GMans college experience begins

Jess and I dropped GMan (aka Gabriel or Gabe to the rest of the world) off at college this past week. He new home away from home will be UTampa FL.

Back gate of UTampa with Tampa in the background

I was a busy week with picking up, setting up and we managed to get in a few returns also. Gabe’s roommate showed up later in week and as we’d say in Ireland “he’s dead sound”.

Tampa at nigh from the river walk.

Jess and I had a few moments to take in the city and check out the scenery. Tampa is an odd mix of new and old with some very interesting buildings. Yup, the architecture designer in me came out a few times.

On campus, and what a campus it is.
Sykes Chapel UTampa.
Tampa Municipal Office Building. This brings back memories of my college in Boston (The BAC).
Trestle Bright graffiti.
Random photos: Top: View for our hotel. Left to right: Giant clock in hotel ceiling. Airstream Tampa and lastly the coolest way finding arrow I have ever seen. Yup, it’s another architectural thing!

We also managed to make a trip to the Airstream capital of the world….about 20 minutes from Tampa. However, oddly enough every time we got GPS directions everything was 12 or 13 minutes away! Also, FL is way to flat for me….I missed landmark like hills or even a distant mountain.

I’ll take anything…thanks you.

It was tough leaving but Gabe was ready for this years ago, just needed to get through high school first. Have fun and we’ll be down when it starts snowing!

JMan b-day

We celebrated JMan b-day a few days back. Here’s a few photos I snapped.

Assist by GMan on the candles
JMan gazing fondly at the sea of cake and donuts!
Now that the candles are out of the way…let’s eat.

Happy Birthday JMan and many more to come. BTW….we did have real food before the fun food!

Random photos from this week

Top left clockwise.

1. Friday nights ale. Don’t believe the name as it’s 8.5% so how could it be a FUNCRUSHER! Good stuff and exactly what I needed at the end of this week.

2. Drawer slide brackets that went out of production 30 years ago. A good friend said his 80 plus year old mom needed to replace some cabinet parts but could not find then. I measured up an existing one and printed a bunch on my 3D printer.

3. Once to get the plate you’ll get the picture. Spotted in 495 north.

4. JMan sampling some imported soda at a local Chinese restaurant.

5. Jammy Pants ale! The label was much better than the ale. Looked like thick Cranberry juice coming out of the can…yup its deep red/purple and it tasted like cough medicine. If my better 1/2 had not paid $5 for it I’d have tossed it. I can truthfully say that Bud Light would be better.

GMans B-Day

GMan had a big one today. If we lived in Ireland he could vote and have a pint!

Happy Birthday!
Here he goes into the wood with Jimmy….that’s Jimmy Big Tine. Thanks Lenore.
Jimmy was last spotted looking rather nervously at another target!

Random photos

GMan made a sextant, well 1/2 of one. Works great at finding latitude.
JMan and I took a bike ride to Colonial Candies. Kinda defets the porpuse of exercise….but that’s not really the point.
We all took a walk in a pumpkin field.
Then some of us got lots in a corn maze.
Then we meet the neighbors!
Then we became former shadows of ourselves….and really tall….with tiny heads.

Picking fruit

That time of year again. This year we stayed local and went to Carlson’s Orchards right here in Harvard MA.

I went with a stick em up look and Jess a more doctor lost on a farm!

Not exactly a cool day for picking anything….bar a pint at yours local but nothing like fresh fruit.

Peach Pie or something of that nature on the way and we’ll just graze away at the Blueberries.

JMans big day

Hard to believe that our little man who’s now a head above the rest of us is officially a teenager today.

Here he is at age 3
And just the other day with his red headed sister Harley!

Happy Birthday JMan…..love from all of us.

Can’t have a bday without a bday cake.
JMan about to dig in.

Groton Wood

GMan, Koda and I took in a little fishing after work on Thursday. We went back to our old stomping grounds in Groton.

Koda hanging out with a very still dog.

Most of the Quinn lads in front of The Groton School boat house.
Gnarly tree on the backs of the Nashoba River