Friday, December 31, 2010



Serious face is serious.


No giant cherry will get me to smile today.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

One Red Fox


Just jotting along the reeds.  Everyone likes and afternoon stroll.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Applause Cheapo


Not only did I not realize CD stores still existed, I didn’t know they could be so huge.  Or, have such a hilarious name.





And local.



Monday, December 27, 2010

Is Delicious


To be honest, I have been to Arby’s about twice in my life.  The reason most certainly wasn’t that it was too delicious.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Biking Minneapolis


Such delightful bike paths.  It is amazing how close Milwaukee could be to this biking mecca.  On another note, why are Minneapolis / St. Paul , Seattle, and Portland the US’s biking cities?  Why not warm, nice places like Miami, Phoenix, LA.  Intriguing.



The path rides along the lakes surrounding the city.  They have separate biking and walking.  More importantly, they have speed limits.  The bike paths are for lollygaggers, not for commuters.  Brilliant.


Four bike, four helmets, one tiny bike lock. Time for lunch.


Another way to ride Minneapolis.  Seems so wrong, and so hilarious at the same time.


The rail right of way, well preserved and strikingly convenient.  One favorite part, a bike / coffee shop on the trail. 


Fall perfection.




Saturday, December 25, 2010

Just Like Sailing


Once you choose to participate in a sport, in this case Cyclocross, you don’t really get to take pictures of it anymore.  Which is just really annoying.  I will claim that’s why I didn’t finish the season in all future conversations.


Plus, racers get ouchies.


Friday, December 24, 2010

A Few Classic Milwaukees


Once upon a time, fifty percent of the time I walked the path, and fifty I stumbled.  As this was the way between Jimmy’s and the bars.


Watts.  Where to go for all your snooty gift buying needs.


Third ward fashions.  Usually an eclectic mix between MIAD students and wealthy housewives.


After France, I started looking masonry and detail everywhere I could.  In general, I haven’t been very successful, so I’ll take ‘em where I can get ‘em.


Thursday, December 23, 2010



Freakishly large.  And impressive.  I find them to be so much less than an eyesore.


Wonderfully doting the landscape as far as the eye can see.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge



Second trip this year.  Once in the spring, and once in the fall.  It is an impressive plot for birding.


We didn’t see the pelicans about like the first time.  But, we did see some of these little guys and many, many egrets.


Swamps have reeds.  Cattails, and reeds.  That’s swampy.


Landing ho!


As close as I got.  Had to stand in a highway and dodge cars for this one.


Vrrrrooooommm.  Man, that looks like fun.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Airport Hotel


Actually, the place across the street.  Attempting a late afternoon stroll, we quickly decided to return and have dinner.  I  don’t think it was the nice part of town. 


Newly remolded, and really cheap rooms.  Awful food and bad neighborhood, but nice manager/owner.  So, a winner in my book.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Let’s go ‘round the world!


Or you could be like these boys, and do it all by yourself.


That’s right, forty foot round the world solo trimarans.  I cannot imagine what that must feel like.


Maybe they’ll take me for a ride some day.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

La Trinite


Do to the fact I was in France to race sailboats, I was not afforded much time to take pictures.  So, here are some of the few shots from the coast.


Good old hedges. Defining property lines for centuries.


Société Nautique de la Trinité-sur-Mer, founded in 1879 during low tide.  (it’s the little building on the left)  Which makes it eight years younger than our own MYC.


Not the most scenic beach, but she’ll do in a pinch.


Lots of stone.


Seriously, where did they get all that stone?


Hey plant, leave that stone alone.  You’re not a hedge, you’re a wall.


Please notice the size of this place.  And why do they have a stone stair case to the second story window?  Maybe they call it a balcony.


Friday, December 17, 2010



As part of becoming an old man before my time, I was up for the sunset every day.  Not to discount our place in the time zone, but seriously couldn’t sleep in.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

See the USA


Actually, I think we need a revision.  See the Francois in your Chevrolet. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Kervelin


Not a bad looking B&B if I say so myself.


The plum room had an open tub to the room.  It was quite plummy.


The sight of the greatest coffee machine ever, and the super amazing petit dejuneur.


A quick peak out the front door.


A nice, but mostly unused, spot to sit and play a game of backgammon.


Loads of natural light, and pleasant hosts.  An absolute delight.