Every year we celebrate my wife's cousin's birthday with steaks at Peter Luger in Williamsburg, which by the way is a few blocks from PS 16 where I spent the first 3 years of my teaching career. So Monday night we took the kids out -- well, not exactly kids: two 32 and two 27 year olds -- my wife's 2 cousins, one of their girl friends and my cousin - actually my first cousin's daughter -- a very sharp gal - not a teacher but she has it in her genes to be anti-charter and anti-TFA. OK, start drooling -- and we have leftovers for lunch today.
|Happiness is meat|
|Don't miss the bacon slabs|
Now we come to my summer/fall project: building and rebuilding a section of my yard that was hit hard by Sandy. We lost 2 wonderful giant evergreen Hanoki Cypress -- you can see their stumps in the pics -- and replacing them is not an option since I won't be alive to see them grow. So I came up with a different plan, starting with a small trellis and working my way across, spending hours of observation and contemplation planning. Like 6 hours of contemplation and one hour of work. Well, I am pretty much done - at least for this season. I bought some shrubs with some kind of vague plan for finishing in the spring.
See that small deck in the corner? My outdoor man cave where I will be able to smoke and read while hiding from my wife.
|OK. So it is astroturf - temp I hope|
|The man cave- I built around the stump, now a table|
|Common Core Q: How many trees did I kill to build this?|
|The view from the man cave|
|The view from the other deck - my wife's turf- red flowers are Pineapple Sage - an annual fall bloomer - the best ever. Red fountain grass on left|
Finally, some pics we took on the Rockaway ferry to Manhattan, which we took a few times -- $2 each way. It is going to be here until Jan. 15 -- we hope di Blasio keeps it going even if they raise the price. It is used by commuters quite a bit with the A train being so slow. If we could take the subway to Manhattan and get there within an hour I would never drive.