829 Southdrive

829 Southdrive

A New Jersey state of mind

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Header Photo

It was the best of times, it was the best of times. 
 The summer of '78 was my last total feel-good summer.
Nana was still alive, my cousins still came down every weekend,
we were racing three boats every summer Saturday, and the goings-
on around 829 Southdrive were as they always had been since the
beginning of time: Epic.  In my mind at least.

Mary Wagner died the following summer, and all of a sudden
our idyllic summer haven teetered on extinction. By then, my Dad
had become disenchanted with the rat-race of driving three hours
each way to his childhood summer house from Lancaster, Pa. 
A steady crew was harder and harder to find for the E scow, 
and the combination of excessive motorboat traffic and waves
on the racecourse drove my Dad to take stock.  There was always 
a distant estuary to the south that called him home.  The Chesapeake.

I still have dreams about that house at the end of South Drive, 
and almost always, I'm in the current owners' domain, while they're
not there.  Convenient, huh?  Weird though.

My readers (2) by now should be able to appreciate the 
nostalgic side to their author.  Humor me please. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

British Woody

Can either George or any of my British friends identify this car?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hey Bulldogs!

Cousin Mojo and his band of cronies went across the pond 
with the intention of kicking ass.  And kick ass they did.

Damn, his Dad and Uncle Jim would have loved this!

Apparently, Quintin RC of London felt the final would be theirs.  I 
guess they underestimated the feisty Bulldogs 
from New Haven, Connecticut.

A taste of what our family has become familiar with;  I've looked up
to this man as a role model my entire life.  He's always been a
positive influence for me, and the lessons I've taken away from
him and his Father are some that will stick with me forever.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ben's Chili Bowl, 1213 U Street, Washington, DC

Battle in Britain

Mojo, dead center.  Good show, Cuz.  You never fail to impress me.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Another Photo Quiz

Where was I?

Another clue:

Yet two more:

And this:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

And I Thought I'd Seen Everything....

A 'must try dish' from the Zagat guide.  Who'da thunk it?
I've got to try this funky new foodie obsession.  Hey, they told 
me it was dangerous.  I guess if you want to be hip,
you have to take some risks.  Dessert?  Yes, I'll have
some rhubarb leaves and an absinthe......up.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Fridge Raid Quiz

Name the ingredients.  I'm already thinking of my first clue.

Okay, before I lose everyone, here are clues to the latest
hints I dropped.   

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Jersey Fresh

Lawrenceville via Barnegat Light and New Egypt, and my back
doorstep for the herbs.  It was a shitty day if you wanted to sail,
but I had to go down to the boat anyway.  On the bright side,
Ahearns fish market and Krowicki's farmstand are both on the way
home.  Due to the lack of sailing, there was plenty of time to
daydream about what I could make for dinner.  All in all, the day 
was far from lost.  Summer's definitely here.

Sel Gris