Saturday, May 29, 2010

More Meeting and Eating

We continue our whirlwind schedule here in PA. We are still meeting with friends and, of course, dining out so much we have now eaten at over 22 restaurants this month. Some of these are old favorites from the past while others are new places we have tried with friends. We have finalized our summer plans and have ferry reservations from North Sidney, Nova Scotia to Port aux Basque, Newfoundland on June 16th. We will be there for five weeks and will return from Argentia to North Sidney on July 22nd. The return is an overnight 14 hour trip. Our next firm date is August 20th in Cleveland to attend a wedding where we will be staying in the hotel parking lot. We have made reservations to return to WashPA for two weeks near the end of August followed by the Escapade in Goshen, Indiana, then another week in WashPA before heading to the Outer Banks in North Carolina for a month. While all these places and dates are pretty firm, all the days in between are open for unscheduled exploration.
Each time we return to WashPA I have to go to Shorty's for a couple of their famous hot dogs. The sign has to be over twenty years old because they have been at the same location for over 70 years. If you want a great dog go to Shorty's and order two with everything. Another local favorite is the Union Grill, "where friends meet". This is a place where we are always guaranteed to run into many people we know. Above is owner Mickey Flynn and his friend Piccolo. One night at the "Grill" we ran into Ralph Andy, a local businessman who has followed our blog for a couple of years. Ralph again gave us some of his excellent home made wine. This batch was made in 2008 and we can't wait to give it a try.
We had several projects to complete while here. Left is a flag holder, hummingbird feeder, night light stand I put together with the help of Tom and Tim who have all the tools I needed. We have had a booster antenna for almost a year but really have not needed it. The coverage here is a little weak so I put it on a pole for temporary use in locations with poor strength and it works fine. Another big job was fixing a day/night shade. This is the second time we have repaired one and this time must have been easier as there was much less gnawing, gnashing and grumbling between the two of us. We also had the carpet professionally cleaned by Fristick's Steam Klean.
We bought a new camera as the old one has taken nearly 20,000 pictures and we did not want to be out in the wilderness and have it give out. This will also give Nanc her own camera so we will be taking even more pics. We wanted a few more pixels and better telephoto capacity and this close up of the hummer at the feeder shows we got both.
Another goal was to be sworn in at the local Elks Lodge. I had been accepted on our last visit but had left town before taking care of this last step. We will now be able to use Elks campgrounds and join the Escapees Elks BOF.
We got together with the Euchre club for an evening of cards and conversation. They were all very gracious as they let Nanc and me come in first and second so we collected the big money.
We bought new running (walking) shoes and we recommend Elite if you are serious about your feet. They go the extra mile to make sure you have a good comfortable fit.

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