Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chalk Mike In Moon Boots!

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An original chalk on papa driveway piece by Tachel.  Note: It is near the "Poopie" graffiti, which will never wash away.  That will boost the re-sale value of the house.


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Self-portrait


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MOON BOOTS!!! Marianne had quite the $3 find at a garage sale.  A find that almost killed the entire family (or at least put them in the E.R.).  Unfortunately, I am too big to use them and I really can't lose more weight without jeopardizing my health...


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I can't wait until she uses them to jump off the diving board...


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Here's Dock playing with his favorite toy.  He is 2 hours of sleepy peace and 15 minutes of chaos.  That you can count  on.  We'll see how he does after he gets neutered tomorrow...


BARKTOBER FEST 2011 is on September 24th in Egypt Park (next to Lollypop Farm) and I'm on The Dirty Dogs team.  So, please support me (and the homeless and abused animals of Lollypop Farm) by going to http://lollypop.kintera.org/ba​rktoberfest/mike to make a donation!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Summer Red Wings

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Who's that dog with Megan?  It's Barbie!  Who's Barbie?  Just another lap dog that loves Megan.  It must be a sign...


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Rachel and I ruining papa's driveway with chalk paint that doesn't come off with water even though it said it did.  Oh well...


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"Poopie."  Real nice work...


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Stella (aka Sasha to those at Lollypop Farm) enjoying all the other dogs at Ellison Park


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She's a bit big for a lap dog.


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Frontier Field, home of the Rochester Red Wings.  So, now I can have my "Winter Red Wings" hockey and my "Summer Red Wings" baseball.  


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Baseball glove horse sculpture.


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Why was I at a baseball game?  FREE TICKETS, FREE FOOD, FREE DRINKS! FREE BEER!  FREE STOMACH ACHE AFTER THE GAME!!!  So very worth it!


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If there's one thing I've learned about Rochester, it is that they love bounce houses!


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Tire race gets a little dangerous and almost takes out a third base coach


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The Legends of the Red Wings.  One is Cal Ripken, Jr. and I don't remember the other two.  And, I couldn't find it on their website.  So...


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HERE THEY COME AROUND THE BEND!


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OH NO!  NOW THEY ARE COMING AFTER US!


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Panoramic shot of Frontier Field.  Thanks to Dee for organizing this.  It was a good time and I expect to see the awesome new glasses at work soon.


I'm done.  Need to find a way to get out of the heat...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Meet Dave Jr...

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This is my most recent office buddy.  His name is Dock and he has a cold.  Named Dock because he was found on a loading Dock or something like that.  


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He also does not appreciate when I wake him up for this nonsense


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Also, meet Dave's new dog Stella.  She's a pit bull mix that is about 7 months old.  Pretty laid back.  Likes to sleep.


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At the Corn Hill Art Festival in downtown Rochester.  Pretty cool art fair.  It reminded me a lot of the art fair in Old Town Chicago.  


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"Got Ghosts?" is probably my favorite vendor.  Probably because I hope we buy a haunted house where the spirit does the dishes...


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The strawberry "smoothie" was more of a "slurpee" since it was all ice.  But, it was so hot that I think I preferred the ice.


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Megan is incognito so she doesn't get swarmed from all her adoring fans.


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Music at the gazebo.  It never ceases to amaze me that people say they prefer to live in the suburbs to the city.  A nice park with a gazebo.  Activities.  Walkable.  So on and so forth.  You can tell I was spoiled by Chicago...


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Finally, Rochester native Abby Wambach.  Well, maybe in a few years.  Rachel had her first soccer game and I have to say that she plays a really aggressive defense.  Go Cougars!


Not too much planned for the next week.  Just going to the final installment of Harry Potter on IMAX.  It's been pretty much the only movies I've seen on the big screen for the last decade.  Anyway... 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Our Weekend in Skane-A-Teles!

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July 4th Weekend in Skaneateles, New York.  For those outside of western New York, it's pronounced "skinny-atlas," but I prefer to call it how it is spelled which is "Skane-a-teles."


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First stop, the William Seward House in Auburn, New York.  For those who don't know, he was the Secretary of State under Abe Lincoln and was expected to get the Republican nomination for president instead of Lincoln.  Interesting guy and the book Team of Rivals will tell you that.


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Seward in his park.


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C-SPAN telling us that Alexis de Tocqueville was in Auburn.  Thank you C-SPAN


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Sad lion at the entrance of the Seward House.  Perhaps he is sad because his master never became president?


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I don't want to ruin the Rivals book, but this is the wagon that Seward fell out of and broke his face.  The face that was later stabbed during the assassination attempt of him and VP Johnson when Lincoln was killed.


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I did get to "Meat the Bull" at Johnny Angel's in Skane-a-teles!


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HERE'S THE BULL!  Fries just the way Meg likes 'em!


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Skaneateles Lake, which is apparently so pure that they don't have to filter it for human consumption.


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A view of the town from the lake


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Folks from Michigan will appreciate this.  This is the "beach" and people are expected to pay to swim here.  $2 for residents.  $3 for non-residents.  And, they have more lifeguards and life saving equipment than that state of Michigan at this spot.


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Here is the one guy who paid to swim


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THE JUDGE IS COMING!


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Nothing like a little Razzle Dazzle!


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Once again, the city


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And, here's what everyone wants to really see.  Notice the light from heaven to comes from inside...


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Surprisingly, this is not in southern France.


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A view of our cottage


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The place where suicidal Coy fish jump.


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It's a painting by Monet.


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Took a break from all the beauty to eat all the deliciousness at Rosalie's Cucina.  Super good food.  Bill Clinton and Billy "Huuuuuuge" Fuccillo agree with me on that.  And so much that I was kicked out of the "Clean Plate Club" for one night only.


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More beauty!


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Charles Burrows Memorial.  I think he's a local artist, but too lazy to look it up right now.  


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For future reference, my gravestone should be carved into something awesome like this.


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Oh yeah, it was our belated anniversary weekend since we couldn't properly celebrate last weekend.  How do I know?  The chef told me at Mirbeau by writing it in chocolate.  Apparently, the restaurant use to be terrible.  I am here to tell you that it is now awesome!


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Megan loving the room and view


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The view Megan loves!


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Do you know what's awesome?  Wearing bathrobes everywhere!  Here's Megan on Sunday morning at the Bloody Mary bar.  


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And here I am being alluring...


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This is more like it...


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Oh Mirbeau!  How we love you and could never afford to see you again.  The massages, the spa, the food, the relaxation were all awesome.


But, I will give one serious review:  The weddings were really obnoxious.  If I had paid that much money to find peace and relaxation I would have been very upset at the many screaming kids tearing apart thousands of dollars worth of landscaping at the pond, hearing the Black Eye Peas repeatedly blasting, and drunk groomsmen running around with beer coolers yelling obscenities.  It's pretty much the exact opposite of everything you want at a spa.  Now, I know that they probably make a killing from weddings, but maybe they should consider things like: no minors allowed, ceremonies, or building a separate complex for people to celebrate at instead of trying to relax.  But, again, it really didn't take away things from me since I'm usually the baffoon at these places and I probably could never afford to go back...


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Carpenter Falls just off of Skaneateles Lake.  Again, there are more waterfalls around here than you can imagine...


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That's a 90-foot drop


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WHERE'S OUR CAMARA STICK?!?!


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Just an old bus in the woods...


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Just when you thought you saw all the waterfalls; there's more!  Well, probably about 20 more that we didn't see if we continued down the path.  The "path with ropes" (without ropes) was on about a 85 degree incline.  Worth it though


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Why do all of our waterfall shots look like we're photoshopped into them on this camera?  


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For all you art majors that wasted all that money at college, here's a scene from a Hudson Valley School of painters (which there is a nice example of at the Seward House).


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These falls also double as a white trash pool


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These are only 60-foot falls...


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On another note:  MY BRICKS ARE FINALLY IN AT LOLLYPOP FARM!!!


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Happy donors will make a very happy Mike!


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BILL CLINTON!  WHY MUST YOU FOLLOW ME EVERYWHERE?  Not a brick from Lollypop, but he and Hillary certainly made the people of Skane-a-teles very happy in 1999.


That's it for now.  I'm hungry. 
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