKEY is a speciality of the house....maybe if i can get the dog park concept off the ground, i can start on the black screens and use the power of the press to have a whack getting people talking about the black screen epidemic.
Sunday, February 19, 2023
Among other things I am on a dog park kick---Ipswich has none---and my intro to the concept is “ if you are a tax paying citizen who has a family member who happens to be a dog.......and you move to Ipswich your dog’s freedom will be restricted to a 6’ leash.”
I have a few of judy’s pictures of dog parks in surrounding towns but if any of you people out there could get some spectacular pictures for me that would be very helpful.
looking up Ipswich dog parks I ran into about eight parks that were absolutely beautiful.. but I noticed none of the names were at all familiar to me and I realized I was in Ipswich in Britain.. yes indeed have some absolutely lovely places---British they have a far better attitude toward dogs in the first place.. I'm not sure if Americans did all they could to deserve the bad attitude to our dogs because Americans have not been very well trained.. or responsible. Fact remains that doesn't help the dog. there are a lot of people who walk their dogs at the bottom of our driveway and I wince every time I see one trying to have a bowel movement while the person at the other end the lease hasn't even noticed and it's getting dragged along.. talk about having personal freedom removed... that has to be the ultimate.
so with that in mind. i would love to have some photos or engineering design of some spectacular dog parks.. just to see what I could get going with a bit of luck in Ipswich. of course the first complaint would be it smells... I have yet to find anyone who can smell a pile of poo standing 5 feet away so if that's your complaint about dogs then please stand up get your nose out of the pile.. As for the sound I've been there done that a barking dog under one goal post on a football field cannot be heard under the other one 300 feet away if the birds are chirping in the meantime.. I have lost five audiometers to various Ipswich residents and officials
to no avail.. the loudest and the wrongest.. have the attention .
not unlike the news?
Tho... maybe now.. someone has asked the question.. if it is allowed to be called news. Is there any fact checking?
i remember when the editor of the ny times was MUCH MORE than he is now....
feb 18,, and 19a?
Listening very carefully to the news -----as I always do.... That murder trial opened a few windows for me.. they said and I saw on print the spreadsheet involving the use of his cell phone and the cell phone had recorded the number of steps he had taken here and there during a certain time. Which means they probably had it for every step he took ---*and details like as he drove down a road he slowed up at a certain place which happened to be where her cell phone was found -----well the concept of the cell phone keeping track of all those details has kind of blown my mind--- I can just hear what my cell phone is telling the world -along with Alexa telling everybody the language I use when the microphone is not on.. I wouldn't think anybody would want to know all this stuff must be taking up an awful lot of storage someplace in the cloud... till some balloon comes along and pops it.
in an effort to put together a concept for the newspaper I went out there on the Internet and typed in Ipswich dog park. And I was given a list of Ipswich parks---well I lived here for 40 years and I didn't really know that. the park at the end of linebrook road was listed as a dog park.. well it's not fenced in which is the first problem so I did go look it up on the web and it's that it was subject to the laws for all parks in Ipswich... number one law don't drink--- number two law carry out your trash. and number three law here comes the biggie. no dogs allowed ..
I've been asking around and I am told. Ipswich is not dog friendly.. well where did they get that from so I typed in a little more Ipswich and dog parks and there were some wonderful pictures of dog parks and then I found I was in Ipswich England
-----Ipswich mass just has a bunch of parks but you can't take your dog there God forbid they should be fenced in where the dog could play.. so if you move to Ipswich with a dog. The poor dog is destined to spend the rest of his life on a leash that's no longer than six feet which is the other law Ipswich has about dogs I do believe.. I have a little more research to do---so far every town around Ipswich has a fenced in area for dogs to run off leash and play but Ipswich does not seem to I will keep looking and if anybody can correct me let me know.
Friday, February 17, 2023
feb 17 2023
From maybe the one lecture in chemistry that I did not sleep through I remember at least the words suspension and solution... which were best illustrated by my mother who did not like to have us add sugar to the iced tea and then not stir it up enough so some sugar got wasted in the bottom... So what she would do is boil some water and then slowly add sugar until she had a solution sugar syrup which when poured into iced tea or anywhere it did not sink to the bottom.. But went into solution whereas adding ground up sugar straight to the iced tea the particles of sugar never disappeared.. so if you look up suspension and solution the official bit seems to have to do with the size of the particles involved.. which is very complicated and much easier to remember when you think of my mother being annoyed about the sugar at the bottom of the ice tea glass.
I have a feeling the bit in Ohio will be easier to clean up if whatever it is is in suspension... Nobody seems to mention the names of whatever got spilled so it must be pretty bad.
I do have one other story about chemical cleanup.. we had a tiny piece of property which was a gas station since 1915 Until the 1980s when we decided to have it be something besides the gas station.. which meant we had to clean it up.
being a gas station for so long they had been changing the oil and just pouring the old oil down a drain in front of the building.. but when. all the EPA regulations came into effect the gas station had to hire somebody to take out the old oil ----which they did ----and those people just took it out to the street and poured it down the storm drain ...consequently the ground was a mess but there was a way of cleaning it up by some cleanup mechanism of slowly pumping the groundwater... Through some kind of filter for about 20 years—made me wonder what they then did with the particulates they filtered out... but at least it was not in the ground water...
it was a gas station when my father told of having 2 or 3 tires strapped to the back of the car and stuffing them with hay ----there is also a picture of him driving his sisters to and from school in a pony cart—it was a long time ago.
there is so much i don't understand.. if you run for office-- president or otherwise-- if you loose what is your source of income then?
Thursday, February 16, 2023
our weekly total of "3 dog patters" is well over the goal of 100 per week.... and it is only thurs. we had 80 ish on monday in peabody
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
There are sooooo many funny stories about trying to make commercials and movies