Victorian Gaslight

While visiting Cape May, New Jersey, a town noted for its Victorian homes, I noticed that most of the street lights are restored, converted gas lit fixtures from the Victorian era.  I also observed that the side streets in the downtown area are still cobblestone and horse drawn carriages are used to take visitors on guided tours of the town.

A dark night lit by these lamps, combined with a cobblestone road, old Victorian homes  and the clip-clop sound of passing horse drawn carriages brings you back to a different time.

 

R.I.P. Dan Ingram

My all time favorite disc jockey who graced the airwaves on “Music Radio 77, WABC” during the 60’s and 70’s, Dan Ingram, has passed away at age 83.

I remember listening to his show, often called “The Ingram Travesty” all the time, His quick wit, style and production abilities have never been equaled. Radio has lost one of the great “top 40 boss jocks” of all time. He was my inspiration to attempt a career in radio and I’m truly saddened by his death.

May “The angels carry you home” and may you continue entertaining those listening to heavenly radio WGOD.

Beach Etiquette

My wife and I enjoy going to the beach. We make a point of going before the summer season is in full swing. Early June is perfect because everything is open and there are no crowds. It’s very easy to make last minute reservations at some very fine restaurants with no hassle.

A few years ago, we rented a beach house in Cape May Point, New Jersey. It was a short walk to a beautiful beach. On Monday, we trekked over to the beach, set up our chairs and watched dolphins swim up and down the coastline. It was so peaceful, so quiet, so relaxing. The beach was nearly deserted, a few folks here and there, no closer than one hundred yards apart as the seagull flies. The quiet was not meant to be. A large family showed up and set up shop about 20 feet away from us. Mind you, the beach was nearly deserted. Out came all the beach toys, fishing rods and buggy boards. The music was cranked up and the beach olympics began. Frisbees went flying, paddle balls took flight and foot races to and from the water ensued. We mustn’t forget a good game of beach football thrown in for good measure. These folks were very athletic and very annoying.

After about fifteen minutes of these hi-jinx, I motioned to my wife that we should move. She mentioned that it would appear to be rude for us to get up and leave. I told her that was utter poppycock and so we packed up and moved far, far away. The rationale for these athletes to camp right next to us escapes me, but I won’t give it much thought.

I’m thinking about publishing a beach etiquette book in the near future. It should make for good reading on the beach. Some other points to be covered:

  1. Using the beach as an ashtray.
  2. Changing your baby in full view of everyone.
  3. Breast feeding your baby in full view of everyone.
  4. Robust folks wearing inappropriate swimwear.
  5. Attracting flocks of seagulls with your leftover food.

Don’t forget your suntan lotion!

Just Call Me Al

While on vacation in Cape May, N.J., my family and I visited an alpaca farm. We signed up for the “full contact” tour;  picture “swimming with the dolphins” in the Bahamas, minus dolphins and water. We got down and dirty with these curious creatures and I took some photographs. I have to say, they were very cooperative subjects. Thankfully, we were spared being spat upon, as this is one of their nastier habits.

 

New Beginnings

After a hard day at work, well to be truthful, it wasn’t that hard, I decided to have a cigar and enjoy this beautiful day. As I was sitting in my backyard, I noticed some movement out of the corner of my eye. A doe and her fawn appeared and I grabbed my camera. You have to be fast on your feet when photographing wildlife. Above are some of the photographs I took.