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Crazy weather

April 5, 2011

So the heat was out, now it is fixed and I think the AC is broken. It was 82 yesterday (but no humidity) and the ocean did not match an 82 day, so I only waded up to my swimsuit. It was still in the 70s in the early AM and Kerri couldn’t sleep, we went out on the deck where there were very high winds for a tornado watch. The clouds were moving very fast, it was not raining at all, then it was suddenly pouring. Now the sun is coming out, it is about 57.


Spring Break continued

April 5, 2011

Sunday we went to Mass, and then went to check out alligators at Sawgrass. We went to the new Dali museum, and it was interesting, but could make your mind hurt. I did like the painting of the Mediterranean that turned into Abraham Lincoln. I did get to swim in the pool again.

Monday, after Mass and an early swim, Kerri and I said bye to the folks and went to see the Nationals play in Spring Training. There was lots of offense and I posted about the game on Playerpress (see and look for Christopher Corazon). After that we stayed in Orlando to visit Aunt Sharon, Uncle Ken, Uncle Ralph, and Aunt Paulette. We played a nice game of dice and I played the guitar. Ralph said morning mass was at 6.

Tuesday we started to head back. We drove through Daytona, and it was bike week. It was entertaining, lots of different styles of bikes. I want to make a note to self that I would like to visit Jackie Robinson park there sometime.  We drove up the coast on A1A, one of my favorite highways in the US. I would probably put NC 12 on that list, and NH 123 too. We stopped in St. Augustine and I went in the Atlantic.

Wednesday we were home, and did not have work for my final day of break but it still was busy, meeting with students and church and then Thursday was the inevitable end of vacation.

spring break 2011

March 19, 2011

My spring break came together when my new schedule and a planned trip to Florida aligned just right.

It started Feb 23 and went to Mar 9. There were 15 days where I only had three shifts at the Red Cross.

It started Wednesday the 23rd. Wednesdays are always good. Usually they start with Mass and then bringing communion to a friend. There is a break, usually meaning a trip to the beach. The day continues with some piano lessons.

Thursday was a morning to lounge, we eventually made it to the beach and had brunch at Doc Taylor’s. Once again, more lessons.

Friday I went to donate platelets. Kerri and I grabbed lunch at our favorite Mexican place and went to the Chrysler Museum. That night we went to see “Just Go With It”

Saturday was the first of three working days.

Sunday I went to Mass, and Kerri and I went to an ODU Lady Monarchs game. Kerri’s parents came in town and stayed down by the beach. We went to see them and got dinner and went for a swim at the hotel.

Monday we looked at some houses (our lease is up in May) and then there were more lessons and another swim.

Tuesday was second of three shifts and Kerri’s folks left town.

Back to another Wednesday, which followed the same as above. It is my favorite day of the week.

Thursday was my third and final working day. After work I had lessons. Late that night we left for Florida.

We got to the line at noon, but traffic was heavy going to St. Petersburg. We got there by the end of the day, just enough time for a swim. My parents took us out for dinner.

Saturday we went to Mass and then the city’s morning market. Later we went to Fort DeSoto for a swim in the gulf. I got a conch shell in good condition. We went to Crabby Bill’s for dinner. Mom went with us to Al Lang Stadium for a baseball game. The Netherlands beat Canada 8-0. Kerri got one of the shirts in the crowd for me.

More to follow…

a different dream

March 19, 2011

I was having dreams about jail, and Kerri said write about them, and that seems to have worked for now. Last night, the dream was different.

I was walking by a school, and the school looked a little like Hyde (my elementary school in Newton Highlands) but also had things that reminded me of Essex. There was a parking meter (which would be Hyde, not Essex), offering water for 25 cents. I bumped into the Phys Ed teacher from Essex, Linda Collins. Sarah was there, and younger, like she looked when she was a student in Essex. She was running, not smoothly, but without braces.

I didn’t talk to Sarah, and tried to go the other way, but Collins would follow me, and Sarah would follow. Collins had a bike with training wheels, and I asked her if Sarah would be able to pedal it, but Collins said the legs would not work that way. Collins told me whe had talked to my sister Alexa, and she said they realized the difference was I was the only one with benefits. I didn’t know what that meant, so I asked her to explain. She said I was the only one.

Christmas Thoughts

December 22, 2010

I was driving from Fredricksburg to Virginia Beach when I stopped in Richmond and went to church.

The priest told a story about a street in India. As he walked down the street, it was Christmastime and there were various manger scenes. One that made an impression had only animals, no people. A note explained:
Joseph is not here. He is busy at work as a carpenter.
Mary is not here. She is busy housekeeping.
Jesus is not here. Go and find Him….in your heart.
The priest continued to focus on the empty crib, and suggested this acronym
C Christ is Coming
R Repent, and be Reconciled.
I Intimate; Christ came into the world to have an intimate relationship with us.
B Believe, that the Lord is always present in our hearts.
Make a CRIB in our hearts as a place for Jesus.
Merry Christmas

Familiar Voices On The Radio

April 20, 2010

So I was driving the truck down in North Carolina Friday night for the Red Cross and listening to WBZ, when Jordan Rich had Dr. Jack Porter (we know him as Dr. Quack) on as a guest. Jordan introduced him as a rabbi and the author of several books. The quack was on for close to 1/2 hour discussing the mid-east and the need for two states in the Israeli region. He did not take any calls, but he did mention that the Christian family he stayed with in Palestine treated him better than his relatives in Tel-Aviv. Ha ha, big surprise there. All the while, I’m sure the Palestinians were thinking “what the heck did we get ourselves into” and the relatives were surely saying “when is this guy going to get the hint?” No mention was made of how he survived the holocaust.

Earlier in the week, my old theology professor Thomas Groome from BC was on the Dan Rea show discussing whether the pope should step down. He was taking calls, and I was in cue when the hour expired so I did not get on the air, but I did have a nice conversation over the internet after the show. Kerri found the Tom Groome interview in podcasts in case you are interested, not sure if the quacker is there, but I also can’t imagine why you would want to get that podcast, I mean it’s one thing when you are stuck in a truck down in Carolina, it would be another thing to actually invest half an hour into it…

One number off

February 24, 2010

Woke up yesterday, and Kerri announced that the Verizon bill was due. Then we forgot. So no TV and no internet last night. But it turned into a great night, with some piano time and a game night. The scoreboard…

Checkers: Chriso 2, Kerri 0… Kerri was killing me in the second game with more pieces and more kings when a triple jump turned the table…

Tic Tac Toe: Chriso 2, Kerri 1… and lots of ties…I think I napped for one game

Snakes and Ladders: Kerri 2, Chriso 0… too many snakes for me

Woke up today and Kerri called to straighten everything out.  Only in the last four digits she replaced a 5 with an 8.  The new number was offering phone sex.

Snowing At The Beach

February 3, 2010

It snowed in Virginia Beach on Saturday.  6 inches, although some nearby areas got 10 inches.  It disabled the entire area.  The plan is, let it melt.  The problem was it stayed cold.  Plows were scarce, and it seems the budget for plows does not exist.  So people drove on roads and created an icy surface of packed snow.

There are not many hills here, there were reports of people sledding down on ramps to the interstate.  State police issued a statement on the news asking people to stop that.  Others attached sleds to the back of cars on the icy roads.  It leads to predictable results.

As for me, work was cancelled on Saturday.  Stayed home.  Many churches cancelled on Sunday, but not the good old Catholics.   I went to Charlotte for work, all through North Carolina the road signs said “Travel Advisory: Limit Travel Through Monday” and I went over 700 miles.

Day 5: Wednesday, I finally dug out my Mazda.  I did not trust it with the ice on the streets from the snow that was not plowed.  Some schools are still closed.  The list is below.  Back in Boston, 6 inches may have stopped life for a day or two.  Not 5….

Accomack County Schools Closed Wednesday
Back Bay Christian Academy Opening at 10:00am
Baylake Pines School 2 Hour Delay
Calvary Christian School 2 Hour Delay
Chesapeake Public Schools Closed Wednesday Code Yellow;12-Month Employees Report
East End Academy Newport News & Norfolk Campuses Classes Canceled Wed.
Faith Academy School of Excellence 2 Hour Delay
Faith Outreach Education Center Closed Wednesday
Franklin City Public Schools Closed Wednesday; Faculty and Staff 2 Hour Delay
Gates County Schools Two Hour Delay Wednesday
Gloucester County Public Schools Closed Wednesday; Code 3
Governor’s School for the Arts Closed
Greenhill Farms Christian Academy 2 Hour Delay
Hampton Christian Schools School Closed, Daycare Open
Hampton Christian Schools School Closed Wednesday; Daycare Open
Hampton Montessori School Closed Wednesday
Hampton Public Schools Closed Wednesday; 12 Month Employee Two Hour Delay
Haygood Preschool Opening at 8:30am
Hertford County Public Schools Closed Wednesday; 12-Month Employees 1 Hour Delay
Isle of Wight Academy School Closed Wednesday; Daycare 2 Hour Delay
Isle of Wight County Schools Closed Wednesday
Mathews County Schools Closed Wednesday For Students; Teachers Report At 9am
Middlesex County Schools Closed Wed.; Teach. 2 Hr Del; 11 & 12 Mth Emp. 1 Hr Del
Nansemond – Suffolk Academy Closed Wednesday; Art Show Open
New Horizons Regional Edu Center Closed Wednesday; 12 Month Employees Two Hour Delay
New Life Christian School and Daycare Two Hour Delay Wednesday
Newport News Public Schools Closed Wednesday; 12 Month Employees Two Hour Delay
Norfolk City Schools 2 Hour Delay
Northampton Co. Schools (NC) Closed Wednesday; 12 Month Employees One Hour Delay
Parish Day School School Closed Wednesday, Child Care 2 hour delay
Peninsula Catholic High Two Hour Delay Wednesday
Poquoson Public Schools 2 Hour Delay
Portsmouth City Schools 2 Hour Delay
Rappahannock Community College Opening Wed. 10am, 9:30 Classes Start at 10
Southampton County Schools Closed Wednesday
St. Andrews Episcopal School Closed Wednesday
St. Gregory the Great Catholic School 2 Hour Delay
Suffolk Public Schools Closed Wednesday
Sunnybrook Day School 2 Hour Delay
Surry County Public Schools Closed Wednesday; Employees Report at 10am
Virginia Beach Public Schools 2 Hour Delay
Virginia University of Lynchburg – Suffolk Campus Closed Thursday
Warwick River Christian School Closed Wednesday
Williamsburg-James City County Schools Closed Wednesday
York County Public Schools Closed Wed.; Teachers & 12 Mth Employees 2 Hour Delay

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