Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tank forty-six

Total miles: 16959. Trip miles: 430.1. Gallons: 8.537. Price per gallon: $3.749.

Screen mileage: 52.0 mpg. Tank mileage: 50.4 mpg. Mostly short 20 minute trips, about 10 minutes on the highway, 10 on local roads.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A review of "This Book Will Save Your Life"

by A. M. Homes

I immensely enjoyed This Book Will Save Your Life, by A. M. Homes. It chronicles the midlife crisis of a man with too much money, too many pent up feelings, and too little human contact. The writing style is fresh, and the content meanders all over the place. Here’s a sample from p 209. Richard, the narrator, has just accompanied his new-found friend Nic on a visit with an elderly man in a nursing home:

“I really liked your dad,” Richard says when they’re back outside.

“He’s not my dad. I visit Fred because I can’t visit my dad.”


There’s a pause. “Sometimes you can’t do things for the people you should do things for, including yourself, but you can do them for someone else, a stranger. Fred is a stranger. He is my stranger.”

There was a part of the book where it tread dangerously close to being a father-son bonding tale. Thankfully, there’s a lot more to the story than that. Well worth reading!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

vernal pool

vernal pool
Originally uploaded by wereldmuis.

I went for another hike at The Blue Hills Reservation today. This is a look at a vernal pool, just off the Skyline Trail. It was buzzing with the noise of many frogs. I got a good look at a few.

Chickatawbut Tower

Originally uploaded by wereldmuis.

I visited the Chickatawbut Tower at Blue Hills Reservation while on my hike yesterday. Unfortunately, unlike the tower at Sleeping Giant, it is closed off; you can't go up inside and take a look around.

The Blue Hills Reservation reminds me a lot of Sleeping Giant State Park in CT. I may be biased, but so far I like Sleeping Giant better. Blue Hills strikes me as overly crowded with trails, and overused. But then, I didn't hike Sleeping Giant much on the weekends, so my perspective is skewed.


Originally uploaded by wereldmuis.

I went hiking at The Blue Hills Reservation yesterday. Great day for a hike.

I took a random trail when starting out. After following it a ways, it began to peter out, and soon vanished. I just bushwhacked my way to the next trail. There are so many trails at Blue Hills that it's practically impossible not to trip over one sooner or later.

This is a view during my bushwhack, somewhere off a trail near Rte 28.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Tank forty-five

Total miles: 16529. Trip miles: 312.1. Gallons: 7.313. Price per gallon: $3.159.

Screen mileage: 51.8 mpg. Tank mileage: 42.7 mpg. The weather is beginning to warm up, so I'm hoping to see improved mileage. The latest trips were mostly local, in colder weather.

proof the sky is blue

proof the sky is blue
Originally uploaded by wereldmuis.

Blue sky was observed this afternoon.

view at Wilson Mountain

wiew at Wilson Mountain
Originally uploaded by wereldmuis.

A nice day for hiking. The warm weather is bringing out the ticks, sigh.