Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pleasure Island Wakefield, MA

Little did I think that the location of my post retirement job would be located at the site of a former theme park "Pleasure Island" in Wakefield, MA.

Remember "Freedom Land" in Bronx NY? It was built by the same folks who built this place.

It is now an office park, but a nice one with some great man-made ponds and walking paths. Thankfully I get to work from home most of the time since the commute is long.

Here it is in present day:

And here is a look back through time:

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Retirement Garden

When I took the early retirement from Hewlett-Packard, my co-workers gave me a gift certificate to Mason Hollow Nursery. I visited the nursery on Sunday and used part of the gift to start what I will call my "retirement garden". My two week retirement is over and I have another job but the garden has been established. I intend to update folks on it's progress throughout the year. Not much is happening now with these new plantings but Spring is just a few cold months away.


The beauty of pollination

Sunday, September 09, 2012

The Music of Party Beach

 What would I do without Google Alerts? I have created one for The Horror of Party Beach and once again it "alerted" me to some new material, a recording of Elaine and Wigglin' N' Wobblin' by the Del Aires.

Gary Robert Jones and Ronnie Linares, both of "The Del-Aires" (a Paterson, New Jersey rock band who play themselves as a local band) wrote one song together, "Drag," and one song each: "Wigglin' Wobblin'" (Jones) and "Elaine" (Linares). The Del-Aires performed all six songs in the film.