We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'll have some photo reports from Newport this week.
Every interesting day needs to begin with some coffee and an exploratory hike around an unfamiliar place, trying to get lost for the fun of it (actually, I have been to Newport before, but it's been quite a while).
Why Newport this weekend? For the spectacular Flower Show, of course, for the benefit of The Preservation Society of Newport County. I am a good husband - or try to be.
This was early Sat AM - a truck handing out free samples on one of the piers:
I'm not a big fan of Dunkin' Donuts. They've managed to kill evey small coffee and donut shop within a radius of ten miles with 16 stores. Sixteen within ten miles isn't "community friendly" it is corporate predation.
I'm just grousing because my favorite coffee/donut shop went bust after 23 years in the same location. They had actual "donuts" - not the cake donuts Dunkin' makes. And they had their own coffee blend which was really delicious - nothing at all like Dunkin's bland blends. Really good iced - I don't drink hot coffee.
Around here, one family owns all the shops - they are based out of Southbridge, MA. The main "factory kitchen" is in Putnam, CT at the old Ford dealership - that's where all the prep is done and all the baking is done. Fleet of trucks in and out of there all day - it's quite the operation.