September 10th, 2004


Maine Man

Back home from Maine, and I had great fun there with la_perkins and Tom S. Sunday morning I picked Tom up in Cambridge, and we made it to Deer Isle with little trouble, with the exception of getting stuck for awhile behind a guy on Rt. 3 doing 25 mph while sporting a bumper sticker that said "Maine on the Move." Tom noted that it must have been meant to be ironic. We had plenty of time because Lee was having all sorts of problems with the air transport system. Her flight out of LAX Saturday was delayed for several hours due to a security breach there, then she missed her connection to Portland, and had to spend Saturday night in Chicago. She did finally arrive a couple of hours after Tom and I, so we fed her and gave her alcoholic beverages.

Monday, we went to the Blue Hill Fair, where we ate fair food, and watched livestock parades and pig races. Afterwards, we got dinner, then lazed around and played the Buffy game. The Master got dusted by those damn kids, but not before killing Willow.

Tuesday, we drove over to Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, and picnicked on Sand Beach. Then we went hiking. We started up the backside trail to the Beehive, but only got as far as the Bowl. Lee's back hurt, and I was having trouble with the fact that I am really out of shape right now. I got terribly frustrated with that, because I've done the trail we were on several times in the past, and never had a problem. I even did it once right after turning my ankle in the parking lot at the bottom of the hill, for cripe sake. It's an easy hike, the one we used to use to take the kids to the Beehive while the adults went up the cliff. Feh. Then, on the way down, my back started to hurt. Going down a hill is tougher on the back than going up it.

Afterwards, we drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain, and walked around a bit in the wind. Then we went into Bar Harbor to do some shopping, and have dinner at Rupununi. We headed home, and all crashed hard when we got back to the cabin.

Wednesday was cloudy all day, and since my back was killing me, I stuck myself in the lounge chair and read. Finished Ball Four, and then read Chandler's Playback. After we went out for dinner, we played another game of Buffy, with Adam beating the tar out of the good guys. Then it was another early night. It also started pouring overnight.

Thursday, I headed for home in the rain, which downpoured quite a bit. Still, I made very good time, except for one stretch of 128. Took me under six hours to get home.

Despite the back problems, I really did have a great time. It's nice to be able to get away with good friends, aand I really needed the vacation.

Friday Five

1. What is the best dessert you've ever had?
Wow, I'm not sure I can pick one. For a restaurant dessert, I'll just mention the exquisite bread pudding souffle at Commander's Palace as being the first among equals. At home, probably my grandma's apple strudel or apricot kolachki.

2. Is there a dessert that just plain grosses you out?
Rice pudding. It's a texture thing, because I love tapioca pudding, which is very similar flavorwise. Also, I agree with whomever dissed raisins. They have no business being in desserts.

3. Straight out of the container or with lots of toppings .... tell us how you like your ice cream.
Straight out of the container, but I do like sundaes, shakes, and sodas, too. I'm very ecumenical when it comes to ice cream. Current favorite is Haagen Daz Dulce de Leche.

4. Cookie dough, brownie mix, cake batter or the finished products?
I love toll house cookie dough, and have not even bothered to bake cookies on at least one occasion. I love cleaning out the brownie batter bowl, but I like the finished brownies better. The last time I used real eggs to make brownies, I got salmonella poisoning from licking the spatula, so now I use pasteurized egg product.

5. You've just invented a great new dessert .... what's in it and what is it called?
Not sure what it is yet, but I envision chocolate mousse and lots of whipped cream being involved.