Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its seventh year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

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June 14, 2013

A1=A1

... yesterday i took a drive down to falmouth to ask the bmw dealer a few questions ... little things, such as, "do i need to apply conditioner to the drive belt," and, "at 15,000 miles is it okay to begin using semi-synthetic oil" ... yes, i know, all things you've been holding your breaths waiting to find out ... after that i chanced to be able to stop in and visit for awhile with a friend ... chat time was too short, which turned out to be too long, too, since by the time i left the cooler air along the coast was becoming quite chill for motorcycle riding ... half-way back to waterville i realized i was a bit tired, cold, and, my only meal for the day having been a bowl of cereal in the morning, my blood sugar was dropping, so i decided to make an emergency stop at one of my favorite eateries ...


... the "a1 diner" in gardiner, maine ... world famous ... everything that's cooked is prepared from scratch ...


... fresh haddock (delivered daily, i asked), fried to perfection ... real chips ... cole slaw, which isn't something i usually like unless it's absolutely perfect (when i was done there was little of it left) ... coffee, of course, was both endless and good ...


... if you've been to the a1 the fond memories are bringing a smile to your face ... if you haven't, go ...