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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I knew this man for a short time.

Ronald Lee Herrick, who donated a kidney to his dying twin brother in 1954 in what's recognized as the world's first successful organ transplant, has died in Maine. He was 79.

Herrick's wife, Cynthia, said he died Monday at the Augusta Rehabilitation Center. She said his health deteriorated after undergoing heart surgery in October.

Herrick made history in 1954 when he donated a kidney to his twin brother, Richard, at what is now the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Because they were identical twins, there was no problem with rejection. The United Network for Organ Sharing said it was the first successful transplant.

The operation on Dec. 23, 1954, kept Herrick's brother alive for eight years. Lead surgeon Dr. Joseph Murray went on to win a Nobel Prize.

This was from an article in the local newspaper.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

No longer the ugliest house on the block.

I found out that I like to shingle...suprise that...and I am dam good at it. Being a perfectionist has advantages at times. I did most of the work myself with one of the new "date guys" helping out. He seems to be pretty cool and a good work ethic...he may turn into a keeper over time. I still have the trim work to finish on the porch and that will take hours. I know own a bigger compressor, paint sprayer and an array of nail guns. All sorts on new toys are now in my garage. No Corvette yet though...the house cost to much. Cedar shingles are expensive!
Take care of youself and those you love.

It's been 3 months.

Evening All
I have not posted at all this summer....just was to busy and never took the time. Nothing wrong, just the opposite. Been doing a lot of work on my house and have jumped with both feet into the dating pool. Murky there to say the least.
On June 17th the city of Augusta where I live started work on the city infrastructure. Through matching grants from the Feds they have installed new sewer, water lines. Also, up until now the storm drains went into the sewer thet have installed seperate lines into another treatmant system. Thje street has been dug uo since then, the water has been mostly on and mostly clean. Yeah, mostly.
I have lost 30 pounds, have somewhat of a tan and feel great.
Hope you all had a great summer.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lilacs and Lobster Rolls

It's been a weird spring for Maine. 2 days of 90+ weather in April and a snowstorm in early May. This is from the Memorial Day BBQ at work..gotta love lobster from Maine and corn from New Mexico.

With the early hot weather then a cool down period we have had a 4 week lilac season. Mine came out early in May but there are some a couple blocks away still in full flower. I live in the oldest part of Augusta so the neighborhood is loaded with these...all you can smell for a few days is lilacs Hope you enjoy.

Monday, April 26, 2010


A lunar base station, a transplanted Martian snow globe, Mork's egg — whatever it was that was taking shape in the Andover hills back in the winter of 1962 looked like something straight out of an Isaac Asimov

science fiction novel. And in fact the first person to conceive of the idea of relaying beams of information to space and back again from a station like this one was none other than sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke way back in 1945. AT&T, Bell Laboratories, and NASA took Clarke's idea and transformed it into reality, choosing the tiny Oxford County hamlet of Andover for their "radome" because the surrounding hills would prevent microwave radio interference.

Within this sixteen-story polyester fabric structure — literally a huge balloon kept inflated by a series of pumps when this photograph of it was taken — engineers erected a 340-ton, seventy-foot-high, rotating horn antenna to send and receive their television signals from the Telstar 1 satellite orbiting overhead. It was the promise of live international television coverage, even more than the demand for better overseas telephone and radio communications, which had enticed AT&T to gamble three hundred million dollars on this project. The 1964 Olympics was due to take place all the way across the world in Tokyo, and the company wanted the ability to present every race and boxing match for viewers in the U.S.

But the first signal to beam its way across the Atlantic to a receiver in France at 6:45 p.m. on July 11, 1962, was not of heavyweight Joe Frazier, but rather an image of the American flag flying in front of the same white globe shown here. That image and the satellite communication revolution that followed would go on to influence everything from Cold War missile-defense systems to the GPS receivers in our cars and cell phones. In Maine, Andover became one of the state's most surprising destinations, with some 25,000 schoolchildren and tourists every year seeking out the bulbous contraption in the western Maine mountains.

Though the radome and horn antenna were dismantled twenty-five years ago, traces of the region's space-age connection remain, from the local high school that still bears the name "Telstar" to the array of commercial satellite dishes that continue to relay transmissions from this storied spot in a quiet corner of Maine.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Time for a rant...well sort of.

Evening Folks
This is my first rant in a long time. The topic is, dare I say it out LOUD, is homosexuality. I don't get people trying to figure me/it out. It is such a minute part of who I am. True I have been out for a long time and been through a lot of things with "IT" but c'mon people how about if I started asking you how it felt to be hetro? Now that I have started finally started this, it's going to be a lot longer than I thought 3 minutes ago.

Yes I was married once and have a 26 yo son. Yes, my ex-wife knows and so does my son, and her extended family including the ones in Ireland. If they have a problem with it they have not made it know to either one of us. She is a little more fierce and protective than a rabid Tasmanian ask her how she feels about me...go on I dare you.

What I do "in bed" is none of your business unless I invite you into it...nuff said.

Yes, and this one has caused me more grief than being gay is I am a Republican. I pay my taxes, vote every election, it's my right to do so and also my duty.

I have never worn a dress and let me tell you I cannot imagine wearing size 14 stilettos....yikes i would be a scary drag queen.

This whole gay pride thing has me confused...are hetro's proud of being that way..well I guess a few are ....Fred Phelps for one.

I am just a guy. I like to cook and do it well. I can use/do all of the mentioned immediately following this.
A chef knife, a lawn mower, a chain saw, a crochet hook { I broke my leg when I was 6, my gram watched me, she taught me to crochet to keep me busy and mostly out of her hair}, a router and a rip saw, drive a standard, run a snow blower..ha ha he said blower, I shingled my own house, seriously suck at plumbing. My electrical skills are basic at best. I used to be able to work on cars...say back in the late 60's when they were mechanical not computer run. I also wash my own dishes, can sew on a button, hate changing diapers, own a nail gun and compressor, ride a horse and change a flat tire, have blue/gray color blindness..don't ever ask me to pick out a shirt for you. I have no fashion sense. Jeans, a tee shirt, and a corduroy/flannel/denim shirt along with a pair of boots complete my ensemble.

I don't like chick flicks, gossip and drama. I have never had a tan in my life..thank you for that white Irish skin...burn, peel, repeat. WHEN I smoked it was Pall Malls and then Marlboro Reds. I like bourbon and good tequila, not so fond of white wine, beer is good. I read constantly and rarely watch TV. I like fast care and drive then the way they we're intended. For the most part I like people with their clothes ON, not off. NOTE TO READERS..there are exceptions..Gerard Butler should never be allowed to wear a shirt and only jeans that are 3 sizes to small. I don't like crowds, have a a fear of snakes and public speaking. Don't like to fight but hurt someone I care about and your in for a world of hurt once I find you.

I listen to country/folk/metal/classical/jazz/R and B/ and a lot of "alternative" for music. Don't do rap or hiphop or top 40.

If I was allowed to get "Married" probably would not. I have been in 3 relationships in my life. 2 were really good, one was fault not his...the reality is he could never compete with a ghost. I tend to be conservative in my views on most things. I have had an amazing GAY life, I have also had a good share of the STRAIGHT life..both were okay. I fit in both worlds/don't fit in either completely.

I am sure there are thousands of that this would fit as a description so whats the big deal? In some ways it was easier to be gay 20 or 30 years ago. There was a real strength in community then..all we had was each other. Now it's to commonplace and has gotten jaded and way to much inbreeding going's really a good thing we can not reproduce. On that happy visual I am going to close..I vented and feel better. this was brought on by a new employee asking me if I was "sure" I was gay. WTF

I just put a bunch of flowers on the dining room table form my yard....does that make me gay?

Take Care of Yourselves and The Ones You Love


P.S. I jsut got this in an email and could not's bound to piss someone off., If that's you , well be glad your alive to get

Now before you go on it, blow it up and read it all.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring Has Sprung

Evening folks
These pics were taken last weekend and this week. It's FINALLY warming up here in Maine and things are growing everywhere. A couple of these we're taken in Camden and Rockland, some on my street and a few at work. I spent last weekend in Belfast and took a day ride to Camden and Rockland. It was about 20 degrees cooler on the beach, in the high 40's and windy as hell, but, there were no tourists so it was easy driving and getting around. My yard is turning green and will prob need the first mow of the season by the weekend. I am going to try to get to Lakewood Orchard, they have great cider doughnuts, in time for apple season blooming. It's like walking through a snowstorm as they start to drop their petals.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

April 08, 2010

Morning folks
It seems that I have become a bit of a recluse lately. There is nothing wrong, nothing has happened, I just seem to be in hibernation for some reason. In particular I have been ignoring the computer, I sign on, check my mail and pay a couple bills then shut it off. Days at a time I just ignore this black monster on my desk.
It's spring here in Maine..temps in the 40's at night, 60's to low 70's during the day. Flowers are coming up everywhere, pot holes are being filled and frost heaves leveling off. Road crews are out in force and birds are every where. I just put new batteries in the camera and am going for a walk shortly to document some of this for you.
Personally life is good. A promotion at work...more responsibility and marginally worth it financially. I work 4 long days and 3 off..that I like. I have wanted a early to late 70's corvette and have started looking seriously for one. Took a few out for test rides but none were worth the asking price. Still looking for a Maserati TC but that is a tough one to find around here.
These pics are...Binx had a cyst removed, she's fine..thanks for asking. The other is the parking lot at work last night.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Belfast Maine

Evening Folks
These are some random shots from my trip to the coast last weekend. Belfast, inside Fort Knox, the new Verano Island Bridge, and stuff.

Not the one you would expect.

Evening Folks
Most people are used to the Donna Summer "classic" of this song. I finally found this on YouTube. It is from the late 60's. Enjoy.

Take Care Of Yourself And Those And Those You Love


Evening Folks
I took these this morning about 10am before I left for work. It was 41 degress and sunny. The sun and last weeks rain have melted 90 percent of the snow cover, I have crocus blooming and lilies and hosta sprouting. The ground is soft, springy and WET in my yard. Usually feb is the worst month of the year in central Maine and this year it has been just warm and rainy. Kinda creepy actually.
As Mick would say
I'm Out

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Jonathan Buck's Curse

Click on this picture to blow it up and read it..then do the same below with the next one. It's kinda creepy.

I am going to get back to more about Maine, it will still be my view of the world and my opinions and thoughts, but more of a travel and documentiation of this state as well. I found this great deal on a hotel last weekend. 2 people, 2 nights, and 2 full breakfasts for a 129 bucks at a hotel right on the ocean at Belfast Bay. Called a friend and off we went. We hit J Bucks grave site, Fort Knox and some other spots. More to come in the next few days. Thw weather was in the high 40,s. I had the balcony door open most of the time we we're at the hotel just to get the's been winter to long..let me out!!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Evening Folks
Its around 9 pm my time. Starting on the forth of Feb I have been on vacation, not going back to work until the 15th. I had plans to do "stuff", however, hibernation set in. I have been out of the house once and that was to much. Tony is off with Chuck and he didn't leave enough dog food for 2 weeks. While I was out I went to Sears and bought a camcorder..not sure why but it will come in handy when Maine thaws out and I can start taking road trips again.
I honestly cannot remember the last time I spent a block of time doing nothing. My last few vacations I went out of state and spent much of my time doing stuff, which was great, just what I needed at the time. I thought I was going to this time but it ain't gonna happen. New York was a plan..nope. Boston was a plan..nope. Taking the train from Portland to DC was a tentative plan..real glad I did not do that.
I have enough food to last till friday or sat without getting boring. 2 more books to read and a bunch of dvd's to watch..then there is Netflix streaming...I'm good.
I do believe I have turned from a bear to a slug...and loving every minute of it.
On the embarassing side I have to go the dishes soon or revert to paper plates. One clean coffe mug left..I knew 6 was not enough. But I have very little laundry to do. Oh well, that's my dirty little secret.

Ya'll that have lives..enjoy, I am crawling back into my office with a bag of chips and some salsa with a couple of cold beers and watch a movie..or two..or three.
Take care Of Yourself and Those You Love

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More on Herbie

Morning Folks
On yahoo there is a video and slideshow of Herbie's demise. It's kinda sad to watch but amazing at the same time. The trunk alone weighed in at 10 big that when it fell it shook the ground nearby.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

YouTube Funnies


For a lot of years of my life, my idea of a great night was to spend a few hours at a dance club..we called them disco's back then. Sparks in Seattle, Broadway in Denver, Ice palace and the Monster on Fire Island, Mad Jacks in Key West, 12 West..Crisco Disco..the Anvil..The CockRing in Manhattan and many more. These songs from YouTube never fail to make me smile. It's like looking up and seeing an old friend walk in the door. Most of my friends back then went to sex bars and called me crazy...I am still dancing, their not. You would find me in old faded 501's, a black tee shirt engineer boots, leather jacket and a ball cap, with a tambourine hung over my shoulder.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

We Lost Herbie

In Yammouth Maine there lived a tree named Herbie. Estimated to be from 212 to 240 years old, he lives no more. There were hundreds of Dutch Elm trees in the area till the 50's when Elm disease started ravaging them. The town decided to concentrate on saving one of the biggest..he became Herbie. On my trek to the Desert Of Maine last year I actually stopped and took a couple pics of the old fella..not sure where they are filed so it may be a while till I find them. I found one online and there are some YouTube vids but for some reason they will not upload here. He stood a little over 110 feet tall, weighted in at about 8 tons. 20 feet kinda tree. When you stop and think of the things he has "seen" in that time is amazing. The Revolutionary War, from horse and buggy to 300 horsepower cars. From dark and to bed at sunset, to gas lamps, to a town that is never truly dark due to streetlights and night owls.
Makes you feel kinda young, does it not?
Take Care Of Yourself And Those You Love
Jan 20th, 2010

I just Googled the average height of a "story" of a house..the average is 11 feet.
1 story 11 feet, 2 story 22 feet, 10 story..110 feet. Next time you drive past a 10 story building think of Herbie.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Snow Snow And More Snow

Evening Folks
It's been snowing since last Thursday morning. It started then at about 8 AM with freezing rain and switched over around noon. I haven't heard a car go past my house in about 6 hours now. My roommate is stuck out in the boonies where he went for a New Years Eve party. The guy that takes care of my driveway says as soon as it stops I am the first person he will clear out..he lives next door so that helps. I have not left the house since wed after work, am out of soda and munchies. It's either bake cookies or go without. I must say I picked a hell of a weekend to take off from work. Well, on a positive note the house is REALLY clean. If I could get to the garage to get to my car I would take some pics of this, but, since it's drifted about 4 feet high...the house and garage are an ell shape so the wind just packs it in..that ain't happening. I keep my camera in the car so I can take pics when I see them..handy up till now. Well I see a pumpkin/butterscotch cake in my future. As soon as I can get out there I will take some pics to post here. Y'all stay warm.